FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
BEGINNING FLAMENCO DANCE: TANGOS
Tuesdays, September 12 - December 19, 7:30-8:30 pm
Start your flamenco journey!
This class will introduce flamenco fundamentals for dance: braceo - the movement of the upper body and arms; zapateado - footwork; palmas - rhythmic hand clapping; structure - the way to sequence movements to communicate with your live musicians. Live guitar and singing accompany your class as you learn this uniquely Spanish artform in a supportive environment. Ages teen and up, no previous dance experience necessary. Note: flamenco is a dance form of personal expression for women and men; it is NOT a partnered dance form.
FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS
FOOTWORK DRILLS & PERFORMANCE SKILLS
Tuesdays, September 12 - December 19, 6:30-7:30 pm
Deepen your technique!
Footwork exercises will improve your speed, stamina and musicality. You will also learn performance "tricks" and receive targeted coaching to learn how to command space, communicate with your musicians and improve mastery of your material. Recommended to take with Flamenco Repertoire.
Thursdays, September 7 - December 14, 6:30-8:00 pm
Review existing choreographies like Sevillanas (with and without props) and learn new ones.
Recommended to take with Footwork Drills & Performance Skills.
GUEST ARTIST: CARMEN LEDESMA
Friday - Sunday, September 29 - October 1
Technique/Choreography: Tientos/Tangos $165.00
Friday: 6:30-7:45 pm
Saturday: 11:00-12:15 pm
Sunday: 11:00-12:15 pm
Technique/Choreography: Solea por Buleria $165.00
Friday, Sept. 29
Saturday, Sept. 30
Sunday, Oct. 1
Friday: 8:00-9:15 pm
Saturday: 12:30-1:45 pm
Sunday: 12:30-1:45 pm
BOTH: TIENTOS/TANGOS + SOLEA por BULERIA $286.00
(discounted $44 “1 hour free,” advance commitment required)
Select Sunday Afternoons (Dates/Times TBA) starting in October
An opportunity for dancers of all levels to exercise skills in palmas, improvisation and choreography in collaboration with musicians. You can expect plenty of bulerias and tangos por fiesta, Sevillanas and other palos in a lively, fun-filled environment.
Carmen Ledesma is known as one of the best flamenco teachers in Andalucia today. She was honored in not one but two of the mainstage performances in the 2014 Bienal for her contributions as an artist and teacher to the rising generation of professional flamenco dancers. She was featured in Trianero in the 2016 Bienal. Ledesma’s first teacher was Enrique el Cojo, one of the founders of Seville’s unique style of flamenco dance. And her maestro Pepe Ríos (from Morón de la Frontera, nephew of Diego del Gastor) was a major influence. In the early years of her career, she worked with Antonio Gades at Spain’s National Ballet. In 1983 she was awarded the prestigious Juana la Macarrona prize for dance at Cordoba’s National Flamenco Arts Awards. She later went on to work with such greats as Mario Maya and El Farruco and toured both Spain and France with guitarist Pedro Bacán’s legendary group “The Pinini Clan,” where she danced alongside Concha Vargas.