Barcelonatours has been offering a flamenco class for team building and groups in Barcelona for many years. It has always been one of our most popular activities, and today we decided to put the spotlight on this activity and one of our hardworking teachers, Lucero.
What is Flamenco?
If you type the word “flamenco” into a search engine, you’ll find the following definition: a style of Spanish music, played especially on the guitar and accompanied by singing and dancing.
As is often the problem when describing music and movement, this does not even begin to scratch the surface of the passion and drive that goes into flamenco music and dancing.
Why does a Flamenco class for team building make great activity?
First and foremost, a flamenco class for teambuilding engages your team members in an activity that is directly related to Spain and Spanish traditions. While Flamenco is not native to Barcelona, it’s still popular and people love to hear the music and go to shows.
Secondly, it’s likely to be something your group has never tried before. This is not a team building activity you’re likely to be able to find outside Spain so it’s a great idea to give it a try while you’re here!
How does the Flamenco Class for team building work?
Learning some basic clapping rhythms and steps is a fun and appealing way to get people to let loose and try something new. There’s no need to worry about people feeling embarrassed about being better or worse at flamenco because everyone is a beginner.
Finally, the start time and location are easily adjusted to suit your needs. It’s suitable if you have a spare hour during a busy itinerary and would like a teacher sent to the hotel or venue. Alternatively, our teacher Lucero has her own flamenco school in the charming Gracia neighbourhood.
Extras for a complete flamenco experience
For a full flamenco experience, have a flamenco class in Barcelona followed by our Flamenco Night at Poble Espanyol. We can also organise live flamenco music and bands, get in touch to found out more.
To read more about the history of how this Andalusian music and dance came to Barcelona, you can read our Flamenco in Barcelona blog. In this blog, we’re more interested in the passion and drive that makes someone want to become a flamenco dancer and a flamenco teacher.
Interview with a Professional Flamenco Teacher
Barcelonatours.net has been fortunate to work with Lucero for a very long time and our groups have always loved her classes. We interviewed Lucero to find out more about her life, her flamenco school, and her plans for 2021.
When did you start dancing flamenco?
I started dancing at the age of four. First, I did an introduction to dance, then continued with Spanish classical dancing and ballet. When I turned 18, I started dancing flamenco.
Who was your inspiration?
My parents were very supportive and took me to the dance school. After that, I decided to continue, and my inspiration to do so was my fellow dancers and professors at the dance school.
How long have you had your own dance school?
I have been teaching flamenco for more than 20 years. I’ve also had my own dance school under my own name, “Lucero Cárdenas”, for the last 12 years.
Most of our clients book a one-hour class, what can they expect to learn in this time?
An hour is great to give people an introduction to flamenco. We begin with a brief history of flamenco and its origins, to put the flamenco universe in context for the participants. Then we move onto the dynamic part! We will practice the rhythm of flamenco with “las palmas” (the clapping), learn the basic steps and finish by learning some choreography.
Above all, we will be teaching the participants how much fun it is to dance flamenco!
Do you have a favourite place in Barcelona to listen to flamenco music?
I really like El Tarantos, but my school is a great place too! There are shows once a month and the setting is very intimate.
What about a favourite flamenco song and/or artist?
I like so many artists. And example would be la Macanita and their song “Tierra adentro”.
Exciting plans for the Flamenco School in 2021
The pandemic made us realize more than ever the importance of dancing, taking care of our body and exercising. We want to be able to share dance with a wider audience. So they can also benefit from the joys of Flamenco. This is our main motivation for setting our objectives for the year! We want to reach more people, share our passion and teach them of the benefits of Flamenco. So as many people as possible can enjoy this wonderfully expressive dance for themselves.
We are planning the following:
- Keeping the school open all year round
- Providing intensive summer courses
- Offering private lessons to clients
- Increasing our presence on social media
- Inviting renowned musicians and artists to our school
- Collaborating with different companies in our sector
- Creating a safe environment that complies with the health regulations, so that students dance safely and confidently in our school
- Share the passion of authentic flamenco with our students, to help them enjoy the experience to the maximum!
We look forward to welcoming clients to the school and filling 2021 with the joy of flamenco!
A big thank you to Lucero for sharing her story and her plans with us!
Team Building and Group Travel Services in Barcelona
As well as offering flamenco classes Barcelonatours.net can help you plan your whole corporate event in Barcelona. Visit our Team Building Activities page and our Group Travel Services page for more information, then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.