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Vancouver International Flamenco Festival Starts Oct 26! 

 

ACCEPTING STUDENTS FOR FALL & WINTER 2014

 

 

Flamenco is a global art form that is gaining great popularity in Vancouver. Originating with the gypsies in Andalucia, Flamenco has grown beyond the boundaries of Spain and now belongs to the world. Flamenco dance and music embodies universal and genuine human emotion, which transcends culture to touch the souls of all people.
Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy was founded by Oscar Nieto and Kasandra "La China" in 2002. The word, Mozaico, refers to the mosaic of students from different ethnic backgrounds, ages, fitness levels and economic circumstances who are drawn to the world of flamenco and come to study at the Academy. Over the years, Oscar and Kasandra have brought countless devotees to the art of Flamenco.

  

Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy provides students with the very best flamenco training by integrating music, dance, and culture in its teaching methodology. Students learn to express themselves with dramatic movements and skillful footwork as they come to understand the exciting rhythms and soulful songs of gypsy music. Flamenco offers a rich transformative experience and a life long journey of discovery, challenge and development.

Our students say…

 

“Flamenco offers a wonderful outlet for personal expression!”

“Classes are mentally & physically stimulating, good exercise & great for posture.”

“Flamenco is a challenging art form which leaves room for continuous learning.”

  

Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy offers comprehensive technique and choreography classes at all levels including Introduction, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. These classes are taught with the highest technical and artistic standards so that students build a solid technical foundation and also cultivate a great respect for the art form.  The academy also offers classes and workshops in abanico (fan), manton (shawl), bata de cola (long train) and palillos (castanets).

However, the Academy is defined by its unique masterclasses that inspire creativity, camaraderie and individual expression. With strengths in cante, music, compas and rhythm, Oscar and Kasandra demystify the art of improvisation in fiesta dances, Bulerias and Tangos por Fiesta.

True Flamenco is a “cuadro”, an interplay between dancer, singer, guitarist, palmistas and percussionists. In the masterclasses, our students are joined by Vancouver’s guitarists, cajon players, palmistas and singers for some real Jerez ambience! This setting provides a fun, enjoyable, non-competitive learning environment where students can explore, improvise and create their own choreography. Differences are celebrated, students encourage one another and teachers are firm but supportive. With this kind of training, students can realize their full potential and learn at their own pace.

Mozaico Flamenco has been a moving force in the world of Spanish dance for over 40 years, continuously pushing the outer edges of the artistic envelope. Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy ensures that the tradition of innovation will be passed to future generations of flamenco students for years to come.  We welcome a new generation of instructors that embody dance expertise as well as knowledge of kinesiology, music theory and flamenco cuadro performance experience. 

 

 

 

 

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