Student Resources


Spring 2018 Class Resources

Hello and welcome to the spring 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!



Intermediate Belly Dance

Our theme for the spring semester is “Sha’abi Chic!” Step onto the streets of Cairo, where this modern folk dance is embedded in the music and culture. We’ll learn how to present accents, shimmies, posture, and hands to create a signature, sassy style. We’ll practice our Sha’abi technique with a routine to a traditional song, “El Enab,” by Sa’d El Soghayar.

Class Schedule
Apr 4:    Welcome! Sha’abi characteristics. Hip drops in different layers. Begin choreography.
Apr 11:    Sha’abi hand signals. Hip circles on the side. Side body rolls. Continue choreography.
Apr 18:   Sha’abi footwork + traveling steps. Continue choreography.
Apr 25:   Large hip circle stylization. Finish choreography.
May 2:   Sha’abi hip moves + accents. Polish choreography.
May 9:   Sha’abi chest moves + accents. Polish choreography.
May 16:   Sha’abi shimmies. Polish choreography.
May 23:   Sha’abi combinations. Option: with zills.
May 30:   TBD.
Jun 6:   Review all moves and concepts. Dress rehearsal for Spring Student Showcase.

Helpful Resources:
Rough translation of “El Enab” lyrics
Spring Student Showcase Performance Information

Choreography Practice Video:

The Spring Student Showcase
Our annual recital will be held at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn the evening of Sunday, June 10th. Students have the opportunity to perform with the class in the “El Enab” routine, or to dance in an independent routine as a soloist or troupe. Additional information can be found on the Events page.


Music Selections

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.”


*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.

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