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Carmen Ledesma registration

Direct from Spain, flamenco dancer Carmen Ledesma returns to Edmonton for workshops from November 22nd – 24th, 2019! A featured artist at the first Edmonton Flamenco Festival in 2017, she is a favourite of audiences and students alike.

With funding from the Alberta Dance Alliance – Community Workshop Series, I am collaborating with the Edmonton Flamenco Festival to bring this workshop about. Here on only her second visit to Canada, also stopping in Toronto – it is a thrill to present an opportunity to study with Carmen in Edmonton.

Workshops are open to the public. Some previous flamenco experience required.

Are you registered in my current Fall session classes? With the exception of Level IV, one Friday night class with Carmen was included in your session fees. A $40 discount applies when you register.

More information can be found at this link

 

Flamenco Updates – Carmen Ledesma and Fall Registration

News in this update:

  • Carmen Ledesma returns!
  • Fall session class registration now available

Carmen Ledesma returns!

Carmen Ledesma
At long last, I can announce – Direct from Spain, flamenco dancer Carmen Ledesma returns to Edmonton for workshops from November 22nd – 24th, 2019! A featured artist at the first Edmonton Flamenco Festival in 2017, she is a favourite of audiences and students alike. Registration information is coming soon.

FALL SESSION CLASS REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE

I’m excited to announce that both of our guest teachers from Spain are part of the dance class session this fall. Some of their classes are included in my class session and fees. Farru will be teaching instead of me on Friday, November 1st and Carmen Ledesma will on Friday, November 22nd.

If you have already registered for Farru’s class and are planning to attend my fall session, you may deduct the amount you paid from the total when you register for my classes. Please just make a note in the Additional Comments section so I remember why.

For the first time since 2010, my class fees have gone up slightly this fall, including the drop-in rate which is now $22/hr.

This session fee is also slightly higher to help accommodate our guest teachers. If you find you need to choose between my class session and a few classes with them, please do choose to take from our guests. It is an experience you would pay a fortune to get to have in Spain and we are incredibly lucky to have both of them here in Edmonton as even getting class with them in Spain is difficult.

Click here for – class registration

hope to see you this Fall!
Jane

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Flamenco Updates!

News in this update:

  • Master Classes with Farru – November 1st
  • Level IV class time change

Master Classes with Farru – November 1st

In the first of a few announcements this fall, I’m thrilled to announce 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). Working in collaboration with Flamencos por el Mundo, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to study with him in Edmonton on November 1st.

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

FALL SESSION CLASSES – level IV time change

Level – IV 
Wednesdays 8:30 – 9:30

more class info coming soon! If all works out as planned, we will have another incredible surprise guest teacher as part of our class session this fall.

Jane

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Upcoming classes – save the date!

My fall flamenco class session will be starting October 4th! Full information and registration will be coming out very soon. We have some exciting guest teachers this fall and are still finalizing details.

As students have been asking, I thought I’d give an update on class times so you can plan ahead. All classes are at MarrMac Dance. Registration will come out as soon as it’s available.

Class schedule beginning October 4th, will be as follows:

Baile (dance) with Jane Ogilvie
(see below for advice on level)

Wednesdays
8:00 – 9:00 Level IV – tientos

Fridays
6:00 – 7:00 Beginner – tangos
7:00 – 8:00 Level I – bulerias
8:00 – 9:00 Level II/III – solea por bulerias

Cante (song) with Irena Dumicz
(Previous experience is not required):
Fridays Oct 4, 18, and 25 only
6:00 – 7:00


Dance level

If you have taken a few sessions of tangos, it’s time to move up to Level I.

If you have taken a few sessions of bulerias, it’s time to move up to Level II/III. We do have bulerias review at the end of each class in this level.

Some students prefer to take two levels of dance as they transition, there is a discount for taking two levels of dance in one semester. Not sure what level is best for you? Please send me an email.

Once we have our guest teacher info settled, I’ll know the complete schedule and will post the registration information. Hope to see you in class!

Jane

Community Show this Sunday!

Hope to see everyone this Sunday May 26th! Don’t miss out on the Flamenco Society of Edmonton’s second annual Community Show, featuring local flamenco dancers, singers, and musicians!

