Kateri Belly Dance    

EgyptianSun Intermediate Bellydance

Intermediates meet every Saturday from 5pm-7pm in the Mattin Center Dance Studio on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus unless otherwise specified below.
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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

If you are new to EgyptianSun Intermediate class, please understand and plan to spend around $200 outside of class fees for the year--this is because you are expected to buy your first cabaret costume and at least two props (zills and one voted upon by the class).

Class I: September 10th

Technique; review, drilling, and back-in-shape!

Class II: September 17th

Technique; review, drilling, and back-in-shape!

Class III: September 24th

Technique; review, drilling, and back-in-shape!
identify rhythms
Props:     Zills

Class IV: October 1st

Technique; review, drilling, and back-in-shape!
Beginning Zills for newer Intermediates; brush-up for older Intermediates
Technique review: hip-chest-head slides, chest accents (R, L, F, B, U, and D), vertical and horizontal chest circles, umies, hip circles with and without bounce, hip pows (side-45-front), ups
1 rep abs, 1 rep glutes, finger waves, wrist circles, wrist figure eights, florios
Traveling moves: Basic walk, crossover walk, Egyptian crossover walk, Golden Age releve basic, folkloric hip slide walk, 3/4 shimmies (slow), ronde-de-jambe with and without plie
Props:     Zills

Class V: October 8th

Beginning Zills for newer Intermediates; brush-up for older Intermediates
shimmy drills (shoulder shimmies and hip shimmies, moving the shimmy from your hips to your shoulders and vice versa) with layering mayas, gushis, hip slides, chest work.
reviewed rhythms; beladi, saidi, maqsum, and chiftetelli
generate the rhythms instead of just identifying them
discuss difference between zills and sagat
clic and clap hits on the zills
rhythms all on clics, all on claps, all on rings, and then playing them with the dums as claps and the teks and kas as rings.
Props:     Zills

Class VI: October 15th

Zills and technique
Contrasting smoothe/tic/layered moves drill and checking in on layered chest work/solo leg work:
Mayas flat-footed and on releve traveling forward, backward, and to each side with alternating tics and regular or layered and regular
Gucis same
Hip circles in place with and without layering
Horizontal chest circles in place with and without layering
Shimmies on each leg/glute
Downs in place with levels
Shoulder accents and shimmy (different arms)
Basic traveling and punctuations:
3/4 shimmies
Shoulder accents and shimmies (forced arms up and in front)
Quick changes of isolation coupled with changes in moving and direction:
Hip, chest, and head slides
Hip shimmy with snake arms (in place)
Contrasting sharp and smoothe hip motions:
Ups, mayas in place and traveling, umies, hip circles
Accents up, down, right, front, left
Both horizontal and vertical circles in both directions (once even with choos-choos!)
Props:     Zills

Class VII: October 22nd

Veil, Zills, and technique
singles, triples, beledi, and masmudi
technique: shimmy layering drill, passing the shimmy from the shoulders to the hips via undulations, jewels and samihas again, 3/4 shimmies...
veil: some history, how to hold, wraps and unwrapping the veil, walking with the veil, some combos across the floor, sailboat trick, mini combinations not across the floor
Props:     Zills and veil

Class VIII: October 29th

Sword, Zills, and technique
technique: 3/4 shimmies on the up and down on flat and releve, in all four directions; 3/4 shimmies starting with out-and-down instead of just down and out-and-up instead of just up; shimmy layering drills for shoulder shimmies and hip shimmies
sword: rules (no stabbing your neighbors, don't touch the blade), some history, description of different kinds of swords
poses; "shaving the gypsy" moves; how to hold sword; twirling on one finger; "hari kiri" move gutting yourself and then bringing the sword behind the head; switching hands; tossing from resting on the upper arm to fingers of other hand; shoulder balance and walk around; some head balancing
moving while having it on the head
Props:     Zills and sword

Class VIX: November 5th

Props:     Zills and veil

Class X: November 12th

Dancing with zills and veil: Gates of Istanbul Choreography to Gates of Istanbul by Loreena McKennit available on itunes and amazon.com or YouTube
Layering; hip slides (bounce, kick, bounce and kick), drills into horizontal hip figure-eights, isolating chest/head slides with and without layered hip slides, chest accents and circles
Choo-choo; no elephants, with smooth chest work and snake arms
Props:     Veil and zills

Class XI: November 19th

Short Drum and Rhumba with Zills
Props:     Zills and cane (if there's time)

EXTRA Class: November 26th

DROP-IN FEE EXTRA CLASS after Thanksgiving if you want to shake off some calories
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
     Undulations and body waves
     Shimmy (with and without backbend)
     Side, rolling, and upside-down work if time
Props: Sword optional for Advanced students
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
Props:     If you're comfortable with floorwork already, use this day of class to add a prop (sword recommended; cane, tray, candles, etc. welcome if you've already worked with them).

Class XII: December 3rd

Prop day
Props:     Zills, Veil, Cane, and Sword

Class XIII: December 10th

Prop day
Props:     Zills, Veil, Cane, and Sword

December TBA

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

First Cabaret Costume requirements: While EgyptianSun enjoys letting each individual dancer's individuality come through both her/his dance and costume, we are still a troupe and have guidelines to help you choose a quality costume that will keep you from appearing disparate when performing with the troupe and will serve you well as you keep on dancing.
Trip to Shahrzad's www.bellydancestore.com TBD date.
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.


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