2020 Classes with Nicola


All classes are continuous registration which means you start at any time.  

Classes run until mid June 2020.



Technique & Choreo for Performance

        For more details see Classes & Workshops…

      *click above link and scroll down to see class info*

*This is the Amar Egyptian Dance working class.*

WHEN:     7:30-8:30   Technique hour

-review &  refinement of Golden Age classical, baladi, drum solo techniques, finger cymbals, veil entrance, assaya 

            8:30-9:30   Choreography –classical raqs sharqi, baladi, saïdi                 assaya


WHERE:  Shirley’s Dance Studio

                    255 Taché at Eugenie

                    lower level, back studio

 RUNS UNTIL:  June 10

no class April 1


17.    per class, late/partial (technique only)

20.    drop-in (prior experience only, technique hour only)

Registration   is direct through Nicola. Download the form here: 2019-2020 RegistrationForm

Payment by etransfer or PayPal to: nicolaraks@mts.net


Essentials of Egyptian Bellydance


(see below)

Fun! Frolic!  Freedom!  Feel  f – i – n – e !

An immersion in the yummy and playful dance of Egypt known here as “bellydance” (really, raqs sharqi).  

The essential (most common & important)  movements, their common variations, and basic embellishments.

Introduction to veil prop work, basic finger cymbal technique, and basic intro to Arabic music.

Accessible for all body types, genders, sizes, ages.  Most supplies included–see SUPPLIES in expanded Classes & Workshops listings.   (It’s your choice to invest in a veil and hip scarf–not mandatory at this level. )

* Essential techniques should be mastered before enrolling in Continuing.* 

Continuing Egyptian–a.k.a. Variations

A comprehensive and thorough grounding in the technical skills and knowledge for intermediate dancers.   


  • applying Essential movements in combinations and sequences, to the common drum rhythms and musical structures/patterns

  • common finger cymbal (zills or sagat) patterns/rhythms

  • veil technique for entrances with malfuf

  • introduction to folkloric dances (saïdi assaya — cane)

  • posture, travel steps, turns, transitions

  • instruments, melodic structures, & interpretations of Arabic music

  • “texturing”, embellishments, & variations

  • beginning improv  (with baladi and taksim)

  • sequences & choreography for shaabisaïdi, & sharqi

  • drills, exercises, in-class challenges, partner work, combinations, & general mischief!

Choreography will be prepared for the season-end (2 dances).  Recital is in June.   TBA.

Recommended that you have minimum 4-5 continuous or recent sessions of Essentials or “beginner” before registering for these classes, and/or intermediate to advanced dance experience in another genre.

Please see SUPPLIES in Classes & Workshops under the class’ details– students must have their own veil, cane, and finger cymbals.

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