Solange Gomes students will be able to learn not only some Flamenco technique but also the discipline and commitment inherent in learning an art form. The dance is also used as a way to uncover Spanish history, language, culture and social studies.
The students learn about the development and cultural influences of Flamenco, the three elements comprising the art and the music and dance techniques. The educational advantages in learning through real life experiences are unmatched and will heighten the students’ appreciation of cultural diversity in our communities.
Flamenco guitarists John Major and/or Jerry Parsons accompany the classes. Having live music allows the student to directly incorporate the music and compás (rhythm) of flamenco. Classes are structured in progressing levels of development from introductory to pre-professional training. Student performing experience is offered with recitals and community shows.
RDT Community School
Flamenco I - 5:30 pm
Flamenco II - 7:30pm
Pre-registration (all classes in the session),10 classes for $100 (punch card) or $12 for a single class
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center - 138 W 300 So - Downtown, SLC
Go to http://rdtutah.org/danceclasses.html or call 801-534-1000 for info
Video by John H. Lee
University of Utah
Movement in Culture - DANC4571
Dance in Culture – DANC1010
Tablado Rehearsal Studio
Available for private and semi-private lessons
Flamenco guitar lessons
Guidelines to help students determine their level when registering for a class:
Beginner level: Students who don’t have any previous experience with Flamenco Dance. In this class the student will overview braceo (arm movements), taconeo (footwork), palmas (claps) and choreography.
Advanced Beginner level: Students who have already had previous experience with Flamenco dance (6 months to two years experience).
Intermediate level: Students who have acquired a basic knowledge of the different body – footwork and arms techniques used in Flamenco dance - and who have already worked with complete choreographies of some basic forms such as Tangos, Rumbas and Sevillanas (all 4 coplas) and pursue between two and three years experience.
Advanced Intermediate level: Students who have achieved technical control and retain extensive knowledge of the techniques of Flamenco dance and forms among which we would include Bulerias, Seguiriyas, Tientos y Solea. At least three years experience. Advanced level classes are geared towards the students interested in more performing experience. As well as focusing on both technique and choreography, emphasis is placed on stage presence, palmas, and communication with musicians (strength building for performance).
Shoes for both men and women should be hard soled, enclosed and low heeled for a first class. Flamenco shoes (with tiny nail heads on the toe and heel) are expected when student signs up for the session. Women should also wear a long, full skirt and a leotard or top comfortable to move in.
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