Dragonfly Bellydance

Bellydance in the heart of Toronto






July 1 - August 12

7 weeks - 10+ hrs.

Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:45 pm

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-kind7 week (10+ hrs) 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)

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

WEEK 2 ~ Middle Eastern Music and Dance in the Middle Ages: from Mecca, Medina & Damascus to Spain

WEEK 3 ~ The Ottoman Empire

WEEK 4 ~ The Orientalists: 'the mystique of the East', from Napoleon to Gerome to Oscar Wilde

~~~~~~~ The image of Salome past and present (from Medieval to Orientalist representations)

WEEK 5 ~ The Chicago World Fair, (1893) and the late 1890's

WEEK 6 ~ The 20th Century 1: Golden Era (1920's - 1960's)

WEEK 7 ~ The 20th Century 2: immigration & the birth of modern styles outside the Middle East~~~~~~~ The Globalized world

Summary notes, bibliography, readings and slide decks will be facilitated for each class. Students will also have access to a study group on Facebook and will be able to download all the Zoom class videos.

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

No drop-ins as the course builds upon the knowledge acquired in each session.

ONLY $189 (no HST)


Two payments of $95 each (second payment due July 24)

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Bellydance Summer School

July 1 - August 12

Register HERE

Special ONLINE workshops!

~ Sunday June 28:

1 - 3 pm

Rhythm-Centric Combos: Super Useful Combos for Different Rhythms

Learn a repertoire of extremely useful, effective and artistically crafted combinations to have under your sleeve to use in different Middle Eastern rhythms:

* Unique combinations that address the structure and feeling of each rhythm.

* Versatile combinations that can be adapted to different rhythms and how to do so.

* Have a new appreciation for your rhythms with a deeper body and musicality connection.

~ Sunday July 12:

1 - 3 pm

Veil Textures: Fast & Fiery / Slow & Sultry

Enrich your veil dance with different textures, moods and expressive movements and gestures. Veil is a versatile and expressive prop with a wide emotive range.

Learn how to imbue your veil technique with emotion and rich textures!

~ Sunday July 26:

1 - 3 pm

Creating Choreography

A guideline to create beautiful, dynamic, soulful and engaging choreogaphy!

How to really listen to your music, letting it guide you so you can break down the song and know it inside and out.

How to decode the music deciphering musical phrases and instrumentation.

How to create a structure based on the structure of the music, (an essential element also for structured improvisation).

How to inject dynamism, surprise, soulfulness and wow effect to even the simplest moves.

How to create dynamic staging: using your space, filling the stage with captivating elements such as travelling, positioning, surprising changes, dramatic poses, engaging gestures and emotion.

Take 1 workshop x $35

Take 2 workshops x $60

Take 3 workshops x $85

(No hst)

Spaces Limited!

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Wednesday July 1: 6 - 7 pm

ALL about 3/4 shimmies!

Wednesday July 8: 6 - 7 pm

Turns and Spins

Wednesday July 15: 6 - 7 pm

Elegant Legs

Wednesday July 22: 6 - 7 pm

Showstopper Moves

Wednesday July 29: 6 - 7 pm

Frames and Poses

Each special class ONLY $15 (no hst)

Spaces Limited!

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