Flamenco dance: arms, hands and body
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
Adopting archetypal Flamenco dance upper-body moves and postures we will perform a variety of ‘braceo’ – arm movements and ‘flores y filigranas’ - combined wrist curls and arm movements. Technical exercises develop into short dance sequences that accommodate absolute beginners as well as experienced students. This course is suitable for men and women of all ages and any dance background.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Flamenco dance postures the four 'T’s'; Twist, Tilt, Typewriter and Toro
Introduction to Flamenco music ‘Tangos de Cerro’
Dancing with upper-body grace, style & panache.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Perform with presence, style and power a short dance sequence that includes ‘braceo’ and ‘flores y filigranas’
Identify and tune into the fundamental rhythm of ‘Tangos del Cerro’
Demonstrate a selection of archetypal Flamenco dance postures.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for both beginners as well as those with more experience, perhaps wishing to consolidate their fundamental Flamenco dance skills. Suitable for men and women of all ages.
A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. 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.
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, correction, copying, repetition and revision. We will work online, generally as a whole group with the possibility of working in small groups within Zoom break-out rooms. To consolidate learning you will be encouraged to make notes, and you will receive hand-outs and some material via the course’s corresponding Google Classroom.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
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.
Shoes (Flamenco or other) are optional since we shall be focusing on upper-body moves. Leotards / snug T-shirts recommended. No baggy sweatshirts etc. Comfortable trousers / leggings. Flamenco / flared skirts optional.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Flamenco: beginners or speak to the teacher to discuss the Flamenco: improvers class.
VOICE & SPEECH: Having trained at LAMDA (1981-1984) and worked in all media, Danielle has taught the voice module of the Foundation in Drama course since 1995. She continues this with as much enthusiasm as ever, alongside teaching Actor'sVoice, Communication Skills, and Vocal Anatomy. FLAMENCO: Danielle trained in classical ballet, tap and jive, and was drawn to flamenco with all its intricate expressive power. She has taught Flamenco since 1999, and also runs her own company Flamenco Con Gusto, which provides performance opportunities for students of flamenco. DIRECTING: Having performed a decade of monthly full-length improvised plays with FLUXX Theatre, Danielle now writes, directs and choreographs Flamenco Musical Dramas: films and theatre productions that integrate actors’ performances with flamenco dance, music & song. Such productions include 'La Manada' (WAF 2019) and City Lit Theatre Company’s adaptation of Lorca’s play 'YERMA Flamenca' (Spring 2020). If you are interested in taking part in this exciting project, check the course outline for DRA141, and contact the Drama Department to arrange your audition.
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.