Beginners - suited to students with little or no previous training in belly dance, and experienced dancers looking to expand their knowledge of movement. This is a solid introduction to Middle Eastern music and dance that focuses on correct dance posture, foundation movements, and basic combinations. This class also focuses on choreography. Students are encouraged to repeat the beginners level at least twice before moving into the intermediate class.
Intermediate- more complex and layered movements are introduced along with intricate combinations and choreography. You can expect to learn impressive layered shimmies and elegant traveling movements! The intermediate level continues to work on correct dance posture and strength building exercises to improve the isolation movements essential to belly dance.
Advanced- focuses on improving technique to a professional level. Students are encouraged to develop their own unique style and interpretation of the music, as well as their presentation and performance skills. Traditional belly dance props such as veil, cane, sword and zills (finger cymbals) are introduced along with improvisation. Advanced students also have the opportunity to create their own choreography to perform as a solo or duet at Belly Dance Bohemia's end of year student concert!
Mastering Props (Intermediate/Advanced Level Students)- explores an array of traditional and modern belly dance props including: veil, sword, saidi (cane), Isis wings, zills (finger cymbals), and candles! Classes focus on developing confidence and proficiency in technique, combinations and choreography using the various props. Students are required to bring their own props to class. Some spares will be available to borrow. NOTE: This class does not run every term.
There are opportunities throughout the year for students to perform at various Middle Eastern dance and music events in Melbourne including Belly Dance Bohemia's annual end of year student showcase!
What to wear to a belly dance class?
Form fitting clothing (leggings, stretch pants) is preferable so that you and Ekaterini can see the movements and isolations, and most importantly that you are in correct posture.
Bring along a hip scarf or even just a simple shawl that you can wrap around your hips. This will help you to find your hips and notice the isolated movements.
You will quickly come to appreciate seeing your own progress, watching the definition appear as your body steadily changes shape.
What to bring to a belly dance class?
Bring a bottle of water, and a towel during the warmer months if you like. We are going to sweat!
EKATERINI'S BEGINNER LEVEL BELLY DANCE STUDENT PERFORMANCE @ Thornbury Theatre, July 2013.