Get in shape in 2012 with FLAMENCO!

Limited Time Only: 6-week Flamenco Class at Cobb Class begins January 11. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of flamenco during a six-week course taught at the Cobb Centre location, beginning January 11. For true beginners or more advanced students, the course will teach you the basics of the movement and how to recognize the distinctive flamenco guitar chords, with live accompaniment from musician Armando Bermúdez. Learn more about Centre for Dance Education Adult Classes here.

Flamenco 2 Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25 Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15 7:00-8:00PM

Flamenco 1 Saturdays, January 14, 21,28 Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18 1:00-2:00PM Tuition for 6-week Session: $72 (Seniors/Student Discount: $48)

Instructor: Cristina Bermúdez Musician: Armando Bermúdez Flamenco I: Basic flamenco steps are learned with emphasis on proper technique, posture and fluidity of arm and hand movements. In this class, the “building blocks” of flamenco are introduced through various exercise drills that incorporate foot and upper body technique. These techniques are then applied in learning Sevillanas – a popular folk dance from Andalusia that integrates all the beginning aspects of flamenco. Although Sevillanas are not considered one of the pure flamenco “palos” (flamenco forms, each with their own rhythmic cycle), they are set to a stable choreography and are very useful in applying all the basic flamenco steps taught to beginner flamenco students. In addition, Sevillanas are danced at all flamenco “fiestas”, so students who attend Atlanta flamenco gatherings will have the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in a comfortable, fun environment. Flamenco II: Basic footwork combinations and upper body technique is reviewed and thoroughly polished. Arm and hand movements are also thoroughly polished. This class moves at a slightly faster pace, focusing on “compás” (rhythmic cycle) through various “palos” (flamenco forms, each with their own rhythmic cycle) such as “tangos”, “soleá” and “bulerías”. Students will learn to distinguish the guitar chords and rhythms of these “palos” in order to be able to recognize them with ease. Short, simple choreographies are featured in order to focus on proper technique, clean lines and “aire” (the feel of any particular movement). Footwork in this class is at a slightly higher level than Flamenco I and students are expected to have a working knowledge of 12-count “compás” upon entering the class.

*Flamenco classes are not drop-in classes. They are offered in six-week sessions. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. For more information, please call the Cobb Centre at 678-213-5000.