Collyer’s students recently learnt to dance basic flamenco with “palmas y jaleos”, with the help of leading professional dancer, Ana Dueñas.
Milagros Herguedas, who is Subject Leader for Spanish at Collyer’s, was thrilled: “The students loved working with Ana and thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. I was incredibly impressed that they were able to dance quite a challenging choreography by the end of the sessions!
“Ana’s sessions have really helped to give the students a vital insight into Spanish culture, which is something that has been the key to the success of the course. She is an incredibly gifted, inspirational and charismatic dancer, who is always so generous with her time.”
Deputy Principal, Steve Martell, said: “Milagros and her students really enjoyed the Flamenco workshops with Ana. Quite a few of us at Collyer’s are actually massive ‘Strictly’ fans, so I it was a great opportunity to have a ‘Strictly Flamenco’ experience right here at college!”
Milagros added: “Ana taught students about the essence of flamenco and more importantly a small choreography. Students learnt that you need to follow some rules, but that doesn’t stop you from expressing your own individuality. It is wonderful to see students getting first-hand experience – Ana was very impressed with how quickly they learnt the steps and hand movements.”
Assistant Principal, Andrea John, said: “We have outstanding Dance and Spanish departments and events like these are what make the educational experience at Collyer’s so special. No wonder students now travel to Collyer’s from across the region!
“Big thanks to Ana Dueñas for coming in and sharing her dancing expertise with our students. We are also incredibly grateful to Milagros for organising the event.”