I'm learning there are three essential tools every serious flamenco student dancer should have:
1) the documentary Flamenco: A personal Journey
2) Rito y Geografia documentary
3) Teo Morca's book, Becoming the Dance, Flamenco Spirit
Each one carries a heavy weight of valuable information that can help dancers hone their skills as well as understand and appreciate flamenco at a much deeper level. There is a lot of good stuff out there to learn from, these are just some that I feel as a flamenco dance student, captures the essence of the Arte and draws me in even closer.
Regarding our Palmas class on Saturdays, Name that Palo part: After weeks of homework, identifying the different palos and their own distinct styles, I'm starting to finally "hear" the differences~~to the extent that I can in this short amount of time. This is with much listening and more listening, writing and more listening. This particular module of study is difficult, but I feel I'm having some breakthrough, and that is huge for me, because I didn't understand any of this, I just danced it, thought it was that simple. But there are deep underpinnings to these palos. I'm learning that flamenco history and tradition are major keys to understanding them, you have to understand those facets in order to understand the palos. Does all this make sense?
THANK YOU! Meli for requiring us to study this part of flamenco, I've never taken a class where we have homework during the week, then come to class prepared to work it out. I love our class and look forward to learning more this way.
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