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Sunday, November 20, 2011


I think all of the readers of this blog may live in Brazil, but on the off chance you're in New York City, I'm posting to tell you that I'll be offering regular weekly classes in January. I haven't offered weekly classes in a few years, and depending on enrollment, may not offer them again, so please consider this as a unique opportunity. Let your loved ones know that classes make great holiday gifts!

Winter 2012 Schedule

Beginning Belly Dance Twelve Week Course
$180 / $18 Single Class Drop-In
Section A: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00, Creative Wellness (Long Island City), 1/11-3/28
Section B: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30, 440 Studios (East Village), 1/12-3/29
Section C: Saturdays, 2:00-3:00, 440 Studios (East Village), 1/14-3/31
Section D: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00, Pearl Studios (Midtown West), 1/17-4/3

"Dryad Dance" Choreography: Lyrical Belly Dance Workshop (4 weeks)
For Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional dancers
$100 / $30 drop in
Saturdays, 3:15-5:00: 440 Studios, 1/13-2/3

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Course Descriptions

Beginning Belly Dance Twelve Week Course
Start your dance education off on the right foot, following a structured curriculum that builds clean versatile technique from the ground up. This comprehensive course for new beginners lays it all out step by step.

See and enjoy clear advancement in every class, reviewing and perfecting essential foundation movements, applying your growing skills to new and progressively more sophisticated material each week, and putting it all together in a simple choreography that we will build through the session.

Learn footwork, torso isolations, technique for arms, wrists, and hands, and music theory in a training program that emphasizes precise and confident dancing. Each movement is taught with consideration to ideal placement and alignment relative to each dancer's unique anatomy and abilities; performance context; and cultural context.

Makeups and "booster" classes are available for this course. Each section follows the same syllabus: if you miss a class, you may receive the same lesson by attending class in another section later in the week (or, if you know in advance that you will be absent, come earlier in the week). Want extra review? Double-up, triple-up, or even quadruple-up at a steep discount: repeat a lesson in another section for only $5. (Please be advised, though, that makeups and boosters are subject to availability: courses that do not meet minimum enrollment are subject to cancellation.)

At the conclusion of the session, students will have the option to continue on to a Beginner II course.

Drop-ins are permitted at the rate of $18/class, but, in fairness to those who come every week, drop-in students are respectfully asked to understand that time can't be taken out of class to catch you up on prerequisite material you've missed. If you drop in and are out of pace with the class, please accept that you may receive less individual attention than regular students.

"Dryad Dance" Choreography: Lyrical Belly Dance Workshop (4 weeks)
Learn a richly detailed artistic choreography to medieval-inspired music by the band Faun. This musical and intricate dance combines soft feminine styling with challenging precision technique. "Dryad Dance" uses vocabulary from tribal and ethnic belly dance styles, Persian dance, and Western dance, and includes footwork, sophisticated arm movements, quick transitions, and densely textured isolation combinations.

Each class also includes detailed movement breakdowns for the vocabulary used in that week's section of the choreography; technique drills promoting clean lines, grace, and coordination; and center and across-the-floor work focusing on music interpretation, expressivity, and charismatic stage presence. Exercises in this course both build technical excellence and encourage artistic growth, supporting dancers' individually authentic creative expression.

Studio Locations

Creative Wellness (Wednesdays)
44-02 11th Street, Suite 308 (between 44th Rd and 44th Ave)
Long Island City, Queens
Subway: E/M/7/G to 23rd-Ely/Court Square
Ample Street parking.
Come on baby. Don't fear the G Train
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440 Studios (Saturdays and Thursdays)
440 Lafayette St. (Just southeast of 8th and Broadway, near the Cube)
East Village, Manhattan
Subway: N/R to 8th St.-NYU; 6 to Astor Place; short hike from Union Square (L; 4/5/6; N/Q/R)
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Pearl Studios (Tuesdays)
500 8th Ave. (between 35th and 36th Streets)
Subway: A/C/E to 34th St.; 1/2/3 to 34th St.; short walk from the N/Q/R to 34th St. and 33rd St. PATH
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Private Lessons

To make arrangements for private coaching, contact me directly at (917) 686-1622. My fee for individuals is $80/hour, or $140/2-hour lesson. Midtown studio, your home or gym, or other location. (Travel fee may apply.) I do not recommend individual private study for students with no previous dance training.

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1 comment:

  1. Autumn, maybe you should start teaching in Brazil too! Who knows??