Flamenco, as Lucia said during her class, is for strong women – confident, beautiful and proud women! You need to show these through your body movements and facial expressions. Without this, Flamenco will loose its magic and essence!
The class is focused mainly in the flow of the hands and feet. Lucia puts a lot of emphasis in coordinating the right movement of both hands and feet because which characterizes Flamenco. Through easy-to-follow illustrations, Lucia made it possible for us beginners, to do the right movements from the first time. She would say: Imagine you get an apple from a tree, you eat it and you through it away; that is the movement your hands should follow. Lucia will beat a rhythm snapping her fingers and we will turn it into tapping with our heels. The class becomes a room full of wonderful sounds and it feels so rewarding when we all manage to tap our heels at the same time, following the right rhythm. This coordination looks beautiful and you can see in Lucia’s smile, how proud she feels of you; a wonderful moment to experience!
Typical Spanish songs ring through the class, reminding me of my beloved and missed homeland. The time goes so fast you would be surprised!
This class is for beginners, fitting anyone’s level; all you need is a pair of flamenco or heeled shoes and strong legs to tap with! When you are ready to take a step further, Lucia teaches intermediate levels too.
Written by Victoria Gago Bigñe
Lucia Caruso, a greatly experienced international dancer teaches this wonderful Flamenco for beginner’s class, which I, an intern at Danceworks from Spain, took for the first time last week.
Lucia studied Classical Ballet, Jazz and Folk dances in Rio de Janeiro; moved to Cuba at the invitation of Cuba’s National Ballet to dance at La Havana. She then worked in Italy as a dancer and choreographer, then to Spain, the land of Flamenco’s origin; to continue her professional development. Fortunately for us, in 2005, she moved to London and we are now able to learn from this wonderful dancer.
Lucia’s Latin warmth welcomes you into her class; she smiles and nods at your attempts at Flamenco movements; giving you self-confidence which is one of the most important things you need when dancing Flamenco.
See Lucia with Fern Britton on “Strictly come Dancing”
|Minimum age: 16
Both in studio 6
|Read more about Flamenco and Lucia’s classes here.|