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Flamenco Shoes: We recommend Flamenco Export in Madrid for shoes. They are dependable, ship quickly, communicate well and have a great selection. With that said you need to be careful about sizing so you don’t end up with shoes that don’t fit. You want them to fit like a glove so order your street shoe size or a half size down if you are between sizes. If you have a wider foot or bunions definitely order the double width or AA. Flamenco Export has a great guide to measuring your feet on their site. Here is a Euro to American shoe size conversion chart:
Material/Heel Style: You will also need to select a material - suede breaks in more quickly than leather and is more comfortable if you are using them only once or twice a week. Leather will last longer but takes longer to break in. Have fun with color or keep it simple with basic black.
Heel styles vary. Most dancers use the standard style (clásico) and standard height (5cm). Some people prefer a wider/lower base for balance, this is called tacón cubano. The 'clásico’ model at 5cm is the most commonly used. The carrete style is more narrow and has an elegant look. Many dancers like it while some find they have better balance in the clásico or the cubano.
Here are a few models to choose from:
Beginner basic model LINK in several colors of suede or leather, no heel choices.
Intermediate model LINK with a variety of color and heel choices.
Creative colors and styles in great quality shoes LINK
Professional models LINK Gallardo are some of the best quality shoes with exceptional sound. You can buy them through Flamenco Export or directly from Gallardo LINK. They are expensive but will last a long time (once you break them in!)
Children’s leather shoes (don’t buy the plastic ones) LINK
Soft soled shoes for belly dance/dance fitness: We recommend some type of foot covering in the studio since it is a wood floor. This is to protect the foot and assist with balance and turns. We suggest ballet flats or a low heeled jazz shoe/grecian sandal.
One Stop Shop for Flamenco Shoes and Accessories:
Pure Flamenco in Northern California has a wide selection of shoes, fans, castanets and costumes. You can find there website at this LINK
Attire: We recommend comfortable dancewear - a loose fitting top and exercise/ yoga pants for all classes. Long skirts are not required but they are fun! There are lots of places to find flamenco skirts and tops. Here are a few of our favorites in the US:
Ale Flamenco LINK Great options for stretchy prints and solid tops, skirts and dresses. Extremely comfortable to dance in.
Flamenco Casual on Etsy LINK Modern style lycra skirts in fun prints and patterns.
Flamenco Closet Creations LINK Absolutely stunning dancewear custom made in Spain.
Lunares Flamenco LINK Lycra skirts, tops and dresses out of Brazil.
IN THIS SECTION YOU’LL FIND THE NAMES OF TRACKS WE’RE USING IN INDIVIDUAL CLASSES TO HELP YOU PRACTICE AT HOME. THEY ARE LISTED BY ALBUM TITLE: TRACK NAME, (ARTIST).
MULTILEVEL FLAMENCO TECHNIQUE MONDAYS 6PM
COMPAS FLAMENCO VOL. 1: BULERIAS (SOLO COMPAS) 160, (JOSE TANAKA)
FLAMENCO SUFI MONDAYS 7PM
DOS: CHUTWAT HABIBI, (ZOOBAZAR)
ADVANCED TECHNIQUE TUESDAYS 6:45PM
VIDA: MUERTE, (PACO SOTO)
SOLO COMPAS SIGUIRIYAS Y MARTINETES II: SIGUIRIYAS SOLO COMPAS CON GUITARRA 120, (VARIOUS ARTISTS)
INTERMEDIATE CHOREOGRAPHY FRIDAYS 4PM
MORONEANDO: ZAMBRA DE DIEGO, (SONAIRES DE LA FRONTERA)