“I started dancing when I was 10 years old and will remain doing that for as long as I can. Dancing is my calling, and Flamenco, my lifetime passion – the one thing I know I will be forever learning and teaching, and teaching and learning, in this eternal symbiosis required by any art form, specially by an art form that contains such a complex combination of culture, music and tradition like Flamenco.” Renata Nunes
In a welcoming and friendly environment, students of all ages and abilities (children, adults, amateurs or professionals) are coached to develop the body’s movement, musical perception and performance skills through flamenco art.
*Where: Dance Center Luzern, Grimselweg 3, 6005 Luzern, https://thedancecenter.jimdo.com/
Where: Studio Salsa Magica – Industriestrasse 17 – 6005 Luzern –The entrance is an orange door in front of the address “Geissensteinring, 32”. In the end of the corridor, there is a stairs and the room is in the first floor.
Where: Tanschule Flamenco Tacón – St. Karli-Strasse 4 – 6004 Luzern – www.flamencotacon.ch
ATTIRE FOR CLASS? Comfortable clothes that allows the movement. For example: tank tops, leotards, tights, and track pants with or without skirt.
SHOES? Flamenco shoes are an investment for all. Only purchase shoes if you’re committed to classes. For your first few classes you can wear closed-toe shoes such as dress shoes or boots with sturdy heels, or character shoes (it depends the number, I can lend you Flamenco shoes from my collection). Stiletto shoes and sneakers are no good. Call or email me for assistance.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I ATTEND CLASS? The classes are structured in such a way that the student gets the most out of their experience if they attend once a week. To progress at a faster rate, I would suggest twice a week or some private lessons combined with the regular lessons.
LEVEL? There are classes descriptions listed below for you to assess which level is best suited for you. If you’re still unsure please call or email me. You are welcome to come and attend experimental class before you take it.
PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS? I offer private and semi-private lessons to cater to your particular needs, whether it to mount or work out technique or choreography.
RECITALS? Students are encouraged to participate in the bi-annual end of the year school show. Student showcase what they’ve been working on throughout these two years, dress up in traditional flamenco attire, and strut their stuff! But it is not compulsory.
INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO – Level I
For those who have never taken a flamenco class before, need a refresher, or have little to no dance experience, Introduction to Flamenco is the class for you. This class is an introduction to flamenco’s basic elements by developing a solid foundation in its various techniques: floreo (hand movements), braceo (arm movements), zapateado (footwork), marcajes (marking steps), compas y palmas (rhythms and hand-clapping), giros (turns) and proper placement of the body. We also start to work the castanets technique. In this class we will learn the First and Second SEVILLANAS!
The Beginner II is a continuation of the level I, but at a faster pace and with further elaboration. We review the basic elements by further developing your foundation in the various techniques: floreo (hand movements), braceo (arm movements), zapateado (footwork), marcajes (marking steps), compás y palmas (rhythms and hand-clapping), giros (turns) and proper placement of the body. We continuous with castanets technique. In this class we will learn the third and fourth SEVILLANAS!
INTERMEDIATE I, II, III
The Intermediate is an improvement of what was worked on at the beginners’ level. We start an introduction to more elaborate rhythms (12 compás) with a predominance of festive rhythms, with little or no interpretative load such as Joy. Initiation to dance structures. In this level, in addition of the castanets is worked other accessories typical of Flamenco dance as fan (Abanico), Shawl (Mantón) and so on.
Intermediate I: In this level we will learn Fandangos and Sevillanas with fan (abanico).
Intermediate II: In this level we will work Alegrías and Tangos. Also, Sevillanas with castanets.
Intermediate III: We work more complex rhythmus, for example, Solea, Caña with Mantón.
In this level we focus on more sophisticated exercises, combining technique, rhythm and interpretation. More complex dance structures and the meaning of the dance within the flamenco culture.
As in this stage the student already has a good command of the technique, it is possible to start the improvisational work by means of exercises that facilitate fluency and free expression in the interpretation of the dance.
