FLAMENCO/SPANISH PARENTS 'n' BUBS: This class is designed for children 0-5yrs with their parents, grandparents and/or carers. Young and old will learn basic flamenco dance moves while learning the Spanish language. The class involves lots of singing, dancing, playing instruments (including castanets and cajon) - a great opportunity for parents with bubs to get their Hispano American music fix!
MOVE AND PLAY FLAMENCO: This class is designed for children aged 5 - 8 years. Children learn basic flamenco rhythms and movements through song, dance, palmas (hand clapping) and castanets. Students learn choreography to flamenco rhythms like Sevillanas and Rumbas. There is always a dedicated time for improvisation with ribbons, scarves and shawls. This is a fun filled movement class where children can express themselves through music and movement with a focus on flamenco.
FLAMENCO DANCE FOR CHILDREN: This class is designed for children 9 years and up. Children learn basic flamenco dance technique including braceo and zapateado and how to use body percussion such as palmas (hand clapping). Students also learn how to play the castanets. Students learn choreography to specific flamenco rhythms like Sevillanas, Rumbas and Tangos.
FLAMENCO DANCE FOR ADULTS: These classes are designed for adults of all ages and abilities. There are beginner men's and women's classes and also open classes for those who are more experienced in the artform. Students learn flamenco dance technique including braceo and zapateado. Students also learn how to play the castanets and how to use body percussion such as palmas (hand clapping). Students learn choreography to specific flamenco rhythms like Sevillanas, Rumbas, Tangos, Bulerias, Alegrias and Soleares.
SPANISH LANGUAGE: These classes are designed for children and adults of all levels. The various classes suit language levels of the students from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Students will learn conversational skills as well writing, reading, speaking and listening. Children and adults alike will enjoy the fun lessons which include learning through games, song, dance and drama.
NEW in TERM 3, 2018:
BEGINNER FLAMENCO DANCE FOR OLDER WOMEN AND MEN: This class is specifically designed for the older student. Students learn basic technique and choreography at a slower pace and in a supportive environment with peers of a similar age group. Students learn flamenco rhythms in 3/4 time such as Tangos. They also learn palmas (hand clapping) and castanets. The intention of the class is for students to learn new movement skills as a 'fun' activity to assist in providing a creative release in the body and keep the brain active. No previous dance training is necessary.
CAJON (with CLAUDIA CHAMBERS): This class is designed for beginner adults in cajon (box drum). Students learn basic cajon technique and basic cajon rhythms in 3/4 and 4/4 time. Students also learn how to use body percussion such as palmas (hand clapping). Students learn compositions to flamenco rhythms like sevillanas and rumbas.
Claudia Chambers has been playing the cajon since 1998 and is passionate about this wonderful instrument which she first saw while living in Barcelona studying dance. She has performed and recorded with many artists since then including Luka Bloom and Rodrigo and Gabriela. A qualified teacher she also regularly runs workshops in schools, workplaces and the community including with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO Move) and Sydney Opera House Baby proms. Flamenco Solymar has hosted cajon workshops run by Claudia in the past, so it was without question that she was asked to join the school to teach regular classes.
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