On an annual basis, Raq-On Dance offers four intensive programs for serious dancers who want a well-rounded experience:

-Dedicated Dancer Program (focused on technique and history, 12 months)

-Performance Intensive Program (focused on performance skills and musicality, 8 months)

-History of Belly Dance (7 months lecture/dance)

-Introduction to Folkloric Dances (7 months lecture/dance)

 

 

 

 

Raq-On Dance’s Dedicated Dancer Program

Year-Long Mentoring Program at Raq-On Dance

Available online or in-person!

Click here for application

 

Perfect for Advanced Beginner & Intermediate Students & Hobbyists who:

·        Cannot make regular classes, do not have a readily accessible instructor, or want to expand by studying with other dancers

·        Want to continue growth not only on technique, but building on other soft skills such as history, musicality, styles, dance dynamics, etc.

·        Would like to go deeper into the Eastern nuances of Belly Dancing, as well as Western Influences and contributions

·        Access to a mentor who will guide you in your own personal direction and path

 

Testimonials:

"The Dedicated Dancer Program came along at the perfect moment for me - I was feeling isolated and "stuck" in my personal dance practice. I wanted to really get back into more traditional forms of bellydance but didn't know where to begin. I could feel the large gaps in my dance education but was spinning in circles trying to find quality education. Then I discovered Amity at Raq On Dance Studio. This program has been excellent - the other dancers are supportive and welcoming, there is a good blend of lecture and actual dance time. We've covered so much - from history, to stylistic differences between regions, to dancing with props, to Middle Eastern Rhythms! I look forward to every session and appreciate the in between support received via the private Facebook page where videos are shared, conversations happen, and mini homework assignments are given. I'm so glad I found this program!" -Hannah

 

How does it work?

·        Dancers commit to 12 months’ worth of education. Dancers meet for 3 hours bimonthly and continue to work outside of class. Classes consist of a mix of lectures, dance class, evaluation, and application. Dancers will receive a multitude of handouts, clips, and practice resources to further their education during the off months.

·        Dancers can attend the live classes online, in-person, or a hybrid.

·        Dancers will check in and report progress for accountability via a private Facebook Group

·        Dancers who complete all homework and attend all classes will receive a certificate of completion

What types of items are covered?

Below is a general itinerary for the course and topics covered:

 

Meeting #1 November 2017

·        Technique tune-up and evaluation part 1

·        Understanding weight changes and movement quality

·        Personal goal setting

·        Belly dance written test

Meeting #2 January 2018

·        Technique tune-up and evaluation part 2

·        Introduction to Middle Eastern rhythms and musicality

·        Improvisational skills and dance dynamics

Meeting #3 March 2018

·        History of Middle Eastern Dance

·        Differences between the various styles of Belly Dance

·        Props: finger cymbals

Meeting #4 May 2018

·        The art of propping (Using props such as veil, sword, & cane)

·        Use of body lines and emotional connection

·        Understanding your learning style and application in dance

Meeting #5 July 2018

·        The Western “traditional” five and seven part dance routine components

·        Wild card combos and jeopardy (with prizes!)

·        Technique tune-up and evaluation part 3

Meeting #6 September 2018

·        Folkloric medley (an introduction to folkloric styles commonly used by Belly Dancers)

·        Technique tune-up and evaluation part 4

·        Reviewing progress and closing any open items/additional topics the group wants to cover

·        Belly dance written test

 

What does it cost and what is included?

Please note: registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Autopays must be setup through our online registration program.

Dedicated Dancer Program Includes:

Dedicated Dancer Package (online or in person)

Copy of Raq-On Dance Student Handbook

X

Raq-On Dance rhythm cheat sheets

X

Access to Raq-On Dance's Student Facebook Group

X

Bi-monthly 3 hour classes with Amity Alize

X

Personal feedback on technique and growth

X

Video clip feedback, Skype or private lessons (up to 2 hours)

X

Dance Dynamic Card Deck & Online Class for practice

X

2 Hours of private studio rental for your personal practice

X

Raq-On Dance shirt of your choice

X

 Total Cost

 $                 400.00

12-month autopay option

 $                   35.00


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When does it start and how do I register?

Dancers must submit applications via the online link below by 10/1/2016. The Course begins November 2016 with the first group meeting. Registration fees are non-refundable. Click here for application

 

Raq-On Dance’s Performance Skills Intensive Program

8-Month Mentoring Program at Raq-On Dance

Available online or in-person!

Click here for application

 

Want to do a solo, but don’t know where begin?

