CONSERVATORY CLASSES

Adult Basic Beginner Class
Saturdays 11am-12:30pm

The beginning student is introduced to simpler palos (rhythm families) through a series of specific studies:
•Flamenco posture
•Torso and shoulder exercises for the flamenco movement
•Exercising the wrist, palm and fingers (hand movements)
•Exercising the head and arms
•Basic head and arm positions
•Exercising the hips
•Putting the exercises into sequence
•Postures for footwork and basic blows
•Sequences of footwork with body and skirt movement to the various flamenco rhythms
•Exercises of palmas (hand clapping) to increase rhythmic understanding
•Sequences of movements with application of all the above in the various flamenco palos and cante

Beginner
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm

The advanced beginner has some experience in Flamenco and understands concepts of the posture, arm and hand positions. Building on these concepts we will explore connecting all these components to larger phrases por alegrias, tangos and bulerias de Cadiz. We will study different palmas to the various palos and incorporate footwork technique with arms and body movements.

Intermediate/Advanced
Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm
with live accompaniment 

Further and more in depth study of the various flamenco palos (rhythm families), including Soleares, Alegrias, Seguiriyas, Guajiras. Understanding the compas (rhythmic unit) of the various palos. Students use the arm and footwork techniques they have acquired in BEGINNING FLAMENCO and apply them to the more complex choreographic elements:
•Strengthening the student’s familiarity with the compass using more difficult footwork techniques
•Creating more complex arm movements and coordinating them with the footwork
•Understanding the structure of a dance
•Learning to comprehend the communication between singer, dancer, and guitarist that takes place in a dance and the structure of a dance
•Beginning to understand the concept of improvisation by applying all of the above.

All adult classes taught by Pasión y Arte Artistic Director, Elba Hevia y Vaca. The cost per class is $15 or you can purchase a 6-class card for $78 (to be used within 3 months). Student and professional scholarship and discounts available upon request. All classes are held at the 6411 Overbrook Garage Studio, Philadelphia, PA 19151.

Children’s Classes

Level I Children’s Flamenco (4 to 7 years old)

Saturdays 1:00-2:00pm

Level II Children’s Flamenco (8 to 12 years old)

Saturdays 2:30-3:30pm

This class is a in depth exploration of the art of Flamenco including technique, discussions on history and rhythms as well as choreography and performance.

We will be learning:

  • Flamenco body and arm positions
  • Footwork technique and footwork patterns
  • Flamenco turns including vuelta quebrada
  • Accentuating movements with floreo (hand movements)
  • Marcaje or marking of rhythms using arms, feet and body
  • Ability to identify the palos (rhythms) of Tangos, Bulerias and Alegrias
  • Proper palmas and rhythmic accentuation for the palos
  • Sequencing of the various exercises to create choreographies

The cost per class is $12 or you can purchase a 6-class card for $60 (to be used within 3 months). Student scholarships and discounts available upon request. All classes are held at the 6411 Overbrook Garage Studio, Philadelphia, PA 19151.

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This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.