May I observe a class? !Claro que sí! Stop by anytime and watch any class.
What type of shoes do I wear to class? If you don't have flamenco shoes, it is best to wear a shoe with a hard sole and a bit of a heel. However, if that is not comfortable for you feel free to wear any footwear you feel comfortable in.
What type of clothing should I wear to class? Something comfortable that you can move easily in. Exercise or yoga pants are good and a t-shirt or tank top. Women may wear a full skirt, but it is not required. Wear whatever makes you feel good that allows you to move your arms up and around freely.
What if I don't have a skirt or flamenco shoes? We have practice skirts that you may borrow in the studio which you are welcome to use. There are also shoes there that you may borrow. (Sorry men; we currently have nothing for you to wear. ;)
Where do classes take place? 226 SE Madison Street, Portland, OR 97214 in the AudioCinema Building, five blocks away from OMSI, close to city center and bus #4, #6 #14, and just off the East Bank Esplanade.
(Directions from the Westside: Head east on Hwy 26. Take 1-405 S toward 1-84. Take the SE Water Ave. Exit. 300. Go straight at the stop sign onto SE Yamhill St. Turn right on SE 3rd Ave. Turn right onto SE Madison St.)
(Directions from the Eastside: From 99 E (MLK or Grand Ave.) turn west onto SE Clay Ave. Turn right onto SE 3rd. Ave. Turn left onto SE Madison St.)
How do I pre-pay for a class ? You can pre-pay by sending a check to:
Portland Flamenco Events | PO Box 25581 | Portland, OR 97298-0581
How do I pay for class the day of? We have a self check-in station. When you enter the studio, there is a table to the left where you will find a sign-in book. Sign yourself in, and leave your payment in the little box. (You will also find change/class cards in the box and friendly students around to offer you guidance if need be.)
How much do classes cost? Prices can be found here.
When are classes held? Check the schedule here.
What types of classes do you currently offer? We offer different flamenco dance classes and workshops for varying levels. View current offerings here.
How do I decide which level to take? This might help.
What is your cancellation policy? You can read about it here.
What if I've never done flamenco or any type of dance? No problem at all. We have students of all levels. We will give you the tools you need to be able to do this.
What if I am taking from another teacher? Wonderful! I believe it is beneficial to expose yourself to different styles of teaching and dancing.
Who teaches the classes? Classes are taught by me, Laura Onizuka. We also offer special workshops with guest dancers including master artists from Spain. Members of the PFE dancers share in teaching some beginning classes as well.
Do you teach anywhere else in town? Yes, I teach residencies and workshops at different schools and dance schools in the metro area.
But what if I want to take with a fantabulous dancer directly from España? Join our mailing list. We host regular workshops and master classes with professional dancers who are a part of the current flamenco scene in Spain and we organize Flamenco Tours to Spain to experience and learn about flamenco in its home.
I've heard you hold flamenco retreats at the Oregon Coast, what are those about? Yes! These retreats happen twice a year, and you can find out more about them here.
Do you have any tips for getting the most out of a class? Yes, this might help.