BATA DE COLA & ACESSORIES (MANTON, ABANICO, SOMBRILLA)
The Bata de Cola technique is taught in a simple and easy way to understand. To optimize your skills in using the Bata de Cola, we ll focus on the body awareness during the classes. In the first year CARACOLES is the choreography learned. The following years, some accessories are added. For example, a choreography Caña with Bata de Cola and Mantón or the choreography Guajiras with Bata de Cola and Fan (Abanico).
In a cosy and fun environment, the children are trained to develop their body movements and musical perception through flamenco art.
The focus is on developing concentration, creativity and social skills in addition to preparing a small choreography to be showed at the end of each year.
FLAMENCO FOR SENIORS
These specialized classes for seniors are tailored to those with little to no experience with flamenco dance. Experienced dancers in other genres are welcome to join. Students will be exposed to flamenco’s basic dance concepts, learn choreography, be involved in the creative process and have fun!
Baila! Moda Flamenca – Postgasse 55, 3011 Bern – http://www.bailaflamenco.ch/
Keflamenka – Calle de los Tres Peces, 34, 28012 Madrid https://keflamenka.com/
Gallardodance – Calle de los Cabestreros, 10, 28012 Madrid, www.gallardodance.com/
Lunares Flamenco – https://www.lunaresflamenco.com.br/br/
Bata de Cola Inma Ortega – https://www.batadecolainmaculadaortega.com/
Looking to add an exciting dance class to your school, studio or association? Renata Nunes has years of experience in different countries with instruction of flamenco dance and rhythms for adults, children, and seniors. We provide specialized workshops to fit all ages, interests and dance levels.
Would you like to teach your students about Spain and/or the origins of flamenco? Would you like your students to experience a flamenco dance class? Renata Nunes provides lecture-demonstrations and/or master dance classes for language, music, dance, history, and/or general classes at your school. These programs provide an interactive experience for your class with demonstrations of flamenco song, guitar and dance, history of Flamenco and culminating with student participation.. The lessons can also be led in Spanish, English or Portuguese.
Are you looking for a flamenco show for a special occasion? Whether family and company events, club/ association or a Spanish evening – we will provide you with the perfect setting. There’s a series of different formats of a flamenco shows: those inspired by traditional sources in Andalusia or by modern pocket show. Therefore, for hiring a show or a performance, please contact us. It will be indicated the most appropriate format for the occasion, with various options for budgets, productions and casts.
I started dancing when I was 10 years old and will remain doing that for as long as I can. Dancing is my calling, and Flamenco, my lifetime passion – the one thing I know I will be forever learning and teaching, and learning and teaching, in this eternal symbiosis required by any art form, specially by an art form that contains such a complex combination of culture, music and tradition like Flamenco.
In 2000, I was living in São Paulo, Brazil, when I had my first contact with Spanish Dance. It was love at first sight and the passion I felt in my heart was so big that I decided to pack my things and move to Madrid, where I started taking classes at the renowned school Centro de Arte Flamenco e Danza Española Amor de Díos.
For 8 years I learned and grew as an artist under the watch of masters such as Ciro, La China, Inmaculada Ortega and La Truco. I also specialized myself in the intersection between Flamenco and Theater in “Elocuencia a través del Lenguaje”, a course designed and ministered by Eva Yerbabuena and her team: Juan Ruega (theater director), Vicente Palacios (scenography), Florencio Ortiz (lighting), Gabriel Portillo (costumes), Amelia Perez (costumes and bata de cola ), Segundo Falcón (singer) and Paco Jarana (musical director).
While taking classes, I also immersed myself in the Andalusian culture and had the opportunity to start working as a dancer, teacher and choreographer in several places around the world. From Turkey (2009) to Japan (2003), passing by England (2001/2010), Belgium (2010) and Brazil (2009 – 2017) where, in different editions of the International Flamenco Festival, I was able to share the stage with artists like La Choni, Inmaculada Ortega, Fernando de La Rua and Yara Castro.
Due to my continuous learning personality, in 2016 I completed a post-graduation in Cultural Management, motivated, in great part, by the experience of creating and producing a project called Flamenco Calendar in Brazil, a photo essay where Brazilian Flamenco professionals and students posed in some of São Paulo’s greatest landmarks. The first edition was such a success that the second one was crowdfunded by more than 100 people.
