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Flamenco Chicago Classes & Events
How our scheduling works:
Our regular weekly classes usually run in 6-week, 6-class sessions. 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 our early-bird enrollment tuition discount, 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 would like to try a class before enrolling, 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.
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.
Click any of the links below to be taken to a description of that class plus a link to enroll online. All of our class enrollment is done online in advance.
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Dates for our next two sessions are:
- Winter I: November 28 through January 6
- Winter II: January 9 through February 17
Winter I Class Schedule
(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.)
Fundamentals 1 Thursdays 6:15-7:15pm (Nov. 30-Jan. 4). 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.
Fundamentals 2 Tuesdays 8:15-9:15pm (Nov. 28-Jan. 2). Saturdays 12-1pm. The second of the two sessions of our introductory class level for flamenco beginners (whether or not you have previous experience in another form of dance). Click here for more information and to enroll.
Basic 1 Saturdays 12-1pm (Dec. 2-Jan. 6). Flamenco technique class geared toward beginners who have completed a few months of previous flamenco study. This class will continue to learn a basic choreography por tangos in addition to basic flamenco technique of postura, braceo, vueltas, and taconeo. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Basic 2 Thursdays 7:15-8:15pm (Nov. 30-Jan. 4). Flamenco technique class geared toward students who have a minimum of 6 months of previous flamenco study. In this session, we are continuing teaching the flamenco rhythm of bulerías: how to hear the accents in the music, how to count this pivotal flamenco rhythm, and how to dance within the rhythm (how to be in compás). We are also beginning to put some of the basic steps we learned last session into sequence as part of a bulerias choreography. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Basic 3/Pre-Intermediate Saturdays 11am-12noon (Dec. 2-Jan. 6). Flamenco technique class geared toward students who have 2 to 3 years of previous flamenco study. Students in this level have already learned basic choreographies to the following palos: tangos, bulerias, sevillanas, tientos, and caracoles. Students are now solidifying basic flamenco technique including braceo, quiebro, vueltas, and taconeo, and will be putting a special focus on heelwork this session. They will be beginning to learn about the rhythm and palo zapateado. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Castanets for Sevillanas Tuesdays 6:15-7:15pm (Nov. 28-Jan. 2). This is a continuation of last session’s exploration of castanet accompaniment for sevillanas. In our Fall II session, we covered castanets for coplas one and two, and for the Winter I session, we’ll be learning castanets for coplas 3 and 4. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Pre-Intermediate Technique Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm (Nov. 28-Jan. 2). Flamenco technique class geared toward students with two or more years of previous flamenco training, but who are not yet at the Intermediate level of taconeo, braceo, and vueltas. Click here for more information and to enroll.
Intermediate Wednesdays 6:15-7:15pm (Nov. 29-Jan. 3). Flamenco technique class geared toward students with 3 or more years of previous flamenco dance study. This class session will focus 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.