4 week compás challenge - week 3

Hi everyone, 

I'm very sorry that is post is a day late! I landed in Madrid last Friday and have jumped straight into lots of classes, getting this post published last night just didn't happen.

Anyway, I hope that you have been able to do some practice and are keeping the momentum going.

If you would like an extra helping hand I am going to be teaching a Sunday class with a focus on improving compás which will be live streamed from José's studio at 5pm Madrid time.

We are one class in to a 5 week term, so if you 'd like to join us you can do so here (http://www.flamencobites.com/live-online-classes) and you'll get instant access to the first class recording.


Day 15

10 minute body warm up - Spend some time to get your body moving (*if you have a foam roller it would be a good time to roll out your legs and back before you start each session)

  • roll your shoulders forwards and backwards
  • circle your head slowly to the right and then the left
  • lift your arms above your head and reach for the ceiling, let your tailbone be heavy as you separate your ribcage from your hips
  • roll down your spine down and back up again nice and slowly

30 minute practice

  • walk in compás  (10 min) -  instead of just walking normally try to become aware of the position of your weight and how you need to control it to mark the compás clearly.
  • marcaje por soleá (10 min) - with the awareness that you have just gained from your walking practice, play with this marcaje por soleá. What happens when you deepen your plié, what happens when you straighten your legs? 
  •  take some time to work on your chosen step (10 min)

Day 16

  • Pick a song from your chosen compás and listen to it a few times. Once you can hear the rhythm practice accompanying the song with palmas. 

Day 17

10 minute body warm up (see above)

30 minute practice

  • walk in compás  (10 min) -  once again work on gaining awareness of your weight and the muscles of your body that need activating in order to move your weight from one place to another and in compás
  • marcaje por soleá (10 min) - today practice marcaje por soleá again but this time a different variation. You will need to be very mindful of the compás and understand the marcaje to coordinate the feet and the palmas.
  • take some time to work on your chosen step (10 min)
  • contratiempo practice (5 min) - practice contratiempo with palmas (against a song) or against your feet.

Day 18

  • sing a rhythm - work out a way to sing the rhythm of the step that you are focusing on for the month. Once you have it, see if you can come up with a variation that enhances the dynamic of the melody. 

Day 19

Rest Day

Day 20

10 minute body warm up (see above)

35 minute practice

  • walk in compás  (10 min) -  based on the practice you have done earlier in the week choose something you tried that worked and see if you can make some improvements. Remember walking is not just walking, you are setting the tone for the rest of your performance when you walk out on to the stage
  • zapateado por tangos (5 min) use this step as a warmup for your legs. If you are a beginner take it slow but try to get the melody of the footwork.
  • llamada por tangos (5 min) - continuing on from the footwork you just practiced now try this llamada for tangos. Complete beginners will find this challenging and if it doesn't happen then just work on learning the melody of the footwork. 
  • take some time to work on your chosen step (10 min)
  • marcaje con zapateado por bulerías (5 min) - to finish lets work on this step for bulerías. Start slowly to get the step under control and then try to make the melody sing. Play with the dynamics of sound and aim for a playful feeling.

Day 21

Take today to do what ever you need to help your body. Think of it as an active recovery day.  I like to spend one day a week foam rolling at regular intervals and working on mobility (while listening to flamenco of course!). You can chose anything that suits your body, even going for a swim is a good idea. You can count your strokes in compás.