Wednesdays online classes, 6:45-8:00pm:
This online class is ideal for the flamenco dancer who already has some experience and wants to pick up more material for bulerias. We will be learning short combinations to assorted letras and estribillos, then working on how we might mix and match steps and make different choreographic and improvisational choices along the way. A good class for anyone wanting to prepare for fin de fiesta opportunities and juergas.
Thursday classes monthly content & goals:
Beginner: Sessions 1 & 2 (1 hr).
Castanet / Sevillanas review: Session 1 (30 min).
Intermediate: Sessions 2 & 3 (1 hr).
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Session 1: Castanets and Sevillanas review, 7-7:30pm
Castanets: During this half-hour session, we’ll be working on the how-to’s of castanets, starting with technique-building exercises that will help us develop our finger rolls, and using Sevillanas patterns to challenge ourselves rhythmically. The first part of the session will be dedicated to building our dexterity, working specifically on the castanets. Those who are already familiar with Sevillanas dance, this is also a good opportunity to review Sevillanas choreography, as Claudia will be demonstrating how the various castanet patterns fit with Sevillanas steps.
Sevillanas: Dancers who do not wish to focus on castanets, feel free to arrive a few minutes after 7pm and jump in partway through the class, once you see that the castanet warm-up and technique exercises portions of the session are nearing the end. This mixed approach is novel to our classes, so we would like to offer the November sessions with no specific rate in mind but rather as, “tip the teach” sessions via our virtual or physical tip jars. We are also very grateful for tips of a different kind – namely, feedback that can help us refine this hybrid approach for following months.
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Session 2: Intermediates Merger, 7:30-8pm
In this class, beginners and intermediates will work side-by-side on bulerias (marcaje and remates). The first 5-10-minutes will include dynamic movements of circular motions of the arms, knee lifts, torso twists, and ankle rolls for those just entering. Those who attended the absolute beginner session can take the opportunity to work on alignment, positioning, and body aesthetic during this time, or reserve their spot and practice rhythm & footwork in the Front Hall common area until the end of this 2nd warm-up. Intermediates are encouraged to arrive 5-10-minutes early and find their own space in the Front Hall and to start warming-up on their own.
November: Drilling of footwork and body percussion that will be used in the marcajes and remates. These drills will increase in speed and complexity throughout the weeks. Working on palmas to bulerias al golpe, learning to hear the cue when 3 is accented and then responding with a recoger on the 2nd half of the compas. Working on a handful of different marcaje steps, starting with variations that are quite open, gradually adding more sounds to the steps.
December: Becoming more precise and confident in the drills, trying to commit certain drills to memory by doing rounds with just palmas and not following the instructor. Working on hearing the 12/8 underlying the 6/8 ‘al golpe,’ and alternating between the two. Putting the various marcaje steps and rematitos/cierres to different letras, and learning to make your own choices while dancing.
This class is ideal for picking up steps that can be used in an improvised scenario, such as a fin de fiesta, where you might not have your flamenco shoes or be thoroughly warmed up, and where you don’t have to have the highest technical level or footwork speed to be able to “rip up the dance floor,” flamenco-style.
Session 3: Intermediate Challenge, 8-8:30pm
This session is for dancers with flamenco experience who are ready to “kick it up a notch” by trying some more challenging drills that are either more intricate or faster, and then work on inserting more footwork and body percussion in bulerias marcajes, remates, and llamadas.
November: Working mainly on drills and short combinations that can later be inserted into a letra. Learning to “speak the rhyhtm” and becoming more secure about where in the compas the soniquete is and on what counts different strokes land. Speed, intricacy, precision, and intensity increasing throghout the month.
December: Repeating the percussive marcajes, intricate remates and llamadas overtop of cante; mixing and matching different steps, and experimenting with responding to a couple of different letras.