Tablao Flamenco is a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) at the University of Chicago that functions as a subgroup of RBIM (Rhythmic Bodies in Motion). It was founded in the spring of 2009 by a group of current and former UofC students who had met through various flamenco events in Chicago. RBIM is a student-run dance group dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation for the art of dance on campus through a diversity of dance styles and dancers.
The mission of Tablao Flamenco is to promote the dance and music of flamenco at the University of Chicago and Hyde Park through performances, master classes, workshops, and dance classes taught by advanced members of Tablao Flamenco. In the process, we hope to offer Hyde Park a space for collaboration among flamenco dancers, musicians, and singers of all ages and backgrounds, as well as across musical and dance genres. Tablao Flamenco also aims to better integrate the Hyde Park area into the rich and active flamenco community of Chicago.
Tablao Flamenco offers beginners and intermediate classes in flamenco dance throughout the school year (fall, winter, and spring quarters).
BARS is located on the first floor of Bartlett Dining Commons. If youÕre entering from University Ave., make a right in the first passageway and then a left. Use the left door (next to the menÕs restroom) to enter. If youÕre using the entrance facing Regenstein Library, make an immediate left once youÕve passed both sets of doors. Enter through the double doors next to the elevator.
The Ida Noyes Dance Room is located in the lower level of Ida Noyes Hall. Once downstairs, head towards the womenÕs restroom. Rather than taking a left into the restroom, make a right through the double doors and go through the small storage room.
Cost: free for U of C students, $5 per class for all others (or $20 for 5 classes)
Recommended (but not necessary) dress for beginners:
women – loose pants; sturdy, comfortable heels, preferably no higher than 1.5 inches
men – loose pants; comfy dress shoes with slight heels if possible
To learn more about our instructors, check out the People page.
To see what weÕve been learning so far over the past year, take a look at the Class Guide page.
Flamenco is a dance and musical form that emerged out of the mixture of gypsy, Muslim, and Jewish cultures in Andalusian Spain. Danced in pairs, groups, or individually, flamenco involves rhythmically complex footwork and clapping, as well as ornamental arm and hand movements.
Check out some of the sites on our Flamenco Links page to learn more!