Welcome to Studio Flamenca
Since 2013 Studio Flamenca has been offering classes, workshops, and performances to the general public in Jerusalem. The studio is located in the Beit Hakerem Community Center and is accessible by light rail and bus lines.
The mission of the studio is to promote the appreciation and understanding of flamenco art form in the wider community through educational and cultural activities. Studio Flamenca was founded by dancer/teacher, Micaela Harari. Harari has trained with leading dance and flamenco artists and teacher in the United States and Spain. She has over two decades of experience in teaching children and adults, performing, choreographing and lecturing.
The studio is located in the Beit Hakerem Community Center and is accessible by light rail and bus lines. The studio operates in compliance with health and safety regulations.
“Si tu sueno es bailar, deja de sonar y hazlo”
"If your dream is to dance, stop dreaming and do it."
Flamenco dance is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Learning flamenco develops musicality, coordination, poise, and self-confidence. At Studio Flamenca there are classes for all ages and levels from arch beginners to professional training. Class content includes warm-up exercises to build body awareness, “bracero” arm work, “markajes” basic steps, “vueltas” turns, “zapateado” foot work, and choreography. Rhythmic training is an integral part of the class. Personal attention is given to all. Students participate in end-of-the-year performances and community events.
The studio operates in compliance with health and safety regulations.
“.El Flamenco grita lo que mi alma calla”
"Flamenco yells what my soul shuts-up."
Studio Flamenca offers performances with dancers, singers, and musicians. Performances are geared towards festivals, theatres, and private events. These are full-length programs of traditional flamenco repertoire. The format resembles a Spanish Flamenco Tablao, or club, where the entire cast stays on the stage performing dances, songs, and musical numbers. Audiences are treated to a high-energy and virtuoso demonstration of pure flamenco art. Costumes, intense rhythms, castanets, shawls, fans, passionate singing, beautiful guitar music all come together for an unforgettable experience.
Workshops and Master Classes
One-time workshops provide historical and artistic content along with live ex dance and music demonstrations. Workshops are suitable for all types of audiences including children, adults, people with special needs and tourists. Workshops can be booked in different languages: Hebrew, English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. The content of the workshop consists of the history of flamenco culture, an explanation of artistic elements, a demonstration of styles, and an operation in rhythm, singing and movement.
Master classes for dancers and / or musicians under the guidance of professional flamenco artists. Includes learning artistic elements and experimenting with ensemble work. You can book a dance class or build a choreography for bands and dance schools. It is also possible to convey flamenco content in the fields of rhythm, singing and the integration of disciplines to music students.
"Hagas lo que hagas, hazlo con pasión."
"Do what you do and do it with passion."
The Art of Flamenco:
Flamenco consists of four main elements – singing, guitar playing, dancing, and rhythm.
The flamenco singer is characterized by short houses of folklore and original compositions. The flamenco sound produces a variety of sounds and qualities that include ripples, hoarseness, and exciting volume. Among the fields, the singers receive great appreciation among the audience who are deeply familiar with the art.
The guitar in flamenco has evolved greatly in the last century from an accompaniment instrument, to a solo instrument. Today musicians are also composers and producers of works. The flamenco guitar playing technique is demanding due to complex hand uses and unique rhythms. The guitar is the anchor of the flamenco ensemble that is accompanied by singing and dancing.
Flamenco dancing is better known outside of Spain as the main symbol of art. It therefore attracts more students and international audiences. The dance developed on the one hand in the homes of gypsy families and on the other hand in Andalusian folklore dance academies. Today the flamenco dance repertoire reflects both sides: the first in improvised movement according to musical rules, and the second consisting of a defined movement treasure. Flamenco dance is different from any other dance due to a combination of movement and rhythm. The dancer has a role in producing music through footsteps, applause, and playing castanets. Flamenco choreographic creation requires devout attention to the rules of music. Over time, flamenco dancers expanded the language of movement. Today there are quite a few who create contemporary art in flamenco dance.
Percussion / Rhythm:
As an art that grew out of poor people, flamenco relied on the most accessible and simple tool – the human body. This is true for singing, dancing and also rhythm. Even today the ancient and ultimate instrument in the flamenco ensemble is the palms. Rhythm applause reaches high levels of complexity with a number of roles. The flamenco repertoire is divided into rhythms, some simple and some very complex. The rhythm (known in Spanish as “Compas”) connects the singing, playing, and dancing in the ensemble and maintains coordination between them. Familiarity with the rhythms is essential for every artist, amateur and professional alike. Over time various percussion instruments entered flamenco. Kahun, a hollow wooden box on which the player sits and plays with his hands.