Do you find it hard to make a weekly class, or have a long commute to the studio?

Would you like a safe environment to accelerate your growth as a dancer?

This is an obtainable, once a month, eight-month commitment.

At the end of this intensive, you will have the skills under your hip belt necessary create and perform your own pieces. This is for all serious students who want hone performance skills (regardless of Belly Dance level or style). Successful graduates will have an opportunity to perform in our annual studio showcase.

 

 

How does it work?

Dancers are placed in small workgroups based on schedule availability and goals (maximum of 5 dancers per group).

The Group Performance Technique Intensive covers basic through advanced topics of performance including:

·        Selecting music & style

·        Musicality-understanding Middle Eastern music structure

·        Creating choreography

·        Creating character/stage presence

·        Stage dynamics

·        Dance dynamics to spice up your performance

·        Improvisation techniques

·        Choosing costuming

 

What will I receive?

ü  8 months of mentoring, personal feedback, small group support, homework, and growth!

ü  4 private lessons and 4 monthly small group workshops, in the tentative schedule as follows:

October 2017: Group Performance Technique Intensive 1 (1.5 hours)

November 2017: One-on-one hour-long private lesson with Amity

December 2017: Group Performance Technique Intensive 2 (1.5 hours)

January 2018: One-on-one hour-long private lesson with Amity

February 2018: Group Performance Technique Intensive 3 (1.5 hours)

March 2018: One-on-one hour-long private lesson with Amity

April 2018: Group Performance Technique Intensive 4 (1.5 hours)

May 2018: One-on-one hour-long private lesson with Amity (1.5 hours)

 

Testimonials:

" I wanted to thank you so much for the intensive program: it has really put me on a good path. Since moving to New England in 2011, I've done classes and workshops, but I had completely lost any sense of educational direction, and my sense of inspiration. I did not find it again until I came to you Ms. Amity and Raq On. Your intensive was the first time in three years that I felt a sense of direction in my development, a sense of purpose in my dance work, and generally free to explore my self expression at whatever level I happen to be. With the recital over, I am happy with what I accomplished and know exactly what I want to focus on improving. I have again found the path in my dance education, and will be pursuing it with enthusiasm in the coming months. I hope you get some well deserved rest. You truly do wonderful work in your teaching and your dancing and it was wonderful to meet your entire, beautiful community of students."  -A

"Amity's Performance Intensive program was rich, rewarding, and fruitful. It was exactly what I needed at a point where I felt I had hit a plateau with my dancing. After spending 7 years practicing strictly tribal style bellydance, I wanted more. I wanted the depth, the history, the culture...the soul of bellydance, all of which Amity helped me explore in the duration of the program. 

 
I had always thought, "well, there just aren't enough ________ classes, or _________ workshops around here," for me to go deeper, but I soon realized that the responsibility to grow was really all on me. This program does not focus heavily on technique, although Amity provides you with a series of truly invaluable private lessons in which you can get all the technique help you need. Rather, the program focuses on your unique journey with dance and where you want to go next in it. What is the next step for you? What is ONE goal you would like to achieve? Where is your heart calling you? She pushes you to be accountable for your growth, and gives you all of the tools you need to get there. 
 
This workshop, for me, was deep and personal. I spent a lot of my free time studying, practicing, and soaking in the abundance of wisdom and knowledge Amity provides because I knew that this was what I needed to get better--to push myself beyond Tribal. I performed my very first improv ~baladi style piece at the student showcase and couldn't have been happier with it. While it wasn't perfect, it was me, and it showed my growth. I am grateful to have had this experience, and even more grateful to have shared it with such a lovely group.I would highly recommend this program to any dancer looking to bring their dancing to the next level; not because they want to become masters at technique, but because their hearts are aching to do something deeper, richer, and more true to the soul of bellydance." -Kelsey
 
"I had a great time in the intensive, and more importantly (as a way to develop as a dancer) outside of the intensive. I had to dance on my own, study YouTube clips on my own, and think a lot in order to be ready for the in-person intensive sessions. Added to that was the one-on-one dance time with Amity where I could ask specific questions about the style of dance that interested me and how it was fitting on my body. I would simply not be where I am now if I had never had that extra motivation that signing up for the intensive game me. I very, very much recommend it for someone willing to work hard to grow." -Hannah
 

Level I: Introduction to Performance Technique

Level I is perfect for dancers who have never completed a solo, trying a new Belly Dance Style, or desire a personal coach and support of fellow committed dancers to help them get to the next level in their dance goals.

