Are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced flamenco student in Seville? Get tips on choosing classes, planning your dance vacation stay, shopping for flamenco shoes and skirts, flamenco terms and finding flamenco shows around the city.
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Choosing Class Levels in Seville
The right flamenco dance class is one where you challenge yourself without being overwhelmed.
In these classes teach basic footwork, arm positions and rhythms and may suit students wishing to review the fundamentals of technique.
Basic level classes address the foundations of flamenco dance: accurate compas, contratiempo, footwork patterns and speed; coordinating arm and hand movements with footwork; learning and dancing variations or choreography elements.
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Expect a mix of students. Newer dancers may find the pace and material tough; more experienced dancers may need to watch for nuances and apply their skills independently throughout extra repetitions.
Intermedio and Avanzado students in Seville are experienced dancers or performers looking for expert guidance in timing, body position and musical expression, or to clean up limiting habits. Choreography at this level builds a vocabulary of movements and styles, challenges recall and attention to detail and enhances expression through flamenco's palos.
Welcome to eccentric, historic Seville! The requirements for visits to Spain vary by country. Studying flamenco can be the basis of an application for a student visa permitting a longer stay, so contact us about enrolling with Escuela de Flamenco Ángel Atienza as an educational institution.
When you're planning accommodation, AirBNB is well-established in Seville and lists shared accommodation as well as flats. For longer stays, you may want to try Spotahome or sites like EasyPiso, which offer shared accommodation. Be wary of paying deposits in advance to private landlords.
The Escuela is walkable from the city center or Triana and accessible by bus and subway with Seville's public transportation network, Tussam. The city has dedicated cycle paths. The low-cost bicycle service, SEVici, has a station near the school and allows 7-day and longer-term subscriptions, or second-hand bicycle shops like Paseo Bici can set you up with your own wheels for a reasonable price.
IMPORTANT: Before you choose your dates, check Seville's program of festivals and holidays including the Festival of of the Three Kings, Feria and Semana Santa. These spectacular events impact class schedules and accommodation prices.
The Facebook group Estudiantes de Flamenco en Sevilla y Provincia is a helpful way to connect and learn about current flamenco classes and shows. The blog I Know A Little Place in Seville is a fun resource for expatriates.
If you are new to flamenco, here's a quick guide to Flamenco Dance Vocabulary. It covers some of the terms you may hear in dance classes. Here's a little more general information from Wikipedia to help you get started.
Shows & Shoes
Flamenco Shoes and Supplies
Senovilla, Gallardo and Garrudo are flamenco shoe manufacturers with stores close to the city centre (check the shoe icons on the map below for locations.) For flamenco dance clothes, some shoes and DVDs many visitors head to Flamenco y Mas in the Macarena area. Nearby FlamencoDesign has performance and training clothing and some shoes. Fabrica Flamenca is known for custom performance wear and bata de cola.
TIPS: Confirm store hours first, as online info may not reflect holidays! Also, Seville's many "flamenca" stores sell dresses designed for promenading at Feria rather than more vigorous dancing. But don't miss their rainbow of accessories!
For flamenco shows by headlining artists, check the schedules at venues such as those included on the map below. Although geared mostly toward local aficionados, peñas flamenca such Peña Flamenca "Torres Macarena" often feature notable dancers and musicians.
Discover newer artists at a lower price at small venues such as Casa Ensembla/Flamenco Con Otro Sol and the Laberinto Art-Space. Try a search of the ticketing service MyPlayz upcoming flamenco events in Sevilla. Some bars, such as Madriguera de Mai, La Sra Pop and T de Triana and La Carboneria also offer performances, usually listing them on their Facebook pages.
Many flamenco aficionados visit Seville to study before and after the incredible performances to be expected of Seville's Bienal de Flamenco, held every two years.