January 20, 2018

Objectives and History

OBJECTIVES

Class information and location for Casa Flamenca are listed in the tabs above and are on-going
weekly. Workshops and private lessons are offered throughout the year. During the weekdays, the
program includes classes for the absolute beginner all the way through professional development. There is
a child-specific class on Saturday which trains children in the fundamentals of Flamenco rhythm, palmas
(hand-percussion) and dance techniques.

Staying true to Flamenco’s foundation as a solo art form, each individual at Casa Flamenca is trained
independently so no two dancers look exactly alike. Smaller class sizes at Casa Flamenca help the
instructor tend to the needs of each student. Often, classes will have a range of levels from beginning to intermediate students through concert professionals. The professional students in class give beginning
students an audio visual reference of where discipline and hard work can take them as a future Flamenco
artist.

Casa Flamenca focuses on preserving Flamenco as a language. It is important to be able to understand the
heritage and oral traditions of Flamenco as a cultural art. Using a structured method and codified
terminology it becomes easier for the student to master the language of dynamic calls and signals which aid in the creation of both Flamenco choreography and original music. Passing on this language of Flamenco, we help educate a community that can later educate others.

 HISTORY

Founded by Jesus Muñoz in 2010, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Casa Flamenca, strives every day
to preserve the roots and soul of the art of Flamenco. Our first classes and our first concert rehearsals were
held out of an 8 x 8′ foot space in a small adobe guest house, three dancers at a time, one instructor and free admission. Despite our lack of resources we had a vision: We wanted our Flamenco art to be personal, we wanted our art to reek of integrity, genius and creativity, we wanted our work to be amazing and amazing meant a lot of individual time and hard work. We wanted to share this passion, this gift and this beautiful art form with YOU.

We had dreams of becoming world-class artists, sharing this work on stage, teaching our vision to others
but first, we had to start, so in 2007 we started by addressing our own needs and supporting our own
vision. We started at home. Three times a week, we converted one bedroom with wooden floors to a house
of Flamenco, in Spanish Casa Flamenca, because dancing for us was like breathing, it mattered more for us
to train than to sit and wait for a perfect space to open up. We worked for three hours a day or more after
our regular classes and took notes, recorded ourselves and developed our training. It was exhausting and
we had our struggles, but also many successes. Many of us have begun to reach our goals of performing
and teaching around the world. The new Casa Flamenca, still a small home-based Center for Flamenco
Art in Albuquerque, NM, established itself as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit in 2010 and has since produced
original, world-class artists in Flamenco art. Casa Flamenca continues to develop students in a unique and
personal way, staying true to the foundation of the organization, but we all recognize the sacrifice it takes
and we always remember– that it all started at home first, in a Casa Flamenca. -Jesus Muñoz, Director at
Casa Flamenca

Outside the Casa Flamenca, which is literally a house. The mural is painted by Jake Fragua.