MTÜ Flamenkotantsustuudio Duende (lit. Non-Profit Organisation Flamenco Dance Studio Duende) propagates flamenco dance and flamenco culture through the spanish folklore and participation in national and international festivals. We introduce regularly new repertoire and work with the best teachers in Estonia and abroad. In addition to the dance classes we also teach about sewing the costumes and tell about the history of the flamenco costumes.
Studio Duende started teaching flamenco dance in Tartu, Estonia in 1999. Our classes take place in Lille Maja in Lille Street and in Pikk Street in Tartu. Both independently and in cooperation with other dance studios we have participated in and organised annually in various dance concerts and events both in Tartu and elsewhere in Estonia. Our annual spring concerts Primavera have already become a tradition.
Since 2003 childrens’ flamenco classes for 7-12 yr olds have been introduced to the curriculum of Studio Duende.
Starting 2005 also bellydance classes have been offered. Initially with Liisi Taniroo and Leena Mägi as teachers, since 2007 with only Leena Mägi as teacher.
Starting 2017 indian classical dance classes by Triinu Heinsoo have been added to the curriculum.
Flamenco classes begin with introducing the dance style. Then we show the correct posture for body, hands and feet and slowly start learning how to coordinate the rhythmic taps of the feet with the claps of the hands and various other dance elements. The first choreography is the Andalusian (Southern-Spain) gypsies traditional dance Sevillanas.
Advanced classes repeat first the choreographies learnt in the summer intensive courses and start then learning new choreographies from various authors. These classes pay more attention also to the rhythmic footwork in order to learn the basic methods and systems used in flamenco. The dancers are getting familiar with various rhythms of the different flamenco styles like fandango, rumbas, tangos, alegrias, bulerias etc.
In the more theoretical lessons we explore flamenco history, costume history and learn how to sew the costumes, how to create and choose the jewelry and how to do stage make-up.