Banat el Kamar Classes
The Banat el Kamar program offers beginning through advanced classes in classic belly dance, folkloric and tribal fusion styles.
We provide a friendly and welcoming dance environment for adult students of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities.
Classes are offered at Pratt Community Education Center through Minneapolis Community Education.
Dress comfortably in workout clothes or dance wear. Dance barefoot or wear socks, soft sandals or ballet slippers. Bring a scarf to accent hip movements.
Each class will learn one or two choreographed dances. Students are encouraged to perform the class choreography or their own choreography at the Spring Concert, but performing is not mandatory.
Belly Dance 1
Saturdays 11:45 am to 12:45 pm Teacher: Katie Louise
In the beginners level students begin to learn the basic movement vocabulary and isolations that make up the foundation of various genres of "belly dance". Students will be introduced to many core topics during the session, including playing figure cymbals (zils), historical and cultural aspects of belly dance, styles of belly dance, discovering presence and connecting with the body. Students will also learn a choreography that will be presented at the annual Spring Show. Finger cymbals, and veils are available for student use in limited quantities.
Belly Dance 2
Wednesdays 7:30 to 8:30 pm Teacher: Amara
In the intermediate class students will continue to build upon their movement vocabulary. In addition to learning a short choreography (with an emphasis on stage presence skills) students will be introduced to more difficult movements, layering movements, creating combinations, and starting basic improvisation skills. Students will also advance their zill skills by learning different finger cymbal patterns (please bring finger cymbals).
Tribal Fusion Level 1
This class will be scheduled Winter quarter Teacher: Luna Rouge
Tribal Fusion is a class which builds on and compliments a traditional belly dance foundation. In this class you increase physical strength, flexibility, muscle awareness, and mind-body connection. Key elements of the class are fusion fundamental techniques, differences between traditional belly dance and fusion, technique layering and exploring the evolution of fusion belly dance. This is not an American Tribal Style (ATS) class but one that teaches Belly Dance Fusion as taught by dancers such as Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes and Ariellah.
Bollywood:Contemporary Indian Dance
Cancelled for Fall
Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Maharashtra, India. The name "Bollywood" is derived from "Bombay" and "Hollywood" (American film industry). The dancing in Bollywood films is primarily modelled on Indian dance (classical, courtesan or folk dances) and blend with Western Dance Styles (as created by American "Pop" Stars, MTV or Broadway musicals).