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How to keep practicing basic technique interesting

This past Friday in the Flamenco Bites Community I posted a question asking everyone what they had practiced the day before.

One of the dancers that replied said they were working on footwork drills until their teacher returned from a trip to Spain but that they found it difficult because they get bored from doing repetitive drills.

This is normal, repetition can be boring but it is so valuable that we must make time for it.

To help with this type of practice I thought I would share a few of the ways that I keep things interesting when I practice fundamentals.

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Create your own flamenco dance meetup group

When Jose and I first started talking about creating a website we wanted to make flamenco accessible to people who had know access to flamenco classes in their area.

With the free tutorials on the blog and the classes we have in danza estudio Flamenco Bites you can successfully train from wherever you are in the world.

But what about the community and friends that you make when you have a local class?

Well, you can do that too!

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The oral tradition of flamenco

When I (Renae) first started studying flamenco dance one of the biggest challenges I had was finding sources of information to enable me to do my own study and deepen my understanding of the art form.

It was 1999, I lived in Perth, Western Australia and the internet wasn’t as big a part of our daily lives as it is now.

I could go to my local library and find books about classical ballet, jazz and tap dancing but finding anything about flamenco was near on impossible.

Since then things have changed quite a bit, being able to share information online has made it so much easier to study but it is still pretty difficult.

Firstly, because flamenco is so vast, you could spend a lifetime studying and just scratch the surface of everything there is to learn.

Secondly, flamenco is an art form that has been largely shared across generations through the oral tradition which means that is hasn't been documented in the same way as, for example, classical music or classical ballet.

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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.

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How to develop fluidity in your dancing

Fluidity in a dancer is an enviable quality that we all hope to achieve.

There are some dancers who seem to have an energy that never stops pouring out of their body even when they are standing still on the stage.

It is a worthy goal in all of us but without an understanding of what it is and where it comes from it can seem like something that lives at the end of a rainbow.

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What to do when you feel overwhelmed

Overwhelm and frustration are common feelings among students of flamenco dance.

There is so much information to absorb.

Not only must you learn how to dance but you are also learning how to be a musician and to do it all with the confidence and swagger of [insert favourite flamenco dancer here].

So, once in a while when every time you try to nail a certain remate or marcaje you might just keep falling flat on your face.

 

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Coming from another dance style to flamenco

People who are inspired to learn flamenco dance come from all backgrounds, often people who have never danced before.

However there are many of us that come to flamenco after having studied a different style of dance some perhaps for quite some time.

How do you make the jump from being an experienced Ballet, Tap, Jazz, African, Contemporary (insert your style here) dancer to studying flamenco?

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