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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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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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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Flamenco Updates

Happy New Year – Looking forward to an exciting 2019!

News in this update:

  • Rosanna Terracciano’s film project – A Quiet Flamenco
  • January Review Classes – 2 weeks: January 18th – 30th
  • Spring Session Classes – 8 classes: February 1st – April 5th
  • Edmonton Flamenco Festival – April 10th – 14th
  • Community Show – May 26th – Flamenco Society of Edmonton

Rosanna Terracciano’s film project – A Quiet Flamenco 

Two years ago Canadian dance artist Rosanna Terracciano invited me to participate in her film project A Quiet Flamenco – exposing the introverted, vulnerable and muted aspects of flamenco dance through film. one artist at a time. I am honoured to be one of six artists from across Canada invited for this initial round of films which was just completed in December and includes my work as a flamenco dancer and pianist.

Other artists in this initial series include:

Myriam Allard (Montréal)
Sarah Bronsard (Montréal)
Claire Marchand (Ottawa/Winnipeg)
Veronica Maguire (Victoria)
Oscar Nieto (Vancouver)

Rosanna received the Canada Council for the Arts’ Jacqueline Lemieux Prize in 2017 for this work and is planning to continue to expand the project with more artists in the future.

This month it was a featured article online in The Dance Current – www.thedancecurrent.com/video/quiet-flamenco.

You can check out all six of the films at the website aquietflamenco.com
and follow the project on facebook at www.facebook.com/aquietflamenco

Rosanna will be in Edmonton performing new work on January 11th and 12th at Mile Zero Dance as part of ReLoCate: Experiment #3.

JANUARY REVIEW CLASSES – 2 weeks

January 18th – 30th
Early-bird registration deadline – January 11th

I’m offering 2 weeks of review classes in late January. These review class are only for students that attended class in Fall 2018. We will be working on polishing, style, palmas, and dancing solo or in small groups.

Click here for more information and class registration

SPRING SESSION CLASSES – 8 classes

February 1st – April 5th (with some holidays as indicated on the calendar)
Early-bird registration deadline – January 25th

Level – Beginner 1: Tangos letra
Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00

Level – Beginner 2: Tangos footwork
Fridays 6:00 – 7:00

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

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

Level – IV: Alegrías
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 on May 26th, there’s a place to indicate your interest on the registration form.

Click here for more information and class registration

EDMONTON FLAMENCO FESTIVAL – April 10th – 14th

Save the date for the Edmonton Flamenco Festival featuring guest artists from Spain!
Mainstage show at the Winspear – April 12th
Workshops – April 13th and 14th

www.edmontonflamencofestival.com

COMMUNITY SHOW – May 26th – Flamenco Society of Edmonton

Save the date for the Flamenco Society of Edmonton’s Community Show on May 26, 2019 hosted at El Cortez 8230 Gateway Blvd NW Edmonton. Stay tuned for more info and their guest artist.

www.flamencosocietyofedmonton.ca

hope to see you in 2019!
Jane

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