$60.00 for a 4 Week Month, $75.00 for a 5 Week Month Series $18.00 Drop-In rate if space is available

What is Middle Eastern Drumming?

In this class, students will learn ancient rhythms from the cradle of civilization, rhythms that are still heard on the radio today. These rhythms persist because connect to our early human roots, as natural as a heart beat. The drum inspires hope, movement, empathy, and visceral urges, which all lead to DANCING. You will learn to impart joy when you share this music, more so by co-creating rhythms within a group of your classmates at Bella Diva Dance.

The course will cover the Basics of Arabic Drumming. Students will learn how to play basic sounds on the Doumbek and drill specific rhythms to continuously improve in speed and sound quality. Bella Diva will provide Doumbeks to play in class, but eventually, you are encouraged to have a drum of your own so you can practice at home!

Students will learn the most common Middle-Eastern rhythms and their variations including Baladi, Masmoudi, Malfuf, Saidi, Maksoum, Ayoub, and Chiftitelli. We will also learn how to hold a Turkish-style jam session in a group and eventually perform as an ensemble to accompany belly dancers!

Expand your awareness of rhythm, sequence, sound, and synchronicity, and learn to drum for belly-dancers! If you are already a dancer, deepen your understanding of musicality by studying the origins of the beats that move you!

Taught by Teaching Associate

Theo Brahmas

Theo is an experienced group facilitator and teacher: a founding leader of Denver Drum and Dance, math tutor/teacher, and private Doumbek lesson instructor. He is also a performer who has appeared playing the Doumbek at Cervantes Otherside in Denver and across the Front Range. Theo spent years shaping his musicianship, starting with piano at five-years-old. After his parents moved his family to Austria when he was six, they would bring young Theo to the symphony, sometimes to see his father conduct.