School

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

The Zorongo school is dedicated to teaching students the art of flamenco dance that honors the Spanish traditional art form. It which includes live flamenco guitar, stresses the structure of dances with flamenco cante (song) and encourages each student to perform basic dance techniques – taconeo (footwork), braceo (arms and upper body alignment), vueltas (turns), palmas (handclapping), and compas (rhythm structures). Each student is encouraged to share in the beauty and expressiveness of this powerful art form. Whether as a hobby, social outlet, or professional performer, our teachers are here to guide you on your flamenco journey.


Masks in Studio: The State of Minnesota put out the following statement regarding masks, “All people who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face-covering in accordance with MDH and CDC recommendations until they are fully vaccinated.”


LA BULERÍA WORKSHOP (In-Studio)

1:00 p.m. (90-minutes) Sunday, August 8, 2021

Instructor: Alfonso Cid | Level: Intermediate/Advanced
    • Advanced registration is required online.
    • Open to dance students, guitarists and singers.

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La bulería is one of the most rhythmical and intriguing of all Flamenco “palos” or styles, and currently one of the most popular. There are many ways to interpret them, according to the artists and the heritage of the places those artists themselves come from: places like Jerez, Lebrija, Utrera, Cádiz or Sevilla come to mind. On top of that there are many melodic forms and handclapping variations from those very places that also work in different ways.  

In this workshop we will focus on some melodies from Jerez, understanding the handclapping, as well as how they would work within the context of a “tablao” and a “juerga” or party.

The class will be taught in English and handouts of the material will be provided to the attendees. You are advised and more than welcome to record the audio of the class.


Classes Resume September, 2021

All ABILITIES FLAMENCO (In-Studio)

9:30 a.m. (60-minutes) Saturdays

Instructor: Colette Illarde
    • $60 for a four-class session with no class minimum to run the course.
    • $16 drop-in fee per class if you are unable to commit to all four lessons.
    • All class payments must be made online.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.

REGISTER Drop-in 7/31/21

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Students can take the All Abilities class in a seated or standing position (adaptations made) and designed for every student to have an authentic flamenco experience. The class is structured so those with limited mobility, balance issues, or other disabilities can participate. Students are led through locomotor and non-locomotor movement combinations, and they connect to flamenco music, execute choreographies, enjoy improvisation and organic expression. The rhythm and exercises are invigorating, while games and stories keep the class fun and challenging. Students appreciate engaging and promoting community, celebrating flamenco culture, and gaining greater health and well-being.

Students will also do exercises during this four-week session using hands, arms, and upper body to increase range of motion and flexibility.

INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO (In-Studio)

11:00 a.m. (60-minutes) Saturdays

Instructor: Colette Illarde
    • $60 for a four-class session.
    • $16 Drop-in fee per class if you are unable to commit to all four lessons.
    • All class payments must be made online.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.

REGISTER Drop-in 7/31/21 *If the minimum number of students is not met, anyone who registered will receive a refund.

For NEW and continuing students.

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Students will be taught basic flamenco skills in rhythm, palmas (handclapping), turns, and footwork. A fun choreography, “For Tangos,” will be created to live guitar accompaniment.

INTERMEDIATE FLAMENCO

12:30 p.m. (90-minutes) Saturdays

Instructor: Susana di Palma
    • $80 for a four-class session.
    • $21 Drop-in fee per class if you are unable to commit to all four lessons.
    • All class payments must be made online.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.

REGISTER Drop-in 7/31/21 *If the minimum number of students is not met, anyone who registered will receive a refund.

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Each class will begin with exercises working on body placement, footwork, turns, and “marcaje.” In addition, Susana will teach a new choreography taught to live guitar accompaniment.


To keep our students and instructors safe, we have established the following class cancellation policy during winter weather situations. During a Winter Weather Advisory for Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, we will automatically cancel in-studio classes during that advisory period. If this occurs, we will automatically add the appropriate number of make-up classes to the end of the class session.


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. Have you missed classes or feel behind? Private lessons are a great way to catch up.

For more information regarding private and semi-private lessons, please email Susana at susanazorongo@gmail.com.


All Students

All students must complete a Student Waiver form. Bring the form to your first day of class. Waiver forms are also available at the studio.

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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 and hair pulled back from the face
  • Men’s Dress: Shirt, movement-friendly pants and 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 canceled 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, Minnesota.

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

  • Susana di Palma


    Master Teacher / Choreographer / Dancer / Artistic Director
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  • Colette Illarde


    Instructor / Dancer
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  • AJ Frenzel


    Instructor / Dancer

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Past Class Offerings

PALOMITAS children ages 5-7

(40-minutes)

Instructor: Susana di Palma
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The Palomitas class is for students ages five to seven. No prior dance experience necessary. Children will have fun learning flamenco rhythms and movements while meeting new friends and experiencing the Spanish culture!


PALOMAS children ages 7-12

 (45-minutes) 

Instructor: Susana di Palma
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Palomas will work on a dance called bulerías, a 12-count dance at the core of flamenco culture. This class is for children who have taken some dance in the past. We’ll incorporate traditional footwork and movement in the choreography, while also trying improvisation. Classes will be taught in English and Spanish, and learn about the history of flamenco.

PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED FLAMENCO

(60-minutes)

Instructor: Colette Illarde
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Structured for those with limited mobility, balance issues, or other disabilities. Classes are taken seated or standing (adaptations made) and designed for every student to have an authentic flamenco experience. Students are led through locomotor and non-locomotor movement combinations, and they connect to flamenco music, execute choreographies, enjoy improvisation, and organic expression. The rhythm and exercises are invigorating, while games and stories keep the class fun and challenging. Students appreciate engaging and promoting community, celebrating flamenco culture, and gaining greater health and well being.

Flamenco Fun

(60-minutes)

Instructor A.J. Frenzel
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Mixed level technique and variations exploring the foundations of flamenco. Every class offers something old, something new, something for fun, and something for YOU. Guaranteed fun!


BEGINNING FLAMENCO

(60-minutes)

Instructor Susana di Palma
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New students learn basic flamenco techniques – arms, turns, footwork and palmas (handclapping) – in the flamenco piece “palo,” por Tangos. This class is a fun immersion into the world of flamenco dance and music.

OPEN LEVEL INTENSIVE TECHNIQUE

(60-minutes)

Instructor Susana di Palma
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This class is challenging, where students will drill technique exercises and focus on arms, feet, turns, and “remates.” The class is fast-paced and will help the student to build stamina along with encouraging each student to discover their own expression. We will work on variations of various “palos.”


INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED CHOREOGRAPHY

(60-minutes)

Instructor Susana di Palma
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Learn choreography from a master instructor.