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SEVILLANA DANCE CLASSES

Sevillanas are the most popular of Andalusian dances. It is an old folk dance, danced by couples of all ages and sexes during celebrations (fiestas or ferias), often by whole families and 'pueblos'. They are characterized for their grace their quickness and their dynamism. It is said, as a legend that the four positions represent four different types of encounters. The first encounter, the seduction, the quarrel or break up, and the make up, all in that respective order. Sevillanas choreography is very stable, and knowing it is very useful, since it is a fiesta dance. They are executed by pairs of dancers in series of four. On the last compás the singing, the music and the dance stop together and the dancers finish in a graceful and provocative attitude, like in a courtship.  This is why learning flamenco usually starts with this particular dance: it is easier to reach a particular level and there are more occasions for practice and training.

Sev13ABOUT OUR SEVILLANA DANCE BREAKS

Weekly courses throughout the year for beginners to more advanced dance students. The sizes of the dance classes are limited so that you always receive attention from your teacher and an English speaking dancer is on hand.to help out. Classes are held every week day between 5.pm and 6.30 pm leaving the mornings free to explore the area, relax round the pool or go sightseeing. 

 Prices are per person and include the following

  • Accommodation,at Huerta Montero or in nearby villas on a self catering basis. 
  •   Airport transfers and transfers to classes.
  • Tapas and drinks on arrival
  • Classes held over 5 days of approximately 1 hour 30 mins
  • Paella fiesta evening with music and dance.  
  •  Other options include bed & breakfast or breakfast & dinner. 
  •  Many other activities, tours, horse riding, and flamenco shows are also on offer and can be booked in advance.

     MONTH         

     PRICES FOR   BEGINNERS CLASS  

   ADVANCED          

MAY

£360

£390

JUNE

£450

£480

SEPT

£490

£530

 OCT

£360

£390

NOV

£350

£370

Sev11Your dance teacher is Chari Calderón who was born in Cadiz but is now resident in El Colorado on the Costa de la Luz.  She has been dancing since the age of eight and been teaching for the past 11 years.  She studied dance in Madrid at the La Truco dance company with Eliecer Truco, the daughter of the flamenco singer José Truco,   http://www.latruco.com/bio.php.  For the past eleven years, Chari has been teaching children and adults a variety of Spanish dances including Sevillanas-Rumba-Tanguillas-Buleria-Alegria-Fandangos and Tangos.  She has also participated at many exhibitions and dance shows where she has performed dance routines including the beautiful Andalusian horse.  Her assistant Loli Lopez 27 years old, is also her sister in law and helps out at all of the classes. Classes are suitable for all levels from the beginner to the more advance dance student.

 

         

Chari and her husband performing at a charity event held on the 8th March 2009 at the Hacienda Los Pipas in El Colorado

 

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The origins of the dance remain vague and obscure.  It is the traditional folkloric dance of Sevilla, and it takes some of its cadence from Flamenco, making a derivation of the latter.  Nevertheless, it is very influenced also by the Arabic rhythms that are manifested in its movements.  Around the 17th century a version of a dance called the chacona, and the sarabanda appear as well thus evolving into the seguidilla, that later adopted the name of Sevillana in Andalucia.  Historically, they are a derivative of Castilian folk music (seguirilla). Technically, they are an evolution from Castilian seguidillas; they have a relatively limited musical pattern.  The lyrics (letra) of the Sevillanas are in general lighthearted, and speak of love, virgins, towns, neighbourhoods, the beauties of Sevilla, or nature and of the annual Sevillano pilgrimage to Rocio.  They are sung by a plethora of local groups, like Los Romeros de la Puebla, Los Amigos de Gines, Las Corraleras de Lebrija, Cantores de Hispalis, and Los del Río. Every year, dozens of new sevillanas discs are published.

 

HOW DO YOU DANCE IT?  The beginning of the dance is preceded by a musical phrase and a line of song which serves to warn the dancers to prepare to begin. During this, some dancers execute a turn (vuelta) to the left; others remain facing each other doing palmas. Each of these sections begins with a particular dollsstep, the paso sevillana. Three of these sections complete the copla, which terminates in a vuelta (turn) to a sudden stop (parado) at the end. It is a very vivid dance, often excluded from flamenco by "purists". Paradoxically, during spectacles and shows.  It is usually Sevillana dancing that ordinary people (not born in Andalusia) take for 'the real, true flamenco', as it is full of turns.  One can find schools teaching "baile por sevillanas" in nearly every town in Spain. The rhythmic structure is simple in the extreme, being a six count phrase, and each step in the dance then occupies those six counts. (A musician would say that this was two bars of 3/4 rhythm.) Six of these steps constitute one section of the copla, the last step involving changing places with the partner.

 

WHO DANCES IT?   Everyone. Spanish children begin at school and Sevillans classes organized for all age groups in every city and town throughout Spain and all over the world.  On Sunday 25 May 2008- Regents Street, London, a new Guinness World Record was established by the Spanish Tourist Board, the Andalucía Tourist Board, the Regents Street Association and the essential help of 456 passionate and hugely enthusiastic dancers for the “Largest Sevillanas Dance”. The record attempt was part of a 2 week festival of music, dance and food, 'The Taste of Spain', to celebrate Spanish culture in the UK and to promote English tourism in Spain. The event was attended by the Major of Westminster, two MC's, 3 bands over two stages, professional and amateur dancers, national and international media and many Regent Street visitors. Guinness World Records adjudicator Nadine Causey was on hand to verify that all guidelines where adhered to at the commencement of the event. By 12.00pm as Regents Street was being closed off to traffic, the registration area was full of dancers, many in full traditional costume. Any rain cleared and the sun tried valiantly to come through. Weather, however, was ignored and as soon as the bands started to play, the dancers began dancing in the street and on the stages and carried on until well after the record was achieved.

 

dollsWHY LEARN Where do I start?  It is fun you meet lots of people with the same interest, and is also a great way to keep your body in shape. No previous experience is required and it is a dance that can be learnt by the young and the young at heart.   What better way is there to get a feel of Spanish nightlife and socialise with local Spanish people.  For dance students, it is a great way to familiarize with the most popular type of folk dance of the Spanish peninsula.  This is definitely an experience you cannot miss. Join in all the fun and practise what you learn at one of the many Ferias of the region

 

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