The aim of the Dance Course is to prepare future flamenco dancers, with special emphasis on techniques and steps from the "Escuela Sevillana", which requires studying the long-tailed dress 'bata de cola' and other accessories, such as the shawl, fan and castanets. The main teachers in the Dance department are Milagros Menjíbar, who gives classes on the aesthetics of the "Escuela Sevillana", wearing the long-tailed dress as a hallmark, and Javier Barón, Spanish National Dance Prize winner in 2008, who will also be responsible for coordination tasks.

According to the levels, the techniques, and the schedule, the Dance staff will include other teachers, such as Luisa Palicio, Antonio Molina "El Choro", Tamara Lucio and Beatriz Rivero amongst others who will be part of the Dance staff each term.  

The Study Program consists of three courses –1st (Basic), 2nd (Intermediate) and 3rd (Advanced)- and their levels and aims might vary from year to year.  As students pass every course, they will receive a certificate confirming their grades, contact hours, and level of artistic interpretation.

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These are our dance levels:


1st ANNUAL FLAMENCO DANCE COURSE (Basic Level)


The aim of the 1st Annual Flamenco Dance Course is to introduce the student to the awareness of  body movement, turns, arm movements, footwork ("zapateado"), and rhythm ("compás"). Students will perform specific sets of practical exercises and also basic rhythmic choreographies, as well as classic structures and simple choreographic pieces. Students in the 1st Annual Dance Course will also start working with the castanets and the fan.

The academic program includes seven subjects (Theory and Practice), delivered in FIVE DAILY BLOCKS (with the exception of Fridays which consist of 4 sessions). There are three core subjects in the 1st Annual Dance Course (shared by all specializations) and one subject in the program is Elective.

 

Teachers:

Throughout the annual course, students in the 1st Dance Course will take classes with Milagros Menjíbar (Term III), Luisa Palicio (Term III), Antonio Molina "El Choro" (Term III), Beatriz Rivero, Tamara Lucio, Pepa Sánchez, Patricia Lozano and Eduardo Rebollar.

The teaching staff of the Fundación de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren is subject to changes and updates, as required by professional commitments and academic needs.

Level 1 Flamenco Dance:

Students in Level 1 Flamenco Dance will be already accustomed to the dance world, and capable of performing the following:

-Simple turn on the axis.

-Basic notions of footwork ”zapateado" (sole, midfoot sole, heel).

-Basic notions of arm movements ("braceo").

-Hand movements in the 1st position.

-Body coordination with weight change

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

The class schedule is from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 3:00pm and Fridays from 9:00am to 1:30pm.

Location: Calle Pureza, 76 Triana (Seville)

2nd ANNUAL FLAMENCO DANCE COURSE (Intermediate Level)

The aim of the 2nd Annual Flamenco Dance course is to consolidate the mastery of  techniques of  body movements, turns, arm movements, footwork ("zapateados") and rhythm ("compás"). Students will perform specific sets of practical exercises and choreographies at mid-level difficulty. Another main goal of the course will be to introduce students to the use of accessories, such as: the long-tailed dress, the shawl, the castanets, the chinchines, the fan and the Arabic fan. 

The academic program includes seven subjects (Theory and Practice), delivered in FIVE DAILY BLOCKS (with the exception of Fridays which consist of 4 sessions). There are two core subjects in the 2nd Annual Dance Course (shared by all specializations) and one subject in the program is Elective.

* With accessories: bata de cola, mantón, abanico, palillos, abanico árabe, bastón, chinchines...

Teachers: 

Throughout the annual course, students in the 2nd Dance Course will take classes with Milagros Menjíbar, Javier Barón, Luisa Palicio, Antonio Molina “El Choro”, Tamara Lucio, Pepa Sánchez, Rosi Navarro "La Divi" and Patricia Lozano. 

The teaching staff of the Fundación de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren is subject to changes and updates, as required by professional commitments and academic needs.

Level 2 Flamenco Dance:

Students can enroll in the 2nd  Annual Dance Course if they:

· Have passed all the subjects of the 1st Annual Flamenco Dance Course in the Fundación.

· Or adequately demonstrate at the placement tests, that they have the following technical and choreographic knowledge:  

1. Correct articulation and clear performance of foot exercises, simple and double exercises, as well as their correct use within the Flamenco rhythm ("compás").

2. ”Braceo with escobilla": Arm movement coordination with "escobilla" (specific footwork with guitar accompaniment).

3. Coordination of "marcajes" (mastery of basic dance positions).

4. Turns: "debouleés", on the heel, with the chest and simple pirouettes. 

5. Awareness of the Flamenco rhythmic structures ("Compás") of different Flamenco styles ("palos"), at least in theory.

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

The class schedule is from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 3:00pm and Fridays from 9:00am to 1:30pm.

Location: Calle Pureza, 76 Triana (Seville)

3rd ANNUAL FLAMENCO DANCE COURSE (ADVANCED LEVEL)


The aim of the 3rd Annual Flamenco Dance course is to complete the students’ professional training. They will study more complex choreographies, including the control of the accessories as well as technique, and they will use simultaneously two or three accessories. 

When students complete the studies of 3rd Annual Flamenco Dance Course,  they will be able to do some improvisation, to design simple choreographies, and to conduct the musical accompaniment of their own dance (singing and guitar).

The academic program includes seven subjects (Theory and Practice), delivered in FIVE DAILY BLOCKS (with the exception of Fridays which consist of 4 sessions). There are two core subjects in the 3rd Annual Dance Course (shared by all specializations) and one subject in the program is Elective.

* With accessories: bata de cola, mantón, abanico, palillos, abanico árabe, bastón, chinchines...

Teachers: 

Throughout the annual course, students in the 3rd Dance Course will take classes with Milagros Menjíbar, Javier Barón, Luisa Palicio, Antonio Molina “El Choro”, Tamara Lucio, Pepa Sánchez, Rosi Navarro "La Divi" y Patricia Lozano. 

The teaching staff of the Fundación de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren is subject to changes and updates, as required by professional commitments and academic needs. 

Level 3 Flamenco Dance:

Students can enroll in the 3rd  Annual Dance Course if they:

1. Have passed all the subjects of the 2nd  Annual Flamenco Dance Course in the Fundación.

2. Or adequately demonstrate, at the placement tests, that they have the following technical and choreographic knowledge:

- Correct articulation and clear performance of foot exercises, simple and double exercises with a speed of 170 BPM (beats per minute) using a metronome, as well as their correct use within the Flamenco rhythm ("compás"). 

- Body coordination and "braceo con escobilla": Arm movement coordination with "escobilla" (specific footwork with guitar accompaniment). 

- Turns at average speed: "debouleés", with the heel, with the chest, "quebradas" turns, double pirouettes and hips. 

- Basic notions of the use of accessories: use of castanets, fan, shawl and long-tailed dress. 

- Practical knowledge, with guitar and singing, of the most important "palos" (Flamenco styles) : "soleá", "alegrías", "bulerías" and "tangos".

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

The class schedule is from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 3:00pm and Fridays from 9:00am to 1:30pm.

Location: Calle Pureza, 76 Triana (Seville)

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