FLAMENCO DANCE CLASSES
NEW 5-WEEK SUMMER INTENSIVE
JUNE 23 - JULY 28
*no class July 4th
VIEW SCHEDULE BY LEVEL
INTRO TO FLAMENCO - Level I (1x week)
Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm
BEGINNER - Level II (2x week)
Sundays 1:00 - 2:00pm
& Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30pm
ADVANCED BEGINNER - Level III (2x week)
Sundays 12:00 - 1:00pm
& Thursdays 7:30 - 8:30pm
ADV BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE - Level IV (2x week)
Sundays 10:00 - 11:00am
& Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00pm
FLAMENCO PROPS - All Levels (1x week)
Sundays 11:00 - 12:00pm
PALMAS - All Levels (1x week)
Thursdays 7:00 - 7:30
VIEW SCHEDULE BY DAY OF THE WEEK
10:00-11:00am - Adv Beginner / Intermediate
11:00-12:00pm - Flamenco Props All Levels
12:00-1:00pm - Advanced Beginner
1:00 - 2:00pm - Beginner
5:30-6:30pm - NEW Intro to Flamenco
6:30-7:30pm - Beginner
6:00 - 7:00pm - Adv Beginner / Intermediate
7:00 - 7:30pm - Palmas All Levels
7:30 - 8:30pm - Advanced Beginner
Center for Flamenco Arts
4 West 43rd Street - 8th Fl, NYC
*Classes can be purchased with cash, check, PayPal, Venmo or Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Class Packs are for the summer intensive ONLY and must be used by July 28th, 2019.
*Non-refundable and non-transferable.
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 is 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.
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.
LEVEL? 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.
PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS? I offer private and semi-private lessons to cater to your particular needs, whether its to mount or work out kinks in a choreography, 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 showcase is presented in December for our holiday party. Student showcase what they've been working on throughout the semester, dress up in traditional flamenco attire, and strut their stuff!
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, my structured flamenco are not 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 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. I have worked hard to establish a wonderful community of students and artists that are supportive and encouraging of one another in this difficult yet rewarding journey.
DO YOU HAVE VIDEOS I CAN USE TO PRACTICE? Yes! I have a private Facebook group where I and other students post videos of the material covered in class so that you can practice and review on your own.
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)
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: 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 move along in your training and progression. This summer course will focus solely on technique. We will work on new choreography in the fall.
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: 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 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 move along in your training and progression. This summer course will focus solely on technique. We will work on new choreography in the fall.
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 move along in your training and progression. This summer course will focus solely on technique. We will work on new choreography in the fall.
ADVANCED BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE - Level IV
Advanced Beginner / 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 move along in your training and progression. This summer course will focus solely on technique. We will work on new choreography in the fall.
FLAMENCO PROPS - Open Level
FLAMENCO PROPS - Open Level is a NEW class we will have this summer that covers a basic overview of several traditional props used in flamenco including: Abanico (fan), Mantón (shawl), Bastón (cane) and Castañuelas (castanets). NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! This is also a great class for those who do not wish to take a dance class due to injury or limited ability. Please come with your own props. If you do not have one, you can rent them from me. Please check the student calendar to see which prop will be covered that day.
PALMAS - Open Level
PALMAS - Open Level is a NEW class we will have this summer that covers 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.
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.