Come and see what the broader flamenco community is up to and catch some of my students performing what we have worked on this year. My intermediate class will be performing por Soleá with guest singer Susan MacGregor. My advanced class will be performing por Alegrías with guest singer Irena Dumicz and Cat Moores on palmas. Calgary guitarist David Matyas is the invited guest for the show.

Community Show – Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 6:30 (doors at 6)
El Cortez Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar
8230 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton
(kid friendly event)

Tickets: $10 in advance ($15 cash at the door – if seats still available)

Show info and tickets at this link


Guitar Classes – May 25 – 26, 2019

David Matyas is also offering guitar classes from May 25 – 26. A great guitarist and person if you’re looking to learn some flamenco guitar. David has wealth of experience to offer – playing flamenco solo pieces, accompanying flamenco dancers, singers and musicians for many years in flamenco communities.

Guitar class info at this link


A big shout out to the Flamenco Society of Edmonton for all their hard work in building community and bringing this event together.

Wishing everyone a great summer! Fall class session information will be posted at the end of the summer.

Jane

Community Show call for performers

COMMUNITY SHOW – May 26th – Flamenco Society of Edmonton

The deadline for the call for performers for the Flamenco Society of Edmonton’s Community Show is tomorrow, April 19th. The show will be hosted at El Cortez 8230 Gateway Blvd NW Edmonton on May 26, 2019.

I am asking students to re-indicate their interest in participating with class material learned this year. Preparation would take place at the rehearsal times below. I will not be teaching much new material but rather configuring what we have and who is participating to best fit in the show format. Not to worry if you are feeling like you’d just like to do a small part, we can work it out.

If you took classes this past year, you may join us in any level you attended. I will not be teaching material to students who were not in class to learn it so make sure you only sign up for class levels you participated in. Please see the dates below and indicate your interest in joining your classmates in performance at the registration link below by Friday evening at 10pm. Payment for rehearsals is not due until April 26th.

*NOTE* the mandatory dates are set by the Society and if you sign up to perform, I expect you to commit to them.

Proposed Rehearsal Dates with Jane (4 weeks):

Wednesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22
8:15 – 9:15 Alegrias

Fridays – April 26, May 3, 10, 17
6:00 – 7:00 Tangos (letra or escobilla)
7:00 – 8:00 Bulerias
8:00 – 9:00 Solea

Cost: $60 for one level / $110 for 2 levels (due April 26th)

Mandatory Dates for participants (these are set by the Society):
Saturday, May 25, 2019 -Technical rehearsal: Time and place TBA

Sunday, May 26, 2019 – El Cortez
Dress rehearsal 11 AM – 1 PM
Performance 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Register to join your classmates in performance here

hope to see you in or at the show!
Jane

Class reminders. Flamenco Festival in two weeks!

CLASS REMINDERS

Friday, March 29th flamenco dance classes cancelled.

A reminder that all dance classes are cancelled on Friday, March 29th. If you missed last Friday’s classes I will have your refund at the final class. Cante classes are still running with Irena Dumicz from 6 – 7.

Friday, April 5th final group class 6:30 – 8:00 (dancers) 7:00 – 8:00 (singers).

A reminder that the final group class for all students is Friday, April 5th. Students will all get a chance to review their material from 6:30 – 7:00 as below. We only have two rooms so please be there for your timeslot if you want to review.

    • 6:30 – 6:40 – Tangos letra and Solea
    • 6:40 – 6:50 – Alegrias and Bulerias
    • 6:50 – 7:00 – Tangos footwork and Cante
    • 7:00 – 8:00 – combined class for all levels

This is an informal opportunity for each class to perform their dance or song 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 the 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.

Flamenco Society of Edmonton – Community Show May 26

The deadline for the call for performers for the Community Show is April 19th. At the April 5th group class we will revisit who is interested in performing this year’s material. I will also send out an email to confirm who is interested. Classes will resume after the flamenco festival and will be for rehearsal for the community concert.


EDMONTON FLAMENCO FESTIVAL April 10 – 14

Festival Mainstage – Tierra Flamenca – Winspear Centre April 12

Tickets here – edmontonflamencofestival.com/tickets/

Festival Workshops – Early-bird deadline April 2nd

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

Weekend cante (song) classes with Ismael Fernández – 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 and song classes with Sonia Olla and Pol Vaquero – have a look at which level is appropriate for you below.

