Flamenco Oriental is the combination oftwo ancient dances from the Mediterranean sea: Flamenco from Andalusia, the south of Spain, and oriental or belly dance from the Middle East and North of Africa. These two dances have opposite and complementary characteristics that will be combined in the lessons.
Flamenco is wild, passion and intensity. It is fire and earth and it can foster fighting and determination qualities.
The most characteristic flamenco movements are done with the arms, hands and feet. However, these lessons are not regular flamenco lessons so we do not use shoes. The dance is practiced barefeet, which can help in providing a sense of grounding and stability.
Moreover, feet and arms coordination develop the attention and coordination, making it a mindful practice. Clapping and stamping the floor with our barefeet can help releasing the tension and stress that the body gathers.
In general, flamenco dance and music exhibits what Laban Movement Analysis considers “fighting” efforts with strong, direct, quick, and more controlled movements.
Oriental dance is softer and flexible. Very feminine and sensual it connects more with the caring and nurturing side. Air and water are the predominant elements.
The movements are usually born in the centre of the body and main attention is paid to the chest, abdomen, hips and pelvic floor. Round movements, infinites and spirals open up the articulations and internal muscles get more flexible.
During the dance, the movements put the vertebral spine and hips through a full range of gentle, repetitive motion massaging the internal organs and stimulating the blood circulation.We develop the ability to dissociate and isolate different body parts and to have different rhythms in each of them.
In terms of Laban, oriental dance could belong to the “indulging” quality efforts, with light, free flow, indirect and sustain time.
Combination of our fighting and caring sides,
determination and flexibility,
strength and softness.
The lessons are in small groups of 3 to 4 people. They are intimate and more personalized adjusted to individual needs. Barefeet, we do not use flamenco shoes.
The structure may vary according to the needs of the group:
Warm up: Using yoga, breathing and stretching exercises.
Theme: Technique of the dances. Explanation of the movements and combinations. The classes can have a focus in choreography, creative development or therapeutic aspects.
Closure: Relaxation or free improvisation or high intensity exercise.
Time, price and place
Wednesdays from 18.30h to 19.45h
Autumn Season 2017 (6 sessions)
25th of October
1st of November
8th of November
22nd of November
29th of November
(December pause: no lessons in the whole month)
Winter Season 2018 ( 10 sessions)
17th of January
24th of January
31st of January
7th of February
14th of February
21st of February
28th of Febraury
7th of March
14th Of March
The price of one lessons is 10€.
A card of 10 lessons is 90€.
The class is given in my private address:
Wittenburgerkade 91, 1018LK Amsterdam.
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