Alf Layla, Wa Layla Choreography
Homework: Work on layering, 3-point turns, and adding chest drops onto hip shimmy.
Class I: February 18th
Student objectives discussion
Top Bellydancer Project Watch Andalee in the first segment at 4:34 for veil work, cabaret personality (particularly head/hair flips), balletic leg work, layering (twisting slides, bellyrolls top to bottom, upper body work, accented hip slide downs), and Yvonne in the second segment at 24:40.
Azizaan American Cabaret Bellydancer does veil, and dances this long slow intro piece including undulations in third position on the ball of her foot, 3/4 shimmies on the down on the balls of her feet, layered hip slides and hip circles, layered chest and arm work, layered bellyrolls from top to bottom, hip drops, a demure choo-choo, and layered hip accents sliding into downs.
Hoda Shams el din Golden Age Egyptian Bellydancer; watch her arms, her twisting hip work (Especially shimmies), the chorus girls for their 3-point turns, Hoda's hip circles, her twisting unaccented downs, and her light bellyrolls top to bottom.
Homework: Bring in one song of your choosing for improvisation work. Work on automatic shimmy, try various types of hip slide layering (3/4 shimmies with "kick up" hip, 3/4 shimmies with bounce, layered hip slide with "kick up" hip, layered hip slide with bounce, layered hip slide, layered hip slide with alternate chest slide, hip shimmy with chest slide).
Class II: February 26th
Taheya Caricoca starting at 2:50 with zills. Watch for her small hip work, hip circles, belly rolls layered on top of her hip shimmy, pelvic tucks, and relaxed arms while zilling.
Lotus Niraja is Modern Lebanese in this clips; note her hands, work in high heels, 3/4 shimmies on the down,
Class III: March 4th
Class IV: March 11th
Homework: Information about all the basic Middle Eastern rhythms, their simple and filled-in sounds can be found here.