In 2008, Hevia y Vaca also launched the PyA Conservatory to provide a disciplined environment for preserving and teaching the formal structures of flamenco in an emotionally supportive environment. Hevia y Vaca is senior adjunct at Franklin & Marshall and at Temple University. She continuously teaches courses at local schools, colleges and universities and is often students’ first encounter with this dance form.
PyA is hosting special summer Flamenco Bootcamps at a Variety of Levels. There will be technique classes for all levels: Basic Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced! The Boot Camp runs June 9th- July 26th. Classes will all be taught by Elba at the Garage Studio in Overbrook.
All the levels will involve the study of:
- Colocacion (The Flamenco Posture): body work, placement and understanding center, arm and hand exercises
- Footwork: exercises and drills in relations to the compas (rhythm) and palos (rhythm family)
- Music: The compas or rhythm of flamenco is the key musical element that unites the three fundamental forms of expression that make up flamenco: toque (guitar) cante and baile and is essential in learning and creating this art form. Flamenco consists of various palos, the difference between them lies predominantly in the rhythm structure and melody. We will study the structure through phrase work and rhythm training with palmas.
Cost is $15 for drop in or $78 for a 6 class card, discounts for students and dance professionals are available upon request.
Basic Beginner Boot Camp
Saturday 10:30-12pm & Thursday 11-12:30am
Learn the basic posture, and use of the arms, hands and body through various exercises.
Footwork: learn the basic elements of footwork through repetitions and various exercises that involve; 1) golpe – a stamp with the whole of the foot striking the floor, 2) planta – the ball of the foot striking the floor, and 3) tacón – the heel of the foot which can strike the floor from the whole foot being lifted up first or dropping when the planta (ball of the foot) is already on the floor.
Musical training: learn how to listen flamenco rhythms and learn various patterns of palmas (hand clapping) to these various flamenco rhythms.
Students at the end of the class will learn short segments of variations and phrase work including Sevillanas Level 1
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate: Flamenco I
Saturday 12-1:30 & Wednesday 7-8:30
For students who have completed at least six to eight months of Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes, and feel relatively comfortable with all the material covered in those classes. Intermediate students will have multiple opportunities to perform complete choreographies throughout the year.
Our concentration in this level will be to increase strength, speed and musicality in footwork. We will explore more complex advance footwork technique, arm work and incorporate them into our bodies as well as find expression and embodiment of the movement. This class will concentrate on rhythms of Tangos, Alegrias and Solea por Buleria and further investigate the ways of clapping, the accents and common variations for these different flamenco families.
Students at this level should 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 phrase work and choreographies for performance opportunities throughout the year.