Sevillanas Intermediate & Advanced
What you will learn
Further develop your understanding and performance of all four verses of the evocative and fun-filled Spanish Sevillanas, exploring different points of technical finesse and expression. A chance to develop an authentic style and to add shawls, fans, hats and castanets to your interpretation of this beautiful dance. Previous experience of Sevillanas is needed, including a secure knowledge of the first two verses.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Demonstrate more advanced Sevillanas arm movements, footwork and turns with improved confidence and an optional use of flamenco props (eg shawl, hat, fan).
- Recognise and be able to demonstrate the structure and vocabulary of all 4 coplas of Sevillanas.
- Be able to recognise and to confidently demonstrate Sevillanas rhythms through clapping, stamping and use of castanets.
- Show development in your dance skills of co-ordination, strength, flexibility and stamina.
- Perform all four verses of Sevillanas with confidence, an authentic style and the use of castanets and / or flamenco props.
Class format and activities
Participate in practical exercises and patterns of movement demonstrated by your tutor. Learn sequences through repetition of action to master more advanced features of the technique. You will be responding (through movement and rhythmic accompaniment) to a variety of Sevillanas music. You will be practising stamping, clapping and movement sequences with your fellow students so as to share your learning experience. You will have the chance to discuss your learning with your tutor and with fellow students. You will have the opportunity for in depth study of the last two verses of Sevillanas, as well as being able to consolidate the first two verses. You will have the opportunity to study the use of castanets and / or flamenco props in performance of Sevillanas.
Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.
This course is open to intermediate and advanced level flamenco and dance students. You must have secure knowledge of the first two verses of Sevillanas. You should be aware that it is a practical class and so you will need to be able to participate in the physical activities planned to the best of your ability.
What you need to know before you enrol
A key aim of the course is to help you develop your strength, flexibility and stamina in relation to Sevillanas. You will need to engage in activities designed to help this learning process. You should be aware that it is a practical class and so you will need to be able to participate in the physical activities planned to the best of your ability. You should consider your fitness level in terms of whether you will be able to complete two hours’ continuous exercise. Please note: your tutor will be pleased to adapt exercises and activities to suit particular needs.
Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.
What you will need for your class
Shoes with a small heel, preferably Cuban heels (no stilettos). Shoes must be securely attached to feet. Flamenco shoes (women) and flamenco boots (men) would be ideal.
Long, flared skirt (women)/ trousers that allow for movement (men)
A fitted top (no baggy sweatshirts, please)
A notebook for keeping a journal record of learning
Bottled water (screw-top)
Castanets, shawls, fans, hats (tutor can provide castanets and a small number of hats, shawls and fans - please bring your own if you have them).
What you can do next
Morley College's Dance Department provides an exciting and diverse range of term-time and short course dance study provision. This includes term-time flamenco dance courses at a variety of levels during the week and on Saturdays, as well as a selection of Sunday and week day workshops in Flamenco and Spanish dance. Please speak to your tutor, look at our website or call the Dance Dept on 020 7450 1832 for more information.