Live and Online

These classes are eclectic–something different every time.
Usual suspects: Follow-me improvisation, Alia’s somatic grounding techniques, a short combination, genre, prop, or musicality study, and a Dancemeditation section for relaxation and joy.

Alia’s classes increase improv confidence, build trust in the body, and regulate the nervous system.
I am passionate about this. Belly dance is already a stellar venue for relaxation and resolution. On top of this I have built in many Somatic Experiencing® (SE) strategies to highlight this feature.
Dancers feel relaxed, energized, and happy. So will you!

This draws from Ibrahim Farrah’s original class format, infused withSomatic Experiencing™ and Dancemeditation™, all of which have taught me so much about dance and improv.
  • Something different every time
  • Suitable for all levels, all styles
  • Live and online options

How does this work?

Each week, we stream the class live via Zoom.us. Every one is welcome to join the live class. It is so pleasant to be together with other folks who all want to enjoy themselves with dance! After the class, usually within 48 hours, the new class is posted for streaming. The class stays up for a week, when it is replaced with the next class. Zoom is free and easy to use. The sound and video quality are good, and there is virtually no lag in the livestream. We send reminder emails with the link shortly before each class begins.

Fun, energizing, grounding, and conceptually stimulating.
Simple on the outside, complex on the inside.

No notes, no muss, no fuss–just a great class to hone skills and have fun.

Live Online Fun Classes
Because the pandemic is keeping many of us all inside and out of work, we are pleased to offer our regular fee, PLUS a special Pay What You Like option and a Sliding Scale payment plan, for those of us who are financially impacted by disaster, injustice, etc.
Entrancing: How to Improvise to Entrance Music
Entrancing: How to Improvise to Entrance Music
Our next FUN Class Deep Dive

Entrancing: How to Improvise to Entrance Music

As we become familiar with how music is put together, we begin to intuit when the changes are coming. We start to notice patterns, thematic repeats. We understand how to slow down when we feel changes, and to fully commit to our movement, so that even if we don't match the music, we look like we meant to do that. And then we catch it the next time around.

Anyone can do this. It does take some practice.

In this 5-week live series, we will
* Listen to many samples of entrance music
* Explore their structure, transitions, and interpretation
* Follow demonstrations of interpretation and transition, and
* Enjoy free improvisation time to explore music with our own bodies, and to express it with courage, pleasure, and joy.

Entranced runs Tuesdays at 4pm EDT for five weeks, from July 20-Aug 17 2021. See this in your time zone (add to calendar button in link). Each class is recorded (instructor view only). Each recording is available for a full week.

Pay in Full $55
Pay Weekly $12/week for 5 weeks
Sliding Scale $5/week for 5 weeks
Pay What You Will ($0 works ; ). Open to All.
BIPOC, LGBTQ+, MENAHT and other marginalized groups, please use this option

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