Become the Flamenco Dancer You DREAM of Being
Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced dancer!
Does this sound like YOU?
You hear the strum of the flamenco guitar and the singer's "quejío" (ay, ay, aaaayyyy) and YOUR HEART STIRS. You've always DREAMED OF DANCING flamenco because you are drawn to the passion and intensity but wonder if it's too late to learn. You've been away from flamenco for many years and you are finally READY TO DEDICATE YOURSELF to dancing again but don't know where to start. Perhaps you've been taking flamenco dance lessons for years but STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND how it works and feel like you've wasted your time! Maybe you still don't seem to be able to COORDINATE YOUR BODY, feel the COMPAS and look even BLAND when you see yourself on video.
Then are you READY to...
Whether you're just starting out or you've been dancing for years,
you, too, can dance with your entire Mind, Body & Soul!
What does that even mean?
The MIND part of flamenco is all the intellectual learning like understanding the structure of a dance, recognizing the different palos (rhythms)- the stuff you need to be able to dance confidently with live musicians.
The BODY OF FLAMENCO is where we use the body. Impeccable technique, upper body, footwork, turns, strength, coordination, stamina. You get the idea.
The last element is the SOUL OF FLAMENCO.
This is, I think, the most crucial element of dancing flamenco. It’s the difference between watching a highly trained yet spiritless dancer vs. a dancer with less finesse but is absolutely captivating.
The word for that dancer is that she has aire or duende, which means the quality of passion, inspiration and most of all CONFIDENCE. This really comes from having the courage to show up and allow ourselves to be seen, being brave and vulnerable at the same time.
But where to start if you never have?
How to progress if you’ve stalled in your learning journey?
Of course, all dancers need technique like a strong core, articulate feet, fluid arms and solid turns. But what comes before that are CORAJE (courage), CORAZON (heart), and COMPAS (rhythm).
And this is for ALL dancers! Newbies, experienced, young, old, tall, short, skinny, plump.
Especially if you're staring flamenco as an adult, you need ALOT of courage. The courage to start something new. The courage to make mistakes. The courage to take up space and stand up and be seen. This last point is so important because flamenco is all about being expressive, open and raw. And it takes courage to dig in deep and share that!
Our ultimate goal as dancers is to be able to dance with aire, achieve the stante of duende, dance with expressiveness and confidence. THIS is dancing with your heart. Dancing from the heart starts with getting in touch with how we want to FEEL while dancing and how we want to feel about ourselves as dancers. Then it extends to the aire of the attitude of the particular palo (rhythm) we're dancing.
The compás is EVERYTHING in flamenco. Without having the rhythm, the beat, the actual HEARTBEAT of flamenco in our bodies-- there is no dancing, just flailing!
So, we start with those three elements AND we learn how to DANCE, DANCE, DANCE with our entire MIND, BODY & SOUL, because we know that flamenco isn’t just learning a bunch of steps!
💋 And we remember to always KISS like a flamenco! Keep It Strong & Simple!!
Ready? Are you in?
Introducing the Online Flamenco Studio
a truly comprehensive monthly membership for women to dance anytime, anywhere, at your own pace with a thriving community
💃🏻 Learn flamenco through Rina's holistic Mind, Body & Soul approach to Flamenco
💃🏻 Access 55+ on-demand video courses with over 400+ lessons for new beginners through advanced levels
💃🏻 Choose lessons in technique (marking, footwork, turns & more), choreographies & lectures
💃🏻 Clear guidance and easy to follow video lessons
💃🏻 Be a part of a vibrant community of flamencas just like you!
💃🏻 More lessons continuously added
Why choose the Online Flamenco Studio?
Of course, the BEST way to learn flamenco is to be LIVE in a studio setting with a good teacher.
But you may NOT HAVE flamenco near you.
Or you may want to SUPPLEMENT what you already get from your local teachers.
Either way, I know that the Online Flamenco Studio WORKS.
THOUSANDS of dancers from ALL OVER THE WORLD have danced with me online since I started back in 2015!! I have perfected making the complicated world of flamenco easy to understand and digest.
Yes, you can learn technique and choreography from your local teachers and from my online studio. But with the Online Flamenco Studio you also learn the LANGUAGE of flamenco, something that, frankly, many teachers don't teach or don't even know!
