Flamenco & Danza Española Education
Since 2013, the Hermanos López Dance Centre has been offering flamenco training from the “Asociacion de profesores de Danza Española” (APDE) (a dance course awarded by the Catedra de Flamencologia Jerez de la Frontera). This training plan consists of five exams in which the most important dance styles of flamenco such as soleares, seguiriyas, tarantos, farruca, caña, bulerias etc. are tested. In the more advanced levels, these must also be demonstrated with flamenco-specific accessories such as manton, castanets, bata de cola or garrote. In the theoretical part of the exam, the knowledge about the origin of flamenco, cantes, rhythms, biographies of great artists etc. is tested. The exam is in Spanish.
In 2005 the Hermanos Lopez TanzCenter introduced the professional training in danza española, with final exams in Madrid. Since 2009 the exams are held in the TanzCenter itself. For the exam three jury members, a pianist, a guitarist and a singer come from Spain to Switzerland. The dance studies are based on the curriculum of official training centres in Spain. The dance styles that are tested are ballet, escuela bolera, danzas regionales, danza estilizada and flamenco. The entire training consists of seven exams:
- four levels “Grado Elemental”
- three levels “Grado Medio o Profesional”