March 10 - 19, 2017 - Ricardo López Flamenco Baile & Palmas Workshops

It's Spain, coming to You!

To learn flamenco is to live the culture, the flavor, and the arte of it all. Spending intimate time with a true flamenco is an essential part of flamenco learning. Experience the same quality of instruction you find in Spain without purchasing a plane ticket or dealing with exchange rates. It's been over two years since we've had Ricardo in Portland, and at that time, even before the workshops were over, students began asking how soon he would return. Finally, he's coming back! 

Find out all about why you might want to take part in this unique opportunity here.

The following workshops offer something for everyone. From the very beginning student to the most advanced. (Yes, you, the absolute beginner can and should do this too.) Join us to discover what an experience like this can do for your dancing, palmas, and understanding of the flamenco art form.

Register by March 2nd to receive discounted tickets to the performances(Maximum 5 discounted tickets per performance.)

Spaces are limited, so register soon to ensure your spot. 

Schedule

Build your own workshop. Combine any of the workshops below to make this experience work for you.

Friday, March 10
6-7:30 | Beginning choreography & technique [soleá por bulerías]
7:30-9 | Int./adv. choreography & technique [tarantos]

Saturday, March 11
12-1:30 | Beginning choreography & technique [soleá por bulerías]
1:30-3:00 | Int./adv. choreography & technique [tarantos]

Sunday, March 12
12:45-2:15 | Beginning choreography & technique [soleá por bulerías]
2:20-3:20 | Castanets
3:30-5:00 | Int./adv. choreography & technique [tarantos]

Wednesday, March 15 (alternate west side location)
6:45-7:45 | Palmas

Thursday, March 16
6-7:30 | Beginning tecnica
7:30-9 | Int./adv. tecnica

Friday, March 17
6-7:30 | Beginning choreography & technique [soleá por bulerías]
7:30-9 | Int./adv. choreography & technique [tarantos]

Saturday, March 18
12:00-1:30 | Beginning choreography & technique [soleá por bulerías]
1:40-2:40 | Castanets
2:45-4:15 | Int./adv. choreography & technique [tarantos]

Sunday, March 19
12:00-1:30 | Beginning choreography & technique [soleá por bulerías]
1:40-2:40 | Castanets
2:45-4:15 |  Int./adv. choreography & technique [tarantos]

*Weekend workshop note: Each leveled baile workshop will focus on a different choreography over the span of the two weekends. If you can make both, wonderful, but if you can't, no problem. Each weekend, Ricardo will focus on different sections of a choreography, so each will build upon the last. In other words, each weekend is a "separate" workshop to teach part of a longer choreography. 

Location 

Dance workshops: Espacio Flamenco Studio | 226 SE Madison St. Portland, OR. 

Palmas workshops held at an alternate location on the west side 

Pricing*

Sign up for multiple workshops and receive discounts! (5% off if taking 2 baile workshops, 10% off if taking 3 baile workshops, 15% off if taking 4 or more baile workshops.)

One weekend of one level choreography & technique (Fri, Sat, Sun) | $130
[Multiple Workshop BUNDLE: Both weekends of one level choreography (Fri, Sat, Sun) | $247 (5% 2-workshop discount figured in. If you choose to take more workshops, further discounts apply.)]

Thursday Técnica one level | $45
[Multiple Workshop BUNDLE: Both weekends of one level choreography + one level of Thursday Técnica - $274.50 (10% 3-workshop discount figured in. If you choose to take more workshops, further discounts apply.)]

Castanets Weekend One | $30
Castanets Weekend Two | $55
[Multiple Workshop BUNDLE: Both weekends of castanets - $80.75 (5% 2-workshop discount figured in. If you choose to take more workshops, further discounts apply.)]

Baile drop-in rate | $40/hr. (class times vary in length: 1.5 hr class = $60)

Palmas one session | $25 ($20 if you’re taking any baile workshops) 
[BUNDLE: Palmas both sessions | $40]

*Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.

$75 non-refundable deposit to save your spot for baile workshops. 

Cash Payment Preferred

MULTIPLE BAILE (dance) WORKSHOP DISCOUNTS This can feel complicated, but the result is a really good deal. Not to worry though, we're happy to figure this all out for you. (Discounts listed below apply to all baile workshops, palmas classes not included.)

  • 5% off if taking 2 baile workshops
  • 10% off if taking 3 baile workshops
  • 15% off if taking 4 or more baile workshops

[Example 1: Beg. Baile Weekend 1, Beg. Baile Weekend 2, Castanets Weekend 2 ($130 + $130 + $55= $315) - 10% ($31.50) off = $283.50 Total]

[Example 2: Adv. Baile Weekend 1 & Castanets Weekend 1 ($130 + $30 = $160) -5% ($8 off) = $152]

[Example 3: Adv. Baile Weekend 1, Adv. Baile Weekend 2, Castanets Weekend 2 & Adv. Thursday Technique ($130+ $45 + $55 + $130 = $360) - 15% ($54 off) = $306 Total]

[Example 4: Beg. Baile Weekend 2 & Beg. Thursday Technique ($130 + $45= $175) - 5% ($8.75 off) = $166.25 Total]

[Example 5: Beg. Baile Weekend 1 & Beg. Baile Weekend 2, Cast. Weekend 1, Cast. Weekend 2, Beg. Thursday Tecnica ($130 + $130 + $30 + $55 + $45 = $390) - 15% ($58.50 off) = $331.50 Total]

[Example 6: Beg. Thurs. Tecnica, Adv. Thurs. Tecnica, Beg. Baile Weekend 2, Adv. Baile Weekend 2, Cast. Weekend 2 ($45 + $45 + $55 + $130 + $130 = $405) - 15% ($60.75 off) = $344.25 Total]

Register here

Because it's fun to hang out with the artist outside of class too, workshop participants will be invited to a spend some time socializing with Ricardo. Food, drinks and fun! We'll notify you of the details once Ricardo is here.

