Workshops

Make Flamenco your life

Sonia Olla offers flamenco dance classes for every student level, ranging from absolute beginners to professional dancers. Ismael Fernández offers cante classes for every student level. These classes support students who are serious about pursuing flamenco cante as well as students who want to become better flamenco dancers. Ismael accompanies Sonia at every class so students can master the art of dancing with live musicians. Authentic flamenco.

All palos taught in Ismael’s cante class support Sonia’s flamenco dance classes. Cante classes help students gain a deeper understanding of the art form, learn the structure of each palo in great detail, and reinforce their dance training.Total immersion.

If you prefer personal attention or customized workshops, you can always ask for private lessons for Flamenco Dance or Cante.

SCHEDULE

MONDAY

6.30 – 7.30 pm

Cante

7.30 – 8.30 pm

Bulerías

8.30 – 9.30 pm

Tangos

TUESDAY

6.30 – 7.30 pm

Beginners advanced (general)

7.30 – 8.30 pm

Beginners advanced (choreo)

8.30 – 9.30 pm

Absolute beginners

WEDNESDAY

7.30 – 8.30 pm

Intermediate advanced (general)

8.30 – 9.30 pm

Intermediate advanced (choreo)

SATURDAY

2.00 – 3.00 pm

Absolute beginners

3.00 – 4.00 pm

Intermediate advanced (general)

4.00 – 5.00 pm

Intermediate advanced (general)

5.30 – 6.30 pm

Cante

FAQ

I have never danced before – can I start Flamenco classes?

You can start Flamenco.  We will be starting an Absolute Beginner class that will teach technique along with flamenco rhythms.  This class will be the perfect place to start: sign up for our newsletter, send us an email to put you in a waiting list or watch the website as to when the new Absolute Beginner class will start.

I have dance experience, which level should I chose?

You should first take the Beginner class, so that Sonia can observe your technique and you can experience the way Sonia teaches.  After the first class, you can have a discussion about which level is right for you. 

Is there an age limit?

Everyone can take flamenco and adults of all ages can come and learn!
Please note: Sonia’s classes are adult dance classes, so parents of children should contact Sonia individually as to whether classes are age appropriate.

What should I wear?

Clothing that you can move in is important.  Women will eventually want a skirt that we can work with as we dance, but for beginners it is important that Sonia see your posture, legs and foot work, so athletic pants work well for this.  Men may want to bring a vest or light jacket to work with as they dance.

Do I have to have authentic Flamenco shoes to start?

Flamenco shoes allow for the important sounds in footwork, and most students will want to work with these shoes.  However, a character shoe with at least a 2-inch heel for women or a Cuban heel for men is ok to start with.

Are there opportunities to perform?

Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez Flamenco Company do present a student show with performances in New York City Venues. The date and venue change season to season, depending on availability and interest. These shows come together in the choreography classes, and those students wishing to perform commit to learning the choreography. Students should talk to Sonia directly about participation in the student shows.

I want to take dance classes, but I don’t know if I can commit to every week.  Can I still come to class or will I be too behind?

For general classes, we review technique and the choreography we use to explore that technique in each class.  Choreography classes build one upon another.  Of course, coming to class is the best way to get better!

May I observe a class before I take one?

You may observe a class, but we ask that you arrange this in advance, by contacting us through email.

How will I know if I’m ready to move from one level to another?

This is a conversation for you to have with Sonia. There are many elements to Flamenco.  Most students, when they move from one level to another, take classes in both levels during the transition. This helps find the balance of challenging yourself and not losing technique.

Do I have to make a reservation, or can I drop in?

You can do a drop-in class, or you can contact us that you are coming through the website. New students are encouraged to contact us so that we can provide any relevant information for the particular class you might want to take.

How do you receive payments?

Currently we take cash or check payable to Sonia Olla LLC.

What are the fees?

The schedule of fees are explained here:

Can I pay for a group of lessons in advance?

Yes, multi-class cards are available. These cards offer a discount and are valid for 2 months and are non-refundable.

Do the class cards expire?

Yes, the cards will have an expiration date specific to the date of your purchase.  5 class cards and 10 class cards are good for 2 months.

Are private lessons available?

Private lessons are available by appointment. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Can I give lessons as a gift?

We are happy make up gift vouchers for any number of group classes or private lessons.

What are Cante Classes?

Cante Classes explore the technique and music of traditional Flamenco Letras, or verses. These classes are very important for singers that wants to explore flamenco songs but also for dancers that wants to have more knowledge about where and how to dance with the cante.

I can’t sing, can I still take Cante Class?

Yes! Cante Class is more than just singing, is learning how the songs and dancing intertwine.  Learning the rhythm, verses and elements of Cante does not depend on the voice alone, although we do learn singing and breathing technique in this class.

How important is taking a Cante Class while learning Flamenco dance?

Learning Cante, and the elements of Flamenco Letras help dancers to achieve a better understanding of Flamenco.  Cante is not separate from dancing, and Cante Class helps with these essentials. In authentic Flamenco, Cante and dancing are partners.

How can I get news on Flamenco classes and the Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez Flamenco Company?

Sign up here for The Sonia Olla Flamenco Company Newsletter.  You can also follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @soniaismaelflamenco

How are students informed about changes to the schedule?

We send out emails and update our social media.

Are the classes open to men?

Yes, everyone is welcome, regardless of gender, gender identity, and gender expression.

When do new classes begin?

The classes and workshops are ongoing. Check the class and workshop schedules and join at any time.  We will make announcements on the website and social media when we start new choreographies or palos in the the Choreography classes, or when new classes – like Absolute Beginners – start.

MORE INFORMATION

info@sonia-ismael.com
(+1) 718-581-4871

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