Fall 2017 Class Resources
Hello and welcome to the fall semester of belly dance classes! Look to this page to find resources to compliment your study of the dance, including curriculum, notes, handouts, video tutorials, and more!
Beginner Belly Dance
Sep 13: Welcome! Proper posture. Arm circles + wrist circles. Hip side-to-side and hip circle.
Sep 20: Hip scarves for sale. Arm frames. Twisty shimmy.
Sep 27: Hip crescent. Shoulder shimmy.
Oct 04: Torso slide. 3-point turn.
Oct 11: Torso pop. Cross step and crossover turn. Begin choreography.
Oct 18: Hip drop. Egyptian basic. Continue choreo.
Oct 25: Arm eights. Arabic basic. Continue choreo.
Nov 01: Heel tap. Head slide. Finish choreo.
Nov 08: Preview of Adv. Beginner moves. Polish choreo. Performance tips.
Nov 15: Review semester moves, concepts, and choreography.
Choreography Practice Video
Other Helpful Handouts:
Intermediate Belly Dance
Our theme for the fall semester will be Vintage Music and Dance. We’ll practice classic combinations and style our moves like the dancers of the cabarets in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Our study will be organized through the lens of the traditional 5-part routine, starting with the entrance piece and finishing with the drum solo. We’ll play with veils, zills, canes, and even swords, to honor this era’s renaissance of prop use and development. All the while, we’ll be dancing along to vintage songs every belly dancer should know, and putting together what we’re learning in a sultry Egyptian choreography.
Sep 13: Entrances. Compare vintage (simple + charismatic) to modern (more layered and technical) entrance styles.
Sep 20: Create an entrance. Prop practice. Choreography, part 1. *bring your zills*
Sep 27: Taksim. Review isolations. Compare vintage (full bodied) to modern (precise) taksim styles.
Oct 04: Taksim improvisation + prop practice. Choreography, part 2. *bring your veil*
Oct 11: Folkloric. Practice modern folkloric style (sha’abi). Learn new sha’abi combos!
Oct 18: Practice vintage folkloric style (saidi) and assaya prop. Choreography, part 3. *bring your cane*
Oct 25: Balancing Act. Learn the basics of floorwork and the art of balancing props. *bring a yoga mat and a sword*
Nov 01: Finish and polish choreography. Tips for a vintage-style performance.
Nov 08: Drum Solo. Review accents. Compare vintage to modern.
Nov 15: Review shimmies. Putting it all together in the 5 part routine! Take-aways.
Choreography Practice Video (Rough Draft)
“Zeina” from the Belly Dance Superstars Album (version used in choreography)
Purchase and Download the Original Song by Mohammed Abdel Wahab
Other Helpful Handouts:
We’ll be dancing to selected songs from the following albums. Some of this music is available to download from Amazon and/or iTunes.* For additional music recommendations for practice and performance, be sure to check out my blog post, “The Best Belly Dance Albums.”
- Now the Best of Indie Arabia, various artists
- Amina, Essam Kareeka, and Saad Alsagher
- Bazaar Night, various artists
- Bellydance Hits to Shake Your Hips, various artists
- Electro Fusion Bellydance, various artists
- Le Best of REG Project, REG Project
- Modern Belly Dance from Lebanon: The Dance of the Princess, Emad Sayyah
- Now Arabia 2017, various artists
- Play it Loud and Electro Oriental, Said Mrad
- Shadowbox, Beats Antique
*Linked albums are available to download from Amazon. Please note, these are affiliate links. If you purchase the music from Amazon after using my link, Amazon will give me a small commission for referring you. It doesn’t change the cost of the music, or otherwise affect your purchase, in any way. If you would prefer not to use an affiliate link, just search for the album from Amazon’s homepage.