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EgyptianSun Intermediate Bellydance

As of Saturday, September 19th, Intermediates will meet every Saturday from 5pm-7pm in the Mattin Center Dance Studio

Fall Semester

Please remember to bring something upon which you can kneel for a short period of time (kneepads, yoga mat, etc.) and check which props will be used which days

Class I: September 6th

Marionette Choreography: to Roustabout by Beats Antique
For those of you whom I know enjoy Shakira--have a look at her marionette-esque bellydancing: Objection Tango at 1:20 and 3:11 Hips Don't Lie at 0:13, 0:25, 1:50, and 2:59 She Wolf around 0:26 and onward
Also have a look at doll dances in other styles: Coppelia 1, Coppelia 2 and if an opera singer can do it...

Class II: September 13th

Marionette Choreography polishing
Beginning Zills for newer Intermediates
Zill pattern only for Dori's We Will Raq You
Props:
     Zills
Choreography:
     Marionette run-through

Class III: SATURDAY September 19th

Technique Check-in:
     Balance and Isolation
     Circles and Infinity
     Head slides, Chest slides, Hip slides
     Horizontal chest circles
     Hip circles
     Umies
     Snake arms
     Undulations
     Camelwalk
     Finger Waves
Props:
     Canes (for Shriver 2009 Intermediates)
Choreography:
     Dili Duduk run-through (not teaching it to newbies yet)
     Marionette run-through
Fitness:      2 Reps abs, 2 reps glutes

Class IV: September 26th

Technique Check-in:
     Maya; traveling and levels
     Guci; traveling and levels
     Hip crescents
     All moves from 19th and 26th in 3rd position
     Camelwalks with changing levels; flat-footted, on releve, and flat-footed (down level) with releve (up level)
Props:
     Canes (Shriver 09 Intermediates)
Choreography:
     Marionette run-through
     Dili Duduk run-through
Cultural Reference:     Maya/Ma'a/Maia Water (Arabic)
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes

Class V: October 3rd

CHANGE OF PLANS--All are learning or polishing Marionette Choreography in preparation for Rakassah:
     Choo-choo without shimmy
     Snake arms with finger wave
     "Theatrical fusion" concept
     Chest accents R, F, L, B, U, Extra Up, Extra Down
     Chest vertical figure-eight in accent form
     Head slides
     Hip downs with level changes
     Accented arm-work (not bellydance)
     Extreme facial expressions
     Extreme isolation and subtlety of movement
     Full undulations (pelvic release) accented and smooth, one-footed full body (arms and foot) pivoting and switching balance legs
     Body Wave with and without Non-Egyptian walk forward
     Physical theatre or Mime; double rope pull followed by getting pulled which gives you momentum for a 360 spin (precluded by a cross-step and kick)
Props:
     None
Choreography:
     Marionette many run-throughs
Cultural Reference: Zaghareet a high-pitched ululation made with tongue behind teeth or between the lips; luh-luh-luh made fast and high
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes
Watch BellydanceSuperstars clip here; clip has Ansuya explaining one method of creating a zaghareet. Also watch this clip to really get the sound in your ear.

Class VI: October 10th

CHANGE OF PLANS--All are learning or polishing Marionette Choreography in preparation for Rakassah:
     Backward roll--NOT REQUIRED
     Horizontal undulation with snake arms or finger waves in combination with shoulder lifts
     Mini fire or stage jumps
     Chaine turns with spine accented stopping points
     Accented snake arms with finger waves in combination with rounded shoulder head slides
Props:
     None
Choreography:
     Marionette many run-throughs
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes

NO CLASS SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH

Sunday October 18th EgyptianSun performing We Will Raq You-We Are the Champions, Dori's solo, and Marionette Roustabout at Rakassah East at 11:40am

Class VII: October 24th

Technique Check-in:
     Accents and Muscle Control
     Ups; at 45 degree, traveling, and levels
     Downs; at 45 degree, traveling, and levels
     Mayas; in place with and without feet, traveling, and levels
     Gucis; in place with and without feet, traveling, and levels
     Belly Rolls
     Beladi/Drop Kick in place and traveling in a circle
     Hip Crescents
     Hip shimmy
     Basic layering; hip slides
     Chest accents R, F, L, B, U, D, R45, L45
     Shoulder accents
     Shoulder shimmy
     Small undulations and body waves with all possible combinations of bellyrolls
Props: Vote on Shriver 2010 Prop; SWORD (possible Sword and Veil, Wings, or Candle)
Choreography:
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes

