BELLYDANCE FOUNDATION I
This is where it all begins! Foundation 1 is a comprehensive training intensive designed for students with absolutely no dance experience or for those with some bellydance background who wish to re-strengthen and reinforce their basic skills. You will be introduced to basic movements and isolations such as circles, figure eights, and hip accents, undulations, shimmies, arm and hand movement plus basic travelling steps along with simple patterns/combos to help you put everything together. You will be exposed to plenty of Arabic music, particularly Egyptian style along with Arabic rhythms. You'll learn how to find the beat and keep the it as you dance right from the very first class.
Students are encouraged to complete both, Foundation I and Foundation II, at least once before moving on to higher-level classes. Repeating these courses is encouraged to solidify what you learn, as these courses cover a lot of content; and a second or third round can often put all the puzzle pieces together if any were missing.
Even our more advanced students continue to take Foundation I & II as a means of keeping their basic skills fresh, sharp and refined. Mastering the essentials is what provides students with the building blocks for future levels. You’ll dance more confidently and your body will be well prepared to take on more intricate and exciting hip and belly work, foot patterns, shimmies, layering and much more. We start with the roots of the dance form and build from there. Practicing what you've learned at home is always encouraged!
BELLYDANCE FOUNDATION II
After completing Foundation I at least once, students can move to the Foundation II level. This is a curriculum designed to review the basic movements taught in Foundation I, and introduce you to even more movements, variations, layering, and travelling steps. You will become more familiar with Arabic music and with a number of its most common rhythms. You will continue to grow as you immerse yourself in Egyptian dance; you’ll notice an increase in conffidence, a higher degree of coordination, grace and fluidity, and the basics will begin to feel more second-nature to you. We continually emphasize posture and body awareness, and work more with arms and hands and connectivity of movements. Foundation II is all about strengthening a strong basic bellydance vocabulary which forms the platform to advance into further Egyptian dance exploration.
BELLYDANCE LEVEL III
- Oriental Entrance
- Veil Technique
- Drum Solo
- Folklore within Oriental Routine
- Drum Solo
- Taqsim & Improvisation
- Classic to Modern Oriental Styling
- Legendary Composers and Singers every Bellydancer should know
- Saidi/Assaya – dancing with the stick or cane which is from Upper Egypt actually Southern Egypt
- Haggalah – this is a social ritual dance from Western Egypt
- Ghawazee – the Gypsy style dance of Egypt
- Shamadan – the candelabra dance (Awalim)
- Melaya Leff – from Alexandria in Northern Egypt – dancing with the wrap or shawl
- Fallahi – the dance of the Egyptian farmers from the Delta region
- Dabke (popular through the Levant regions – a fun and high energy line dance)
- Khaleegi (beautiful hair dance from the Gulf region)
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL IV
Bellydance Level V
Joharah of BellyUp has trained thousands of beginner to professional dance students over BellyUp’s 10 years as a leading specialty Egyptian dance studio. She has brought BellyUp’s dance ensemble “Ala Nar” to first place victory for two consecutive years at the Star Bellydancer of Canada Competition. BellyUp’s teaching approach is known for breaking down moves in a clear accessible way so that even the most daunting of moves can be understood. There is considerable emphasis in every class with how each movement and step corresponds with the music and the rhythms inside the music. Students looking for a high standard of technique, correction and feedback to boost their progress can expect lots of that in her classes. BellyUp students possess a broad vocabulary of movement and new students can expect challenge and plenty of exciting growth, development and even performance opportunities. But above and beyond technique, this dance form is nothing without the feeling, the expression, the nuance and the attitude. Students are encouraged to express, let go, have fun, find their unique voice within their dance.
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