Introduction to Folklore

The MENAHT region is large and very diverse! These classes are meant to introduce students to a wide variety of folk dances performed throughout the regions. Our goal is to foster appreciation for the diversity of dances and cultures, and to help students recognize different dances and music. These classes are not going to turn you into an expert in any one style, but they will make you a well rounded dancer, and help you find a style or two to dive deeper into!


Thursdays: July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

6:30-7:30 PM at Lisa's

Cane Special Series

With Lisa

Put on some shoes and some sunblock, and come learn how to work with Cane! We'll cover the basics of how to hold an assaya, using it to frame, spinning it, and some combos. We'll also cover the differences between beledi and saidi style, and get an introduction to dabke and Lebanese styling.

This class is held outdoors at Lisa's house. It will also be available live over zoom, for those outside of CNY (or who Lisa doesn't know well enough to give her address to.)

There is a tall privacy fence on one side, the house on the other, a big tree on the 3rd, and a shorter opaque fence on the fourth. A level gravel patio is being prepared before the class starts. If it rains, snow-day protocol will be used and we'll extend the class into August. Register to get directions and a list of where you can get a cane from. Some loaners will be available and hardware store dowels can also be used. 

$15 drop ins, $55 for all 4 weeks.

What to know before this level

  • These classes are not meant to give mastery of any of the styles presented. They are included as a sampler to help students recognize references to them, to deepen your appreciation for the diversity of the MENAHT region, and to give you the chance to find something you would enjoy learning more about.

  • Being able to dance with veil is helpful for learning maleya

  • You should know basic rhythms, and being ready for both even and odd time signatures

  • Students need to have control and awareness of their bodies, and be comfortable making modifications/asking the teacher for modifications, if any movements feel uncomfortable, especially in the classes that cover head and hair movements.

  • You should be familiar with the different countries and subregions in the MENAHT area.

  • Be comfortable with some improvisation, and with learning some combinations.