Flamenco is a fickle lover. None of the easy variety. To him, one must strive a little, sometimes even fight for it. His reputation is legends: he was Crabby and rebellious, lascivious, haughty, strict and demanding-a “sound become challenge”. Somehow it all is true and yet not. Flamenco can be plenty of room for improvisation. He depends on his dancer, according to their feelings, wishes, their pain, their aggression. But she must leave his unusual rhythm to do so. Initially entirely is pretty difficult and takes practice. But the reward follows on the feet-the pounding: a better body control and a more conscious perception of the body. Flamenco strengthens self-confidence. Also the posture change with the rhythm. A flamenco dancer lifts her chin and tightens her shoulders. Want to make yourself small, duck, just not noticed? Not in Flamenco: stand upright, Stomp, be loud, be forgotten. And there’s this almost forgotten feeling then. Is this freedom? Passion? Fire?
Flamenco: Workout à la Carmen
Art or sport? Flamenco is both! These five exercises to train arms and legs, posture and coordination. And train at the same time your sense of rhythm. Just lay the right music, and then… vamos! By the way: The exercises you can either always multiple repeat or just combine.
Flamenco: Attitude, please!
As you go: 1 basic upright, left arm sideways angle, the hand relies on the hip, right arm towards the ground. Upper body straightening. 2. run right arm before the body over the head. At the same time make the right foot on the ball diagonally before the body and the head light, turn to the right. The right arm is long and slightly bent at the elbow. 3. then move to the left elbow, so that the head a moment as an open frame can be seen. 4. slowly down to the starting position back – lead, with the head set forward and at the same time pull the foot back. Repeat the entire sequence of movement with links.
Important: Perform the movements flowing, not raise the shoulders.
Good for: Coordination, body tension, posture, upper and forearms
This exercise is called in the flamenco-Spanish: planta, planta, tacón, tacón, golpe, golpe. This sequence is danced: Bale, bales, hoe, hoe, sole, sole.
As you go: 1 the lower right leg back up, then lift the foot drop the ball on the ground. 2 on the ball of the right stand. with the left foot repeat the same thing, so you then stand on two bales. Press followed by3 left heel with force in the bottom right paragraph and 4th. 5 then right lower leg lift and 6 beat the whole foot on the ground. 7+8 Repeat the same with links.
Important: Perform all movements with strength, but without violence. The knees are slightly bent at all times.
Good for: Speed, strength of the legs and flexibility of the foot muscles
As you go: 1 upright attitude. 2. arms upwards. 3. right leg going forward, the foot on the ball. Feet away, to move hips. Right arm over the side to front lower open, tend to upper body backwards, facing diagonally to the right above. 4. go back to the upright stance back, the arms forms now a “S”. 5. front, back upwards carry right arm, until the position 6 is reached. Repeat with the left leg and right arm. This exercise, keep the leg flexed.
Important: The poor run very large movements. Circle at the same time in the wrists, while the finger roll individually.
Good for: Arm and finger posture, coordination, legs, hip, attitude and body tension
As you go: 1. basic attitude. Dance then diagonally and in the common time to the side. 2. every one’s right leg going, 3. left the foot to the rear. Arms in belly-button height before the body close. 4. every two left foot replace. 5. the right foot goes back to clock three, right foot on the floor, arms backwards while open. 6 clock four danced with links on the square. The head goes one and two to the side and beat on beat three and four after front.
Important: Hips are swinging loosely.
Good for: Posture, coordination, balance, and legs
Stay beautiful in the rhythm
Tact is essential to dance flamenco. The clapping, las palmas, helps to keep the rhythm.
As you go: 1 upright and feet are closed. Show head and eyes straight ahead, shoulder chest erect, build tension. Alternately beat the soles of your feet on the ground and in between 2 right foot, 3 left foot, 4. clap, clap. Then the other way around: left, right, clap. Start slowly and increase the tempo.
Good for: Sense of rhythm, coordination, arms and legs
Less thinking, more dancing
Saskia van Dijk dancing since 15 years Flamenco-also on the stage. She teaches in Hamburg and know what you should look for:
BRIGITTE balance: Do you need special conditions for flamenco?
Saskia van Dijk: Basically everyone who has no hip or knee problems, can learn flamenco, at any age. The basis for the dance is a good sense of rhythm. It helps to have ever learned a different dance or an instrument. Most importantly you should bring patience. As much doesn’t work right off the bat. They say stay tuned. And listening to flamenco music.
BRIGITTE balance: How often should you exercise?
Saskia van Dijk: Normally it is enough to train once a week. Who achieve more, maybe someday occur, should be of course more frequent exercise.
BRIGITTE balance: Can Flamenco be better in Spain Learn?
Saskia van Dijk: Da, Flamenco is lived on the course correctly. The lessons expires there differently, without many explanations, more intuitive than ours. Famous teachers teach in Seville, for example. In intensive classes. Is danced several hours every day. Who has fun in such an atmosphere, should experience this time.
BRIGITTE balance: Is Flamenco not even a “thinking”?
Saskia van Dijk: It must be concentrated, because it is much sophisticated technology to this dance. I however always say to my students: “submit your head to the dressing room. If you think less, progresses faster.”
BRIGITTE balance: And the equipment?
Saskia van Dijk: Initially enough normal sportswear, later you should pick up a long practice skirt and a shirt according to ConstructMaterials. For the foot technique, flamenco are important shoes with heel and nails in the soles. Thus it can be is then also pretty loud pounding.
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Text: Sina Teigelkötter photo: iStockphoto illustrations: Daniel van Eendenburg an article from the BRIGITTE balance