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Winter 2020 Flamenco Dance Classes

10-Week Flamenco Dance Series with ELENA VILLA 

January 9–March 12, 2020 


- THURSDAYS @ 6:30pm – LEVEL 1  PRE-CHOREOGRAPHY PREPARATION. This Beginning Flamenco class will help prepare students to learn the choreography in the 7:30pm class. However, this is also a stand alone class that will focus on technique and drills:  arm & hand technique, basic footwork, body expression, and coordination exercises. Great for building your flamenco dance foundation and for preparing to learn choreography.  


- THURSDAYS @ 7:30pm – Levels 1 & 2: Choreography: "Rumba flamenca con abanico" (Rumba flamenca with Spanish fan). Mixed level–continuing beginner–intermediate levels welcome.  One of the ida y vuelta or "roundtrip" forms, rumba is a 4-count rhythm with roots in Cuba. We will work on pasos (steps), marcajes (marking patterns), Spanish fan technique, and taconeo (footwork) that express the feeling and form of this infectious rhythm as we learn my original choreography. The music is a favorite Spanish classical guitar piece, "Capricho árabe" by Francisco Tárrega, adapted "por rumba" by flamenco guitarist, Chuscales.


VENUE: Day Theater and Arts Building  5516 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR. Upstairs in the Prism Room.  

COST: $120 for one 10-week series;  $220 for both levels in the 10-week series.  

PAYMENT: Cash, check (made to Elena Villa), or PayPal (pay to elena_vll@yahoo.com) or click here: https://paypal.me/ElenaVilla.

Fall Flamenco Classes in Portland, OR

8-WEEK FLAMENCO DANCE SERIES with ELENA VILLA
Thursday nights. Starts September 26, 2019.
Class dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5.

- THURSDAYS @ 6:30pm – Beginning Flamenco Technique & Drills. New beginners welcome! Includes overview of 4- and 12-count rhythms, arm & hand technique, basic footwork, body expression, and coordination exercises. Great for building your flamenco dance foundation and for preparing to learn choreography.

- THURSDAYS @ 7:30pm – Levels 1 & 2: Technique & Choreography: "Rumba flamenca con abanico". Mixed level–continuing beginner–intermediate levels welcome.  One of the ida y vuelta or "roundtrip" forms, rumba is a 4-count rhythm with roots in Cuba. We will work on pasos (steps) and marcajes (marking patterns) that express the feeling and form of this infectious rhythm as we learn my original choreography to a favorite Spanish classical guitar piece, "Capricho árabe" by Francisco Tárrega, adapted "por rumba" by flamenco guitarist, Chuscales. 


VENUE: Day Theater and Arts Building
5516 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR
Upstairs in the Prism Room.


Location:

Day Theater and Arts Building (formerly New Day Center for the Arts)

5516 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Upstairs in the Prism Room.

Student testimonials:

  

"I highly recommend Elena as a teacher! She not only teaches the basics of belly dance, but she infuses cultural, historical, performance, and musical elements into her classes to create a well-rounded dancer. I have studied with dozens of teachers in this art form, and Elena is among the best. Whether you are looking to simply take classes for fun, or develop yourself into a performance artist, Elena is a great resource." 

–Valerie Reynolds


“Elena’s variety of dance expertise and interpretation of music make her the most inspiring belly dance teacher I have studied with. Her fun personality and professionalism combine in a teaching style that brings out the best in each of her students. I love learning her choreographies!”

–Charlotte Atwood


“Elena's classes are the perfect blend of spiritual and physical. She taught me that beauty is not a question of size or shape, but of mastery of the body. After working with Elena, I gained grace, confidence and poise both in and out of class. She brings to every class a deep knowledge of the music, both rhythmic and cultural.” 

–Tina Sarno Cole


During the 5 years I took private belly dance lessons with Elena, my technique and musicality greatly improved. I really love her teaching style: she is organized and very knowledgeable about the Middle Eastern music, dance, and culture. She is meticulous and pays attention to detail, especially when it comes to reflecting the music through movements. I would highly encourage any dancer to study with Elena! 

–Sabrina Toro

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* The studio fee does not apply if you schedule a private lesson with me in my home studio.