Sendero Flamenco was formed in 2004 by four fantastic friends passionate about the art of flamenco.
Currently, Sendero Flamenco is:
Michael Ziegahn (founder, guitarist, singer, percussionist)
Tara Weatherly (founder, principal dancer, artistic director)
Maribel Lopez (apprentice, dancer)
Tara Weatherly (a.k.a. “La Tarara”) began exploring flamenco in 2001 by taking classes at Anda Flamenco in Minneapolis. In 2004 she and three wonderful friends formed Sendero Flamenco and began performing at venues, parties and events around the Twin Cities and beyond. Intrigued by the athletic, graceful and unique style of Osaka born flamenco dancer/choreographer Sachiko, Tara began taking private instruction from her for several years and continues to study with her often. She also studies various fitness and dance disciplines along with flamenco to broaden her movement repertoire.
Tara created Studio Sendero in 2010 and then moved into its new location in the JAX Building in Lowertown St. Paul in October 2011. She is excited to be collaborating with musicians and dancers of various genres, teaching classes and being inspired to create new works. Her teaching credits include various intensive workshops, Ballet Minnesota’s Summer Camp, along with weekly classes.
Aside from the studio, Tara is heavily involved in her Lowertown neighborhood where she both lives and works. She is actively involved as a volunteer on the Lowertown First Fridays committee and also for the St. Paul Art Crawl.
Michael Ziegahn has been involved with music and the guitar since graduating from Highland Park Sr. High School ……. a while ago. He started teaching himself to play songs of Woody Guthrie and Donovan but switched to the solo nylon stringed guitar upon hearing recordings of Andreas Segovia and Manitas de Plata, classical and flamenco masters respectively.
He went on to study with Michael and Tony Hauser, Paul Berget, Dan Glass, James McGuire and Pedro Cortes Jr., locally and Luis Marvilla, Antonio Andrade and a group class with the great Manolo Sanlucar, in Spain.
For the past several years he has been class guitarist for the Anda Flamenco dance school and company as well as accompanying their student shows and fringe festival shows, Dona Quixote and Senora Butterfly. Other groups he has performed with include Rincon del Flamenco, Zorongo Flamenco, dancers Collette Illarde and Sachiko as well as his own group Sendero Flamenco.
He is also a past president of the Minnesota Guitar Society as well as having performed in all three of their recent Flamenco Guitarathons. In 2014 he presented his original flamenco compositions in a tribute to the late Paco de Lucia which was held at the Dakota Jazz Club.