Workshops


Dance workshops with Carmen Romero

at the Dance Victoria Studios, Suite 111 – 2750 Quadra Street
(North Entrance)

ELEMENTARY – Farruca

Weds July 26 @ 6 – 7PM – Vernon Room

Thurs July 27 @ 6 – 7PM – Vernon Room

Friday July 28 @ 5 – 6PM – Milne Room

Price $100 for 3 classes.

Single class drop-in fee $35

ADVANCED – Structured Improvisation

Weds July 26 @ 7 – 8:30PM – Vernon Room

Thurs July 27 @ 7 – 8:30PM – Vernon Room

Friday July 28 @ 6 – 7:30PM – Vernon Room

Price: $140 for 3 classes.

Single class drop-in fee $50

This course will focus on structured improvisation and percussive dance techniques. The cante (flamenco singing) provides the melody and structure that holds a dance choreography together – whether planned or improvised. With singers accompanying each class, students will learn how to work with the cante particularly, learning skills like divided attention, feel it from behind, power to relinquish and power to lead, how to bring the band with you, and shifting and fluidity.

With Carmen’s highly skilled and engaging teaching techniques, dancers will gain the tools and confidence needed for rhythmic support and play options in their dance solos. You can view Carmen’s video of Uno, Dos y Tres to see some of the possibilities for structured improvisation.

Dancers enrolled in the ADVANCED – Structured Improvisation class will have an improvisation performance opportunity immediately after class on Thursday night, at the Live Flamenco event in Trounce Alley.

Cante & Palmas workshops with Stephanie Pedraza

Alma de España Studio, 2568 Vancouver Street (entrance and parking on Fifth Street)

All Levels Cante & Palmas for Bulerias por Fiesta:

Wednesday, July 26 @ 4:45 – 5:45 – Alma de España Studio

Thursday, July 27 @ 4:45 – 5:45 – Alma de España Studio

This course will cover:

  • Vocal warm ups, breathing exercises and techniques to expand range.
  • We will work with Bulerias por Fiesta.
  • Useful repertoire (letras) specially adaptable and suitable for baile.
  • Structure of various cante-dance bulerias depending on the style of bulerias
  • Palmas (hand clapping) and compas (flamenco rhythms)

Fundamentals of Flamenco Cante Technique and Melismas:

Friday, July 28 @ 6:15 – 7:15 PM – Alma de España Studio

$75 for 3 classes - $30 drop-in

This course will cover:

  • Vocal warm ups, breathing exercises and techniques to expand range.                                                           We will work with Solea de Alcala
  • Focus will be on how certain scales and melismas work to the advantage of achieving  a more “flamenco sound”

Stephanie is also available for private cante lessons at $60 per-hour or $80 for a semiprivate of 2 people ($40 per person).

Flamenco Percussion with Davide Sampaolo

Saturday, July 29 & Sunday, July 30 @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Alma de España Studio
$50 for both workshop days – $30 drop-in