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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.