Sizzling flamenco beats all over Denver
Find your passion in the artful dance
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 23:04
Spring is the best time to get into dance classes. Flamenco, a fast-paced dance of Spanish origin, is a perfect way to boost your mood after a long cold winter and to put you in shape for beach season.
The passionate dance may make you very attractive to the opposite gender. It'll help you to loosen up a bit, gain some confidence, and become more secure. It is also a great way to get your exercise – those fast beating rhythms and quick turns will make you sweat.
And finding flamenco classes in the middle of the Great Plains is easier than it sounds. Denver has a lot to offer for those looking for flamenco beats. There are numerous classes, not only teaching how to move to the rhythms of flamenco, but also how to play them.
One of the best known flamenco dance classes are offered at Maria Vazquez Flamenco Denver studio on Santa Fe. Vazquez is originally from Spain, so there should be no doubt that she knows what she’s talking about. Located in the middle of a cluster of art galleries, her small studio gathers a lot of people of different ages and dance proficiency.
You may think that quality dance classes are never affordable, but Vazquez studio offers flamenco classes at a great deal. The drop-in fee is $20, but if you sign up for monthly classes, you will save a lot. The more classes you take, the cheaper it gets per class. The best deal is 12 lessons a month that cost only $120, or $10 a class – a pretty affordable rate.
There are classes of various levels, and Vazquez’s classes are always full. Furthermore, the instructor frequently performs with her students at different events all over Denver. As you'd imagine, these people become more than just occasional students and acquaintances; they seem to naturally form a community. This comes as no wonder, as dancing has always brought people together.
If dancing is not for you, but you really enjoy the flamenco experience, you may find it interesting to play flamenco. Traditionally played on a guitar, this music accompanies dancing. Gypsy Productions, Inc. formed by René Heredia, a well-known flamenco guitarist, offers not only dancing classes, but also guitar classes. So, you will be able to find like-minded individuals and have fun without embarrassing yourself on a dance floor.
Heredia was invited for multiple large and important performances, including The Police tour and the Romeo and Juliet play staged at the Performing Arts Center. He also organized Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theater that strives to preserve the original, old-fashioned flamenco that is being replaced with modern influences of the dance. Learning flamenco from such passionate and knowledgeable artist will be sheer bliss.
Denver is full of great opportunities to get involved in the flamenco community. There are plenty of other instructors and classes; you just have to find the one that works for you. And just give it a try!