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REC8600

Course
REC8600
Course Title
Belly Dance

Description

Belly dancing is a wonderful, fun way to exercise and celebrate the human form in all shapes and sizes. Today belly dancing is highly regarded as a fun way to strengthen core muscle and keep fit. Learn to isolate core muscles to create smooth, undulating movements and control individual parts of the body in the abdomen, pelvis and spine for greater fitness and flexibility. 

Objectives

  • Learn the origin and history of belly dancing
  • Understand the basics of body isolation and use of core muscles
  • Use belly dancing as a means to fitness

Content

Week 1:  A brief history of belly dance in America -- Basics of body isolation -- using your core muscles -- separating upper and lower body movements -- introduction to Basic Egyptian and Basic Arabic combinations. 

Week 2:  Combinations, continued:  hip bump and shimmy combinations -- working with the rhythm of the music -- turning with movements and synchronizing with the group -- slow and gooey hip movements. 

Week 3:  Upper body isolations:  chest circles, torso rotations and undulations -- breaking down the 3/4 shimmy -- getting into and out of formation and dancing in formation -- introduction to finger cymbals (optional). 

Week 4:  Review of the "basic 4" fast combinations -- lead and follow practice to fast music -- fluid arms and upper body isolations. 

Week 5:  Moving with finger cymbals -- moves for dancing "in chorus" -- practice getting in and out of formations to fast music -- shoulder shimmies and an easy intermediate combination. 

Week 6:  Review of basic slow combinations -- moving and circling with slow fluid movements -- staying synchronized when dancing to melodic music. 

Week 7:  Review of fast combinations -- additional easy intermediate combinations if class is ready -- dancing together -- dancing with finger cymbals. 

Week 8:  Review of slow combinations -- slow dramatic turns -- dancing together to melodic music -- dance jam -- costuming show and tell!

Prerequisites

  • None

Method of Instruction

  • Lectures, demonstration and class participation

Evaluation

  • Class participation