Class Overview

Flamenco: Healing the Body with Belen Maya | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationUnder the guidance of Belen Maya and Seattle Central instructor Vero Barrera-Kolb, go on a journey of movement and dance that explores how the body can be a source of healing.

During this class, we'll:

  • Focus on how the female and male forms are expressed in movements
  • Delve into how dance in general and flamenco in particular can help liberate our bodies, helping us to develop authentic and unique expressions
  • Develop a powerful body and movement practice that can lead to self-awareness and empowerment

We'll explore the following topics:

  • An overview of flamenco as an art form, covering history and influences
  • Palos (rhythms) structures, paying particular attention to listening and understanding the rhythmic structure of three palos: farruca, guajiras, tangos
  • The influence of the Roma people on flamenco, emphasizing the cultural forms that shape the Roma experience in the global context
  • Gender analysis both theoretical (lead by Vero) and in movement (lead by Belen)

Each class will begin with a flamenco warm-up led by Belen, which will focus on dance technique. We'll then focus on the construction of particular dance choreographies that explore a palo and the ways those particular forms are hinged to particular gender performance.

You'll have the opportunity to work through a set of dance exercises developed to express techniques and abilities. We'll also work on dance pieces that we'll perform at the last class for classmates and family.

About Belen Maya

Belen is a visiting instructor, and is considered the quintessential artist of female expression and movement.

Born to flamenco royalty, Mario Mayo & Carmen Mora, Belen is renowned throughout the world as a flamenco dance artist, choreographer, innovator, and flamenco icon.

Known for the beauty of her aesthetic, gorgeous lines, unique expression, and contemporary flare, she is responsible for liberating the limits of dance in this century.

In addition to this course, Belen will also be performing at Seattle Central College during her visit.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participate in movement and dance to increase awareness on one’s own body
  • Engage with contemporary flamenco movement and dance
  • Apply gender theory to dance and movement
  • Appreciate movement and dance as a means to engage with healing

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone interested in learning flamenco movement, dance, and its history
  • No prior experience necessary

Student Testimonials

The material was liberatory and challenging, but Vero and Belen created an atmosphere where we could work to our ability and get consistently helpful feedback and support. So, everyone had a chance to grow and appreciate each other's strengths. -- Althea Lazzaro

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6513
  • Instructor: Belen Maya
  • When: 8 Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4/17/18 - 5/10/18 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 16
  • Where: Fine Arts Building - Room 113 | 801 E. Pine St., Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $179