Flamenco is a genre of music, song and dance that evolved in Spain over centuries. It is best known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet.
Our Flamenco BASICS course teaches the fundamentals of Flamenco dancing, found across many styles and variations of Flamenco. You’ll learn how to stand, how to hold and maneuver your clothing, how to palmas (clap), and how to perform standard Flamenco rhythms. We have plenty of practice skirts for students to borrow in class. Flamenco shoes are not compulsory when you begin, but a hard-soled shoe with a small heel (for both male and female students) is recommended to get the most out of the class.
There is a saying that a flamenco dance is like a fine wine: it gets better with age. No matter what your age, you can learn and enjoy the beauty of Flamenco dance!
Each class builds on lessons from the class before it (hence why term enrolment is required), progressively teaching you the core fundamentals of Flamenco dancing. Casual attendance is not permitted in this class, as attending class sporadically will not enable students to develop the skills needed to progress and enjoy our Beginner or Elementary Flamenco class.
After completing a BASICS course, you’ll have the skills to join an Absolute Beginners Flamenco Class, or a Standard Beginners/Elementary Flamenco Class. You can do the BASICS course as many times as you like, until you feel confident enough to progress to another level. We advise you speak to your teacher regularly to check on your progress and see when you’ll be ready to move up. Please remember that everyone learns differently and at a different pace. It’s important not to compare yourself to others. Aim to be patient with yourself, and trust in the process.
We welcome you to experience our adult flamenco classes in a welcoming, non-competitive atmosphere with supportive classmates and teachers.
Flamenco BASICS teacher Emma Macmillan is a trained dancer and instructor, having studied under and performed alongside internationally renowned names in the flamenco world.