Flamenco choreography

Course Dates: 30/05/24 - 27/06/24
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Location: Keeley Street
Develop your technique and creative understanding as you discover how Flamenco choreography is crafted, with its distinct sections and corresponding steps and moves. You will collaborate in creating a new dance piece, understanding its close connection to the complex rhythmic patterns (the ‘compás’) as well as a more personal relationship to the choreography. Designed for improvers and intermediate level students. If you are unsure about your level please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Flamenco choreography
  • Course Code: DDM057
  • Dates: 30/05/24 - 27/06/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Danielle Allan

Course Code: DDM057

Thu, day, 30 May - 27 Jun '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Any questions? drama@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0413

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What is the course about?

Recognising the different sections of a typical Flamenco choreography, and identifying which types of steps and moves – such as ‘llamada’ (call), ‘marcaje’ (marking), ‘escobilla’ (footwork) - may suit them. You will be involved in the creative process, and have the opportunity to perform the collaboratively designed dance sequence (or sections of it) at the end of the course. The course is suitable for improver and intermediate level students or those that have at least two years previous experience.

What will we cover?

• Identifying the different sections of a typical Flamenco song
• Integrating appropriate steps and moves into the choreography
• Performing a given llamada, and experimenting with a variety of marcaje and escobilla steps
• Researching, studying and analysing relevant sample dances and moves online
• Contributing creatively to the dance piece by sharing online video clips and making suggestions.
• Dancing Flamenco with an awareness of rhythm and expression.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Identify, describe and demonstrate different sections of a typical Flamenco song and dance piece
• Select the appropriate type of step or move according to which section of the flamenco song is being responded to
• Begin to create your own choreography
• Perform a section or two of the devised dance piece with a sense of ‘ownership’ of the choreography
• Experience the general benefits of dance which can include; improved fitness & flexibility, raised spirits, enhanced well-being and the ability to focus & concentrate.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for students of all ages, currently enrolled on a City Lit Flamenco: improvers and intermediate course or for those with at least two years previous experience. If you are unsure about your level please do not hesitate to contact us.

We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

Please Note: We do not usually accept under 19 year olds except in special circumstances - please see Students under 19 for more information.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a practical and dynamic dance class. You will be taught through demonstration, copying, correction, discussion, repetition and revision. You will work as a whole group as well as practising and demonstrating in class in small groups and in pairs. To consolidate learning you will be encouraged to make notes and / or record tutor demonstrations to support optional home practise. You will receive hand-outs as well as music and practise videos via a Google Classroom.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs however we recommend you bring a folder, notebook, pen and bottled water.

Women: Flamenco dance shoes; flamenco skirt (optional); leotards / T-shirts recommended - No baggy sweatshirts etc.

Men: Flamenco boots; comfortable trousers and a waistcoat.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Flamenco: improver and intermediate. Flamenco choreography (DDM057) or try one of our many other dance courses.

Danielle Allan Tutor Website

VOICE & SPEECH: Having trained at LAMDA (1981-1984) and having worked in all media (radio, TV, theatre, film) for over 40 years, Danielle has taught the Voice module of ‘CL Foundation Acting’ course since 1995. She continues this with as much enthusiasm as ever, and also teaches First Folio Shakespeare, Technical Voice, Communication Skills, English Pronunciation and Vocal Anatomy. FLAMENCO: Danielle trained in Classical Ballet, Tap and Jive, and was drawn to flamenco with all itsexpressive power. She has taught Flamenco at CL since 1999, and her company Flamenco Con Gusto offers both novice and experienced dancers the chance to perform alongside her in public while supported by seasoned professional flamenco guitarists and singers. DIRECTING: Danielle has written, directed and choreographed ‘Flamenco Musical Dramas’: integrating actors’ performances with Flamenco dance, music & song. Such productions include • LA MANADA (WAF May 2019) City Lit Theatre Company’s adaptations of Lorca’s plays: • SPIRITS WITHIN (aka The House of Bernarda Alba', July 2013 and July 2023) • YERMA FLAMENCA (Spring 2020) and a project combining Shakespeare and Flamenco ROMERA Y JULIETA (June 24)

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.