Twerk for Dummies, Twerk Workshop for Beginners

On Saturday, the 11th of July, Flama will be all about the booty shaking! The teacher of the workshop is Meri Niemi.

What: Twerk Workshop for Beginners
Where: Dance Studio Flama (Linnankatu 84, Turku)
When: Saturday, the 11th of July 2020, at 12.00–13.30 (90 min)
Price: 21 €

Register for the workshop by purchasing it at our webshop.

Twerk for Beginners is a workshop filled with shaking, jiggle, thrusting and throwing the hip and bounce. The class concentrates on different techniques of booty shaking and easy choreography. Full speed from the beginning to the end, great sweat guaranteed!

You do not need any previous twerk experience to be able to participate!

Bring knee pads or for example leg warmers with you to protect your knees. The classes are meant for over 16-year-olds.

If you have any questions email to info@flama.fi.

MERI NIEMI
Dance has taken Meri all over the place: it all started with Loimaan Naisvoimistelijat and their annual spring performances and through both national and international basketball leagues, she finally made her way to Twerk Finnish National Championships. Meri has dance experience in show dance, hip hop, Cuban dances as well as some ballet but in recent years the love of her life has been twerk that is also nowadays her primary dance style. In twerk Meri is fascinated by its physicality, roughness and challenging techniques. According to her, the best thing in twerk is that it allows one to do an extremely hard workout and simultaneously praise one’s own body. In addition to twerk, Meri’s heart is also taken by Dancehall Queenstyle and Latin dances. However, you can find Meri in any dance classes, since her training policy says that different dance styles let one develop into a versatile dancer, and each dance style can provide something new to one’s own style.

As a teacher, Meri is a relaxed type, but she urges and encourages her students always to do their best. Her classes are filled with laughter and humor – not forgetting hard training. Meri thinks that the best thing in her classes is absolutely to see how people go beyond themselves and do something they could not even believed to be possible. Everyone can come to the classes just the way they are, regardless of the size of the butt.

At Flama, Meri works as a twerk teacher and dancesand leads in the dance studio’s Bouncy Crew.

Attention! Twerk classes are meant for over 16-year-olds.

Our weekly classes start again at our studio on the 1st of June and the whole month is filled with workshops as well. Sign up for the workshops of Anna, Hanna, YOGANNI and Pinja now since the places for the workshops are limited.

On Sunday, the 7th of June, We Will Dance Salsa and Party with Hanna at Flama

On the first of weekend of June, we will enjoy salsa rhythms at Anna’s Salsa Ladies Style workshop and have fun at Hanna’s Dance Fiesta workshop.

Salsa Ladies Style Workshop, intermediate

Time: Sunday, June 7 at 12:00–13:30 (90 min)

Place: Dance Studio Flama, Linnankatu 84, 20100 Turku

Price: 17 €

Instructor: Anna Tolppa

Sign up for the workshop by purchasing it at our webshop.

Salsa Ladies Style class is all about impressive feminine body movements and music interpretation. In addition to typical body movements and technique of Cuban salsa, the class concentrates inter alia on the use of hands and feminine impression, not forgetting show elements. Let yourself lose in all the sensuality! During the Salsa Ladies Styling class, you can dance with dancing heels or other dance shoes. The class is meant for those who are already familiar with the basics of salsa solo.

Dance Fiesta Workshop, beginners

Time: Sunday, June 7 at 13:30–15:00 (90 min)

Place: Dance Studio Flama, Linnankatu 84, 20100 Turku

Price: 17 € Instructor: Hanna Heinonen

Sign up for the workshop by purchasing it at our webshop.

Dance Fiesta is an energetic and cheerful dance class which combines movements from different dance styles such as Latin dances, oriental dance and twerk. Movements are easy to follow and the purpose of the class is to have fun moving your body!

You can come to the class without any previous dance experience. Let the happy rhythms lead you and take you out of your busy life. Dance Fiesta is the class of true great feeling! The workshop consists of 60 minutes of dancing and 30 minutes of stretching/body maintenance.

