Understand the ELEMENTS of FLAMENCO

so you can dance with
understanding and knowledge

Feeling LOST in flamenco?

Feel like you're learning HOW to dance but you don't know WHAT you're doing?

You're in love with flamenco and you may have even started classes (or even been dancing for years) but you're missing a *little* bit of information....

What IS flamenco in the broader sense besides this wonderful passionate art form that gives you chills? 

You hear vocabulary thrown at you and you don't understand it. You know that there are a bunch of different rhythms but what are they and how do you know the difference?

What is the compás of all of them?

What is the structure of flamenco anyways? What are you even looking at when a dancer dances?

Yes to any of this?

Then this lecture is for you!

Elements of Flamenco Lecture

(aka Flamenco Theory 101)

It's one thing to be able to DANCE flamenco just by copying your teacher. But it's something entirely different to become an aficionado, one who UNDERSTANDS flamenco- its language and nuances.

In the ELEMENTS OF FLAMENCO LECTURE you will uncover the broad overview of flamenco

  • *The most common palos (rhythms) for dancing and their compás
  • *The most common structure of a flamenco dance
  • *Basic vocabulary for a dancer

Purchase now and start watching immediately!

In this one hour lecture you will--

Elements of Flamenco

Learn what makes up flamenco as an art form. It's NOT just dancing!!

Vocabulary for Dancers

Understand the vocabulary that is specific for flamenco dancers.

Compás (Beat)

Learn the heartbeat of flamenco with the compás (counts) of various palos (rhythms).

Palos (Rhythms)

Discover the six most common palos (rhythms) that dancers perform.


It's IMPOSSIBLE to learn flamenco without understanding the structure of a dance- the beginning, middle and ending parts. Here, we'll go over the "professional," "simple," and "complete" structure of a dance.

Video Review of Different Dancers

After the lecture portion, we will review various videos and identify the palos and pinpoint some key structural elements.

JALEOS for Elements of Flamenco Lecture

Jaleos (hah-lay-os) are the words of encouragement and approval that get shouted during a performance. ¡Olé! ¡Toma! ¡Arsa!


Rina is a generous and enthusiastic teacher. Her love of flamenco is infectious. She explains things thoroughly, yet concisely. She demonstrates movements -  not only steps, but body position and arms and hands. After showing what she is going to teach, she breaks it down, then builds it back together, then practices with us! Thank you, Rina, for sharing your gift with us.

~Kathy S.


Rina's teaching is warm, encouraging and thorough, and you really feel that you are in a live class as you dance with her. For all of us who live in a "flamenco desert" this is a fantastic resource to find.

~Angela N.


Flamenco is a challenging dance form. Rina has a clear and unique way of breaking it down. She teaches the forms and movements clearly and slowly and also the structure of the dance. She has grace and power, expertise and patience and sense of humor. The Online Flamenco Studio is really a University of Compás! Ole!

~Cydney R.

Meet Your Teacher,
Rina Orellana

Rina is a Madrid-trained professional flamenco dancer with over 25 years of experience. She also has had her own dance academy in Los Angeles, California for 20 years. There she trains many dancers from beginners looking for a fun community and workout all the way to training dancers to perform on their own in tablaos (flamenco venues.) She also has the Online Flamenco Studio, a thriving site with over 55 courses for dancers of all levels.

Rina has a special gift with breaking down the mysteries of flamenco into easy to understand elements. So, she thoroughly enjoys watching the progress her dancers have made whether it's finally "hearing the 12" for a beginner to a tablao dancer using one of her choreographies for her show.

It’s her hope that you, too, can begin your flamenco journey with the Elements of Flamenco Lecture Course and  unleash your own flamenco beast!!

elements of flamenco lecturE

$29 USD

  • Pay once and keep forever
  • Immediate Start
  • Access both Lecture & Video Walkthrough Videos
  • Watch as often as necessary to reinforce learning

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this training live?

This lecture is prerecorded. You may watch it as often as you'd like after purchase.

What level of flamenco expertise is this for?

This lecture is geared towards more beginner dancers. However, if you have dance experience and have never learned or understood the compás, the various palos, vocabulary or never knew what you were watching, then this training is right for you.

After finishing this training, you may want to view the next level of Flamenco Theory videos in the library- Flamenco Structure (Flamenco Theory 102) or How to Choreograph Flamenco (Flamenco Theory 103).


How long do I have access to this training?

You will always have access to this video once you purchase it. You will need an internet connection for your mobile, tablet, computer or television to access the course. Downloading the videos are not possible. However, you will be able to download the slides for the presentation.

How long is the lecture?

The complete lecture is one hour long- 20 minutes presentation of compás, palos and structure, plus 40 minutes video review of identifying key elements of a dance.


Rina Orellana | Online Flamenco Studio