Intro to Belly Dance Class Wednesdays w/ Rose Mid-Eastern Dancer
Date(s) - 01/22/2020
7:20 pm - 8:20 pm
Arabesque Dance Studios
Rose, Middle Eastern Belly Dancer and Arabesque Dance Studios - Award-Winning Belly Dance!
***NO PRIOR DANCE EXPERIENCE required!***
First time in belly dance? Then this is the class for you!
This primer class is where you start; helping you better in understand the movements that create the foundation of all styles of belly dance – technique through isolations and muscular training.
This class focuses on break-down of basic belly dance steps so that you begin with the correct methods to ‘do’ any of the common movements. Adds up to a great no-impact workout, however, the goal of the class is learning the verbiage, proper posture & being introduced to the different facets of Mid-East Dance.
As a new student to this art form, we do recommend you take this class (Intro to Belly Dance) one (1) full 7-week session* before starting any of our other beginner belly dance classes, denoted with a blue star on www.ArabesqueChicago.com
SIGN UP BY SATURDAY, JAN 11!!
A minimum of 5 students signed up per class offering** is needed by the end of week 1 (i.e. by Jan 11) in order for the class to run for the full session.
All classes run on week 1 (Sunday, Jan 4, through Monday, Jan 11, 2020).
This one-hour (60-minute) class is held on Wednesdays at 7:20 pm, starting Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020, at Arabesque Dance Studios – Award-Winning Belly Dance!
**This class (Intro to Belly Dance) is also offered on:
– Tuesdays at 6:10 pm with Rose, Middle Eastern Belly Dancer,
– Mondays at 8:30 pm with Bridget, and
– Saturdays at 10:45 am with Hayley.
Instructor Bios here:
*Arabesque’s “Winter” 2020 Class Session runs from Sunday, Jan 5, through Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
More info here: http://www.arabesquechicago.com/classsch.html
*Pre-Register for the 7-week session at the Ticket link above (or here: http://store.arabesquechicago.com/ ), or call 773.742.5250, OR just show up in person!
$110*** for the 7-week session, or about $15 per class.
***Can’t afford the full tuition right now? No sweat!
Arabesque offers great LAYAWAY options: just pay $58 during week 1 (Jan 5-11), and $58 more by the end of Week 4 (Saturday, Feb 2)!
~~Makeup options available for missed classes as well!~~
More info here: http://www.arabesquechicago.com/classdes.shtml
WHAT TO WEAR:
**Please wear form-fitting LEGGINGS of any length; NO loose pants or long skirts/dresses, as Rose needs to evaluate your knees & lower back position. (See Class Attire here:
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR, Rose, Middle Eastern Belly Dancer:
Inspired by her Armenian-Lebanese roots and passion for dance since childhood, Rose embodies the true heart of Raqs Sharqi (رقص شرقي – Arabic for “Eastern Dance”), aka “belly dance,” engaging in the traditional art of improvisation – becoming one with the music in the present moment.
An international, lifetime performer of 500+ shows and counting, Rose has over 20 years of dance training and 15+ years’ experience as a teacher & choreographer of multiple styles. Rose’s technical skills are underpinned by decades of training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance, as well as various somatic practices to awaken internal awareness, including movement improvisation, Pilates, and yoga.
In addition to these and other forms, Rose has studied Middle Eastern dance – primarily Egyptian & Lebanese Raqs Sharqi, Lebanese & Palestinian dabke (دبكة – folk dance of the Levant), and Iraqi Kawliya dance, among others – with masters across the globe. These include Sonya, Angelina (the protégé and daughter of Dahlena), and Surayah Al Muddaris in Chicago; Caracalla Dance Theatre, Pierre Haddad & Helena Cremona (students of the legend Nadia Gamal), and Michel Traboulsy (Danza Group (dabke troupe)) in Lebanon; Shahrzad of Cairo, Khyriya Mazen (Ghawazee Egyptian Folklore), Mostafa Booriy (Saidi Raqs Assaya (Upper Egyptian cane dance)), and Ahmed Awedony (محبى الفنان احمد المهدى – عودونى (Nubian dance)) in Egypt; and renowned Iraqi dancer Assala Ibrahim, among others, in Europe.
Rose strives to create culturally sensitive and authentic Middle Eastern dance pieces, bearing in mind – and sharing with her students – the region of origin and meaning of the songs she uses, aided by her family, translators, and her own research.
Rose completed her level-four certification in “Journey through Egypt” – JtE – a dance ethnology program led by the internationally-recognized anthropologist, Sahra Saeeda, M.A. – in 2018, traveling to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, Egypt to study the arts, customs, and history of these culturally rich areas in the flesh.
Independently, Rose similarly studies her father’s native Lebanon, periodically visiting to deepen her understanding of its diverse regional traditions, as well as Raqs Sharqi and dabke.
Rose’s love of Middle Eastern culture goes beyond her dedication to preserving the dance and music alone; Rose also studies the Arabic language, which she speaks, reads, and writes at a beginner level.
Rose absolutely loves sharing her knowledge of Middle Eastern dance, music, and culture with her students, and is so honored to be a part of the staff at her beloved home studio, Arabesque Dance Studios – Award-Winning Belly Dance! in Chicago.
Rose performs, often to live music, at restaurants and hookah clubs across Chicagoland every week, as well as at private events – including weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events – throughout the country on a regular basis. Rose has also performed with renowned musicians in Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, Egypt. Her repertoire includes Raqs Al Shamadan (candelabra headpiece), Saidi Raqs Assaya (cane), finger cymbals, wings, veil, and veil-poi/voi, as well as the zaffe (wedding procession); dabke; and Khaleeji, and Iraqi (Kawliya) dances.
Subscribe to Rose’s YouTube channel here (https://www.youtube.com/channel%2FUCbBkzAWulTcQ4UCh2wBom_Q) & Performance Calendar here (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=alraqesa.rose%40gmail.com&ctz=America%2FChicago).
For private lessons, or to book Rose to perform at your party/event, please call 312.248.4828.
Interested in private lessons with Rose? Visit her new website — www.RoseBellyDancer.com — for a limited-time offer!