Class VIII: October 31st

CLASS IS MEETING Movement Vocabulary:
     Hip circles; traveling sideways with bounces, in circles with levels (a la Tito)
     Doubles
     Basic layering; hip slides, circles, figure-eights
     Beladi in place, traveling in circle
     Twists in place and traveling
Props:
Choreography:
Cultural Reference:     Habibi Beloved/Lover/ &Baby& (Arabic)
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 3 Rep Glutes

Class VIX: November 7th

Movement Vocabulary: Traveling and Turning
     3/4 Shimmy; ups and downs
     Hip pull with and without shimmy
     Hip circles traveling with extreme levels (backbend variation), bounces, circles
     Grapevine with levels
     Ups; traveling flat and on releve
     Downs; traveling flat and on releve (with hip slides)
     Camelwalk with levels and one-footed
     Body wave walk oriental version and "marionette" less-standard version
     Ronde-de-jambe
     Crossover walk at different knee levels
     Entrance stride, rhumba "chhicken walk"
     Mayas and gucis with levels and traveling
     Pivot (180), chasse (feet chase each other), and step-ball-change
     Karshlima/Karslima
     Choo-choo with and without shimmy
     Turns; pedal/paddle, chaine, 360, barrel
     Small undulations and body waves with all possible combinations of bellyrolls
Props: Veil
Choreography:
Cultural Reference: Zaghareet a high-pitched ululation made with tongue behind teeth or between the lips; luh-luh-luh made fast and high
Watch BellydanceSuperstars clip here; clip has Ansuya explaining one method of creating a zaghareet. Also watch this clip to really get the sound in your ear.
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 3 Rep Glutes

Trip to Shahrzad's www.bellydancestore.com
Saturday November 14th. Meet at the dance studio at NOON if you're carpooling; back at JHU by 5pm

Those who are picking out their first bra and belt set please keep in mind that while we have a wide variety of bra and belt sets in the troupe to which we do try and stick:
     Beaded sets (more beads than sequins although sequins are welcome), i.e. this style or this style or this style, and not this style or an entire bra and belt set made with the larger sequins you see in not this style.
     Circular skirt/Panel3-4 Panel Skirt/Petal skirt/Gored skirt/Flared skirt; chiffon or other material; 0-4 slits, i.e. not this skirt and not this skirt
     Note that you can sew your own skirt fairly easily;
     I don't recommend trying to set a bra and belt--even with sequin tape it takes forever
     Remember that Sharzad does do layaway and that EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO ALTER THEIR COSTUME--it never fits perfectly so please budget time for this. Note that if your costume is a bit small on the top or shows more cleavage than you would like, you can usually use your head/wrist bands to fill that in a bit.
     There are always other troupe members and members in the DC/Baltimore Bellydance community looking to sell old (but perfectly usable) costumes to buy new ones--so if $195 is out of your price range, think about buying a used one, or speaking with me about finding one you can borrow for the show.
     Your entire costume should include Bra, Belt, Veil, and Skirt; note when you are buying your costume whether or not you will have to buy or make a skirt if it does not come with the bra and belt. Please pass pictures onto me before you buy anything online. Keep in mind that shipping WILL take longer than expected (especially from the Middle East--plan 4 months ahead) and you will have to alter your own costume once you receive it. Luckily we've hit you in time for a holiday gift (usually we have more time to worry about this before the show).
Other recommended websites:
     BHUZ costume swaps--resale
     Topkapi starting at $199
     Neckelmanns starting at $225
     Atlanta starts at $90
     Turkish Emporium starts at $60
     Lila starts at $160
     BellydanceShop starts at $199
      starts at $199
     
BellydanceShop starts at $179
     Pyramid Imports starting at $198
     Unicorn starts at $200
     SalomesTent starts at $195 can't seem to find the new link; maybe site's down for a bit
     DancingRahana starts at $195
     Dahlal starts at $165, but really this is just for drooling
If this is all still too much, please feel free to check out ebay (just pass pictures through me), or ask classmates/troupemates if anyone is looking to sell an old costume while looking to upgrade this year.

