New or Returning to Flamenco?
We understand that starting dance classes as an adult can be daunting, especially the idea of joining a class where students have already been taking classes, even if only for a few months. To help you overcome this, we have a 6-week BASICS course. These courses are specifically for adults with little to no dance experience. You can join our BASICS courses comforted in the knowledge that others in the class are also complete novice dancers like you.
The BASICS courses are designed to really break things down to the bare basics. Starting with concepts like posture, the names of the different positions, and how the steps relate to each other. Each course runs for 6-weeks, consisting of one 75-minute class per week. Each class builds on from the class before it (hence why term enrolment is required) teaching the student the core fundamentals of that style. We do not allow casual attendance in this class as attending class sporadically will not enable students to really understand the basics, and develop the skills needed to progress and enjoy a Beginner or Elementary class.
After completing a BASICS course, you will have the skills to give you the confidence to join an Absolute Beginners class, or a standard Beginners/Elementary Class. You can choose to do a BASICS course as many times as you like, until you feel confident enough to progress to another level. We advise that you speak to your teacher regularly to touch base on your progress and see when you will be ready to move up. Please remember that everyone learns differently and at a different pace. It is important not to compare yourself to others, and just be patient with yourself, and trust in the process.
Flamenco BASICS COURSE
Karen Henderson is currently a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the University of Western Australia. Trained in ballet from an early age it was her first teacher, Eleanor Hay, who suggested she take up Spanish dance at nine years of age.
We have a timetable of casual drop-in classes for a variety of levels from Beginners to Advanced dancers in various styles. Dancers are welcome to join these classes at any time without any long term commitment.
We have a full schedule of classes. We run day time classes on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 930am, as well as evening classes on Mondays-Thursday from 530pm.
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Flamenco is a genre of music, song and dance that evolved in Spain over centuries. It is highly influenced by the nomadic gypsies that brought the arts and culture from the ends of the earth including China, India and the Middle East. Flamenco is known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, expressive use of the arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet.
The Cante (singing), Toque (guitar playing), dance and Palmas (handclaps) are the principal facets of flamenco. As with any dance form, many different styles of flamenco have developed. We have classes for absolute beginners, right through to advanced dancers. Our teachers have had years of experience in Spain, the UK and the USA mastering their craft in Flamenco.
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 suggested to get the most out of the class.