Coming up this August, Flamenco aficionados can look forward to the annual training programme from Spain's established Academia de Manuel Betanzos. The Academia is renowned for its quality of dance education in Flamenco. Established in the cradle region of Flamenco, it continues the lineage of great artists, artistry and inspiration. It is part of the heritage, and an integral source of Flamenco, forging the art of today.
Dancers will be studying from Maestro Manuel Betanzos himself. For those who have yet to know him, check out the videos below. Meanwhile, here are the details of the schedule and fees:
About the Courses
The courses will be taught for 5 consecutive days, similar to the intensity of classes at the Academy in Spain, to maximise students' focussed learning. Those who, due to time, are unable to take the full course, may opt to do either the weekday course or the weekend course,, where different parts of the choreography will be taught respectively. Those who attend the full course will have fuller material and experience of the Flamenco palos (styles).
Workshop Venue: Dance on Us studio, 8 Claymore Hill
Payment can be made via bank transfer. Please contact Tania for the bank details.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / (+65) 97377703
Here are some GREAT links TO CHECK OUT:
Get to know the Academy in Seville (an overview with videos)
"Flamenco workshop with Maestro Manuel Betanzos is like having a serious talk with you best friend"
AND HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS TO CHECK OUT:
Video 1 -an idea of the Bamberas style and cante
Video 2 - An insight into Tech Class (Advanced level, Adelaide 2017). In Singapore, it will be catered to a general level for Elementary to Advanced to students).
Video 3 - Flamenco for first-timers at the Esplanade workshop we conducted
Las vacaciones, school hols have arrived! We've been having fun with our Spanish Dance kids classes. Come join us this SAT 10 JUNE for kids open house.
Sat 10 June
11.00am - 12.00pm: Kids @Spanish Dance with Pasodoble fun (8 - 12 years)
12.00pm - 12.50pm: Kids @Creative Movement (5 - 7 years)
Here's what they can experience:
Meanwhile, Mums and Dads relax!
At our classes, kids have fun while mums and dads relax in our comfy salon-studio, with comfy sofas. Read or grab a drink, or simply go shopping at Bugis Junction/Bugis+, just down the street!
Rose Borromeo Spanish Dance Company
@ Lumen Studio, 9 Tan Quee Lan Suites, #02-06
(Great location, accessible via bus, lots of carpark space & Bugis MRT is just a 3 min walk)
Chat to us for Info
Contact Ms Tania @ M: 973 777 03 / E: email@example.com
Fresh and uplifted from our Taipei workshops, we'll be heading to Singapore soon (2 - 6 August). I was glad that Margaret Cheung of Hong Kong could join us in Taipei and I share her reflections here:
"Flamenco workshop with Maestro Manuel Betanzos is like having a serious talk with your best friend: someone who wants the best for you and will not hesitate to tell you the truth purely for your own good, no matter how ugly it is. Sometimes it hurts but you know the truth will set you free and you will be better for it. His workshop is for those who are serious about flamenco, not those who only want choreography for performance, because he doesn't just teach choreography. He teaches you to be bold, to be individual, to be expressive, to confront your fears, to step out of your comfort zone, and to breakdown stereotypes.
Manuel's dedication to teaching is rare among star-level teachers. Many people teach but few are able to tell you exactly what you need to hear. He pegged me exactly for what I am. It's scary and very humbling. But because he speaks the truth, you know it can only be good for you. Five years since the first time I studied with him and I am still amazed by his teaching methodology and how he touches people. I still remember the lessons from the first workshop I took from him, which was "Enjoy the Buleria".
Things I learned from Manuel Betanzos' Flamenco Workshop:
Your likes and loves change with age and experience. You don't need to copy anyone's style, but learn from them and develop your own. When you get to a certain age with certain physical restrictions, you can do things a certain way - YOUR way. It is not necessary to do what's "popular" out there. If you don't feel it, don't dance it. Every time you dance, you must feel it and live it. There is no such thing as doing nothing. When you are still, you are still living. Fear nothing. Claim your spot in the centre. Claim the attention... if you deserve it! Listen and be aware of what's around you. Let that inspire and influence you. Know where the root of the movement comes from and move from there. Be natural. Don't force anything. Be crazy. Don't be tied down by aesthetics. Be yourself. Don't copy others. Be aware. Listen to the guitar and cante. Have thicker skin. Don't be ashamed of your mistakes. Just learn from them. By the same token, don't laugh at others. Chances are, you also make the same mistakes."
Here's a little video of our Taipei workshop with Manuel teaching elements of the Bulerias (básico level). Teaching with clarity in detailed form, with an eye on every student, going around to personally check on and assist them. Little experiments where students learn where to interact with the live singing and guitar, as well as demonstrations to show the possibilities of interpretation.
Hola Amigos, I'm Tania, aficionado of Spanish Dance, dancer, teacher and producer. Sharing news of Spanish Dance and Spain, and the art wherever we take it to globally!