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Upcoming Calendar of Events in Southend



New classes start on 18th September 2013

We are now based in Leigh on-Sea. Our teacher Inma La Fiera will cover the basics of flamenco dance techniques and the choreography for complete dances. Inma will start by teaching Sevillanas, Rumba and Bulerias. She also wants to look at Tanguillos, Alegrias and Fandango de Huelva, and will develop more dances as the class develops.

 

Find us at the Roydon Academy, Unit 13/15 Leighcliff Building, Maple Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1PR

 

When you arrive at the building you will see a small car park with some iron gates at the entrance. At the far end of the car park there is a metal staircase going up the outside of the building. Go up to the first floor to the door into the studio.


   Roydon Studio from Maple Avenue  Stairs to Roydon Studio
        Roydon Studio from Maple Avenue                         Stairway to the studio
 

With live guitar accompaniment


Every Wednesday from 18th September

Time: 8:00 to 9:30 pm

 

Price: £5 per session.

What is important is to have suitable shoes, and a minimum is those with a Cuban heel, such as "court shoes". To learn and perform the footwork properly the heel gives you the right posture, and makes it easier to alternate between toe and heel sounds. Real flamenco shoes have nails in the toes and heels to make a sharper percussive sound, and these shoes can be bought in London, or from shops in Spain over the Internet, but you will not need those initially.
 

We welcome any new members who want to learn to dance flamenco and invite all aficionados (singers, dancers and guitarists) to join us in promoting this fantastically exciting art form

 

Southend Flamenco at Pitsea 29 June 2013

We performed at Pitsea Leisure Centre in a Summer Solstice Charity Night with Tribal Unity in aid of the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association. We did Sevillanas, Rumba and Bulerias. See our YouTube channel for more videos.

 

     


Flamenco Ole at Leigh Folk Festival 24 June 2012

Flamenco Ole from Chelmsford peformed at the Leigh Folk Festival on 24 June 2012. They performed 5 numbers including this new piece based on music by Shakira, which is a fusion of flamenco and Cumbia. See our YouTube channel for more videos.

 

     


Classes start again on 4 January 2012

Since January 2011 there have been flamenco dance classes nearly every week in Southend - we have missed only 3 weeks. We are now taking a short break over Christmas but will be back in January to build on the great work that has been achieved this year.

 

From 2 November 2011

Giovanna Clark-Cilia Teaches Flamenco

Giovanna will be starting a new series of classes to teach you flamenco techniques and choreographies. Alegrias is one of the main dances that will be taught.

With live guitar accompaniment


Every Wednesday from 2 November
Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm

At:  the JADA Studios,

58 Burdett Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2TN

Behind the SSOne Night Club

Price: £5 per session


     Jada Studios from Burdett Road  JADA Studios
                      JADA Studios from Burdett Road                                    JADA Studios
 

 

 

 

Recent flamenco in the Southend area

 

16 October 2011

Big Dance Day

Big Dance Day is a great opportunity for everybody to sample what a wide variety of dance styles it is possible to learn in the Southend-on-Sea area. Of course, being a flamenco site, we are mainly interested in the flamenco section of this event, and Juana Jimenez will be there on the day to answer questions and to demonstrate what flamenco is all about.

 

Juana Jimenez Flamenco Dancer
Juana Jimenez ~ Flamenco Teacher and Dancer

 

If you are interested in flamenco dancing, then please come along and see what is involved in this fascinating style of dance, and learn more about the music and Andalucían culture.

The flamenco part of the day is scheduled to take place between 3.00 to 3.45 pm. The entrance fee is only £3 to spend all day learning about the various dance styles. Come along and join in, and check out the details on the Southend-on-Sea Council website.

 

Big Dance Day 2011 with Juana Jimenez

The Flamenco Session at Southend's Big Dance Day 2011
with Juana Jimenez teaching



14 September - 12 October 2011

Rowena Ritchie Teaches Flamenco

Rowena studied in London and Jerez, and has been teaching children and adults for over 10 years. Coming to Flamenco later in life than most dancers, she understands and is sympathetic to the challenges of making your feet and body do impossible things! She is experienced teaching large groups as well as mixed level groups, and has worked for Sadlers Wells, RADA and the Barbican as well as being a regular teacher at Escuela de Baile and Tower Hamlets Lifelong Learning Service.

