SATURDAY 14th January 2024
SATURDAY 20th January 2024
SUNDAY 21st January 2024
EACH WORKSHOP IS 1 HOUR ONLY.
14th January 2024: 20th January 2024: 21 January 2024:
Salsa Fusion Intermediate Belly Dance Belly Bolly Fusion
Tribal Fusion Advanced Belly Dance Afrobeats Fusion
Reggaeton Fusion Drum Solo Belly Dance Contemporary Fusion
Samba Fusion Veil Belly Dance Commercial Fusion
Turns & Shimmies Shaabi Belly Dance Flamenco Fusion
Styles descriptions below:
SATURDAY 14th JANUARY 2024.
SALSA FUSION (General Level) 10-11am
Learn this dance form with origins from Cuba as the meeting point of Spanish (European) and African cultures. Learn Salsa dance timing, postures, arms, footwork and flourishes. This workshop that captures everyone from the get go because of the addictive music, Latin flavour, powerful rhythmic patterns and interesting footwork. A workshop that will leave you feeling like a diva! Passionate, fierce and sensuous.
TRIBAL FUSION (General Level) 11am-12pm
Awaken the serpent energy in your spiine and move your body in a snake like manner with tribal fluidity, smooth sensuous motions and contrast this with sharp pops and locks! Extreme control of movements and strong isolations will be encouraged to enable you to move like water with precision, grace and deep expression. A beautiful dance that has been created from a combination of worldly dance styles with intense music and deep dark soulful sounds to rouse your spirit and divine energy.
REGGAETON FUSION (General Level) 1-2pm
A Puerto Rican dance form strongly influenced by Latin American, Caribbean, and hip hop music. It’s a fun, full of flavour and a free-spirited style of dance popular for its body waves, lower body isolations, locks, pops, groove and attitude! Large movements that compliment Belly Dancing accurately and a full body and mind workout that will leave you sweating and glowing with confidence. You can’t help but move your body rhythmically when you hear this music!
SAMBA FUSION (General Level) 2-3pm
Samba is an energetic and lively dance that is currently popular in many parts of the world originating in Angola and Congo and later in Brazil. Syncopated rhythms, bouncing actions, and rolling hip movements characterize the dance. There are a variety of types of samba music and dancing. Today Samba is the most prevalent dance form in Brazil, and reaches the height of its importance during the festival of Carnaval. While the Ballroom version has grown popular, originally Samba was a solo dance from Latin America which is the style we will be emphasising on and combining with Belly Dance.
TURNS AND SHIMMIES (General Level) 3-4pm
Exploring the vast range of shimmies to include, Egyptian shimmy, tension shimmy, shimmy layers, twist shimmies, hagalla 3/4 shimmies, Turkish shuffle, shoulder shimmies and choo choo shimmies!
Perfecting the range of turns, to include paddles turn, travelling turn, step turn, speed control, core control, arms with turns and generally improving the precision and connection of turns with other movements.
SATURDAY 20th JANUARY 2024.
INTERMEDIATE BELLY DANCE – 10-11am
Push your skills further and challenge your technique, learn level 2 movements, strengthen muscles, refine isolations, learn various styles and combinations. Some belly dance experience required, but not essential.
A fun and varied class where your movements, technique, memory and isolations will be challenged. Several styles of dance will be mixed into routines with the core of belly dance movements. All levels welcome.
ADVANCED TRADITIONAL BELLY DANCE 11am-12pm
Throughout Middle Eastern history, belly dance has been performed at special celebrations and occasions like weddings, birth announcements, and festivals. Learn this flowy and grounded style of beautiful belly dancing. Rhythm, flow, musicality, sensuality all describe the folk and social style of belly dancing. Challenge yourself as a dancer with intricate movements, pops, locks and complex drills, fun combinations, precise isolations and learn advanced movements and learn what it feels like to be a true belly dancer!
Build your skills rapidly with travelling steps, footwork, isolations, contractions, precision of movements and greater fluidity that will all be taught in this challenging but fun workshop. A faster paced class with lots of layering, multiple technique, isolations, varied drills and combinations from smooth and flowy techniques to empowering pops and locks. Accumulate all the skills you have learnt in previous classes thus far.
DRUM SOLO (General Level) 1-2pm
This course covers moving your body percussively using pops and locks, accents and punctuations. The music is exciting which enables rapid sharp movements combined with softer shimmies, travelling movements and fluidity. Control isolations and learn belly dancing at a very fast pace through this mindful and intricate style of belly dancing. A drum solo piece can leave an audience in absolute awe
VEIL (General Level) 2-3pm
In this course your veil is your dance partner! Learn to dance gracefully with a veil: poses and postures, flourishes and turns. Your arms will be strengthened and you will learn how to create graceful movements with them. Your upper body strength and posture will also improve and you will get moving across the room and dance floor with true refinement, elegance and grace!
SHAABI (Street and Belly Dance Fusion General Level) 3-4pm
Shaabi (meaning of the people) is the music and voice of the streets in Egypt and the lyrics of shaabi songs are usually about politics, personal life or love.
Dancewise, Egyptian Shaabi style is playful and flirtatious, a bit ‘cheeky’, with a strong folkloric influence. This style is full of feeling!
The movements are earthier without many spins nor big travelling steps; steps are mostly on flat feet and the style is funky, bouncy and upbeat.
SUNDAY 21st JANUARY 2024
BELLY BOLLY FUSION (General Level) 10am-11am
An energetic, rhythmic, fun fitness dance exercise to great music. Combining several forms of Indian and Bollywood dancing combined with Belly Dance that will have you moving and working your whole body! Higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating and smiling.
AFROBEATS FUSION (General Level) 11am-12pm
Afrobeats dance is a diverse and fascinating style originating predominantly form Sub-Saharan Africa. It is an evolution from traditional African dance styles following the creation of Afrobeats music. Combine the energetic fluidity and melodious rhythm of afrobeats with belly dance and you create a wonderful concoction of movements and an enthralling dance style.
CONTEMPORARY BELLY DANCE FUSION (General Level) 12pm-1pm
Contemporary technique and belly dance movements combined. Working on sinuosity and flawless movement of the body. Freedom of expression, strength, toning and flexibility are all attributes ascertained within this fusion style. Connecting mind and body through fluid and wide-range dance movements, taking up space to create full expression.
COMMERCIAL BELLY DANCE (General Level) 3-4pm
A commercial Modern belly dance involving elements of western dance styles to include Shakira and Beyonce like movements. Elements of Shaabi (the bellydance style), street, hip hop and modern dancing. And also Bollywood movements! This course will enable you to bring out your inner diva with big goddess like movements and you will be able to truly show off your skills with elaborate movements! You will also be able to expand on your arm and hand intricacies within dance. This course will be taught at an intermediate level with several choreographies in various styles completed throughout.
FLAMENCO FUSION BELLY DANCE (General Level) 4-5pm
Combining the Spanish art form typical of Andalucía, the southern region of Spain, made up of 3 elements: song (cante), dance (baile) and music (toque) and the beautiful art of Belly Dancing to create a wonderful fusion. Spiral arms, hips and footwork combined and powerful dynamics of poses, struts and bodywork. Flamenco is a state of mind, an art form that conveys the deepest emotions and combined with the expression of Belly Dancing movements, to create a wonderful symbiotic dance.