We are drawn to flamenco because it INSPIRES us, and makes us feel ALIVE. But then when we start learning and practicing, it can become a little OVERWHELMING.
I’ve been dancing flamenco for 25 (!!) years now and have been teaching consistently for close to 20, so I’ve SEEN dancers struggle with so many different issues.
For some, it’s getting discouraged because they want to be able to dance like Carmen Amaya after one 6-week session. That’s just like wanting to be fluent in Spanish after taking a beginner course for a semester. 😆
For others, it’s more of the technical struggles of not being able to physically do what they actually mentally understand- like “hearing” the soniquete of the footwork pattern but not being able to execute it.
For me, my biggest struggle in my first years of learning was being able to listen to the cante (singing) and being able to adjust my dancing with it- besides keeping up with the footwork and compás 😉
Now it’s about making the time to practice outside of the dance classes that I teach.
What about you? What’s YOUR #1 CHALLENGE in flamenco?
Is it just starting? Hearing the compás? Wanting to dance tablao?
COMMENT down below and let me know!!
Of course, everyone will have something a little different. But I can preemptively say that no matter what that challenge is, it’s best to:
- Face it and not allow ourselves to be knocked down by it
- Think of what you can do about it
- Remember that this is a beautiful journey, so nothing is perfect
- Be grateful that we have this wonderful art form in our lives that stirs our souls!
Have a great week!
P.S. Be sure to RESPOND in the comments below and tell me what your #1 CHALLENGE in Flamenco is. ¡Gracias!