Beginning Sevillanas (Lake Oswego Location) - Tuesdays [6:30 - 7:30pm]
A class for beginning and aspiring flamenco dancers in Lake Oswego, Oregon
LOCATION: 368 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Schedule & Pricing
DECEMBER SESSION | Tuesdays December 5, 12 & 19 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
- $39 for all three Tuesdays in Dec. (*Monthly session discount, no make-ups/non-transferable.)
$16 DROP IN or Class Flex Card
How do I sign up? Email us here.
This is a beginning level class.
The study of sevillanas provides a great foundation for the flamenco dancer.
In Spain, sevillanas is typically the first dance taught in flamenco schools. It is a partner dance that people do at fairs in the springtime in Southern Spain. Through the study of sevillanas you learn flamenco arm positioning, hand movements, and many basic steps while gaining familiarity with rhythm. We begin studying the movements and steps then later learn to dance with a partner which is a lot of fun. (In sevillanas partners do not touch, rather they dance facing each other.) No partner necessary for class.
- Sevillanas are fun!
- They help you learn and develop your upper and overall body technique.
- They support your understanding of the compás (rhythm) and cante (singing) in all flamenco.
- They are good exercise without realizing it's exercise (cardiovascular, arm toning, major arm toning, core work.)
- All of the repetitive movement is good for the brain.
Learning sevillanas helps to build a strong flamenco foundation and prepare students for other flamenco courses. Many of the sevillanas steps are commonly used as marking steps in flamenco dances such as bulerías and even tangos. The study of arms and upper body through sevillanas provides a foundation for flamenco movement. Many people enjoy learning sevillanas as there is a clear formula for the dance, no guessing about what to do when. (Of course, there is always room for creativity later on!) It is also fun learning to dance with a partner, and this helps the dancer become comfortable changing directions and turning.
Stick around for Body Technique from 7:30-8:00. It is a great compliment to this class!
"I had never taken any type of flamenco instruction, but Sevillanas has been a wonderful place to start. I have learned so much about the underlying structure and rhythm of Sevillanas ... so helpful when learning the rockin' choreography! Laura puts us at ease in class because she makes sure everyone feels confident with the copla before moving on. She gives us ample time to practice in the mirror and in partners. Laura encourages us to have fun and be sassy with this beautiful dance, motivating newbies like me to stick with it. I am so grateful this class is offered here in Portland -- Sign up for Sevillanas now!" - Angela B.
"I love Sevillanas because, first of all, I can imagine being in Spain and there being a crowd of people all dancing them together...totally cool! Secondly, because they're very structured and fairly repetitive, just putting some same steps together different ways and different places, so i can feel like i am doing flamenco even though i am too stupid and clutzy to do REAL flamenco. A third reason is because i am sure all those arm circles keep at least some of the "old lady" flab off my arms, lol!" - Celeste
Read about others' experiences here.
Read about Dance Wire's experience in our beginning flamenco class here.