Belly Dance Oakland, CA
Winter Session Begins Saturday, January 13, 2018
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Bliss Fitness & Health 4268 Broadway, Oakland CA
8 weeks of instruction with performance opportunities Spring & Summer 2018
Let Nancy know you are attending classes so she can add you to the email group. Study materials will be sent out ahead of time.
Nancy of Oakland
About your instructor: I (Nancy) took my first belly dance class 15 years ago. Over the years I have learned several styles of Egyptian and American forms of belly dance expression. I use my many years of musical education, fitness certifications and a Master’s in health education, to provide enjoyable classes.
What to expect in a class:
The warm up: Every class starts with a warm up that gets our body moving and challenges the muscles to wake up. It is low impact with high energy. Adjustments and adaptations are suggested based on individual student needs and level of fitness. The warm up gets us to change our posture and be fully ready for learning technique.
Technique: Movement is broken down in a variety of ways so each student understands how our muscles and skeleton help us move safely. I use visual aids, encourage hands on feeling, offer adjustments, and share resources (video, music, etc) outside of class. Each week we have a slightly different focus that builds on the class before. For experienced dancers additional layers of challenge are offered. For beginners we start with the basics and provide lots of enthusiastic encouragement for success.
Choreography: Each series has a choreography focus. You might be helping build the group choreography, or learning one that I have created. I utilize a wide variety of tools for building and assisting with learning choreography. It’s not as scary as it sounds.
What to wear to class: Be comfortable! Dress in clothing that allows you your full range of movement. (see photo for inspiration). Gym clothes are great. Jeans are not.
You don’t have to show off your belly. You can show off your belly if you want.
Hip scarf optional. Some available for loan.
Bare feet or minimal sole dance slippers encouraged.
What to bring: Water bottle, a sense of humor, a friend.
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