"BELLYDANCE BACK TO SCHOOL!"
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
WEEK 6 ~ The image of Salome past and present (from Medieval representations to
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!
"WEAVING POETRY: Beautiful Arms, Hands and Toes" with Zahira
AUG 5, 2 - 4 pm
As frames or as the main focus of a piece, arms and hands
are AS important as all bellydance steps, moves and technique.
You DANCE with your arms and hands; they can be
deliciously expressive and can make or break a piece.
They SPEAK, DRAW, TELL a STORY, even WHISPER...
In this workshop you will learn:
* how to create energy, strength, intention and expressiveness:
dancing with your arms and hands in a way that looks
effortless, natural and interesting.
* explore the connections between arms, head, breath,
expressiveness and technique to go beyond drills and
combinations to true dance artistry.
* create smooth transitions between arm moves, arm
frames and arm paths in a way that makes transitions an
expressive and fun part of the dance that has all the potential
of bringing up your own dancer –personality
* use your breath and energy to bring fluidity, radiating
beauty within and without.
* how to create beautiful lines with your body using the strength and expressiveness of your arms, finger tips, legs and toes.
* exercises for better pointed toes.
Be inspired and amazed! Weave poetry with your arms and create an eloquent, moving painting withyour whole body!
$40 in Advanced (no HST until July 29th)
$50 at the door (space permitting)