Benefits of dance

Full of goodness and joy – Dance! A moving body has life and spirit

Why dance?

Because it’s great for the body, not just the body but for the mind and spirit too!

You’re working your mind, remembering sequences, you’re focusing and that helps your mind go deeper into absorbing.

Which is important in times of a million distractions.

You’re centring your thought and mental energy on one thing that keeps you anchored and calm.

I love dance because it makes me feel!

It makes me feel human especially in this age of AI and robotics.

You’re going…

Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore - Por Fiesta Flamenco Bulerias

Time for your Flamenco breakthrough? Discover your spontaneity with POR FIESTA flamenco dances!

Hola, my friend

Have you been at a flamenco partywhere there is live song and music?

Dancers are taking their turns to come outand do their little dance.

it’s fun, spontaneous,we’re clapping the rhythm and we’re shouting’jaleos’ to encourage one another on!

Have you wanted to enjoy that sort of spontaneous flamenco fun,get into that piece of actionbut wondered ‘how can you do so?’

This is what we call ‘por fiesta’ flamenco

‘Fiesta’ literally means party in Spanishand ‘por fiesta’ means in the style of…

Singapore Flamenco class Manuel Betanzos workshop 2024

MANUEL BETANZOS – Singapore Flamenco Master workshop 2024

 

Hola friends

I’m excited to bring Manuel Betanzos from Sevilla back to Singapore for yet another year of uplifting workshops!

This year, there are 3 special highlights:

1. Experience the fun and spontaneity of ‘Por Fiesta’ Bulerías! With musicians to accompany your rounds of dance.

2. Flamenco Showcase – all are welcome to participate

3. Flamenco Tablao Coaching – for emerging soloists & experienced ones.

 
We will have singer Po Yin and guitarist, Sergio, for ALL five days of the workshop.
Read on, and if…

Feria de Abril, Manuel y Tania

Experience Seville’s famous FERIA DE ABRIL – Dance & Travel into vibrant Spanish Culture!

Seville’s famous Feria de Abril is a vibrant festival in Spain you should not miss at least once in your lifetime!
In this video, come along with me and vicariously explore the Feria with a local – my flamenco maestro, Manuel Betanzos! 
This time, I’m visiting it during the day, and it’s a different affair from the night. 
You’ll get to see lots of colours – it’s a sea of beautiful people, decorated horses and horse carriages, a thousand tents of…

Feria de Abril, Manuel y Tania

From Seville’s largest Feria-fiesta, through (flooded) Dubai airport to Singapore for dance

Hola my friend,

I’m back in Singapore this week 🙂

After the experiences at Seville’s famous colourful April Fair, through flooded Dubai airport’s grey skies, I landed in Singapore and head straight to the studio for dance rehearsals.

We’re rehearsing for an event this weekend at the Esplanade Theatre concourse.

It’s FREE and you are invited to join!

In this newsletter:

Travel vicariously to Seville, catch the action and culture of its largest outdoor party

Check out my new class terms in Singapore

Head…

IG Spanish Flamenco Shawl Manton 3

The Spanish Flamenco Shawl – Dance the Beauty, Tackle your Beast!

It’s flamenco weekend and exciting because it’s the girls’ Day 1 learning to dance with the Spanish shawl. 

We call it ‘Mantón de Manila’ in the Spanish language.

And if you’ve wondered why ‘Manila’, then you can travel with your curiosity along the trading routes of old, from Asia (think China and Philippines)  to Latin America (think Mexico, Cuba) and to Spain (think Sevilla, Cadiz)

Imagine how culture, people interaction and fashion have evolved the mantón to what you see in…

Flamenco Culture Trip Day 1

Flamenco Trip Day #1 – Arrival in Sevilla, get comfy in apartment, flamenco shoe shopping, dine at a typical tapas bar

It’s Day #1 of our Flamenco Culture Trip !

The girls are arriving in Sevilla and I’m getting ready to meet them this afternoon!

I’m excited for them to experience as much as they can during their short time.

I’m so glad they made it! It was not all easy for each person set aside time and resources to experience learning flamenco in Spain.

