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Fusion Belly Dance

$60.00 4 Week Month, $75.00 5 Week Month, $20.00 Drop-In

What is Fusion Belly Dance?

Intermediate Fusion Thursdays 7:45-8:45 pm

Beginner Fusion Belly Dance Mondays 7:45-8:45 pm

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 20th century, Americans experienced this dance style for the first time, and the French name, “danse du ventre”, was translated into the “belly dance”. “Oriental dance” and “belly dance” can be used interchangeably. “Eastern dance” is usually referred to 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 & body types!

Beginner Belly Dance Curriculum:

Body Isolations

Shoulder Rolls
Rib Cage Slides
Glute Squeeze Isolations
Rib Cage Slides
Undulations
Wrist Rolls
Rib Cage Circles
Hip Slides & Twists
Hip Drops and Lifts
Tummy Rolls

Hip Movements

Hip Twists
Horizontal Figure 8’s
Vertical Figure 8’s (Mayas & Sways)
Exterior and Interior Hip Circles
Ups
Downs
Crescents
Choo-choo’s
3/4 Ups & Downs

Traveling Moves

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

Arm Movements

Snake Arms
Shoulder Presses
Hand Undulations

Shimmies

Shoulder Shimmy
Freeze
Tummy Flutter
Egyptian Straight Leg
Hip Shimmy

Classes

Drop-ins are welcome if space is available!

Beginner Fusion

In this class, students will be introduced to beginner level techniques of fusion belly dance learning the foundational roots of Egyptian folkloric and Raqs Sharqi movements and then combining these techniques with a fusion of dance forms derived from different cultures and time periods including hip-hop, contemporary, and classical Indian dance styles. Introduction of props including zills, veil, and sword is also explored. No belly dance experience is required.

Intermediate Fusion

In this class students will continue studying Egyptian folkloric and Raqs Sharqi movements and begin drilling intermediate level technique made up of layering different body movements while also exploring musicality, rhythmic nuance, and fusion stylizations derived from different cultures and time periods including hip hop, contemporary, and classical Indian dance styles. Use of props including zills, veil, and sword is also explored. 1 year belly dance experience is required.

Taught by Belly Dance Teaching Staff

Katherine, Anna, Caitlin