Level I

Level I introduces basic bellydance movements with lots of variations and attention to detail. We’ll learn a bit of bellydance history, rhythms and instrumentation, as well as the sharp hips and languid undulations characteristic of bellydance. This class includes an introduction to group improvisational format bellydance. Lots of fun, laughs, and hard work are the methods we’ll use in class. Check out the >schedule of classes< and join us today!

Technique Level I

Linear movement:

  • hips up, hips down, both in place and with steps (legs, obliques, glutes)
  • dynamics (pop, lock, soft)
  • hip twist
  • hip slide
  • pelvic tuck/drop
  • pelvis forward/back
  • rib cage lift/drop
  • rib cage forward/back
  • rib cage slide
  • head slide
  • shoulder push

Circles:

  • horizontal hip
  • vertical hip
  • omi
  • sagittal circle
  • horizontal rib cage
  • vertical rib cage
  • shoulder rolls
  • head circles
  • wrist circles

Shimmies:

  • hip shimmy (legs, obliques, glutes)
  • knee shimmy
  • vibration
  • twist shimmy
  • pelvic shimmy
  • choo choo shimmy
  • 3/4 hips, both up and down
  • shoulder shimmy

Figure 8s

  • horizontal hip 8s
  • vertical hip 8s
  • sagittal hip8s
  • vertical rib cage 8s

Undulations:

  • rib cage wheels
  • pelvic wheels
  • body waves and undulations
  • snake arms
  • belly rolls
  • hand and finger ripples

Footwork:

  • 123/chase
  • ball change
  • grapevine (crossing front, back, or alternating)
  • step together
  • step touch

Turns:

  • spotting
  • 2pt turn
  • push turn
  • cross over
  • hook turn
  • 3 step

Group Improvisation Level I (Youtube practice playlist hereCheck out the other playlists on that same channel for lots of other goodies, like our Rhythms playlist.

Choo Choo:
-personal circle

Front Bumps
Side Bumps
Turkish:
-foot change
Ghawazee:
-personal circle
High Ghawazee:
-personal circle
Taqsim:
-faster variation
Arabic:
-personal circle
Basic Egyptian
Low Basic Egyptian

Formations:
Stagger, clique, chorus

Rhythms:
Beledi
Saidi
Maksoum
Malfuf
Chiftitelli
Adani
Kashlima

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