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
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?
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.