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 (hand clapping), 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.

SATURDAYS, APRIL 20 – MAY 25

PALOMITAS children ages 5-8

9:00 a.m. (40-minutes) $120 Session or $10 Drop-in fee

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Instructor Jenna Laffin
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The Palomitas class is for students ages five to eight. 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 8-12

9:45 a.m. (45-minutes) $120 Session or $10 Drop-in fee

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Instructor Jenna Laffin
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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.

MONDAYS, APRIL 15 – MAY 20

FLAMENCO PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED

6:30 p.m. (60-minutes) $150 Session or $16 Drop-in fee

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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.

WEDNESDAYS,  APRIL 17 – MAY 22

Flamenco Fun

6:30 p.m. (60-minutes) $150 Session or $16 Drop-in fee

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Instructor A.J. Frenzel
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Wednesday nights emphasize FUN! AJ will lead you through warm up and technique exercises then move into inspired combinations. This mixed-level class is your chance to dance without pressure and tune into your own expression in the moment. Come as you are, get what you need, and take what you want.


 

SATURDAYS, APRIL 20 – MAY 25

BEGINNING FLAMENCO

10:30 a.m. (60-minutes) $167 Session or $16.00 Drop-in fee

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Instructor A.J. Frenzel
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Students will learn a Sevillanas, a lively, traditional folk dance from Sevilla that is danced at ferias and fiestas. This class is welcomes students brand new to Flamenco as well as folk dancers and more experienced beginners. Learning Sevillanas builds foundations in rhythm and upper body expression and can be danced and performed for years to come.

TUESDAYS, APRIL 16 –  MAY 21

TECHNIQUE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

6:30 p.m. (90-minutes) $190 Session or $20 Drop-in fee

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Instructor SUSANA DI PALMA
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Shake off that winter blues with flamenco! Warm up with technique (footwork drills, patterns, remates, and turns), then enjoy learning a fiery Solea por Bulerias choreography.


SATURDAYS, APRIL 20 – MAY 25

TECHNIQUE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

11:30 a.m. (90-minutes) $205 Session or $20 Drop-in fee

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Instructor SUSANA DI PALMA
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Shake off that winter blues with flamenco! Warm up with technique (footwork drills, patterns, remates, and turns), then enjoy learning a fiery Solea por Bulerias choreography.

 

Currently, there are no workshops scheduled.


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 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 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, 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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  • Jenna Laffin


    Instructor / Dancer

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