    • Are you in my Beginner level tangos classes?
      The Introductory/Beginner level Tangos with Pol Vaquero is aimed at your level.
      You can sign up for Package A if you want to take cante and dance, or if you prefer only dance you can choose Intro/Beg Choreo under Individual Classes.
    • In my level I bulerías or II/III soleá classes?
      The Beginner/Intermediate level Soleá with Sonia Olla is aimed at your level.
    • In my level III – IV classes?
      The Intermediate/Advanced level Siguirilla with Pol Vaquero is aimed at your level.
    • Wondering about the bata classes?
      Sonia Olla will be offering technique and movement combinations.

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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Important class updates. Flamenco Festival Workshops!

IMPORTANT CLASS UPDATES

Friday, March 29th flamenco dance classes cancelled.

Due to a family funeral out of town, I have cancelled all dance classes on March 29th.

    • Beginner Tangos (6 – 7) and Level I Bulerías (7 – 8) you will be refunded for that date.
    • Level II/III Soleá students, extra class time has been added on March 15th & 22nd.
    • Cante classes will still be running with Irena Dumicz from 6 – 7.
    • Missed a few classes or will be missing the next ones? Please make sure you have looked at the class calendar and understand when the remaining classes will run.

Friday, April 5th final group class 6:30 – 8:00 (dancers) 7:00 – 8:00 (singers).

A reminder that regardless of the regular weekly class day/time, all classes have their final week of class on Friday, April 5th. Dancers will warm up from 6:30 – 7:00 and then the class is a combined group class for all levels including cante from 7:00 – 8:00. This is an informal opportunity for each class to perform their dance or song 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 the 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.


EDMONTON FLAMENCO FESTIVAL – April Workshops!

Information on the Edmonton Flamenco Festival weekend workshops in dance and song on April 13th – 14th has been posted. Don’t miss this chance to experience the artistry of our incredible guest performers from Spain. The Early-bird deadline is April 2nd.

Weekend cante (song) classes with Ismael Fernández – 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 and song classes with Sonia Olla and Pol Vaquero – have a look at which level is appropriate for you below.

    • Are you in my Beginner level tangos classes?
      The Introductory/Beginner level Tangos with Pol Vaquero is aimed at your level.
      You can sign up for Package A if you want to take cante and dance, or if you prefer only dance you can choose Intro/Beg Choreo under Individual Classes.
    • In my level I – III bulerías or soleá classes?
      The Beginner/Intermediate level Soleá with Sonia Olla is aimed at your level.
    • In my level III – IV classes?
      The Intermediate/Advanced level Siguirilla with Pol Vaquero is aimed at your level.
    • Wondering about the bata classes?
      Sonia Olla will be offering technique and movement combinations.

Stay tuned for potential other optional classes, including advanced cante and more.

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. This is especially true for the bata class.

Full 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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Cante Class Reminder and Festival tickets

News in this update:

  • Registraton deadline: February 15th –  Cante Classes with Irena Dumicz
  • Edmonton Flamenco Festival: Tierra Flamenca – April 12th – tickets now available!

Registration Deadline: February 15th – Cante Classes with Irena Dumicz

The Early-bird registration deadline for the upcoming Spring session of flamenco cante (singing) classes with Irena Dumicz is tonight Friday, February 15th. Classes start February 22nd!

These classes will be working on material por tangos and alegrias. No previous experience singing flamenco is needed.

Class information and registration can be found here.

If you are planning to attend Spring session cante classes, please make sure to get your registration and payment in by midnight tonight (Friday) for the Early-bird rate. A reminder that you are not registered until payment has been received.

hope to hear you sing this Spring!

EDMONTON FLAMENCO FESTIVAL – Tierra Flamenca – April 12th

Join us for the Edmonton Flamenco Festival featuring Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez Flamenco Company from Spain!

Tierra Flamenca – April 12th at the Winspear
Tickets now available!

Festival Workshops – April 13th and 14th, info coming soon

www.edmontonflamencofestival.com

hope to see you this Spring!
Jane

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