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Review classes and community concert prep

Dear Students,

The results are in and the only review classes I will be holding are for the Level I bulerias class in order to prepare for the community concert. If you were in the bulerias class this past semester, you are welcome to attend for review even if you are not performing. Classes will be held at MarrMac as follows:

Friday, May 11 – 7:00 – 8:00
Friday, May 18 – 7:00 – 8:00
Friday, May 25 – 7:00 – 8:00

Classes will be $15/hr as usual.

Hope to see everyone at the community concert on May 27th!  Come and see what the broader flamenco community is up to. Guest guitarist Holly Blazina is also offering a guitar workshop from May 24 – 26. More info about the concert and guitar workshops – at the Flamenco Society of Edmonton’s website

Wishing everyone a great summer! I’ll be back in Spain studying for the month of July. Fall class session information will be posted at the end of the summer.

Jane

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Review classes and community concert prep

Dear Students,

This Spring has become a bit complicated for me due to some events in my personal life and it looks like I won’t be able to offer more regular classes before we break for summer. I would like to offer review and prep for those students who are participating in the community concert though and am available on the following dates.

Friday, May 11 – after 7:00 (after flashmob rehearsals)
Tuesday, May 15 – after 7:00
Friday, May 18 – after 7:00 (after flashmob rehearsals)
Friday, May 25 – after 7:00 (after flashmob rehearsals)

If you are participating in the concert and would like review classes to prepare, please let me know asap which days/times you can commit to and I will make sure we get classes organized. Classes will be $15/hr as usual and we will only hold them if at least 3 students will attend. Once we know the schedule, I will send out an update and anyone wanting review of this past semester will be welcome to attend whether they are performing or not.

I am also happy to accompany with cante or palmas for any students wanting backup at the concert. Please let me know if you would like my assistance in this regard.

More info soon, in the meantime for those interested, please reply as soon as you can.

thanks!
Jane

Final Flamenco Classes and Flamenco Festival Workshops

Dear Students,

News in this email update:

  • Final week group classes – April 10th and 13th
  • Flamenco Festival Intro/Beginner level class – April 21st
  • Flamenco Festival registration deadline – April 6th

FINAL WEEK GROUP CLASSES – April 10th and 13th

We have one more week of regular class before our final week of group classes. A reminder that students from all levels are welcome to attend both Tuesday and Friday evening group classes in the final week. Please note the time change on those dates.

Final week group classes – ALL LEVELS WELCOME
Tuesday, April 10 – 7:00 – 8:00
Friday, April 13 – 6:30 – 8:00

These final classes are combined group classes for all levels. This will give each level a chance to perform their dance for the other students and to see what other classes have been learning. Students are welcome to attend one or both nights. There is no obligation to perform if you prefer to just observe

On Friday, April 13th we will finish with a few videos to watch and coffee at a local café afterwards. Please note that these group classes are for current students only. Guests are not allowed.

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL INTRO/BEGINNER LEVEL CLASS – April 21st

The Edmonton Flamenco Festival has just added a festival baile (dance) class for Intro/Beginner students on Saturday April 21st. This class is aimed at students with up to 2 years experience. Participants should have a minimum of 4 classes of flamenco as a foundation.

Students in my beginner class, this is for your level! Don’t miss this chance to experience a class with top notch artists from Spain!

There’s a discount if you are taking the cante (singing) class that day as well. Cante classes are not just for singers! They are a great way to deepen your understanding of the dance. These por fiesta classes have students from all levels and we sing as a group.

Intro/Beginner level – Saturday, April 21st
2:15 – 3:15 – Intro/Beg – Baile – Tangos – Irene la Sentío – 1 hr
5:00 – 6:00 – All levels – Cante por tangos – José El Pechuguita – 1 hr

FEES
Single class – $42*/hour Early-bird  – $47/hour after April 6th
or
Package AA –  (Tangos class – Cante por tangos class)
2 hrs – $70* Early-bird / $75 after April 6th

Information and Registration can be found at this link.

