"BELLYDANCE BACK TO SCHOOL!"
Bellydance History with Zahira
JUNE 4 to AUGUST 6
Monday Nights at 8 pm
After the incredible response to this course in 2016, 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 also a MUST for
any bellydance student who aspires to become a 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 Orientalist
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 OPEN NOW! Spaces Limited! OR Two payments of $90 each
$180 (no HST until May 27th)
"TRIBAL BELLYDANCE INTENSIVE!"
JUNE 10, 17 & 24
Sundays 1:30 - 3:30 pm
In this three week series we'll work on some tribal
basics and how to lead and follow within formations.
The tribal vocabulary comes from both Fat Chance
ATS and Gypsy Caravan, along with some unique
influences, and we'll discuss the roots of the
movements. There's no choreography!
Be prepared for a Pilates/yoga based warmup
(wear pants not a skirt!), bring water and be ready
for some fun teamwork!
Orkideh is the director of the Serpentina North
Ensemble. She has been dancing since 2000, starting
with American Cabaret in NYC, and moving into
tribal style in 2004. Serpentina North's tribal
bellydance style is a combination of Fat Chance ATS
as well as Gypsy Caravan, combined with some
unique styling of their own.
In addition to bellydance, Orkideh has also been
studying kathak for about a decade.
She is also Stott Pilates trained, and is working
Registration OPEN NOW! Spaces Limited!
$120 (no HST until June 4)