Refine and master Latin Fusion technique through advanced combinations and intricate movement vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on footwork, spins, speed, layering, emotional expression, improvisation and musical interpretation.
Class will include a brief review some Low Intermediate and Intermediate Sahara Dance movement repertoire.
Prerequisite: Mastery of content from Introduction to Latin-Belly Dance Rythms and Technique class or current enrollment in Sahara Dance Intermediate Technique class, and/or permission of teacher.
This class fulfills the technique requirement for Raquettes Latin.
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 6 different rhythms with multiple variations throughout the 7-8 week session. Each session we will rotate learning a new set of rhythms.
Spend the semester learning signature moves and combinations from some of the most famous belly dancers of the Golden Era of Egyptian Cinema, who helped to inspire and shape the cabaret art form of belly dance as we know it today!
Stars covered this semester will include: Tahia Carioca, Samia Gamal, Nagwa Fouad, Soheir Zaki, Fifi Abdou, Mahmoud Reda/Farida Fahmy, and more. Students will learn historical context and background for each star featured, and will learn how to execute basic belly dance movements as stylized by these stars. This class includes video viewing and class discussion of historical background and movement execution, as well as dance movement and classic combinations.
Refine and master technique through advanced combinations and learn more intricate movement vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on spins, entrance steps, speed and layering. Students will learn a short, fast-paced choreography. This class is best suited for those who want to have fun and explore your flair for drama.
Prerequisite: Mastery of content from Sahara Dance Low Intermediate I Technique or permission of teacher.
Experience the joy and beauty of this ancient art while getting a workout. Learn fun new Oriental combinations and practice dramatic veil entrances set to contemporary and classical Middle Eastern music. Special attention will be given to mastering graceful transitions and discovering authentic, joyful expression while dancing. This class is an ideal complement to Sahara Dance technique classes.
Veils will be available for purchase in class or students may provide their own (professional silk veils recommended; approximately 3 yards of chiffon, silk, or other soft, flowing, hemmed fabric may work).
Prerequisite: Previous completion of Sahara Dance Low Intermediate III: Veil Technique or familiarity with veil technique.
This ‘tribaret-style’ class is designed to inject a little playfulness into tribal style drills and combinations. Emphasis will be on solid isolation technique, graceful arms, clean lines, and the importance of expression. This class is ideal for any student of belly dance style who is looking for a fun yet challenging way to spice up their dance practice.
Prerequisite: At least 1 year belly dance experience; class is designed to accommodate multiple levels with modifications offered to challenge advanced dancer.
This class fulfills the technique requirement for the Tribal Zills Performance class.
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.
Get a surprise choreography every two weeks! Urban fusion, tribal fusion, drum solo… you don’t know what’s in store!
This class is appropriate for dancers who have completed Beginner II Technique, with modifications to challenge advanced dancers.
Reconnect with your breath and realign your body for fluid and open movement in all areas of life. This challenging, yet mindful, vinyasa flow class provides a safe and non-competitive atmosphere to balance your body and energy. Vinyasa yoga is the synchronization of breath to movement. It is moving meditation. Through this structured weekly yoga practice, rejuvenate your body and mind for vitality in life, as well as in dance. Class is open to all levels.
Please bring your own yoga mat.