Come learn the beautiful art of belly dance. Beginning with the foundational movement vocabulary, we will work through technique exercises and drills, combinations, and choreographies. As we work through the skill vocabulary you will need on your dance journey, you will be introduced to some of the different style variations that fall under the belly dance name such as Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, Turkish Oryantal Dans, and American Classic Orientale. For Thursdays, while there is a weekly focus topic, we will always be working level 1 techniques.
Drop-ins are welcome. This Level 1 class is suitable for complete beginners trying belly dance for the first time to advanced students looking to enhance their technique, but is focused on learning starting from the foundational movements of the dance.
For Saturday classes, topics will change on a regular basis. While you are welcome to drop-in no matter what your experience level, the target levels for the different topics may vary. Feel free to give them a try!
Aug/Sept Topic: Introduction to Saiidi Style begins on Aug 10.
One of the many folkloric dance styles that is represented in classical and modern belly dance is known as Saiidi referriing to the dances of the people of the Said region of Egypt. This dance includes variations for home-style dance, staged folkloric dance, inclusion in raqs sharqi, references to dancing horses, use of a cane as a prop, and even some martial arts moves drawn from men's Tahtib. In this class, you will learn to recognize Saiidi music and rhythms, perform basic folkloric steps from the Said, using the cane (or assaya) to dance, and how the Saiidi folkloric dance moves change depending on the style of the performance.
Drop-ins are welcome. This a multi-level class that offers variations and modifications suitable for beginners through advanced dancers. Note: No Classes: August 3, 31; September 21