When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Fenella Juanita Barker
  • Course Code W3DNEC01H
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A single-session workshop course for students with some experience of using castanets with classical Spanish dance. Single session course. This workshop is aimed at flamenco and Spanish dancers of an improvers, intermediate or advanced level who have some experience of playing castanets. You will focus on improving your castanet technique and ability 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).You can choose to attend this workshop in the studio or live-streamed via Microsoft Teams.  You will receive a video of the workshop so you can continue to practise at home.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 a more advanced-level course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an improved understanding of castanet technique
  • Demonstrate the ability to accompany classical music with castanets
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform a classical Spanish dance, including the use of castanets


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Mode of delivery: You can choose to study in the studio or live-streamed via Microsoft Teams.  You will receive a video of the workshop so you can continue to practise at home. 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. You will be practising stamping, clapping and movement sequences, with and without using castanets, 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, lphysical dexterity and concentration.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for students with a background in flamenco, classical or regional Spanish dance. Some previous knowledge of castanet work is necessary. 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 (both castanet work and dance) 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 strength, flexibility and stamina in relation to flamenco 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 two 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. home practise using recap resources provided by your tutor. 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 need

    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 workshops in flamenco and Spanish dance and on Sundays 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 admin@morleycollege.ac.uk