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Fall 2012 Flamenco and Yoga schedule for adults and children/Taught by Eve (Agush) Costarelli



Family Yoga (grades k-4) (Mondays 3:30-4:30/Edwards Hall/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA ):
·         Bring your whole family to yoga and practice together! This class presents an opportunity to bond within your family and the community. Family Yoga includes postures, breathing techniques and meditation for the whole family, including age- appropriate variations to accommodate all of the students in the class. Bring anyone you love and have fun! All yogis age 5 and up are welcome in this class.
Yoga for the Young Athlete…and all competitive kids! (grades 5-12) (Mondays 4:30-5:30Edwards Hall/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA)
·         Yoga is the perfect complement to competitive activities as it promotes flexibility, strength, friendliness and equanimity.  Students will learn yoga postures to work the body, breathing techniques to increase the flow of oxygen to the body’s tissues and meditation to calm the mind.
Performance can be improved with yoga:
o   Stablizes autonomic nervous system equilibrium
o   Respiratory efficiency increases
o   Joint range of motion increase
o   Eye-hand coordination improves
o   Balance improves
o   Dexterity skills improve
o   Reaction time improves
o   Posture improves
o   Kinesthetic awareness increase
o   Mood improves
o   Anxiety and Depression decrease
o   Hostility decreases
o   Concentration improves

Veteran’s Yoga (Mondays 6:00-7:30/Edwards Hall/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA )
·         This yoga class is free for all veterans, family members and providers. This class focuses on the specific needs of veterans. Experience the benefits of yoga to relieve stress, recover from trauma, focus the mind and heal the body. All veterans welcome regardless of age or physical ability. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Mats and props are provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and avoid eating at least one hour before class.


Youth Flamenco (Beginner) (Wednesday 4:00-5:00PM/Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA; Thursday 3:30-4:30PM/Edwards Hall/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA)
·         Children I (BEGINNER), kids ages 7 to 11
The class is designed for children aged 7 to 11 with zero to 1 year of flamenco dance experience.  This class includes basic technique of flamenco dance to include correct posture, hand, arm, and foot placement. The student will become familiar with basic flamenco vocabulary. The course will include exercises that will develop the clarity of the students’ footwork, develop their upper-body to lower-body coordination. Basic castanet playing exercises are practiced. Repertoire will be taught. Required attire:  leotard or fitted top, castanets, flamenco shoes and skirt for girls. Castanets and flamenco boots for boys.
Youth Flamenco (Intermediate) (Wednesday 5:00-6:00PM/Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA)
·         Children II (Intermediate), kids ages 7 to 11
The class is designed for children aged 7 to 11 with at least 1 year of flamenco dance experience.  This class offers Flamenco technique to improve posture, hand, arm, and foot placement. Exercises that will improve clarity of the students’ footwork, upper-body to lower-body coordination as well as stamina and endurance are included. Medium to complex footwork and choreographic variations are taught. Required attire:  leotard or fitted top, castanets, flamenco shoes and skirt for girls. Castanets and flamenco boots for boys.
Youth Flamenco (Intermediate/Advanced) (Thursday 4:40-6:00PM/Edwards Hall/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA)
·         Flamenco II/Teens and Adults (12 years of age minimum)
Two to four years of dance experience required. This class offers Flamenco technique to improve posture, hand, arm, and foot placement. Exercises that will improve clarity of the students’ footwork, upper-body to lower-body coordination as well as stamina and endurance are included. Medium to complex footwork and choreographic variations are taught. This class will include elements of yoga to understand the flamenco body.
Required Attire: Flamenco shoes, flamenco skirt, leotard or fitted top, castanets. Other dance accessories may be required such as Spanish hat, mantón and fan,  when necessary.
Adult Flamenco (Beginner/Advanced Beginner) (Friday 10:00-11:30AM/Edwards Hall/Edwards Church, 39 Edwards St, Framingham, MA)

Flamenco I/Teens and Adults
The class is designed for teens, at least 12 years old, and adults of ALL AGES.  This class includes basic technique of flamenco dance to include correct posture, hand, arm, and foot placement. The student will become familiar with basic flamenco vocabulary. The course will include exercises that will develop the clarity of the students’ footwork, develop their upper-body to lower-body coordination. Basic castanet playing exercises are practiced. Repertoire will be taught . This class will include elements of yoga to understand the flamenco body.Required Attire:  leotard or fitted top, castanets, flamenco shoes and skirt for women. Castanets and flamenco boots for men.



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Instructor Creates Confidence Through Kids’ Flamenco & Tap


Natick resident Eve Agush teaches tap, flamenco and yoga to both adults and children. By Alissa Letkowski

Throughout Natick resident Eve Agush’s life, dance has always been a way for her to challenge her mind and her body. Now a choreographer and instructor, Agush is giving back the gift of self-expression to her students, young and old.
Originally a tap dancer studying at the renowned Leon Collins Tap Dancer’s Paradise in Brookline, it wasn’t long before Agush wanted to expand her dance expertise and try her hand at a new artform—Flamenco.
“I just wanted something more. I wanted form, I wanted to learn more about movement,” said Agush, whose mother encouraged her to try the Spanish dance classes. “As I grew in Flamenco, it became a natural thing for me to want to teach what I know.”
Now, Agush is spreading her passion for the dance to adults and, most fondly, to children, across MetroWest.
“I love teaching adults, but there’s just something really special to me about working with children. I want them to learn, I want them to memorize, but I don’t expect perfection,” said Agush, who teaches children’s tap and adult flamenco at Sereda DanceWorks in Natick two days a week.
“Every child, at the end of the year, feels successful because they’ve completed the work. They have this positive experience of working in a group situation, but on an individual art form, rather than in a sport where it’s all about how the whole team is doing.” 
Agush spends her week traveling to different venues in the area, teaching a wide variety of classes—from Flamenco, to tap, to yoga once a month at Brown Elementary, a program that she hopes to expand to other schools in town.
In Natick, she teaches two Monday tap classes—for kids age 6 to 9 and for those 10 and older at Sereda DanceWorks. On Fridays at Sereda, she teaches an hour-long morning flamenco class for adults and home-schooled teens.
Agush also offers a weekly yoga class for veterans at the Edwards Church in Framingham, youth flamenco and tap at the Dance Complex in Cambridge and youth flamenco in Newton. 
“I think there’s something lost in not being brought up with the arts, which are very individualized forms of expression,” said Agush, who said she feels schools focus too much on team sports, rather than on the arts. “It’s stimulating not just to your body; it’s stimulating to your mind.”
Agush said she hopes to gather other flamenco enthusiasts in the area to celebrate International Dance Day on April 29 with a Flamenco flash mob, possibly in Natick.
To learn more about Eve Agush and her passion for dance and yoga, visit her blog,AlwaysBDancing.blogspot.com and like the Always Be Dancing Facebook page.
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