Here’s a snippet of what you’ll leave with:

·        How to select music and Belly Dance style specifically for you

·        An introduction to basic Middle Eastern music structure and musicality to help you dive into your piece and get that authentic feel.

·        Tips and helpful “tried and true” techniques on how to create choreography for yourself (without having a complete meltdown).

·        How to create a character or develop your personal stage presence

·        Staging dynamics to make your piece pop and yet not overwhelm your audience

·        Dance dynamics to spice up your performances without having overwhelming your piece with the “kitchen sink”

·        Improvisation techniques to allow you to not have to rely on choreography

·        Choosing costuming for your piece, body type, and style

Level II: A Deeper Dive into your Personal Performance Style

Based on requests from level I graduates, we’ve added a level II! Once you’ve gotten your feet wet in performing in our Level I course, we’ll dive deeper into your individual dance technique and style by applying more hands-on application in level II. Within your personal solos and individual lessons, Amity will assign more challenging personal goals and technique to help you grow as a dancer.

We’ll cover together:

·        Group drills to enhance your growth as a performer in a safe, non-competitive environment

·        How to create goals for performances to grow as a dancer

·        A deeper look at Middle Eastern Musicality, feeling, and structure  

·        Understanding sub-styles within each style of dance

·        A deeper dive into improvisation “on the fly”

·        How to connect emotion and power to your dance through movement variation and technique

 

What is the commitment?

This is an eight-month commitment. Dancers are expected to spend 1-2 hours a week applying skills to their individual solo, in addition to the monthly workshops and lessons. Your success is only limited by the amount of effort you put into your intensive.

What is the cost?

Performance Intensive Program Includes:

Dedicated Dancer Package (online or in person)

Raq-On Dance’s Student Handbook

X

Raq-On Dance Performance Intensive Workbook

X

Access to Raq-On Dance's Student Facebook Group

X

4 Performance Intensive classes with Amity Alize

X

Personal feedback on technique and growth

X

Video clip feedback, Skype or private lessons (up to 4 hours)

X

Dance Dynamic Card Deck & Online Class for practice

X

2 Hours of private studio rental for your personal practice

X

Raq-On Dance shirt of your choice

X

 Total cost

 $                 350.00

8-monthly autopay option

 $                   46.00

 

Please note: registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Autopays must be setup through our online registration program.

When does it start and how do I register?

Dancers must submit applications via email to raqondance@gmail.com by 10/1/2017. The Course begins October 2017with the first group meeting. Click here for application

 

 


 

 

 

 

 



History of Belly Dance Intensive (7 months)


This intensive is part sit down, part presentation, and part dancing. Over the course of seven months, you’ll be introduced to Middle Eastern History, Music, and Culture through four, three-hour long group meetings and sharing of information via a private Facebook group. Amity Alize will share her personal research on the dancers of the past, their history, and how their contributions shaped the dance we know today. By the end of the intensive, you will have a timeline of dance among the various countries including Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, and America. Dancers will be required to post homework online and attend four, three-hour long classes. Dancers are encouraged to pick a style, dancer, or era to research and present findings as part of an informal performance/presentation with the Folkloric Dance Intensive participants at the end of the course.

What does it cost?

The total cost is $175 or $28 per month on autopay. Please note: registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Autopays must be setup through our online registration program.

Meeting months: August, October, November & December 2017 (dates and times TBA once all applications have been received in order to find the best times for all participants).

When does it start and how do I register?

Dancers must submit applications via the online link below by 7/1/2017. The Course begins August 2017 with the first group meeting. Registration fees are non-refundable. Click here for application


Introduction to Folkloric Dances Intensive (7 months)


In this intensive, we’ll cover some common (and not so common) Folkloric Dance styles many Belly Dancers Incorporate into their sets. Dancers will be taught the history as well as the technique on dances from Upper Egypt (Assaya and Tahtib), Gulf (Khaleegy), Libya & Egypt (Hagallah), Lebanon (Debke), and more! Dancers will be required to post homework online via a private Facebook Group and attend four, three-hour long classes. Dancers are encouraged to select a folkloric dance to perform as part of an informal performance/presentation with the History of Belly Dance Intensive Participants at the end of the course.

What does it cost and what is included?

The total cost is $175 or $28 per month on autopay. Please note: registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Autopays must be setup through our online registration program.

Meeting months: August, October, November, & December 2017 (dates and times TBA once all applications have been received in order to find the best times for all participants).

When does it start and how do I register?

Dancers must submit applications via the online link below by 7/1/2017. The Course begins August 2017 with the first group meeting. Registration fees are non-refundable. Click here for application