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From stamping feet to clapping hands, you will begin to explore the moods and styles of fiery Flamenco dance. Through the study of a selection of core flamenco rhythms, you will be given a thorough grounding in all aspects of Flamenco dance technique, including castanet work. You will also begin to develop your stamina, strength and co-ordination through the study of flamenco arms, footwork and turns. Towards the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to perform with Morley Flamenco Dancers. The class is accompanied by a guitarist. You can choose to attend this course in the studio or live-streamed via Microsoft Teams. You will receive a video of each session 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.
Mode of delivery: You can study in the studio or live-streamed via Microsoft Teams. You will receive a video of each session 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 sequences through repetition of action so that you can master basic 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 have the chance to discuss your learning with your tutor and with fellow students. You will learn a short, simple flamenco dance to perform at the end of the course. 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.
This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with up to 2 years’ previous Flamenco Dance experience. 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.
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 an hour’s / an hour and a half’s 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.
Shoes with a small heel, preferably Cuban heels (no stilettos). Shoes must be securely attached to feet. Flamenco shoes (women) and flamenco boots (men) would be ideal. Long, flared skirt (women); trousers that allow for movement (men). A fitted top. A notebook & a bottle of water.
Continue on to the next term of Flamenco Beginners & Improvers or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org