What is Flamenco? Flamenco is a unique musical form from Andalucia, the southern region of Spain. The roots of flamenco go back hundreds of year when Spanish, Muslim, Jewish and Gypsy (Roma) cultures all mixed, resulting in a musical form that was preserved and developed in later centuries. Although flamenco is danced by both men and women, female dancers called “bailaoras” have dominated in the popular imagination, since flamenco provides a unique opportunity for women to express strength, vulnerability, sensuality and an almost infinite range of emotions. Flamenco at Flamencura Flamencura Music and Dance Studio opened its doors in May, 2010 as Austin’s only dance studio dedicated to Flamenco. Flamencura has a lovely 750 square foot main studio, equipped with mirrors and sprung plywood floors specially designed for flamenco dancing. Most of our dance classes are taught by founder Olivia Chacon. She has danced flamenco for over fifteen years, including more than four years of study in Spain with the world’s greatest flamenco stars. She is an experienced performer, having danced in theaters and flamenco tablaos throughout Texas, Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Cyprus. Olivia is also a seasoned instructor, and enjoys introducing new students of all ages to the joys of flamenco through her original choreographies. Our Classes New Beginners Flamenco I Flamenco II Flamenco III Kid-Teen New Beginners-Introduction to Flamenco for absolute beginners. Beginner students will learn posture, arm, hand and body technique, footwork technique, how to listen for and respond to flamenco rhythms, and the basic structure of flamenco dance. Students will learn short segments or variations in each class. is for those who have attended at least 2 months of Beginner Flamenco, and have mastered the most basic concepts of flamenco technique and rhythm. Students in Flamenco I will learn 12-count rhythms and more complex marking, footwork and turns, and will complete longer choreographies for performance at recitals. Students should stay in Flamenco I until the instructor determines that they may move on the Flamenco II. Flamenco II-This class is for students with at least one year of good attendance at Flamenco I class (or by instructor evaluation). Students should already know a variety of basic footwork and armwork techniques. Flamenco II classes are aimed at improving footwork speed, clarity and musicality, mastering more complex armwork, turns, and maintaining posture and coordination while dancing. Students will dance more elaborate choreographies in order to learn to work with different musical styles, and may have the opportunity to perform in studio recitals or public performances throughout the year. Flamenco III-Students at this level should already have a background of at least three years of flamenco dance instruction, and have solid knowledge of a wide range of technique. Classes will focus on improving musicality and speed of footwork, body coordination in...
Flamencura was opened on May 1, 2010 in Austin, Texas in order to share flamenco dance and music with the Austin community through classes and events. All dance classes are taught by founder Olivia Chacon, while flamenco music instruction is given by Isai Chacon.
Located in North Central Austin, at 7113 Burnet Rd. # 111 (behind the popular Dallas Nightclub), Flamencura has a lovely 500 square foot main studio, as well as a small practice/music studio, both equipped with mirrors and sprung plywood floors.. The facility is available for hourly rental for dance classes, rehearsals, or workshops.
Olivia Chacón is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, and instructor with a uniquely powerful dance style and dynamic approach to teaching students. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Olivia has danced flamenco for over seventeen years, and has spent five years studying flamenco and performing in Sevilla and Madrid, Spain with some of the world’s best flamenco artists. She spent two years touring internationally throughout Spain, Mexico, and Cyprus with the Cristóbal Reyes Compañia de Flamenco, and also performed as a soloist in flamenco clubs in Spain and Germany. Olivia aims to keep the dance form alive and well in this country by performing frequently throughout Texas and the region, and teaching flamenco to a new generation of dancers at her studio, Flamencura Music and Dance in Austin.
Olivia is also co-founder and Artistic Director of A’lante Flamenco. Born in Austin in 2011, the 11-member company has garnered rave reviews and awards for their innovative ‘flamenco theater’ productions, including the Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Dancer (Olivia Chacon 2013); and Best Dance Ensemble (2014 and 2015). A’lante Flamenco presents original choreography and music with the goal of connecting with audiences via creative storytelling. Their productions include The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale (2012); Prophecies (2014), based on the writings of Khalil Gibran; and most recently Desplazados (2015), in which company members told their personal stories of immigration and displacement via music, dance, and video.
Olivia is also a dedicated flamenco dance teacher. She has taught flamenco dancers of all ages and levels since 2004, always with a special emphasis on understanding the pivotal role of music in flamenco dance. She has been an adjunct dance instructor at McCallum Fine Arts Academy since 2012, and loves exposing young dancers to the complexity, beauty, and tradition of flamenco. Flamencura students are also encouraged to show off their skills during performances several times per year in order to foment their artistic growth.Learn More