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Class Description  CLASSES
In this class she teaches for traditional castanet dances of Seville. We usually study one dance for two lessons then move on to the next. At the end of the lesson / class we dance all the Sevillanas that those in the class have learned so that they get practise and are not forgotten. If everyone in class knows all for Sevillanas – She teaches 5-6-7. (Originally there were seven Sevillanas)

Minimum age: 18

Friday

Sevillanas
General
20.00-21.00
£7                                   Studio 5

Sevillanas Classes

The Sevillanas are dances from Seville, usually danced as a set of four. Because they take time to study, she teaches them in separate classes instead of within the Flamenco classes; also there are people who like to study just these dances and not the whole flamenco repertoire. This does not mean that the Sevillanas are not Flamenco, they are, but popularity has made them into a specialised dance form. Traditionally 4 Sevillanas are danced as a set. There are many styles and variations of steps, but they all follow the same form (shape) which is :

1. Introduction
2. First step
3. Cross over with partner
4. Second step
5. Cross over with partner
6. Third step
7. Finish

So each Sevillanas has just 3 steps, with two times of crossing over with your partner, a beginning and an end. You can dance each one to any Sevillana song.The confusion that arises with students who first encounter these dances, is because sometimes one crosses over with the Partner within the actual 1st, 2nd or 3rd steps too. But once you know what the pattern of the dance is, this becomes easier to understand.The floor patterns created by your dancing are always circles and/or half circles: representing the sun and moon. The Sevillanas are based on folklore and the dance patterns of the arms and feet also always follow circles and half circle shapes.The popularity of these dances has grown because they are so happy and colourful. People dance them in the streets at Fiesta Time, and they are danced at parties as a social dance. Once you know them you can dance them anywhere with anyone who has learnt Sevillanas too.Traditionally there are four dances; originally there were seven and when I first studied them I was lucky enough to encounter all seven. Sometimes I teach the other three also so that they do not get lost to future dancers.

Biography

Zandra always wanted to dance from very young but from the age of 8 was crippled with leg troubles. It wasn’t until she was 14 that she discovered Flamenco.

Within 3 months she no longer needed sticks to walk. Within 2 years she was dancing professionally in the Casa Pepe Flamenco house in London. From then on she never looked back. Her career has now spanned over 50 years. From London venues she toured Variety Theatres all over England.
In Spain she studied flamenco with the famous dancer La Quica and found herself working with very noted Flamenco artists. She was voted ‘Best Flamenco Dance Teacher’ by the Evening Standard ES Magazine in 1994.

For more information, check out her website.