Also, you are NOT alone here! We have a VIBRANT community waiting to give you jaleos!!
Hola, I'm Rina Orellana!
I'd love to be your flamenco teacher and mentor
Trained in Madrid and based in Los Angeles, California, I've been dancing flamenco for over 25 years. I've also been training dancers for over 15 years- from new beginners through advanced, ready to dance in tablaos.
After all these years of teaching, I've really learned what budding and seasoned dancers struggle with. And I say NO more imitating a bunch of steps from a choreography with no knowledge of what you're actually dancing!
I believe that dancing flamenco is a personal journey and we all have something unique to offer. I am passionate about helping dancers unleash their inner flamenca by bravely stepping up to be seen.
My goal is clarify the secret language of the art form so that you can truly dance it with confidence and self expression.
Since 2015, hundreds and hundreds of dancers from all over the world have unleashed their flamenca with me in the Online Flamenco Studio. I hope you will join us.
¡Olé! Vámanos- let's do it.
Let's explore inside the membership...
Our 55+ courses (and counting!)...
This is the cornerstone of the Online Flamenco Studio. These courses provide a solid foundation in technique for all dance levels.
Clear explanations and drills for:
▪️Solea por Buleria, Alegrias, Tientos, Solea, Siguirilla
Learn complete choreographies to recorded music. Use them as-is or adapt them to use with live musicians.
▪️Beginner: Tangos - Rosa Maria, Guajiras
▪️Advanced Beginner: Garrotín, Solea por Bulerias - Naike, Tangos - Como el Agua, Traditional Sevillanas
▪️Intermediate: Alegrias - Pitingo, Bamberas, Bulerias de Jerez, Colombianas with fan, Sevillanas with fan, Tientos
▪️Intermediate/Advanced: Escobilla, Fandangos de Huelva, Farruca, Guajiras with fan, Seguirillas, Solea por Bulerias, Tangos
▪️Advanced: Alegrias, Sevillanas Flamencas, Solea
▪️Escobillas: Varying complete escobillas for all levels
NEW BEGINNERS AREA
Learn flamenco from the absolute beginning with these three courses that introduce technique, rhythm, marking steps and footwork. Then we apply them to a simple choreography. Also get a strong overview of flamenco with the lectures.
▪️Intro to Flamenco- Tangos
▪️Intro to 12 Count- Solea por Bulerias
▪️Intro to Footwork
▪️Elements of Flamenco Lecture
Extra workshops and lessons to enhance your flamenco skills:
▪️Bulerias Zone (techniques & how to improvise)
▪️Contratiempo (counter time)
▪️Upper Body Focus
▪️How to Create an Escobilla Workshop
▪️How to Improvise Letras Workshop
▪️Turns, Turns, Turns
Stay motivated and accountable to make steady progress by joining our monthly member CHALLENGE. The support from the group is AMAZING! Or, you can kickstart your own practice by choosing any of the other pre-made challenges:
▪️7 Day Flamenco Quick Start
▪️10 Days, 10 Escobillas Challenge
▪️Our next one is the wildly popular End of Year Choreography Challenge!
FLAMENCO THEORY & LECTURES
Learn the structure, components and compás (rhythm counts) of the various palos (rhythmical styles) and how to break down a dance number. Various lectures for:
▪️General Lectures: Elements of Flamenco, Structure of Flamenco, How to Choreograph Flamenco, Our Flamenco Ancestors
▪️Palos Lectures: Alegrias, Bulerias por Fiesta, Fandangos de Huelva, Farruca, Guajiras, Sevillanas, Siguirilla, Solea, Solea por Bulerias, Tangos por Fiesta, Tarantos, Tientos
As an added BONUS
with your membership, you get accountability, support AND an amazing community!
BONUS #1 - COMMUNITY
Hang out with other like-minded flamenco aficionados from around the world in the Facebook group. Share your stories, stay accountable, and build friendships. Plus, get personal FEEDBACK on your dance videos.
BONUS #2 - MOTIVATION
Stay motivated to make progress with our regular group CHALLENGES and LIVE PRACTICE SESSIONS. You can take any course inside the membership on your own schedule or have structure of the group's current CHALLENGE. These keep you accountable, intentional and progressing steadily TOGETHER.
