What exercises do you recommend for keeping your shoulders down while dancing?

What exercises do you recommend for keeping your shoulders down while dancing?

In one of our recent student Q&A sessions this question came up and we thought it would be a good one to share here on the blog.

A common stumbling block for many new dance students is being unable to keep their shoulders relaxed and uninvolved while dancing and moving the arms in various ways around the body.

Introduction to bata de cola technique

Introduction to bata de cola technique

Today we thought we’d take a little look at what is required in terms of technique in order to control the bata de cola when you dance.

The word control isn’t really appropriate to use because as José says, the bata is something that will never move in the same way twice.

There is no way to really control it but as you dance with the bata you learn to work with it and more importantly you learn how to improvise and solve problems in the moment that they occur.

The bata de cola on stage

The bata de cola on stage

We’re celebrating the addition of our new class ‘tecnica - BATA DE COLA’  to our online dance studio danza estudio Flamenco Bites with a series of posts looking at the bata de cola.

Today we’re going to take a look at examples of the bata de cola on the stage.

From our last post you’ll recall that according to Matilde Coral the first flamenco dancers to wear the bata de cola on stage in the early 20th century were La Malena and La Macarrona.

Possible origins of the bata de cola

Possible origins of the bata de cola

The female flamenco dancer's form elongated by the bata de cola is one of the most emblematic images of flamenco dance.  

To celebrate the addition of our new technique class for the bata de cola (now available for all deFB members) we thought it might be fun to explore the history of the bata de cola in flamenco dance.

Possible origins of the bata de cola

Of course when it comes to the history of anything to do with flamenco dance there aren’t many definitive sources of information.

The following is what I have been able to glean from online research but unfortunately there isn’t much to be found.

Click through to read more...