FLAMENCO dancing is more than just a passion, it’s a way of life for husband and wife team Ester and Uri Tal.

Together they form Mi Flamenco, an international dance company, Ester is the lead dancer and Uri is the guitarist.

Now they are touring with a new production called Incognito which whirls into Bournemouth’s Shelley Theatre next month.

The company is produced and directed by Ester and her husband Uri Tal. Ester is also the lead female dancer and Uri is the guitarist who are joined by other artists.

Although she was born in Dorset, Ester was drawn to Spain by her love of everything Spanish, combined with her desire to dance flamenco. In 1993 she moved to Madrid where she met her husband Uri.

She studied at the world-famous flamenco academy, Amor de Dios, for seven years and then the couple went down to Jerez in Andalusia, to live, work and study flamenco with the flamenco gypsies.

The couple returned to the UK on a mission to bring authentic flamenco to audiences here.

So what is it that attracts a British woman to want to dedicate her professional life to flamenco?

Ester explains: “Flamenco has a spirit that is unique. I have always wanted to express myself through dance, but never really fitted into the English dance academy world. The technique and discipline of flamenco dance is tough, but the range of emotion and strength of flamenco dance and the individuality of expression it allows, is addictive. Mi Flamenco is my flamenco family and I feel proud and privileged to be a part of it.”

Incognito promises to “delight theatre-lovers, and music and dance fans, as well as die-hard flamenco aficionados”. Incognito is at the Shelley Theatre on Saturday, October 7. To book, visit shelleytheatre.co.uk