Flamenco: power and performance
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DS140
Duration: 3 sessions
What is the course about?
Identifying the fundamental pulse of the Spanish music.
Adopting the archetypal Flamenco dance posture
Performing ‘marcaje’ steps
Combining ‘marcaje’ steps with ‘braceo’ - arm movements
Performing a short dance sequence.
What will we cover?
Flamenco dance posture, tuning into rhythms, dancing with power, presence & panache.
Discussion of ‘duende’ and the circumstances under which Flamenco used to be / is currently performed.
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 ‘marcaje’ steps
Identify and tune into the fundamental pulse of ‘Seguirillas’
Discuss and describe the origins of Flamenco as a performance art
Demonstrate the archetypal Flamenco dance posture.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a general level course suitable for both beginners to those with more experience, perhaps wishing to consolidate their fundamental Flamenco dance skills. Suitable for all ages.
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, correction, copying, repetition and revision. We will work as a whole group in small groups and in pairs. To consolidate learning you will be encouraged to make notes and / or record tutor demonstration to support optional home practise. You will receive hand-outs and some written material.
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.
Women: Flamenco dance shoes (the tutor will provide information on shops / websites etc.) alternatively strong court shoes or boots with a strong but small heel - NO stilettos, sandals, platforms or trainers. Leotards / T-shirts recommended - NO baggy sweatshirts etc. Comfortable trousers / leggings initially, Flamenco / flared skirts optional.
Men: Flamenco boots (the tutor will provide information on shops / websites etc.) alternatively boots with a
Cuban heel or leather-soled shoes with slight heel - NO trainers. Comfortable trousers and a waistcoat.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Flamenco: beginners, Flamenco: improvers or Flamenco: intermediate or try one of our many other dance styles.
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.