On Saturday, the 13th of June, Flama Will Be Filled with Reggaeton Rhythms and on Sunday, the 14th of June, We Will Calm down with Yoga

On the second weekend of June, we will sweat for a big time at Anna’s reggaeton workshops on Saturday and learn more about yoga with YOGANNI on Sunday.

Reggaeton for Beginners & Reggaeton Intermediate Workshops

Time: Saturday, June 13 at 12:00–13:30 (90 min)

Place: Dance Studio Flama, Linnankatu 84, 20100 Turku

Price: 21 €

Instructor: Anna Tolppa

Sign up for the workshops by purchasing them at our webshop:

at 12:00–13:30 Reggaeton, beginners

at 13:45–15:15 Reggaeton, intermediate

Attention! We do not refund the money if you cannot come to the workshop. In case of illness, you can get a gift card to our studio with the amount of the workshop when providing a valid medical certificate.

Reggaeton is the hot dance of Latin nightclubs and streets, and it has been influenced by different dance styles, such as hip hop, dancehall reggae and the Caribbean and South American traditional dances, for example Afro dances. Reggaeton is characterized by strong dynamic fluctuations, polyrhythms and playing with chest and hip isolation in particular. Both strong accents and soft sensual movements are present and they alternate.

Yoga Workshop 

Time: Sunday, June 14 at 12:00–14:00 (2 hours)

Place: Dance Studio Flama, Linnankatu 84, 20100 Turku

Price: 20 €

Instructor: YOGANNI aka Anni Leskinen

This workshop is full at the moment but if you want to be informed about possible cancellation places, send us an email to info@flama.fi.

On the Last Saturday of June, the 27th of June, Pinja Will Return to Flama with her Workshops

Amazing Pinja Simola will come back to Flama on Saturday, the 27th of June!

Time: Saturday, June 27

at 11:30–12:30 Bachata Ladies Style, intermediate

at 12:45–13:45 Bachata Ladies Style, beginners

at 14:15–15:15 Reggaeton, beginners

at 15:30–16:30 Zumba, beginners

Place: Dance Studio Flama, Linnankatu 84, 20100 Turku

Price: 12 €

Instructor: Pinja Simola

Sign up for the classes through our reservation system or by sending an email to info@flama.fi.

One class costs 12 euros. You can pay these classes with Flama’s punch cards or Anytime cards. You can also pay for these classes with sport or cultural benefit (Smartum, Edenred, Eazybreak, E-Pass) when arriving at the studio. Just remember to book the classes in advance.

The Instructors of the Workshops

Anna Tolppa

Hanna Heinonen

YOGANNI

Pinja Simola

See you at our workshops and weekly classes in June. Welcome to dance with us!

On Saturday, the 7th of March, we will have three 1,5 hours long workshops by amazing Pauliina Latva:

Schedule, Sat 7.3.2020
11.30–13.00 Contemporary Dance (open level)
13.15–14.45 Show Jazz / technique (open level)

Price of one workshop (90 min) is 18 euros.

Register for the classes by purchasing them from our webshop:
Contemporary Dance
Show Jazz / technique

PAULIINA LATVA
Pauliina is a versatile and strong dancer who has moved from Helsinki to Turku. Pauliina spent the fall 2016 in New York with her independent dance studies.

She is also a physiotherapy student and has graduated as a personal trainer (2015, South Africa). Pauliina has an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, which she has also supplemented with various courses. During her dance history, she has been able to work extensively on various dance styles, such as hip hop, breakdance, jazz, show, acrobatics and salsa. However, contemporary dance has become her most important form of dancing. It has also given her room and suggestions to combine different dance styles in an unprejudiced way.

Pauliina has been working as a dancer on a wide scale, so she has been performing both in Finland and abroad (New York, Barcelona, Stockholm, Tallinn). She has danced as a background dancer for different artists, featured music videos, made commercials and dances in the opera. Pauliina’s own solo work DOES was also chosen for the Generation2017 art exhibition at the Amos Anderson Art Museum. Currently Pauliina is involved in an international art project in Italy.

