Kateri Belly Dance    

Howard Community College Beginning Bellydance

Spring 2010 meets every Thursday from 6-7:50pm in Room HVPA 110

Spring 2010 Syllabus PDF
Written Assignment, Grading will be based on a less formal version of Rubric 1 found here
Steampunk Midterm Choreography PDF
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 18th will be either a group performance or a solo performance (your choice) of the Steampunk 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 Puf 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

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 I: February 4th

Movement Vocabulary:
     Balance and Isolation
     Circles and Infinity
     Chest slides, Hip slides
     Hip circles
     Snake arms
Cultural Reference:     Habibi Beloved/Lover/&Baby& (Arabic)
Fitness:      No abs/glutes
Homework:     Habibi cultural reference, work on Undulations and Snake Arms.

Class II: February 11th

Class canceled by HCC due to snow Movement Vocabulary:
     Head slides and circles
     Belly Rolls
Cultural Reference:     Maya/Ma'a/Maia Water (Arabic)
Fitness:     1 Rep Abs, 1 Rep Glutes
Homework:     Maya cultural reference, work on Belly Rolls.

Class III: February 18th

Movement Vocabulary:
     Previous moves in 3rd position
     Begin Steampunk Choreography to the Hans 'n Guy version of Holmes
You may borrow a copy for the duration of class but your grade will not be released until it is returned
     Accents and Muscle Control
     Ups and Downs (side and 45)
     Hip shimmy
     Hip crescents
     Chest accents Right, Front, Left, Back, Up, Down, and 45s
Cultural Reference: Zaghareet a high-pitched ululation made with tongue behind teeth or between the lips; luh-luh-luh made fast and high
Fitness:     1 Rep Abs, 1 Rep Glutes
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 III: February 25th

Movement Vocabulary:
     Beladi/Drop Kick
     Shoulder accents
     Shoulder shimmy
     Finger waves and curls
     Twists in place; no weight shift
     Grapevine with twist
     Folkloric hip slide 45 walk
     Continue Steampunk Choreography
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. " 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."
Fitness:     1 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes
Homework: 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 IV: March 4th

Movement Vocabulary:
     Paddle/Pedal turns, 360 turns
     Camelwalk, bodywave and walk (variations)
     3/4 shimmy
     Horse stance releve
Steampunk Choreography continued
Cultural Reference: Shukran, Shokran &thank you&
Fitness:     1 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes
Homework: Practice Steampunk Choreography and 3/4 shimmies.

Class V: March 11th

Movement Vocabulary:
     Twists in place and traveling
     Camelwalk with levels
     Traveling ups
     Hip circles traveling
     Traveling Beladi
     Horse stance releve with combinations
Steampunk Choreography continued
Cultural Reference: Aiwa, Aewa &yes!&
Fitness:     1 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes
Homework: Practice Steampunk Choreography and zhagareet.

Class VI: March 18th

Midterm in-class performances of Steampunk Choreography
Begin sharing circle
Cultural Reference: Y'allah literally &Oh God!!&, colloquially let's go! come on!
Fitness:     1 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes
Homework: Watch Leader/Follower clips online. Read and be prepared to discuss the Bellydance Timeline on April 16th.
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 VII: March 25th

Triban Fusion with Launa
Tribal Performer Naimah

Class VIII: April 1st

Triban Fusion with Launa
Tribal Performer Naimah
Homework: Watch at least 2 of the Cabaret clips found at the bottom of this page and 2 of the tribal clips; be prepared to discuss Cabaret and Tribal stylistic differences briefly in class on the 16th in addition to the Timeline.

No class April 8th due to Spring Break

Class IX: April 15th

Movement Vocabulary:
     Arms and hands
     Chest vertical circles

Class X: April 22nd

Movement Vocabulary:
     Barrel turns
     Downs in place and moving
     Sharing Circle
Cultural Reference: Bellydance Timeline
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes
Homework: Start practicing with your Final Performance (your own choreography) music.

Class XI: April 29th

Movement Vocabulary:
     Chest vertical circles
     Chest figure-eights; horizontal and vertical
     Cabaret final performance examples
     Tribal Leader-Follower practice
Cultural Reference: Bellydance Timeline
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 2 Rep Glutes
Homework: Start practicing with your Final Performance (your own choreography) music.

Class XII: May 6th

Musical choices for Final in-class performances are due in class
Movement Vocabulary:
     Hip circles with bounce
     Chest sway/large chest figure-eight
     Tribal leader/follower
Cultural Reference: Bellydance Timeline Cabaret vs. Tribal
Fitness:     2 Rep Abs, 3 Rep Glutes
Homework: Practice stringing moves together in the mirror. Practice for your final performances as both a soloist and leader.

Class XIII: May 13th

Critique is due in class
Individual coachings for final performances:
6:00 Tristan
6:07 Angie
6:14 Claire G
6:28 Michelle
6:35 Agnes
6:42 Jessica
6:49 Blessing
7:07 Jamie
7:14 Ashley
7:28 Claire S.
7:35 Latina
7:42 Xiao
Cultural Reference: None
Homework: Practice for in-class performances

Class XIV: May 20th

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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