If you are ready to move beyond the basics of belly dance, I can help!
Most belly dance instruction focuses on the “what”: moves, combos, and choreographies.
That’s an important foundation, but it’s not enough.
You also need to learn about the “why and how”: musicality, expression, improvisation, compositional principles, what the audience expects, and how to give it to them.
Plus, belly dance is a very personal dance. It’s about what you hear in the music, what you feel, and how you like to move. You can’t build your personal style by simply copying the teacher.
So instead of feeding you moves and choreographies to copy, I teach you how the dance works, so you can create it for yourself.
Dancers who are studying with other teachers are very welcome to “cross-train” with me. You can join us for a short time, or on an ongoing basis.
In Level 2, we take your foundation of basic technique, and kick it up a notch.
We introduce more difficult technique, and start building your performance foundation.
This class is for advanced beginner through high intermediate level.
My students usually move to this level after a full year (3 sessions) of my Level 1 class, although this varies from person to person. I’ve had students move up in 2-6 semesters.
Before beginning this level, you should be able to execute the basic moves correctly, and with clean posture.
(They don’t need to be perfect, but you should be able to keep your slides and circles flat, do hip drops without bouncing. etc.)
In Level 3, we prepare you to perform.
Whether your goal is to go pro, or just be the best hafla performer you can be, you’ll need the same background in technique, musicality, and stage presence.
This class is for high intermediate through newer professionals. Most students will spend at two years or more in Level 2 before moving up to this class.
Before beginning Level 3, you must be able to play simple finger cymbal patterns while dancing. (If you can’t do that yet, you can learn in Level 2.)
You should also be able to perform basic belly dance moves correctly on auto-pilot, and be able to do intermediate-level movements with correct posture.
I also offer supplemental classes that focus on specific areas or techniques. They aren’t a replacement for your regular class (Level 1, 2, or 3 with me, or technique classes with another teacher), but they can help you expand and deepen your dance education.
These include one-day workshops, and ongoing class series.
The offerings vary by semester, but have included:
You can find the current semester’s offerings on our Join the Class page.
In a private coaching session, we work one-on-one to refine a skill or performance piece.
You can do a one-time coaching session, a short series, or on an ongoing basis.
Most students come to me for coaching at intermediate through professional levels.
But motivated beginners with some experience can benefit from coaching too!
What we cover depends on your needs and priorities.
You can bring a specific skill or area you want to work on, or I can evaluate your dancing and suggest the areas to work on.
Regardless, you’ll go home with a clear understanding of:
You don’t need any particular skill level to benefit from coaching. It’s your motivation that matters.
If you’re excited to improve your skills (or have an upcoming show you want to prepare for), and you’re willing to spend some time practicing on your own, coaching may be a good choice for you.