 
For this particular year’s trip,  almost all of us arrived separately in Madrid, and were rather independent.

We then…

Newsletter #1. Jan 2024

Are you starting 2024 with joy, hope and anticipation? 

If so, that is wonderful and you can celebrate that gift of life perspective.

Or, are you looking at just another stretch of a year to get by?

Status quo of work unquestioned…

Hum dum routine …

A flatline of time with little to flicker your enthusiasm…

 

Modern life fills our mindspace with seeming busyness.

Pulls us away from the centre of self-reflection.

Consumes precious resources – our time and health.

BUT, good news, year-beginnings are like a rest stop, that always…

Tania's Flamenco Map of Experiences

8 Ideas for vibrant learning and self-growth – #1 Classes

How will you personalise your learning path? 

Here are 8 ideas to explore.

So you can think about the POSSIBILITIES (not the limits!) to bring to fruition this year. 

Visual guide: Tania’s Flamenco Map of Experiences. 

But you can apply it to whatever YOU pursue – be it work, hobby or personal growth.

¡Vámonos! Let’s go!

Classes – a staple food, the beginning that opens all other paths! 

Travel to Learn – the world is our class room (after the standard mass education we received)

Master workshops – be…

Learn Flamenco dance basics, Singapore

Learn Flamenco Dance Basics, explore these 3 characteristics

Hola everyone,

If you are wanting to learn flamenco dance, here’s an introduction to the basics from my flamenco class.

1. RHYTHM

Explore flamenco rhythms!

There are different flamenco styles and rhythm is one element of recognising it.

Get to know a style called TANGOS.

You start learning flamenco by clapping out rhythms and accents, simply with your palms.

2. FLAMENCO ARMS AND HANDS

The way we use our arms is a flamenco feature, distinctive from other dances.

I…

Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore showcase 2018

Flamenco dance from studio to stage – our 5-day workshop with maestro Manuel Betanzos in Singapore

5-day intensive flamenco dance workshop in Singapore culminating in a showcase.

Sevilla’s maestro Manuel Betanzos conducts these workshops annually in Singapore, organised by Tania of Spanish Dance Singapore and open to all the Singapore community.

Background from Tania:

Hola friends This video is from the 2018 workshop + showcase. It gives an insight into the training behind the scenes.

Dance: Tangos

Level: Basic Flamenco

The workshop was short and intensive, which meant that in so few days, we had…

Spanish Dance Flamenco Improvisation Jazz Singapore

She entices & leads me on with moods of La Vida Breve, the short life.

This famous music by Manuel de Falla is the inspiration for improvisation on jazz and Spanish Dance by Amanda and Tania.

Ideas fleshed out into reality, plus a similar enthusiasm for learning and exploration – that’s always so uplifting!

From the original La Vida Breve, Amanda segues into 4 styles of jazz:

Bossa Nova

Stride piano – early jazz sound

Modal – modern jazz sound

Swing

See if you can identify them?

I love how she puts it together into a journey…

How to play castanets

How to play castanets. Tips for Learning and Practising

Hey everyone, here we are learning a Spanish Dance choreography with castanets from Paloma Gómez, our maestra from Madrid.

3 tips on how to practise and learn castanets

1. Focus on the music, practise to understand where your castanets rhythm and accents coincide.

You can mark the time with your body or your foot (you can see that I’m doing that in the video), that also helps you understand where the rhythms fit. Work on precision of the rhythm.

2….

Flamenco Singapore meets Jazz Singapore

Flamenco Meets Jazz. Exploring worlds, Catching the groove

It’s Flamenco meets Jazz this Sunday at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay!

¡Hola a todos! I’m so looking forward to our collaboration – Jazz Amanda Lee and myself Flamenco Tania.

The best thing about collaborations is that we get to explore each other’s worlds.

It’s such a great way of learning, because sharing our experiences is a personal, insider’s way of shedding light and guiding one into our world.

I’m getting to know about jazz through her, and she gets…

Wellness Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore

Health, happiness and flourishing from your pursuits. Reflections and tips from Spanish Dance, Flamenco

Hola friends, with today’s modern city lifestyle (fast-pace, fast-food, fast outcomes) , it’s become more vital to feel our humanity and to care for our health, well-being and happiness, in natural ways.