Rowena is teaching a class for those with some knowledge of flamenco, but she will give special attention to any beginners who want to join us.

Rowena RitchieAs well as developing students' technique in flamenco footwork, body movements and dance style, Rowena will teach the choreography for two important flamenco dance forms. You will learn Bulerias, the fiesta party dance from Jerez de la Frontera, and an Alegrias choreography - the joyful, lyrical dance that will challenge you technically!

With live guitar accompaniment


Every Wednesday from 14 September
Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm


At:  the JADA Studios,

58 Burdett Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2TN

Behind the SSOne Night Club

Price: £12 per session








30 September 2011

Charity Show: ....

"A Twilight Treasury of Tassels, Tiaras & Turbans"

Southend Flamenco has been invited to perform at a charity event.
 

Friday 30 SeptemberTime: 8.30 - 12 midnight

At:  The Freight House, Bradley Way, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1BU

Tickets £10 each (all profits to go to charity)

For booking forms please contact Maxine on 07910 745936

or visit www.akulatribal.co.uk


 

Lucia Narvaez1           Steve Brown

 

Southend Flamenco Sevillanas              Lucia Narvaez 2

Southend Flamenco at Rochford Freight House 30 September 2011
photos courtesy Mark Brown


 


From 15 September 2011

Lucia Narvaez's Flamenco Workshops

Lucia will be concentrating on a new dance this term - Tangos !!  Not the Argentine variety but the genuine Spanish flamenco version.

Lucia grew up in Granada - a cradle of flamenco - home to the beautiful Alhambra Palace and the caves of Sacromonte, where the gypsies sing and dance for anybody who will listen.

Lucia studied flamenco dancing for over 10 years in Granada before travelling to Southend. She explores the mystery and hot passion of flamenco, and she will teach you what she loves to dance herself: Tangos, Rumbas, Sevillanas, Bulerias …

Lucia Narvaez

With live guitar accompaniment

Every Thursday from 15 September

Time: 8.00 to 10.00 pm

At:  the JADA Studios,

58 Burdett Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2TN

Behind the SSOne Night Club

Price: £5 a session (when 4 weeks booked in advance)

or £7 a session when paying for one week

Important Note: unfortunately, after the first week this class has had to be cancelled due to Lucia's other commitments.

 

 

 

4 September 2011

Southend Arts Council's Open Day

Southend Flamenco are scheduled to give a short demonstration for SOSAC's Open Day. Everybody who can get down there, please come and support us. We hope to use this opportunity to attract new members to help keep class sizes at a healthy number.

We will post details of the approximate time of our performance when it has been arranged.

 

Sunday 4 September

Time: 10.30 am to 3.30 pm

Cliffs Pavilion foyer, Station Road, Westcliff
Price: free

 

More details on the SOSAC website 

 

 


17/24/25/31 August & 1 September 2011

Practice Sessions

Lucia Narvaez will be going over the dances we have covered so far: Sevillanas, Fandango de Huelva, Rumba and Bulerias.

Please note the new venue!!

Lucia Narvaez

 

Wednesdays 17, 24, 31 August

1 September

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm

At:  the JADA Studios,

58 Burdett Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2TN

Behind the SSOne Night Club
Price: £5

 


Thursday 25 August

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm

At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £5

 


Saturday 6 August 2011

Latin/Mediterranean Musical Evening

A Latin/Mediterranean concert, hosted by local pianist Lorna Stevens, resident pianist of the Savoy hotel, London. She will be joined by special guests, Andrew Rivera, a West End opera singer, and Lucia Narvaez, Flamenco dancer. The programme is lively and varied in style, which includes extracts from Carmen, Neapolitan songs, right through to Flamenco dancing, and some classical Spanish music.

Refreshments will be available in the interval, including Sangria and olives.

Tickets only £5 each, available from St Clements, the Book Inn (Broadway West), or at the door on the night.

