In our Beginner Series, 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, focusing on a different rhythm or musical style (palo) of flamenco in each session. No prior experience is necessary to join!
Thursday classes start November 30
Sunday classes start January 2023
Classes can be taken in-studio or online
A video of each class will be made available to all students.
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
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 brand new studio is located in North Central Austin at 8910 Research Blvd unit D3. The new Flamencura Studio has two main studios (1000ft, 800 ft), equipped with mirrors and sprung plywood floors specially designed for flamenco dancing. Beginner flamenco dance classes are taught by founder Olivia Chacon. She is an experienced performer, having danced in theaters and flamenco tablaos throughout Texas, Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Cyprus. In 2013 Olivia received the Austin Critics’ Table award for “Best Dancer” . Her company A’lante Flamenco also received the Critics’ Table Award for Best Dance Ensemble in both 2013 and 2014, and was nominated for “Best Dance Concert” for the 2017/2018 season. Olivia is also a seasoned instructor, and enjoys introducing new students of all ages to the joys of flamenco through her original choreographies.