Tap
Tap
Flamenco
Flamenco

BEGINNER FLAMENCO TECHNIQUE:  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 TECHNIQUE:  In this class, experienced 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)

Locomotor movements across the floor will combine skills of the upper and lower body.

Longer combinations of movement allow dancers to expand their ability to memorize movement sequences and execute choreography.



OPEN-LEVEL FLAMENCO CHOREOGRAPHY (Accompanied by LIVE FLAMENCO GUITAR):  The skills gained in technique classes will be put into practice by learning a choreography in the rhythm (palo) of Alegrías de Cádiz.  This class will be accompanied by flamenco guitarist Pat D’Aprile.  Students will:

Gain a greater understanding of the 12-beat palo of Alegrías de Cádiz

Learn to keep the rhythm (compás) with hand-clapping (palmas) to live music

Execute steps in the format of a traditional baile por Alegrías (salida, llamada, letra, silencio, castellana, escobilla, subira, bulerías de Cádiz)

Gain a greater understanding of the interaction between flamenco cante, toque, and baile

Practice skills and vocabulary learned in technique classes

Increase athletic/aerobic stamina by dancing longer choreographic phrases

Train the brain to memorize dance steps in a choreography

Odissi
Odissi
African Dance
African Dance
Afro-Cuban
Afro-Cuban
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Soul Vibes Yoga
Soul Vibes Yoga

Lee-Ann introduces this all-levels community 4-week series as she continues to explore the combination of Vinyasa yoga and live music accompaniment. Rhythmic beats and a steady flow of postures (asanas) powered by breath (pranayama) will lead the class on a journey that is stimulating to all senses. This class will also have live accompaniment!

Philly Dance Fitness
Philly Dance Fitness

Join in the awesome classes led by Philly Dance Fitness! This Fall, we are offering Cardio Pop, Zumba, POUND, Dance Party Boot Camp and Hip Hop.