Babylonia Tribal Format – An FCBD 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. Focusing on technique and skills used in dancing the Babylonia Tribal Format to both fast and slow tempos. The earlier class will be learning a choreography to be performed at our annual Amethyst Family Halloween Show. The later class will learn a choreography, ‘Thread by thread, the tapestry is complete’.
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.
Eliza 7.15 Thursday – Eliza always brings energy and sass to her choreography, if you are after an Intermediate to Advanced level classical Egyptian routine, this is for you! Expect shimmy drills, drama and beautiful technique.
Gothic Fusion – Intermediate to advanced level of dance. Prior experience in belly dance technique is required. Monday 6pm will be a improvisation, there will be Leader position roles with the expectation of learning fades and some group transitions. Both fast and slow (song to be decided with the class). The second class is an advanced choreography by Lorralei, the music is Witches by Switchblade Symphony. Choreography will be learnt for performance at our Halloween show in November.G
Let Your Skirt Fly –Get ready to spin and flounce those big 25 yard skirts about! A joyful choreography designed to be danced as a group, and will be a lot of fun! *Zoom option may be available
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.
Nebtidi Mnain El Hikaya – With a lyrical veil entrance, a dynamic drum solo and classic Oriental combinations this choreography is a whole performance distilled into a single song. Through this dramatic piece we will be focusing on stage presence and flair, so grab a veil and lose yourself in the Arabic classic, Nebtidi Mnain El Hikaya (Where would our story begin?). *Zoom option be available
Peace Mantra –A fusion choreography, dancing to Tina Turner’s Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu (Peace Mantra). Intermediate.
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.T
Temple Fusion –Inspired by the various Indian Temple Dances, this fusion dance will combine posture and gestures of Temple Dance with belly dance. Calling the dancer to build strength and poise, generating a calm intention with each move and may be used as a moving meditation in your own dance practice. The Temple Fusion improvisation format has been devised by Claire, this choreography will be inspired by these combinations Music TBA. *Zoom option available
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.