The aim of the Dance Course is to prepare future flamenco dancers, with special emphasis on teaching the 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 will teach the keys of the "Escuela Sevillana", wearing the long-tailed dress as a hallmark; Javier Barón, Spanish National Dance Prize winner in 2008; and Luisa Palicio 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 Carmelilla Montoya, Antonio Molina “El Choro”, Beatriz Rivero, and Patricia Lozano amongst other prestigious teachers who will join on a monthly or term basis.

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.

The academic plan will incorporate, from 2018, new subjects for students of more advanced level: improvisation sessions, choreographic workshops, stage practice, musical production and the subject “Emotional intelligence in the artist”, taught by José Antonio Galiani.

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These are our dance levels:


1st ANNUAL FLAMENCO DANCE COURSE (Basic Level)


The aim of Level 1 Flamenco Dance is to introduce the student to knowledge of body technique, turns, arm movements, footwork (zapateado), and rhythm (compás) through practical exercise drills, as well as classical structures and traditional choreographed pieces. Students in Level 1 Flamenco Dance should also start with castanets, fan and shawl.

The academic program includes eight subjects (Theory and Practice), delivered in FOUR/FIVE DAILY BLOCKS. There are four Core subjects in Level 1 Flamenco Dance (shared by all specialisations) one of which is an Elective.


Teachers:

Throughout the annual course, students in Level 1 Flamenco Dance will take classes with Javier Barón, Milagros Mengíbar, Carmelilla Montoya, Luisa Palicio, Beatriz Rivero, Patricia Lozano and Pepa Sánchez.

The teaching staff of the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco Art’s school 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 in the placement tests:

• Simple turn on the axis.

• Basic notions of footwork (ball, flat, heel).

• Basic notions of arm movements.

• 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 3:15pm and Fridays from 9am to 2pm.


Location: Calle Pureza, 76 Triana (Seville)

2nd ANNUAL FLAMENCO DANCE COURSE (Intermediate Level)

The aim of Level 2 Flamenco Dance is to consolidate the command of body technique, turns, arm movements, footwork (zapateado) and rhythm (compás) through medium-difficulty practical exercise drills as well as choreographies. Another main goal of the course is to introduce students to more complex accessories technique such as the long-tailed dress (bata de cola), as well as perfecting technique for the shawl, fan and castanets.

The academic program includes eight subjects (Theory and Practice), delivered in FOUR/FIVE DAILY BLOCKS. There are four Core subjects in Level 2 Flamenco Dance (shared by all specialisations) one of which is an Elective.

Teachers: 

Throughout the annual course, students in the Level 2 Flamenco Dance will take classes with Milagros Menjíbar, Javier Barón, Carmelilla Montoya, Luisa Palicio, Antonio Molina “El Choro”, Patricia Lozano and Pepa Sánchez.

The teaching staff of the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco Art’s school is subject to changes and updates, as required by professional commitments and academic needs.

Level 2 Flamenco Dance:

Students can enrol in Level 2 Flamenco Dance if they have passed all subjects in Level 1 Flamenco Dance in the Cristina Heeren Foundation or can adequately demonstrate the following technical and choreographic knowledge in the placement tests:

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

2. Arms movements with an “escobilla” (specific footwork).

3. Coordination of "marcajes" (marking).

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

5. Knowledge of flamenco rhythmic structures (compás) of different flamenco styles, at least in

theory.

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

The class schedule is from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 3:15pm and Fridays from 9am to 2pm.


Location: Calle Pureza, 76 Triana (Seville)

3rd ANNUAL FLAMENCO DANCE COURSE (ADVANCED LEVEL)


The aim of Level 3 Flamenco Dance is to complete students’ professional training through studying more complex choreographies, both for mastering steps as well as technique and to use two or three accessories simultaneously.

At completion of their studies, students of Level 3 Flamenco Dance should be able to improvise, mount classical choreographies, and direct the musical accompaniment (singing and guitar) for their dances.



The academic program includes eight subjects (Theory and Practice), delivered in FOUR/FIVE DAILY BLOCKS. There are four Core subjects in Level 3 Flamenco Dance (shared by all specialisations) one of which is an Elective.



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

Teachers: 

Throughout the annual course, students in the Level 3 Flamenco Dance will take classes with Milagros Menjíbar, Javier Barón, Luisa Palicio, Antonio Molina “El Choro”, Pepa Sánchez and Rosi Navarro “La Divi”. THROUGHOUT THE COURSE, OTHER PRESTIGIOUS GUEST ARTISTS WILL JOIN THE TEACHING STAFF.

The teaching staff of the Cristina Heeren Foundation of Flamenco Art’s school is subject to changes and updates, as required by professional commitments and academic needs.

Level 3 Flamenco Dance:

Students can enrol in Level 3 Flamenco Dance if they have passed all subjects in Level 2 Flamenco Dance in the Cristina Heeren Foundation or can adequately demonstrate the following technical and choreographic knowledge in the placement tests:

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

2. Body coordination and arm movement with "escobilla" (specific footwork).

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

4. Skill in the use of accessories: use of castanets, fan, shawl and bata de cola.

5. Practical knowledge of the main structural steps of dance (escobillas, llamadas, remates, etc.) and fundamental flamenco styles (soleá, cantiñas, taranto and seguiriya). Furthermore, the student should be able to recognise traditional techniques used in singing and guitar in this context.


 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION

The class schedule is from Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 3:15pm and Fridays from 9am to 2pm.

Location: Calle Pureza, 76 Triana (Seville)

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