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Who can attend the classes?
When do courses start?
How do I register for the first class?
What level should I attend?
What should I wear?
Where can I buy flamenco shoes and skirts?

How much do classes cost?

Where do classes take place?
What else does the school offer?

 

Who can attend the classes?

Everybody is welcome to join: men and women of all ages. Children can start from the age of 5.

 

When do courses start?

The School runs different courses for different levels throughout the year. Courses tend to start with the term but it doesn't always work like that for all the courses. To keep updated on new courses, workshops, flamenco performances, trips to Spain and other events please sign up to our mailing list.

 

How do I register for the first class?

Formal registration is not required. You can pay for the class you attend. If later you decide to pay per course, we will discount any previous payment from the total course fee. Everybody is welcome to turn up on the day, although we recommend calling before your visit.

 

What level should I attend?

Please go to the class timetable for levels. If you are not sure which level to attend, email or call us for advice. We recommend you try a couple of classes until you find the one that suits your needs. Once you come to one of the classes and we see you in action we will be more able to advise you what level is the best for you.

 

What should I wear?

For your first class you don't need to bring flamenco shoes/boots or skirts. You can bring a court shoe or a shoe with a thick heel if possible and a flared skirt for women. Men can wear any type of shoe except for trainers. Once you try the class and you decide to join in we will advise you what sort of shoes/boots or clothes you need and where to buy them. We recommend new students to check with your teacher what sort of shoes or skirt you need so you buy the right gear. Returns and exchanges can be painful!  

 

Where can I buy flamenco shoes and skirts?

You do not need to wear flamenco shoes/skirt for your first lesson. Before buying shoes and skirts we recommend you to speak to your teacher to make sure you know what you need. Buying cheap beginners flamenco shoes on the internet is often the cheapest option but not the best. If they are very cheap shoes it means also there are low quality which can lead to foot injuries. Dance wear shops will often sell you character/latin dance shoes which look similar to flamenco shoes but that are different. There are 3 types of flamenco shoes; beginners, semi-professional and professional (handmade). While beginner shoes will last you about a year depending on how many hours a week you use them, professional shoes will last you nearly forever. Not all the skirts are the same either. Please seek for advice before buying your flamenco gear to make sure you know what to buy to avoid further spending.

 

How much do classes cost?

Prices vary depending on the class and payment method you choose.  If you pay for the whole course, it works out cheaper than paying per class – please contact us for a full price list.

It might seem that our classes are more expensive than others.  However, all classes have live guitar accompaniment, and take place in easily accessible, spacious studios where you will be able to dance and move freely.  Please be patient at the beginning of a new course, as more people may attend than usual for the first couple of classes.  Numbers tend to go down after the third or fourth class.

 

Where do classes take place?

The classes take place at two main venues in Covent Garden (Jubilee Hall) and Euston (The Place, London Contemporary Dance School). Occasionally we might use other venues in central London for special workshops.

Our studios are situated in great locations 5 minutes walk from transport. All the venues offer facilities, spacious studios with high ceilings, full length mirrors, changing rooms, showers, canteen, waiting area, etc. You will have lots of space where you can practice your moves!

Click here to view venues and directions.

 

What else does the School offer?

The school participates at dance events, summer festivals and parades, trips, outings, presentations… Students able to perform a full choreography will be invited to take part in presentations and performances.

You also will have a chance to socialise at our "Juergas", which are gatherings of flamenco amateurs. Come and have a drink and chat to your class mates, and enjoy dancing the moves you have learnt in class!!! All Juergas are accompanied by live flamenco music and involve professional flamenco guitarists, singers and dancers. For more information about Juergas coming up please sign up to our mailing list.

Sometimes the school offers its members special discounts for flamenco shows taking place at city theatres. We are given free tickets for exhibitions and other events related to art and dance. What are you waiting for? Join our mailing list to participate in these exclusive offers!

Ilusion Flamenca! Dance School works in collaboration with "
Chiqui de Jerez" flamenco school. Those willing to experience flamenco in situ please check our information about courses in the south of Spain. For those not able to travel to Spain the school organises weekend intensive courses in London with artists brought from Spain.

Every year the School organizes a trip to "The Feria" in the South of Spain. A Feria is a popular celebration where Spaniards enjoy dancing Sevillanas, eating and drinking. Everybody is welcome to join us for an unforgettable holiday. This is a must for a flamenco lover!!!

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