Flamenco: beginners

Course Dates: 02/11/19 - 14/12/19
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn fundamental flamenco dance moves, steps and rhythms in an energising and supportive atmosphere. Experience the rich complexity of this Andalucian Gypsy art form, and develop presence, fitness and coordination. Please note that there is no class on Saturday 16 November.


What is the course about?

In this fun and dynamic course you will learn fundamental Flamenco dance moves, steps and rhythms in an energising and supportive atmosphere. Experience the rich complexity of this Andalucian Gypsy art form, and develop presence, fitness and co-ordination.

What will we cover?

Physical warm-up / cool-down.
Flamenco posture and style.
Basic footwork combinations.
Basic co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrists / turns.
The origins of Flamenco, its history and multi-cultural roots.
Tuning into Flamenco music with 'palmas' - rhythmic hand-clapping.
Choreography and complete short dances.
End of term presentations and public performance opportunities.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Embody the fundamental Flamenco dance posture and style.
Demonstrate with accuracy a selection of basic footwork combinations.
Use basic co-ordination of arms / feet / head / wrists / turns.
Describe the origins of Flamenco
Distinguish the 'compás' (the rhythmic pulse, the beat) of Flamenco
Perform a selection of short basic choreographies and dances.

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

This course is suitable for beginners.

A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. 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.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In this practical and dynamic class, you will be taught Flamenco dance by explanation, demonstration, correction, copying, repetition & revision. Whole group work / small groups / pair work in class to consolidate learning. Support in taking notes so as to record learning and to enable you to practise steps between classes. Hand-outs / copies of written material to support practical learning. Optional visits to see recommended Flamenco performances in the London area. Work outside of class might include; viewing of Flamenco videos / DVDs in class / at home, home practice.

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?

A folder, notebook & pen

Women: Flamenco dance shoes - the tutor will provide information on shops / websites etc. alternatively,
strong court shoes with small strong heel - NO stilettos, sandals, platforms or trainers. Leotards / T-shirts
recommended - NO baggy sweatshirts etc. Comfortable trousers initially, Flamenco / flared skirts by term 2.
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?

Continue with beginners or speak to the teacher to discuss the Flamenco: improvers class.


Customer Reviews 6 item(s)

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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 loved the first year of flamenco. Teacher is excellent, we could all see progress and enjoyed dancing. Lots of culture and Spanish language as well. Love it!
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Review by FlamencoLady / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
Do it, it's challenging and fantastic! :) :) :)
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Review by Ursula / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
Great opportunity to learn a new dance , improve posture, coordination and meet like minded people .
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Review by Seniora Zorra / (Posted on 17/12/2018)
If flamenco is calling to you, this course is the one to choose!

The depth and richness of the course content provided by the highly knowledgeable and experienced tutor gives you a head start.

I have found that if you have the ambition to dance Flamenco, the tutor in this class will make sure you achieve it.
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Review by El Gato / (Posted on 31/07/2017)
If you want to learn flamenco, this is the course to do so! One of the most enthusiastic teachers I've ever met. Every term we learned a new dance and the tutor was always patient to demonstrate and teach us the steps. She even motivated us to perform our newly learned skills at the end of term student- show. I can really highly recommend this class.
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Review by Al / (Posted on 28/07/2017)
This is a perfect course for people who are not only interested in learning to dance flamenco but also learn almost everything encompassing it and its origin and evolution.

The best thing about the course is the knowledgeable, patient and generous tutor who treats everyone with the same amount of energy and enthusiasm regardless of their ability and degree of progress. She is passionate; both about flamenco and teaching. Being a perfectionist, corrects one endlessly hoping to improve one’s technical skills. One is also taught how to use strategies and techniques to help with learning and remembering the choreographies.

This course lays a perfect foundation for the next stage. It also is a fun way to improve one’s posture, flexibility and balance. I totally recommend this course to all ages.
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Review by Giti / (Posted on 12/07/2017)
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 Build 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.

Book your place

Course Code: DDB053

Please choose a course date 

Sat, day, 02 Nov - 14 Dec '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £89.00
Senior fee: £89.00
Concession: £54.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2542

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.

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