Frequently Asked Questions
1Is there a minimum level required to participate?
A minimum level is not required to participate, however it does help that you already have some experience.
2How do I choose the right level for me?
Guitar: the first day you can attend both levels, and you can decide for yourself which of the two sessions best suits your abilities. Dance: the classes are adapted to the level of the students. Two choreographies are prepared during the week, one for beginners and one for advanced dancers, and students may participate in both if they wish. The rest of the classes are adapted to the level of the participants.
3Does the organization also book accommodation?
No, you must reserve your accommodation on your own.
4Do I need to book accommodation at Hotel Los Helechos?
No, you are not obliged to book this hotel to participate in the course and you may stay wherever you choose. However, we do recommend Hotel Los Helechos *** (www.hotelloshelechos.com) since it is very well located near the center and the classes, and during the week of the flamenco course it is filled with the students that participate creating a very familiar and overflowing flamenco atmosphere. In addition, they make a special price for the students of the course, you just have to ask for Marcos and mention that you participate in the Flamenco Course of Carmen Cortés and Gerardo Núñez when making the reservation. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel .: +34 956 361 349 (ask for Marcos) Single room: € 45 Double room: € 60
5When do I pay for the course?
There are two occasions to pay for whole course: 1. After the welcome reception on Sunday night, at Carmen and Gerardo's house. 2. Before the start of classes on Monday morning, at 09.00, in Patio de la Victoria (where the dance and singing classes take place). For more information, please consult the weekly programme: http://www.cursoflamenco.com/programme/ .
6When should I arrive in Sanlúcar?
The course officially begins the previous Sunday, at 9:00 p.m., with a welcome reception for all students. A fiesta por bulerías together with all the teachers to start the intensive flamenco week. For more information, please consult the weekly programme: http://www.cursoflamenco.com/programme/ .
7Can I pay the course with card?
No, the course can only be paid in cash, we are sorry for the inconveniences.
8Can I participate in more than one course?
Of course, you just have to check the timetable so that the courses you are interested in do not clash (check the weekly weekly programme: http://www.cursoflamenco.com/programme/ ).
9Can I access all the fiestas por bulerías and concerts every night?
The fiestas por bulerías every night are included in the price of the course for students. You will receive a card to access them. The event access card for partners, friends and other people who do not participate in the course costs € 50 (one-off price). For some concerts (approximately two) an extra ticket will be charged, which can be paid before the event starts or at the beginning of the week. In the event access card for partners, the entrance to these concerts is already included.
10Is it obligatory to actively participate in the fiestas por bulerías?
Every night we organize fiestas por bulerías with a group of cantaores (flamenco singers) from Jerez de la Frontera. These fiestas are specially made for the students to feel more comfortable on a stage, in a familiar and supportive environment, where the teachers and students of the Flamenco Course are the audience. Therefore, we encourage you to participate in them. Both students and teachers take turns playing guitar and cajón (percussion), singing and dancing. It is not obligatory to participate in them, but we strongly recommend it, since it is part of living flamenco.
11My partner / family / friend accompanies me to the course, can they access the night events?
The fiestas por bulerías every night are included in the price of the course for students. Students receive a card to access them. The event access card for partners, friends and other people who do not participate in the course costs € 50 (one-off price). For some concerts (approximately two) an extra ticket will be charged, which can be paid before the event starts or at the beginning of the week. In the event access card for partners, the entrance to these concerts is already included.
12Do I need to stay for Saturday night's paella?
It is now a tradition to invite all students and friends of the course to see off the week with a big 'farewell paella' that is homemade at Carmen and Gerardo's house on Saturday night. It is not obligatory to attend, but it would help us a lot to know who will and who won’t to calculate the size of the paella.
13I can only come half of the week, can I have a discount?
Unfortunately, the teachers have a fixed price for each student of the course, and we can not make discounts on the price for the entire week, which in itself is already very tight.
14Can I have a receipt?
Yes, just let us know.
15What flamenco palos (rhythms) will we do this year?
In general, the teachers prepare the course in advance and communicate it to the students at the beginning of the week, but they also ask the students for any particular wishes.
16Can I take photos / videos?
Taking photos and videos for personal use is allowed. During the week the organization will also take photos and video recordings of the course: all those who attend the course give their tacit consent to the organization to use and publish this material.
17Is there a minimum / maximum age to participate?
No, everyone is welcome.
18Can I participate with another instrument in the guitar course?
Yes, the course is not exclusive for guitars. Many times we have students with a keyboard, double bass, saxophone, and other instruments.
19Are there any scholarships available?
Yes, this year we have scholarships for members of te SGAE. The call for submissions is open until July 1, 2019 or until the available places are filled. For more information visit: http://www.fundacionsgae.org/es-ES/SitePages/BecaDetalle.aspx?i=53