The Early-Bird registration deadline for all festival workshops is April 6th.

Weekend cante (song) classes – for all levels.

I highly encourage everyone to attend. These classes are designed to practice singing as a group and even if you are not interested in singing beyond the class, are invaluable for deepening your understanding of the dance. Never been to a cante class before? Not to worry we tend to all help each other out. These are fun classes with a lot of students attending.

Weekend dance classes – for dancers with a minimum of 2 years flamenco dance experience.

  • Are you in my level I – III classes?
    The Beg/Int tientos workshop with Irene la Sentio is aimed at your level.
  • In my level III – IV classes?
    The Int/Adv level with Jairo Barrull is aimed at your level.

Information and Registration can be found at this link.

Flamenco Society Cafe Cante! Flamenco Festival Workshops!

Dear Students,

We have some exciting events coming up in our community.

Flamenco Society – Cafe Cante/Market – March 22

The Flamenco Society of Edmonton has their upcoming Cafe Cante this Thursday, March 22. A monthly social gathering of Flamencos to share, practice, exchange flamenco song and clapping (Cante y Palmas) in an intimate and friendly environment. Come out and get to know your fellow flamencos.

This month includes a Flamenco Market – buy, sell, exchange flamenco items. More information – Cafe Cante and Flamenco Market

 

Edmonton Flamenco Festival – April Workshops

Information on the Edmonton Flamenco Festival weekend workshops in dance and song on April 21 – 22 has been posted. Don’t miss this chance to experience the artistry of our incredible guest performers from Spain.

Weekend cante (song) classes – for all levels.

I highly encourage everyone to attend. These classes are designed to practice singing as a group and even if you are not interested in singing beyond the class, are invaluable for deepening your understanding of the dance. Never been to a cante class before? Not to worry we tend to all help each other out. These are fun classes with a lot of students attending.

Weekend dance classes – for dancers with a minimum of 2 years flamenco dance experience.

  • Are you in my level I – III classes?
    The Beg/Int tientos workshop with Irene la Sentio is aimed at your level.
  • In my level III – IV classes?
    The Int/Adv level with Jairo Barrull is aimed at your level.
  • Wondering about the bata classes?
    We’ve asked Irene la Sentio for technique and movement combinations.

Stay tuned for dance classes for students with less than 2 years experience and options for more advanced cante classes.

Dancers, there is a lot of interest from dancers in Edmonton and other cities in Canada and we anticipate high registration levels. Class sizes are limited and we encourage you to register early so you don’t miss out.

Full information, artist bios, and registration can be found at this link.

Looking for private or semi-private classes? Guitar classes? Please contact the festival directly to arrange: info@edmontonflamencofestival.com

 

Flamenco Festival Flashmob round two

Dear Students,


There’s been a great response to the recent festival flashmob classes with participants from all levels joining in. Missed out on the recent classes? Want to review what you learned? Just want to brush up on some cante and palmas? The festival is offering a new round of choreography classes and a second cante/palmas class with Stephanie Pedraza to work on the tangos from part 2.

There is plenty of opportunity to be as little or as fully involved as you like with singing, dancing, and/or clapping. Flashmob performances are informal. All levels are welcome and the attire is street wear. There is no obligation to perform.

NEW CLASS DATES
Sunday, Feb. 11 at Sugar Swing
Friday, Feb. 16 at MarrMac (note that my classes are not running that evening)

more information and sign uphttp://bit.ly/2s5Y3cx

If you’ve got some basic arms and have done a bit of choreography, you’ll be able to follow along. More advanced? There’s a lot of opportunity to put your own flair into the choreography. There’s no footwork involved and the attire is street wear.

Don’t have any flamenco experience yet? Join in for the cante and palmas class and participate as one of our rhythmic clappers.

Not dancing much flamenco anymore? Join us for a light-hearted event and reconnect with the community.

Been involved in flamenco for some time? We’d really love to have you there to share in the energy, serve as a guide for less experienced students, and represent the high quality of flamenco in our city.

