Flamenco Updates

UPDATE – online classes will not be taking place at this time

Wondering about my next flamenco session? Interested in some online classes while you are stuck at home? MarrMac students are keeping up with their technique at home while we wait for this all to pass!

Are you? How are your palmas coming along? This is a great time to work on arms, hands, and posture. If you have room in your home, marking steps and choreography. If you have enough privacy and space, why not work on your footwork technique?

Students, in the wake of the cancellation of the Edmonton Flamenco Festival, I have not had the chance to send out a message about upcoming classes. We won’t know when in-person classes are able to run again so I have not set up my post-festival class session. The Flamenco Society of Edmonton has also just announced they have cancelled their Community Show in May.

In the meantime, I am happy to set up some online classes to keep you occupied and engaged with the material we’ve been working on. They would not begin until April and would occur in real time as our regular classes do. Note that I am not offering free classes, nor am I offering to share or post recorded videos.

We are all facing a very uncertain future and a rather chaotic present. I completely understand if it is not in your best interest to sign up for classes at this time. There is no need to write me to explain. In fact I would prefer that you refrain from doing so as I am also overwhelmed with the situation.

For more information and to indicate your interest, please visit this link and we’ll see what might work for those interested.

UPDATE – online classes will not be taking place at this time

Stay safe and well and hope to see you once this has all passed.

Jane

ps – in case you have missed the updates from the Edmonton Flamenco Festival, we’ve been posting photos of past performances and classes along with tidbits about guest artists online. You can read recent posts and catch new ones on our:

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Class reminders. Flamenco Festival workshop deadline tonight!

News in this update:

  • Class Reminders – final group class Friday, March 6th 6:30 – 8:00
  • Edmonton Flamenco Festival – Workshop early-bird registration deadline tonight!

CLASS REMINDERS

Friday, March 6th final group class 6:30 – 8:00

A reminder that the final group class for all students is Friday, March 6th. Students will all get a chance to review their material from 6:30 – 7:00

    • 6:30 – 7:00 – review class work with your classmates. We will use available studios
    • 7:00 – group warm up and presentation of pieces

This is an informal opportunity for each class to perform their dance for the other students and to see what other classes have been learning. We will finish with a few videos to watch and coffee at a local café afterwards. It’s a really fun night and a great way to end the semester. There is no obligation to perform.

*Please note that March 6th’s group class is for current students only. Guests are not allowed.

If you registered but have missed a lot of classes or had to withdraw from class this semester, please feel free to come to the final class as an observer to see what others have been doing, watch some videos with us and meet other members of the community. It’s a fun night.

Next session

Classes will resume after the flamenco festival and will include rehearsal for the community concert. Info coming out later this week.


EDMONTON FLAMENCO FESTIVAL March 12 – 15

Festival Mainstage – Sevilla en Blanco y Negro – Winspear Centre March 13

Tickets here – edmontonflamencofestival.com/tickets/

Festival Workshops – Early-bird deadline midnight tonight! March 2nd

Don’t miss this chance to experience the artistry of our incredible guest performers from Spain!

Cante (song) class with José ‘El Pechuguita’  – for all levels.

I highly encourage everyone to attend. This class is designed to practice singing as a group and even if you are not interested in singing beyond the class, it’s 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. This is a fun class with a lot of students attending. José ‘El Pechuguita’ was here as a guest of Jairo Barrull in 2018 and taught a fantastic class por tangos.

Compás (palmas) class with El Oruco  – for students that have experience with the 12 count.

El Oruco is a master at palmas and his compás classes are the best out there. This is the first class I look for when I go to study in Seville. If you are in my level I class or above, this class is for you.

Dance classes with El Oruco and Karolina González – have a look at which level is appropriate for you below.

    • Are you in my Beginner level tangos classes?
      The Introductory level Tangos with Karolina González is aimed at your level.
      You can sign up for Package A if you want to take both days of dance, and Package B if you want to add the cante class as well.
    • In my level I – III bulerías or soleá por bulerías classes?
      The Beginner/Intermediate level bulerías with Karolina González is aimed at your level. Level III’s, the Intermediate/Advanced level is also for you.
    • In my level III – IV classes?
      The Intermediate/Advanced level Alegrías with El Oruco is aimed at your level.

