If you love to dance, you should take flamenco dance lessons in Madrid while you’re in Spain!
Watching a flamenco show can be an emotional and exciting experience, but why stop there?
Book a flamenco lesson so that you and your friends enjoy a fun morning or afternoon, learning an easy choreography which is taught by experienced professionals.
Ideally, after the class you should also attend a flamenco show.
Find out more about the art of flamenco and where to take a flamenco class in Madrid below!
The introductory class is envisaged for individuals or a group wishing to experience flamenco for the first time. So it could be a cool activity if you are travelling with a group of friends, your family or you want to offer a special gifts. And this activity is absolutely suitable for both women and men!
On this unique flamenco experience, you will learn by dancing flamenco and while immersing yourself into the flamenco dance culture. You will get more than a rhythm, palms and dance lesson, you will get to understand this awesome art better and why it is known worldwide.
First, you will begin with exercise and rhythm techniques.
Then, you will learn by doing basic flamenco body positions for arms, hands and foot movements and how to dance a flamenco routine.
Finally, after some body work, you will be ready to reproduce an unique routine.
Your guide will teach you from zero how, so just go with the flow!
“A wonderful lesson with a fantastic teacher, Rocio, who was full of passion and a great dancer. We had lots of fun learning a few steps and then dancing the evening away. We all had a great time, she spoke English and encouraged us a lot. I would definitely go back again!” — Jana (Frankfurt, Germany)
If you decide to attend a flamenco show, this will give you a better understanding of its intensity, the difficulties of performing and the hours of practice it requires.
But let’s talk about what you will experience…
This is a class for total beginners so you will start from zero and you will learn a brief introduction of flamenco’s origins, concepts and culture.
Your teacher will go on barking everything into pieces:
After feeling comfortable with them, you will start matching the pieces to learn and dance a fun flamenco routine in one flamenco style.
Fall in love with the arm and hand movements and put your own into practice whether you are male or female. Enjoy trying a variety of movements to find the ones you like best. And the best of it all is that you don’t need any previous knowledge of flamenco.
Just be ready to surprise yourself while having tons of fun!
“A visit to Madrid just isn’t complete without a flamenco lesson. My teacher, Antonio, was so terrific I went ahead and treated myself to a second private class. A great workout for body and mind alike and a wonderful way to gain a greater appreciation for the culture.” — Cecile (London, UK)
This basic course is designed for anyone who is brand new to flamenco and wants to take their first steps to discover this beautiful art form, giving you a basic understanding of what flamenco dance is and how to learn it.
You will learn the essential rhythms, bodywork and footwork particular to flamenco:
Upper body technique: You will strengthen your core and arm muscles while learning primary body positions. Your teacher will make sure you focus on correct posture and positioning to effectively and successfully execute body movements. Your learning of flamenco will be supported by repetitive, slow movements.
Footwork: It is important that you learn the different footwork techniques. You will focus on the exact muscles you need to engage while practicing through a series of exercises.
Rhythm & palmas: You will study palmas (rhythmic hand-clapping) – an essential skill for any flamenco dancer.
Choreography: At the end of the class you will put all you new acquired skills into practice by combining steps in succession to form short combinations. Then, your teacher will turn them into a short choreography. Little by little, you will learn to combine steps in succession.
“Andrea made the whole ‘have a go at flamenco’ experience for my wife’s 50th birthday fun and memorable. She was very warm and friendly, clearly an expert in flamenco and easily transferred her enthusiasm to the group. I would definitely recommend this experience. You don’t need any previous dance experience necessary for maximum fun.” — Scott (Toronto, Canada)
The school you will go to is made up of teachers who are artists and all of them are authentic masters. So the quality of the education you will receive is absolutely outstanding.
Another great thing is that you can try different classes at different levels. This way you can choose the one you feel most comfortable with.
Whether you want to specialize in a palo (flamenco styles), or if your goal is to get started in the different disciplines of flamenco, you can do it.
In fact, you can choose what is that you want to specifically learn. Is it flamenco dance? Flamenco technique? How to play castanets while dancing?
It’s really up to you!
“Carmen was a great teacher, very encouraging and showed us a range of flamenco dance moves. We were a group of 8 with mixed abilities and this was well accommodated. We booked for 1 hour but would have happily done longer. Thanks Carmen!” — Rachida (Amman, Jordan)
What should you wear to flamenco class?
When attending your in-person class, try to wear a top that gives your arms plenty of unrestricted movement.
Don’t wear trousers that are very long in the leg as a tap or stamp on the floor needs to sound clean, and you will not be able to achieve this if you are treading on your hem.
And what about the footwear?
When it comes to footwear, sandals are not the best option. You will need to protect your feet and legs when you are doing the stamping.
However, take into account that with a pair of sneakers you won’t be able to make that distinctive tap noise that is so satisfying. So try to wear solid-soled shoes (not rubber) that produce sound when you walk on them.
“I had an excellent experience taking a class with Andrea. She was professional, knowledgeable, passionate, and kind. This is a must do for anyone visiting Madrid who has an interest in dance.” — Dawn (Philadelphia, USA)