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You Can Dance FLAMENCO
… even if you have no dance experience!
Is flamenco CALLING you?
*You hear the singer and guitar and your HEART FLUTTERS.
*You watch MESMERIZED as a dancer twirls on stage and you think, "I WANT TO DANCE with abandon and passion, too!"
*You might be kind of shy and wonder if you could ever dance with CONFIDENCE and BRAVADO.
*You may have been wanting to dance flamenco FOREVER and wonder if it's too late.
Yes? Then you've got the flamenco bug!
Well, guess what? You can learn how to dance flamenco with passion and confidence, STARTING HERE AND NOW!
Intro to Flamenco Course
with Rina Orellana
This online video course is the PERFECT BEGINNING for those wanting to start dancing flamenco.
These lessons are EASY TO FOLLOW with Rina Orellana's clear and compassionate teaching.
You will first learn the FUNDAMENTALS of the Tangos rhythm with some basic movements of arms, hands and clapping.
Then we'll apply that and add movement techniques to create a SHORT CHOREOGRAPHY to the music of the legendary Camaron de la Isla.
Here’s What You’ll Get
Learn at Your Own Pace
With 24/7 streaming wherever you have internet access, you can dance anytime, anywhere. Plus you'll have life-time access!!
Easy to Follow Lessons
Dance along with Rina as she shows you how to dance step by step. Then practice on your own with the music.
Understand the Complexities
You'll not just learn a choreography, but you'll learn structure of the dance, vocabulary and technique that will guide you throughout your journey.
Dance with a Supportive Community
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JALEOS for Intro to Flamenco
Jaleos (hah-lay-os) are the words of encouragement and approval that get shouted during a performance. ¡Olé! ¡Toma! ¡Arsa!
Wow, Rina that was a great 1st lesson (New Beginners Module I). Very well done, excellent & clear explanations, and great camera angles so you could really see the movements.
I'M LOVING IT
I just joined the online course, and I’m loving it. Rina's lessons are fun, yet challenging. I started as a complete beginner with no previous flamenco dance experience, just an appreciation for the art form. In her online course, she shows us the steps and guides us through choreography. I enjoy learning how to dance flamenco at my own pace. Thank you!
It's a brilliant course for me. I never thought I would have the opportunity to study flamenco- no classes nearby, no need to travel, learn at my own pace with an excellent teacher.
Intro to Flamenco Course... what's inside
¡Toma! You will learn a few fundamentals first, then a choreography with 2 letras (singing verses) and a section of taconeo (footwork) in the 4-count rhythm of Tangos. Each lesson is easy to follow and only less than 10 minutes long.
Module 1: Foundations
The lessons in this module include an introduction to the course and a brief overview of flamenco, hand-clapping, arm positioning, hand movement, and footwork basics.
Links to the music used are provided.
Module 2: Demos
Here are the front and back view demonstrations of the complete Tangos choreography you will learn. Plus there's a complete practice session that's nice and slow without the music.
Tangos is a fun and funky rhythm in flamenco. This short choreography is set to the music of legendary singer, Cameron de la Isla. It includes 2 letras (singing verses) and 1 escobilla (footwork section)
Module 3: Tangos Choreography, 1st Letra
We start with the first letra (singing verse). This module has three videos: marking steps lesson (marcajes), accented break lesson (remates), then a practice session of the first whole letra (singing verse).
Module 4: Tangos Choreography, 2nd Letra
We continue with the 2nd letra (singing verse) of the song with two new markings (marcajes) and another break (remate).
This module has three videos: marking steps lesson, accented break lesson, then a practice session of the second letra (singing verse).
Module 5: Tangos Choreography, Escobilla
We finish the dance with the “escobilla” or footwork portion of the choreography. Practice slowly and try to articulate the sounds. Once you build up the muscle memory to do the movement slowly, then you can pick up the tempo.
This module has two videos: the escobilla lesson and practice.
Meet Your Teacher,
Rina is a Madrid-trained professional flamenco dancer with over 20 years of experience. She also has had her own dance academy in Los Angeles, California for over 15 years. There she trains many dancers from beginners looking for a fun community and workout all the way to training dancers to perform on their own in tablaos (flamenco venues.) She also has the Online Flamenco Studio, a thriving site with over 30 courses for dancers of all levels.
Rina has a special gift with breaking down the mysteries of flamenco into easy to understand elements. So, she thoroughly enjoys watching the progress her dancers have made whether it's finally "hearing the 12" for a beginner to a tablao dancer using one of her choreographies for her show.
It’s her hope that you, too, can begin your flamenco journey with the Intro to Flamenco Course and unleash your own flamenco beast!!
Here’s what people are saying about Rina Orellana
THOROUGH, YET CONCISE
Rina is a generous and enthusiastic teacher. Her love of flamenco is infectious. She explains things thoroughly, yet concisely. She demonstrates movements - not only steps, but body position and arms and hands. After showing what she is going to teach, she breaks it down, then builds it back together, then practices with us! Thank you, Rina, for sharing your gift with us.
WARM & ENCOURAGING
Rina's teaching is warm, encouraging and thorough, and you really feel that you are in a live class as you dance with her. For all of us who live in a "flamenco desert" this is a fantastic resource to find.
PATIENCE & SENSE OF HUMOR
Flamenco is a challenging dance form. Rina has a clear and unique way of breaking it down. She teaches the forms and movements clearly and slowly and also the structure of the dance. She has grace and power, expertise and patience and sense of humor. The Online Flamenco Studio is really a University of Compás! Ole!
INTRO TO FLAMENCO course
5 module course for new beginners
Frequently Asked Questions
What equipment do I need?
You'll need a reliable internet connection for your computer, tablet, mobile or television. For dancing, you'll need a good pair of flamenco shoes if you're sure you want to stick with flamenco. You'll also need a space to dance. If you buy flamenco shoes, then you'll need a dance floor. The dance floor can be something as simple as an inch think piece of plywood from the home improvement store covered with a coat of clear polyurethane. You'll receive resources for both with your purchase.
How long will it take me to learn this choreography?
The choreography is 1 minute and 18 seconds long. You'll want to dedicate time to learning this choreography. I spend about 6-8 weeks teaching this material to my new beginners live group class. That would be once a week for an hour. However, if you can spend 15 minutes a few times per week, I'm sure you could complete this in 4 weeks.
Can I Download the Videos?
The videos are available by streaming only. So you need an internet connection for your mobile, tablet, computer or television to access the course. Downloading the videos are not possible.
Is there music to practice with?
You will be able to download the music from the choreography directly from the site. However, there is a link for the practice music for you to purchase. There practice music is "solo compás", or rhythm by itself like a drum machine. You can also find this music for free on YouTube.