Belly Dance Strong
Belly Dance Strong is for all levels and drop ins are welcome.
Whether tuning the body for a full night of dance or seeking deeper focused body work and dance studies, BDS is a great time to digest, internalize, and empower the body for freedom and expression.
Pre Class: The lights will be low and soothing music playing. Come early, stretch out on our mats, and breathe deeply. Feel free to roll your muscles out with our foam rollers, massage your muscles with our tennis balls, release the day, hug a friend, and honor yourself.
Warm up: Follow Aurel as you prepare the body with safe and delicious movements including gentle circling of the joints, balance barre, “Moving and Posing”, thera-bands, combos to music, challenging micro-circuits, and use of your own body weight as a strengthener.
Dance Studies: BDS classes identify and savor the luxury and power of contracting and elongating muscles, the magic of of body lines and alignment, and the internal meaning and personal expression potential in our movements.
Studies focus on movements from traditional belly dance genres which Aurel performs and continues to explore on her journey including foundational movements of American Cabaret style and Raqs Sharqi aka Egyptian style including Baladi, Folkloric, and Shaabi.
No matter your favorite style, it pays to meditate on your movements building the strength and familiarity needed to release artistry and the many layers of intention which long to flow freely.
High Tech Combos
Our deluxe warm-up features finger cymbals en mass and solo, isolations layered with shimmies, travel steps, and both soft and sharp accents. Following warm up, useful belly dance combinations are taught in folkloric, raqs sharqi, and Turkish styles for student’s personal application in situations ranging from living room dance meditation to on-stage performances.
This fast paced class assumes intermediate level experience. Professionals welcome.
Yes, there are learn-able skills that take the mystery out of improvisation and allow dancers to enjoy belly dance in it’s original format, improvisational. Taken as an on-going lab, dancers can learn, practice, and sharpen the arsenal of secrets which include motif development methods, floor mapping, repetition of movement and phrases, and drilling favorite movement associations per dance style, musical soundscape, instrument, era, song structure, cultural inferences, and more. The Improv Primer material releases each students’ unique essence, expression of the moment, and skill set. Find the keys to let your dance self shine!
(Bonus, everything in this course will help with choreographies, too!)