Developing a solid foundation
for authentic flamenco dance.
@ Belconnen Arts Centre
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen
SEMESTER 1, 2020
9 February - 28 June
Please refer to Calendar for specific dates and holidays.
MEMBERSHIP FEE: $540 (no discounts)
Teachers: Tomás Dietz/ Angelica Casado
Developing the fundamental flamenco dance techniques that were introduced last year; and consolidating choreographies. We will develop Sevillanas and also start a new choreography, Guajiras.
Please remember you are in control of the outcome:
The complexity and techniques of flamenco require attention, so you should practice between classes to ensure that you make progress. Classes simply provide the material for practice.
What does 'Membership fee' mean?
This fee means you are a full member of the Flamenco Centre Canberra - you can drop in to any class at any time (if your skills level allows it) and participate in all open FCC activities. Fees are not refundable nor transferable, and credit is not given for missed classes. Fees are credited or refunded only if a class is cancelled by FCC. Members must take this into consideration when managing their attendance and participation.
What do I wear in class?
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Can I do a trial class?
No. I don't offer trial classes because:
1. It's unrealistic to gauge your suitability from one class. Flamenco dance requires diligence and stamina - you already know if you have these qualities;
2. If you're unsure of the quality of the teaching, then please read my credentials in my biography.
3. If you don't know what flamenco is, it's recommended that you do some initial research on Youtube.
What if it's too difficult?
Please persevere. Flamenco is a difficult art to coordinate in the early days and needs a good amount of time for the body to sort things out. Everybody gets there in the end!
What if I don't like it?
It's natural that people experience some degree of frustration at some point, especially in something so new, complex and technically precise, only to become addicted once their motor skills fall in line.
Most likely the solution is to be kinder to yourself and keep going with more effort. Flamenco is amazing, but many people are not prepared for the amount of physical effort needed to make it work. Dance is 99% muscle and bone.
Please bear all this in mind, because refunds/credits/transfers are not given unless a course is cancelled.
What if I miss a class?
One or two classes should not set you back too much. I video important steps or techniques which you can view on the website. Another very good idea is to get together with other students and practice together between classes. Classes are only for gathering practice information from the teacher - you must practice the lesson through the week to gain muscle memory.
Can I bring a visitor to watch a class?
No. To preserve the comfort and focus of students and teachers, visitors are not allowed.
What if my progress is slow? Can I blame the teacher?
Probably not. Progress is an indication of how much effort the student makes in practicing.
I don't have much time to practice. Any ideas?
You could start with 10 minutes a day, at least the next day after class, before the energy leaves your body. That's more effective than a big chunk of time isolated once a week, or cramming just before class. You cannot cram-learn physical skills.
If I'm not Spanish, will it matter?
Certainly not. Flamenco dance is a physical activity that requires muscle, bone and plain hard work. Nuance, however requires constant watching of seasoned flamenco artists - thank heaven for Youtube!
The best student is one who tries their best and is hungry to learn more, and pursues flamenco knowledge all the time. The only barrier to learning flamenco is lack of action.
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