Full workshop information and registration can be found at this link.

Looking for private or semi-private classes? Guitar classes? Contact info at the link above.

hope to see you this Spring!
Jane

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Flamenco Festival workshop deadline

EDMONTON FLAMENCO FESTIVAL

Workshop early-bird registration deadline – March 2nd!

Don’t miss this chance to experience the artistry of our incredible guest performers from Spain. The Early-bird deadline for Festival workshops is this coming Monday, March 2nd. Classes are March 14th and 15th. See below for more information.

For this year’s festival, I’m beyond thrilled we are bringing dancer El Oruco from Seville who has been my mentor since 2010. His guests include his wife, dancer Karolina González, as well as 2 singers returning from past festivals. José ‘El Pechuguita’ was here as a guest of Jairo Barrull in 2018 and Jonathan Reyes was here as a guest of Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández in 2019. Guitarist José Luis Medina rounds out the group.

El Oruco and guests – March 13th performance at the Winspear – Tickets now available!


Weekend workshops – March 14th – 15th

Early-bird deadline – March 2nd. Wondering what classes are for you?

Cante (song) class with José ‘El Pechuguita’  – for all levels.

I highly encourage everyone to attend. This class is designed to practice singing as a group and even if you are not interested in singing beyond the class, it’s 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. This is a fun class with a lot of students attending. José ‘El Pechuguita’ was here as a guest of Jairo Barrull in 2018 and taught a fantastic class por tangos.

Compás (palmas) class with El Oruco  – for students that have experience with the 12 count.

El Oruco is a master at palmas and his compás classes are the best out there. This is the first class I look for when I go to study in Seville. If you are in my level I class or above, this class is for you.

Dance classes with El Oruco and Karolina González – have a look at which level is appropriate for you below.

    • Are you in my Beginner level tangos classes?
      The Introductory level Tangos with Karolina González is aimed at your level.
      You can sign up for Package A if you want to take both days of dance, and Package B if you want to add the cante class as well.
    • In my level I – III bulerías or soleá por bulerías classes?
      The Beginner/Intermediate level bulerías with Karolina González is aimed at your level. Level III’s, the Intermediate/Advanced level is also for you.
    • In my level III – IV classes?
      The Intermediate/Advanced level Alegrías with El Oruco is aimed at your level.

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

Tickets and workshop registration: www.edmontonflamencofestival.com

hope to see you at the festival!
Jane

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Class reminder. Flamenco Festival News!

CLASS REMINDER

Friday, February 14th there are no classes due to Family Day long weekend.


EDMONTON FLAMENCO FESTIVAL – March 12 – 15 – Show and Workshops!

Join us for the Edmonton Flamenco Festival featuring dancer El Oruco and guests from Spain!

I’m beyond thrilled to be bringing dancer El Oruco from Seville who has been my mentor since 2010. We now have the final line-up and are excited to host his wife, dancer Karolina González, as well as 2 singers returning from past festivals. José ‘El Pechuguita’ was here as a guest of Jairo Barrull in 2018 and Jonathan Reyes was here as a guest of Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández in 2019. Guitarist José Luis Medina is the final last minute addition.

El Oruco and guests – March 13th performance at the Winspear – Tickets now available!


Weekend workshops – March 14th – 15th

Don’t miss this chance to experience the artistry of our incredible guest performers from Spain. The Early-bird deadline is March 2nd. Wondering what classes are for you?

Cante (song) class with José ‘El Pechuguita’  – for all levels.

I highly encourage everyone to attend. This class is designed to practice singing as a group and even if you are not interested in singing beyond the class, it’s 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. This is a fun class with a lot of students attending. José ‘El Pechuguita’ was here as a guest of Jairo Barrull in 2018 and taught a fantastic class por tangos.

Compás (palmas) class with El Oruco  – for students that have experience with the 12 count.

El Oruco is a master at palmas and his compás classes are the best out there. This is the first class I look for when I go to study in Seville. If you are in my level I class or above, this class is for you.

