Improvisation in Flamenco dance (online)

  • Wednesdays
  • Time: 19:00 - 20:00
  • Starting: Apr 1st
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Price: 20 GBP inc VAT and all materials
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Improvisation in Flamenco dance (online)

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Course Description

This 4 week online Flamenco course will allow you to understand the ways in which improvisation can take place in flamenco dancing. We will study four different ‘palos’, as the rules are particular to each one, and will practice a variety of palmas patterns, llamadas, remates for each piece. The resulting sequence will be performed not as physical movement but a combination of clapping, humming, singing and body percussion. We will also learn the melodies of each piece so we are not counting it out, and in order to develop an understanding of improvisation, we will practice our sequence of codes to a variety of songs.

Improvisation in flamenco dance is more about feeling free to decide how long each section lasts and controlling the shape of the transitions. In order to play with these the dancer needs to be armed with a variety of codes that the musicians can follow, each with a particular purpose. In order to be free to dance as one feels, the dancer needs to have a good understanding of the codes and a good knowledge of the structural musical composition of each ‘palo’.  In this course we will study Tangos, Alegrías, Seguiriya/Martinete, and Soleá.

This course has 4 sessions of 60 minutes each, and is designed for learners at Improvers and higher levels.

These sessions will be taught online using the learning platform Zoom (you need a good internet connection and a computer with camera). A link will be sent for you to join the virtual classroom. It's all very easy, and the good news is that you can join us from anywhere in the world! (the course time is London time).

(Please note no coupons are applicable to this course, as the cost is already heavily discounted).

*Photo credit: Mauro Nardella.

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Juan Carlos Otero

I graduated in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, producing painting, conceptual video, sound and performance. I continued developing conceptual work in design, and worked extensively in education but my main artistic output for the past two decades has been as a flamenco dancer and choreographer. Since 2013 I have also been devising multi disciplined experimental theatre. My practice has evolved around the dichotomies of my dual nationality/ cultural identity and the split between my background in traditional culture and my education in contemporary art. For years now I have been trying to create projects that unify my various creative strands. FLAMENCO LIFE DRAWING with BATTERSEA SPANISH is the latest venture, fusing my two main areas of expertise, Fine Art and Flamenco.


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About Battersea Spanish School

Battersea Spanish is a Spanish language school and Spanish & Latin Cultural Centre in Southwest London where Londoners can learn the language and immerse themselves in the culture of Spain and Latin America. We offer Spanish Classes for Beginners and all other levels, Dance Classes, including Salsa, Flamenco and other Latin rhythms, as well as lessons for kids of all ages.

We also provide tailored private Spanish lessons and Spanish courses for intermediate and more advanced speakers.  We were voted Best Spanish School in the UK by Latin UK Awards.

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