What is the course about?
The improver's classes will use the foundation movements taught in the beginner's classes to construct more challenging Belly dance sequences. The movements will be incorporated into rhythm practices and performed with different Arabic music.
What will we cover?
Foundation: basic postures, arm positions and movements, foundation for circular/accented/fast basic movements and modern belly dance elements, shimmies, turns steps and combinations.
Belly dance movements: circles/figure eights/undulations, accented hip and chest movements, and modern Egyptian dance movements and show elements.
Rhythms: introduce more challenging rhythms: Masmoudi, Zaffa, Cifftetelli.
Music: follow the melody
Layering and Isolations: upper body layering on lower body movements, isolation of upper/lower body movements Structure of Arabic music: beat, rhythm, melody, solo and orchestral parts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Dance indiviidually with greater freedom and confidence
Perform circular, accented and fast Belly dance moves with layerings.
Identify the different 4/4 rhythms in Arabic music and learn 8/4 rhythms.
Apply different rhythms as well as the melody, solo and orchestral parts into 3 dimensional movements
Perform Belly dance movements and choreogrpahy with greater confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an improvers class. You may find it helpful if you have completed our beginners course or similar so that you may understand the vocabulary and the foundation work.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions.
• Use numbers to recognise musical phrasing within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The teacher explains and demonstrates the movements and provides individual help with the execution of the movements. You will work as a group, in pairs or practice individually. No homework is required however we will encourage you to practice privately. Printouts are available as well as a DVD.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Wear comfortable clothes you can move in easily. A loose top with tracksuit bottoms or leggings or a flowing skirt with elasticated waist is ideal and bare feet or very soft shoes such as ballet shoes but not trainers.
You should also bring along a scarf to tie around your hips to help you get into the mood! Hip scarves can be purchased from the tutor. We discourage the use of coin belts at this level as they are often too loud, so please do not bring them.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue with the Improver’s class, speak to the teacher or contact the department for guidance on what to do next.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details