Bellydance History with Zahira


After last year's incredible response to this course, and

for all those who missed it, we're offering it again!  

Zahira is THRILLED to combine her extensive academic  

background, deep historical and cultural knowledge, and

her bellydance experience with YOU in this one-of-a-kind

10 week specialty course.

In a Seminar format (lecture and discussion), the course

is open to bellydance students (beginners to professionals),

bellydance enthusiasts, history and cultural studies

scholars and general public who are interested in exploring

the history, roots and cultural background of bellydance as

well as its current standing in the world. It is a MUST for

any bellydance student who aspires to become professional

in the art form.

We will cover the following topics:

WEEK 1 ~ Ancient roots 1: The Mediterranean (Phoenicia, Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia)

WEEK 2 ~ Ancient roots 2: The Romani connection: following the trail from India

WEEK 3 ~ Middle Eastern Music and Dance in the Middle Ages: from Mecca, Medina &

                 Damascus to Spain

WEEK 4 ~ The Ottoman Empire

WEEK 5 ~ The Orientalist period: 'the mystique of the East', from Napoleon to Gerome to

                 Oscar Wilde

WEEK 6 ~ The image of Salome past and present (from Medieval representations to

                 Orientalist ones)

WEEK 7 ~ The Chicago World Fair, (1893) and the late 1890's

WEEK 8 ~ The 20th Century 1: Golden Era (1920's - 1960's)

WEEK 9 ~ The 20th Century 2: immigration and the birth of modern styles outside the Middle


WEEK 10~ The Globalized world

Summary notes, bibliography and readings will be facilitated for each class.

We approach the Seminar with the knowledge that each and every single one of the topics covered could have it's own 10-week session, and this means to be an introduction and discussion of some of the main issues regarding each historical period/topic.

No drop ins and no make ups from other classes as the course builds upon the knowledge acquired in each session. However if you miss one of the seminar sessions you will be given the reading materials and you can attend any bellydance class as a make up.

Registration coming soon!