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Summer III Flamenco Classes

August 7 - September 5, 2018


*Pay per class or register for the full session.

Detailed class descriptions and instructor bios available below.

Day Class Time / Date *Price Instructor
Technique/Choreography Intermediate/Advanced
6:30 - 7:45 pm August 7 - Sept 1 $18 / $65 Susana di Palma
Saturday Technique/Choreography Intermediate/Advanced 11:15 am - 12:45 pm August 11 - Sept 1 $20 / $72 Susana di Palma


Calling all Flamenco lovers

This year marks the XX Bienal de Flamenco in Sevilla, opening September 6, 2018. As is the tradition in the 21st century, we’re invited to join in a Global Flash Mob celebrating the art and universality of Flamenco! Mark September 6, 2018, on your calendar and dive into this year’s choreography in whatever way works for you.

Step 1: Choose one of the three tracks taught by AJ Frenzel and LET'S DANCE!
Step 2: Commit to learning and practicing the full dance, a letra, or just the ending movement sequence which is suitable for anyone and everyone.
Step 3: Join Zorongo and the twin cities flamenco community on September 6, 2018, for the flashmob performances.

Flamenco Flash Mob Track One: Experienced Flamencos with Bulerias compas & vocabulary. Classes will be fast-paced covering all choreography but will not break down all the steps.

6:30 - 7:30 pm Mondays, August 13, 20, 27 and 7:30 - 9:00 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018

4-Classes $60

Minimum 4 students preregistered online

AJ Frenzel

Global Flash Mob Track Two: Flamenco Students ready to learn full choreography.

7:30 - 9:00 PM Mondays, August 13, 20, 27 and Wednesdays, August 15, 29, September 5, 2018

6-Classes $90

Minimum 4 students preregistered online

AJ Frenzel

Global Flash Mob Track Three: The Finale
Pop in to join the group with the ending! This class is open to all regardless of your knowledge of flamenco dance. Simple movement sequence for non-dancers, repeated three times. Attend at least two of the three classes.

1:00 - 2:30 PM Saturdays, August 18, September 1 and 7:30 - 9:00 PM Wednesday, September 5, 2018

2-Classes $30

3-Classes $45

Minimum 4 students preregistered online

AJ Frenzel



New students must register by filling out a registration form. The form can be either emailed to Zorongo (zorongoflamenco@gmail.com) or brought on the first day of class. Registration forms also available at the studio.

2018 Class Registration Form



Class Descriptions


Beginning FLAMENCO

Teacher: AJ Frenzel

Taught: Saturdays @10am

For adult students new to flamenco. Introduction to the basic elements of flamenco dance from posture, arm and hand movements, footwork and rhythm. Each class will begin with a warm up and technique exercise and then flow into combinations that build through the session.

We will move, we will work, and we will have fun!

No dance background required. Men and women welcome. Live guitar accompaniment.

New students may start at anytime during the session.



Not offered Summer Session II

Teacher: Susana di Palma

Taught: Saturdays @9:15am

Palomitas class is for students ages 5 to 9. No prior dance experience necessary. Children will have fun learning flamenco rhythms and movements while meeting new friends and experiencing the Spanish culture!

Feel free to contact Zorongo if you have any questions.


Flamenco Fun-BAsics

Teacher: AJ Frenzel

Taught: Wednesdays @6:30pm

Learn and practice basic flamenco rhythms and techniques for braceo (arm movements), taconeo (footwork), y palmas (clapping). Then take these basics and apply them to dances you're learning in Intro or Beginning flamenco classes.

No experience neccessary, drop-ins welcome.


Beginning/Intermediate Choreography

Not offered Summer Session II

Teacher: AJ Frenzel

Taught: Wednesdays @8pm

Students will learn the beautiful and intense palo (style) of soleá. This expressive palo is one of the basic styles of flamenco every student should learn! This class is great for students who have already had some basic flamenco training. Live guitar accompaniment.


Class for Everyone - Combinations

Teacher: Colette Illarde

Taught: Mondays @6:30pm

Colette will lead a multi-level class that will focus on simple combinations (arms, hands, turns, "marcajes"). This class is designed for all to gain strength, the joy of flamenco movement and expression. All are welcome!



Muti Levels

Teacher: Susana di Palma

Taught: Fridays @Noon

The Friday technique class will focus on developing and perfecting various flamenco techniques including footwork and arm movement. All levels welcome.


Intermediate/Advanced Choreography

Teacher: Susana di Palma

Taught: Saturdays @11:15am

This class are for students who are comfortable with the flamenco movement vocabulary and a variety of rhythm forms. You should be able to learn fairly quickly by watching to retain choreography. We will be working on a new choreography throughout the session. Live guitar accompanist


Advanced Technique & Choreography

Teacher: Susana di Palma

Taught: Tuesdays @6:30pm

We will drill taconeo, brazeo, marcajes and vueltas incorporating technique into movement sequences along with polishing choreography from the Saturday Intermediate/Advanced Choreography class.. This is is great to develop stamina. Live guitar accompanist.