BONUS #3 - GUIDANCE
Even though we're online, you are NOT alone! Regular live calls via Zoom with Rina to answer your questions, get personal feedback on your videos and special bonus teachings. Plus join us for our practice sessions. Need help knowing which course to take? We are always here to help!
Payments are AUTOMATIC so class is always in session. You may cancel at any time.
MONTHLY: $47 USD
Is the Online Flamenco Studio right for you?
Remember, this ISN'T just about learning to dance flamenco online. This is a comprehensive online flamenco dance membership unlike any other.
It's about community, expression, feeling confident in your skin, gaining a true understanding of this beautiful art form.
I am there to guide you. The community is there to support you. You just need to show up, be consistent and allow that inner flamenca come out! 😍
Join RISK-FREE! If you're not completely happy with the Online Flamenco Studio, you may request a full refund within 14 days of purchase-- no questions asked!
How does this work?
You sign up for a monthly or annual membership that renews automatically. Once you log in, you have complete access to over 55+ courses, containing over 400 video lessons. There are follow along programs for new beginner, beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels to keep you on track and make steady progress. There are classes in various techniques and choreographies, as well as lectures that teach the structure of the various dances. There's also a private Facebook group so you can connect with the other members, share your practice plan, ask questions, get feedback and be with your tribe!
I'm not on Facebook, can I still join?
YES! All the video lessons and the Q&A Zoom recordings are in the membership area of the website. The community is on Facebook but you have access to all the video dance lessons on the membership site.
What equipment do I need?
You'll need a reliable internet connection for your computer, tablet, mobile or television. For dancing, you'll need a good pair of flamenco shoes and a dance floor. The dance floor can be something as simple as an inch think piece of plywood from the home improvement store covered with a coat of clear polyurethane.
What is the time commitment?
Of course, since these lessons are prerecorded and available online, you get to choose how much time you commit to learning. However, you get out of it as much as you put in.
You would benefit to log in at least once a week to take a class. You can expect to make steady progress if you logged in at least three times per week. In the end, it's a matter of priorities and what your goals are.
The lessons run 5-25 minutes long.
If you think of learning flamenco like learning a language or a musical instrument, that should put it into perspective and keep your expectations in check.
One thing to consider is what your ultimate goal with flamenco is. Do you want to perform? Then you'll need to take classes or use this site very, very regularly. Do you just want to get some exercise and feed your passion a little? Then logging in to take a class at least once a week would be fine.
Remember, though, that there is the private Facebook group that really supports the members through community, encouragement and accountability.
Can I *really* learn to dance flamenco online?
YES, YES and YES! I've taught HUNDREDS of dancers from all over the world. My specialty is focusing on teaching you HOW to learn flamenco. It's all about getting the compás (rhythm) in your muscle memory, taking one piece at a time, and truly understanding the structure of the dance. But more importantly, for you, the dancer, you must be consistent in your efforts to see any results. But that's ok because I've got your back!! PLUS you can get direct feedback from me. Just submit your video in the members only Facebook group and I will help you.
I'm a beginner, is this site for me?
Yes! There is a New Beginner Area with three separate courses that walk you through the very first fundamentals of flamenco. They cover flamenco rhythm, marking and footwork technique as well as learning two separate choreographies. Expect to take about 4 weeks (sometimes shorter, sometimes longer) for each course if you're logging in a few times per week.
I'm an advanced dancer, can I really learn anything new here?
There is material in the Online Flamenco Studio to challenge advanced dancers with choreography as well as building aire and truly understanding the nuances of the music in all aspects of technique. One of the most valuable lessons are the lectures where I completely break down the structure of different palos so that you can truly understand what you're dancing and why. Plus you have access to me to offer you feedback and answer any questions you have.
Can I download the videos?
The videos are available by streaming only. So you need an internet connection for your mobile, tablet, computer or television to access the Studio. Downloading the videos are not possible. You have complete access to all the videos as long as your subscription is current.
What if I don't understand something from the lessons or have other questions?
Easy! You can post your all your questions in the private Facebook group for the Online Flamenco Studio Community. Also, Rina hosts live weekly Q&A's in the community Facebook group. To get personal feedback, you must submit a video in the group.
Am I obligated with a contract? Are there refunds?
You may request a full refund within 14 days of purchase.
If you continue your membership, you may cancel at anytime. There are no contract commitments.
Refunds are not available after the first 14 days.