As a dance teacher, Pauliina is inspiring and encouraging. Her dance classes are filled with versatile dance know-how and typically different dance styles are open-mindedly combined. Floorwork and musicality are constantly present in Pauliina’s classes. “My main job as a dance teacher is to motivate my students to become interested in the versatility of their own body and the opportunities it creates.”

More information about the workshops: info@flama.fi.

A Jamaican Dancehall dancer and choreographer, Classic Sopreme Blazzaz, will visit Turku on Saturday, the 29th of February! Now you have an exceptional opportunity to join his dancehall class in Finland, in Turku!

Dancehall Workshop with Classic Sopreme Blazzaz
Time: the 29th of February 2020 at 11.30–13.00 (90 min)
Place: Dance Studio Flama, Linnankatu 84, 20100 Turku
Price: 25 €
Sign up by sending an email to info@flama.fi.

Attention! The registration is binding. You cancel your registration for free of charge 48 hours before the workshop takes place. After that it is only possible by showing a valid medical certificate.

Classic Sopreme Blazzaz
Classic Blazzaz is dancehall dancer and teacher from one of the biggest dancehall groups in Jamaica, Sopreme Blazzaz. Classic has created some of the most popular moves by the group in the last years, including Smile and Naruto. Classic is known for his smooth style and has been touring and teaching in Europe for most of the year 2019.

More information: info@flama.fi

On Saturday, the 22nd of February, we will dance with Anna Kuparinen at Flama in Turku!

Schedule for Saturday, February 22
11.30–13.00 Commercial Dance, intermediate level (90 min)
13.15–14.45 Reggaeton, intermediate level (90 min)

Register for the workshops by purchasing those from our webshop:
Commercial Dance, 18 €
Reggaeton, 18 €

Anna Kuparinen
Anna has a versatile dance background, since she started dancing with salsa and other Cuban dances but soon continued also with Urban dance styles, such as hip hop, reggaeton and commercial dance. Anna has danced in different dance groups both in Finland and in Australia, and she has studied and got inspiration from different countries (inter alia the USA, Australia, Japan and Germany).

In her own style, Anna combines different Urban street dance styles and often adds some Latin vibes into them. She finds the role of dynamics very important in dancing and she aims at teaching the difference between soft and sharp movements and how they can be combined in one’s own style of dancing. Anna is the choreographer of her own dance group Urban Breeze that has won inter alia silver in Glow dance competition in 2018 in adults’ Urban small group category and gold in Ladies Revolution 2018 dance competition in Barcelona.

More information: info@flama.fi

Wonderful Oona Varinowski visits Finland in February, and she will come to Flama to teach Dancehall Queenstyle and Kizomba Ladies Style on Saturday, February 15!

Schedule on Saturday, the 15th of February 2020

10.30–11.30 Lecture about Dancehall Queenstyle (60 min)
11.30–13.00 Dancehall Queenstyle, beginners (90 min)
13.15–14.45 Dancehall Queenstyle, intermediate (90 min)
15.00–16.15 Kizomba Ladies Style, open level (75 min)

Sign up for the workshops by purchasing them online at our webshop:
Dancehall Queenstyle, beginners 19 €
Dancehall Queenstyle, intermediate 19 €
Kizomba Ladies Style, open level 15 €

The lecture about Dancehall Queenstyle before the workshops is free for the participants. You will learn more about Dancehall Queenstyle and what is the meaning of it, the position of Jamaican female dancers and the lyrics of girl power songs.

Attention! We do not return the money if you have to cancel your registration. In case of illness, you can get a gift card of the same amount by showing a valid medical certificate.

Dancehall Queenstyle
Dancehall is a street dance that was born in Jamaica and it continues to develop. During the Dancehall Queenstyle class, we will concentrate on women’s own dance style. Attitude, feminine moves, steps and possibly also acrobatics will be involved. Bring a water bottle and knee pads or leg warmers to the class to protect your knees.

