This course is designed for students new to belly dance or seeking a belly dance refresher. No dance experience necessary.
Students will learn basic belly dance technique, including posture, shimmies, isolations, undulations and traveling steps. Class will include a brief introduction to the history, context, and philosophy of belly dance, as well as a brief introduction to Middle Eastern music. Choreography will be taught to incorporate new movements.
Two separate and distinct Beginner I Technique classes will be offered each semester. Beginner I Technique (Zeina) is offered in the first half of each semester; Beginner I Technique (Aziza) is offered in the second half of each semester. Each course will run 7 to 8 weeks, and together provide a complete introduction to belly dance.
Sahara Dance class structure is based on a Western format of clear movement breakdowns, drilling the basics, hands on corrections and integrating movements through combinations, choreography and improvisational exercises.
No prior experience necessary. Wear comfortable, form-fitting clothing. Hip scarf optional.
Beginner II Belly Dance Technique January 9 - April 23 (16 weeks)
This course is designed for students who have mastered the content from Sahara Dance Beginner I Technique. Expand your movement base to include foundational undulations and accents, turns and layering. Begin exploring Middle Eastern music rhythms and structure and learn more advanced choreography and improvisational exercises.
Presented in partnership with Sahara Dance, Washington DC's Center for Middle Eastern Dance.