Have you wanted to build a strong and secure foundation to be a better dancer? Would you like to understand the techniques that you can apply to Spanish genres such as Flamenco and Clásico Español, learn how best to practise them and persevere towards quality and precision of movement?
If so, whether you are a beginner or advanced student in Spanish Dance, or learning Character Dance, I would encourage you to consider the Classical Spanish Dance Technique course taught by Paloma Gómez, starting this weekend. This is one of the highlights of the 1st Classical Spanish Dance Residency in Singapore.
Have a look at the content here in this link, and you’ll notice that each class will focus on a particular technique. (https://spanishdance.sg/blog/1st-classical-spanish-dance-residency-singapore-23- sep-22-oct
Some of these are uniquely associated to Spain such as the Panadero, Jerezana, Pas de Basque and used across genres of Spanish dance, such as the Vueltas Quebradas (‘Broken’/Arched turns) in Flamenco, as well as other forms of non-Spanish dances where artistic interaction and in uence took place over history.
Paloma will explain what this consists of, the movement quality, aesthetics, rhythm and how to use the body technically to execute it. It is important to know what you are working on and how to practise it, so that you know what to aim for, with clarity. Many are the performers, who would simply show you steps and choreography, but few are those artists with a teaching spirit who understand how to break it down and teach you “how to learn”.
Afterall, performing and teaching are two very different skills (have you noticed and experienced this, perhaps?). When you are merely shown steps, left to your own devices in class without guidance or correction, it does not lead to clarity and may even lead to frustration. But when you are taught ‘how to learn’, it empowers you and motivates you to go on to tackle the challenges – with awareness of what you have to do.
We have been so privileged to have had one of the greatest Flamenco dance educators – Maestro Manuel Betanzos from the Academia de Manuel Betanos (Seville) in Singapore last month. Most of you would have known him, if you’ve attended his workshops, and know the depth, details (and demands!) of his teaching, but also had great fun learning with his infectious charisma, one that highly uplifts and motivates.
Now this month, September, we welcome Paloma Gómez, with her ‘dulzura’ (sweetness) and nurturing feminine personality. Former Principal Dancer of Spain’s acclaimed Ballet Nacional de España, now dedicated fully to teaching, she will conduct the holistic Spanish Dance programme we have specially formed for Singapore-based students, over the span of 3 weeks..While this primarily focuses on the Classical Spanish Dance genre, the programme also includes the genres of Flamenco, Pasodoble and a free masterclass series on balletic Spanish Bolero School.
In the videos below, you will see Paloma teaching and explaining the dance techniques and movement in Chicago. It will give you an idea of how we want to work in detail, in our Classical Spanish Dance technique classes, and aim towards empowering us to be better learners, better dancers.
Read more news on this link:
Details of the 1st Classical Spanish Dance Residency in Singapore, 23 Sep – 22 Oct (https://spanishdance.sg/blog/1st-classical-spanish-dance-residency-singapore-23-sep-22-oct)
And enjoy Paloma performing a Classical Spanish Dance piece, the Intermezzo from the work, Goyescas, by composer Granados. Students of Spanish and Character Dance can join her workshop (Sat 30 Sep & Sun 1 Oct) to learn an extract of this dance.