Workshops & Events
Guitar Workshop: Creating the Flamenco Sound - July 21
For guitarists of all levels and musical genres, join Julian Berg for an on-line workshop as he demonstrates and explains the critical elements of the flamenco sound. You can follow along on your guitar or observe and learn with Julian, who has trained with Jesús Panea Morente from Extremadura, Spain and in Paco Peña’s flamenco program at Codarts conservatory in the Netherlands. In addition to ongoing performances, he offers classes in guitar – flamenco and the fundamentals of jazz and classical – in KW and the GTA.
In the Studio with Claudia Aguirre: Flamenco Footwork Techniques - July 24
Tune-in to Claudia Aguirre’s personal footwork practice. During this session, you are invited into Claudia’s home studio to get an insider’s view of the regimented practice required for honing footwork skills – the incremental steps needed to build up footwork, stamina, and rhythmic precision. Through this session, we aim to increase appreciation of flamenco dance for practitioners and non-practitioners alike. While this is not an instructional session, we hope it can provide insight for those who have already begun their flamenco training journey, on how they might be able to apply some of Claudia’s approaches into their own practice (i.e. use of metronome and “drills”). This session might be of particular interest to musicians (e.g. percussionists) interested in learning more about flamenco dance and hoping to someday accompany it live.
Claudia has studied flamenco dance and vocals in Toronto and Spain, and holds an M.A. from York University’s Department of Dance. She offers vocal and dance training in KW and the GTA.
In the Studio with Claudia Aguirre: Flamenco Braceo - July 27
Our global lock-down period has given Claudia Aguirre the unique opportunity to further explore her dance vocabulary, in particular the possibilities of flamenco arm-work (braceo) and hands (floreo). In this session, Claudia invites you into her home studio, where she will demonstrate the different approaches to flamenco’s upper body-work. This will range from the foundational positions of the arms and alignment of the body, to the more nuanced transitions from one pose to another. Through this “behind the scenes” session, we hope to inspire flamenco dance students to explore these intricacies in their own training, and to make all audience members more cognizant of flamenco’s aesthetic tradition and evolving practice.
Claudia has studied flamenco dance and vocals in Toronto, The Netherlands, and Spain, and holds an M.A. from York University’s Department of Dance. She offers vocal and dance training in KW and the GTA.
Cyber Dance Class with Ronaldo Monge & Josie Sinnadurai! - July 21, 28, 29
This 3-part workshop will begin with a 15-20 minute instructional video, created specially for the Shadow KW Flamenco Fest 2020. In this instructional video, guest artists Ronaldo Monge and Josie Sinnadurai will demonstrate and break down two separate dance sequences. Each one is short but packed full of energy, with lively steps you can use at any flamenco party (surely on everyone’s bucket list for as soon as this social distancing period safely ends). Parts 2 & 3 include interactive on-line sessions with each of the artists. During these sessions, registrants can meet the dancers, ask for points clarification, and practice together as a “virtual” group. This online class is geared towards those who have already taken flamenco classes and know the basics of the movements, technique, and vocabulary.
Both Ronaldo and Josie have been guests at the previous Little KW Flamenco Fests, wowing the audiences with their energy and talent. Ronaldo has studied in Granada, Spain and runs his own tablao shows in Chicago. Josie has studied extensively in Seville, Spain and recently toured with the welsh National Opera. We eagerly welcome their return!