SCHEDULE FALL 2017
The fall term begins the 4th of September 2017 and ends the last week of November.
We have a break in classes during the fall school break Oct 30-Nov 3rd.
The Afro House Nando teaches is a mix of the cool dances you can find on the streets and clubs in Moçambique and South Africa. Many of the steps have their roots in traditional Mocambican dances, but you can also find influences from Pantsula, a dance style born during Apartheid in South Africa. Nando even adds steps from the Mocambican dance style Pandza characterized by its fast tempo and influences from Ragga.
12 x 75 min
Afro Fusion is a fun and fast paced class that combines different styles of African dance from across the Southern continent and in particular West Africa. It blends a variety of rhythms as well as the traditional and modern.
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
Belly Dance 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.
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.
Are you ready to shake, roll and jiggle it? Let’s do it! This class covers the fundamentals of Dancehall with all its Jamaican and African influences. The class is suitable for those wanting to learn from the beginning and those wanting to really work on the basics. Apart from lots of steps and technique you will also learn combinations and a choreography. Beginner or experienced dancers are guaranteed to sweat and get a good workout, especially for those thighs, back and booty.
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.
Jamila Format / Technique
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.
Kizomba / Fundamentals
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 a 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 of couple dance. It can be defined as Semba (another Angolan dance) danced on Kizomba music. Kizomba music first 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. This is a social dance but you register individually and do not need a partner to participate.
Teachers: Mau and Madeleine
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.
SHORT COURSES AND SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS
Live Music Skills Course with Sabriye
2-3 & 9-10 September - Sold out!
Sabriye Tekbilek is an internationally known artist with over 10 years experience performing in the Middle East and nearly 20 years of experience as a teacher. With her experience comes a vast knowledge of live Middler Eastern music and dancing to it. Sabriye is now offering a course which introduces the dancer to both theoretical and practical skills inorder to prepare for dancing and improvising to live Arabic Music.
The course will touch upon Middle Eastern music theory and history and delve into some of the sub-genres with in Belly Dance music.
Practical exercises will include improvisational exercises, stage use, dealing with the audience, as well as tips on hair and make up.
The course ends in a show with live musicians so you get to make use of some of your new learned skills.
The course is only recommend for intermediate to advanced dancers. There are only 10 spots available so make sure your register quickly.
Persian Dance / Beginners
Sundays Sept 24th - Oct 15 , noon-2:00pm
During this short course we will focus on the fundamental technique for arm and hand movements combined with rhythmic footwork to capture the Persian esthetic in body lines. Every lesson includes a warm up, practice of technique, combinations and during the course you will learn a short choreography to classic Persian music. No previous experience is necessary.
4 x 120 min
Belly Dance with Maria (Intermediate)
Sundays Sept 24th- Oct 15th, 2:30pm-4:30pm
This short course is geared to those of you with at least 2 terms of experience with in Belly dance but is also suitable for those with longer experience. Each lesson includes a warm up, technique training isolating various body parts, finger cymbals and combinations of steps. During the course you will also learn a short choreography. The technical training will be adjusted with additional layers for those with more experience and it's guaranteed that you will get a fun challenge regardless of your level.
4 x 120 min
ATS (American Tribal Style®) Belly Dance / Beginners
Sundays Oct 1-15th, 4:30pm-6:30pm
This course is aim at those of you who want to learn and focus on the basic steps in ATS®. The course will be held by two teachers who are trained in the FatChanceBellyDance® format for ATS®. Through shared leadership Derya and Anne convey the essence of ATS®: community, joy in dance and group improv-technique. Being two teachers aslo gives Anne and Derya the unique ability to give more individual feedback and work with the students in group adding even more focus on the group dynamics which is so fundamental to ATS®. No previous experience necessary. Please bring your own cymbals (cymbals are available for purchase at the school).
3 x 120 min
Teacher: Anne and Derya
3-Day Suhaila Salimpour Format Level 1 Intensive with Optional Certification
Level 1 starts with the basics of Suhaila Salimpour's format. Learn the skills necessary to develop the physical strength and mind-body connection to continue through the certification program. This level represents Suhaila's extensive formal training in the structured disciplines of Contemporary and Middle Eastern dance. Due to the unique nature of Suhaila's format, all new students in the Certification program, whether they are beginning or advanced dancers, begin with L1.
Optional certification testing will be held on October 22nd.
To register for the workshop click here
3-Day Jamila Salimpour Format Level 1 Intensive with Optional Certification
Jamila’s certification program provides a strong curriculum to train belly dancers in technique and performance. Dance certification provides students with formal recognition of their dedication to and hard-earned proficiency.
In Jamila L1, students learn the basics of the format: step families, dance history, and finger cymbal work. Learning tools, workshop information, testing details, and a list of the covered steps, cymbals, etc. are provided in this section.
The workshop will take place over the course of two weekends, with testing on the last day.
Optional certification testing on November 12th.
To register for the workshop click here