Coming from another dance style to flamenco

Coming from another dance style to flamenco

People who are inspired to learn flamenco dance come from all backgrounds, often people who have never danced before.

However there are many of us that come to flamenco after having studied a different style of dance some perhaps for quite some time.

How do you make the jump from being an experienced Ballet, Tap, Jazz, African, Contemporary (insert your style here) dancer to studying flamenco?

Ejercicio de danza española con Paloma Gómez (#1)

Ejercicio de danza española con Paloma Gómez (#1)

We are so pleased to be able to share with you the first exercise that we recorded with Paloma Gómez!

If you missed our interview with Paloma you can watch it here.

These exercises are all quite different to what we would normally share with you so we hope that you enjoy the variety and the challenge of moving your body in a new way.

Click through to learn the exercise...

Flamenco Bites presents Paloma Gómez

Flamenco Bites presents Paloma Gómez

We are very excited to introduce you to a wonderful dancer who has generously spent some time with us in the studio recording tutorials which we be sharing with you over the next few weeks here at Flamenco Bites.

Paloma Gómez is a dancer with an incredible career that began at age 17 with the Ballet Nacional de España. She is a master of the disciplines of flamenco, escuela bolera, classical ballet, folklore and Spanish classical dance and most recently has transferred her art to the big screen through the film 'Rotas/Broken' which is about to have it's Spanish premiere in Madrid in late November. 

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Marcaje por soleá

Marcaje por soleá

This marcaje por soleá is interesting, I had fun trying to figure out what was going on. 

As we discussed in the last tutorial - Braceo por soleá - soleá has a slow tempo and therefore we need to practice sustaining our movements. This is by no means an easy thing to do. 

Firstly you need to have a strong understanding of what the compás feels like. Soleá for me has a feeling of breath, a deep breath that comes from the stomach. 

You might find it feels like something completely different, what does it feel like for you? How can you put that into your dancing?

When you try this marcaje that we're going to show you, see what feelings you can layer into the movement. 

Ok, let's learn this!

Braceo por Soleá

Braceo por Soleá

Braceo refers to the movements of the arms and today we have an exercise for you that will challenge you in three ways.

The first will be with your arm and hand movement (braceo)

The second, we're going to have you moving through fourth position of the feet. Shifting your weight forward and then back.

And the third is that you are going to move with the compás of soleá which means creating a sustained and continuous movement through the whole exercise. 

Click through to learn this exercise...