Here are some reflections and tips. See if some resonate with you.

1. Health for body, mind, heart and soul

We need to keep our bodies moving for health.

Don’t be sedentary, bum glued to desk. Keep moving, keep the circulation going.

We need to keep our minds stimulated . Sometimes I…

Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore

Discover, experience and learn flamenco dance in Singapore!

 
Hola friends, if you’ve always wanted to try flamenco, be welcome to join me, Tania in any of my pure beginners classes.

 

Let me tell you about it.

 

 

LEVEL: BEGINNERS FLAMENCO FOR LEISURE STUDENTS

Beginners Flamenco for leisure students has a nice and easy pace.

You’ll learn movement and groove to rhythms that should be relatively easy for enjoyment.

This is different from training classes, where students focus on skills and mastering their learning.

Leisure classes are pleasure classes, for fun and stimulating times…

How to use a Spanish Fan in your flamenco dance or classical spanish dance

How to use a Spanish fan in your dance – flamenco or classical Spanish

Hola! In this episode, I’m going to show you the basics of using a Spanish fan. You can use the fan as an accessory to embellish your dance, whether you dance flamenco or Classical Spanish Dance.

Get to know

💃How to hold your arm & elbow in a proper positions

💃How to hold it with your fingers and control the opening of it.

💃Mistakes to avoid (are you doing this?!)

💃How to rotate your wrist

💃Simple arm movements for aesthetic and…

Tanguillos takes you to the seashore of Cádiz, with Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore

This playful flamenco Tanguillos takes you to the seashore of Cádiz

The Tanguillos is a flamenco dance that takes me to Cádiz, the city in Spain that is blessed with endless stretches of beaches, sunny blue skies, inviting waters and tantalising Spanish food.

It all makes for a way of living that cheers heart, spirit and outlook.

Arriving in Cádiz, I couldn’t help but be charmed, seduced even, by its ambience. People are alegre (happy) and nothing can take it away from them.

Culture, lifestyle and environment influence the expression of its people,…

Spanish Language Meet up

Want to practise your español? Join us for Spanish Language Meet-ups!

Hola Everyone,

I’m hosting Spanish language meet-ups on Saturdays 😊🇪🇸

I realise some of my Spanish Dance students and people in my mail club are interested in learning, but don’t have much social occasion to put it into practice. Hence, I thought I offer to host the sessions.

This is open to any one, not just my dance students.

Some of you might be are already learning in the Spanish language schools.

Some of you were learning in the schools but stopped.

Others…

Self-care the Spanish Dance Way

Self-care Journal – inspiration from the Spanish Dance way

With our modern, city living, life has become faster and more intense than before. Technology accelerates expectations and responses. When were you able to ‘disconnect’ from it all and ponder on what self-care and well-being personally means to you?

It’s become more vital nowadays to feel human: to create and express, socialise and bond, play and delight, to be inspired and to inspire others.

Here are some musings from conducting our recent dance activities at the Esplanade Theatre’s What’s Your Move…

Whats your move - Flamenco Spanish Dance Singapore

Weekend Ideas – outdoor dance workshops and performances by the Bay

Hey everyone, if you’re looking for an uplifting time and getting your body grooving, then head to the Bay! You’re in for a treat this weekend with a galore of outdoor dance workshops and performances!

This is the annual What’s Your Move series, part of da:ns Festival at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Here’s what to enjoy: 

1. Get to experience all kinds of dance in Singapore, on a SINGLE occasion!

Imagine travelling the world through a diversity of dance and…

Gentle Workouts Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore

Gentle Workouts for Beginners

If you like workouts but want them to be gentle, then here’s one that you can try out at home, from the office or anywhere on the go! Be inspired and uplifted by music too!

Tania takes you through dance phrases from a gentle choreography set to an inspiring Spanish Dance music.

