Posts in Flamenco Body Technique
What to do with your arms when learning flamenco footwork

When learning a new step it is normal to break it down into different layers of movement and slowly practice each part before you join everything together to move your whole body.

Most often when learning new footwork steps you would take your arms out of the equation until you have your feet under control.

However, just because you aren't using your arms it doesn't mean that you forget about them completely.

So what do you do?

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Braceo por Soleá

Braceo refers to the movements of the arms and today we have an exercise for you that will challenge you in three ways.

The first will be with your arm and hand movement (braceo)

The second, we're going to have you moving through fourth position of the feet. Shifting your weight forward and then back.

And the third is that you are going to move with the compás of soleá which means creating a sustained and continuous movement through the whole exercise. 

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Basic Marcaje part 2 - movement of the head

Last week we revisited a basic marcaje that included a look at some fundamental technique.  If you haven't seen that tutorial you'll need to go through it before you do this one.

Basic Marcaje - Technique for the arms and body

We looked at moving the arms through clearly defined positions, combining movement of the feet and arms with a transfer of weight and adding in the movement of the hands to complete the marcaje. 

Hopefully you've been practicing your technique and we can now add in an extra element - the head.

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Basic Marcaje - Technique for the arms and body

In this tutorial we are going to revisit a basic movement in flamenco dance, marcaje. In this case a marcaje that is performed in situ without moving across the floor. 

The reason for revisiting this movement is that since I recorded the original video I have been working with José on my fundamental technique and my understanding of this movement has changed so I wanted to do an updated version and share everything that I've learnt. 

Firstly why is technique so important? When you watch a flamenco dance performance every dancer seems to have a slightly different technique and it all looks amazing. 

For me it is two things, it allows me to develop strength and a wider movement vocabulary to use when I am dancing and secondly it gives me a chance to become more aware of where my body is in space when it moves. 

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Tecnica del cuerpo {Quiebro - part 5}

In this lesson we will take the forward quiebro posture (again, this is what I call it - I'm sure it isn't the official terminology) and use it in a basic marcaje step.

Instead of opening one arm out to the side (por fuera) we will bring one arm down the front of the body (por dentro) and then bring it back to fifth position via second position out to the side. 

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Tecnica del cuerpo {Quiebro - part 4}

It's time to continue with our work on the quiebro posture.

Today we are going to take what I've been referring to as the rear quiebro (that is when the lower shoulder is rotated to the rear) and put it into a step for marcaje.

By the way, I have no idea if it is correct to refer to this particular upper body position as 'rear quiebro' but just between you and me I needed to find a way to differentiate it from the opposite position (lowered shoulder rotated foward). So for now if you can bear with me I'll call it 'rear quiebro'.

This step is based on a classic marcaje that I'm sure you have seen before. One arm opens out to the side in opposition to the leg which crosses in front of the body. To change from side to side you move through a wide second position of the feet and fifth position for the arms before repeating the movement on the other side.

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