Flamenco Class Levels:
Beginner Flamenco- 1st grade- 4th grade
Intermediate Flamenco- 4th grade- 7th grade
Advanced Flamenco- teacher placement required
Flamenco is a style of music and dance depicted as being the music of Andalusian gitanos (gypsies) of Spain. But historically, its roots are in mainstream Spanish society, beginning in the 18th century.
Flamenco is made up of 3 different parts, el toque (guitar), el cante (song), and el baile (dance).
El baile flamenco is known for its emotional intensity, proud carriage, expressive use of the hands and arms and rhythmic stamping of the feet. “Classical flamenco” is characterized by a proud, upright carriage – for the women, the back is often held in a marked backbend. There is little movement of the hips, the body is tightly held and the arms are long, like a ballet dancer. Many of the dancers train in ballet as well as flamenco. Modern flamenco is a highly technical dance style requiring years of study. The emphasis for both male and female performers is on lightning-fast footwork performed with absolute precision. In addition, the dancer may have to dance while using props such as castanets, shawls, and fans.
Because of the emotional maturity involved in the deep expression in el baile, many flamenco dancers do not hit their peak until their 30’s, and will continue to perform into their 50’s and beyond. For this reason, Flamenco is also an ideal dance style for those adults looking to get involved in a dance program.