What is Marcaje?

Marcaje which translates to 'marking' is a step that is used throughout a flamenco dance but it is particularly used when the singer is singing.

It refers to the marking of the beats of the compás (rhythmic cycle) by the dancer. 

Now you can mark the beat of a compás just by walking in compás and that is something you should be able to do but marcaje also refers to certain steps or movements that are commonly used in different choreographies.

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What is a llamada?

Today we are going to take a look at the llamada.

The word llamada comes from the Spanish verb llamar - 'to call'. You can translate the word llamada to mean a 'call' in english. 

So who is doing the calling, who is being called and what are you trying to say when you call?

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Vueltas Flamencas | 3 different types of flamenco turn

How is your turn technique?

We all love watching the dancer who can turn on a pin. Especially in flamenco dance. But how many of us as adult students feel comfortable turning?

This topic came up in a discussion in our facebook group last week. Since we haven’t written about turning before we thought it would be fun to take a look at it.

Today we are going to look at three different types of turns that commonly appear in flamenco dance.

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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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