The classes taught in my studio are rooted in:
- bellydance technique from Datura Style / 8Elements Training, with a strong emphasis on alignment and the development clear shapes, pathways and timing, as well as attention to musicality, composition and the internal process of creating one's own personal dance style.
- the modern fusion of Carolena Nericcio's American Tribal Style Bellydance®, which uses traditional elements of different dance cultures as the ground for cultivating improvisational, communicative, perceptual and creative skills in a group setting.
- body-mind centering, yoga, natural movement and other somatic practices that bring us into the present moment.
In our classes we explore the way that cultivating posture and precision make our movements free of strain, building a strong foundation for all our bellydance vocabulary, regardless of style or lineage.
BUILDING OUR DANCE VOCABULARY: DATURA STYLE
Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30pm
AUTUMN 2018: The focus of this class is on COMPOSITION, CREATION and COLLABORATION
Open to all levels of experience, this class brings accessible instruction to technique and to refining the mechanics of isolations by exploring shape and space. Based on the Datura Style choreographic exercises created by Rachel Brice, this is a great class for any student seeking greater expressivity through the body. Explore the process of mining, refining, polishing, and creating relationships between movement motifs. This class is not a strictly bellydance class: the investigation rhythm and space, and the attention to joint mobility and body awareness can help you enrich any dance style or practice.
BEGINNING BELLYDANCE CLASS: FOUNDATIONS
Thursdays 3:45 - 5:00pm
A dynamic and movement-dense 75 minutes of progressive warm-ups, bellydance basics, isolations, foot and arm patterns culminating in dancing a short and simple combination to put it all together. The focus will be on continual moving practice, with lots of opportunity to drill movements, get into the body and experience the shapes, energy and stylization that animates this dance form. This class is suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced dancers, and is a good warm-up for the more technically-focused and challenging Technique and Families classes.
Tribal Style Bellydance: THE FOUR FAMILIES
Thursdays 5:00 - 6:30pm
This class is currently closed to new students. Please feel free to drop in and visit, and let us know if you’d like to be part of the new cohort in Winter 2018-2019.
This class is an intensive introduction to the beautiful collective dance style known as American Tribal Style Bellydance®, a fusion form incorporating North African, Middle Eastern, Flamenco and Indian Folkloric and Classical dance gestures. The four Fast families of movement (Arabic, Egyptian, Bump and Shimmy) and the mutable, sinuous Slow vocabulary that make up its “language” will be explored in depth. This form is taught with attention to the specific posture, alignment and arm carriage that characterize ATS® and has influenced other Tribal Fusion forms that have evolved from it.
In this class we not only learn a broad palette of movements and combinations; we learn the principles of cueing, leading, formation and developing spontaneous choreographies. We’ll take up the study of zils (finger cymbals) to accompany our dance, and will build a repertoire of complex variations on the basic movements that are our foundation. Open to all dancers, and especially those interested in creative collaboration and dancing together improvisationally.
photo by John Conrad