5 ways to practice active listening of flamenco music

5 ways to practice active listening of flamenco music

Do you know the difference between active listening and passive listening?

Passive listening is what we do when we listen to something without really paying it much attention. Have music on in the background while you cook or clean or take the bus. In this case listening is not the primary activity.

Active listening is listening to music with focus and intensity without distraction.

You need to be engaged and interact with what ever music you are listening to.

Active listening is a skill that can be learnt and like any skill to become good at it you need to practice.

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.