GENERAL INFO

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Classes for All Levels - Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Class offerings include Beginner 1, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced. 

For UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff, Clara teaches a semester course in Beginning Flamenco.  


Class Level Guidelines:

Beginner 1:  Approx 6 months training

Low Intermediate: 1+ year of flamenco dance

High Intermediate: 4+ years of flamenco dance

Advanced: 5+ years of flamenco dance, instructor approval required.

**Note: There are currently no introductory level flamenco classes for absolute beginners**

Class Schedule

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OAKLAND/STUDIO AZUL - WINTER 2020

Tuesday Jan 7, 14, 21, 28  /  Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 

Beginner 1 - 6:30-7:45pm   $17 p/ class  First 30 minutes of class will establish technique in a variety of rhythms/musical styles.  Remaining 45 minutes of class we will work on fundamentals of Tangos/Tientos palos, including choreography, palmas, and some cante (singing).  

 

Advanced - 7:45-9:30pm   $20 p/class.  First 45 minutes of class will be technique. Remaining hour will be a survey of various palos, revisiting prior material and reworking for application to variety of palos, with emphasis on individual interpretation.  Class will also include palmas technique and occasional cante "mini-workshops" as applicable to choreographic material.  


Saturday Jan 11, 18, 25  /  Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Low Intermediate - 10:00am-11:15am  $17 p/ class. First 30 minutes of class will be technique.  Remaining 45 minutes will focus on the palos of Solea & Solea por Buleria.  In depth study will include choreography, palmas, and some cante (singing).


High Intermediate - 11:15am-1:00pm $20 p/class.  First 45 minutes of class will be technique.  Remaining hour will be a survey of various palos, including revisiting prior material and reworking for application in a variety of palos, tailored to individual interpretation and skill set.  Class will also include palmas skills and soloist skills. 

FLAMENCO AT UC BERKELEY

Clara teaches Beginner Flamenco in the Physical Education department at UC Berkeley.  

Spring 2020 schedule is Thursdays 5-7pm in Hearst Gym 234

COURSE LISTING HERE

PRIVATE LESSONS

Clara is available for privates and semi-privates in dance and cante (flamenco singing)

Rates: $75 p/hr 

Discounts available when purchasing 4 or more classes as a series

Inquire for semi-private rates

CLASS POLICIES & PAYMENT

Payments are made monthly on first class of the month.

Payments can be made via check, cash, Paypal or Venmo:  

clara@aguaclaraflamenco.com / @Clare-Rodriguez

PLEASE SELECT FRIENDS & FAMILY OPTION WHEN PAYING WITH PAYPAL.  

Otherwise instructor will have to charge you an extra $3-$4 to compensate the fees incurred.  

Checks made payable to Clara Rodriguez.


Drop-ins not allowed without prior instructor consent.

For first time students: Drop-in allowed on  first attended class with instructor approval.  If on first day of class, student decides to enroll in a session/monthly payment, the drop-in fee will be waived and 1st class will be considered part of the session paid for. 

Drop-in fee: $20/$25


Makeup classes permitted only w/ instructor approval and dependent upon class capacity/level.  

No carry-overs to future sessions or refunds.    

Max 8 dancers p/class.

Please refrain from using perfume or scented lotions or products.

Be prompt out of respect for instructor and class members

Recordings made in class can only be shared with current members of class


Location:

Studio Azul

3586 66th Ave

Oakland, CA 94605 

FAQ

Q: What do I wear in class?

A:  Most students wear exercise/yoga stretch pants and a comfortable top.  Some students opt for a long flowing skirt.  The key is find something you can comfortably move in, that will allow unrestricted movement. 


Q: What shoes do I wear?

A: Most beginner students don't yet have flamenco shoes.  A good beginner substitute (and low cost) is a character shoe with a low heel.  For another economical option, you can give second hand flamenco shoes a try.  Look on ebay, etsy, Poshmark etc.  Brands to look for are Menkes, Gallardo, Artefyl, Senovilla, Begoña Cervera, Don Flamenco - the best flamenco dance shoes are made in Spain.  Here are some tips for buying shoes and what to look for:

  • Look for shoes with nails (NOT TAPS) on the bottom.
  • Ideal heel height is 5 cm or shorter.  Taller heels (6 cm+) will be more difficult and less sturdy for beginner student.  
  • Heels should be made of wood, not plastic.
  • Look for leather straps (not elastic) and leather or suede material.
  • Be aware that you will need to look carefully at size chart as many Spanish brands will use European, not US sizing.  For example, I am US size 9 1/2 or 10, and my size for most Flamenco shoes is 40 or 40.5., AA (doble ancho or double wide)  You will need to carefully trace the outline of your foot (or have someone help you trace) and then measure to find your proper size.   Here is a link for how to size from Senovilla website: http://www.calzadosenovilla.com/en/content/9-talla-zapato-mujer
  • Good brands are Menkes, Gallardo, Artefyl, Senovilla, Begoña Cervera. 
  • Boots for men can also be found in folklorico stores - Casa Folklorica: http://www.casafolklorica.com/shoeszapatos.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 

Online resources for NEW shoes:

- Flamenco Export: (sell Flamenco Export brand shoe for around $50 + shipping from UK)

https://www.flamencoexport.com/flamenco-best-sellers/flamenco-shoes/flamencoexport-shoes.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

- Flamenco West (based in LA): https://www.flamencowest.com/m/


Q: Where can I see flamenco locally?

A: There are a variety of local venues with regular flamenco performances.  These include Thirsty Bear Brewing Co., The Sound Room, and there are a variety of local companies and festivals that produce theatrical productions throughout the year.  These include:

Bay Area Flamenco Festival 

Caminos Flamencos

Theatre Flamenco

San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company



TESTIMONIALS

“Clara’s classes are fun, well-organized, and engaging. My dancing quickly improved with the help of her precise yet compassionate feedback.” -Jenny


“Clara is very patient and attentive. The classes are well-paced and feel like one-on-one sessions." Mimi


“Clara’s flamenco classes are everything you expect, and more, from a passionate dancer, creative choreographer, and excellent teacher.  She is keenly aware of her students’ proficiency levels, and is generous and specific in her guidance and help. I look forward with great anticipation to every one of my classes with Clara.” -Maha


“I just have to rave about Clara’s teaching. After being a flamenco teacher myself for 20 years it’s great to be able to TAKE class! She keeps me in shape, keeps me up on the latest moves, and her choreographies with details of how to pull them off really works.” -Andrea


“Clara is not just a beautiful dancer, she is also a wonderful teacher. Her choreographies are very challenging and fun to learn; she corrects and encourages her students with patience and good humor always.” -Kate