A traditional art form from the south of Spain, flamenco dance is known for its graceful hand movements, fiery footwork and expressions of raw emotion. Flamenco is danced by both men and women, and does not discriminate against either age or body type. Taking flamenco lessons is a fantastic way to learn some hypnotic Spanish rhythms, improve your posture, increase your confidence and get your feet stamping. Warning: Flamenco is extremely addictive!! Once you are touched by its passion, your life will never be the same again.
This introductory workshop is intended for people with no prior experience in flamenco dance and is open to all ages.
Attendees will learn basic technique for the arms, hands and upper body, as well as footwork and palmas (rhythmic clapping). A short choreography for “Tangos” will be taught. Tangos is a fun style with a very lively rhythm, and is one of the essential ingredients to any flamenco fiesta!
What to Wear:
It’s important to wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.
Women: Body suit or T-shirt with work out pants. Bring a long, wide skirt if you have one.
Men: T-shirt and comfortable pants.
Footwear: If you have a comfortable pair of street shoes with a thick, stable heel, bring those (ladies, no spiked heels!). Otherwise, sneakers or sock feet would be fine.
Instructor: Christina Penney
Christina Penney is a native Newfoundlander who fell in love with the passion of flamenco thirteen years ago. Christina has studied with some of the top flamenco dancers in Canada and the UK, and has also traveled to Spain for intensive training and to immerse herself in the Spanish culture. She currently teaches flamenco at Wild Lily Dance Centre in downtown St. John’s, and performs regularly with her troupe Isla Flamenca.