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.
Valeria Montes – Executive and Artistic Director
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.
Valeria Montes Kresge 2010 Fellowship winner
Today she she serves as Executive and Artistic Director of Casa Flamenca.