What to wear: You do not need any special clothing at all. The footwear is the most important part. If possible avoid sandals, running shoes and very high heels. The ideal shoe is a dress shoe or cowboy boots or a shoe with a low, sturdy, 2-inch heel. About Flamenco DanceFluid arms and percussive footwork are hallmarks of Flamenco dance that are paralleled in the beautiful melodies and intricate rhythms of Flamenco music. Originating in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, the fire of Flamenco dance is reflective of its gypsy (Gitano) dancing roots and influences from Arabic traditions. Learn traditional as well as original dances that are steeped in folklore and melding cultures dating back to the 1500’s in then Moorish Spain.
Program Cost: $385 ($227.50 tuition+$157.50 meals/accommodations)
There are reduced costs for families.
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.
Maria Osende was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She studied flamenco at the renowned Centro de Arte Flamenco Amor de Dios in Madrid and danced as a soloist with the “Ballet Nacional de España” and the Berlin Opera Ballet before moving to Canada. She is founder of the Maria Osende Flamenco Company and School as well as the artistic director of the Halifax’s annual Fall For Flamenco Festival. Maria has taught at the Maritime Dance Academy, Atlantic Ballet Theatre, Rosario Flamenco, Halifax Dance, MSVU as well as across Canada. Maria is deeply dedicated to promoting local talent and the arts in the region. www.mariaosende.com
Tessa Mendel, Program Resource Group (PRG) facilitator. Tessa is a theatre director, educator, and popular theatre facilitator, with a passion for using the creative arts for transformational learning.