When: 6 Aug 2011 19:30 - 21:30
Where: Saint Clements Church, Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea SS9
Tel: 07932 707302
Email: lornastevens@live.co.uk
Price: £5

 



From 14 July 2011

Rumbas, rumbas, rumbas .... !!

Lucia Narvaez will be completing her course in Rumba Gitana to get everybody up and dancing this most sexy of flamenco dance styles.

Lucia Narvaez

 

Thursdays 14, 21, 28 July

then 4, 11, 18 August 2011

 

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £5

 


 


  Storehouse View 1 Storehouse View 2

  The Storehouse from Coleman Street        View from the footbridge from Victoria Plaza

 


 

 


7 July 2011

Fandango de Huelva ending ~ One night only

 

Sandra La Espuelita

 

Sandra la Espuelita is coming back to Southend to complete the Fandango de Huelva dance she taught at the Clifftown Studios workshops in January. Sandra's classes are always enjoyable and she will be giving us many useful tips from her long experience of dancing flamenco.

For one night only on:

Thursday 7 July, 2011

 

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £8 for the session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 2 June 2011

Sevillanas Course (Part 4)

Lucia Narvaez continues teaching this festive and cheerful dance, where you will work on combinations of footwork and arm techniques to build up a dazzling choreography. Come and enjoy one of the finest and more popular Spanish dances.

Lucia Narvaez

 

Every Thursday from 2 June, 2011

then 9, 16 June

 

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £15 for 3 classes if you pay in advance, or £6 for 1 one class

 

 

 

 

From 12 May 2011

Sevillanas Course (Part 3)

Lucia Narvaez continues teaching this festive and cheerful dance, where you will work on combinations of footwork and arm techniques to build up a dazzling choreography. Come and enjoy one of the finest and more popular Spanish dances.

Lucia Narvaez

 

Every Thursday from 12 May, 2011

then 19, 26 May

 

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £15 for 3 classes if you pay in advance, or £6 for 1 one class

 

 

 

 

From 31 March 2011

Sevillanas Course (Part 2)

Lucia Narvaez continues teaching this festive and cheerful dance, where you will work on combinations of footwork and arm techniques to build up a dazzling choreography. Come and enjoy one of the finest and more popular Spanish dances.

Lucia Narvaez

 

Every Thursday from 31 March, 2011

then 7, 14 April

 

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £15 for 3 classes if you pay in advance, or £6 for 1 one class

 

 

 

 

 MP3 icon   Sevillanas  - recording of guitar accompaniment

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21 April 2011

Fandango de Huelva ~ One night only

 

Sandra la Espuelita was intending to teach the ending to the Fandango de Huelva dance tonight, but unfortunately she was unable to come to Southend.

We were very grateful Rowena Ritchie for coming down from London this eveing. Rowena went over the Fandango de Huelva with the class, and everybody got something useful from the experience.


For one night only on:

Thursday 21 April, 2011

 

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £7 for the session.

 

From 24 February 2011

Sevillanas Course (Part 1)

Lucia Narvaez will begin teaching this festive and cheerful dance, where you will work on combinations of footwork and arm techniques to build up a dazzling choreography. Come and enjoy one of the finest and more popular Spanish dances.

Lucia Narvaez

 

Thursdays from 24 February, 2011

then on the 3, 10 and 24 March

 

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £20 for 4 classes if you pay in advance, or £6 for 1 one class

 

 

 

 

 MP3 icon   Sevillanas  - recording of guitar accompaniment

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17 March 2011

Fandango de Huelva 3rd Verse ~ One night only

 

Sandra La Espuelita

 

Sandra la Espuelita is coming back to Southend to finish off the Fandango de Huelva dance she taught at the Clifftown Studios workshops in January.

For one night only on:

Thursday 17 March, 2011

 

Time: 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse",

Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £7 for the session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3, 10, 17 February 2011

Basic Footwork
A class of footwork where you will learn basic steps for Soleares and Farruca. With Miguel de la Torre and guitarist Brian Reynolds.


On Thursdays 3, 10, 17 February, 2011 - from 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse", Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £3

 

 

 

16, 23, 30 January 2011

Series of Three Flamenco Workshops!  at Clifftown Studios

 

Suitable for participants with little or no experience of flamenco.

