LESSONS, CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
What Ages Can Take Lessons? All Ages, From 4 Through Adult!
What Size Groups Are Taught? Private or semi-private lessons, groups, even corporate events and parties!
Where Are Lessons & Classes Held? Detroit, Royal Oak, Clawson, Ferndale, Redford, Birmingham and surrounding.
Which Languages Do The Instructors Speak? English and Spanish.
CLASS TYPE: Multi-level Technique (F.A.C.T.)
Designed for dancers of all levels, this class emphasizes elements fundamental not only to flamenco, but to any style of dance. Throughout the course, which is rooted in flamenco, you will learn footwork, proper arm and hand movement, how to engage your core and all around technique.
CLASS TYPE: Intermediate/Advanced Flamenco
This course is designed for those with previous flamenco training (3 or more years recommended) who wish to build upon their foundation of this dance form. Students will be instructed on more intricate combinations as they continue to work on the different aspects of the various flamenco rhythms: alegrías, bulerías, seguiriya, etc. Classes will focus on more complicated marcajes, counter-rhythms, upper and lower body movement and footwork.SIGN UP! MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
INSTRUCTOR: LISA MONTES
Lisa Montes began studying and performing Spanish dancing at the age of seven with her grandmother, Dame Maria del Carmen. She is highly trained in the classical, regional and flamenco dances of Spain. Highlights of her career include dancing with the Michigan Opera Theater in Bizet's Carmen and performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in their presentation of the music of Manuel de Falla. Lisa began instructing dance under the direction of her grandmother. She was later invited to perform and teach a master class in the U.K. and then by Henry Ford Community College's Full Circle Dance Company in 2011. She has recorded and performed with Sean Blackman's highly regarded local ensemble In Transit. In the U.S. and in her annual travels to Spain, Lisa has had the opportunity to study with various masters of Spanish dance including, Paco Alonso, Wendy Clinard, Omayra Amaya, Sonia Olla, Vida Peral, Estefanía Martínez, Raimundo Benítez, Pilar Fajardo, Javier Martos and Judit Cabrera. Lisa is also a founding member of Spanish Dance Company El Alma Española. Although inspired by many of the greats of Spanish dance, her truest inspiration will always be her grandmother.SIGN UP! MEET VICTORIA
INSTRUCTOR: VICTORIA LARA
Victoria Lara began her dance career at the young age of 5. She was trained classically in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Middle Eastern. At the age of 13, she joined the Windsor City Ballet, dancing in The Nutcracker in Toronto. She continued training and competing, and went on to win 1st place and over all status, DMM and DMA.
Victoria's love for Flamenco began when she saw Dame Maria Del Carmen's 'Grupo España' perform in a tablao. Dame Maria then became the mentor from whom she learned not only Flamenco, but Spanish Regional Dances. Victoria has danced with Maria's Grupo España as a principal dancer in many venues, including Detroit Opera House, Meadowbrook w/The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Theatre, OCC, Cambridge Arts, The Players Club, OU, Wayne State, Detroit Country Day, WCCC and Music Hall. She has also danced at the top Tablao settings in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan. She has taught apprentice classes with Maria Del Carmen and gone on to teach workshops at HCC and BDGR.
Victoria has trained with other Master Flamenco artists, such as Vida Peral, Paco Alonso and Wendy Clinard, most recently spending time in Granada, Spain, training at Carmen de Las Cuevas.
Victoria is one of the founders of the Spanish dance company El Alma Española.SIGN UP! WHAT IS FLAMENCO?
WHAT IS FLAMENCO?
Flamenco is a very soulful, passionate art form influenced by various cultures and peoples as they made their travels throughout Spain. At times, the music and dance is very haunting and dramatic. At other times, it is joyous and celebratory. From the intricate falsetas and powerful strums on the guitars to the rhythmic heelwork and castanets of the dancers, often counter playing the syncopated beats with palmas, flamenco is undeniably unique and expressive - a truly fascinating experience for all.SIGN UP!
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