Barcelonatours has been offering flamenco classes in Barcelona for many years. It has always been one of our most popular activities, and today we decided that we wanted to put a 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 make a great team building activity?

First and foremost, it engages your team members in an activity that is directly related with 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! 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.

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 2020.

Learn to dance Flamenco in Barcelona

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 myself 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 and 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! We have 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”.

What plans do you have for your school in 2020?

We have more shows planned, plus a series of masterclasses with expert artists such as Karen Rubio Lugo, Pedro Gabarre and Juan Murube. We’re also planning a flashmob with the alumni of the school and a trip to the Feria de Abril*.

At the same time, we periodically do collaborations with different artists and businesses in Barcelona, with shows and teaching at conventions, hotels, fairs, rooms and private events.

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 with the fantastic Lucero, 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 info@barcelonatours.net.

It is a common misconception that Barcelona is part of the very Spanish tradition of flamenco. This is not the case. Flamenco originates from the southern region Andalucía’s contact with Arab (North-African) culture. The Catalonian folk music, on the other hand, with its root further north in Europe, could hardly be more different! This doesn’t mean that you can’t experience great flamenco music and dance shows in Barcelona.

There’s a large Andalusian community in the region. Historically, Catalonia has attracted workers to its numerous factories from all over Spain, as it has been the engine of the industrial revolution in the country. This community brought with them some of their most valued culture heritage: flamenco.

Interestingly, though, the newest (and most) sparkling star on the flamenco heavens is Catalan, Rosalía. Not being of Andalusian, or gypsy, origin  and mixing the traditional with modern grooves and production, naturally there’s a debate regarding her authenticity. Be that as it may, we see her has a product of a truly creative and productive “mestizo” culture in Barcelona.

So, while visiting the city, why not get up close and personal with the flamenco? You might not be able to catch the much in-demand Rosalia in concert, but there are plenty of opportunities to experience lesser known yet brilliant artists.

Flamenco Shows in Barcelona

  • Palau Dalmases Barcelona – Beautiful setting in a 17th century mansion in the Gothic Quarter. Only 50 seats, so it is intimate and atmospheric.
  • 23 Robadors – Another Old Town venue, this time in the El Raval neighbourhood. Also hosts jazz, folk and other shows.
  • Tablao de Carmen – A more touristy option in the Poble Espanyol, where you can combine enjoying the historic Spanish architecture of this open-air museum with a flamenco show and dinner.
  • Palau del Flamenc. Located in the center of town, in the modern Eixample neighbourhood, this “palace of flamenco” is a place for larger scale shows.

Flamenco Classes in Barcelona

If you already are, or become while visiting the city,  a real flamenco enthusiast, you might feel the urge to join in the  “palmeras” – the hand-clapping and the stomping feet. The wiser move, then, is to join in on some flamenco classes in Barcelona. We offer private classes, from just 24 EUR per person. Learn the steps from a real pro and you will feel the confidence to join in on the exuberance of a flamenco dance.

Where to Dance Flamenco in Barcelona

So, you’ve got you moves down and your dancing shoes on – where next? There’s not a whole lot of clubs or dance-halls dedicated solely to Flamenco in Barcelona, so keep an eye out for listings (Time-out and the like) and flyers announcing nights dedicated to flamenco. One club to recommend, however, is the above mentioned 23 Robadors located in the El Raval neighbourhood of the Old City, at C/Robadors 23. Here you can dig your heels in the floor and clap your hands to the rhythms of “bulerias”, “Sevillanas” and the “fandango”.

Flamenco – A Playlist

  • Paco de Lucia – The late great flamenco guitarist was no stranger to experimenting and mixing the flamenco with various musical styles, like jazz, but his personal sound and rapid fire runs were always dominant!
  • Andres Segovia – First and foremost the preeminent star in the world of classical guitar in the 20th century, but as an Andalusian no stranger to the flamenco.
  • Diego El Cigala – The Madrileño of gypsy origin is arguably the most famous male singer of the flamenco of our times.
  • Ojos de Brujo –  A multi-cultural band to come out of Barcelona. Their mix of flamenco, rock, funk etc. made them an international favourite on the independent music festival scene.
  • Rosalia -From Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Catalonia. Born in 1993, Rosalia represents a new generation not afraid to take liberties with the old forms. Her two albums to date, the quiet duo album “Los Angeles” and the rowdy, electronic “El mal querer” shows her unique stylistic reach and pure talent.