If you've been studying flamenco dance for a while then you know how difficult it can be to find good information so you can keep learning and improving.
Despite your best efforts, sometimes it feels as if you struggle to make progress.
Our mission at Flamenco Bites is to help you follow your passion for flamenco dance.
Our course 'Fundamentals of Flamenco Dance' was built to give dancers around the world the same technical grounding that they would receive if they were to study in Spain.
We start the course by learning the compás of Fandango de Huelva and then using the rhythm of this palo as the foundation, we work on fundamental technique for palmas, footwork, arms, quiebro, use of the head (gaze) and more.
We then progress and build on this technique by sharing with you a baile choreographed by José Merino for Fandango de Huelva.
To complete the course we invite a singer into the studio as José takes each part of his choreography and explains the connection between the guitar and the cante as well as his ideas on interpretation of the cante.
Here are a couple reasons why studying fundamental technique should be your top priority:
1. As adult dancers coming to flamenco we often skip the basics and jump straight to learning choreographies without really understanding the movements that we are trying to do. In the end we hit a wall when we want to try and do more advanced movements because we just don't have the foundational strength and coordination that we need to succeed.
2. In dance the body is the instrument for non-verbal communication. Through the discipline of technique study we work to develop a wide vocabulary of movement and kinaesthetic awareness which allows us greater freedom when it comes time to express ourselves when we dance.
No, there isn’t a “magic pill” you can take that will give you all the technique you need overnight. But by focusing your studies on the fundamentals (the most important elements not the easiest) you will develop the skills you need to express yourself and your passion for flamenco.
Class 1 - Flamenco technique
Palmas por Fandango de huelva
Técnica de pies
Juego de pies
Colocación de brazos
Técnica de manos
CLASS 3 - FLAMENCO TECHNIQUE
Calentamiento de pies
Introducción al cambio de variaciones
Variación con Laura
Variación con Rocío
Variación con Renae
Marcaje por Fandango de Huelva
CLASS 5 - baile por fandango(with guitar accompaniment)
Remate de la letra
Segundo estribillo / Final
BAILE DE FANDANGO DE HUELVA
CLASS 2 - FLAMENCO TECHNIQUE
Palmas por Fandango de Huelva
Marcaje con brazos abajo
Varaciones de marcajes
Marcaje con pies
Marcaje con contratiempo
Remate por Fandango de Huelva
CLASS 4 - baile por fandango(with guitar accompaniment)
Inicio de Fandango de Huelva
Remate del estribillo
Remate de la letra
Special Bonus Class -
Introducción al cante por Fandango de Huelva
In this class José talks about each piece of the choreography in relation to the cante and guitar while giving his insights into the performance and interpretation of the choreography.
Plus - 2 pre-recorded Q&A sessions with Renae and José
José Merino is an international dance artist, teacher and choreographer.
José made his professional debut with BALLET DE MADRID led by José Granero. A former dancer with the acclaimed BALLET NACIONAL DE ESPANA, where he performed the role of soloist and first-dancer for many productions and has toured extensively throughout the world. He has worked with and been a guest artist with the renowned company of Antonio Canales and the company of Karine Saporta - National Center of Normandy (France) among many others.
Through his dance studio in Madrid and many international workshops José has inspired hundreds of flamenco dance students to discover their unique flamenco style through hard work and learning to dance with their heart.
How to enrol in Fundamentals of Flamenco Dance
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Learning should be on your schedule. Our subscription offers a low-risk, cancel-anytime opportunity to start learning with Flamenco Bites.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to this course?
As long as you remain a subscriber you will have access to all of the course videos. If you buy the course you have indefinite access.
What format is the course content delivered in?
The course materials are shared as streamed video content and PDF course workbooks. If you buy the course you can download all Fundamentals of Flamenco Dance videos.
Can I share my subscription/purchase with a friend?
No, the purchase of a Flamenco Bites subscription (or if you buy the course) is for personal use only and sharing of your personal login is not permitted.
What level of flamenco dance do I need to do this course?
This course is aimed at dancers with some knowledge and experience of flamenco dance (1 to 2 years). It is not a course for complete beginners however José does cover the basic fundamental technique for all movements. Complete beginners will find the choreography challenging.
What is your subscription cancellation policy?
You can cancel your subscription at any time. The minimum subscription period is for one month. You'll keep access through your next renewal date, at which time your account will be converted to a Basic Free membership.
*EU VAT will be added at checkout
All prices are in USD
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