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2017 Summer Classes

EASY SUMMER DROP IN CLASSES

Summer is vacation time and many students will be in and out of town. So that you can keep connected to flamenco and NOT be concerned about "being behind" in a choreography, we have classes just for you! See the full schedule below.

Summer Sale prices on classes on Mondays and Tuesdays!

 

Also mark your calendars for August as there will be a special theater flamenco intensive workshop with Susana di Palma!

 

Zorongo's 2017 Summer Class Session

Dates: June 12 - July 29 (7 weeks)

*there will be no class on Tuesday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day.

Day Class Time

Price

per class/per session

Instructor Pay online!
Monday

Beginning/Intermediate Technique & Variations

6:30pm - 7:30pm
$16 / $112
Colette Illarde
 

Beginning/Intermediate Choreography

7:45pm - 8:45pm
$16 / $112

For both Monday classes $22 / $154

Colette Illarde
Tuesday
Intermediate/Advanced Technique & Variations

6:30pm - 7:30pm

$16 / *$96
Susana di Palma
 

Intermediate/Advanced Choreography - Tangos de Malaga

7:45pm - 8:45pm

$16 / *$96

For both Tues. classes $22 / $132

Susana di Palma
Wednesday
Flamenco Basics
6:30pm - 7:45pm
$18 / $112

AJ Frenzel

Susana di Palma

 

Sevillanas - 3 weeks only! June 14, 21 & 28

7:45pm - 9:00pm
$15 / $45
AJ Frenzel
Friday
All levels Technique
Noon - 1:15pm
$12 / $84
Susana di Palma
Saturday
Intro to Flamenco
10:00am - 11:00am
$18 / $112

AJ Frenzel

Susana di Palma

 
Intermediate/Advanced Choreography
11:15am - 12:45pm
$22 / $140
Susana di Palma

Detailed class descriptions and instructor bios available below.

Pay class fees and register online at Zorongo's School Store (it includes drop-ins too!)

Sign Up for Classes HERE!

*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.

2017 Summer Class Registration Form

 

 

 

Summer intensive Flamenco Choreography Workshop

INTENSIVE THEATER FLAMENCO CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH SUSANA DI PALMA!

August 1st - 13th 

$100.00 – registration required

This is a unique opportunity to use your flamenco technique and knowledge in a creative way! You will create your own 5-6 minute theater/flamenco choreography. Susana will guide you. 

Each participant will have up to 4 hours of studio time included in the price of registration.

There will be a Sunday Series showing of each participant's choreography piece on Aug. 13th at 7:00pm

Workshop Dates/Times:
Tuesdays: Aug. 1st & Aug. 8th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays: Aug. 5th & Aug. 12th - Noon – 3:00pm
Showing: Aug. 13th at 7:00pm

Advance registration now available HERE.

 

 

Class Descriptions

INTRO TO FLAMENCO DANCE

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.

 

Palomitas

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.

*Palomitas will continue in Fall 2017

 

Flamenco 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

Teacher: Colette Illarde

Taught: Mondays @6:30pm

Colette will teach flamenco dance techniques (footwork, arms, hands, and turns) and set a Solea por Bulerias choreography. This class is appropriate for students with at least one year of flamenco.

 

Technique

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.

 

Sevillanas

Teacher: AJ Frenzel

Taught: Wednesdays @7:45pm

Sevillanas is a fun and lively partnered folk dance from Seville, and an essential addition to any flamenco student's repertoire. You'll learn the rhythm, structure and pasos to take you the dance floor at Zorongo's next students how, flamenco fiesta, or the Feria de Primavera!

*Zorongo is hosting a special Sevillanas session in Summer 2017 for 3 weeks only!

 

Intermediate Classes

These classes 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. It is strongly recommended that students attend class twice weekly and begin taking the Beginning class before moving onto Intermediate. Guitar accompaniment.

Teacher: Susana di Palma

Intermediate/Advanced Choreography, Tuesdays @7:45pm

Intermediate/Advanced Flamenco, Saturdays @11:15am

Caracoles with castanets and optional bata de cola on Tuesdays.

 

Advanced Classes:

Participation in these class is for the more advanced flamenco dancer. It is recommended that you contact Zorongo and/or talk to an instructor before participating.

Teacher: Susana di Palma

Advanced/Intermediate Technique, Tuesdays @6:30pm

We will drill taconeo, brazeo, marcajes and vueltas incorporating technique into movement sequences. This is a class to develop stamina.

 

Bonus Classes

Castanets, Saturdays @11am

This class will offer technique and musicality drills to learn this percussion instrument while strengthening your flamenco fingers and hands. Included with Intro or Intermediate class tuiton, or $5 drop in fee. No previous music or dance experience required.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth Quintana

Ruth is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico. As most Puerto Ricans, she is proud of her Native American, Spanish and African heritage. She began dancing at the age of 10 at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Ponce, where she received instruction in classical Ballet from Jose Sarazen, Grace Bigas and Silbeth Dekony. She later joined the Company of Ballet Señorial under the direction of Grace Bigas. Her love for Flamenco started early on when she was exposed to classical Spanish dance and Puerto Rican folkloric dances which carry a lot of similarities with Flamenco. After taking some time for college and graduate studies, Ruth rekindled her passion for dance and especially for Flamenco when she joined Zorongo and the Majas Apprentice program in 2016. The elegance, the strength and the rhythms are some of the many things she loves about Flamenco.