La Rosa is well known and loved for its vibrant, passionate Flamenco productions with casts of talented musicians, singers and dancers that play to enthralled audiences in an around Cape Town. Lesser known, perhaps, is that La Rosa also offers flamenco and Spanish dance classes, an exciting and fun way to get fit and healthy and learn a new skill.
Evening adult classes and courses offer more than just flamenco techniques. Students get to explore Spanish culture, its traditions and innovations, while fostering cultural bonds and an awareness of cultural diversity.
A somewhat more informal and perhaps even more fun approach to this art form is the Saturday morning Flamenco Boot Camp. As can be seen from the poster below it offers a comprehensive ‘tool kit’ for the basics of rhythm and technique. And at only R360 for the full six weeks, it’s perhaps one of the least expensive ways we’ve seen to have fun and get fit.
La Rosa also offers children’s classes. Previously, students had to travel into the city, but lessons are now available in Sea Point, Woodstock, Table View, Kenridge and Westlake (Tokai). More details in the image below.
Be sure not to miss en el Tablao Flamenco, La Rosa’s new production in association with Artscape. Tablao, meaning ‘wooden stage’ in Spanish, refers to the small piece of wooden floor used in flamenco performance. Featuring the cream of South Africa’s flamenco dancers, singers and musicians, this production explores the dynamics of Spanish night-life during the early 1940s. Beauty, grace, passion, pride and a touch of humour are juxtaposed with exploitation and soul-searching in this unique staging of flamenco.
En el Tablao Flamenco is on at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre from 30 January to 2 February and at the Artscape Theatre from 14 to 23 February. Full details can be found here or click here to go straight to Computicket to book online.