BEGINNER FLAMENCO: This class will center around learning and improving students' understanding of the following core flamenco dance principles:
- Proper posture and body positioning (colocación)
-Percussive footwork (zapateo); including the parts of the feet used to make sound; the ball of the foot (planta), the heel (tacón), the whole foot (golpe), and the point of the toe (punta)
-Movement of the arms/port de bras (braceo) and the circular movement of the hands (floreo)
-Basic turns (vueltas)
-Simple movement patterns that mark the beat (marcaje)
-Two types of rhythmic hand-clapping (palmas sordas/palmas altas)
-Basic understanding of select flamenco rhythms (palos)
-Locomotor movements across the floor will combine skills of the upper and lower body.
INTERMEDIATE FLAMENCO: In this class, dancers will gain a more thorough understanding of flamenco dance technique by learning:
-More complex footwork (zapateo) to improve speed, agility, efficiency, and strength. The incorporation of select tap dance steps will expand students' vocabulary and ability to express sounds and rhythms.
-Larger variety of arm and hand work/port de bras (braceo)
-More intricate movement patterns that mark the beat (marcaje)
-Advanced turns (vueltas)
-Longer combinations of movement allow dancers to expand their ability to memorize movement sequences and execute choreography.