12p – 1p, Veil Dancing: Practice drills & combinations. Dancing with a veil teaches grace, fluidity and a lifted posture. This class will begin with basic veil maneuvers and progress to more challenging concepts. We will frame slow, hypnotic belly dance movements with lyrical veil maneuvers. We will explore how to create shapes, patterns, poses and wraps, plus creative ways to incorporate veil into your dance.
1p - 2p, Finger Cymbals: Rhythms for self-accompaniment. Finger cymbals can add excitement to any dancer’s performance. It is regarded in many circles as a dying art and the artist who can play well AND dance well is admired and respected greatly. In this class we will learn basic finger cymbal patterns to coordinate our feet, hips and hands. We will explore how timing works with the accents (dums and teks) of the most common Middle Eastern Rhythms as well as melodic lines and transitions.