Some notes on classes

Weekend Choreography & Technique This is where you get the latest and greatest moves. It is where you get stuff that we can't find just anywhere. It is where you get the juicy moves to show off to your friends. It is where you become utterly inspired. It is where we fall in love. Each weekend will be taught independently and by section, so one may take both or just one. Ricardo is setting the choreographies to recorded music so that students may later practice more easily on their own or use them for a performance piece (for those into performing) That said, the material taught does not need to be done to the recorded music, one can take the sections they like and use them independent of the recording. *And remember, each weekend will be taught independently and by section, so you may take both or just one. 

Castanets Ok, ANYONE who has a pair of castanets should take this class. Here Ricardo will cover correct castanet technique (muy importante) and will teach a combination that can be used for practice or performance. For those who want to take this class but do not have castanets, let us know!  We have some pairs for sale and loan.

Técnica Breaks down the intricacies of flamenco for both beginning and experienced dancers. Ricardo will focus on form and execution in both body and footwork. The techniques covered here will strengthen any dance but will be particularly helpful in solidifying the two choreography classes and helping to make your dance look authentic. Ricardo is a master at making moves look sharp and at putting energy and intention into each step. It can be hard for us to pick up these intricacies while we're focusing on remembering a choreography, so here is our chance to focus on how to dance correctly and how to make each move look really really good.

Palmas Is essential for all students of singing, guitar, or dance.  Different palos will be studied as well as counter times (not to mention the palmas and jaleos classes are tons of fun). And the really good news, if you're far from Portland, you can STILL take palmas via video.

All classes are subject to cancellation if the registration quota is not met. 

More About Ricardo

Ricardo López of Madrid, Spain has been dancing professionally since the age of 17 and performs across the globe in Spain, North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America with many of Spains most celebrated artists, including Antonio Canales, María Pagés, Rafaela Carrasco, Rafael Amargo, Rafael Aguilar, Manuel Liñan, Marcos Flores, Angel Rojas, Carlos Rodriguez, Rocio Molina, Olga Pericet, Concha Jareño, and Daniel Doña. He has danced in the finest tablaos in Madrid such as Casa Patas, El Corral de la Pacheca, El Corral de la Moreria, and Café Chinitas. and in prestigious festivals throughout Europe and abroad including the Festival de Jerez, Madrid en Danza, USA Flamenco Festival, and the New World Flamenco Festival.

In 1997 Ricardo joined Rafael Aguilars company performing as a company dancer and as a soloist. In 2002 he began dancing with Rafael Amargo where he shared the stage with artists such as Montse Cortéz and Rafaela Carrasco. He then went on to dance with the Compañia María Pagés in 2003.

In 2002 he began dancing as a soloist for the Nuevo Ballet Español of Madrid. In March 2004 he danced in the prestigious Festival de Jerez in Romeo y Julieta. In 2006 he toured in the USA Flamenco Festival dancing in Flamenco Directo. In addition to choreographing and directing for the company, he assumed the role as first dancer for Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez.

Ricardo choreographed for the Madrid based company Macadanza with Concha Jareño and Gemma Morado for the 2008 production, Jazz Flamenco. In 2009 he shared the stage with Lola Greco, Alejandro Granados and Amador Rojas in Miguel Narros's production of Fedra to the music of Enrique Morente and choreography of Javier Latorre performing in such important theatre festivals such as the International Festivals of Merida, Almagro, and Peralada in Spain and Napoli Danza and the 2009 Biennial of Venice, Italy.

From 2004-2014 Ricardo danced as a soloist with Compañia Rafaela Carrasco performing in such productions as La Música del Cuerpo and Una Mirada al Flamenco sharing the stage with Manuel Liñan, Marco Flores, and Olga Pericet.  In August 2006 he danced with Carrasco in the New World Flamenco Festival and again in 2007 in the USA Flamenco Festival. He joined her in in 2007 in Del Amor y Otras Cosas in Madrid, and In 2008 he performed in the Bienal de Sevilla with Carrasco in Vamos al Tiroteo along with Pedro Cordoba, Jose Maldonado, and David Coria. He performed with Carrasco at the 2010 London Flamenco Festival as well as the 2010 Festival de Jerez, and in 2011 he performed at the 2011 Bienal de Buenos Aires.  Recently he performed at the IX London Flamenco Festival and the Flamenco Festival de Nimes in France.  In 2013 he returned to the USA Flamenco Festival, with Carrasco to perform in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Miami after performing with her at the 2013 Festival de Jerez.

Cancellations

No refunds will be issued to students who cancel or fail to attend class.  Students who cancel within 14 days of a workshop start date will be given a credit.  Portland Flamenco Events reserves the right to cancel or change the date of any workshop due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.  We will do our best to notify registrants in a timely manner should this occur, and full refunds will be issued.  View our cancellation policy here.