Spanish Dance Association One Year Syllabus Exam Course at Morley
What you will learn
Would you like time to develop your flamenco and Sevillanas co-ordination skills? This is the workshop for you. Aimed at fast Beginners, Improvers and Intermediates, you will have the time and space to develop these essential flamenco skills.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Demonstrate an improved understanding, strength and clarity of flamenco and Spanish dance technique, including the use of castanets.
- Show increased confidence and skill in your own 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.
- Show development in your knowledge and understanding of the theory, history and culture of flamenco and Spanish dance.
- Perform selected dances from The Spanish Dance Association’s /Asociación de la Danza Española’s 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.
You will have the opportunity to investigate, research and discuss various aspects of flamenco and Spanish dance.
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 2, 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, hat and waistcoat (for women)
- a waistcoat and hat (for men)
- castanets (these can be borrowed from the tutor, if necessary)
A notebook, pen 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.