WHAT YOU NEED TO START
Men & Boys: Flamenco boots, work-out pants and a work-out T-shirt
Women & Girls: Flamenco shoes, skirt, work-out T-shirt.
In this class, students will learn the five sounds of flamenco footwork and will gain a foundation in flamenco body movement as well as rhythms. In the kids class, children will learn how to dance por tangos and how to begin to use basic footwork. They will also learn different combinations associated with coordination and moving across the floor. Ages 5-12
In this class, students learn sevillanas and tangos as well as how to do palmas associated with the palo, the rhythm.
This class starts with foundational elements and throughout the year we grow from foundation to more rhythmic and stylized footwork. Students also learn eight turns, combinations and recursos de baile (tool for dance).
Students are taught in concert based choreography. Material that is being danced in concert by the teachers will be taught in the choreography class.
SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE:
Dancers in this class learn how to communicate in the language of flamenco art. This class normally involves at least one to two live musicians, a percussionist and sometimes guitarist. In this class, students practice their baile and cante.
Jesús Muñoz is recognized for his deep understanding of Cante Flamenco and improvisational control over rhythm. Muñoz has performed, produced and directed in the United States, Canada & Spain. He is the Founder and Director of Jesus Muñoz Flamenco and Co-Director of the Detroit-based, La Chispa and Company. Muñoz teaches a growing student base at his school, Casa Flamenca, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and for the past seven years has toured nationally with New York City- based company, Carlota Santana’s Flamenco Vivo.
In March 2013, Muñoz was a featured soloist at Lincoln Center for the 100 Years of Flamenco in New York City exhibit. He has also been a featured soloist at Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, the Detroit Institute of the Arts’ Spanish Masters Series, the National Museum of Dance, Nasher Museum at Duke University, and has closed for the Denver Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in 2011.
He has performed at the University of Sevilla, the Spanish Embassy, Palacio Andaluz and for the Prince of Spain. Called “riveting” by the Albany Gazette, he is referred to by fellow artists as a “jazz session artist” with the live-performance direction of an orchestra conductor. Muñoz’s current projects include choreographing for the world premiere of Rudolfo Anaya’s Rosalinda and debuting Jesus Muñoz Flamenco: Red Note as part of the first annual partnership concert with the prestigious National Hispanic Cultural Center, endorsed by the Instituto Cervantes.
Read more: Jesús Muñoz website
Valeria Montes has been described as “mesmerizing” by the Detroit free press and “beauty in motion” by the Metro times. She is known as La Chispa (the Spark) for her passionate and vibrant interpretation of Cante Flamenco (flamenco song) and for her complex rhythmic zapateado. Born in Mapimi, Dgo. Mexico. Montes began her dance studies at the age of five in her native Mexico studying Ballet, Baile folklorico, gymnastics, and at age 20 she moved to Michigan, USA where she started dancing Spanish classical dance with local instructor, Maria Del Carmen Montes. Eventually moving to Spain to get immersed in the world of flamenco; she was very fortunate to study with legendary families and artists of flamenco: Farruco family, Carmen Ledesma, Concha Vargas and Miguel Vargas. She has also studied Cante Flamenco with Esperanza Fernandez, which she feels is vital for dancers to do to understand the art form in a more profound way.
In 2010 she won the prestigious Kresge artist fellowship for Performing Arts. She is co-founder of COMPAS “center of music and performing arts Southwest” where she continues to teach workshops for the community in Michigan. Valeria is a full-time instructor at Casa Flamenca in Albuquerque, NM. Today, Montes continues her dance training with Jesus Muñoz.
Valeria Montes Kresge 2010 Fellowship winner