With the arrival of autumn comes the return of extracurricular activities. These are activities that both young and old attend in order to learn and have fun. This new normal has forced both the teachers and participants to adapt to these activities. Locura Flamenca's compas has not been forgotten: The flamenco academy shut its doors in a state of panic, and it is back with new rules and the same enthusiasm. IDEAL talked to Jose Antonio Hinojosa, and Clara Arance about the unusual start of the course.
Jose Antonio Hinojosa, when asked how the academy had been doing this time, said that they made a return poster every fortnight. They have been training for months and have also been able to adapt the rooms to be used again in the classroom. They have already made an initial approach to students, even though they are smaller than other times, during the summer.
They also used social networks to host recitals on Saturdays, even though the state of emergency was declared. Students met electronically for small performances and maintained contact with each other. .
According to the academy's report, this year was full of activities. They were unable to perform the traditional end of the year galas. Instead, they held recitals every month in Quinto de Cabildo. There were also masterclasses that had been prepared and performances at Las Cruces and at the Fair.
However, his primary concern was to make the space adaptable so that students could begin the course with all security precautions. In order to maintain the distance in the dance area, grids were created. The room was also expanded with mirrors, more partitions, and more space for cleaning and disinfecting between the classes. The room has been expanded to accommodate students who wish to practice guitar or cajon. There are also screens that allow them to be behind the screen during their practice. All classes require the use of a mask.
This course offers percussion, dance and guitar lessons. Most people visit this course looking for that special moment of learning, but also fun and socializing with other people. We are one big family, and this course will be the same as previous ones," said both teachers.
Jose Antonio and Clara both work with students of different ages. Both parents and the older students agree that the center has a great atmosphere and the necessary measures to keep the activity going. Clara explained to IDEAL that dancing is my passion. She said she has enjoyed the experience and the excitement of seeing the students make the beginning of the course even more fun. They have created a course that follows the beat of the bulerias, and they hope to make flamenco lovers forget all about the routine.