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Burst into flamenco

Published on September 11, 2018 9:45AM

If you’ve been fascinated by flamenco but were waiting for the right opportunity to try it, here’s your chance.

Dancer and singer Sophia Solano will offer an introduction to the dynamic dances of Southern Spain, starting on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Solano, who has recently returned from intensive flamenco dance studies under María La Manzanilla, Javier Marcos and Maricarmen Guerrero at Escuela Carmen de Las Cuevas in Granada, will teach students the essential rhythms and movements she has learned.

No prior experience is necessary for this course as students will learn from the beginning the fundamental techniques of zapateado (footwork) and braceo (arm movements) in conjunction with the correct compás (musical timing) of each dance. Lessons will begin with the basics of tangos Gitano (Gypsy tango).

The class will also be a in-depth study of an ancient art form stemming from the creative influences of the many cultures that blossomed in Andalucía, Spain: Roman, Greek, Hebrew, Islamic, Romani, Byzantine, dating back to the Phoenicians who lived on the Iberian Peninsula, and will also be a full body aerobic workout for students of all ages.

Flamenco guitarist José Solano will provide musical accompaniment.

The class fee is $50 and the five-week course begins on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5 pm at Dance! And All That Jazz, 630 SW Hurbert Street, Newport.

To register, and to obtain appropriate theater/dance shoes if needed, phone or text 503-812-9925.

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