Castanets and Classical Spanish Dance

When and Where

26 Nov 2020 - 26 Nov 2020 (3 hours, 1 day)
Days and times
Thursday 14:30 - 17:30
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Fenella Juanita Barker
Course code

What you will learn

Learn the art of Spanish castanet playing. These workshops are aimed at BOTH dancers AND musicians, and you will focus on learning to play Spanish castanets and how to use them to accompany classical Spanish dance and music. You will study castanet technique, rhythms and musicality. You will also have the opportunity to learn a short choreography in the style of classical Spanish dance (which includes the use of castanet playing) OR you will have the option of learning to accompany the dance with castanets in the capacity of a musician. 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.

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 understanding of basic castanet technique.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accompany classical music with basic castanet accompaniment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform a classical Spanish dance and / or perform a castanet accompaniment for a classical Spanish dance.

Class format and activities

Mode of delivery: online plus. We will be using Microsoft Teams as our online platform for live-stream. The tutor may provide additional material such as video recaps and/or practical tasks via any of the online platforms supported by the College (Moodle, MS stream, GoogleClassroom).

You will be undertaking practical exercises and and learning rhythmical musical sequences demonstrated and guided by your tutor. You will learn these exercises and rhythmical musical sequences though repetition of action so that you can master more complex features of castanet technique. Some of you will also have the opportunity to undertake practical exercises and sequences of movement in the style of classical Spanish dance and accompanied by castanets - this will also be demonstrated and guided by your tutor and you will use repetition of action so that you can master more complex features of this work. You will be responding (through rhythmic accompaniment and, for some, movement) to a variety of classical and regional Spanish music. You will practise this work 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.

In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.

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.

Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for students with a background in music and / or a background in flamenco, classical or regional Spanish dance. Some previous knowledge of castanet work would be preferable but not essential. 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 (castanet work OR dance OR both) to the best of your ability. Your tutor is 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 musical knowledge and ability in relation to castanet work and Spanish dance (accompanying or undertaking the 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 or musical application. 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 will include some completion of activities outside of class time, e.g. preparation of favourite exercises to share with fellow students.

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.

Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant, have any serious health conditions or a history of injury. Please inform your tutor if there is any physical activity you have be advised to avoid.

What you will need for your class

For musicians ONLY: Castanets. A notebook for keeping a journal record of learning. Bottled water (screw-top)., For dancers ONLY: Castanets. Flamenco shoes (women); flamenco boots (men). Flamenco 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).

What you can do next

Try any of the courses offered by Morley’s dance department. 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 and a flamenco dance performance course, "Morley Flamenco Dance Ensemble". Please speak to your tutor for advice about progression at the end of your course. Your tutor may also suggest complementary styles of study from Morley’s exciting provision to enhance your current practice, including dance, music and drama studies. You may also visit our website or contact