FLAMENCO CLASSES BEGIN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8!
Center for Flamenco Arts
4 W 43rd Street, 8th Fl, NYC
SCHEDULE BY LEVEL
INTRO TO FLAMENCO - Level I - Tangos
Thursday 7:30 - 8:30pm
BEGINNER - Level II - Farruca
Sunday 1:00-2:00pm AND Thursday 6:00 - 7:00pm
ADVANCED BEGINNER - Level III - Fandangos
Sunday 12:00-1:00pm AND Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm
INTERMEDIATE - Level IV - Alegrias
Sundays 10:00-11:00am AND Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
TANGOS/BULERIAS IMPROV - All Levels
Sundays 11:00 - 12:00pm
PALMAS - All Levels
Wednesdays 7:00 - 7:30pm
SEVILLANAS - All Levels
Thursdays 7:00 - 7:30pm
SCHEDULE BY DAY OF WEEK
10:00-11:00am - Intermediate
11:00-12:00pm - Tangos/Bulerias Improv
12:00-1:00pm - Advanced Beginner
1:00 - 2:00pm - Beginner
6:00 - 7:00pm - Intermediate
7:00 - 7:30pm - Palmas
7:30 - 8:30pm - Advanced Beginner
6:00-7:00pm - Beginner
7:00 - 7:30pm - Sevillanas
7:30-8:30pm - Introduction to Flamenco
FULL CLASS - 1 HOUR
Intro, Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, & Tangos/Buleria Improv
HALF CLASS - 30 MIN
palmas & sevillanas
*Classes can be purchased with cash, check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Class Packs are for the FALL SEMESTER ONLY and must be used by December 15th, 2019.
*Non-refundable and non-transferable.
INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO - Level I
For those who have never taken a flamenco class before, need a refresher, or have little to no dance experience, INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO - Level I is the class for you. This class is an introduction to flamenco's basic elements by developing a solid foundation in its various techniques including: floreo (hand movements), braceo (arm movements), zapateado (footwork), marcajes (marking steps), compas y palmas (rhythms and hand-clapping), giros (turns) and proper placement of the body. Students are encouraged to practice on their own IN ADDITION to the class in order to progress their training. This fall semester we will learn choreography for TANGOS DE PEPICO.
BEGINNER - Level II
Beginner - Level II is a continuation of the Intro to Flamenco level but at a faster pace and with further complexity. We will review the basic elements by further developing your foundation in the various techniques including: floreo (hand movements), braceo (arm movements), zapateado (footwork), marcajes (marking steps), compas y palmas (rhythms and hand-clapping), giros (turns) and proper placement of the body. This is a harder class than the Intro level BUT it is highly recommend for those who wish to take their training to the next level. Students are encouraged to practice on their own IN ADDITION to the class in order to progress their training. This fall semester we will learn choreography for FARRUCA.
ADVANCED BEGINNER - Level III
Advanced Beginner - Level III is geared toward students who have experience studying flamenco for at least one to two years.. We will review the elements and techniques that were covered in the Intro to Flamenco and Beginner level but now at a faster pace and with even more complexity. Your foundation in flamenco technique will be reviewed and further developed and pushed. Students are encouraged to practice on their own IN ADDITION to the class in order to progress their training. This fall semester we will learn choreography for FANDANGOS DE HUELVA.
INTERMEDIATE - Level IV
Intermediate - Level IV is geared toward the more experienced student who has studied flamenco for at least two to three years. You will need to have a basic understanding of its rhythms, compas, vocabulary and techniques. We dive deeper into all elements and further develop your technique and musical ear while implementing its style and characteristics while staying true to your personality. More complicated rhythms and patterns are explored in this level. Students are encouraged to practice on their own IN ADDITION to the class in order to progress their training. This fall semester we will learn choreography for ALEGRIAS DE CADIZ.
TANGOS/BULERIAS IMPROV WITH LIVE CANTE - All Levels
TANGOS/BULERIAS IMPROV WITH LIVE CANTE is a new class being offered this fall. Students will learn how to properly do what is called “pata por Tangos” or a “Pata por Buleria”. “Pata” simply refers to a super short improv dance you would do at a party, gathering, or at the end of a show where you are invited up to dance. Some experience is ideal but not necessary. We will learn super simple and basic marking steps, remates and llamadas to choose from then put them together to live cante. You will be encouraged to try it by yourself.
