Join the Quiebro challenge

This month in danza estudio Flamenco Bites we are going to run a challenge around the theme of 'quiebro'.

Quiebro refers to the many different tilted postures of the torso, you can see one example of quiebro in the photo above.

The challenge will start on Tuesday the 5th of June and continue for 7 days. Each day we will release a new video in our members area that examines the technique of quiebro.

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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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The most common practice mistakes flamenco dance students make

Whether you have just started studying flamenco dance or your have been at it for a while there is always room for improvement when it comes to practice. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see when it comes to practice.

1. Not spending enough time practicing fundamentals

There is a reason the fundamentals are called fundamental. They are the most important part of your practice and the amount of time you spend practicing them will be an investment that will see consistent returns in your future dancing.

It can be tempting for beginners to want to jump ahead to the 'fun stuff' and while spending time playing and experimenting with advanced steps/techniques is great it shouldn't take the place of your fundamental technique practice.

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deFB member interview: Chie from Upstate New York

Meet Chie, a flamenco dancer from Upstate New York and a member of danza estudio Flamenco Bites.

Chie was recently helped thanks to some personal feedback from José in our members group, she was so happy (as were we) that we asked if she'd be interested in sharing her flamenco journey up to now and what brought her to become a danza estudio Flamenco Bites member.

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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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Marcaje con cadera

Today we have for you a simple marcaje that you will find you can use in many different situations and as an exercise you can use it to work on developing movement of the hips.

Each video below is a different layer of movement with the last video at the bottom combining everything together.

Firstly let's look at the feet.

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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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