She breaks it down to easy parts which you can try, and you’ll also get to see the actual dance itself, at the Spanish Dance for Relaxation workshop…

Flamenco, Pasodoble, Spanish Dance workshops at the Esplanade Theatre

September is a time to get moving! It’s Flamenco, Pasodoble, Spanish Dance for anyone as well as parents and kids.

Check out our series of workshops at the Esplanade Theatre.

FEW TICKET LEFT, so get yours today.

HERE’S WHERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS

Adults and Youth – Flamenco 💃18 Sep 2022, Sun, 8pm – 9.30pm

Tickets from $17. Click here———–

Adults and Youth – Spanish Dance for Relaxation 💃24 Sep 2022, Sat, 8pm – 9.30pm

Tickets from $17. Click here.

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Parents & Kids – Pasodoble 💃17…

Spanish Dance Flamenco Singapore

3 Simple Ways to start your flamenco dance

Three Simple Ways to Start Flamenco Dance

Hey everyone, let’s get to know 3 simple ways you can start your flamenco. These are tips that I give to my online flamenco pure beginner students and I share them here.

You can practise them from home, or whether you are at work (and needing a break) or on-the go!

1. Flamenco Rhythm

I like to start with the basic rhythm, because I believe everyone has that in them.

Just look at a…

Online to onstage - creating your diversity of dance learning ii

Online to onstage – creating your diversity of dance-learning

Gaining a diversity of learning experiences is invaluable. Here, I share bringing together these experiences to enrich my community:

Online dance lessons, Group rehearsals Self-practiceMaster workshops with our maestros-from-SpainCollaborations with musicians to gain exposure to working to live musicCulminating in new projects – the first harp and Spanish Dance concert in my city

Online dance lessons are readily available and accessible. You can join these two programmes:

Flamenco from Home – click here to find out about Tania’s online classesGoyescas, Spanish Dance…

How to listen to flamenco cante and dance to it?

How to listen to a flamenco song (cante) and dance to it? Tangos de Color de Rosa by Carmen Linares

How to listen to a flamenco song (cante) and dance to it?
As dancers, the song is very important to us! Because we accompany and respond to the song with our moves; we express it with dynamics and feelings.
Here’s a simple way of listening to a Tangos, by a singer I love, Carmen Linares.

Listen to what is happening, what the sequence is.

 
Get to know 4 flamenco terminologies which help you describe what is happening.

𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚 𝐝𝐞 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐚 -…

Spanish Flamenco Dance Singapore

‘Tis the season to be jolly with Spanish Dance Holiday Workshops!

This holiday season, why not try out new experiences? Get festive with your spirits through our Spanish dance workshops. Gift yourself or your friend or your family with memories of time spent together having fun!
Read on to find out what you can join.

 

Spanish Dance Body Elegance, Rhythm & Flow
Sun 19 Dec, 11.30am – 12.30pm (1h) / $30
Did you know that not all Spanish dance is about ‘stomping’?

In this session, we’ll be relaxing to soothing music, working up awareness of…

Flamenco Culture Trips with Tania Las Setas Sevilla

Best views in Seville, top-of-the-world feeling at Las Setas

It’s a top-of-the-world feeling at Las Setas, a modern structure right in the heart of Seville’s historic old quarters!

“Here’s a live Facebook video I took, right after I hosted my students on a free virtual cultural tour of Seville.  You can get amazing panoramic views of Seville from roof tops (azoteas), from the Cathedral Giralda tower, and here, from Las Setas. Las Setas means ‘mushroom’, but I like to nickname it waffles’. Don’t you think it looks like…

Flamenco Culture Trip Spain

River Stories! Stroll along Seville’s famed Guadalquivir, imagine its past and enjoy the present

 
River stories! In my free virtual walking tour of Seville for my students, we walked along this stretch of Seville’s Guadalquivir River.
You’ll be greeted by a rich view of the Cathedral, the Bullring, and the traditional barrio of Triana, famed for its flamenco.

Where I stand is where the first round-the-world Magallanes-Elcano voyage set off in 1519!

Besides watering Andalusia’s land for agriculture, it made Seville of great maritime importance in Europe’s early sea-commerce with exclusive trading rights.

Get to know…

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