Collyer’s students learn flamenco from top dancer

A-level Spanish students who took part in the sessions (left to right): Christopher Brent, Margarita Mortimer, Molly Evans;  Nadir Parkar; Sasha Vallis and Beth Berry
A-level Spanish students who took part in the sessions (left to right): Christopher Brent, Margarita Mortimer, Molly Evans; Nadir Parkar; Sasha Vallis and Beth Berry
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Spanish A-level students learnt to dance basic flamenco with “palmas y jaleos” with the help of leading professional dancer, Ana Dueñas.

Ana led some lively Flamenco Workshops at Collyer’s, as part of the college’s annual Rag Week.

Ana Due�as.

Ana Due�as.

Collyer’s Vice Principal, Steve Nicholls said: “We have an outstanding Spanish department and the students really enjoyed the Flamenco workshops with Ana. Quite a few of us at Collyer’s are massive ‘Strictly’ fans, so I suppose it was a great opportunity for many to have a ‘Strictly Flamenco’ experience right here at college!”

Nadir Parker, who is studying AS Spanish at Collyer’s said: “It was such a fantastic experience. I had a really great time.”

Margarita Mortimer, who is Subject Leader for Spanish at Collyer’s, was thrilled: “Ana’s an incredibly talented and charismatic dancer, who is always so generous with her time. Her 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.

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!”

Steve Nicholls added: “We are hugely grateful to Ana for coming in and sharing her dancing expertise with our students.”

Collyer’s student, Sasha Vallis, summed up the feelings of the A-level Spanish group: “I wish we could do it all over again. It was such brilliant fun!”

Report and pictures contributed by Collyer’s.