Beginner Flamenco Technique

Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center

3611 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This class will center around learning and improving students' understanding of the following core flamenco dance principles:

  • Proper posture and body positioning (colocación)
  • Percussive footwork (zapateo); including the parts of the feet used to make sound; the ball of the foot (planta), the heel (tacón), the whole foot (golpe), and the point of the toe (punta)
  • Movement of the arms/port de bras (braceo) and the circular movement of the hands (floreo)
  • Basic turns (vueltas)
  • Simple movement patterns that mark the beat (marcaje)
  • Two types of rhythmic hand-clapping (palmas sordas/palmas altas)
  • Basic understanding of select flamenco rhythms (palos)
  • Locomotor movements across the floor will combine skills of the upper and lower body.


Instructor Bio:  A New Orleans native, Amy Schofield began dancing at the age of three.  After graduating from high school as class valedictorian, and being named a semi-finalist for “Dance America Dancer of the Year”, Amy went on to study at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she began her flamenco education.  During her years at UArts, Amy had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Kung-Yang Lin, Scott Jovovich, Anastasia Babayeva, Sara Procopio, and Helen Simoneau.  She graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a focus in ballet performance. Since then, she has made annual trips to Spain to continue her flamenco studies in Sevilla, Madrid, and Jerez de la Frontera.  Currently, Amy works as a teaching artist with both Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana in New York City and Flamenco Del Encuentro in Philadelphia.  Amy’s teaching credits include the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, community and private lessons throughout the Philadelphia area, and arts education residencies in public schools around New York City and North Carolina.  In addition to teaching, Amy has had the honor of performing in such venues as the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She has shared the stage with esteemed flamenco artists such as Antonio Hidalgo, Sonia Olla, Ismael Fernandez, Andres Heredia, and Pedro Sanz.  Amy performs monthly tablao shows in Philadelphia with Flamenco Del Encuentro, and in NYC as a member of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II. 


Monday, 24 April, 2017

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Amy Schofield


Drop-In: $18; Students/Dance Professionals: $13

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