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.


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.


Class Schedule – Winter 2023

 Registration will open soon!

COVID-19 Policy

Zorongo Flamenco currently does not require masks in the studio. However, students are welcome to wear masks, and Zorongo continues to supply one-time-use masks in the studio. If COVID-19 transmissions reach a high level in Hennepin County, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors.

Zorongo continues to require proof of vaccination (for all those eligible to be vaccinated). Proof of vaccination includes bringing a physical card or showing a digital photo of your vaccination card on the first day of your class. In addition, Zorongo will follow CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for being fully vaccinated.

Zorongo’s Board of Directors will continue to monitor, gather data, and survey students regarding COVID-19 and the status in Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis. This policy will be reevaluated for the spring 2023 semester. Thank you.

 

Location

If you have never visited the Zorogno studio, our entrance is in the alleyway off of 37th Ave in the rear of the blue building. Street parking is available on 37th Ave and surrounding streets. Click here to view a map.

All ABILITIES FLAMENCO (In-Studio)

9:30 a.m. (60-minutes) Saturdays, September – December 2022
9:30 a.m. (60-minutes) Saturdays, January 7 – April 2023

Instructor: Colette Illarde

Prerequisite: None

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $16 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes.

Saturdays, November 19 – December 17, 2022

Saturdays, January 7 – 28, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in (Registration opens soon)

Saturdays, February 4 – 25, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in

Saturdays, March 4 – 25, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in

Saturdays, April 1 – 29, 2023

      • $75 for a five-class session or drop-in
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This class is structured so that teenagers and adults with limited mobility, balance issues, or other (dis)abilities can participate in an authentic flamenco experience. It is also suitable for individuals with ‘Long COVID’ who are rebuilding stamina or need different adaptations weekly.  Students can participate in a seated or standing position (adaptations made).

Students are led through locomotor and non-locomotor movement combinations as they connect to flamenco music, execute choreographies, and enjoy improvisation and organic expression. Students will also exercise hands, arms, and upper body to increase their range of motion and flexibility. The rhythm and exercises are invigorating, while games and stories keep the class fun and challenging. Students engage in a community and celebrate flamenco culture while gaining greater health and well-being.

BEGINNER ONE & TWO FLAMENCO FOOTWORK AND LISTENING (In-Studio) *New start time*

6:00 p.m. (75-minutes) Mondays, September – December 2022

Instructor: Molly Stoltz

Prerequisite:

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $16 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • You must register by noon on Mondays, and a minimum of three students to run the course for that date.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes (except for canceled classes).

Mondays, November 14 – December 12, 2022

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This class will focus on beginner footwork techniques and synthesizing basic steps into choreography phrases. The course will also include time listening to and watching videos to illustrate different flamenco pieces.


INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO (In-Studio)

6:00 p.m. (75-minutes) Mondays, January – April  2023

Instructor: Molly Stoltz

Prerequisite: None

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $16 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • You must register by noon on Mondays, and a minimum of three students to run the course for that date.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes (except for canceled classes).

Mondays, January 2 – 30, 2023

      • $75 for a five-class session or drop-in (Registration opens soon)

Mondays, February 6 – 27, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in

Mondays, March 6 – 27, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in

Mondays, No classes in April 2023

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This class will focus on beginner footwork and rhythm techniques and synthesizing basic steps into choreography phrases. The course will also include listening to music and watching videos to illustrate different flamenco styles.


BEGINNER ONE FLAMENCO (In-Studio)

6:00 p.m.(60-minutes) Tuesdays, September – December 2022

Instructor: Susana di Palma

Prerequisite: None

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $16 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes.

Tuesdays, November 15 – December 13, 2022

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This class focuses on body placement, arms (braceo), turns (vueltas), and basic footwork (taconeo) along with movement phrases (marcaje), rhythm, and handclapping (compas y palmas). These basic techniques will be developed into a sensual choreography, “Tientos y Tangos.”


BEGINNER ONE FLAMENCO (FUN-damentals) In-Studio

6:00 p.m.(60-minutes) Tuesdays, January – April 2023

Instructor: Susana di Palma

Prerequisite: Intro to Flamenco, past Beginner One or higher, teacher permission

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $16 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes.

Tuesdays, January 3 – 31, 2023

      • $100 for a five-class session or drop-in (Registration opens soon)

Tuesdays, February 7 – 28, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in

Tuesdays, March 7 – 28, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in

Tuesdays, April 4 – 11, 2023 (two days only in April)

      • $30 for a two-class session or drop-in
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Basic flamenco dance techniques – body alignment, arms, footwork, and turns will be drilled and incorporated into lively choreography.


