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Flamenco Chicago Classes & Events
How our scheduling works:
Our regular weekly classes usually run in 6-week, 6-class sessions at $108/session prepaid online in advance. Students must enroll by the start date of each class, and, if you're on our elist, we'll be letting you know about special discounts and offers available only to persons on our list (such as an early-enrollment discount for Fundamentals 1, our class for first-time flamenco beginners; occasional opportunities to join a class in progress after the start date if we have room; and invitations to special events).
Students are required to enroll for each full 6-week session in advance. There is no "pay as you go" option at our studio. If you are an experienced flamenco dance student who would like to try a class before enrolling or order to find the best class level for you, please do this in advance of a new session beginning. Drop-in classes for the purpose of trying out a class level are $24 per hour, cash only, and are not available for first-time flamenco beginners.
If you have to miss a class during a session, you are allowed to make up a missed class in the closest class level to your own, but makeups must be taken within the same 6-week session for which you enrolled. If you know that you’ll miss a class at the end of a session, you are encouraged to take your makeup in advance, earlier in the session.
Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable to another session, so please be sure that you are able to attend the classes you enroll for.
(Children ages 8 and up are welcomed in our adult classes, with parental supervision. We are not offering dedicated children's classes at this time, and find that older children do better in our leveled adult program rather than in a multi-age kids' class.)
Classes tend to rise up through proficiency levels at the same day and time, so, for example, the time slot that is currently Fundamentals 1 will become a Fundamentals 2 the next session, and a Basic 1 level the session after that, and will typically remain at Basic 1 level for a few sessions before being promoted to Basic 2. If we required our students to change the day and time of their classes every time they moved up a level, we would lose most of our students due to schedule conflicts, so this is the reason we do things the way we do. Our system also allows friendships and community to form as students are learning together, in the same group, for years at a time.
For students who are between levels, and would like to catch up with the skills taught in a class level slightly higher than their own, private lessons are always available, at a cost of $70-$90 per hour, depending on the teacher. Students who are focused and have some natural ability for dance can learn the equivalent of 6 weeks of class material in just one private lesson hour.
Dates for our next two sessions are:
Winter II: January 8 through February 16
Winter III: February 19 through March 30
Winter II Class Descriptions & Enrollment Links
Wednesdays 7:15-8:15pm (January 9-February 13). This is our introductory class for absolute flamenco beginners (whether or not you have previous experience in another form of dance). Learn the intriguing and beautiful use of hands, arms, and upper body as well as fun and rhythmic sounds of the feet. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Saturdays 12noon-1pm (January 12-February 16). This is our introductory class for absolute flamenco beginners (whether or not you have previous experience in another form of dance). Learn the intriguing and beautiful use of hands, arms, and upper body as well as fun and rhythmic sounds of the feet. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Basic 3 Prep Class
Tuesdays 8:15-9:15pm (January 8-February 12). This is a special session for the Basic 1 students who have been attending class in this time slot, but have been very few in number for the past few sessions. This class is preparing them to enroll for one of our Basic 3 Technique classes in January. If you have 4-6 months of previous flamenco training and know that you pick up heelwork very easily, this may be a great class level for you. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Basic 3 Technique
Thursdays 7:15-8:15pm (January 10-February 14). Flamenco technique class geared toward students who have a minimum of one year of previous flamenco study. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Basic 3 Technique
Saturdays 11am-12noon (January 10-February 14). Flamenco technique class geared toward students who have a minimum of one year of previous flamenco study. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Intro to Castanets
Thursdays 8:15-9:15pm (January 10-February 14). This is our introductory castanet class for students who have a minimum of 6 months of previous flamenco dance training. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm (January 8-February 12). Flamenco technique class geared toward students with 3 or more years of previous flamenco dance study. This class focuses on intermediate-level flamenco technique: palmas, braceo, vueltas, and taconeo -- with an emphasis on physical conditioning, timed drills, and increasing students’ strength and endurance. Be ready to sweat a little! Click here for more information and to enroll.
Performance Company Prep Class/Repertoire
Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm (January 8-February 13). A special repertoire class for our Compania Flamenco Chicago dancers and for those who would like to be considered to join our semi-professional performing group in 2019. You must be attending at least two classes a week to attend this class (for example, our Tuesday technique class along with this Wednesday repertoire class). And you must be very quick at picking up choreography with a minimum of hand-holding. This class is taught at the semi-professional level, meaning that you are rock-solid on compas, can immediately spot heelwork patterns and reproduce them. Students who think they may be at this level are welcome to audition to join the class. Click here for more information and to enroll.