Class X: November 14th

Movement Vocabulary: Floorwork
     Head; accents, slides, circles
     Chest; accents, slides, circles, figure-eights
     Shoulder; accents, shimmy, snake arms
     Hips; ups, down, slide, figure-eight, maya, guici, circle, umie
     Floor circles
     Turkish Walk
     Knee slide-together
     Backbend
     Undulations and body waves
     Bellyrolls
     Shimmy (with and without backbend)
     Side, rolling, and upside-down work if time
Props: Sword optional for Advanced students
Choreography:
Tribal floorwork and leader/follower clip courtesy of Janice
Cabaret floorwork--including backbend layered hip slide, and un-kneepaded knee circles...
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 3 Rep Glutes

Class XI: November 21st

Movement Vocabulary: Add Zills
     Mirror exercise with levels
Props:Zills
Choreography: None
Cultural Reference:     Beladi/Baladii/Beledi/Belady in addition to a specific move and style in bellydance, this is the most pervasive Middle Eastern rhythm in modern bellydance. It sounds; Dum-Dum-tek a tek-Dum-tek a tek (tek a) and repeats. It is a more folksy version of the basic Middle Eastern maqsuum rhythm and translates roughly as "of the country" or "old fashioned.". Listen to clip of Beladi rhythm and attempt to tap along with it. More information about all the basic Middle Eastern rhythms, their simple and filled-in sounds can be found here for those who may be interested.
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 3 Rep Glutes

Class XII: November 28th

YES CLASS IS MEETING after Thanksgiving if you want to shake off some calories
Movement Vocabulary: Add Canes--come even if you don't own a cane
Double cane for older students
Review/learn Dili Duduk Choreography (which works as double cane)
     Mirror exercise; try to blur lines of "leader" and "follower"
Props: Canes
Choreography: Dili Duduk
Fitness: 3 Rep Abs, 3 Rep Glutes

NO CLASS DUE TO SNOW Class XIII: December 5th

Last class of the semester

Class XIV: December 12th

WE WILL HAVE CLASS for those who feel like dropping by
Finish/brush-up Marionette choreography
Blast through Dili Duduk choreography
Mirror exercise continued; 4 corners
Mirror exercise extrapolated
Props: For those who already own them: Zills and Canes
Choreography: Dili Duduk and Marionette run-throughs
Fitness: 3 Rep Abs, 3 Rep Glutes

Sunday December 13th at 4pm

Annual Shriver Show meeting and holiday party--Potluck style so sign up and bring something!
The meeting is MANDATORY for all who want to be in the show. This will be the time when we vote on the name of our show this year (be thinking of suggestions!) and assign jobs for the show. Everyone in the show must also do a job for the show! We will also likely be discussing my transition from troupe director to artistic director and be assigning troupe jobs as well. After that, we're going to party! There will be a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish or something to drink. You can invite others to come along if you wish. It will feature performances by the advanced class. If any intermediates are also interested in performing, please let me know. -Dori

NO Class December 19th

NO Class December 26th

NO Class January 3rd


Cleopatra's Closet Year End Clearance and Swap Sale!
January 3rd, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Springfield, VA
Join us as we celebrate a new year. It’s a huge “clean out your closet” party with a combination year-end clearance sale for Cleopatra’s Closet and a swap sale for you! Prices slashed throughout the store to make way for new inventory. Professional Egyptian costumes over 50% off! Professional Egyptian decorated veils only $12 each! Hooded abaya coverups only $25 each! Finger cymbals* up to 50% off! All rhinestone necklace sets prices slashed by 50%!Eurotard crop tops and leggings only $15 each!Additional savings on scarves, music, video, cosmetics, and more!
Space is limited. RSVP Required. Contact Nimeera at info@cleoscloset.com

NO CLASS January 9th


Intersession

Class: January 16th

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