FLAMENCO IN D.C.
@ OYSTER ADAMS BILINGUAL SCHOOL
Isabella & Ferdinand Academia de Español
3301 New Mexico Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER FLAMENCO FOR ADULTS!
@ Chevy Chase Bethesda Community Center (CCBCC)
5671 Western Avenue, NW • Washington, DC
Thursdays 7:00 – 8:15pm
Enjoy the music and experience the fascinating, mysterious culture of Flamenco … OLE!
Learn palmas (hand clapping), taconeo (footwork), marcaje (graceful arm & hand movement)
Train your ears along with your body as you explore the seductive rhythmic patterns of Flamenco. Whether you’d like to perform some day or just get a workout… join us!
You will enjoy an intense, full body warm-up designed to increase flexibility, strength, and endurance, followed by a lesson in basic Flamenco technique and choreography.
This class is for absolute beginners. No experience is necessary… and you don’t need a partner either! Women, men and young adults welcome.
FLAMENCO FOR BELLY DANCERS
@ Sahara Dance
Sunday October 18,1:30 – 3:30-pm
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC
Although flamenco’s roots are traced to Northern India, there are many influences which played a fundamental role in the development of Flamenco music. In recent decades, percussive feet have been front and center in Flamenco dance, but the history can be traced back even further to a dance characterized by signature ornamentation, flourishes, posture, and gesture. Since the 1970’s there has been a flurry of innovation fusing the Arabic and Flamenco forms.
Designed especially for belly dancers, in this workshop we forget Flamenco footwork to focus on the flair of Flamenco’s upper body. The Flamenco arm is powerful with resistance. Arm positions generally frame the torso and the head with curling and twisting motions accented by rotations of the wrists and articulate fingers. Between the ornate character of the arms and hands (“brazeo”) and the accentuated hips and pulse of the “marcaje” there is lots to learn… and without even stomping one foot!
Students will explore the mood of “Tangos” – a simple 4/4 rhythm which is playful and earthy, yet saucy and flirtatious. The word “Tangos” is said to have come from the onomatopoeia ‘tang’ which means ‘sound of the drum’. Tangos, and its accompanying dance, has an attitude that is conversational and inviting. Though the movements can be simple and accessible even to a novice, dancers at all levels will be challenged while also having fun and getting a work out.