Private & Duet Lessons:

Recommended for those who want to work their technique and enhance their skills in a more personal atmosphere, and also for coaching or choreography of individual dances. One-on-one private instruction is available for all students. Fees start at $60/hr. for private, $35/hr each for semi-private.






Class Policies:

  • Once classes have begun, payment is non-refundable.
  • With advanced permission, missed classes may be made up within the same session
  • Zorongo Flamenco is not responsible for injuries sustained during class sessions or rentals
  • Zorongo reserves the right to cancel any class with fewer than 5 students
  • Women’s Dress: full skirt, movement-friendly top, flamenco shoes or 1 1/2” character shoes, hair pulled back from face.
  • Men’s Dress: Shirt, movement-friendly pants, flamenco boots or leather soled shoes/boots with heels.
  • beginners may start with your own shoes with sturdy 1.5”-2.5” heels. (no sandals, platforms, wedges, or stillettos)
  • Severe Weather Policy: Class may be cancelled due to severe weather. Follow our Facebook page for information, or call (612) 234-1653 during business hours.

For character shoes (new students), Zorongo recommends Grand Jeté in St. Paul, MN.

For flamenco shoes, Zorongo recommends Menkes in New York, NY.

Brand new to Flamenco? For your first class, don’t let what to wear keep you off the dance floor. Come as you are. Everyone is welcome.

About the School

The learning experience with Zorongo is an adventure into the physically dynamic and emotionally expressive world of Spanish dance and music.

Under the direction of master teacher and artistic director, Susana di Palma, all of Zorongo Flamenco’s instructors are committed to educating others in the appreciation of the art of flamenco. Each teacher’s enthusiasm infuses students with the excitement of learning, while giving them the experience of sharing in the dynamic world of rhythms, sounds, and movements. Each teacher has studied extensively in Spain and is a professional dancer, eager to share her knowledge of flamenco with others.

Zorongo’s teachers carefully focus on technique and body awareness to prepare students toward a professional standard while keeping the classes invigorating and fun for all. Each class begins with a body warm-up followed by technique exercises in bracero (arm and body movement), taconeo (footwork), vueltas (turns), and compas (rhythms). Sensitive to the level of each class, the techniques are woven together into challenging choreographies. Classes are accompanied by live flamenco guitar, which gives students experience and understanding of flamenco music.

Classes are carefully designed for all levels from novice through professional. Children can begin at 6 years of age by joining the Palomitas Class and progress to the Palomas Class for young dancers ages 9-13. A wide variety of special classes are offered during the year such as Flamenco for Fun, Flamenco Conditioning, Sevillanas Only, Student Performing Ensemble, Spanish Classical Dance with Castanets, and Theatre Flamenco Choreography. Special international guest artists are invited annually to give workshops to further inspire and challenge the Zorongo community. Such honored teachers such as Manolete, Sara de Luis, La Conja, Jesus Montoya, Antonio Granjero, Marisol Moreno, Raul Salcedo, Rose Mercedes, and others have added their special expertise and magic to the Zorongo school.

More than a school, Zorongo students share in a community where friends are made and celebrations shared. Our seasonal studio open houses, artist receptions, and – especially – our annual student show unite young and old to share the beauty and passion of life through flamenco. All are welcome

About the Teachers

Susana di Palma

Master Teacher / Choreographer / Dancer / Artistic Director of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School

Susana has taught Spanish/Flamenco dance for over 30 years. As a virtuoso performer and innovative choreographer, her classes challenge both the body and creative spirit. She stresses correct body alignment, use of breath, and basic technique, that benefit each student's physical and emotional health. Her classes inspire students, encouraging them to discover their unique and joyful expression within this extraordinary Spanish art form. She strives to prepare themaccording to a challenging professional standard. At whatever level of aspiration a student enters her classes, Susana carefully guides them drawing upon her lifetime of knowledge, experience, and respect in the international flamenco world.

Susana has also been an adjunct faculty member of the dance Department at the University of Minnesota for 15 years. Recently, she taught the summer session at Minnesota Dance Theater. Susana also teaches through Distance Learning Program at The Cowles Center for Dance.

Colette Illarde

Instructor / Dancer

Colette is originally from Chicago where she began dancing ballet with Edward Parish, and started flamenco training with the Ensemble Español. Relocating to Minneapolis in 1998, she created FUEGO Flamenco and danced, designed and produced many successful shows. She has received numerous awards for her work including the McKnight Fellowship for dancers. Colette is currently a teaching artist at Interact Center, creating theater and dance with adult artists with disabilities.




