This life we's strange, painful at times, but oh so beautiful.

I am a fusion dance artist and teacher, a fire dancer, and a visual artist. I draw inspiration from nature, music, and the amazing people that come into my life. I am also a conservationist who makes jewelry and found object multimedia craft type art in my spare time (when I'm not reading, writing, or lighting things on fire and dancing around with them). I love to dance barefoot on the beach, watch the stars move inexorably across the heavens, and to laugh with the people that I love. I am currently based in Greenville SC, working with Discordia Arts to provide unique and exciting entertainment to the Upstate.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Bellydance Classes for 2013 - Greenville, SC

Equilibrium Zen Gym is moving to a new location, 207 E Antrim Dr, Greenville SC, with more spaces for classes, and I am celebrating with them by offering 2 new classes. Classes are still on Wednesday evening and will begin on Jan 16th.

Bellydance Basics - Wed 6:30-7:30pm 

Bellydance is an expressive art form based on ancient women’s dances from North Africa, and the Middle East. What we know of as Bellydance today takes on a variety of styles and goes by a variety of names, but the basis of Bellydance is rooted in body isolation and movements centered in the torso of the body. In this class we will focus on technique, alignment, and posture as we breakdown the basics forms, movements, and travelling steps that form the foundation for many different styles of bellydance. Each class will begin with a warm up that will include stretch and strengthen exercises designed with the bellydancer in mind, followed by a breakdown of several basic isolations and usually a travelling step which will be put together into a simple dance combination. Class will close with short cool down stretch series. 

Intermediate Bellydance - Wed 7:30-8:30pm

This intermediate class will be presented in 8 week sessions that will have different focuses. Each 8 week class will build on skills learned in bellydance basics. 

The first session will start Jan 16 and ending the second week of March.

This 8 week session will focus on learning a skirt dance. The piece we will learn is an original choreography by Jaidra that combines basic bellydance isolations and travelling moves with an emphasis on spins, turns and flourish with a 25 yard skirt.
There will be a performance opportunity in March for members of this class that wish to perform, but performance is not required. Students who wish to perform must be willing to purchase or borrow specific costume items such as a black choli and a 25 yard skirt. 

Permission of the instructor or 16 weeks of bellydance basics are required before joining this class.

I am so excited to start classes in this new space! As always, your first class with me is free. After that, 10$ each for a 6,8, or 10 class card or 15$ per class drop-in. 

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