BEGINNER BELLY DANCE
You do not need any previous dance experience for
this class. You do need a willingness to have
fun as you learn. In this class you will spice
up your life, learn an ancient art form, slim your waist,
thighs, hips and buttocks, join a local and world wide
community of belly dancers, develop body coordination,
strengthen your core muscles, legs, back and arms and
increase flexibility and stamina. In this class
we focus on posture as the foundation of dance. You
will begin your journey by learning shoulder shimmies,
hip circles, hip shimmies, hip lifts and drops, rib
cage circles and drops, body waves, belly rolls, steps,
turns, basic combinations, isolations, locks and layers.
You will get information on music, counting music
for simple but beautiful routines, costuming, stretching
for dance and safety tips. Belly dance is considered
a healing art for mind, body and spirit. Be ready
to shake, wriggle, sweat and laugh in this class. .
Shimmy, undulate and step your way to beginner
routines. Once you can execute the beginner movements
and can respond to them by name, you may be invited
to join the Intermediate belly dance class on Tues/Thurs.
The beginner class at times does perform beginner
routines, but it is not required that you perform. Performers
must attend all classes and performance rehearsals and
audition the routine in order to perform on stage.
INTERMEDIATE BELLY DANCE
Once you have successfully completed Beginner Belly
dance, you can advance your repertoire of arm and hand
positions, torso and hip movements, steps, turns, combinations,
locks and layers. You will advance your
knowledge of belly dance genres, music, how to build
a choreography, directional changes, level changes and
matching movements to music. You will learn graceful
transitioning from movement to movement. We
will use props such as sword, canes, tambourines, veils
and zils in this class. Successful completion
of all Beginner Belly Dance requirements must be met
to enroll in this class.