About Roshanne

Roshanne Wijeyeratne is Director of Alma Flamenca Dance School in Adelaide and co-founding member of Velada Flamenco Performance Company. A performer, choreographer and teacher, Roshanne gives classes in Bowden, conducts dance workshops around Australia and performs both nationally and internationally, including in Spain and the U.S.

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Why learn Flamenco?

Flamenco is fantastic for improving

  • posture
  • body awareness
  • coordination
  • fitness
  • strength (upper body, lower body and core)
  • cultural understanding
  • your sense of rhythm and percussion (rhythms range from simple to highly complex)
  • self understanding and confidence!
Unlike many other dance forms, being able to dance flamenco professionally (or to a proficient level) is not reliant on your height, age, looks, weight or
flexibility. In truth, almost anyone can dance flamenco if they work hard and are not afraid to express themselves. This is one of the most endearing
qualities of the art of flamenco dance. Ultimately, a proficient flamenco dancer need only work hard to master the body disciplines including arm
work, core/torso strength, hand movements and footwork. Then with time, individual style and self expression can be explored as skills develop and
personal confidence grows.
With all this mind, even by the end of beginners course students can endulge in some foot-stomping fun, percussive sounds, whippy turns and graceful
upper body work. Flamenco is a fun and satisfying way to get fit, improve rhythm and coordination, and it gives the dancer an opportunity to explore and
express honest emotions through dance. Anyone can dance flamenco with hard work, perseverence and passion!

What is Flamenco?

What is Flamenco?


Flamenco is an artform comprising of music, song and dance that orginates from the south of Spain, Andalucía. Originating from the cultural heart of the Andalucían gypsies, several influences are apparent in the artform's music, song and dance including from Islamic, Jewish, Indian, Moorish and Christian cultures. It is commonly believed that flamenco began with the singing (cante) and the guitar and dance were introduced later.


Flamenco dance has strong Indian, Arabic and Spanish influences. The dance is known for its passion, fire and grace; a mix of proud posture, intricate percussive footwork, strong body movements, graceful arms and emotional expression. It's places of performance range from an informal gathering of flamencos at parties to the world's most popular stages. The style in which flamenco dance can be presented ranges greatly: from flamenco puro, which is often a soloist improvising the dance in response to the singer, all the way to highly choreographed and staged flamenco dance pieces.

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