Spain is the ancestral homeland of Shireen's Sephardic grandparents and a place she has always felt a close kinship with. Her flamenco dance study began in the late 70's, spending a year in Sevilla. Learning from Gitano artists, she had the opportunity to experience unique aspects of flamenco life in the heartland. Forays to Utrera, Córdoba, Morón, and Jerez de la Frontera - flamenco festivals and all-night juergas - offered insight into the spirit of that passionate tradition. Her study of flamenco is an ongoing pursuit with many excellent instructors in Spain and in the States.