TRAIN YOURSELF WHILE LIVING A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
27th July to 02nd August - Tarifa, Cádiz
Flamenco Dance Teacher
Intuitive, fresh, expressive, visceral, earthy. The dancer and choreographer Rosario Toledo has managed to be at the top of contemporary flamenco dance thanks to her creativity and her ability to transmit to the viewer the essence of what surrounds us.
Graduated in Spanish Dance by the Superior Conservatory of Dance of Seville, she begins her professional career with her teacher Charo Cruz with the show 'Por ley de vida' and is part of the Company of Manuela Carrasco and Antonio El Pipa. From this moment, he combines his activity in renowned tablaos such as 'El Cordobés' in Barcelona or 'Los Gallos' in Seville with his collaboration as a guest artist in shows with artists of the stature of Javier Latorre, Javier Barón, Antonio Canales, Israel Galván, Joaquín Grilo, Miguel Poveda, Arcángel, Dorantes or José Antonio Rodríguez, among others.
In addition, he works as soloist with Mario Maya in his show 'De Cádiz a Cuba, la mar de Flamenco'. Among the recognitions she has received throughout her career, Rosario Toledo has won the National Prize in the Flamenco Art Contest of Córdoba for Guajiras and Tarantos (1998); the second Prize of the Festival of the Mines of the Union in 1999; the Giraldillo Award for Best Show at the Seville Bienal de Flamenco 2012 for 'Aleluya Erótica' and the 2012 Seville Stage Award for 'Erotic Alleluia' for the Best Dance Show.
Classes and Teachers
Flamenco Guitar Teacher: Jose Manuel León
Percussion Teacher: Ruvens Ruppik
Dance Teacher: Rocío Díaz
Flamenco Singing Teacher: Alicia Carrasco
Clapping, Rhythm and Beats, Percussion
You will learn basic clapping rhythms, clapping to accompany Flamenco dance, singing and guitar. We will work with you on different accents, syncopations and counter-times, and we will have lots of fun grooving with more Flamenco patterns. We will include various percussion instruments that will be at your disposal to practice and play with.
These classes will be held in groups and are the most essential classes for everyone.
The cajon workshop is for beginners and advanced percussionists that are interested in learning different flamenco rhythms, technique and history of the cajon.
Apart from learning the grooves, remates and rhythmical structures from flamenco styles such as Bulerias, Seguirillas, Tango & Rumba etc., each lesson will contain exercises, based on the Northern Indian Taala System to improve your sense of groove and rhythm.
Techniques like the double stroke -, split hand and knuckle technique are going to be explained and studied together.
Throughout the week we will combine the grooves and phrases that we worked on into a short composition, to enjoy the experience of playing music together in a group and learn from each other.
At the end of the course, the participants will get a collection of all the rhythms and exercises in a handout.
We offer two types of class, one on footwork and body technique (for students who request just technique) and another on creativity building (for all levels).
We will work in depth into perfecting the art of footwork technique, the different ways to tap and beat rhythmically whilst working on your strength and speed, always being aware of the ways to prevent injury and also taking into account the basic positions of the body, arms and hands.
Creativity Building Workshop:
Through experimentation by specific exercises, we will seek to reach the essence of each participant’s natural movement and, thus, together with this build up a choreography. We will work on subtle sensations, how movement is born from one’s own feelings, how you can improve and bring together these sequences of movement and thread them together.
All the participants will collaborate together and it is aimed at anyone who wants to enter the world of Flamenco through movement, whether they have previous experience or not.
The objective of working in this manner is to awaken the inner creativity in each one of the participants, knowing that the result achieved is born from the essence of each individual and the communal group collaboration.
As the particularly sensitive area when speaking of Flamenco guitar, for our most well known Algecireño, Paco de Lucia, Flamenco guitar will be ever present in these workshops, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced student.
Classes are divided into two levels; intermediate and advanced. With teaching materials suitable for both levels, you will also be able to mix with other guitar students and exchange your own ideas.
You will learn how to blend the guitar and singing, the guitar, dancing and clapping (Palmas), the rules to follow, the structures of the flamenco styles and variations.
Singing of whatever musical genre is a tool for liberation and the expanding of personal feelings and ideas. Used as a vehicle of unity between cultures. Relaxation, breathing and concentration are learned and the structures of singing and how it relates to the guitar and dancing.