Since 2017, compelled by an urge to better understand body anatomy and keep investigating the intersections between Flamenco and Theater, I’m studying how the Klaus Vianna Technique (TKV) – a somatic approach to dance training developed by the contemporary dancer and choreographer Klaus Vianna – can contribute to the Flamenco learning process.
Currently based in Switzerland, I teach regular classes in Luzern and also work as dancer, choreographer and invited teacher in other locations, always learning and always teaching, in this lifetime passion called Flamenco.
Bailaora (Flamenco dancer)
2018 – Show “El compás que nos une”, Stadkeller (Luzern) and Mimos (Zürich)
2018/ 2017/ 2016 –Tablao* Stadkeller (Luzern), Teatro Stok and Mimos (Zürich)
2008/2009/ 2016/ 2017 – Tablao Arte Bar – Project “Brasil – Madrid” by Yara Castro and Fernando dela Rua, Madrid
2016 – Performed choreography “InmigrArte”, Festival Arte Reunida, Zurich
2016 – Show “Más Cerca de Ti”, São Paulo
2015/ 2013 – Festival Internacional Flamenco, São José dos Campos
2014/ 2015 – Feira Flamenca, São Paulo
2011 – Show Café de Chinitas, Estúdio Ana Esmeralda, São Paulo
2007/ 2011 – 2016 – Tablaos Paellas Pepe, La Mar, La Bodeguita, Villa Flamenca, Aman, São Paulo
2010 – Fete de la Musique, Brussels
2009 – School of Arts Pera Sanatlar, Istanbul
2003 – Carmen Hall, Parque España, Japan
* Tablao is a place where flamenco shows are performed.
Teacher/ Choreographer/ Artistically director
2016 – 2019 – Teacher at SMTanzschule and Dance school Flamencotacón, Luzern
2010 – 2016 – Teacher, choreographer and artistically director in the Studio Ana Esmeralda and Espaço Flamenco CastrodelaRua, São Paulo
2016 – Criação da coreografia “Inmigrarte”, Festival Arte Reunida, Zurich
2011 – Best Flamenco choreography award – Festival de Dança de Parati, Parati
2010 – Teacher at Centro Gallego, Brussels
2009 – Teacher and choreographer in the Art Center Pera Sanatlar, Istanbul
2001 – Teacher at Royal Dance School Gillian Carthwright, Isle of Wight
2018 –Co-producer the show “El compás que nos une”, Luzern and Zürich
2013/ 2014 – Production and artistically director of the Project “Calendário Flamenco nas cidades do Brasil”
Calendário Flamenco nas cidades do Brasil . Flamenco Calendar in the cities of Brazil
The Calendar was an unusual way to bring the art of Flamenco to the public. It combined three passions: flamenco, photography and Brazil!
Inspired by the book Sevilha by JR Duran (with photos of Seville Feria), Renata Nunes proposed her students to produce a calendar with pictures of Flamenco´s dancers in the streets of the São Paulo.
First edition: Olé 2013!
To reduce the costs of this project and make it happen, a partnership was signed with talented professionals.
The bailaoras (Flamenco´s dancer) were photographed in historical places of the city such as the Martinelli Building, “Viaduto do Chá, Patio do Colegio and 15 de Novembro Street.
The result was extremely thought-provoking: It was not just the historical streets of Sãoan Paulo that complimented the traditional flamenco aesthetic but the artistic outcome also gained something from the contemporary side of the city too.
The Calendar was surprising: high quality, aesthetically pleasing and original!
Following the success of the first edition, Renata Nunes carried on, but with a different approach: crowndfunding. There were more than 100 donations – from Brazil, Belgium, Italy and Spain – and partnerships were formed with 9 companies to make the second edition a reality.
The “Olé 2014” had, as it’s backdrop, some well- known monuments of São Paulo, as the streets of the “Bairro da Liberdade”, MUBE, “Minhocão”, Pinacoteca, Estação da Luz and Praça da Sé.
The Calendar was an unusual way to bring the art of Flamenco to the public.