College students studying modern foreign languages swapped the classroom for the dance studio for a special insight into the world of Flamenco.
The A-level Spanish course students at Cornwall College St Austell, took part in the intensive workshop from visiting dance instructor Claudia Caolin.
The session, which formed part of the A-level module on Artistic culture in the Hispanic world, is designed to supplement and expand upon the classroom-based experience of learning a modern foreign language.
A-level Spanish Lecturer Lea Kendall from the St Austell campus arranged the flamenco session for his students.
Lea believes in a style of teaching that “immerses you into the foreign culture” allowing the students to “gain more than just a theoretical understanding of the subject”.
Lea said: “Learning a language is not just about words on a page and tedious grammar, even though I secretly love grammar! Language learning is about culture, music, dance and self-expression. The reason I am utterly passionate about my job is that it facilitates people in accessing the world in an enriched, passionate way. I wanted to bring the flamenco lesson to the college as me and my students love to learn actively. Claudia is an authentic flamenco performer and teacher, my students and I found her to be incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring.”
Born in Germany, dance instructor Claudia Caolin was fascinated with Flamenco dance from a very early age. After completing an MA at Laban Centre London, with Flamenco as her theme for her thesis, she launched the UK based performance group, Claudia Caolin Y Compania. Based in Cornwall since 2006, Claudia has built a reputation, both as a dedicated teacher and a versatile performer.
Claudia enjoyed putting the students through their paces and introducing them to the world of flamenco.
She said: “The students were really good. It was an interesting session for me as everyone who came along were not dancers but rather language students, so they were more interested in the cultural aspects of it. In Flamenco, It’s a high art form that you can express yourself fully as a human being. I hope all the students enjoyed it.”
17 year old James Strickland from St Austell is currently studying A-levels in French, Spanish and English Literature at Cornwall College.
James said: “I really enjoyed coming to the Flamenco workshop today, I’ve never done it before and I learnt a lot about the culture of flamenco and the techniques involved in the dance. It’s great that we get the chance to learn about Spanish culture outside of the classroom in a different setting and try something new while we do. It was a lot of fun!”
Claudia Caolin has an upcoming Flamenco workshop & Tapas party on 15th Dec in Penzance, for more information or to register call 07949-535548.
To find out about studying A-levels Cornwall College St Austell, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.