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If you already know who's classes you want to take, click "Register" in the main menu. 

If your questions aren't answered below, check out Class FAQs

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Scroll down for a list of classes our teachers hope to offer in the future

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Hover over the level tags for info on difficulty. (not available on mobile)

If you want more information on what you will learn in each level of classes, and what you should know/be able to do before enrolling, check out "About the Levels"

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In-person date, time, and location

Fall, possibily Mondays, details TBD

Introductory Bellydance (Traditional Style)

With Lisa

That voice saying 'you can't do this' is a liar. 


Every class introduces a few of those fascinating isolations (yes, your body DOES move that way!) with a focus on building good movement habits for safe technique, so you can keep dancing into old age. We put those moves into combinations and cover basic dance skills, such as finding the beat (yes, it CAN be learned!) and beginning to improvise. 

 

Four mini sessions, of 4 weeks each, build on each other. After the first 16 weeks, finger cymbals are gently introduced. During the third repetition of the 4 units, students learn to play basic cymbal patterns while dancing. You can start at the beginning of any of the 4-week units. Come cut loose, meet some new friends, gain strength, and discover the amazing things your body can do!

Just like learning vocabulary for a new language, this level breaks down movement to build safe technique that will keep you dancing into (or out of) old age. We also get you started on developing your sense of rhythm, building confidence for improvisation, and some of the teachers even gently introduce the iconic finger cymbals! 

 L1 

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This schedule will resume in 2022. See above for 2021 classes!

Musicality, Rhythm, and Veil

With Lisa

Level two classes review and fine tune the movement vocabulary from level one. We build on them by teaching you to recognize the cues in the music so that you  can develop your own style and express your own feeling, or just cut loose and enjoy without needing to think about what comes next. Although choreographies are used as teaching tools, and to provide the option of performing together at semi-annual student recitals, Lisa gives you all the tools you need to never be dependent on her, or anyone else, to feed you choreographies.​ 

​10 week sessions alternate between introducing content and applying it to a recital ready choreography. Topics include:


Jan-Feb: Rhythms and Combos                                             April-June: vDrum Solo Choreography
June-Aug: Instruments and Musicality                                Sept to Dec: Veil and Entrance Choreo

Once you have some vocabulary under your hip-scarf, it's time to learn to say something with it!  Oryantale dance is the music made visible, these classes practice and refine what you've learned so far, while building your recognition of rhythms, song structure, and instruments, along with your confidence and staging skills.

 L2 

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Nour al Amar Troupe Rehearsals

With Lisa

Intended for future Tuesdays. The first 1/2 hour is spent on rehearsing student troupe numbers, the second half of class is on general performance skills and feedback for things upper level students are working on, which all students can learn from.

You can also find troupe rehearsal information on this  page. Please note each teacher's individual policy on troupe participation. 

 ML 

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Must Know Music Maps Mondays

With Lisa

This class is entirely web based, and designed to help students practice music mapping, as well as to encourage familiarity with famous songs often found in bellydance shows. We map a staple version of one song per week, then compare that map to different versions. This will prepare you to dance to live music and anticipate how different bands can change a songs arrangement or mood, and provides a great way to practice variations in your dancing. Students have the option of working with a map, and sharing a dance to the previous week's song at the beginning of class for feedback.

In this level, we let what you have learned so far sink into your body, while practicing old skills in new ways. Students get introduced to a variety of props, as well as ways to style bellydance for different music and settings. Just like our other classes, some classes focus on improvisation, and some build towards applying the skills in a choreography.

 L3 

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Props and Music Genres

With Lisa

These level 3 classes are offered as special series, with topics including : Tarab and oryantal, tray, sword, and floorwork, beledi and awalim style, double veil, fan veil, and wings.

The goal of level 3 is to develop your technique, confidence, and musicality, while learning new skills that will come in handy in level 4, and give you even more context for your dancing!

In this level, we let what you have learned so far sink into your body, while practicing old skills in new ways. Students get introduced to a variety of props, as well as ways to style bellydance for different music and settings. Just like our other classes, some classes focus on improvisation, and some build towards applying the skills in a choreography.

 L3 

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Performance Skills

With Lisa

Level 4 focuses on learning to perform the different parts of a professional set. If there are not enough students to run, these topics can be the subject of private lessons and coaching.

Entrances, Vintage American and Egyptian approaches

Am Cab veil and audience interaction

Floorwork and Folklore in a bellydance show's context

Dum Solos and Finales

This level does not provide choreographies, however students have the option of preparing choreography or improvisation for feedback. Improvisation is encouraged for those who think they might want to gig, since performance conditions are generally unpredictable. Due to fewer students with an interest in becoming professional performers, these lessons are available as private and semi-private lessons. Contact Lisa to arrange the start of a course. 

Students in these advanced class have been doing MENAHT dances for at least 4 years. They are either 7+year students interested in becoming professional performers, or are 4+year students who are curious about stage craft and the art of creating a show. We work on the different parts of an oryantale dance set, skills for working with your audience, projecting and protecting your energy, and more! 

 L4