Classes with Alberto Lorca
During my second trip to Spain I visited the famous Amor de Dios studio which was a gathering place for all Spanish dancers and a number of teachers. The building itself was on the actual street Amor de Dios Numero 4. Years later the property was sold and the business located elsewhere in Madrid.
Lorca was a marvelous dancer and choreographer and well schooled in ballet and the Pericet Cursos. He conducted his classes everyday and featured a traditional ballet barre, a center and then proceeded into the Escuela Bolera material so valuable to all those who aspire to do the finest Spanish dance. His classes were large as they were attended by members of the Pilar Lopez Company such as Antonio Gades, Nana Lorca and Carmen Mora.
A number of foreigners were always part of the classes including myself and some from Germany, China, and other countries. We danced Panaderos de la Flamenca in couples and spent much time in class with the combinations of figures from the syllabus of the Bolero School. It was difficult work but it augmented my knowledge of the Spanish forms with Alberto’s creative style and this was tremendous help towards building the vocabulary needed to make dances. It was an hour and a half of intense work. This together while studying with Antonio Marin for pure flamenco, and some dance instruction with Celza Perez for the Muiniera kept me busy physically and mentally. I spent about five months with Lorca and I am grateful for the opportunity to have had this experience. I recall one moment in class when Alberto asked me to demonstrate the first copla of the Sevillanas with him. I knew it well but I do know how he was aware that I was versed in this form. It worked nicely as the traditional movements cannot be matched or improved upon.