01 September 2014

~Flamenco Dance Classes~
(earlier dance experience NOT needed)
Instruction by
Laura Giles Álvarez
Mondays 6:30-7:30pm @ the Upstairs Studio
September 22, 29, October 06, 13, 20, 27
$15usd per class or $70usd for all 6 classes.
Advanced pre-registration requested.  Minimum of 6 people registered to run the classes.  Drop-in’s also accepted.

Come and experience the exotic, passionate, magical rhythms of flamenco. Originating in the south of Spain from unknown roots, some attribute this dance to gypsy origins and others to Arabic heritage. Nevertheless it has evolved to become world heritage and a unique expression of Spanish culture and pride around the whole world.  Starting from a beginner level, we will explore some of the basic rhythms, hand movements, footwork, postures and steps in a series of 4 workshop classes.  Get ready to learn a new dance, express emotions, do some exercise, and have a good time.  Everyone is welcome! No partners needed.  Please wear comfortable clothes; long skirt and low, thick heel shoes are preferable for women, though not necessary.

Laura Giles Álvarez started dancing in 1995 at the Escuela de Danza Pilar López in Madrid. She completed 12 years of training in ballet, flamenco, clásico español, Spanish folklore and escuela bolera.  From 2007 she taught flamenco for three years at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland UK, choreographing for beginners and introducing intermediate level flamenco lessons. In 2011 she completed another year of ballet, flamenco and escuela bolera training at Liceo Bougor in Madrid.  To compliment her regular training she completed 20h with Isabel Quintero in flamenco and escuela bolera and also did summer workshops in ballet at Karen Taft and El Horno in Madrid.

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