 

Sandra La Espuelita

 

 

You will learn basic flamenco techniques for feet, arms, hands and posture.


During the course of the sessions you will hear about the history of flamenco, how performances are structured and learn some choreography for a real piece of flamenco dance.


You will be taught by a experienced flamenco teacher Sandra La Espuelita and live guitar will be played by Miguel De La Torre.

 

 

 

 

 

 


When: Sundays 16, 23 & 30 January 2011, 2pm start for 2hrs
Price: £6.50 for 1 or £15 for all three sessions
Concessions: £5.00 for one or £12 for all three
Venue: Clifftown Studios, Nelson Street, Southend, SS1 1EF


To book: tickets go on sale at the box office from 8th December.

                phone  on 01702 328335 or email Clifftown@essex.ac.uk .

 

Note: Wear whatever you like so you can move and dance comfortably, but please wear strong, closed-toed shoes with a (cuban style) heel so that your feet are well protected.

 MP3 icon   Fandango de Huelva  - recording of guitar accompaniment

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Clifftown Theatre & Studios

 

Clifftown Theatre and Studios

 

 

 

 Southend Echo article 12 January 2011   Clifftown Theatre Workshop 16 January 2011

 

       Southend Echo 12 January 2011             Clifftown Theatre Flamenco Workshop - 12 January 2011 

 

  Download a copy of the article

 

 

 

16 December 2010
Spanish Fiesta

An end-of-the-year-party where we will have some performances, a Flamenco Shop and some Spanish tapas to share. Bring your own drink and enjoy our Spanish Fiesta
On Thursday 16 December 2010 from 7.00 to 9.00 pm
At:  the "Storehouse", Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £3

Led by our resident teacher Lucia Narvaez

 

 

November - December 2010

 

Introductory Classes in Flamenco Dance

We ran a series of classes for beginners to flamenco
Every Thursday from 7.00 to 9.00 pm  -  4 November to 9 December 2010

At:  the "Storehouse", Coleman Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5AW
Price: £5 per evening (includes tea or coffee)
Live flamenco guitarists accompany the classes.

 

Lucia Narvaez took beginners through an introductory course explaining the techniques of flamenco dance.

You will learn posture, the position of the arms, how to use your hands expressively, rhythmic hand-clapping, foot positions and how to assemble sequences of steps for use in the dances covered in later classes.

 

On 9 December, for one night only, Sandra La Espuelita gave a class concentrating on Farruca.

 

 

2 October 2010

 

There was a great show at Clifftown Theatre. The group Sumaya gave an exciting performance titled Flamenco Flava, which thrilled the audience. At the end of the evening the artists were looking uplifted by the experience:-

Sumaya 1       Sumaya 2

Michelle Carrier - "La Morenita"                                            Sumaya flamenco group

Sumaya 3      Sumaya 4

Carolina Esteves                                              Steve Homes, the guitarist with Sumaya

 

 

October 2010

 

Sadly the Spanish restaurant La Tasca, in the centre of Southend, closed at the end of October 2010. Previously this venue has offered a focus for things Spanish in the area, and was a place where live flamenco music and dance has been performed over its short lifetime. Let us hope that more places like this will open in the future.

 

   La Tasca Southend           Bar at La Tasca

La Tasca in Southend-on-Sea                              The interesting bar decoration at La Tasca

 

 

 

27 June 2010

 

The Leigh-on-Sea Folk Festival is an annual event, and in recent years Flamenco Ole have given the flamenco performances during the Festival. In 2010 it was no different, and this Chelmsford group gave a good account of itself while performing in the difficult environment of the street.

Still photographs cannot capture the excitement of what flamenco dancing is like in the flesh. Some video would be the best medium to capture the way this event looks like in reality. Perhaps somebody will capture some video of these girls in the future?

 

Flamenco Ole dance their hearts out at Leigh Folk Festival

When those shawls are moving, these girls are grooving

 

 

Flamenco is alive and well in Essex

Grace and elegance is what Flamenco Ole is best at.

 

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