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Recordings from previous years
The work carried out in the year 2022 – 2023
Level 1 – Initiation
We begin the course by introducing the students to the basic techniques of flamenco. The correct position of the body and feet, tapping techniques, arm and hand exercises, hip exercises, beginning to turn. We complement all this with a start to Rumba improvisation. We work on the beat and different markings and we try to ensure that the students can combine spontaneously.
Before the end of the first quarter and throughout the second quarter, we continued working with the four-beat rhythm, for Tangos, combining markings, zapateados and pataítas. We will mix everything giving shape to a choreography, specifically “Ompare Rota” by Joaquín de la Paula.
For the third quarter, we began to work on a different time signature, the twelve-beat time signature, by Alegrías. We learn the basic markings of this style and we join steps to shape a choreography by Alegrías, “La noche no se me fin” by Alicia Gil.
All this work is captured with a very satisfactory result in our end-of-year show. This show is included in one of the course’s recorded lessons.
Level 2 – Basic
Our level 2 students already have previous work on the basic techniques of flamenco, but it is something that we continue to reinforce throughout the course to be able to continue advancing. We increase the complexity and speed of the tapping exercises, the body turns, the sway of the hips and we continue working on the turns.
In the first quarter we worked on a choreography by the artist Carmen Linares, “Zorongo gitano”. It is a rhythm that they already know (4-beat rhythm) but the speed is greater and therefore its complexity, so they must work a lot on the coordination of their movements. In December we brought that choreography to the stage in our Christmas show.
In the second quarter we began to work on a twelve-beat rhythm on the flamenco style of Soleá por bulerías. The beat is not too fast and the students did not find it difficult to follow, but, on the other hand, it was more difficult to assimilate the character, which requires a lot of strength and expressiveness, as well as hardness and rigidity in many movements.
The choreography is a song by Israel Fernández called “The Prince of Alameda.” This work encompasses the second and third trimester along with the almost daily review and improvement of the “Zorongo gitano” choreography.
The result is very satisfactory since they arrive at the end of year show dancing alone, without the help of their teachers and making their annual work a spectacle that fills their teachers with pride.
Level 3 – Medium
In the first quarter, this group works on a choreography with added complexity to the steps, a complement, the fan-pericón. Large fan that requires a lot of work and technique for its handling to be adequate and attractive.
The choreography is a Guajira, a flamenco style with a very sensual and flirtatious character that we also have to work on since it is not easy at all. In addition, it has quite abrupt changes in speed that require a lot of agility and coordination in movements. The work they do during this first quarter is very good, resulting in a very attractive choreography in our Christmas performance.
For the second quarter we began the work with a choreography by Tientos palo totally contrary to what we had previously worked on, being in a four-beat rhythm, very slow and very fast in some sections and of a solemn and serious nature in the slow and more lively parts. and cheerful in the faster parts.
We increased the complexity of the steps quite a bit for this second choreography and we continued working and perfecting the previous Guajira during the second and third quarters.
The result looks spectacular on top of the tables of our end-of-course scenario. Great work by the students.
Level 4 – Medium Advanced
At this level you begin to work with live music. Our musicians come to class about twice a month to get the students used to this work, which is far from working with canned music.
We begin by working the twelve-beat rhythm with a Bambera. In its structure we begin with a falseta in which we add complicated turns and a closing at a speed that is quite difficult for them. We continue with a first lyric, second falseta, brush, guitar tapao and finale. We have reached this point in our Christmas performance, in which the teacher must dance with them to obtain a good result, they are not yet ready to do it alone.
In the second quarter we completed the Bambera by putting together a second letter that had been pending and we began to work on a Rondeña.
The complexity of the Rondeña does not lie in its steps, but in the union of singing and choreography. This is quite complicated since it is a style in which the singing is quite free and since it is a fixed choreography, the singing must adapt to the choreography, leaving aside the spontaneous natural breaths of the moment. This makes the students work a little on improvisation to be able to adapt to the changes in the singing of the couplets. During this second and third quarter we simultaneously worked on the Bambera and the Rondeña that we took to the stage of our end-of-year show.
Level 5 – Advanced
This level already has enough technical complexity so we can work in a more professional way.
We begin the first quarter with what becomes the choreography of the year, a Taranto. Very complicated flamenco style due to its character, its poise and mastery of technique and rhythm, and its complexity in the couplets. All this adorned with a delight of falsetas composed by our guitarist Gori Mazo. The result is a choreography of almost 13 minutes worthy of any tablao or stage.
For the second quarter we started working on Fandangos with live music. We decided on the fly to enjoy his couplets and not overwhelm him with too much brush, so what remains is a choreography full of very ornate couplets and falsetas.
For the third quarter we have almost finished our choreography through Fandango, so we decided to give it movement around the scene by changing the students’ positions repeatedly and leaving a choreography with a lot of movement around the stage. Spectacular result.
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