Flamenco Master Classes
Neighbourhood Dance Works is proud to present a series of flamenco dance workshops in St. John’s, with courses for students 16+ and all levels of experience as part of a week-long flamenco residency by flamenco artists Michelle Harding and Andrea Williams of Raices y Alas Flamenco of Vancouver. Be a part of St. John’s vibrant flamenco community and learn more about this masterpiece of intangible human culture.
All workshops for ages 16+.
Monday Sept 25 to Friday Sept 29, 7-8pm (5 hours total)
Arts & Culture Centre
A flamenco and percussive dance workshop geared for participants of all ages and abilities, dancers and non-dancers alike. An excellent introduction to flamenco dance, including footwork (zapateado), arm work (braceo), and hand and wrist embellishment (floreo). We will work on posture, styling and coordination. Participants are also introduced to the music and the rhythm (palmas) of flamenco.
Although flamenco shoes are not required, we do encourage participants to wear clothing that allows for movement and sturdy, hard-soled shoes that will not mark up the studio floors and are not open-toed or stiletto.
*Earlybird price before Sept 11, 2017 is just $100!*
FLAMENCO CHOREOGRAPHY POR GARROTÍN
Monday, Sept 25 to Friday, Sept 29, 8pm-9:15pm (6 hours total)
Arts & Culture Centre
This class will focus on putting together a choreography por Garrotín. Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of flamenco posture, braceo (arms), floreo (fingers), and zapateado (footwork). We will work with live musical accompaniment when possible.
This is a performance class and students will be encouraged to perform at the show Saturday Sept 30 (see below). We will also be placing an order for hats beforehand, so pre-registration is encouraged.
**Earlybird price before Sept 11, 2017 is $125!**
If participants sign up for both of the above classes they will receive a 10% discount.
Early Bird $202.50 (10% discount)
Regular Pricing $247.5 (10% discount)
FLAMENCO BAILE CON ABANICO
Saturday, Sept 30, 12-1:30pm
Arts and Culture Centre
Description: Learn how to dance with flamenco fan! Flamenco is well known for dances with the Spanish abanico or fan. Students will learn the fundamentals of dancing with the abanico in traditional and contemporary styles. The focus is to dance artistically with grace and explore style and expressions.
Michelle Harding began her flamenco dance training in Vancouver with Oscar Nieto in 2001 and began performing two years later. Since then she has developed into one of the city’s most experienced and sought-after tablao performers. Beyond this traditional style of flamenco, she has collaborated with artists from outside the usual scope of the form to experiment, innovate and challenge expectations. She has worked with such diverse artists and groups as The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Tyson Naylor (jazz pianist), Mashregh (Persian-flamenco fusion), Wen Wei Wang (contemporary dance), Krystle dos Santos (jazz-soul singer) and Silk Road Music Ensemble.
Hailing from Newfoundland, Andrea Williams is now a major contributor to Vancouver’s artistic community with her experimental and provocative approach to flamenco. She has produced, choreographed, and danced in the sold-out productions of Raíces y Alas (2010), Voces (2011), Colores (2012), Pairings (2013), táctil (2015, 2016, 2017) and delMar (2017). Her choreographies have also been featured at notable Vancouver dance festivals such as New Works, B.C. Buds and the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. She was an invited soloist for the New Works: Dance AllSorts 2014 season and for Mozaico Flamenco’s 2015 productions of “Viñetas del Mozaico” and “Three Sides of a Coin”.