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ADA Community Workshop: How to Dance Flamenco with Live Music

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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One event on July 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on July 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on July 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Learn how to take material taught in flamenco class and apply it to a performance or community jam situation (which is always accompanied by live music). Students rarely take their dance out of the classroom and as such do not experience the beauty, joy and extent of the art form. This workshop bridges that gap.

There is currently no existing flamenco jam scene in Calgary. Through this workshop we wish to create confidence and interest in such an event. The primary goal is to understand the dialogue and communication tools used between dancers and musicians, which is best explained through having a flamenco guitarist/singer in class themselves. Guitarist/singer Ricardo Sánchez (Mexico City) has a wonderful didactic approach and knowledge of accompaniment and has been invited to teach with us in this workshop rich with purpose and live demos.

 

WORKSHOP AGENDA

  • July 11, 18, 20 Workshop Days
  • July 24 Flamenco Community Jam (open to workshop participants and members of the Calgary Flamenco Community, both dancers and musicians).

 

SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 11

Preparation Phase

6:30-8:30 pm
Evergreen Community Spaces – dance studio
Instructors: Fiona Malena (dance), Anastassiia La Musa (dance, instructor assistant) Open Level (must have previous flamenco training). Beginners – professionals welcome. Focus: preparing essential dance communication skills for live music performance/jam

Goals:

-essential movement techniques to signal and communicate with live music are taught -choreographic elements and short segments are taught
-possibilities of using these elements to create mini choreographies and improvisations with live music

– building the foundation, a working knowledge of steps: preparation for dancing with live music

 

Thursday, July 18

Live accompaniment/demos – putting the dance in practice

6:30-8:30 pm
Evergreen Community Spaces – dance studio
Instructors: Fiona Malena (dance), Anastassiia La Musa (dance), Ricardo Sánchez (guitar, flamenco song)
Open Level (must have previous flamenco training). Beginners – professionals welcome. Focus: Dancing in a live music context

-Using the prepared choreographic segments taught on the previous workshop day in a live music context
-understanding the flexibility of the choreography, ability to improvise with the material and individualize the movements

-live demos with the singer and guitarist who explains how the live music elements cohesively tie in, how they respond and communicate to and with the dance

 

Saturday, July 20

Beginner Workshop – brand new to flamenco? Let’s start it off right. Immerse in the feeling of live flamenco guitar and song uplifting the dance
1-3 pm
Evergreen Community Spaces – dance studio

Instructors: Fiona Malena (dance), Anastassiia La Musa (dance), Ricardo Sánchez (guitar, flamenco song)
Absolute Beginner Level
Focus: Basic dance intro in a live music context

Goals:

-learn about the unique communication and relationship between dancer, singer and guitarist -enjoy an exciting start to learning flamenco
-learn the basics of jaleos (flamenco vocal participation or shouts of encouragement), a simple hand-clapping pattern and a basic movement progression that will allow students to participate in community jams right away should they wish to

 

Thursday, July 24

Community Jam

7-9 pm
Nvrlnd. (Nvrlnd Arts Foundation, an artist-driven collective). Room: The Boutique
1048 21 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2G 1N2
*Free of charge for the students.

With the support of the workshop instructors hosting the Flamenco jam, students are invited to participate in whichever way they feel comfortable: watching, learning, hand-clapping and flamenco-style shouting and dancing the patterns and short choreographies learned during the workshop (either individually or in small groups). Students will also have the opportunity to meet and engage with other members of the greater flamenco community, other guitarists, singers, musicians and dancers.

Venue

Evergreen Community Spaces Dance Studio
1709 8 Avenue NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 5W5 Canada
Website:
https://www.ecspaces.com