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Egyptian Bellydance with Carol at Asia Pacific Cultural Center

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Date(s) - 01/23/2020
7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

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Asia Pacific Cultural Center


12-96 USD
Contact Person:

Carol the Belly Dancer


Egyptian Bellydance with Carol

We’re about to begin the 1st session of 2020! This is a 6 class session that meets Thursdays at 7:45 pm starting January 16th!

Now Registering For Winter 2020

This class meets every Thursday for 5, 6, or 8 week sessions at a time. 2020 Schedule is as follows:

Winter Session January 16th – Feb 20th (6 Weeks – $72)
Spring Session 2 March 13th – April 30th (8 Weeks – $96)

$15/class walk in or $12/class if paid all up front. Drop-ins are welcome based on availability at $15 per class at the door. Cash and major credit cards accepted.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA, 98409 (Formerly South Park Community Center)

Email with any questions and/or comments

Class Description:

Experience the joy of Egyptian music and dance!

Belly dance as we know it has roots in folkloric and social dance forms of Egypt. The movement vocabulary involves the whole body from head to toe and not just the ‘belly’. What separates these styles from well known Western styles (ballet, modern, jazz, etc) is liberal usage of smaller stabilizing muscles…deep hip flexors and rotators, obliques, pelvic floor, adductors. This is what creates the more ‘internal’ and ‘gooey’ look of belly dance.

This class covers the fundamentals of Egyptian music and bellydance for the stage (“raqs sharqi” or “dance of the east”), including baladi and folkloric foundation. Be prepared for the passion, elation, and joy it brings! There is something for belly dancers of all levels as Egyptian style is a big departure from American belly dance styles.

This class is best suited for those with some dance training or experience in dance or dance fitness but is open to all bodies.

What to bring and how to dress:

Bottle of water, small towel, a scarf to tie around your hips (no coins or beading, please!), comfortable clothing for movement (yoga and workout clothes are great). Light dance shoes or socks are required. The space is not suitable for going barefoot.

About Carol

As a musician, Carol fell in love with Arabic music and by extension, became obsessed with what most people know as belly dance. She began her dance journey late 2008 at the Sahara School of Middle Eastern Dance in Washington, DC before moving to her current home base in 2010, Tacoma, WA. Since then, not only has she studied with top dancers in the United States like Tamalyn Dallal and Elisa Gamal, the dance took her to Egypt multiple times for intensive training with top Egyptian masters such as Raqia Hassan and Dr. Mo Geddawy. She has also studied with other international favorites like Simon Sako and Shahrzad.

Through the dance, she lives to share the abundant joy she finds in the music and the moment. Her style is soulful and expressive, graceful but energetic, composed yet ecstatic. She is loosely influenced by the modern dancers in Cairo, but the stars of classic Egyptian cinema are closest to her heart. As a musician herself, she truly shines when given the opportunity to dance to any type of live music.

Carol is available for private lessons, workshops, and performances.

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