Schools: Workshops & Demonstrations
Children love flamenco, it's colourful, noisy and it's fun. It has a lot to offer, it helps develop musicality and rhythm, co-ordination, confidence and helps to improve posture and body awareness.
Our visits can be used to enhance other work/topics in the classroom, from Spanish culture, language and history to Spanish literature. Our work can also enhance special events such as Spanish day, or cultural week.
Workshops give the children a taste of flamenco. They include palmas (rhythmic clapping), footwork, and arm and hand movements unique to flamenco. We teach a short sequence which incorporates all these elements. We adapt the material taught according to the year group. To help engage younger children we can include an opportunity for them to handle the fans, flamenco shoes and castanets. We can also bring flamenco accessories that the children can wear during the workshops.
Assembly Talks and Demonstrations Feedback has shown that a visual experience is useful especially if the children have not seen flamenco before. Our demonstration includes castanets, manton (large shawl) and fans. We can either work with a guitarist or use specialist recorded music. In addition to dancing we introduce flamenco, talking briefly about it's history, influences (Indian dance), music and traditional flamenco costumes.
Flamenco school clubs A popular after school activity. We run these on a weekly basis giving the pupils a chance to really grasp flamenco and then perform within the school.
We are flexible and can adapt what we offer to suit the needs of your school. To discuss your requirements please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please note that Emma is CRB checked and also has public liability insurance.
Quotes from Year 4 students at Colfe Primary
"It was so cool!. The dance moves were passionate and fun to do'. I would love to do it again." Hafsa Khokhar
" After Emma finished dancing we tried it ourselves. At first I thought it would be difficult but Emma made it easier for us by making the steps simple." Elena Wolfson
"Emma was wearing a long spotty dress with frills and loud shoes. We clapped our hands and stamped our feet. I really enjoyed it and went home that night and taught my Mum and Dad a few moves." Isaac Briggs
"To begin with Emma gave us some information about the dance and it's origins. Then she showed us some dancing. It was very graceful and quick and she kept waving her special dress." Luke Harris
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