tribal bellydance instruction with Megz
Where: Private Studio in Eureka
contact megz at 707-832-8973 for more information
current class schedule:
CHILDREN'S TRIBAL BELLYDANCE: on hiatus
bEGINNING TRIBAL BELLYDANCE: on hiatus
intermediate tribal bellydance: Mondays 6 - 730 pm
repertory GROUP: MONDAYS 730-830 PM
FULL CLASS DESCRIPTIONS BELOW
Tribal Bellydance is a colorful, exciting celebration of folkloric Middle and Near Eastern dance and music. The swirling skirts, hypnotic primal drum beats, and mesmerizing movements draw from the traditions of the silk road's exotic traders to tell the story of village life of nomadic desert tribes. Imagine a roaring fire at the center of a desert caravan's encampment. A lone flute begins to play, and a dancer rises, undulating to the melody. One by one, drums join in, and more and more dancers surround the fire, moving as one body, flowing with the ever-changing music in a rich tapestry of movement, grace, strength, and beauty.
The Tribal Oasis bellydance format is a modern interpretation of a wide array of folkloric family dances that have been passed down through the generations, from Grandmother to mother to child and beyond! Come have fun and get a great workout while learning this exciting group dance form, which is improvised in the moment and grounded in our connection to the earth, the music, and our dance family, or "tribe".
Children's Tribal Bellydance
Cost: $10 Drop-In per Class
I am overjoyed to offer Children's Tribal Bellydance! This dance form is wonderful for developing confidence, coordination, and creativity in all ages and sizes. Channel that youthful energy in a positive direction as we dance and play (and develop healthy habits along the way!)
Does your little one like to play dress-up and take center stage? You will be happy to know that there are occasional performance opportunities for your little dancers. Performances are fun, but optional. For those who would like to perform, I have beautiful children's costumes available to borrow.
Can moms dance too? Why yes, OF COURSE! Moms (or dads, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, etc) can dance too! Anyone who accompanies the little dancer to class may join in, free of charge. Please note that this class is geared towards the young ones and is focused on PLAY...grown-ups are welcome to join in the fun, but if you want detailed instruction geared towards adults, please contact me at 707-832-8973.
Beginning Tribal Bellydance
Cost: $15 per Class (Multi-Class Cards Available)
This is where to get started if you are new to bellydance, or new to the Tribal Oasis format of improvised tribal bellydance.
In the Beginners Class, you will learn the foundations of the Tribal Oasis format of ITS bellydance, including:
Posture; Shimmies; Level 1 Technical Drills, Formations, Movements, and Combinations, Middle-Eastern Rhythm Study, and Finger Cymbal (Zil) Patterns and Techniques.
Each class begins with a body-opening warm up to invigorate and awaken you. We then move through challenging sequences of technical drills for the hips, arms, chest, shoulders, head, and hands, and get our hearts pumping with practice of tribal improv movements, combinations, and formation changes. Then we practice it all in a lead-and-follow format! Dancing in the moment, sharing with your dance tribe ... this is the joy of Tribal Improv Bellydance!
We take a few moments of each class to gain a deeper understanding of middle-eastern music by breaking down rhythms such as such as beledi, saiidi, and chiftitelli, and learn finger cymbal (zil) patterns to best complement each rhythm. Our zil practice helps teach us how to connect to the music! Come play with zils and gain a deeper understanding of middle-eastern rhythms, and learn how to best emphasize and predict rhythmic elements in your dance.
Intermediate Tribal Bellydance
6 - 730PM on Monday Nights
Cost: $15 per Class
The intermediate class is fast-paced and focuses on more complex formations, movements, and combinations, including shimmies and layering, complex technical drills, level changes, middle-eastern rhythms, and zils.
In the intermediate class, we will build on your Tribal Oasis ITS foundation to learn:
Shimmies, Layering, and Level 2+ Technical Drills, Formations, Movements and Combinations, ME rhythms, and zils.
730-830 PM on Monday Nights
Cost: $10 per Class
The Repertory Class is for intermediate - advanced dancers who want to learn choreography and specialized prop work. In this class, we will be working on special Folkloric and Dark Fusion choreographies to be performed at events and festivals across California. You know how I love props ... this class also covers a variety of dance props such as swords, veils, fire toys, baskets, trays, and more!
As a member of the Repertory Class, you will be expected to regularly attend both Monday night classes, and to participate in local and out of the area performances as your schedule permits.
Want to be a part of the fun? Attendance is on an invitation-only basis, and I'd love to talk to you if you're interested in jumping in! Give me a shout out at 707-832-8973 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get our dance on!
Private Lessons & Workshops
Do you have special needs? Perhaps you would like to learn a special dance for a special occasion, or you want some one-on-one instruction on a subject of your choosing. Contact Megz at (707) 832-8973 or email@example.com to schedule your private lesson.
Interested in hosting a tribal bellydance workshop? Megz loves to share the joy of dance with students of all ages, sizes, and skill levels! Take a peek at the Workshops page for available workshop topics, or customize a workshop to your specific needs. Contact Megz at (707) 832-8973 or firstname.lastname@example.org to pick the perfect workshop for your event!