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by Katya Faris, M.A. Ethnomusicology
I teach traditional classic bellydance, or "raqs sharqi", and focus on musicality and improvisation. Dance and music are my passions, and I love sharing them with YOU!
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Purchase 6 classes of your choice for the price of 5, and access to all videos! This is a great way to get into the groove with bellydance!! Yallah, let's dance!!
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6 Classes

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Beginner's Bellydance Package
This package is for the novice who wants to become submerged in technique. The regular price is $120, but with this package you get $20 off. Yallah, habibi, let's dance!!!
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12 Classes

6 Powhow Credits for Classic Bellydance Combinations

6 Powhow Credits for Classic Bellydance Technique



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Intermediate Bellydance Package
This package is for the dancer who is looking to increase her knowledge before approaching choreography. Prerequisite is taking my Classic Bellydance Technique course.
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12 Classes

3 Powhow Credits for 7 Shimmies

3 Powhow Credits for Classic Bellydance Combinations

3 Powhow Credits for Finger Cymbals for Oriental Dance

3 Powhow Credits for Starlight & Stardust-Taqsim Improvisation



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Advanced Bellydance Package
This package is for the dancer who is looking for more choreography, and knowledge of musicality to use for improvisation. The prerequisite for this package is my Classic Bellydance Technique and Combinations classes, and one other intermediate class.
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12 Classes

2 Powhow Credits for Contemporary Drum Solo

2 Powhow Credits for Finger Cymbals for Oriental Dance

2 Powhow Credits for Improvisation-Stage Presence and Drama Technique, Melisma

2 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 1, Mejance (Introduction)

2 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 2 & 3-Taqsim & Classics

2 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 5-Balady


4 Videos

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Multi Level Classic Bellydance Package
This package is for the experienced dancer who wants to try some of each of my classes! As I use a linguistic approach my technique classes are a new and creative way to learn authentic Arabic movement. Learning about Arab music is an essential component of my teaching, and I will be using music from my CD, "Raqsat Katya", in all of my classes. You get 12 classes for the price of 10, plus access to all videos! Yallah, let's dance!!
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12 Classes

1 Powhow Credit for 7 Shimmies

2 Powhow Credits for Classic Bellydance Combinations

2 Powhow Credits for Classic Bellydance Technique

1 Powhow Credit for Contemporary Drum Solo

2 Powhow Credits for Finger Cymbals for Oriental Dance

1 Powhow Credit for Improvisation-Stage Presence and Drama Technique, Melisma

1 Powhow Credit for Starlight & Stardust-Taqsim Improvisation

1 Powhow Credit for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 1, Mejance (Introduction)

1 Powhow Credit for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 7-Drum Solo & Finale


4 Videos

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Entire 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine Choreography Package
Each choreography takes four lessons to complete, there are six parts (2&3 are combined), so it takes 24 classes to learn the whole set. At $10 a class this totals $240, so I am offering a reduced package rate of $200 for 4 classes for each part (there are 7 parts, but 2&3 are together in one class). Any videos related to the choreography will be made available in this package, as well.
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24 Classes

4 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 1, Mejance (Introduction)

