How much is tuition?
Tuition varies according to the duration of a given session. Once you complete your profile on our Registration Page, you'll be able to see all available classes and prices. Discounts are available and automatically calculated if you register for multiple classes and/or register more than one family member.
How do I get teacher's permission to participate in a class labeled "continued?"
Classes labeled "continued" are carried over from the session before and therefore have choreography already in progress. Simply email us before registering if you're interested in participating and we can help you determine if it's a good time to join.
What should I wear to my first class?
You don't need everything listed below for your very first class, but flamenco shoes are important for foot protection and stabilization.
You will need a long skirt that allows for plenty of movement and can be picked up easily, tights or leggings to wear underneath, a fitted top and flamenco shoes.
Absolutely no open-toe or ballroom shoes!
We carry skirts in our Flamenco Boutique and can help you find high quality shoes to order. Other options are also available in local Chicago dance stores.
I've never taken flamenco before, what should I expect?
Flamenco is not a partner dance, it is typically a solo art form. It is a dance that merges rhythmic footwork, upper body coordination and "braceo" (arm and hand movements), a knowledge of palmas (rhythmic hand clapping), and an understanding of the music and "cante" (songs).
All of these elements take time to absorb: the technique is complex and the music is intrinsic to the culture of Andalusia.
If you enjoy the journey more than the destination, flamenco will be a great fit for you!
I'm new to flamenco, but have lots of dance experience, can I skip the Beginner level?
While previous dance experience can certainly help in terms of posture and coordination, the music, rhythms and various forms of flamenco songs require a solid understanding in order to advance to higher levels.
Several sessions of Beginner level are necessary in order to move forward.
I've been studying for a couple years and want to advance faster, can I take the advanced classes?
What adds great complexity to flamenco is the tremendous variety of "palos," or song forms. An advanced dancer must be proficient in the rhythm and structure of most of these palos in order to interpret them. You can be in a beginner or intermediate class for years just learning various choreographies and familiarizing yourself with a given palo.
Taking an advanced class will not make you better unless you are technically and musically ready for the challenge.
Where can I get a bata de cola and how much do they cost?
Because of the labor involved and the high volume of fabric utilized, bata de colas are expensive and usually start at around $400.
Do it yourself or having one made is certainly an option, but not one that is recommended if you have no previous experience in building one; an understanding of how it moves and how it is meant to be manipulated is essential when constructing one.
Our students have used the following website with very good results:
Where can I find music to practice to?
iTunes carries a wide variety of the Solo Compás cd series which is a great place to start building a collection. They include rhythm only tracks at different speeds, footwork sections, guitar accompaniment and singing.
The most popular palos are great to have on hand: Soleá / Bulerías, Tientos / Tangos, Alegrías and Seguiriyas. Click here to hear a sample.