Cecile de Joya is conducting Flamenco: Baile Por Sevillanas workshop every Tuesday of July and August from 10:00 to11:00 a.m. at Sunshine Place in Makati City.
De Joya, a retired professor, is President of Fundacion Centro Flamenco. Apart from teaching flamenco she has rediscovered her passion for acrylic painting and has already launched her line of Flamenco Paintings along with daughter Minette De Joya.
Flamenco, is widely known to be danced by a female expressing her strong emotions to the beat of a live guitarist. Not known to many, Flamenco has a lighter side – Sevillanas, mainly heard and performed in fairs and festivals and is danced as a couple. It is a very stable and basic dance, of which is normally used a basic class for Flamenco.
The rhythm of Sevillanas can be interpreted as 3/4, although it is generally 6/8. Each sevillana is composed of 4 or sometimes 7 parts, with each part divided into 3 coplas and with each copla made up of 6 movements.
Meanwhile, Marietta Sager,a lead dancer and instructor of the 1960’s famous group the Aldeguer Sisters conduct classes in Hula. The eight-day workshop be conducted every
Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and classes tomorrow until Aug. 30.
Hula is a Polynesian dance accompanied by a chant made to praise Hawaiian gods and goddesses or chiefs, or mainly for entertainment. Gracefully done, it is a complex art form with many hand motions to represent the words of the chant, such as swaying of a tree or breeze of the ocean. It is also popularly dance with wrapped skirt, lei garlands as head dress, necklace or ankle accessory.
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