Class I: September 2nd
Class II: September 9th
Class III: September 16th
Homework: Watch BellydanceSuperstars clip here
and note the different styles: Rachel Brice is American Tribal Fusion, and Amar Gamal and Ansuya are various styles of Cabaret. This clip has Ansuya explaining one method of creating a zaghareet
. Also watch this
clip to really get the sound in your ear.
Class IV: September 23rd
Homework: Listen to a clip of the Beladi rhythm and tap or speak along. 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. " Dum" is a heavier sound found on the downbeat, "tek" is a lighter, "filler" sound. 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.
Class V: September 30th
Homework: Tribal leading/following: Jezebelly leader and follower tribal improv
BlackSheep BellyDance troupe improv
One group marks time while another group has a leader-follower setup note the zaghareet at 3:20 as a cue to change sides, and the troupe zaghareet at 3:35 as a signal for the end of the first dance and the beginning of the second more choreographed one.
Class VI: October 7th
Class VII: October 14th
Class VIII: October 21st
In class group Midterm Performances
Class IX: October 28th
Class X: November 4th
Class XI: November 11th