I will welcome all of the participants to my studio and then present a brief history of the art of flamenco, its roots and development to current times. You will see excerpts from films of artists who represent true flamenco culture and performance. We will discuss the four main “palos” or rhythmic styles in flamenco--including tangos, bulerias, soleá and alegrías. All participants will learn how to clap these rhythms that provide the percussive beat to flamenco music. After this, we will move to the dance floor and learn the basic techniques of using your arms, body and feet in flamenco dance. You will learn a simple but powerful flamenco choreography. At the end of our time together, we will have a toast with a drink on the studio terrace.
My name is Alegría, which means “joy” in English. I am a flamenco dancer who was born in the cradle of a gipsy family in Badajoz, Spain. My father is a stage director who has directed many flamenco productions. As a result, from a young age I had the chance to learn from the best flamenco artists in Spain. I first went on stage in 1996, performing with my family’s flamenco company in Madrid. Since that time, I have performed in theaters in Spain and have given workshops all over the world. In 2010 I decided to live in Barcelona where I opened “El Amparo de Alegria,” a studio that is devoted to the study of the art of flamenco dance and culture. The studio is in the lovely Gràcia neighborhood, one of the most unique, traditional and interesting in Barcelona. I would like to open the doors of my studio to those visiting Barcelona
An appetizer to go with the drink.
Red or white wine, beer, soda or water.
This experience will take place in my flamenco studio in the heart of the beautiful and historic neighborhood of Gràcia. The building is from the 19th century. I designed the interior of the studio as an open space, painted in white with lots of light and decorated with flamenco inspired art pieces. In my studio, I have created an atmosphere for the development of the art and the dance.
Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Shoes with closed toes are best.
Pure gypsy flamenco dance and culture