STUDIO IS CLOSED JULY 20 - AUGUST 6
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.
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.
BELLYDANCE TECHNIQUE: DATURA STYLE
Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30pm
Open to all levels of experience, but more challenging than the Thursday Basics Class, this class brings accessible instructions to technique and to refining the mechanics of isolations. Based on the Datura Style progressive studies created by Rachel Brice, this is a great class for students wanting to go deeper and acquire tools for ongoing practice. We will dance with a weekly focus on a combination or short phrase, breaking down its parts, exploring, polishing and making it our own.
Tribal Style Bellydance: THE FOUR FAMILIES
Thursdays 5:00 - 6:30pm
This class is based on the improvisational vocabulary of American Tribal Style Bellydance®, a fusion form incorporating North African, Middle Eastern, Flamenco and Indian Folkloric and Classical dance forms and gestures. The four families of movement that make up its “language” will be explored in depth, with attention to the specific posture, alignment and arm carriage that characterize this style and other Tribal Fusion forms that have evolved. We’ll be dancing the basic movements as well as variations of the Arabic, Egyptian, Bump and Shimmy Families. Open to all dancers and especially those interested in dancing together improvisationally.