Sahara Dance

Specialty Classes

Supplement your technique training with specialty classes exploring the historical, contextual and experimental sides of belly dance. Specialty classes focus on a variety of skills, and include:

American Tribal Style (ATS): Intermediate Technique

American Tribal Style (ATS) can be as simple or complex as each “tribe” desires. Take your ATS to the next level with more complex vocabulary, formations, and group dynamics. Please bring finger cymbals and knee pads (as needed).

Prerequisite: Completion of Beginner ATS Technique and instructor approval.

This class fulfills the technique requirement for Raquettes Amira.

Ori Tahiti (Tahitian Dance)(8 weeks)

Satarra is here to teach you the art of Tahitian Dance! Originally taught in Tahiti, Tahitian dance is a way of telling a story through moving your hips to the beat of the music. The beauty of Tahitian dance reflects the power of Polynesian culture. In ancient times Tahitian dance was used to express how someone feels, such as happy, sad, or excited. Tahitian dance isn’t only danced to with drum beats. It is also danced to traditional Hawaiian music. Tahitian dance is enjoyable and is a fun way to learn about Polynesian culture.

Join Satarra, all the way from Tokyo, Japan to learn the art, culture, and movement of Tahitian dance!

Note: Students will need a Tahitian sarong. Available to purchase in class for $13.

Tabla I: Introduction to Tabla (Drum) & Rhythms (8 weeks)

Learn the basics for playing the tabla, including the primary sounds (doum and tek) and fundamental Middle Eastern rhythms. Individual feedback and adjustments will be given to each student on striking technique, timing, hand placement and how to hold the drum.

Each class is divided between practicing technique and playing rhythms. Special attention will be given to cultural and musical contexts surrounding rhythms and drumming, all while making music!

Learn 4 different rhythms with multiple variations throughout the 8-week session. Each session we will rotate learning a new set of rhythms.

Tabla II: Beginner Tabla (Drum) & Rhythms (8 weeks)

Now that you have a solid foundation it is time to move beyond the basics.

Expand your drumming vocabulary and learn how to put all of your knowledge together in a musical context. In this class you will continue to expand upon both your techniques (pops, half teks, rolls and other combinations and sound variations) as well as your knowledge of rhythms.

Tabla III: Intermediate Tabla (Drum) & Rhythms

Move beyond the foundational principals of playing the tabla into a world of musical self-expression. In this class we will practice creating and playing solos and learning songs/routines all while maintaining proper technique.

The class will also explore different approaches to use when playing with other musicians as well as strategies to use when playing for belly dancers.

Tribal Tendencies

Tribal fusion belly dance is an amalgamation of several cultures’ indigenous dances. It draws from various dance styles, mostly from along the Romany road where millions of dancers and nomadic people have traveled over thousands of years: from India, through the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Northern Africa to the Southern coast of Spain. Modern belly dance also includes hip-hop, South Pacific dances, and more.

This class will complement American Tribal Style, maintaining the improvisational dance form, organized around a large vocabulary of cued moves. Additional vocabulary will be included, from the vaults of such notable tribal-fusion dancers as Mardi Love, Jill Parker of Ultra Gypsy, Teresa Tomb of Rakadu, Heather Stants of Urban Tribal, and more. (If you’ve taken this class before, all material will be new).

Prerequisite: At least one year belly dance experience.

Urban-Belly Dance Fusion Technique (LI+)

Urban fusion combines unique hip-hop combinations with traditional raqs sharki belly dance and tribal-style belly dance, through edgy isolations, locks, waves and other urban-inspired movement. Build coordination, isolation and an expanded repertoire with a variety of choreographies. This class will be high energy, prepare to sweat and have fun.

Prerequisite: Mastery of Shara Dance Low Intermediate Technique.