Kateri Belly Dance    

Howard Community College Beginning Bellydance

Fall 2011 meets Friday from 1-2:50pm in Room HVPA 110

Fall 2011 Syllabus PDF
Written Assignment; Grading will be based on a less formal version of Rubric 1 found here
Kiss Kiss Midterm Choreography PDF. Download the mp3 from itunes or amazon.com; it is Simarik (Radio Edit) by Tarkan. YouTube
Links to Online performances for critique assignment are at the very bottom of this page
A regularly-updated list of weekly and live bellydance performances can be found here.

Clarification: Midterm performances in class will be either a group performance or a solo performance (your choice) of the Seytan Choreography

Final Performances in class on December 9th will have each student demonstrate 2 different styles of bellydance in two contrasting short performances:
Cabaret Solo: A student may chose to repeat the Kiss Kiss Midterm choreography as a Cabaret Solo or choreograph their own Cabaret Solo to their choice of music including Kiss Kiss; length 2-4 minutes. If the student does not purchse an mp3 on their own, I will provide at the very least all music from Bellydance Superstars Volume 1; the music can be found here; you may find Volume 4 of this collection on itunes, and most of the individual tracks of Volumes 1-2. Below are YouTube clips for Volume 1; pick a track from these or search for the remaining tracks on your own:
Listen to Raks Africa on youtube
Listen to Ah Ya Leil on youtube
Listen to El Salam on youtube
Listen to Warda on youtube
Listen to Ice Queen on youtube
Listen to Talakik on youtube
Listen to Nebtidi... on youtube
Listen to Chicky on youtube
etc. for Cabaret music
Where to find good belly dance music. Shems Music List 1 and Shems Music List 2, Arabic pop music free sign up. Some artists for Arabic pop: Amr Diab, Ehab Tawfiq, Tamer Hosny, Myriam Faris, Nancy Ajram, Elissa, Haifa (sometimes multiple spellings)

Tribal Leading: A student may either choreograph or improvise a tribal or folkloric troupe leading of at least 2 minutes in length. If you do not pick your own music I will provide the following:
Cabaret Macabre by Raquy and the Cavemen
Parisien du Nord by Cheb Mami with k-mel
Yearning by Raul Ferrando
If a student fails to turn in their own musical choices for their final performances, they will be dancing to the Seytan music from their midterm (although they need not reuse the choreography) for their cabaret performance and Nikriz for their tribal performance.

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
Launa teaches
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
Launa teaches

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

Class XII: November 18th
Final music on CD/selection due in-class on a CD or via email by midnight.


Class XIII: December 2nd Critique is due in-class or via email by midnight.
Come to your individual timeslot coachings for final performances:

Class XIV: December 9th Final in-class performances; 1 cabaret solo at least 2 minutes in length, 1 turn at "leading" the class in a tribal or folkloric style for at least 2 minutes (can be improvised or choreographed) or tribal/folkloric solo at least 2 minutes in length.

Belly work links:
Stomach Flutters
Flipping Coins with roll
Flipping Coins with roll
Pouring Shot Glasses with roll
Diagonal bellyroll and side work
Hatha Yoga abdominal isolations and rotations; side roll
Sword flip with isolation, roll, and circle
Boubouka, Greek bellydancer and burlesque dancer (hence the extra leg showing and the pelvic moves), clip from 1964

Links online for critique assignment; please note that the following categories are generalizations of bellydance styles.

Same choreography on a male and female body

Modern Lebanese Cabaret
     Jihan Al Masri
     Mousbah Baalbaki male bellydancer
Modern Egyptian Cabaret
     Soheir Zaki
     Male Bellydancer Tito
     Unknown male bellydancer
     Asi Haskal from Israel
Modern Turkish Cabaret
     Didem, Didem 2
     Turkish Male Bellydancer Ozgen
Golden Era Egyptian Cabaret
     Samia Gamal
     Na'ema Akef
     Not from era; more classical than not though. Amir Thaleb male bellydancer
Golden Era Turkish Cabaret
     Aysel Tanju
     Kudret Sandra (Sandrali) male bellydancer
Modern fusion
     Suhaila Salimpour
     Prince Andrew male bellydancer
American Triban Fusion
     Rachel Brice
     Zoe Jakes
     Tahtib Men
     Men and Women Khaleegy followed by Saidi/Tahtib


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