Coiling wrists, swirling skirts, fluid arms and percussive footwork are hallmarks of flamenco dance— a mesmerizing, soul enriching dance form that parallels the beautiful melodies and intricate rhythms of flamenco music. It is danced individually by men and women alike and can be seen on dance stages across the world, as well as private parties, small venues (tablaos) and informal gatherings in Southern Spain. 

All You Need to Know About Flamenco Dance Classes

Discover the Art, Embrace the Dance

Embarking on a new experience can be both thrilling and slightly nerve-wracking. As you contemplate joining our flamenco classes, it’s perfectly normal to have questions and concerns. Let us guide you through the introductory steps and address the common thoughts that may be crossing your mind.

Who Dances Flamenco with Us?

Our vibrant community is a diverse tapestry of women from various walks of life, spanning different ages and backgrounds. What unites them is a shared curiosity for flamenco, a desire for self-expression, and the joy of taking on a creative challenge. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer exploring a new genre or stepping into a dance class for the first time, you’ll find like-minded individuals eager to share in the journey.

Friendships and Camaraderie

At the heart of our classes is a sense of camaraderie and the formation of great friendships. Shared experiences in learning and expressing through flamenco create bonds that extend beyond the dance studio. Even in the digital realm, our online community fosters connections, allowing you to share the joy of flamenco with wonderful people.

Is Flamenco Physically Demanding?

Flamenco, especially at the entry level, is a low-impact exercise suitable for all fitness levels and ages. While the journey can be as intense as you choose, most students find it to be a fulfilling and enjoyable way to stay active. Whether you’re looking for a creative outlet or aspiring to become a professional flamenco dancer, the path is tailored to your pace and goals.

Revealing the Flamenco Footwork

The essence of flamenco lies in its footwork, known as “zapateado.” While it may seem the hardest of all initially, the reality is that it’s not! Through repetition and correct execution, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you master this form of foot percussion.

Progress and Advancement

Tracking progress in flamenco is unique to each individual, influenced by factors such as previous dance experience, class attendance, and personal practice.

Completing the Entry Level typically involves attending two courses  of between 10-16 weeks. 

Our commitment to personalized attention ensures that your journey aligns with your learning style. Communicate with your teacher, sharing your experience and pace preferences. At our small school, we understand that everyone learns differently, and we are dedicated to crafting a class experience that suits YOU.

Join this flamenco exploration with confidence, knowing that you are not alone – you are joining a community of passionate individuals eager to embrace the art, rhythm, and joy of flamenco. Welcome to the dance floor!

Upcoming Entry Level Flamenco Dance Courses (Level 1)

Level 1 – Entry Level Courses

Learning a new dance form engages your mind and body,  it’s a wonderful outlet for personal expression.

Basic steps and sequences will be introduced and set to powerful and upbeat flamenco rhythms.  There are many layers to Flamenco dance. Skills are developed over time. Through weeks practise and repetition the steps, moves and sequences will become more and more familiar and you will develop  confidence in a fun and encouraging environment! 

Read more on our levels here

Our Weekly Flamenco Dance Classes Take Place at Happy Soul Dance Studios in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Who is this level for?

Level  courses are for students with:

  • no previous flamenco dance experience;
  • students with under 6-12 months of flamenco dance class training;
  • higher level students wanting to review the basics and add more practise to their weekly class schedule
  • students reconnecting after a break.
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Course Content:
 
  • arm and hand position, movement and drills
  • basic footwork steps and drills
  • basic flamenco steps “marcajes”
  • clapping and flamenco “compas” (rhythm)
  • basic flamenco turn “sevillanas turn”
  • choreography to integrate and practise all the above

Flamenco shoes recommend but not required for those starting.