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.
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.
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. Students are encouraged to take this class more than once until they can easily perform all the basic techniques. 8-class session $108. Mondays 6:30-7:30
For those who have attended at least two sessions of Beginner Flamenco, and have mastered the most basic concepts of flamenco technique and rhythm. Students in Advanced Beginner will practice both 8 and 12-count rhythms and more complex marking, footwork and turns, and will learn short choreographies in a variety of styles. Students are encouraged to repeat Advanced Beginner until the instructor recommends they move on to the next level. 8-class session $98. Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm.
(formerly Flamenco I)
For students who have completed at least six to eight months of Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes, and feel comfortable with all the material covered in those classes. Dancers should be be able to dance fluidly with proper rhythm, posture and technique, and be prepared for the faster pace of a twice-per-week class. Students in this class work on increasing strength, speed and musicality in footwork, and expression through the upper body. Intermediate students will have multiple opportunities to perform complete choreographies throughout the year. Students should stay in this level, with good attendance twice per week, until the instructor determines that they may move on to the Advanced class, which could require several years. MOnday and Wednesday, 7:30-8:30pm.
(formerly Flamenco II)
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 flamenco technique. Classes will focus on improving musicality and speed of footwork, body coordination in more complex combinations, turns, and learning to identify and work with a range of musical palos (styles). In addition, Advanced dancers will study improvisation for Bulerias, listening and responding to live music, and will learn choreographies for performance opportunities throughout the year. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm.
ages 6-9: Girls and boys will get to know flamenco music, rhythm, coordination and movement skills, and enjoy making noise in a bilingual environment! Tuesdays 4:30-5:25
(Ages 10-13) Girls and boys will learn basic flamenco technique and short choreographies for performance. The focus will be on improving posture, coordination, rhythm and musicality, plus youth flamenco students will enjoy being active and learning musicality and performance skills in a bilingual environment. Mondays 5-6pm
Single adult drop-in class: $15
New Beginners 8-week session: $108
8-class card (Any level, expires 30 days from purchase): $98
8 class card (Any level, expires 1 year from purchase) : $124
Class card renew fee $20
Please consult with instructor to determine the proper classes for you to attend!