First performance dates are coming up and will be announced soon.

Hope to see you there!

Jane

 

Flamenco reminders

Flashmob Reminder

Thinking of attending the Edmonton Flamenco Festival’s Flashmob classes this Friday and/or Sunday? Sign up by today so they have an idea of how many to expect at each class. More information here (sign up link at the bottom of the page)

Class Registration Reminder

The Early-Bird registration deadline for the upcoming Spring session of flamenco classes is this Friday, February 2nd.  Classes begin on February 6th or 9th depending on the level.

Class information and registration can be found here.

If you are planning to attend Spring session flamenco classes, please make sure to get your registration and payment in by midnight on Friday.

NEW STUDENTS – If you plan to register via interac eTransfer and have not done so before, please email me for details well before the deadline if you intend to pay the Early-Bird rate. I’m not usually available at midnight to reply to last minute emails :)

hope to see you this Spring!
Jane

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Flamenco Society Cafe Cante! Flamenco Festival Flashmob!

Dear Students,

We have some exciting events coming up in our community.

Flamenco Society – Cafe Cante – Thursday, January 25

The Flamenco Society of Edmonton has their upcoming Cafe Cante this Thursday. A monthly social gathering of Flamencos to share, practice, exchange flamenco song and clapping (Cante y Palmas) in an intimate and friendly environment. Come out and get to know your fellow flamencos.

Head over to their website for more information – Flamenco Society of Edmonton

Flamenco Flashmob!

As some of you have heard, the Edmonton Flamenco Festival is bringing their 2018 flashmob to life in February. The plan is to get Edmonton flamencos together to perform the flashmob in various public places leading up to the festival April 18 – 22.

This year’s festival flashmob is a tientos-tangos created by Vancouver’s Stephanie Pedraza. A group of local flamencos spent the fall learning their parts and came together in November for formal performances of the choreography in the Winspear lobby before an ESO evening and on stage at our December fundraiser performance “Flamenco at MacEwan”.

Our experienced flashmob dancers from the fall are offering two 1.5 hour classes for anyone wanting to learn the choreography. Stephanie Pedraza is offering a 1 hour cante and palmas group class via Skype for anyone wanting to practice singing and/or clapping.

Upcoming Class dates:
Feb. 2 at MarrMac (after my current Intro class)
Feb. 4 at Sugar Swing

You can attend one or all three classes and you’ll have enough information to take part. There is no obligation to perform. Please note, if you’ve never taken any flamenco dance before, the choreography classes are not for you! Dancers will be sharing the choreography, not teaching anyone how to dance.

If you’ve got some basic arms and have done a bit of choreography, you’ll be able to follow along. More advanced? There’s a lot of opportunity to put your own flair into the choreography. There’s no footwork involved and the attire is street wear.

Don’t have any flamenco experience yet? Join us for the cante and palmas class and participate as one of our rhythmic clappers.

Not dancing much flamenco anymore? Join us for a light-hearted event and reconnect with the community.

Been involved in flamenco for some time? We’d really love to have you there to share in the energy, serve as a guide for less experienced students, and represent the high quality of flamenco in our city.

More information and sign up (by Jan. 29th) at this link – Flashmob 2018

 

Flamenco class reminder

Registration Reminder

The registration deadline for the upcoming 4 week Introduction to Flamenco session is Friday, January 5th.  Classes for this mini session begin on January 12th.

Class information and registration can be found here.

If you are planning to attend the 4 week Introductory session, please make sure to get your registration in by midnight on Friday.

If you plan to register via interac eTransfer and have not done so before, please email me for details well before the deadline.

hope to see you this Spring!
Jane

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Flamenco Classes in 2018

News in this email update:

  • Introduction to Flamenco – 4 weeks – Jan 12 to Feb 2, 2018
  • Spring session classes – All levels – Feb 6 to Apr 13, 2018

INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO – 4 weeks

January 12th – February 2nd, 2018
Early-Bird Registration Deadline – January 5th

If you have ever wanted to sign up for flamenco dance classes and aren’t sure what it’s all about, or are wondering what my teaching style is, this is a great opportunity to try it out. We will have a preview of the basic elements of flamenco dance: arms, hands, footwork, movement and clapping. We will also learn a short simple choreography. This mini class session is a great preparation for the 8 week class session starting February 6th or to join up with the Edmonton Flamenco Festival’s 2018 flashmob.

