With Claudia Karapanou
Course is over, started on Dec. 10, 2020
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Flamenco was born from the necessity of a population to express itself and in 2010, reached a status that was never thought possible, when it was named as a World Heritage Treasure from UNESCO. I always keep that in mind when giving my classes and interacting with my students.No matter where you come from and what is your history, it is possible to connect and express it through flamenco dancing.
For me, flamenco dance is a form of body language and an integrated part of rhythm, uniting the most varied psychologically motivated elements with the art of movement, and transforming the most spectacular skills into harmony and beauty. That is why my class consists mainly of two parts. First, we will warm up and focus on understanding the rhythm and the footwork, as well as the body movement, through technique exercises. This will actually be a great workout as well! In the second part, we will be working and building up a choreography of a specific flamenco style. Through the class, we will work on our strength, learn how to play and eventually improvise with flamenco rhythm and music, and as well understand the Andalusian culture that is so deeply connected with this art and gives flamenco dancers this proud and grounded character. From time to time the class will be accompanied by live guitar, in order to be able to experience how the dance interacts with the music in real-time.
Either you have no previous experience at all, or you have already had flamenco classes but you want to improve your technique, rhythm, and body movement and understand more deeply this art, this class is suitable for you!
Looking forward to seeing you in class! Ole’!
Total of 4.7 out of 5 stars / 5 reviews
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Claudia Karapanou was born in Salerno (Italy) and grew up in Greece. The instinct for dancing and movement developed early and became a necessity in her life. She started taking ballet classes at the age of four and continued with artistic gymnastics in the city of Athens. At the age of eighteen she moved to Thessaloniki and studied in the Cinema department of Fine Arts, at the Aristotle University, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Art Direction, in 2013. At the same time she obtained her teaching diplomas in Latin/ballroom dances and Argentinian Tango and started giving classes and performing in and around the city.
In 2009, flamenco came into her life for the first time.That was the moment she decided to dedicate herself entirely to flamenco, by taking intensive classes and workshops in Thessaloniki and Athens. In 2013 she moved to Malta to give flamenco classes in Alegria Dance Academy and performed as a member of Alegria Dance Company. In 2015, she decided to move to Seville (Spain) and immerse herself in the Andalusian culture. Taking classes, mainly in Ursula Lopez's Flamencodanza, and with many other dancers, such as Andrés Marin, Manuela Rios, Farruquito, Ana Morales, Rocio Molina, Juan Paredes, Maria Moreno, Irene la Sentío, who are recognized as the elite in the genre. Classes of compás (Rhythm), palmas (Clapping), flamenco singing for dancers and Flamencology (music history of flamenco), also formed part of her daily educational program. It was during this time of her life, where the uncountable hours of classes, training, rehearsals and performances started to define and consolidate her as a flamenco dancer. Claudia lived and worked as a flamenco dancer in Seville for 5 years. She has performed on many international stages and festivals in Spain, Greece, Malta, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, while also collaborating with many different artists of the flamenco scene and giving classes and workshops. She is also the co-founder of Zenith Estudio Creativo, a studio where artists can create, rehearse and perform their ideas, in the heart of Seville.
Since September 2019, she has been living in Rotterdam, giving classes and performing inside and outside the Netherlands. The harbor city is being a great new inspiration for Claudia, because of its multicultural character and its great variety of international artists. As a result of being in close contact with local artists from different backgrounds, she is currently experimenting and working on projects that break with the typical flamenco format, while embracing the roots that traditional flamenco has put down in her heart.