Oona Varinowski
Oona started dancing with salsa and other Cuban dances. Later she continued with Kizomba, Urban Kiz and Dancehall. Oona goes regularly to European kizomba festivals and in 2018, she finished the first part of Curtis Seldon and Carola Tauler’s Urban Kiz Instructor Degree and videoed a virtual Kizomba Fusion course with Ronie Saleh. Oona also educates herself continuously by going to Jamaican and European Dancehall teachers’ classes and visiting Jamaica to train. Besides, Oona’s university thesis was about Dancehall.

More information about the workshop: info@flama.fi

Popular Urban Latin Weekend comes again! The 25th and 26th of January 2020, we will have amazing dance teachers, Cano Monroy and Hanna-Maija Pääkkönen, visiting Flama! In other words, an incredible dance weekend coming up!

Schedule on Saturday, January 25

11.00–12.15 Salsa Ladies Style (75 min) – Hanna-Maija

12.30–13.45 Sensual Reggaeton (75 min) – Hanna-Maija

14.00–15.15 Commercial Latin (75 min) – Hanna-Maija

15.30–17.00 Reggaeton, choreography 1 (90 min) – Cano

Schedule on Sunday, January 26

11.00–12.30 Reggaeton technique, open level (90min) – Cano

12.30–14.00 Reggaeton, choreography 2 (90 min) – Cano

PRICES AND REGISTRATION

Prices:

All classes “full pass”: 99 €

1 x 75 min workshop: 20 €

3 x 75 min workshop (Hanna-Maija’s classes): 50 €

1 x 90 min workshop: 24 €

3 x 90 min workshop (Cano’s classes): 60 €

Reserve your place for the classes by purchasing them at our webshop:

Full pass: Full pass (all the classes for the weekend): 99 €

1 x 75 min workshop: 20 €

Hanna-Maija’s classes 3 x 75 min: 50 €

1 x 90 min workshop: 24 €

Cano’s classes 3 x 90 min: 60 €

Single workshops:

Salsa Ladies Style

Sensual Reggaeton

Commercial Latin

Reggaeton Choreography 1

Reggaeton Technique

Reggaeton Choreography 2

CANO MONROY Cano Monroy is teaching in Mexico City and Los Angeles and he has been performing for example in Daddy Yankees music videos and other big productions.

HANNA-MAIJA PÄÄKKÖNEN Hanna-Maija Pääkkönen is a professional dancer specialized in Caribbean dances. She has a long dance education since she was 3 years old, featuring studies in classical ballet, lyrical jazz, contemporary dance and show dance. She came in contact with Latin American dances already in her childhood, when living in Nicaragua where she studied local folkloric dances. During her high school years she travelled to Dominican Republic (1999-2000) to study merengue and bachata. After returning to Finland she studied afrocuban dances with several Cuban professionals such as Ramon Silverio (Conjunto Folklórico Santiago de Cuba) and Chiqui Dixon (Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba) around Europe. During her studies she worked as a teacher trainee in Dance School Salsa de Cuba, where she later on also reached for several years. Hanna-Maija has worked as a full time dance teacher since 2002. She continues to educate herself, and makes several study trips every year to Latin America and Europe. She is known as an inspiring teacher, whose passion for dance is evident. Many of her former students now work as professionals. Her dance style is a mixture of soft feminine movements, a graceful quality of moves originating in her classical background, and explosive energy. Hanna-Maija specializes especially on Reggaeton, Ladies’ style salsa On1 and On2 and Cuban rumba.

SHAKE IT! On Saturday, the 18th of January, Flama will be all about the booty shaking!

There will be two energetic classes on offer:

12.30–14.00 Bootylicious! – twerk beginners workshop
Bootylicious is a class filled with shaking, jiggle, thrusting and throwing the hip and bounce. The class concentrates on different techniques of booty shaking. Full speed from the beginning to the end, great sweat guaranteed!

14.15–15.45 Reggaeton beginners workshop
Reggaeton is characterized by strong dynamic fluctuations, polyrhythm and playing with chest and hip isolation in particular. Both strong accents and soft sensual movements are present and they alternate in reggaeton.

Teacher: Meri Niemi

You do not need any previous dance experience to be able to participate!