4 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 2 & 3-Taqsim & Classics

4 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 4-Classic Floorwork

4 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 5-Balady

4 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 6-Folkloric

4 Powhow Credits for The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 7-Drum Solo & Finale


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Classic Bellydance Technique
In this class we will begin with basic technique which focuses on isolations that will build up into short combinations. I have a linguistic approach to teaching dance and teach from the Arabic alphabet, so you will learn your ABC's, then put them into short combinations. We will have fun exploring technique! I'll be using music from my CD, "Raqsat Katya", for class!
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Classic Bellydance Combinations
In this class we build upon the technique of the first, and start to learn how to put it all together! Across the floor exercises, turns, and traveling movements are in this class. We will learn about Arab music, and how to apply these movements to the music in an authentic manner. Let's have some fun, yallah, let's dance! I'll be using music from my CD, "Raqsat Katya", for class!
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4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
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The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 1, Mejance (Introduction)
The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine is the foundation of a bellydancer's performance. "Mejance" means "marche en scene" in French, and is the entrance to an oriental dancer's set. This class is for both professional and non-professional dancers who want to learn different approaches to entering the stage, using veils, musicallity, and drama techniques to bring out the most of your dancing. I will teach a choreography to the entrance track on my CD, "Raqsat Katya", which is "Al Toba (Never Again)" by Abdel Halim Hafez.
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The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 2 & 3-Taqsim & Classics
The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine is the foundation of a bellydancer's performance. Part 2 uses track 2 from my CD, "Raqsat Katya", which is "Al Rabih (The Spring)". This song starts with a violin taqsim (improvisation), which is used as a transition between the entrance and the second melody. This second melody is usually a classic song, and is meant for the dancer to engage the crowd to participate. The contrast between the slow taqsim and the fast classical song makes for some fun dancing! Join me to learn a choreography to this piece by singer, Farid Al Atrash.
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The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 4-Classic Floorwork
The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine is the foundation of a bellydancer's performance. Part 4 is where I like to put my classic floorwork section. We will warm up with some Martha Graham floor technique and yoga stretches. Then using the framework of Turkish and Lebanese style oriental dancing, I will teach you a choreography to this qanun taqsim, "Damascus Blues", on my CD, "Raqsat Katya".
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The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 5-Balady
The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine is the foundation of a bellydancer's performance. In Part 5 we will explore the Egyptian genre of dance called, "balady". This term means "my country", but also refers to a dance genre, and a dance dress. The foundation of this style is improvisation, and we will be using track 4 on my CD, "Raqsat Katya", which is "Balady Heaven". This is a saxophone taqsim, and is a build up in rhythm. I will teach you a choreography to this, but also show you where you can add your own stylistic nuances!
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The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 6-Folkloric
The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine is the foundation of a bellydancer's performance. Part 6 is all about the folkloric dances! Here you can inject whatever style you want, and on my CD, "Raqsat Katya", I chose Lebanese dabka! I chose "Ya Ein Moulayetain" as my traditional piece for cane in this section, and I will teach you my choreography to it! This version is particularly fun, so get ready to smile!
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The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine-Part 7-Drum Solo & Finale
The 7 Part Oriental Dance Routine is the foundation of a bellydancer's performance. In this class we will explore the signature genre of the bellydancer, the drum solo! The track we will use is a special drum solo written for me by Ons Boukraa on my CD, "Raqsat Katya". This track also included the finale, so I will show you how to end your set after the drum solo choreography, as well. Let's turn up the heat!
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Starlight & Stardust-Taqsim Improvisation
Did you know that there are certain unwritten rules that tell what movements go with which instruments? Learn this secret code to unlocking the musicality of your improvisation! I will be using three taqsims, or melodic improvisations, on my CD, "Raqsat Katya". The tracks are "Damascus Blues", qanun; "Starlight", guitar; and , "Stardust", oud. Yallah, let's dance!!
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Contemporary Drum Solo
Creative Writing for Dancers! This class uses a contemporary creative approach to drum solos, such as incorporating fan veils, and dancing on top of a drum! This class will teach you some different ideas of how to interpret the rhythm, and I will give you the tropes of how to develop your own style! We will be using "Raqs Al Shams (Sun Dance)" from my CD, "Raqsat Katya".
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Arabic Folkdance, Khaleeji
Khaleeji style refers to a regional style of dancing done in the Arabian Gulf, and is usually associated with Saudi Arabia, but originating in Basra, Iraq. We will be using"Johar", a piece of music from my CD, "Raqsat Katya", that is an original composition written for me by my music producer, Nader Harb. This rhythm is an Iraqi rhythm they just call, "shaabi", or "of my people", because it is common in the south of Iraq. We will learn some typical khaleeji movements, and then put them together into a choreography for this piece! Yallah, let's have some fun!
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Arabic Folkdance-Muwashahat
Muwashahat is a genre of Arabic folkdance that relates to the musical genre of the same name, Classical Arab. The genre was codified in Syria, but then when the Abbasid Dynasty was dissolved and moved to Granada, Spain, the style merged with the movements of Andalusia. While this style is a bit of a mystery, Egyptian dance grandfather, Mahmoud Reda developed his own interpretation. I will be teaching my own version to a track on my CD, "Raqsat Katya", which is a classic called, "Lamma Bada Yatathanna (When She Begins To Sway)", a semai rhythm in 10/8. This is my favorite Arab style of dance!
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7 Shimmies
The shimmy is the signature movement that defines our dance from other dances. Did you know there are 7 different kinds of shimmies? In this class we will explore them all, and maybe we will discover more! Yallah, let's dance! We will be using the track, "Hands of Time", from my CD, "Raqsat Katya" for this class.
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Improvisation-Stage Presence and Drama Technique, Melisma
What is it that makes a dance Arabic? What is the "glue" that holds it together? It is not necessarily the movements, but how they are put together. There is a certain "feel" that a dancer must have when interpreting the music, and in this class we will explore that idea! They say in Arab music the notes must be "massaged", and it is the same concept in Arab movement. In music terms the sliding between notes is called, "Melisma", Let's take your dance to the next level and add that "Arabic feeling" to it! We will be using the track, "Layla Wa Majnun", from my CD, "Raqsat Katya" for this class.
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Finger Cymbals for Oriental Dance
Playing finger cymbals is a dying art in bellydance, but it is the best way to learn Arabic rhythms. In this class we will learn the traditional way to play "zils", or finger cymbals, and then also learn about each rhythm. I have played them since six months after my first teacher, Judy Eudaly, put them in my hands in 1991, and I'm very grateful. They are considered a real instrument in Arab music, not just for dancers. Let's polish up your zil skills, habibi!
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Private Lesson
Book a private lesson with me so we can fine tune your dancing! You will have my one-on-one undivided attention to help you achieve your goals in the dance! Yallah, let's dance!!
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