Flamenco: improvers

Course Dates: 23/04/20 - 02/07/20
Time: 11:45 - 13:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

A friendly, intensive class, with live guitar accompaniment, that focuses on the confident execution of flamenco dance with pleasure, passion and panache. Performance opportunities throughout the year. You will need to have danced flamenco for at least a year and have completed our beginner's classes or equivalent.


What is the course about?

Move beyond the basic Flamenco steps you mastered in the beginners classes. This friendly and intensive class is accompanied by live Flamenco guitar and you will learn more complex steps, combinations and dances.

What will we cover?

Physical warm-up / cool-down
Flamenco posture and style
Footwork combinations
Co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrists / forward turns / back turns / castanets / fans
Development of stamina
Tuning into Flamenco music with palmas - rhythmic hand-clapping
Choreography and complete dances
Revision of dances previously learnt

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...

Consistently embody Flamenco dance posture and style with ease and panache
Accurately demonstrate a selection of elementary level footwork combinations
Accurately demonstrate co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrists
Demonstrate back turns and forward turns combined with a variety of arm positions
Demonstrate basic use of castanets and fans, co-ordinated with a variety of steps and arm movements
Accurately and confidently distinguish the compas of a variety of Flamenco palos and demonstrate this by accompanying the music and dance with appropriate complex palmas
Perform a selection of elementary level choreographies and dances.

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

For anyone who has had a minimum of one year / 60hrs Flamenco dance experience.

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 / DVDs 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 will provide information on shops / websites where you can get the appropriate Flamenco dance accessories:

Women: Flamenco dance shoes, leotards / T-shirts recommended - NO baggy sweatshirts, jeans etc. Flamenco skirts, Cordoba hat, castanets and Flamenco fan.

Men: Flamenco dance boots; waistcoat, Cordoba hat and castanets.

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

Continue with Flamenco improver.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their flamenco skills
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Review by Sarah / (Posted on 21/11/2019)
I have found the course perfect for what I wanted. I have never danced Bulerias before and now I feel I can dance it! Lots of information provided and encouraged by tutor. We received hand-outs and videos of Bulerias, also learnt Bulerias rhythm/compas with palmas. I was very happy with this course.
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Review by Jenny / (Posted on 22/09/2017)
If you have tried dancing flamenco on holiday you know how much fun it can be. This course takes you there and beyond into the deep spirit of duende. Sure it's complicated, making feet and arms work to different rhythms in different directions, but the huge enthusiasm, energy and patience of the tutor carries you through to the brilliant moment when it all comes together. Challenges galore but a vast sense of achievement as well.
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Review by The short one / (Posted on 03/08/2017)
This course is a natural progression from beginners, teaching new dances, as well as the more sophisticated development of some moves previously learnt in beginners class.

The tutor makes sure that everyone still stays just within their learning "comfort zone" in each lesson, and throughout we improve our knowledge and sharpen our performance skills, as well as learning new dances.
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Review by El Gato / (Posted on 31/07/2017)
This is a great class for getting to know about flamenco and improving. The tutor has a unique and fun teaching style and will bring out the dancer in you.
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Review by Carmen / (Posted on 29/07/2017)
Tutor Biographies
Danielle Allan Tutor Website

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.

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Course Code: DDM052

Thu, day, 23 Apr - 02 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00
Concession: £97.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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