About La Garbancito

Tamara “La Garbancito” Carson

A personal goal to share the rich tradition of Spanish dance, music, and culture has lead professional dancer, Tamara La Garbancito to the national and international stage.  Combined with intensive training in the flamenco style of dance from “Andalusian gypsies in Barcelona, Spain, La Garbancito have also received extensive training in ballet, modern folkloric, jazz, and tap dance. Tamara La Garbancito is the stage name given to her by Madrid’s world-renowned folkloric instructor, Don Juanjo Linares.

Her extensive performance resume includes work with American and international opera houses, symphonies, educational programs as a dancer, choreographer, and director.  Ever since her Barcelona days, Tamara has been committed to the profession of teaching Spanish dance, to fulfill her personal goal of encouraging respect for the Spanish culture.

As the founder and artistic director of Olé Music & Dance of Spain, Tamara has brought together a diverse group of talented musicians and dancers who share her vision of bringing the passion and energy of flamenco to all communities. Dressed in native Spanish costumes, La Garbancito and her company use castanets and footwork to demonstrate the very colorful and lively dance  and music of Spain.

Starting dance lessons at the age of 4, she has been training for over 40 years. Her training has taken place around the globe, including:

  • University of Missouri, KC
  • Frankfort Germany
  • Saraspatak, Hungary
  • New York City, New York
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Sante Fe, New Mexico

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Minsk, Russia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Michoacan, Mexico
  • Madrid, Spain

Special Thanks…

Tamara La Garbancito would like to thank the following teachers and coaches for helping bring her to where she is today.