Jul 23, 2014 Wednesday
(Almost full)
Université de Genève / Uni Mail - Room M4220
Boulevard du Pont-d'Arve 40, 4th floor, room M4220 - (right side from tram stop entrance) (Call 078 721 94 19 or 078 605 81 52 if not responding)
Genève CH

Sevillanas is probably the most seductive and popular flamenco dance in Andalusia (South of Spain). They come in a group of four. The aim of this class is that you learn the first Sevillana. It is usually danced by a man and a woman (but it can also be danced by two people of the same gender). When dancing Sevillanas, the man tries to seduce the woman almost without touching her. The dignified posture as well as the exchange of fiery glances plays an important part. In Andalusia, it is very rare to meet someone who cannot dance Sevillanas, because it is always danced in the Ferias (Andalusian Flamenco festivals). Andalusians are pretty good at carpe diem by socialising in Ferias, dancing Sevillanas, indulging themselves in exquisite tapas and relieving the thirst with typical Andalusian wine. The most well-known Flamenco festival in and outside Spain is “La Feria de Abril” in Seville, but Ferias can be found all over Andalusia on special days of the year. If you think you have seen it all, it is hard to impress you and you are openhearted, I highly recommend you attend to a Feria one day (especially with a local). For the ones with no desire to go to a Feria, they still can learn Sevillanas as a way of having fun, exercising, improving their coordination skills and correcting their posture to a more elegant and passionate one. Recommended: Women: comfortable high-heels, a skirt and black/red/polka dots clothing. Men: dressed in black.

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About the teacher, Manuela Bernal Reyes

Curious about life, I have lived in five countries before deciding that I would like to stay in Switzerland. Although I am Andalusian (from Cadiz), I studied English Literature and Creative Writing in London, followed by a MA in Translation which was almost useless. After doing some translations here and there, I realised that being in front of a computer was not how I wanted to spend my life, so I went to Barcelona to study again, change my career and become a Spanish teacher. Currently, I work at an international language school here in Geneva. I mainly teach Spanish in companies, and I enjoy what I do very much because there is no one day the same, it gives me the chance to interact with interesting people and it makes me grow every day, both professionally and personally. I also work with kids, especially with a little special one, and it's like a paid hobby because it's something that I do out of pure pleasure.