The sounds of stomping and clapping will drown out the subway trains running below Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre next week. A master class in flamenco will give students the chance to learn this ancient art from Casa Patas, a renowned ensemble from Madrid, Spain.

Flamenco incorporates dance, cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), and palmas (hand claps). An intense, passionate art form, flamenco reflects Spain’s rich history and culture.

“The master class will be a very special opportunity for the Suffolk community to engage with some of the best flamenco artists in Spain,” explains Marilyn Plotkins, theatre professor and artistic director of the Modern Theatre. The class is also open to faculty, staff, and alumni.

Casa Patas will also give a public performance, “Templanza,” that evening to a sold-out audience. The group has visited Suffolk several times as part of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Distinguished Visiting Scholars series. The series brings acclaimed scholars, writers, artists, and activists to campus to interact with and exchange ideas with the Suffolk community.

Casa Patas also partners with Suffolk’s Madrid campus. Students studying abroad can take an intensive course in flamenco that includes 35 hours of instruction at the Casa Patas studio.

For more information about this event, visit the University Calendar.

Watch a clip of the 2011 Master Class: