New host studios/programs are welcome! Please contact Nicola:
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ALL CURRENT CLASSES:
Maximize the “yum” on your dance class experience: read the listings (below) and policies (above) before registering!
Registration will re- O P E N pending the next few months of our COVID crisis. Likely, classes will be offered in the fall in studio.
Advance payment please –classes run on sufficient numbers of “feet on the floor”.
WEDNESDAYS — Shirley’s Dance Studio
255 Tache @ Eugenie
204. 233. 0609
lower level back studio
Get in gear! Early birds get the worms!
Pre-pay by Paypal, e-transfer, or mailed payment, and bring your completed form to class #1.
Returning students (in the same calendar year) only need to submit the payment portion (last page) of the updatedSpringRegistration2019
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Level 3: Technique & Choreography for Performance
7:30 – 9:30 pm
8:30 – 9:30 choreography
*must have minimum 3 continuous years of dance at the intermediate level /above to register*
Intended for aspiring/current performers.
Teachers welcome–it’s fun to have a turn as the student!
Must have prior experience with finger cymbals and veil. (If you need instruction on finger cymbals, please also register for the Continuing classes, or, contact Nicola regarding combined private instruction/home study plan.)
Learn technique in the context of choreography. Take a deep and delicious dive into the divine essence of Egyptian dance, as we explore techniques and embellishments. Focus on style, nuances, and expression.
Choreography is a living thing, and Nicola approaches it as an organic process, something to question, understand, nurture, and adapt. The how’s and why’s of authentic choreography will be discussed.
Dances will include: classical raqs sharqi to the sublime “Mahasin Essodaf” by Hossam Ramzy; saidi with assaya (cane); and a juicy Dina Talaat-influenced original baladi.
Please see SUPPLIES, below.
Fees are calculated to reward those dancers making a commitment to their learning and growth by committing to the whole evening and the whole session.
session 22. /class, x number of remaining/chosen classes
technique hour 17. / class x # of classes
drop-ins 20. technique hour only (cash, or etransfer in advance)
Beginner Egyptian Bellydance (Essentials)
A fun and frolicsome immersion in the yummy and playful dance of Egypt.
Primary focus on “bellydance” /raks sharqi. The essential (most common & important) movements, their common variations, and basic embellishments. These movements can be adapted and modified for the unique needs and preferences of each dancer.
Introduction to veil work, basic finger cymbal technique, and basic intro to Arabic music.
Accessible for all body types, genders, sizes, ages. Most supplies included. See SUPPLIES, below.
Want a “trial” class? Come out for Culture Days, Sept. 30 at 2:30 pm!
Sessional registration and consistent attendance is strongly encouraged.
Men are welcome, if you’re coming to dance and not gawk– adaptations will be offered.
* Level 1 techniques should be mastered before enrolling in Level 2.*
Classes run on minimums and are capped at maximums!
Continuing/Level 2– Variations & Embellishments
A comprehensive and thorough grounding in the technical skills and knowledge for intermediates.
applying Essential movements in combinations and sequences, to the common drum rhythms and musical structures/patterns
common finger cymbal patterns/rhythms
veil techniques for entrances
introduction to folkloric
posture, travel steps, turns, transitions
instruments, melodic structures, & interpretations of Arabic music
“texturing”, embellishments, & variations
basic improv techniques (e.g. for baladi and taksim)
sequences & choreography for shaabi, saidi, & sharqi
drills, exercises, in-class challenges, partner work, combinations, & more!
Choreography will be prepared for the season-end.
Recommended that you have minimum 2-3 continuous sessions of essentials/beginner before registering for these classes, and/or previous dance experience in another style, and/or enrollment in “Essentials” also.
Please see SUPPLIES, further below.
drop-ins 20. /class (space permitting)
Check back soon! Nicola will be adding Sunday workshop -style classes.
These classes will focus on dancing with the 5 elements for better connection to self and audience.
AIEWA! Fitness Flow Bellydance
NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED
* Contact owner Sandi Knox to request the class.*
Body Balance Fitness
204-999-1016 1121 Henderson Hwy.
Prompt registration is required–online or in-person registration is through Body Balance. Gentler than other dance-based aerobics classes, with some added perks for your heart, soul, AND brain. Egyptian dance done flow-style, in follow-the-leader combos that will get you moving, shimmying, and undulating. Great for back and hip mobility, help with proprioception and balance, or to learn transition and flow for more experienced bellydance students. Whole-dance introductory experience ideal for kinesthetic learners! Dance veils will be provided. Please wear bare feet or dancer slippers (cushioned martial arts-type foam floor). All ages and shapes welcome! ___________________________________________________
ADVANCED & SPECIALTY
By private/semi-private lessons or workshops:
-consult on or customized choreography
-coaching of solo/group dance
-collaboration on a special project
-“Old School” American Cabaret (Am-Cab) performance– experienced students only — floorwork, sword balancing, veil dance, the 5-Part Cabaret Routine — for those interested in becoming party/restaurant dancers.
50./hour plus studio (choreography fee not included)
Children’s,Tweens/Teens, & School Programs:
Scheduled by request.
Hourly or flat rate fee depending on the booking.
Nicola has developed educational units that meet Manitoba curricular outcomes, for use in school programs around the subjects of Egypt and Egyptian dance. She will assemble companion hands-on learning kits on request and with pre-payment. Fees depend on the size of the kit and extent of lesson plan. These kits may also be rented for up to 4 weeks by teachers. Please contact Nicola at 204-957-7520 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information .
THE NAVEL ACADEMY–
Nicola’s Technique Intensive
A Winnipeg original, and the very first of its kind here!
Typically scheduled as a workshop series. Hard-targeted technique classes designed to find and correct glitches, simplify your understandings, figure out What The Hell is going on with your _________, clear away the clutter, and clean up the crap.
Get some clarity and enjoy some real progress. Not for dabblers.