Prices and registration:
1 workshop (90 min): 20 €
2 workshops with package price (2 x 90 min): 35 €

Register for the workshops by purchasing those at our webshop:
Twerk for beginners
Reggaeton for beginners
Both workshops with package price 35 €

To the twerk classes, bring knee pads or for example leg warmers with you to protect your knees. The class is meant for over 15-year-olds.

More information: info@flama.fi

On Sunday, the 12th of January, we will dance salsa with Krista Nyström at Dance Studio Flama.

Salsa Ladies Style Workshop, open level

Time: Sunday, the 12th of January at 12.00–14.00 (2 h)

Place: Dance Studio Flama, Linnankatu 84, 20100 Turku

Price: 23 €

Register for the workshop by purchasing it at our webshop. Attention! We do not refund you, if you have to cancel the workshop. In case of illness, you can get Flama’s gift card of the same amount by showing a medical certificate. You can use this gift card to buy other workshops or our punch cards.

The intensive course concentrates on salsa steps, rhythmics and feminine expression in Cuban salsa. With the practices, we will try to find the flow for the movements and learn how to spice up our own dance with a feminine touch. While doing the choreography, we will practice how to control our hand, body and head movements. The intensive course is suitable for those who know the basics of salsa but who want to get some challenge and more styling for their dancing. You can dance with dance heels or without.

Krista Nyström Krista is an experienced dance teacher who has a versatile knowledge of different dance styles, from Latin dances to street styles. Last ten years she has been competing and performing in different groups and traveled a lot to constantly develop her dancing skills further. Krista is known as a sunny and inspiring teacher whose passion for dancing will be passed on her students as well!

Twerk Booty Technique Workshop

On Saturday, the 8th of February, Flama will be all about the booty! During Twerk Booty Technique workshop, you will learn more demanding twerk techniques. The teacher of the workshop is Flama’s own Twerk Mama, Meri Niemi.

What: Twerk technique workshop, intermediate / advanced
Where: Dance Studio Flama (Linnankatu 84, Turku)
When: Saturday, the 8th of February, at 12:45–14:15 (90 min)
Price: 21 €

Sign up for the workshop by purchasing it at our webshop.

Bring knee pads or for example leg warmers with you to protect your knees. The classes are meant for over 15-year-olds.

If you have any questions, email to info@flama.fi.

MERI NIEMI
Dance has taken Meri all over the place: it all started with Loimaan Naisvoimistelijat and their annual spring performances and through both national and international basketball leagues, she finally made her way to Twerk Finnish National Championships. Meri has dance experience in show dance, hip hop, Cuban Latin dances as well as some ballet but in recent years the love of her life has been twerk that is also nowadays her primary dance style. In twerk Meri is fascinated by its physicality, roughness and challenging techniques. According to her, the best thing in twerk is that it allows one to do an extremely hard workout and simultaneously praise one’s own body. In addition to twerk, Meri’s heart is also taken by Dancehall Queenstyle and Latin dances. However, you can find Meri in any dance classes, since her training policy says that different dance styles let one develop into a versatile dancer, and each dance style can provide something new to one’s own style.

As a teacher, Meri is a relaxed type, but she urges and encourages her students always to do their best. Her classes are filled with laughter and humor – not forgetting hard training. Meri thinks that the best thing in her classes is absolutely to see how people go beyond themselves and do something they could not even believed to be possible. Everyone can come to the classes just the way they are, regardless of the size of the butt.

At Flama, Meri works as a twerk and reggaeton teacher and leads the dance studio’s own dance group, Bouncy Crew.

TWERK
Twerk is an engaging and fun dance style that has gained great popularity around the world. Its moves can be easily taken to the dance floor and probably that is why it is a common dance style at the parties. During twerk classes, you will get diversely familiar with various techniques, such as shaking, jiggle, thrusting and throwing the hip and bounce as well as some floorwork. In the beginning of the class, we will have a warm-up, after which we will go through some basic movements. The rest of the class is reserved for the choreography. Twerk improves physical fitness comprehensively, especially back, thigh, buttock and abdominal muscles.