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!
We take you on Deep Dives, 5-week sessions that focus on improvising to specific elements of Oriental dance. Previous Dives have included Taqsim, Classic Song, Drum Solo, and Open Heart. See our current Deep Dive below!
Our Format draws from Ibrahim Farrah’s original class format, infused with Somatic 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 online and recorded 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 build skills and have fun.
The most nurturing and freeing class….and so wonderful to glean movement ideas and feels from you…so creativeSF
I went from “OMG, I’m so free, “kitchen dancing” in front of other people!” in the first class, to feeling in charge of myself and my expression, while experiencing the same freedom. You have such a talent for bringing out who we are by creating a safe space where there are no mistakes. It’s the simplest thing, and yet the most powerful.FP
I’m really enjoying the Open Heart classes! Thank you!!AG
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.
Belly Dance BEDROCK
Glory in the deep foundation of our movement vocabulary. Feel the music in your body.
Each week, we explore bedrock belly dance movements, finding rich grounding in our physical experience of and response to the movement. Bring the dance into your body, so it is not just something you do, but who you are.
Improvisational belly dance infused with the principles and practices of Dancemeditation and Somatic Experiencing®. Deeply soothing, interoceptive, and ins trospective.
Each class is recorded (instructor view). Each recording is available for one week.
What we'll do:
* Sink into the movement to bring it deeply into our core selves
* Discover a new understanding of foundation movement--and bring it into meaning
* Nurture pleasure and self-compassion
* Bask in the moment of improvisation
* Allow our own body's wisdom to bring the moves to us
* Lower our heart rates, soothe our senses, and dance better, too!
This is NOT about perfection, drills, or copying
This IS about developing personal style, musicality, improv ease, and joy in the moment
Very little talk, lots of follow-me, guided practice, and free improv.
BEDROCK runs from Tuesday, February 2 through Tuesday, March 5 from 4-5PM EST See this in your time zone (add to calendar button in link):
|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
--> Thank you for your interest in the FUN Classes! ❤️