What is Belly Dance?
The dance which Americans know as “belly dance” has gone by many names. The French who found the dance named it “dance du ventre”, or dance of the stomach. It is known in Greece as the cifte telli (also the name of a Turkish rhythm), in Turkey as ‘rakkase’ and in Egypt as Raks Sharki. Middle Easterners also call it “danse orientale” to distinguish it from the “balady”, or country, dance. It developed through the influence of many different areas and continues its long process of development today.
After its appearance at the Chicago Exposition at the turn of the century, Americans discovered it, and the French name, danse du ventre, was translated into the “belly dance”. In this report, “oriental dance” and “belly dance” will be used interchangeably. “Eastern dance” as used here can include belly dance, Indian dance, or Persian dance.
Belly Dance is traditionally danced barefoot and is known for use of intricate body locks, pops, shimmies, and isolations. Belly Dance is a low impact, weight bearing dance form that is appropriate for all ages and body types!
Beginner Belly Dance Curriculum Covered Over 12 Wks:
Rib Cage Slides
Glute Squeeze Isolations
Rib Cage Slides
Rib Cage Circles
Hip Slides & Twists
Hip Drops and Lifts
Horizontal Figure 8’s
Vertical Figure 8’s (Mayas & Sways)
Exterior and Interior Hip Circles
3/4 Ups & Downs
Basic Egyptian Step
Arabic 1: Flat Ball
Arabic 2: Flat Ball Ball Ball
Arabic 3: Forward Center Back to Front
Arabic 4: Forward Center Back Center
Semihas, Glide, Choo Choo
Egyptian Straight Leg
Drop-ins are welcome if space is available!
Beginner Belly Dance
This class is designed as an introduction to Middle Eastern movement where you will learn the foundations of belly dance technique. You will develop the tools to strengthen your presentation including muscle isolations, memory and strength building, posture, and flexibility. Caitlin also blends an element of improv into every class to build musicality and individuality in your personal dance experience & style. An introduction to belly dance props including the veil & zills will also be taught throughout the year.
Belly Dance Skillz & Drillz
Skillz and Drillz is a class that utilizes combos and choreography to focus on technique, drills, and choreography structure. You will deepen your understanding of how each movement is created, add precision to your movement, and expand your dance vocabulary by using various techniques and layering when executing each movement. Learn to create beautiful transitions, add dimension and texture to each movement as well as developing an understanding of creating choreography. Explore expression of emotion and body language as it relates to music structure and expression of music through dance.
Skillz and Drillz is appropriate for the more advanced student and requires at least one year belly dance experience.
Intermediate/Adv Belly Dance
This class will take your basics of belly dance movement and start to integrate the art of layering different moves with one another. More focus will be spent on Middle Eastern rhythms, individual musicality, improvisation, isolations, pops, locks & shimmies. A continuation of belly dance prop technique including zills, veil, & cane will also be taught throughout each year. At least 1 year belly dance experience highly recommended.
Beginner Belly Dance
This class is designed as an introduction to Middle Eastern movement where you will learn the foundations of belly dance technique. You will develop the tools to strengthen your presentation including muscle isolations, memory and strength building, posture, and flexibility. Each week you will put these new movements into fun, short combinations to create mini routines. An introduction to belly dance props including the veil & zills will also be taught throughout the year. No prior dance experience necessary!