Rene Heredia Flamenco Center for Guitar and Dance

Denver, CO

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have been teaching classical and flamenco guitar and flamenco and Spanish dance for over 50 years. I am originally from Granada, Spain and I am a direct descendant of the gitano flamenco puro tradition as passed down to me by generations of my gypsy family. I have performed with the greatest flamenco artists of all time including Carlos Montoya, Carmen Amaya, Sabicas, José Greco, Paco de Lucia, and many others. As a performer, teacher, choreographer, mentor, and recording artist, I have been credited with bringing flamenco to Colorado. I have received numerous awards, including the Governor’s and Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy sharing my knowledge, technique and passion for Spanish gypsy flamenco music and dance with my students.
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Denver, CO 80209

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8 Reviews
  • Pete B. Apr 12, 2017
    Guitar Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Awesome Guitar Instructor.
    I had my first class with Rene tonight and I expected it to be just very basic guitar. Though we covered the basics we did get right into the flamenco chords and forward arpeggios based on those chords he taught. He also taught me both chord chart and tab type music writings to depict the chords to practice and the tab for how to play the arpeggios. I showed up with a steel string guitar and based on the style suggested a nylon string guitar and allowed me to try one out that he had. I immediately noticed quite a bit of difference in comfort and ease of use. Rene has been doing this since he was 10, and you can tell that he has lived and breathed this is whole life since even at the basic level of teaching. I look forward to working with Rene further and learning more on this style of guitar with him.
  • Joseph G. Jun 18, 2014
    Guitar Lessons
    Verified Review
    I just moved here and for some reason had trouble finding someone that would teach what I wanted in the Chicago area. Rene is starting me at a good fundamental level and knows how to teach and play guitar.
    René H. Aug 10, 2017

    Dear Joe: Have not heard from you in a long time. What's up? René

  • Frances W. Apr 28, 2014
    In the late 60's my husband found René Heredia through a friend in New York. He had studied in Spain and wanted to continue his education. René was an excellent instructor and supported his efforts.
    René H. Apr 29, 2014

    Thank you for remembering me after so many years and for those kind words. Come see me at the Mercury Café May 10th 2014 at 7:00 2199 California St Denver, Co. 80205 Call: 303-298-9258. I'll have my flamenco dance company with 9 dancer 3 guitarists 1 percussionist. Hope you can make it. Regards, René

  • Heather G. Mar 10, 2014
    ive never worked with rene but i would like to although i would like to work with him in a different way rene my name is heather griego i am a young woman fighting to walk i was wondering if you would be intrested in playing at an art show im going to present in the summer the funds will pay for my physical therapy please if you can help or possibly know anyone in denver who would like to help please email heather at thank you for your passion in music as i have a passion for flamenco music myself
    René H. Apr 29, 2014

    When is it going to be? Date, time , Where? René

  • Robin S. Apr 5, 2013
    I was possibly the first female, and perhaps youngest student (age 11) that started guitar lessons with El Maestro back in 1972 (before he moved to Emerson St, Denver). He was an awesome human being, and of course, a great teacher. I still have the photos of him, when he was young, that he gave me from his trunk. I cherish the memories of my lessons during the years I studied under him. It was unfortunate that the family moved away. But I have been continuing my guitar studies as a middle-aged adult today. Thank you, Mr. Heredia, for my continuing love of Spanish-Gypsy dance and music.
    René H. Apr 6, 2013

    Thank you Robin for your review of my work and teaching. It's good to hear from you after all these years. I hope you are doing well and glad to hear that you are still playing your guitar. It is something for the sol and spirit of the human condition and something that we need as people to keep us grounded in this hectic life that we have today. Much more deferent than back in the 70's. Hugs to you from your old teacher, René e mail me here to keep in touch.

  • Deborah S V. Sep 7, 2012
    Rene Heredia is an outstanding Flamenco guitarist! His performances are as exquisite as those of Paco de Lucia.
    René H. Apr 29, 2014

    Thank you for your kind words. You know that Paco de Lucia passed away on Feb, 25th 2014 While on vacation in Cancun Mexico of the heart attack. He was my best friend for 41 years. It is a great loss for the music world. René

  • Jason J. Jun 10, 2012
    I started working with Rene at age 10 and continued to study with him through college, taking me from an eager novice through to a semi professional level . Rene kindled a fire and passion for guitar which has lasted for over 30 years; today I was working with my 8 year old daughter to show her some of the small things Rene started me on as a child. Rene is an under recognized jewel in the national music scene. It is a rare opportunity to be able to work with a musician of this caliber. Do not let it pass you by!
    René H. Jun 11, 2012

    That review is from my old student Jason: A fine student and guitarist and a wonderful person from a fine family. He continues to play after all these years and does gigs in his home town. René

  • Dave X. Apr 2, 2012
    I wanted to play the guitar well; René’s instruction opened-up a universe of possibilities. Regardless of the style you presently play; learning to play Flamenco and Classical Guitar will enhance your musical ability as well as adding flavor and spice to you repertoire. I can honestly say that I am ten times the player because of Maestro René Heredia. I am forever grateful! Dave Xaviers Denver, CO
    René H. Apr 29, 2014

    Thanks Xavier for that review. I'll have 2 comps for you and Wayne at my show on the May 10th 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Hugs, René


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
$60.00 per hour. $30.00 per half hour. Private lessons one on one is the best way to learn. In group lessons you lose allot.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. I'm always playing and learning more each day about the guitar. You never can learn enough about the guitar.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've been doing teaching since I was 18 years old. And I want to pass on what I know to others that are interest in learning the correct way to play guitar.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Concerts with my dance company, Flamenco Fantasy Dance theater. Solo guitar concerts. Private parties and Corporation parties. Master classes and work shops.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Playing for the Prince of Saudi Arabia in Aspen Colorado and for Queen Nora of Jordan. Doing shows at the Cherokee Ranch Castle in Douglas County Colorado.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure he is a professional and has lot's of experience in teaching and knows what he is talking about when it comes to music and playing guitar.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That I've been doing teaching most of my life. They should go to my web site to learn more about me.