Morley Flamenco Dance Ensemble: Advanced
What you will learn
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be part of a flamenco dance company? This is your chance to find out. Working together in a collaborative group, under the direction of Fenella Juanita Barker, you will be involved in the creation of a flamenco and Spanish dance repertoire that will be performed in selected events and venues around London. You must be attending regular flamenco classes at Morley College, or elsewhere, to be part of The Morley Flamenco Dance Ensemble. All students will have access to the Morley Moodle Flamenco & Spanish Dance Site with information about the rhythms and dances studied and video links for practice purposes ~ Course Dates: term 1 - 15 October 2017, 26 November 2017; term 2 - 4 February 2018, 11 March 2018; term 3 -10 & 17 June 2018. Students are advised that they must seek departmental advice prior to enrolment on this course.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Demonstrate an improved understanding, strength and clarity of flamenco and Spanish dance technique.
- Show increased confidence and skill in your own creative potential as a flamenco and Spanish dancer.
- Perform flamenco and Spanish dance sequences with increased understanding and knowledge of collaborative working, spatial awareness and performance ethics.
- Show development in your dance skills of co-ordination, strength, flexibility and stamina.
- Perform selected dances from a repertoire of flamenco and Spanish dance choreographies.
Class format and activities
You will be undertaking practical exercises and patterns of movement demonstrated and guided by your tutor.
You will be learning sequences through repetition of action so that you can master features of the technique.
You will be responding (through movement and rhythmic accompaniment) to a selection of flamenco and Spanish dance rhythms.
You will be practising stamping, clapping and movement sequences with your fellow students so as to share your learning experience.
You will be experimenting with a variety of creative processes, which will include collaborative work and spatial patterning. You will have the chance to discuss your learning with your tutor and with fellow students.
In addition to your dance practice, study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This course is suitable for students studying flamenco and / or Spanish dance at an Improvers, Intermediate and Advanced level. It is not suitable for beginners. You will need to continue to study flamenco and / or Spanish dance on a regular, weekly basis. You should be aware that this is a practical course and so you will need to be able to participate in the physical activities planned to the best of your ability. Your tutor is very happy to make any adjustments to exercises set to meet particular physical or learning needs.
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 flamenco and Spanish dance. You will need to engage in activities designed to help this learning process. Therefore, you should consider your fitness level in terms of whether you will be able to complete several hours of 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
Flamenco shoes (women) and flamenco boots (men).
Flamenco skirts (women) and trousers that allow for movement (men and women).
A fitted top.
If you have them:
- a fan and large shawl (for women)
- waistcoat and hat (for men)
- castanets (these can be borrowed from the tutor, if necessary)
A notebook and a bottle of water.
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 (day and evening) and on Saturdays, along with Sunday workshops in flamenco and Spanish dance. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a prospectus, look at our website or call the Dance Dept for more information.