We will meet in front of the tourist office in Plaza Arenal and then take a 30 minute walking tour of the flamenco barrio of San Miguel. During the 90 mins workshop you will experience the essential elements of flamenco dance in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. We will cover technique for feet, arms and hands as well as clapping to different flamenco rhythms. You will be able to distinguish different styles of flamenco by the end of the session and understand a variety of rhythmic structures. You will learn a short choreography which you'll be able to record, so you can practice at home. Flamenco Passion is designed for complete beginners - men, women and children. No special footwear or clothing is required. After the workshop we will go to a local tapas bar to relax and share travels and experiences. I’ll introduce the history of Flamenco, its roots, the different influences that make up the art form and talk about the great flamenco stars of Jerez - past and present. I will recommend other places to visit locally to give an insight into the history and culture of the city and also tell you where is best to see an authentic flamenco show. Total time with tour and bar: 2.5 hours
I fell in love with flamenco over 20 years ago one night in a bar in Seville and have been teaching and performing in the UK and Spain ever since! Originally from London, now living in Jerez de la Frontera, I love sharing my passion and experience whether giving an intimate class for a small group or animating hundreds of participants at WOMAD UK. I am a native English speaker, but also speak Spanish and French. I would love my guests to return home having embodied a little of this profound, expressive art form that still has me running to train and take masterclasses with local superstars!
Sherry or Beer Soft drinks or water available
We will be in a professional flamenco studio with mirrors in the heart of the flamenco district of San Miguel - birthplace of Lola Flores 'La Faraona - The Pharaoh'. After the Flamenco Passion workshop we will go for tapas and drinks at one of the authentic bars close to the studio.
Never danced before? You will be surprised at how much you can achieve! It's a fun class and before you know it you've learned the art form. A complimentary drink is provided at the bar afterwards :-)
Flamenco Passion - 2.5 hours