Flamenco Co-ordination and Technique Workshop
What you will learn
Have you ever thought that you would like some time to focus on developing your flamenco and Sevillanas co-ordination skills? To work on how to integrate the flamenco use of arms into foot patterns and sequences? How to work at one speed with your feet and a totally different speed with your arms? Then this is the workshop for you. Aimed at fast Beginners, Improvers and Intermediates, this intensive workshop will give you the time and space to focus on developing these essential flamenco skills.
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 flamenco arm movements, footwork and turns with increased confidence, co-ordination and clarity.
- Reproduce, with increased confidence, co-ordination and clarity, a selection of flamenco core rhythms through stamping, clapping and / or castanet playing.
- Show development in your dance skills of co-ordination, strength, flexibility and stamina.
- Perform sequences of movement with an increased sense of co-ordination, confidence and clarity.
- Integrate one or more flamenco props into your work with increased confidence and a developed sense of co-ordination (eg skirt, waistcoat, fan, hat, shawl, baston, castanets, etc).
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 sequences through repetition of action so that you can master specific features of the technique and co-ordination necessary in flamenco dance. You will be responding (through movement and rhythmic accompaniment) to a selection of flamenco and Spanish dance rhythms (e.g. Bulerias, Alegrias, Rumba, Sevillanas).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. You will have a chance to ask questions about, and to focus on, some of the aspects of technique and co-ordination which you find particularly challenging.
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.
This course is suitable for beginner, improver and intermediate level flamenco dance students. 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
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
A fitted top and comfortable trousers to move in (men)/a flamenco skirt (women). Water.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org