Summer Tablao Workshops & Technique Classes!

It’s summertime and we got fun ways for you to keep in shape!

Keep your flamenco going or try something new this summer!

┬íHola todos! We’re almost two weeks into the summer term at the studio but it’s not too late to join a class. Keep your flamenco toes moving with one of the available technique classes or join us for a Tablao Intensives!

In the Tablao Intensives, you will have the chance to learn the art of flamenco performance. Have you ever seen a small, intimate flamenco show in a dusky, candle-lit bar where the dancers and musicians move and play on a small wooden stage? That is a tablao and participating in one of Karen’s intensive workshops can be your first step to becoming the romantic and passionate flamenco dancer on that stage!

In these workshops you will learn the festive dances of Spain: sevillanas (with castanets and personal flare), Fandangos de huelva, bulerias and tangos. With Karen’s help you can discover your own, personal flamenco style and how to accompany other dancers with palmas and jaleos! Tablao classes are limited to eight students in order for each one to receive individual attention and coaching from Karen, bettering your chances to excel in your flamenco endeavors.

Want to know more about these workshops and summer technique classes? Visit the Schedule page for class times and descriptions.

Until next time!

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Image source: Tablao Flamenco Cordobes


Workshop Alert: Maria Juncal!

Next week at the Karen Flamenco Studio: Maria Juncal!

Hey Vancouver flamenco lovers! Don’t miss your chance to learn from the amazing bailaora, Maria Juncal!

Starting next week, Karen Flamenco will be playing host to world renowned bailaora, Maria Juncal! From July 9th to July 15th, you will have the chance to attend this exclusive and intensive workshop to learn from a flamenco great and expand your dancing horizons.

There are still a few spaces available to dancers of varying levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional). Call, email or drop by the studio today to reserve your spot!

Now let us inspire you! Enjoy this video of the beautiful and talented, Maria Juncal


Karen Flamenco’s Meet the Characters: The Lost Boys!

Introducing Peter Pan’s rambunctious pals, the Lost Boys!

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This raggle taggle bunch can be found running around Neverland on big adventures with their fearless leader, Peter Pan and his fairy friend, Tink.

The Lost Boys have been appearing in Peter Pan stories ever since their debut in J. M. Barrie’s play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. So how did they get to Neverland? These are the boys who fell out of their prams when their nurses weren’t looking and are lost by their nannies. The Lost Boys of Peter Pan were lost in places like the Kensington Gardens and when no one claimed them after seven days, they disappeared to Neverland where they remain young and carefree with Peter Pan. There are no lost girls in Neverland becuase, according to Peter, girls are much too clever to fall out of their prams.

So who are the Lost Boys?karen flamenco

In order of appearance in this Disney cartoon lineup…

Nibs is described as a cheerful, confidant, charming and quite possibly the bravest Lost Boy. The only thing he remembers about his mother is that she wanted a cheque book and he would love to give her one… if only he knew what that is!

The Twins, First and Second Twins, don’t know very much about themselves. In fact, they aren’t allowed to know much about themselves becuase Peter Pan doesn’t know anything about twins. No Lost Boy can know more than Peter…

Curly is not the smartest Lost Boy but one of the most loved. Barrie describes him as “a pickle” since he often gets into trouble. If you are ever wondering which one is Curly, just look for the lost boy with curly hair. He is also known as Cubby in the Disney cartoon.

Slightly is an entertaining character who considers himself quite the boy! His conceited manner comes from the fact that he thinks he is the only one to remember his past. Most of his memories are made up or based on misunderstandings. Thanks to a tag on his pinafore which said “slightly soiled,” Slightly got his name! Slightly may not be the best pretender but he is excellent at making music and musical instruments.

Tootles is a humble and sweet fellow with a bit of an unlucky streak. Whenever he is away, thrilling adventures seem to happen. It is his arrow that shoots down Wendy when Tinkerbell told the Lost Boys that she was a bird and shooting her down would impress Peter.


Karen Flamenco’s Meet the Characters: Tinkerbell!

Who is Peter Pan’s best friend?

Why it’s Tinkerbell!

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Tinkerbell first appeared as Peter Pan’s sparkling, tinkling sidekick in Barrie’s 1904 play and the two characters have been best friends ever since. Since her beginnings as “a common fairy” in the novel, Tinkerbell has appeared as a circle of light reflected by a tiny mirror off stage with a voice of Swiss bells and most famously as the glitter green fairy of the Disney film. Her animated representation was a big hit and she has since gone on to become the unofficial mascot of Disney.

So why is she called Tinkerbell? In the original stories, Tink was a fairy who mended pots and kettles. She was literally a tinker fairy! Not many can understand what Tink says. Her speech sounds like a tinkling bell and only those who know the language of the fairies of Neverland, like Peter, can understand what she says. However, Tinkerbell has a history of making some very discernible facial expressions, making it possible to understand what she means.

She’s a feisty, temperamental, spoiled, sometimes very jealous and vindictive but at other times a very kind and helpful fairy. Unfortunately for Tink, her extreme emotions come from her tiny size. With all the wonders of being a fairy, Tinkerbell is limited to feeling only one emotion at a time because there’s just no space for two!