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.

Class Schedule


Class Schedule – Spring 2022

COVID-19 Policy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels tracker for Hennepin County indicates a low community-level transmission. Therefore Zorongo Flamenco has lifted its mask mandate. However, students are welcome to wear a mask, and Zorongo continues to supply one-time-use masks in the studio.

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 the COVID-19 status in Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis. 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.

PALOMAS CHILDREN AGES 7 – 12 (In-Studio)

Group children’s classes are suspended for the 2022 Winter Session (January – March). However, Susana di Palma is offering private lessons, and email her at susanazorongo@gmail.com for more information.

All ABILITIES FLAMENCO (In-Studio)

9:30 a.m. (60-minutes) Saturdays, April 2 – May 21, 2022

Instructor: Colette Illarde

Prerequisite: None

    • $60 for a four-class session (April) with no class minimum to run the course.
    • $45 for a three-class session (May)
    • No class on April 23 or Memorial Day weekend May 28.
    • $16 drop-in fee per class if you are unable to commit to a session.
    • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.
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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 from week to week.  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, enjoy improvisation and organic expression. Students will also do exercises using hands, arms, and upper body to increase 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. 

REGISTER · May Session (5/7 – 5/21 no class Memorial Day weekend 5/28) or Drop in

BEGINNER ONE FLAMENCO (In-Studio)

5:30 p.m. (75-minutes) Tuesdays, March 29 – May 24, 2022

Instructor: Christine Kozachok

Prerequisite: None

    • $75 for a five-class session (April) with no minimum to run the course.
    • $60 for a four-class session (May)
    • $16 Drop-in fee per class if you are unable to commit to all four lessons.
    • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.
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This is a fun immersion course for teenagers and adults who are new to flamenco, and for recent beginners. You will learn basic flamenco techniques – arms, footwork, turns and palmas (handclapping) – and a simple flamenco choreography that incorporates those techniques. Students may wish to visit a Beginner Two or Intermediate flamenco class to see where these foundational skills will take you.

REGISTER · May Session (5/3 – 5/24) or Drop-in


Beginner Two Flamenco (In-Studio)

10:45 a.m.(60-minutes) Saturdays, April 2 – May 21, 2022

Instructor: Colette Illarde

Prerequisite: Past Beginner/Intro

    • $60 for a four-class session (April) with no minimum to run the course.
    • $45 for a three-class session (May)
    • No class on April 23 or Memorial Day weekend May 28.
    • $16 Drop-in fee per class if you are unable to commit to all four lessons.
    • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.
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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 may wish to visit an Intermediate flamenco class to see where your improving skill set will take you. You will dance to live flamenco guitar.


REGSITER · May Session (5/7 – 5/21 no class Memorial Day weekend 5/28) or Drop in

Beginner Two After-Class Guidance

11:45 a.m. (15-minutes)

    • Available for registered Beginner Two Flamenco students. No additional fee.

The more you practice, the faster you will progress. To help you practice with confidence, the teacher will remain for 15 minutes after class to take questions. This is not a private tutoring session. Be prepared to ask about a specific step or technique that you want to get right before you practice at home.

INTERMEDIATE FLAMENCO CHOREOGRAPHY (IN-STUDIO)

12:15 p.m. (90-minutes) Saturdays, April 2 – May 21, 2022

Instructor: Susana di Palma

Prerequisite: Past Intermediate or teacher permission
*NEW* start time 12:15 p.m.

    • $80 for a four-class session (April & May) with no minimum to run the course.
    • $21 Drop-in fee per class if you are unable to commit to all four lessons.
    • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.
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Students will continue to expand their repertoire of flamenco techniques and choreography.  Each class will begin with exercises that refine your skills in flamenco body placement, footwork, turns and  ‘marcaje’ (marking steps). You will learn a new choreography to live flamenco guitar. A different ‘palo’ (flamenco style) will be taught each session.

REGISTER · May Session (4/30-5/21 no class Memorial Day weekend 5/28) or Drop-in

ADVANCED FLAMENCO TECHNIQUE & VARIATIONS (In-Studio)

6:45 p.m. (75-minutes) Tuesdays, March 29 – May 24, 2022

Instructor Susana di Palma

Prerequisite: Intermediate/Advanced or higher

    • $100 for a five-class session (April) with no minimum to run the course.
    • $80 for a four-class session (May)
    • $21 Drop-in fee per class if you are unable to commit to all four lessons.
    • All class payments must be made online. Payments will not be accepted in-studio.
    • There are no refunds for missed classes.
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This course is for students with extensive flamenco dance experience. The class will focus on technique with different variations each week.

REGISTER · May Session (5/3 – 5/24) or Drop-in

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.

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    • 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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