4 Tips When Starting Flamenco Dance Lessons
Flamenco in today’s modern world can often be seen as just the sassy dancing girl emoji we all go-to for when captioning a “night out on the town” (remember those?) However, Flamenco dancing is a highly expressive, traditional Spanish art form.
It displays deep, passionate and emotion through percussive footwork and intricate hand, arm and body movements. Flamenco dancers can spend years perfecting their craft, and while it sounds difficult with the correct teacher, even an inexperienced dancer can learn.
Our Flamenco dance lessons are not only available in person, but in today’s socially distanced world, you can access our Flamenco lessons virtually from your home – we host amazing online classes too!
If you are trying Flamenco for the first time or are looking for your new go-to dance move, or want to practice between your regular classes, check out our below tips for making the most of our Flamenco dance lessons!
Setting the Scene
Traditional flamenco usually consists of three parts: the singing, the guitar, and the dancing itself. It’s essential when practising or preparing to dance the flamenco to ensure that you have the right music.
Pick music that has an equal focus on the singing as well as the guitarists. You are ultimately trying to convey and express your innermost emotion, and whilst you may not understand the language, you can pick up on the tone and mood of the song from the tempo and tone of the guitar.
When setting the scene, it is essential to emphasise the emotion. An easy way to do this is by dimming the lights or having LED lights to create an elusive, mysterious atmosphere. Not only does the moody lighting help create a dramatic atmosphere in your home, but it also helps you put yourself as the star of your solo performance in your living room.
An open space is needed, but also a hardwood floor is preferred. Hardwood floor allows you to live your feisty señorita/señor fantasy, so don’t worry about being the noisy neighbour, get into it!
But, if you are a little concerned, our online Flamenco dance lessons are specifically designed for all living situations, so you can dance your heart out and know your neighbours won’t get cranky!
Dressing the part
If you are a beginner, Flamenco dance clothes, although stunning, can be expensive and not necessary for just everyday practice. When you’re rehearsing your routine at home, try to wear a top that gives your arms plenty of unrestricted movement.
The same goes for when you’re attending our in-person classes as well. Our Beginner classes focus primarily on getting those movements down – the gorgeous outfits come later!
Don’t wear trousers that are very long in the leg as a tap or stamp on the floor needs to sound ‘clean’, and you can’t achieve this if you are treading on your hem.
When it comes to footwear, sneakers are not the best option. You will need to protect your feet and legs when you are doing the stamping. But you won’t be able to make that distinctive tap noise that is so satisfying. So try to wear solid-soled shoes (not rubber) that produce sound when you walk on them.
Practice at your own pace
Booking in a Flamenco dance lesson once a week for an hour is a great starting point, be sure to keep it up! (We pace our classes in a way that makes them accessible for all schedules, with online catch-ups available too!)
A quick Flamenco break during work for 10 mins every day may make all the difference.
Even if you practice your hand movements in the car whilst stuck in traffic. However, please remember to keep both hands on the wheel whilst driving! Try and make Flamenco practice a regular part of your day, just like eating or brushing your teeth.
Don’t feel pressured to rehearse the moves you learnt at tempo either; take things slow. Dancing is not a race, and you can quickly lose control so take your time, focus on what part of your body is moving and when and help develop your muscle memory. By slowing down, you are ultimately helping build your sense of rhythm.
Like most, you may feel excited to get to the castanets and try the fun, tricky moves, be sure to take your time working on the fundamentals. Don’t be afraid to attempt the fun stuff, but also take the time to learn the basics; it will further your progress from having this solid foundation.
Be spontaneous and have fun!
Don’t get caught on the word Choreography. Inevitably the goal is to learn a choreographed routine; Flamenco, as you know, relies heavily on emotion, be spontaneous go where the music takes you.
So remember the moves, practice the steps again, add your flair and emotion. Dance is an extended expression of you, so don’t be scared to express yourself.
And if you’re now as excited about getting into the beauty and rhythm of Flamenco as we are, we can’t wait to meet you!
If you’re not quite ready to venture into the wide world yet, take a look at our online Flamenco dance lessons for professional teaching in the comfort of our own home.
Plus, check out our in-person Flamenco dance lessons based in our specialist Battersea studio! These will be starting soon, so there’s no harm in booking your place now.
We know you’re going to love this dance, either way.