Belly dance (or “raqs sharqi” in Arabic) is an art form with ancient roots in Middle Eastern folk dance. Its complex movements can be fluid as a snake one moment and as percussive as a drum beat the next. Although it takes years to master belly dance, the process is a rewarding one. It engages our minds, grounds us, and heightens our senses and our awareness of how we move in space. It is also a low-impact exercise that nourishes and strengthens our joints and muscles (particularly our core muscles and shoulders). This course is tailored for students in the beginner levels, to gain a solid foundation for further study in raqs sharqi. You will learn proper posture, isolations such as snake arms, figure eight moves, hip circles, and of course, shimmies! Combinations and traveling moves will also be taught. This course requires pre-registration. No class April 1.
For those of you belly dancers who have reached the intermediate level! This course is for students who already have a solid foundation in the basic movements, proper alignment, and rhythmic patterns found in raqs sharqi. It will focus on musicality and improvisation, primarily within the Egyptian school of technique. No class April 1.
Here's your chance to learn or refresh your memory on the fundamentals of tap, and to work on your rhythm! Classes will consist of warm-ups, combos, and a fun filled dance. Expect some shuffles, flaps, and other fun tap steps. Amy is a blue-grass clogger and will be sharing some basic clogging steps if it fits the class dynamic. Wear comfortable attire and dust off those tap shoes.This class is suitable for adults with a limited amount of experience with tap dancing (for example, if you took some tap as a kid, or have taken one or two of our beginner courses, this course will be perfect for you). This course requires pre-registration.
Tap dance for intermediate students! Make sure you have the fundamentals down before signing up for this course. This course requires pre-registration.
This course is for beginner ukulele students who have the fundamentals down! To take this course, you should be very comfortable moving between basic chords including C, F, G, G7, and Am with no hesitation, and be familiar with D7, A, E7, C7, and A7. You should have the DDUUDU strum pattern down pat. We will work on some harder chords, explore more challenging songs, and try new strumming techniques. After this course, you will surely be ready for Uke Jam! This course requires pre-registration.