Master Class “Dancing with Horses” Where the ring is your dance floor and the horse is your dance partner.

Professors: Ángel Peralta (Yeguada Almuzara) and Mª Victoria Martín Bravo (Grupo Albariza).

“The first image that comes into my mind, from my childhood, is the one of me riding the mare Brinca, daughter of Cabriola and a gift from my grandfather….with her I was given the opportunity to discover the passion I have found in the world of horses”.

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Participant profile.

Students, professors and dancers from the following areas: ballet, contemporary dance, Spanish dance, Ballroom dance as well as film, theater and musical dancers and artistic circus professionals and artists.

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Training features:

There are two distinct features that identify our culture and the idiosyncrasy of our Andalusian people, without a doubt two of which are:

  • – The Horse, a fundamental element in our tradition, from their vital importance of their performance in working fields as well as their important role socially as a part of fiestas, ferias, the bullrings, etc.
  • – Flamenco, as an artistic form of expression, is born out of the need to express and demonstrate the character of our people.

It is our intention/purpose to join these two elements which so attractively characterize our culture, creating this beautiful story of conquest of the rider and his horse who let themselves be embraced by the magic of the gypsy through dance.

Our main objective is no other than setting the mood so that performers let themselves be invaded by the strength and beauty of the horse and with the skill and techniques of improvisation and creation, making it possible to perform a beautiful show in the surroundings of a bullring with historic roots.

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Program

A five-day program, with three hours of class per day, has been designed. These three hours have been divided into the following areas: purely technical dance classes and the moment that theory is put into practice with horses.

A maximum of four horses will be available, dividing work into three days, every other day, and they will participate in the final show.

The show will last approximately 20 minutes, and will be divided into the following areas:

  • – Presentation and the first choreographed dance routine with horses. Musical composition orchestrated in Spanish style and the compás of alegrías.
  • – Jinete con trabajo a la mano de caballo (Rider performing exercises with a horse, from the ground not on horseback).
  • – The second choreographed dance routine with capotes toreros (bullfighter’s capes). Spanish Pasodoble style.
  • – Riders with flamencas (women dressed in traditional flamenco clothing) on the croup of the horse.

If there is time, a third choreographed dance routine would be the concluding part of the show, with music of Sevillanas.

You can download the program here.

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PROFESSIONAL TEAM

The people who will be teaching the course are:

Ángel Peralta Astolfi. He is a Horseman with the best genetic background possible in Spain in the horse world/world of horses. His Grandfather, on his father’s side of the family, whose name he inherited, Don Ángel Peralta, is a leading figure and well-known rejoneador (bullfighter on horseback) inside and outside of our country. On his mother’s side of the family, his grandfather Antonio Astolfi, also a distinguished/well-known figure in the world of horses and a promoter of a family line of internationally renowned horsemen.

Currently, Ángel Peralta Astolfi combines his career as a horseman, participating in important contests and events in the equestrian world, with his position as Director of the Yeguada Almuzara (”Almuzara” Stud Farm).

Mª Victoria Martín Bravo Spanish Dance Professor with a degree from the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático y Danza de Córdoba and choreographer for the “Albariza” Dance Group. Currently she is teaching classes at the “Azúcar Negra” Dance School.

She has participated in numerous/varios Spanish Dance and Flamenco shows with the Albariza Dance Group, amoung others:

  • – Semana do Cavalo e do Toiro (Horse and Bull Festival) The Azores Fair.
  • – Collaborations with the Junta de Andalucía in promoting Tourism in Andalucía.
  • – Collaborations to promote the Ruta del Vino Montilla Moriles (Montilla Moriles Wine Route) in Madrid.
  • – Various/Numerous performances at Isla Mágica in Seville.

THE STUD FARM

We would like to highlight the participation of the Yeguada Almuzara (the “Almuzara” Stud Farm), coming from the Campos de Almuzara, which were, in the first place, the seat of the palatine city of Medina Azahara and the Dehesas Reales.(the Royal Meadows), the area surrounding this historic city.

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More information

First day

9:30 – 10:30

The group is welcomed, presentation of the class given by the professors and technical team and a tour around the facilities where the course is going to take place (Facilities at the Cortijo El Alamillo).

First contact with the horses and a brief demonstration will be given by Ángel Peralta Astrolfi, professional horseman, with one of the member of the group.

10:30 – 11:30

A practical lesson will take place in the dance halls.

11:30 – 12:30

Practice in a bullring with horses applying what has been learned.

Second day

9:30 – 10:30

Review and continuation of first choreography/dance routine worked on in the dance halls.

10:30 – 11:30

We begin with by explaining the second choreography/routine based on the technique for dancing with capotes (bullfighter’s capes).

11:30- 11:40

A break (optional)

11:40 – 12:30

Everything that has been learned up to this time will be put into practice in the bullring.

Third day

9:30 – 10:30

Review of what has been covered in previous days and continuation of the choreographed routines that have already been started.

10:30 – 11:30

Staging of dancing with horses put into practice.

Use of capotes (capes) in the bullring put into practice.

11:30 – 11:40

A break (optional)

11:40 – 12:30

Continuation – dancing with horses.

Practice on the Croup of the Horse.

Fourth day

9:30 – 10:30

Review and finalization of the first staging of dancing with horses.

10:30 – 11:30

Review and finalization of the staging with capotes (capes).

11:30 – 11:40

A break (optional)

11:40 – 12:30

Review and practice of choreographed routines in the bullring.

Fifth day

9:30 – 10:30

Review of all the choreographed routines worked on, in the bullring.

10:30 – 12:30

Show staging.

Course closure