The objective of this one-hour class is to introduce
the basic principles and execution of flamenco dance technique. Rhythmic
heelwork, traditional positions and use of the arms and hands with
movement patterns will be demonstrated and taught. Music and rhythm
accompaniment will be by taped recordings. This class is open to all
ages. Shoes with heels are required; bare feet and sneakers are discouraged.
The art of flamenco, music and dance, originated
from the Spanish gypsies of southern Spain in the province of Andalucia.
Flamenco has its roots from Indian, Jewish, and Moorish influences.
The song was first developed to express the gypsies’ life and
suffering from persecution and suppression under the Spanish monarchy.
Different songs express their deep emotions of loneliness, tragedy,
betrayal, sadness, and yes, even humor. Soon, the guitar accompanied
the song and later the dance evolved. The “feeling” of
each dance reflects the song’s lyrics (letras), guitar melodies,
and the dance’s characteristic rhythm. The use of complex heelwork
intensifies the rhythm. And the grace of the arms and hands along with
the sinuous body movements of the female dancer and the masculine and
elegant posturing of the male dancer embellish the move-ment patterns
of the dance. All 3 human elements: the singer, guitarist, and dancer
contribute to the beauty and excitement of this unique art form that
Nemesio Paredes is a veteran Spanish classical
and flamenco dancer. He began dance training early with San Francisco
Ballet and later with
Spanish classical and flamenco teachers in San Francisco and Spain.
He has appeared in SF Opera’s “La Traviata” and “
Carmen”, danced with Theatre Flamenco/SF, Rosa Montoya’s
Bailes Flamenco, Patri Nader’s Bailes Espana, Nora Dinzelbacher’s
Argentine Tango and Folk Ballet, and performed and toured with Smuin
Ballet. He was a featured soloist in SF’s Ethnic Dance Festival,
Men Dancing, Stanford University’s Music Festival, and with the
Tulare and San Jose Symphonies. He and his Flamenco Ensemble were nominated
for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award. No longer performing, he continues
to teach, coach, and conduct workshops.