Babylonia Tribal Format – An ATS inspired format, devised by Solange, designed for group performance. Technique may be incorporated into choreography or used in improvisation/follow the leader exercises. This term the focus will be on fast techniques. Intermediate.
Beginners – The Beginner’s course is suitable for dancers who have never tried belly dance, or other dance forms, before, whilst also being available to those with experience who would like to revisit their base techniques. Each week will focus on the mechanics of fundamental belly dance technique, gradually building moves into a choreography. Learning a choreography is a rewarding way to put your new skills into practice and, when permitted, the studio holds an end of term Hafla (party) giving all students the opportunity to join their teacher and class in performing the piece they have worked on. There is no pressure to perform!!!
Beginners Technique (videos) –A collection of 8 short videos, breaking down the foundation moves of belly dance. This may be partnered with your Zoom classes, or used in your own time to practice at home.
Dancer Conditioning – This is a great class for anyone after body conditioning and fitness. This class is also ideal for the dancer wanting to take their practice to the next level, or perfect their technique for stage. Hayley has a wealth of experience in performance and dance. In this class she will be directing focus towards the dancer’s feet, balletic arms and flexibility. Open level.
Gothic Fusion – Intermediate to advanced level of dance. Prior experience in belly dance technique is required. Monday 6pm is a medium to fast paced Gothic Fusion choreo by Annie, with some Mandragora Gothic Format moves and formations. The song is Reptile’s Theme by Skrillex. It will have lots of cheese, and some costume requirements. Intermediate-Advanced. No prior gothic required. The second class is an advanced choreography by Lorralei, the music is Silence by Retrosic. Taking on a nocturnal twist to dancing with wings, this is not a Isis Wing choreo!
Gypsy Passions – Inspired by the boulevards of Paris during the Belle Epoque, Kate’s theatrical fusion choreography explores portraying emotion through dance. From slow and sinuous moves conveying heartfelt longing to cheeky flirtatious touches, this dance gives intermediate dancers a chance to add drama and playful nuances to their repertoire, while still being manageable for less experienced dancers. (Music Gypsy’s Lament and Gypsy Boulevard by Le Petit Orchestre de Café Paris) Warning: there may be parasols involved! (to be confirmed)Open level *Zoom option available.
Isis Wings (Marco Polo) – A new choreography by Myra, with the show stopping prop, Isis Wings. Isis Wings are large, usually pleated, wings attached to the dancer’s neck or shoulders. With an extended wingspan this prop demands attention!
I Wanna Dance! – An energetic and playful drum solo, music by Artem Uzunov, adapted from a choreography by Phynia (Perth). We began learning this choreography last year… and then classes were cancelled. Welcoming the cooler months we will experiment with shimmies and accents and perhaps introduce a veil entrance.
Let’s Play – A choreography inspired by a fun track, in which students will be given tools to collaborate with each other. Choreography based in the Babylonia Tribal Format. Will be taught over 2 terms. Intermediate.
Loosen-up @ Lunch – This class is predominantly for online students, via Zoom. If you would like to attend but prefer to learn in the studio, contact Claire to see if this is possible. Classes will vary in content and style, each lesson focusing on a particular technique and putting it into a combination. Classes run for 40 min. Signing up for one of these classes will give you access to both Tuesday and Thursday classes…. 2 for the price of 1!!!
Mini Shimmy – Mini Shimmy is a class dedicated to children of Primary School age. Learning the foundations of belly dance steps and putting the moves into a fun choreography. The children have requested a challenge this term and will be experimenting with double veil!!
River Goddess – Myra has choreographed a beautiful routine involving candles for this term. Intermediate.
Saidi Cane – revisiting a choreography from a couple of years ago, this class will be dancing with canes, or assaya. Originating from Southern Egypt, Saidi is a fun and bouncy genre of belly dance. This is a choreography by Claire, suitable for intermediate level dancers. Open level *Zoom option available.
Saturday Technique – Each week this class will explore different areas of belly dance technique, breaking down the mechanics and how they can be implemented into your dance practice. The technique visited will then be put into practice, using unique combinations of moves. Instructors will vary from week to week and belly dance genres will also vary. Open level *Zoom option available.
Temple Fusion – Inspired by the various Indian Temple Dances, this fusion dance will combine posture and gestures of Temple Dance with belly dance. Calling on the dancer to build strength and poise, generating a calm intention with each move, this form may be used as a moving meditation in your own dance practice. Building on the vocabulary from term 3, we shall explore formations and transitions, honing technique and adding extra slink. This Temple Fusion improvisation format has been devised by Claire. Intermediate.
Technique Drills Videos – A collection of short drill classes designed for you to work on your isolation and dance technique to enhance your regular dance practice. Technique is relevant to all styles of belly dance. Taught by Lorralei.
Voi – Claire introduced Voi to Belly Dance Amethyst in 2011, as her debut to teaching. The prop involves attaching a standard sized silk veil to a length of ball chain, this is then attached the one of the dancer’s hands and used as per a belly dance veil and also incorporating poi spinning techniques.