Flamenco: general level
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DDM051
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will cover fundamental technique for footwork and co-ordination (with more complex variations for the more experienced students), as well as dance sequences and performance skills.
What will we cover?
Physical warm-up / cool-down
Flamenco posture and style
Co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrists / forward turns
Tuning into Flamenco music with palmas - rhythmic hand-clapping
Choreography and complete dances
There will be end of term presentations and public performance opportunities.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Embody Flamenco dance posture and style with ease and panache
Demonstrate a selection of beginner / improver level footwork combinations
Demonstrate co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrists
Perform a selection of beginner / improver level dance sequences.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners, as well as for experienced students (with up to 5 years' experience) wishing to consolidate and extend their training in fundamental Flamenco dance technique and performance.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions.
• Use numbers to recognise musical phrasing within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In this practical and dynamic class, students will be taught Flamenco dance through explanation, demonstration, copying, repetition, revision and practising to live and recorded Flamenco music. Through whole group work / small groups / pair work in class to consolidate learning. Through support in taking notes, so as to record learning and to enable students to practise / revise steps between classes (optional). Through hand-out / copies of written material to support practical learning.
There will be optional visits to see recommended Flamenco performances in the London area and viewing of Flamenco videos in class / at home.
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?
Notebook (optional). The tutor can provide information on where you can get the appropriate Flamenco dance accessories:
Women: Flamenco dance shoes, flamenco skirt and leotards / T-shirts recommended - NO baggy sweatshirts, jeans etc.
Men: Flamenco dance boots; waistcoat.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Flamenco: beginner or Flamenco: improver and intermediate classes or try one of our many other dance courses.
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).
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.