PALMAS - All Levels
The PALMAS class is a basic overview of the proper way to do palmas within flamenco. We will work on our rhythm, the proper way to do palmas to accompany the cante, toque and baile for the various types of palos (rhythms), including how to do counter-time. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! This class is a MUST for students who are taking ANY dance class, because without rhythm YOU CAN NOT DANCE! This is also a great class for those who do not wish to take a dance class due to injury or limited ability.
SEVILLANAS - All Levels
SEVILLANAS is a traditional folk dance of southern Spain that is often danced at celebrations in pairs or alone. It is a fun and interactive way to get a jump start in flamenco. It is also a great transition into flamenco. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! For 30 minutes every week we will learn the 4 coplas (dances) that make up one sevillanas dance. Castanets will be used in January.
PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS FOR ALL LEVELS & OCCASIONS
Private and semi-private lessons are available for varying needs and occasions. Offering classes for a wedding dance, competition prep, special performances, birthdays and parties, corporate events and more! CALL OR EMAIL FOR RATES.
KIDS FLAMENCO + FLAMENCO FOR SENIORS
These specialized classes for children or seniors are catered to those with little to no experience with flamenco dance. Experienced dancers in other genres are welcome. They will obtain an in-depth experience of the Spanish art form and learn its history, culture, geography and vocabulary. Students will be exposed to flamenco’s basic dance concepts, learn choreography, be involved in the creative process. They are required to have proper dance attire and shoes for the class. Call or email for rates.
Menkes* 250 W. 54th Street, Suit 804, Manhattan
Sansha* 888 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan (*Get a 10% discount when you mention you take class with Xianix)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I ATTEND CLASS? The classes are structured in such a way that the student gets the most out of their experience and are able to progress at a faster rate if they attend twice a week. Life often gets in the way and students can only attend once a week. That is fine. Ideally twice a week is the way to go as your muscle memory and mental memory are developed simultaneously. You develop retention, stamina, and consistency.
ATTIRE FOR CLASS? Form fitting clothes such as tank tops, leotards, tights, and track pants with a skirt or vest. Loose fitting clothes make proper body placement, lines and form difficult to see. Please do not attend class is casual clothing or work attire as you will not be permitted to take the class.
SHOES? Flamenco shoes are an investment for all. Only purchase shoes if you're committed to classes. See BELOW for places to purchase. For your first few classes you can wear closed-toe shoes such as dress shoes or boots with sturdy heels, or character shoes. Stiletto shoes and sneakers are NO GOOD. Call or email for assistance.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT LEVEL I AM? There are class descriptions listed below for you to assess which level is best suited for you. If you're still unsure please call or email me. You are welcome to observe the class before you take it but I always encourage students to take the class rather than watch to get a proper feel for the class.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS? I offer private and semi-private lessons to cater to your particular needs, whether it is to mount a choreography, work out kinks in a choreography you already have, a couples wedding dance, a competition, mommy-and-me, etc.
RECITALS? Students are encouraged to participate in the annual showcase that happens in June. A smaller more informal showcase is presented in December for our holiday party. Students showcase what they've been working on throughout the semester, dress up in traditional flamenco attire, and strut their stuff while enjoying libations and tapas from Spain.
CAN I ATTEND CLASS EVERY NOW AND THEN OR JUST TO GET A WORKOUT? No!! If you start flamenco classes with that idea in mind, then most likely flamenco classes are not a good fit for you. Flamenco is one of the most complicated dance forms to study. It will be a year or two before you start breaking a sweat in class or like what you see in the mirror. The initial classes are awkward, frustrating and slow. You have to be patient with yourself as it is more of a mental challenge than a physical one. For this reason, it is not advisable to drop in whenever you feel like it because it is not the type of dance form that you can quickly “pick up”. It requires a steadfast dedication and commitment to not only attend class consistently but to make time to practice and review on your own. You will get out of these classes what you put into it. If you come once a week and don’t practice/review you will be lost and hence frustrated. We have created a wonderful community of students and artists that are supportive and encouraging of one another in this difficult yet rewarding journey of flamenco. We have great fun learning, laughing, and enjoying ourselves.
DO YOU HAVE VIDEOS I CAN USE TO PRACTICE? Yes! I have a private Facebook group and Whatsapp group for students to post videos of the material covered in class every other week so that you can practice and review on your own.