Flamenco Bata de Cola

When and Where

12 Nov 2020 - 12 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 dancing with the flamenco tail skirt. These workshops are aimed at intermediate and advanced level flamenco dancers (male or female). You will learn how to move and manipulate your tail skirt and then how to introduce it into flamenco choreographies. It is preferred, but not essential, that you have your own tail skirt (the tutor will have some tail skirts for students to borrow and can advise on buying your own flamenco tail skirt or dress). 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. Students are advised that for all intermediate and advanced level courses they must seek departmental advice prior to enrolment. For more information - please contact: dance@morleycollege.ac.uk.

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 basic manoeuvres with a flamenco tail skirt.
  • Demonstrate use of a flamenco tail skirt in short movement sequences.
  • Show development in your dance skills of co-ordination, strength, flexibility and stamina.
  • Perform a short, flamenco dance wearing and using a flamenco tail skirt

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 patterns of movement demonstrated and guided by your tutor. You will be learning movements and sequences through repetition of action so that you can master more complex features of the technique. You will be responding (though movement and rhythmic accompaniment) to a selection of flamenco and Spanish dance rhythms (e.g. Caracoles, Alegrias, Soleares). 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.

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 of an Intermediate and Advanced level only. Although women traditionally wear the flamenco tail skirt, men are also welcome in this class. 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. 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 and the use of bata de cola. 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 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

Flamenco shoes (women) and flamenco boots (men). Flamenco skirt (normal flamenco skirt) for women; trousers that allow for movement (men and women). A fitted top (no baggy sweatshirts, please). Fan (women - optional). Bata de cola (flamenco tail dress) - the tutor will bring a couple of bata de colas for students to practise with but it would be better if you have your own. The tutor can give advice on purchasing a bata de cola. 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 dance@morleycollege.ac.uk