2019 Classes with Nicola


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

Next session is Fall 2019.



Level 3   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 — Golden Age raks sharqi, baladi, saïdi                 assaya & drum solo


WHERE:  Shirley’s Dance Studio

                    255 Taché at Eugenie

                    lower level, back studio

STARTS:   April 3    

RUNS UNTIL:  June 26


238.   for 13 weeks  (current choreo students only)

179.    technique hour,   13 weeks

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

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

Registration   is direct through Nicola:


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


WHEN:   8-9 pm      

~and~     9-10 pm

WHERE:    Rising Star Academy of Arts

#10-1600 Regent Avenue West (at Panet)

*inside the Cavalier Mall–look for Co-op gas station– enter by the Burger Factory

STARTS:    April 4

RUNS UNTIL:   June 20  (TBC–to be confirmed)

*RSAA recital is Friday June 21 with dress rehearsal Thursday June 20 AND Nicola’s recital is Sunday June 23 with dress rehearsal that day.

FEE:   Please contact RSAA   at 204-669-2369     to register

              or email    <dance@risingstaracademy.ca>

8-9    Essentials

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

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

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

9-10    Continuing Egyptian–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 prop technique for entrances (magansee)

  • introduction to folkloric dance (saïdi assaya –cane)

  • posture, travel steps, turns, transitions

  • instruments, melodic structures, & interpretations of Arabic music

  • “texturing”, embellishments & variations

  • basic improv techniques (with baladi and taksim)

  • sequences & choreography for shaabisaidi, & sharqi

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

Choreography will be prepared for the season-end (2 dances).  Recitals are in June–June 21 and 23.

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

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

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