SPRING SESSION CLASSES – 8 classes over 10 weeks – all levels

February 6th – April 13th, 2018
Early-Bird Registration Deadline – February 2nd
Class size is limited! Note that the Beginner and Level I classes do tend to fill up quickly.

Level – Beginner Tangos footwork
Friday 6:00 – 7:00

Level – I Bulerías por fiesta
Friday 7:00 – 8:00

Level – II Alegrías
Friday 8:00 – 9:00

Level – III Soleá por Bulerías
Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00

Level – IV Bulerías
Tuesday 8:00 – 9:00

All levels will cover new material.

MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

Click here to go directly to the Class Information page

 

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season.
Hope to see you in 2018!
Jane

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Final Class and Upcoming Events

Dear Students and Aficionados,

News in this email update:

  • November 24th – Final Group Class
  • December 2nd – Workshops with Tracy Cumberbatch – all levels
  • December 1st – Performance – Flamenco at MacEwan

Final Group Class this Friday:

A reminder that our final group class for all levels is tomorrow Friday, November 24th from 6:30 – 8:00 for all levels. This class is only open to current students and those that have dropped in at some time in this session.

Observers/guests/family/friends are not able to sit in on this class.

There is no obligation to perform! If you are a current student but have missed a lot of classes this session or are uncomfortable performing, please do join us as an audience member to get a taste of what other students have learned, see some inspirational video, and meet other flamencos in our community. If you’re not performing, you should plan to arrive just before 7pm.

Schedule: The evening’s events are as follows

6:30 – review of pieces learned
depending on how much studio is available, we will split up by level or will take turns in the studio for a quick review
7:00 – group warm up and presentation of pieces
7:30 – we will watch some flamenco video clips (get a glimpse of the Edmonton Flamenco Festival’s feature 2018 artists from Spain) and then head off for a coffee at a local cafe for food/beverage/conversation

Workshops with Tracy Cumberbatch:

There is still time to register for the Edmonton Flamenco Festival’s fundraiser weekend multi-level workshops with Tracy Cumberbatch. Don’t miss this chance to experience classes with our amazing guest dancer from Calgary! All classes are in the afternoon of December 2nd. Early – bird registration deadline – Friday, November 24th.

Info and registration here

Saturday, December 2nd – 3:00 – 4:00 – Intro level
Subject – Tangos
pre-requisite – at least one session of flamenco with any teacher. This level is not open to advanced dancers.

Saturday, December 2nd – 4:00 – 5:00 – Beg/Int level
Subject – Technique and movement with manton.
Please let us know if you do not have a manton and we’ll arrange accordingly.
pre-requisite – at least 2 years of flamenco with any teacher

Saturday, December 2nd – 5:30 – 7:30 – Int/Adv level
Subject – TBD
As there is not enough interest in bata at this time, we are re-determining what material will be offered. The site will be updated soon.
pre-requisite – 3 or more years of flamenco with any teacher

Performance – Flamenco at MacEwan:

Friday, December 1st – Flamenco at MacEwan – Betty Andrews Recital Hall – Allard Hall, MacEwan University at 8pm. As part of the fundraiser weekend for the Edmonton Flamenco Festival, I am performing with: Edmonton flamencos Irena Dumicz and Marni Benavides; and Calgary guests Tracy Cumberbatch and David Matyas. Local Intermediate and Advanced dancers will present a piece by Stephanie Pedraza taught at her workshops this past September.  Tickets and information here.

My next session of classes will begin near the end of January. Information will be posted in late December.

hope to see you this fall!
Jane

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