BEGINNER TWO FLAMENCO (In-Studio)

10:45 a.m.(60-minutes) Saturdays, September – December 2022
10:45 a.m.(60-minutes) Saturdays, January – April 2023

Instructor: Colette Illarde

Prerequisite: Past Beginner/Intro or teacher permission

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $16 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes.

Saturdays, November 19 – December 17, 2022

Saturdays, January 7 – 28, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in (Registration opens soon)

Saturdays, February 4 – February 25, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in

Saturdays, March 4 – 25, 2023

      • $60 for a four-class session or drop-in

Saturdays, April 1 – 29, 2023

      • $75 for a five-class session or drop-in
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Continuing students will build their flamenco skills – arms, footwork, turns and palmas – while learning a new flamenco choreography that incorporates these expanded techniques. You will also learn more about the variety of flamenco palos (dance styles) and compas (rhythms). You will dance to live flamenco guitar.


JUERGA FLAMENCA (In-Studio)

11:45 a.m. (30-minutes) Saturdays, January – April 2023

Instructor: Ross Fellrath

Prerequisite: None

      • Open to all students enrolled in classes.No registration is required.
      • This class is FREE, but a $5.00 donation to Ross is suggested.
      • Offered after Beginner Two from January  7 to April 29, 2023.
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This class is a fun and an informal session focused on basic palmas and accompaniment. This all-level class allows more experienced aficionados to share their knowledge with new students. We will concentrate on palmas and use our various skills, including cante, baile, guitarra, and jaleo.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (IN-STUDIO)

7:00 p.m. (90-minutes) Tuesdays, September – December 2022

Instructor: Susana di Palma

Prerequisite: Past Intermediate or teacher permission
*NEW* start time 7:00 p.m.

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $21 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes.

Tuesdays, November 15 – December 13, 2022

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This class will begin with challenging technique exercises: Arms (braceo), Footwork (taconeo), Turns (giros), movement phrases (marcaje), and move into choreography Soleares con Manton. Students are requested to practice independently between classes to progress in their flamenco adventure!


INTERMEDIATE (In-Studio)

7:00 p.m. (90-minutes) Tuesdays, January –  April 2023

Instructor: Susana di Palma

Prerequisite: Past Beginner Two or teacher permission

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $21 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes.

Tuesdays, January 3 – 24, 2023

      • $80 for a four-class session or drop-in (Registration opens soon)

Tuesdays, January 31 – February 14, 2023

      • $60 for a three-week session or drop-in

Tuesdays, March 14 – 28, 2023

      • $60 for a three-class session or drop-in

Tuesdays, April 4 – 11, 2023 (two days only in April)

      • $40 for a two-class session
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This class will begin with intense technique exercises, and you will learn a new choreography with manton!


ADVANCED FLAMENCO (In-Studio) *NEW*

6:00 p.m. (60-minutes) Thursdays, January 2023

Instructor: Susana di Palma

Prerequisite: Past Intermediate/Advanced or teacher permission

      • Minimum six students enrolled no later than January 2, or the class is canceled. The continuation of this course beyond January is dependent on student participation.
      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session only, no drop-ins.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes.

Thursdays, January 5 – 26, 2023

      • $80 for a four-class session only, no drop-ins (Registration opens soon)
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This course will focus on intensive technique drills and choreography with castanets.


INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (In-Studio)

12:30 p.m. (90-minutes) Saturdays, September – December 2022
12:30 p.m. (90-minutes) Saturdays, January – April 2023

Instructor: Susana di Palma

Prerequisite: Past Intermediate or teacher permission

      • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
      • Purchase a session or a $21 drop-in fee per class if you cannot commit to a session.
      • There are no refunds for missed classes.

Saturdays, November 19 – December 17, 2022

Saturdays, January 7 – 28, 2023

      • $80 for a four-class session or drop-in (Registration opens soon)

Saturdays, February 4 – 18, 2023

      • $60 for a three-class session or drop-in

Saturdays, March 11 – 25, 2023

      • $60 for a three-class session or drop-in

Saturdays, April 1 – 29, 2023

      • $100 for a five-class session or drop-in
Read Class Description

This class will begin with challenging technique exercises: Arms (braceo), Footwork (taconeo), Turns (giros), movement phrases (marcaje), and move into choreography Soleares con Manton. Students are requested to practice independently between classes to progress in their flamenco adventure!

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.

Class Policies


Class Policies – 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.

DOWNLOAD WAIVER FORM

    • 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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  • Instructor / Dancer

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