Flamenco and Spanish Dance Lessons
Learn Flamenco dance and traditional Spanish dance from Gypsy master René Heredia. Classes are held in Denver and in Boulder. All classes are taught with guitar accompaniment. Contact us to schedule your lesson.
In pure Gypsy fashion, Maestro Heredia first teaches “compas” (rhythm) which is the most important thing you want to learn. The basis of all flamenco is compas! You will also learn to dance with the accompaniment of live guitar. René brings a unique view and knowledge to flamenco with his long and varied history of performance and education with some of Spain’s best dancers, singers and guitarists. It has been said that “René is a walking encyclopedia, a treasure trove of knowledge.”
You will learn upper and lower torso movements, foot technique, hand clapping, finger snapping, castanets, dress, arm and hand movements, history of the art and all the rhythms of Flamenco with the accompaniment of live guitar. (All levels)
René Heredia is the only living artist in the United States from the Carmen Amaya era. When he was just seventeen years old Carmen Amaya selected him to be her lead guitarist. Carmen Amaya (1913 – 1963) is considered by many to be one of the greatest flamenco dancers, or “bailaoras,” who ever lived giving her own definition to the art of flamenco.
He toured with her for many years and he is the only person who can teach you the “Carmen Amaya Alegrías.” He remembers all the techniques of Carmen and specializes in the Alegrías. To learn “Flamenco Puro”, contact René.
- Drop in class $25.00
- 4 dance lessons $80.00
- Private class $60.00
Payments accepted: Cash, Check or Credit Card via PayPal.
All classes are accompanied by live guitar
Denver Flamenco and Spanish Dance Classes
Flamenco Center for Guitar & Dance, 602 S. Emerson St., Denver, CO 80209
- Beginner Class: Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Advanced Class: Fridays, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Boulder Flamenco and Spanish Dance Classes
A Place To B, 1750 30th St., Unit 64, Boulder, CO 80301
- Beginner & Intermediate: Thursdays, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Beginning Flamenco Dance
No Experience Necessary! This class is for anyone who is new to flamenco. You will learn the basics of flamenco technique, movement phrases and rhythms. You will authentic flamenco footwork, arm and hand movements and the history and traditions of the art form. Great exercise for the mind, spirit and body! Accompanied by live guitar.
Advanced Flamenco/Company Class
This class is focused toward the student who has command of basic flamenco technique, rhythm and style and wants to explore more complex compas and footwork steps. Students will learn choreography in the authentic Gypsy style and practice dances performed by the company. Accompanied by live guitar.
What should I wear to a Flamenco dance class?
If you are a first time student, you do not need to buy special flamenco dance shoes or skirts until you have attended a few classes and decided to make the investment.
For your first class, wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move around in. T-shirts, tank tops, leotards or sports-tops are great. Women should wear a close fitting top and comfortable long skirt that does not restrict movement. Men should wear a comfortable shirt and pants that allow for full movement.
Many beginners find used flamenco shoes for sale from more experienced dancers either in class or online. Women should wear flamenco shoes, character shoes, or any closed-toe pump with a 1- to 3-inch sturdy heel. No stilettos, sandals, open toed, or sling back shoes. Wear something that can take a lot of stomping. Men should wear flamenco boots, character shoes, or any shoe or boot with a sturdy 1-inch heel. No sneakers please!
Maestro Heredia is from Granada, Spain and is a direct descendant of the gitano flamenco puro tradition as passed down to him by generations of his Gypsy family. He is credited with bringing flamenco to Colorado and has received numerous awards, including the Governors and Mayors Awards for Excellence in the Arts.