Dancing is the second-best way to let the body do the talking, just short of being born with a secondary belly-button mouth. Elegantly express yourself with today's Groupon: for $45, you get six weeks of beginner-level flamenco courses at Centro Flamenco (a $147.84 value, including HST).
Centro Flamenco's experienced instructors, many of whom have studied and performed in Spain, pass along the traditional art of flamenco dancing in classes focused on rhythm and musicality. Beginner-level flamenco classes acquaint students of any age or skill level with the fundamentals of the form, including rhythms, footwork, turns, hand clapping, finger snapping, and intermediate-level smoldering gazes. Rooted in a deep understanding of flamenco's Spanish origins, Centro Flamenco strives to uphold the dance's traditions and impart the style's techniques in a fun but structured environment. Adult classes last 80 minutes, and students don't need to bring their own partners or castanets. Check out the class schedule for dates and times.
Stepping to the tune of her husband's guitar, celebrated flamenco performer Rosario Ancer bridges continents with her knowledge of dance. She trained in Spain and toured in multiple countries before opening Centro Flamenco in 1989, where she and her instructors pull from cultural, musical, and choreographic teachings to guide their students. All the while, Rosario deftly walks the tightrope between authenticity and evolution. Her regular travels to workshops and shows in Spain imbue her lessons with history, yet she hopes to see the art form flourish in experimental ways, inciting guests to stretch their creative muscles during classes.
Rosario exposes amateurs and advanced dancers alike to flamenco's commanding rhythms. As her pupils progress, they learn more about the social significance behind the moves, and eventually sync their kicks to stylized guitar strums. Whether they are mastering simple beats or preparing for a theatre piece, the studio sets them on a structured track, which ends when their smouldering glance can set a tablecloth on fire.
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