Thursday 25 March 2010

Breaking News!! New class, schedule change and class cards!

Hello once again!

I have lots of really exciting news: Starting on April 21st, there will be an additional class to choose from--Pure Drills, from 8:00pm-9:30pm on Wednesday nights! Full info below.

Please note, there has also been a schedule change on the April courses which will now have a week off in May, on the 26th and 27th. This makes the last week June 2nd and 3rd for the classes, due to an event at the Urdang Academy. Please email me if you need more information.

And... You can now buy pre-paid class cards in addition to courses on the Classes page of my site, for either £60 for 6 classes or £120 for 12 classes. Class cards are good for 90 days from the date of purchase, so they give you more flexibility while also letting you get the prepaid rate. (Please note: Class cards don't guarantee you a place in a class, they simply allow you to drop in at a reduced rate. For classes that are sold-out, the usual drop-in policy applies: drop-in students may attend as space allows.) Class cards may be purchased online until March 31st, at which point they'll be taken down until I return from San Francisco on April 21st, since they must be dispatched by post.

A lot of students have been looking for a level in between the Elemental Movement class and Combinations and Drills. Pure Drills will be devoted to drilling the basics: Undulations, taxims, mayas, chest figure-8s, arms and on and on. This class will pick up where Elemental Movements leave off, taking the ideas of good technique and putting them into practice to polish and refine the essentials for tribal fusion dance. Pure Drills is great to add to your practice, and may be taken along with one of the other courses, on its own, or on a drop-in basis as space allows.

This will also change Thursday nights, which will be devoted to learning more complex combinations and movement pathways. This class is only open to students who have completed the Elemental Movements course and feel comfortable with the essentials drilled in Pure Drills. Thursdays will become Combinations and Experimentation, where we'll explore combinations, theory and complex movement pathways that string together moves weird and wonderful.

Before I go, I'll be running Tribal Fusion 101 again, so if you want to come and drill the essential moves then register for March 31st. Tribal Fusion 101 is also an excellent taste of things to come, as the new later class on Wednesday nights, Essential Drills, is a very similar format that will be ongoing.

27 March - ENCORE! at Southwark Playhouse
31 March - Tribal Fusion 101 @ Urdang Academy
21 April - 2 June: Pure Drills @ Urdang Academy
21 April - 2 June: Tribal Fusion Elemental Movement @ Urdang Academy
22 April - 3 Jun: Combinations & Experimentation @ Urdang Academy

Full details below...

10pm - 3am; Southwark Playhouse, Tooley Street, SE1 2TF; Nearest tube: London Bridge
Grab your harem pants and put your fez at a jaunty angle, for a Morrocan fusion evening in the dusty train tunnels of the Southwark Playhouse. Specially decorated for the night, the space will host belly dancers, snake charmers and fire acts galore PLUS Music so good that your hips won't lie with special guest djs LES APACHES and live bands.
Tickets (£6)are available in advance via the Southwark Playhouse website at:

31 March - Tribal Fusion 101
6:30pm - 8:00pm @ Studio 6, The Urdang Academy
£12; Advance booking required - To register, click HERE.

"What's the difference between the Wednesday and Thursday classes? Am I ready to move on to Combinations and Drills? Can I come to the Thursday night classes if I have limited experience with bellydance?" --These are some of the most common questions asked by students, and this one-night special class intends to answer them.

All students should attend at least one course of Elemental Movement before moving on to Combinations and Drills, and students are encouraged to take Elemental Movement as many times as they feel necessary to get comfortable with the roots of good technique. But how do you know where you stand with the elemental movements?

Tribal Fusion 101 is a great chance to try the essential moves we put into practice on Thursday nights without taking the leap of registering for the full Combinations and Drills course if you're unsure. In Tribal Fusion 101, class moves at a brisk pace, drilling all of the basic moves in the hips, core and chest with minimal explanation. The aim is to put these moves into motion, drilling them thoroughly and precisely to feel one's own confidence with the basic technique. At the end of Tribal Fusion 101, you can get feedback about which class would be the best fit for your skill level.

21 April - 2 June: Tribal Fusion Elemental Movement @ Urdang Academy
Wednesday nights, 6:30pm-8:00pm; 6-Week Course £60, Drop-in £12 (if space allows--this class consistently sells out, so drop-in attendance may not be possible) - To register, click HERE.

21 April - 2 June: Pure Drills @ Urdang Academy
Wednesday nights, 8:00pm-9:30pm; 6-Week Course £60, Drop-in £12 - To register, click HERE.

This class is for nailing down the essentials, and polishing them through practice until they shine. Pure Drills focuses on the basics: Undulations, taxims, mayas, chest figure-8s, arms, umis, chest circles, etc. This is a chance to put the ideas for good technique into action, carrying the information from the Elemental Movement over into a regular focused practice similar in format to Tribal Fusion 101.

This class will involve yoga- and pilates-based conditioning, so come dressed to move and bring a bottle of water.

22 April - 3 June: Combinations & Experimentation @ Urdang Academy
Thursday nights, 6:30pm-8:00pm; 6-Week Course £60, Drop-in £12 - To register, click HERE.

That's everything for now! I hope all is well with you, and hope to see you in the near future, and if you need more information, let me know.


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