Beginner Flamenco Classes

Register for Winter 2018 Beginner Session

Monday 6:30pm-7:30pm starting Mid January

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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.

Beginner Flamenco Classes

Our Adult Beginner Flamenco session consists of 8 1-hour classes (once per week), Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm. The session fee is $108. Students learn all the basics of flamenco, including braceo and floreo (arm and hand movements), taconeo (percussive footwork), rhythm and musicality. We will learn a short choreography in order to understand musical structure.

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Flamenco at Flamencura

All classes take place at Flamencura Music and Dance Studio, which opened its doors in May, 2010 as Austin’s first dance studio dedicated to Flamenco. Our studio is located in North Central Austin at 7113 Burnet Rd., Suite 111. Flamencura has a lovely 750 square foot main studio, equipped with mirrors and sprung plywood floors specially designed for flamenco dancing. Beginner flamenco dance classes are taught by founder Olivia Chacon.  She has danced flamenco for nineteen 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.  In 2013 Olivia received an Austin Critic’s Table award for Best Dancer for A’lante Flamenco Dance Ensemble’s “The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale”. Olivia is also a seasoned instructor, and enjoys introducing new students of all ages to the joys of flamenco through her original choreographies.

Upcoming Classes

Monday 6:30pm Beginner Flamenco with Olivia starts mid January 2018 (TBA). This 8-week class offers a complete introduction to flamenco, including basic posture, hand and arm movements, footwork, rhythms, and a short choreography. One make-up class will be offered at the end of the session. Register below!

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Studio

Flamencura Music and Dance Studio

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. Dance teachers include founder Olivia Chacon, as well as Claire Spera and Guillermo Tabares, while flamenco music instruction is given by Isai Chacon.

Location

Located in North Central Austin, at 7113 Burnet Rd. # 111 (behind the Local Post Pub, next to the Kolache Shop), Flamencura has a lovely 750 square foot studio equipped with mirrors and sprung plywood floors. The facility is available for hourly rental for dance classes, rehearsals, or workshops.

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Rehearsals today:

1-1:45pm Manton (BOTH CLASSES!)
1:45-2:15pm Love (Intermediate)
2:15-2:45pm Fandangos (Intermediate, Advanced & Beg. Castanets)
2:45-3pm Siguiriyas (Advanced)
3-3:45pm Abandolao (Advanced)
Please note that there is NO Castanet Guajiras rehearsal! We have Sunday class as usual this week and also next Saturday.
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Happy Thanksgiving, Flamenc@s! Guillermo's Adv. Beginner class is cancelled for today, but all of Olivia's Sunday workshops are on!
1pm Beginner Castanets
2pm Manton A
3pm Interm. Castanets
4pm Manton B
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Yes, all adult classes are on tonight and tomorrow!
6:30pm Beginner Flamenco
7:30pm Intermediate Flamenco
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This Sunday, November 12 I'll be teaching a short (20 minute) flamenco class at at 10:20am at Central Market N. Lamar as part of a fundraiser to support Puerto Rican recovery efforts. Come for two hours of movement classes to support a good cause!
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