Dance classes with El Oruco and Karolina González – have a look at which level is appropriate for you below.

    • Are you in my Beginner level tangos classes?
      The Introductory level Tangos with Karolina González is aimed at your level.
      You can sign up for Package A if you want to take both days of dance, and Package B if you want to add the cante class as well.
    • In my level I – III bulerías or soleá por bulerías classes?
      The Beginner/Intermediate level bulerías with Karolina González is aimed at your level. Level III’s, the Intermediate/Advanced level is also for you.
    • In my level III – IV classes?
      The Intermediate/Advanced level Alegrías with El Oruco is aimed at your level.

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

www.edmontonflamencofestival.com

hope to see you at the festival!
Jane

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Review classes and registration reminder

News in this update:

  • January Review Class update
  • Winter Session Classes registration reminder

JANUARY REVIEW CLASSES

Wednesday classes are confirmed –  2 weeks of general technique and compas for Intermediate levels and above. We will focus on arms, movement, footwork technique, and compas. There is still room to join.

Friday, January 17th classes are not running.

Intermediate – Technique and compas
(pre-requisite: 2 sessions of Level I)
Wednesdays, Jan 15th and 22nd only
8:15 – 9:15

Click here for more information and class registration

WINTER SESSION CLASSES – registration reminder

January 24th – March 6th (no classes on February 14th)
Early-bird registration deadline – January 17th

A reminder that you are not considered registered until you have both filled out the form and sent payment.The beginner level is filling up quickly, if you have filled out the form but haven’t paid yet you may lose your spot.

Click here for more information and class registration

hope to see you in 2020!
Jane

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Flamenco Updates

Happy New Year! – 2019 was a fantastic year for flamenco in Edmonton. We had Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández here with their guests for the Edmonton Flamenco Festival in April, the Flamenco Society of Edmonton’s Community Show in May, Farru was performing and teaching in late October and we finished off the year with Carmen Ledesma teaching at the end of November.

Looking forward to an exciting 2020!

News in this update:

  • January Review Classes
  • Winter Session Classes
  • Edmonton Flamenco Festival – March 12th – 15th

JANUARY REVIEW CLASSES

January 15th – 22nd
Registration deadline – January 10th

I’m offering 2 Wednesdays of Intermediate classes in general technique and compas in January. We will focus on arms, movement, footwork technique, and compas.

On Friday the 17th, all levels will have a chance to review last semester’s material.

Click here for more information and class registration

WINTER SESSION CLASSES

January 24th – March 6th (no classes on February 14th)
Early-bird registration deadline – January 17th

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

Level – I: Bulerías
Fridays 7:00 – 8:00

Level – II / III: Soleá por bulerías
Fridays 8:00 – 9:00

Level – IV: Tientos
Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:15

NEW* – If you’d like to join your classmates in performing our class material as a group at the Flamenco Society of Edmonton’s Community show at the end of May, there’s a place to indicate your interest on the registration form.

Beginners – if you’re ready to get actual flamenco shoes, please see my RESOURCES page for a list of websites you can get them from. Those that carry shoes have an * after their name. Well known shoe maker Menkes has 2 new styles of very reasonably priced beginner shoes for women – http://menkesflamenco.com/americas/en/19-mks-shoes

Level IVs – if you’re hoping to have a class this semester, please register by the early-bird deadline. If not enough have committed to class, I will be opening up that time slot to a new beginner class.

Click here for more information and class registration

EDMONTON FLAMENCO FESTIVAL – March 12th – 15th

Save the date for the Edmonton Flamenco Festival featuring guest artists from Spain! I’m beyond thrilled to be bringing dancer El Oruco from Seville who has been my mentor since 2010.

He has such an incredible sense of rhythm and is a generous teacher known among his students for his warm and generous persona. His technique classes are deadly, compas classes are the best out there, and the steps he teaches leave you inspired. His wife Karolina, is an excellent dancer and a wonderful teacher as well. She has an incredible ability to break things down in a way that makes everything click (and stick).

It’s going to be a great festival this year.

