Belly Dance Group Classes in Goleta and Santa Barbara
Mondays :: Wednesdays
Wednesdays :: April 23rd - May 28th, 2014
beginner Level: 5:45 - 6:45 pm
This beginner class will introduce the sultry and slow moves performed during a Taqsim, the performance section that is usually improvised by both dancer and musician.
We will drill body isolations (hips, shoulders, head and chest) and undulation techniques, firm abdominal muscles and develop physical endurance. Students will also learn a new Middle Eastern rhythm, Chiftitelli, commonly played on Taqsim performances.
Finger cymbals (zills or segat) are required. Colorful hip scarves and finger cymbals will be available for sale in class.
Here's a video example of a Taqsim performance by Cris!
Intermediate Level: 7 - 8 pm
Shimmy and Layers
Class will focus on speeding, perfecting and polishing your shimmy technique while also learning how to layer other movements on top of it. Transitions will also be explored while practicing to mini combinations.
This class requires previous experience with veil, drum solo, taqsim and finger cymbals or student must have received prior approval from the teacher.
Gustafson Dance Studio (Gail Towbes Center for Dance building. Free parking) - see map
2285 Las Positas Road
Santa Barbara, California 93105
6-week package - $84
4-class package - $65
Drop-in - $20/class
PS: Cash or Check ONLY for registrations on the first day of attendance (at the studio).
To complete your registration in advance please send payment via Paypal, Check or use a Gift Certificate:
1) Paypal or any regular credit card (*):
2) Mail your check to:
PO Box 14344
Santa Barbara, CA 93107
and inform which class you will take. Please don't mail a check a few days before class starts.
3) Gift Certificates - must be purchased one day before attending the desired class (*).
(*) A convenience fee of 3% will be added to purchases done using Paypal or credit cards.
All fees are non-refundable. Exceptions may be made by instructor under extraordinary circumstances at instructor discretion.
Use Gift Certificates to pay for classes!
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First, a smile! You're supposed to have fun in class. Wear comfortable clothes that are not too loose so you and the teacher can see the moves on your body: workout or yoga pants, a tank top, tee-shirt or a leotard, and a hip scarf for your hips. Coin hip scarves will be available for purchase in class.
Most dancers enjoy dancing barefoot. But for those who wish to wear foot covering, I suggest soft-soled dance shoes like ballet slippers and jazz shoes (Hermes sandals is also an option).
New students are required to fill out and sign an agreement and release from liability before they start taking classes (minors must have form signed by parent/guardian). If you'd like to fill out this form before coming to class (saves time!), just click on the following links to download the form: Microsoft Word or PDF. UCSB students are not required to provide this release.
Come explore the beautiful world of middle eastern dance in a fun, supportive, and relaxed environment!
Mondays :: April 14 - June 9, 2014
Beginner Level: 6:30 - 7:45 pm
This beginner class, part I of the classical belly dance cabaret format, will focus on basic technique introducing the concept of body isolations (hips, shoulders, head and chest), essential in this dance style, muscular training and a variety of step combinations. Students will also learn how to play finger cymbals (zills or segat) and will be introduced to one of the most popular Arabic rhythms, Baladi.
Class requirements: finger cymbals. Available for sale in class.
Bar code: 6169
What to wear
Please refer to information above.
Fee and Registration
Student Fee: $44.00
Non-Student Fee: $48.00
You must register via UCSB. Go to the class page to register online (click on Leisure Review and then Dance on the left menu) or call (805) 893-3738 for office hours to do it on Campus.
Registration closes Friday April 25th.
For more information, e-mail Cris! Basimah at cris @ bellydanceland.com (just remove the spaces around @ ) or call (805) 685-0058.