Kateri Belly Dance    

Howard Community College Beginning Bellydance

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

Spring 2011 Syllabus PDF
Written Assignment, Grading will be based on a less formal version of Rubric 1 found here
Alf Layla, Wa Layla Midterm Choreography PDF Alf Leyla, Wa Leyla song clip online only--not the same choreography
Links to Online performances for critique assignment are at the very bottom of this page, preceeded by a list of weekly and live bellydance performances can be found here.

Clarification: Midterm performances in class on March 25th will be either a group performance or a solo performance (your choice) of the Alf Leyla, Wa Leyla Choreography

Final Performances in class on May 13th will have each student demonstrate 2 different styles of bellydance in two contrasting short performances:
Cabaret Solo: A student may chose to repeat the Alf Leyla, Wa Leyla Midterm choreography as a Cabaret Solo or choreograph their own Cabaret Solo to their choice of music; 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 from a CD on loan:
Track 2: Across the Bosphorus by Mosavo
Track 3: Ophelia's Dance by Solace
Track 4: Bastet by Natacha Atlas
Track 8: Parisien du Nord by Cheb Mami
Track 9: Shine [Dubshakra Mix] from Explosive-the Best of Bond
Track 12: Dust by Raquy and the Cavemen
Track 13: Yearning by Raul Ferrando

Class: February 4th

Homework:     Habibi cultural reference, work on posture.

Class: February 11th

Homework:     Work on hip shimmy and Midterm Choreography.

Class I: February 18th

Homework:     Attempt to make Zaghareet, work on Choreography, and continue work on Belly Rolls.
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 II: February 26th

Homework:     Work on Belly Rolls and undulations.

Class III: March 4th

Homework:      Watch clips of tribal leading/following, practice Midterm Choreography. 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 IV: March 11th

Homework:      Practice Midterm Choreography, 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: March 18th

Homework:      Practice for Midterm Group Performance.

Class VI: March 25th

In-class group Midterm Performances of Alf Leyla, Wa Leyla Choreography
Homework:      Watch the tribal/group improv clips online (scroll to the bottom of this page). Read and be prepared to discuss the Bellydance Timeline on April 15th.

Class VII: April 1st

Triban Fusion with Launa
Tribal Performer Naimah
Homework:     Practice tribal moves.

Class VIII: April 8th

Homework:     Start practicing with your chosen Final Performance music.

Class IX: April 15th

Final music on CD/selection due in-class on a CD or via email by midnight.
Homework:     Practice stringing moves together in front of a mirror. Practice for your Final Performances as a soloist and as a leader.

No class April 22nd due to Spring Break

Class X: April 29th

Critique is due in-class or via email by midnight.
Individual timeslot coachings for final performances:
Homework:      Practice stringing moves together in front of a mirror. Practice for your Final Performances as a soloist and as a leader.

Class XI: May 6th

Tribal fusion day
Homework: Practice for in-class performances as a soloist and as a leader.

Class XII: May 13th

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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