Without dance, people could only hum along to "Macarena," and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get four weekly 90-minute beginner flamenco classes at Flamenco Studio Ottawa (a $90 value).
With a fleet-footed education from her time studying in Spain, Canada, and the U.S., Flamenco Studio Ottawa’s Juliana Pulford imparts her sizeable knowledge of the traditional art of flamenco upon students during her robust lessons. Each 90-minute kinetic session acquaints fledgling movers with the essentials of the spirited dance form such as graceful hand and arm movements, rhythmic and dynamic footwork, and choreographed smouldering stares. Classes also delve into flamenco’s origins in the Andalusia region of Spain, ensuring both a mental and physical understanding of the dance’s Iberian roots. Feet should arrive in class shod in flamenco or flamenco-like shoes equipped with a chunky heel, sturdy sole, and compartment in which to keep the soul of a sensitive poet.
Ottawa Flamenco Studio
Though she grew up in a family of Torontonian classical musicians, Juliana Pulford's artistic career started in ballet. Yet her passion could not be contained within that single genre's precise movements. On one fateful Sunday, she stumbled on a French translation of Carlos Saura’s Carmen and immediately felt a connection to the music. She threw herself into dance lessons with local teachers, and at age 20 she moved to Spain to train with flamenco masters. Now back in her homeland, she oversees classes for beginner and intermediate dancers and performs in shows of her own at the National Arts Centre and other venues.