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Level 2:

Musicality

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.

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6:300 - 7:300 pm EDT,

8 week series, Thursdays OR Tuesdays: TBD

August - September

Basic Veil Technique

With Lisa

In this class, Lisa will breakdown basic veil techniques and cover some fun vintage veil wraps. We'll practice variations on techniques and learn how to make variations on combos to make them your own, along with getting lots of practice making those fabrics behave! Students interested in the following veil choreography series are strongly encouraged to take this class first.

Limited to 3 in person students, more space available over zoom. Class will be held at Lisa's home studio. 

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6:300 - 7:300 pm EDT,

8 week series, Thursdays OR Tuesdays: TBD

September-December

Vintage Vibes Veil Choreography

With Lisa

Apply the veil techniques from the last series to a choreography to Feirouz's Ya Mayla. Not only will students learn a choreography, with the option to perform in the winter student recital (assuming covid variants don't become a problem), but we'll also cover the nuts and bolts of creating a choreography, and how to adjust a basic outline to different group sizes and stage types. 

Limited to 3 in person students, more space available over zoom. Class will be held at Lisa's home studio. 

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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.​ 

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

January-February: Rhythms and Combos                                         April-June: vDrum Solo Choreography

June-August: Instruments and Musicality.                  September to December: Veil and Entrance Choreo

What to know before this level

  • Students must have familiarity with basic movement vocabulary and posture, although full fluency is not yet expected.

  • You should be able to find the 1 in an even count rhythm cycle with a strong down beat being played (for example, listen to a recording of the wahida rhythm, or saidi. Can you find where the rhythm cycle starts over, at 1?)

  • Students should be familiar with the information in the Level 1 Reading.

  • You should be able to play gallop and running singles on finger cymbals.

  • You should be able to name some percussive moves, and some slow moves.

    • If only the last 2 bullets are new to you, you can either take a cycle of level 1 OR ask for some video home work  or a private lesson to get caught up for level 2