AJ Frenzel

Instructor / Dancer

Andrea J. Frenzel is a dancer returning to the stage after a 12 year hiatus exploring life as a mother, doula, marathoner and finance professional in New York. Her flamenco discovery began over 20 years ago in class with Susana di Palma. Before moving to NYC, she was a founding member of the Majas, Zorongo's student company, Zorongo's School Director and was the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Travel-Study grant. Ms. Frenzel's influential instructors include Maria Magdalena, Matilde Coral, Javier Latorre, Yolanda Heredia, Omayra Amaya and most importantly Susana di Palma, to whom she is grateful for her years of encouragement and support.





Deborah Elias

Instructor / Dancer

Deborah has been dancing flamenco since 1994 when she was swept away by Carlos Saura’s flamenco film masterpiece Carmen. Much of that time she has studied and worked with Susana di Palma. She has also created her own work as Deborah Elias Danza Española. A dedicated and sought-after educator, Deborah conducts residencies and workshops in K-12 schools through Young Audiences, COMPAS, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Connect), the Shubert Center, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.




Meet the Apprentices (majas)

All apprentice photos taken by Bill Cameron.



Amanda Dlouhy

Seeking dance deeply rooted in music and expressing our collective search for freedom and humanity, Amanda started studying flamenco with Susana di Palma in 2013. In March 2015 she was thrilled to travel to Spain to attend the Festival de Jerez. Her instincts come from a layered dance history, including early training in ballet, jazz, and tap. She began studying bharatanatyam in 2004 and was a company member of Ragamala Dance from 2005 - 2013, touring nationally and internationally. She received a McKnight Fellowship for Dancers in 2011.









Grace Holthaus

Grace began dancing because her sister started. But when her sister stopped, Grace kept going. At age 5 she started with ballet, tap and jazz at On Stage School of Dance. In college at the U of M Morris she continued developing her skills in ballet, but fell in love learning cultural dances--Indian, bellydance and Renaissance court dancing. Since moving to Minneapolis after college, she tried flamenco and she found home! Grace studies at Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and had the privilege of performing with Deborah Elias Danza Española in Las Flamencas.









Eve Makiko Laabs

Eve is originally from Tokyo, Japan and discovered Spanish dance at Minnehaha Falls where she saw Susana di Palma's 2008 production of Romeria. Eve trained in ballet but knew flamenco was the dance form she was looking for all her life and has called Zorongo her second home ever since.  Eve loves flamenco for its depth, authenticity and strength that carries over to life beyond dance, through joy, sorrow and triumph.










Hilde De Roover

Hilde was born and raised in Belgium.  And although she never had any formal dance training until she joined Zorongo Flamenco dance theatre about 7 years ago, she always has had a passion for movement to sound and music.  Since she joined Zorongo Flamenco dance theatre, Hilde has been studying flamenco dance intensely mainly with Susana di Palma and also Colette Illarde.  The last couple of years she’s been going to Spain to take  flamenco workshops at the Jerez de la Frontera International Flamenco Festival. Hilde is proud to be part of the majas apprenticeship and honored to be dancing with Zorongo.







Molly Kay Stoltz

Molly is a 2009 summa Dance BFA graduate from the U of M. She has studied with Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, and performed work by Chicago Tap Theater, Linda Talcott Lee, Ellen Keane, Cynthia Guitierrez-Garner, Kaleena Miller, Laura Selle-Virtucio, Matt Jenson, Joe Chvala, Brian Sostek, and Megan McClellan and has presented choreography at the Bedlam Theater, Patrick’s Cabaret, the U of M, and the Bryant Lake Bowl’s 9 X 22. She is the producer ofVisual Grooves, an annual showcase of live music and rhythmic dance collaborations. Additionally, she creates textile art for her business, Molly Kay Arts, and sings and tap dances in a new music project, The Summer Coats with her partner Chase Burkhart. You can occasionally find her tap dancing at Aster Café with Patty and the Buttons, or at home with her cats Shadow and Malakai. This is her second year studying with Zorongo Flamenco with the Majas









Jenna Laffin

After Jenna graduated from college in 2008, she moved to a small town in southern Spain to teach English. It was there that she became immersed in the culture of flamenco, where everyone in the town is able and expected to join in Friday night juergas, or flamenco parties. She began training with Susana di Palma at Zorongo afterward, and was honored to perform as a company member in Zorro in 2012 and Locas Mujeres in 2013. She then spent three years in Madrid to study flamenco more intensively. She is thrilled to once again have the chance to perform with Zorongo in the incredible Majas program, and learn choreographies from some of the world's premiere flamenco artists.