Mainstage show at the Winspear – March 13th – tickets now available!
Workshops – March 14th and 15th – Info coming soon

www.edmontonflamencofestival.com

hope to see you in 2020!
Jane

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Final Class, photos and next session

News in this update:

  • November 29th – Final Group Class
  • Classes with Carmen Ledesma – November 20 – 24 – photos
  • Next session begins in January

Final Group Class this Friday:

A reminder that our final group class for all levels is tomorrow Friday, November 29th 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 and then head off for a coffee at a local cafe for food/beverage/conversation

Classes with Carmen Ledesma

What a great week of classes with Carmen Ledesma last week! It was an utter privilege to have her back in Edmonton. Thanks to Nyles Varughese for accompanying on guitar and a special thanks to the students that traveled in from Calgary and Regina. I am grateful for funding from the Alberta Dance Alliance Community Workshop series and collaboration from the Edmonton Flamenco Festival and Maria Serrano in Toronto (sorry for my blurry camera shots).

 

Next Session of Classes

My next session of classes will begin near the end of January. Review classes may be offered earlier in the month. Information will be posted in mid December.

thanks for a great Fall session!
Jane

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November updates

In this update

  • Carmen Ledesma – November 20 – 24 – Early-bird deadline this Friday, November 8!
  • Classes with Farru – November 1st – photos

In less than two weeks! – workshops with Spanish flamenco dancer Carmen Ledesma. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to study with her in Edmonton this November. The early-bird registration deadline is Friday November 8th!

**NEW** There is now an additional beginner class on Wed Nov 20th – it is at 8:15.

Schedule

Wednesday, November 20
8:15 – 9:15 Beginner – NEW class available

Friday, November 22
6:00 – 7:00 Beginner CLASS IS FULL
7:00 – 8:00 por fiesta – Tangos CLASS IS FULL

Saturday, November 23
4:00 – 5:00 Beginner
5:15 – 6:45 Intermediate
7:00 – 8:30 Advanced

Sunday, November 24
10:00 – 11:30 Advanced
11:45 – 12:45 por fiesta – Bulerías
2:00 – 3:30 Intermediate

If you are registered in my classes this Fall, for most of you, one class with Carmen was included in your session fees. See below:

Wed. Beginners – your Wed. class with Carmen is already registered and paid for.
Fri. Beginners – your Fri. beginner class with Carmen is already registered and paid for.
Fri. Level I – your Fri. tangos por fiesta class with Carmen is already registered and paid for.
Fri. Level II/III – email me before registering if you are unsure of your status.

Beginners I highly recommend you take another beginner class with Carmen while she’s here. There is an option on Wednesday night from 8:15 – 9:15 or Saturday from 4:00 – 5:00. If you are a current beginner student or are registering for an Intermediate or Advanced workshop, it’s just $35 to add a beginner class to this session if you register by Friday at midnight.

More info and registration at this link – Carmen Ledesma workshops

Hope to see you there!


Classes with Farru

What a great night of classes with Farru on November 1st! It was an utter privilege to have him here in Edmonton. Thanks to Nyles Varughese for accompanying on guitar and a special thanks to the students that traveled in from Calgary and Saskatoon.

 

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Farru – Early-bird deadline ends tonight!

Master Classes with Farru – November 1st – Early-bird deadline October 18!

In just two weeks! – master classes with Spanish flamenco dancer Antonio Fernandez Montoya, Farru, of the legendary Farruco family. He will be on tour with The Paco de Lucia Project, (performing in St. Albert October 31st at the Arden Theatre). We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to study with him in Edmonton on November 1st.

Here’s a video of him jamming on the streets of NYC last week.

I have taken a fair amount of class with Farru and study with his family regularly. He’s a friendly and generous teacher. If you’ve ever studied tarantos or tangos with me, chances are you have learned some of his steps. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to study with him! He is rarely in Canada and we are lucky to have the chance to study with him in Edmonton on this tour.

More info and registration at this link – Master Classes with Farru

**The Beginner/Intermediate level is now full but I anticipate there may be some adjustment. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this level, the Early-bird rate will be honoured if you are on the list by tonight and a spot opens up before Nov. 1st. Click here to join – waiting list

Students registered in my Fall class session, you are already signed up!

Hope to see you there,

Jane

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