The flamenco school expects to receive a hundred international students in the specialities of Singing, Dance and Guitar between September and June at its campus in Seville. Among the program’s new features are improvisation sessions, music production, stage practice, choreography workshops and the new subject “Emotional intelligence of the artist”

With the end of year galas in the Alamillo Cortijo around the corner, the Cristina Heeren Foundation is finalising the Annual Flamenco Course 2018/2019. The flamenco school is preparing to receive a new class of young students in September, from Andalusia and the rest of Spain, and different countries in Europe, America and Asia. The centre’s management is expecting to exceed 100 enrolments between the three courses of the different specialities: Singing, Dance and Guitar. The study plan designed by the current Academic Director, Pepa Sánchez, will continue to emphasis its main pillars which are, as she explains, “the study of the foundations and technical resources, to form future professionals with a deep knowledge of flamenco, both in the theoretic and technical sense, as well as in the artistic and practical sense”. And, to do that, she firmly relies on the teaching quality and experience of her staff of teachers. Furthermore, the academic program will incorporate different new additions, aimed to “complete and enrich our student’s skills”. Among the new subjects are improvisation sessions, choreographic workshops, stage practice, the introduction of music production and the cross-curriculum study of resources combining the three subjects, in addition to the debut of the subject “Emotional intelligence of the artist”, given by psychologist José Antonio Galiani. The registration period is open until the 31st of July on the official website


The Annual Flamenco Course 2018/2019 will begin with an Orientation Week. Between the 24th and 29th of December, the school with receive the new students with a special program that includes online level tests, informative talks and extra activities. Following this first contact, the annual course will begin with regular classes between 1 October 2018 and 21 June 2019, with a morning schedule of a total of more than 900 contact hours. During nine months, the school’s nine classrooms will be simultaneously in action with the three specialities of Flamenco Singing, Flamenco Dancing and Flamenco Guitar.

The Annual Flamenco Guitar Course will maintain its goal of “training accompaniment guitarists for both singing and dance”. The classes are given in uniform groups allowing training in technique, knowledge and resources from the speciality of guitar. The objectives will be adapted to each of the three levels, conceived progressively. And for this the school has teachers such as Pedro Sierra, Niño de Pura, Paco Cortés, Pedro Sánchez and Pedro Barragán.

The Annual Flamenco Singing Course has a double aim: studying the canonical forms of each flamenco style and training singers respectful of this tradition.  Although, as the level of study increases, the teachers of the Foundation will encourage their students to find their own personality and to configure their own repertoire. In parallel, all the students will receive daily technique and vocal health classes. José de la Tomasa, Juan José Amador, María José Perez, Manuel Lombo and Manuel Romero are some of the teachers in the singing faculty.

The Annual Flamenco Dance Course has the goal of training future flamenco dancers, with a special emphasis on teaching the technique and resources of the “Sevilla School” that requires studying ‘bata de cola’ and other accessories such as the shawl, fan and castanets. The principal teachers of the Dance Area are Milagros Menjíbar and Javier Barón, National Dance Prize 2008. According to the levels, technique and the calendar, the dance faculty includes teachers such as Luisa Palicio, Antonio Moline ‘El Choro’, Carmelilla Montoya and Beatriz Rivero, amongst other teachers who incorporate on a trimestral basis.

The students will take, according to their level and speciality, core subjects such as “Theory and History of Flamenco” given by Pepa Sánchez, Doctor of Flamencology from the University of Seville; “Tablao”, in which Patricia Lozano and Rosi Navarro ‘La Divi’ prepare students for the stage; and “Compás” to figure out, with clapping, the secrets of the flamenco rhythm. Likewise the elective subjects of “Spanish for Foreigners” with the teacher Isabel Castaño, “Music Harmony” with Pedro Sierra and “Musical Language” with Neftalí Álvarez will be maintained.

New features

Like every year, the curriculum of the Cristina Heeren Foundation incorporates new features.  After the fruitful test of the last course, the subject of "Improvisation" will be consolidated in which level three singing, dance and guitar students go on stage in the theatre before a "tribunal" of teachers and their classmates as the audience. With the intention of preparing students for their professional future, the subject "Practices on stage" will be reinforced. According to the Academic Director, "the subject is proposed as a workshop for choreographic creation and staging, coordinated with the programming of the Triana Flamenco Theatre", which will open its doors in September, driven by the Cristina Heeren Foundation. Another of the new subjects under study will be "Musical Production", in which Pedro Sierra will introduce students to various technical aspects of live and studio music: "How to record a guitar well, how to position a microphone, how to equalise the sound in a theatre ... ", as he points out. In a pioneering way, the school will incorporate the subject "Emotional Intelligence of the artist", taught by the psychologist José Antonio Galiani, who believes that, "we can all learn to deliberately use our emotions as support for the creative process”.

Enrolment for the Annual Flamenco Course 2018/2019 is open online until 31 July 2018, on the official website

[Translation: Cathy Miller]