Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dancing with the Drum: Live drumming belly dance class

Date:  April 30 - June 5th, 7:30 PM
Location:  Bright Star World Dance (108 High Street, Portland, ME)
Cost: $15 drop in/$60 full session

Do you want to become more comfortable with dancing with a live drummer? Would you like to be able to accompany the rhythm on the zils as you dance? A combination of music and dance class this six week session will cover common Middle Eastern rhythms and how to become comfortable moving to them.  

During the first four classes we will focus on rhythm and movement.  Dancers will learn how to take the rhythm from the mind and into the body with dance combinations that can be used in practice and performance.  The final two weeks of the session will cover how to accompany the rhythm on the zils while dancing.  

Week 1 - (4/4) Maqsum & saidi
Week 2 - (8/4) Chefitelli & masmoudi kabira
Week 3 - (2/4) Ayub, karachi & malfouf
Week 4 - Odd rhythms!
Week 5 - 4/4 zils
Week 6 - 9/8 zils

This is a very active class with warm up, drills, rhythm exercises and cool down will all be accompanied by live music.  Dancers should have taken a minimum of one session of belly dance classes prior to beginning the session.  No prior musical knowledge is required.  

Comfortable clothing and a water bottle are recommended.  Zils will be required for weeks 5 and 6. Resources for ordering zils will be provided to students who do not currently own them.

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