Morley Flamenco Dance Ensemble: Advanced

When and Where

4 Oct 2020 - 23 May 2021 (36 hours, 9 weeks)
Days and times
Sunday 12:30 - 16:30
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Fenella Juanita Barker
Course code

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 written information about the rhythms and dances studied and video links for practice purposes. In term 1, we will be working on a project to create a piece of choreography for filmed media and at the end of term 3, we hope to be able to offer international study and performance opportunities. Students are advised that they must seek departmental advice prior to enrolment on this course. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e. progression to an advanced-level 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

Mode of delivery: online plus [link above].
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. by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.
Class activity will include: Physical demonstration by tutor of target dance movement with guided student practise Individual, paired and small-group learning tasks

For sessions when students will be participating in class remotely, via live-stream link-up – and thus joining fellow students located in-studio, you will be guided how to adapt studio-based exercises in order to participate effectively throughout the class.

In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.
The tutor will also set assessment activities involving student exchange of ideas and student self-assessment for all students, whether you are participating in-studio or via live-stream.

The course will be delivered live via MS Teams (when attending remotely) and may include a series of support material such as video recaps and/or practical tasks provided via any of the online platforms supported by the College (Moodle, MS stream, etc)

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.

Entry requirements

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.
Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required from all students. This course may include some completion of activities outside of class time.

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.