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Meet Juanita Franco of Ole Flamenco Dance Academy in Bay park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juanita Franco.

Juanita started classes in Flamenco at the age of five years old. At age 15, she was dancing for the king of Spain. She came to the United States after meeting her American husband in Sevilla Spain. Here in the United States, she had four children and went back to teaching Flamenco, she has been teaching the art of flamenco in San Diego since the 80’s but opened her current studio in the Bay park neighborhood in 1996.

Has it been a smooth road?
Family first. In 1991 her husband and her left to Spain to help with her sick sister but did return after a year or so. In 2004 her husband passed away and flamenco was what kept her from breaking down

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ole flamenco dance academy – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We teach the art of flamenco exclusively. Many teachers were Juanita’s students which gives her great pride and joy that flamenco in San Diego will continue into the future

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
San Diego though has grown into quite a large city still retains some of the good hometown mentality.

Sometimes that combination doesn’t work.


  • Basic adult classes $90/mo
  • Children’s classes $70

Contact Info:

  • Address: 4113 Ashton st
    San Diego, CA 92110
  • Website:
  • Phone: 619-275-4618
  • Email:

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1 Comment

  1. Azucena (Sue)Reyes

    December 28, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Dear Juanita, We meet some 23 years ago, as an adult student of Juan Talavera (Rio Hondo College),” Alegria”. You were the GUEST FLAMENCO ARTIST/DANCER and I was in awe of you! And the truth that you are not just a solid professional flamenco dancer, but a very warm wonderful person to me. I’ve always remembered you. I will dig up my Juan Talavera video and we have to get together. We live in San Clemente. I am now 77 years old and me and my husband are moving to a new Senior Home Community in San Juan Capistrano in April. I’d like to donate to a Flamenco School all of my Flamenco cherished possessions, thinking it will encourage, inspire and help a Student. So if it is OK with you, I’d like to donate 5 pairs of Flamenco shoes (Menkes, and from the shoe maker of La Tati….I took lessons from La Tati at Amor de Dios.) I also have Castanuelas 2 hand made, a few commercial ones, fans, mantoncitos, and 2 antique Manto de Manila. I was so in love with Flamenco until I realized I was getting too old! I was with Angelita and then with Lilia Llorenz for some years. Please let me know if you will accept my items. They are all in good condition and clean. Hope to hear from you, most sincerely, Azucena R.Reyes Phone 949 492-2914

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