Flamenco cante and workshops, from Granada

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October

Antonio Heredia Heredia and Francesca Girone will be giving cante (flamenco song), dance and palmas (flamenco clapping) workshops in Manchester city centre.  They will also be joining Sarah Chambers to host an informal flamenco show in Didsbury on Saturday 20th October at 8pm.  This weekend is a rare chance to learn and enjoy flamenco song at its highest level, from a professional gitano singer.

Antonio has been singing professionally since he was 14 years old.  He has sung for world class dancers including Belén López, Antonio Canales, El Carpeta, El Torombo and El Choro, featuring in some of Spain’s leading flamenco festivals.  He works in the popular tablaos and peñas in his native Granada between these events.  Francesca is a dancer and events organiser based in Mojacar – Almeria.  She has worked with Sarah and other Manchester flamenco enthusiasts to bring two of her professional shows to Manchester, performing as well as coordinating.  Both Antonio and Francesca are bringing the traditional flamenco ‘puro’, Antonio having been born into a respected gypsy flamenco family and Francesca having studied and performed with gitanos for many years in Andalucia.

Provisional bookings for workshops and the show will be held until 30 September.  Bookings are confirmed on payment and an ‘early bird’ discount is available until 30 September.  Bookings are via Sarah, espiritu.flamenco@virginmedia.com

Saturday 20 Oct
12-1.30 Beginner dance, tangos  – Francesca
12.30-2pm Cante (flamenco song), tientos – Antonio
2-3pm Palmas (flamenco clapping) – Antonio
3-5pm Intermediate dance, tientos – Francesca and Antonio
8pm Informal show / peña  – hosted by Sarah, Antonio and Francesca

Sunday 21 Oct
12-1.30 Beginner dance, tangos  – Francesca
12.30-2pm Cante (flamenco song), tientos – Antonio
2-3pm Palmas (flamenco clapping) – Antonio
3-5pm Intermediate dance, tientos – Francesca and Antonio

Classes accompanied by Paul Gibson

La Suerte Dance Studios, 3rd Floor, 60 Charles Street, Manchester.  M1 7DF


Flamenco Dance Introduction

With Sarah Chambers

These two classes will provide an introduction to flamenco dance, suitable for beginners and improvers. Come along if you have not tried flamenco dance before, or if it has been a while and you are a bit rusty!
Dancers at a higher level are very welcome to come and brush up on footwork, palmas and structure.

I will be covering basic flamenco technique and the different percussive dance steps, compas (rhythm), palmas (clapping) and body work. The second class will incorporate these into a short choreography in the alegrias palo, together with simple palmas to accompany the dance.
Here is a clip that gives good examples of the alegrias song form: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz1hfI7sneU

Saturday 30th June and 7th July
1-2pm Flamenco technique
2-3pm Alegrias
Bookings: sa.chambers3546@virginmedia.com
Follow up classes will be offered in the autumn.


Flamenco dance workshops with Francesca Girone

IMG_0736Saturday 16th June, 1-2.30pm La Suerte Dance School.  Fin de fiesta por tangos – Beginner/improver flamenco dance workshop

This cheerful/up tempo class is suitable for complete beginners, or improvers who want to prepare some fin de fiesta tangos to join in at flamenco events. It will cover palmas (clapping), finding the base compas (rhythm) in the music, hand and arm coordination (plus exercises to continue at home), easy footwork and how to fit the dance with typical tangos songs.  For improvers this is an interesting variation to the more traditional flamenco tangos as it is designed to be danced at fiestas/juergas and is a popular alternative to fiesta por bulerias.

Cost is £18, places are confirmed on payment
For bookings, contact Sarah at sa.chambers3546@virginmedia.com

Saturday 16th June, 2.45 – 4.45pm La Suerte Dance School. Extend your choreography in 12 – Intermediate dance workshop

This class will cover various pieces of rhythmic footwork and contratiempos, showing how to adapt them for different palos in 12 and how to extend or vary your choreography. Students will learn blocks of footwork and some useful remates and then start to learn how to use these in different ways in order to amplify their existing repertoire. The sequences will be shown with accompaniment for Soléa por Buleria, Alegrias, and Solea.

Cost is £25, places are confirmed on payment
Cost if booked with the Fin de fiesta por tangos £40
For bookings, contact Sarah at sa.chambers3546@virginmedia.com

Location for both workshops:
La Suerte Dance School
3rd Floor,
60 Charles St,
M1 7DF