Belly Dance, Level 1 / Beginners
This is a course in the fundamentals of Belly Dance as they are taught in the Suhaila Salimpour method/format. Movements are broken down, repeated and ‘drilled’ in preparation in using them in dance. Much focus is placed safe posture and on what muscles you use for each movement. The goal is to solidify the technique needed to eventually be able to layer movements and work at faster tempos. Class often ends with a combination or short routine where we let loose and incorporate the movement of the week. This class is excellent for people with previous dance experience and also people who may not be new to Belly Dance, but who are unfamiliar with the technique.
Belly Dance, Level 2 / Intermediate
This course is for those who have at least two terms of experience with Level 1 in the Suhaila Format. We will expande on the concepts taught in Level 1 as well introducing various foot patterns and an increase in tempo.
Open to mixed levels! In this course we combine playing finger cymbals, jazz steps, arm movements and even ad elements of different folkloric styles or sub genres of Belly Dance. The class is fast paced with a lot of exercises on the diagonal. This course is excellent for those who want to do a lot of broad movement as well as be challenged.
This course focuses on the technique developed by Jamila Salimpour. Kamila is often called ‘The Mother of Tribal’ as it was the for-runner to ATS (American Tribal Style), Tribal Fusion and Am Cab (American Cabaret). The terms she coined and the names she gave steps, like ‘Basic Egyptian’, ‘Maya’ and ‘Turkish Drop’ are some of the most well known steps to this day. During this course you will learn Jamila steps, her finger cymbal method as well as a shorter choreography using her vocabulary of steps. The choreography for this class will be performed at the end of the term student show by those that which to participate.
NOTE: Course starts February 14th.
Choreography with Sabriye
For students with at least two terms of experience. This term the theme is the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kolthoum. Sabriye will be teaching choreographies to two of her songs; the first Ana fi Intizarak and the second Alf Leyla wa Leyla. During the course along with teaching the dances, Sabriye will also go through the meaning of the songs and share practical information about performing these pieces from her own performance experiences in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East. For those who which to participate, the dances will be performed at the student show at the end of the term.
Tribal Fusion, Intermediate
In this class we are going to work on different techniques to do tribal fusion belly dance with a proper foundation. Classical tribal belly dance technique inspired by the Salimpour format and ATS®, street dance techniques for creative and urban arm movements; combined with ballet, jazz and contemporary footwork and transitions. The idea is to learn through simple combinations in every class keeping it clean and precise, training muscular memory and then put everything together to create an experimental choreography. This class is not for beginners.
ATS® (American Tribal Style) Bellydance, Intermediate
For those who have danced ATS before. During the course you will work on the ATS vocabulary of steps as well as the cuing system which allows for group improv. Each student has the possibilty of getting individual feedback from the teacher at the end of each term. For those who want to participate, there will be a group improvisation at the end for the term student show. Please bring finger cymbals!
Teacher: Anne & Derya
Are you ready to shake, roll and jiggle it? Let’s do it! During the course we will work on various twerking techniques and feminine dancehall steps with sass and confidence. The class begins with a strengthening warm up that also increases flexibility in the lower back and hips. Apart from lots of steps and technique you will also learn combinations and a choreography. The choreography for this class will be performed at the end of the term student show by those that which to participate.
Kizomba is a dance and music genre from Angola and means "party" in one of the local languages.
Kizomba is a simple beautiful couple dance where family members, friends or partners dance either in an open embrace or close hug. It can be slow with a sensuous flow or complex involving faster steps, footwork and tricks. The beauty and simplicity of its basic steps allows any inexperienced dancer to quickly enjoy the pleasure and fun of social dancing much faster than with any other type couple dance. It can be defined as Semba (another Angolan dance) danced on Kizomba music.
Kizomba as music appeared in the early 80’s and is an Angolan interpretation of the Caribbean music genres Zouk and Cadence with an input of other local music. Other types of music used to danced Kizomba among others and related to it Kizomba because of the Zouk and Cadence influence are Ghetto-Zouk and Cabo-Love
12 x 75 min
Teachers: Mau & Madeleine
Belly Dance with Maria, Beginner / Intermediate
This course is geared towards those with some Belly Dance experience and also those with some general dance background. Each lesson starts with a warm up, moves on to technique for hips, ribcage, stomach and shoulders. You will also learn basic finger cymbal patterns, combinations and a choreography.
The choreography for this class will be performed at the end of the term student show by those that which to participate.
Welcome to the fascinating world of Argentine tango under the lead of 2 professional tango dancers. Experience the connection, the fun and the game with your partner via tango. In the course the teachers will give you the basics of the dance. Connection, Embrace, walk and basic figures. elegant and rhythmical. You will learn to walk, rebounces, changes of directions, ochos, some ganchos and the Cross