What is the course about?
Identifying the fundamental pulse of ‘Seguirillas’
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.
Also the opportunity to perform this ‘work in progress’ on the evening of Friday 3 August as part of The Build Spanish weekend.
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
(Optional) Perform this ‘work in progress’ on the evening of Friday 3 August as part of The Build Spanish weekend.
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?
Weekly term time classes:
Flamenco: beginners (course code DDB050)
Thursday's 20 Sept – 6 Dec 2018 10.30-12.00
Flamenco: improvers (course code DDM050)
Thursday's 20 Sept – 6 Dec 2018 12.15-13.45.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details