Middle Eastern Dance
Modern belly dancing is based on the folk dances of the Middle East. In these classes, we learn about Middle Eastern culture through dance. All new dancers are welcome as no previous dance experience is needed, and we don't bare our bellies! As well as studying Middle Eastern culture, we will cover posture and how to dance safely, torso and arm movements, common steps and dance props, all in a
supportive environment. As with all dance forms, Middle Eastern dancing promotes creativity and self-expression, strength, confidence, and body awareness, all through the art of moving to music.
This eight-week face-to-face course is currently suspended during the COVID-19 lock-down period. Please check out the Canterbury Workers Educational Association for bonus online material relating to this course.
Beginners' Tribal Belly Dance
In this class, we introduce how to stand and dance safely, as well as learn simple strengthening exercises to help execute basic Fat Chance Belly Dance-inspired belly dance movements. We will study the four fast families of the Tribal repertoire, and some simple slow moves, as well as common formations.
5:30pm to 6:30pm Tuesdays, CWEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Central City, Christchurch
Intermediate Tribal Belly Dance
Moving on from Beginners' Tribal, we expand the four fast families of our Fat Chance Belly Dance-inspired repertoire to include combinations and formations, such as fades, partner swaps, and more complicated chorus line variations. We will also add more advanced slow movements.
6:30pm to 7:30pm Tuesdays, CWEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Central City, Christchurch
Advanced Tribal Belly Dance
For the Advanced Tribal class we add props to our repertoire, including sword, tambourine, and shawl. This class also offers the freedom to experiment and move away from the more traditional movements of the Fat Chance Belly Dance-inspired canon.
7:30pm to 8:30pm Tuesdays, CWEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Central City, Christchurch