You're ready to take your dance skills to the next level. Break out your favorite hipscarf, dust off those zills, and get ready to grow!
-Group Classes & Online Classes
-Private lessons & coaching in person or via skype
-Workshops @Raq-On or at your location
-Developing a dance education plan and goal-setting
ONGOING WEEKLY CLASSES LIVE & ONLINE
Did you know you can attend any of our regular, ongoing weekly classes via skype? Register for our regular classes and let us know that you'd like a skype option, and voila!
HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION?
Raq-On Dance provides classes on six-7 week sessions per year, with a week break between each session to provide free taster classes for current or curious students.
SIGN ME UP! HOW DO I REGISTER?
Each seven-week session is $99. Drop-ins are $15 per class. There is a discount for purchasing an annual class subscription. A confirmation email with dancer handbook and directions will be sent to you within 24 hours of registration. All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Makeup classes are allowed by attending another class time during the same session.
Pay Online: Pay via the paypal link below (credit and debit cards accepted),
Mail check: Please make out to Raq-On Dance, 31 Hanover St Suite 5 Lebanon, NH 03766
Pay via credit card over phone: Please call (603) 304-8676
BELLY DANCE LEVEL II
MONDAYS: 6:45-8:00 P.M. with Amity Alize
TUESDAYS: 5:30-6:45 P.M. with Amity Alize
This class is geared to those who have taken Beginner I or have obtained instructor approval to transfer from other studios and instructors. In this class we continue to work on drilling movements while adding combinations, isolations, layering, and various dance steps in order to build you dance vocabulary. Please bring your zills (finger cymbals) and veil (loaners available at every class). Most people enjoy this level from one year to three.
LEVEL III INTERMEDIATE CLASSES
This class is for the serious student who has achieved a level II status. We'll work on individual growth while focusing not just on technique and drills, but different styles, props, history, and performance methods. All dancers are required to work on solos (whether you perform them out of class is completely up to you). You must be willing to take constructive criticism from your instructor work as a team player with your peers. Please note, in order to join this class, you must get instructor permission and take level II for at least two semesters. Minimum of 6 students in order to hold class
SPECIAL TOPIC CLASSES
TUESDAYS: 7:00-8:15 P.M. with Amity Alize
Open to all dancers with at least some beginner class experience and above. Limited to 12 dancers per class.
Session 4: June 23rd-August 4th: Egyptian Stylings & Nuance
Egyptian style is one of the most popular styles of Belly Dance today. This style relies heavily on the music to define the emotion of the dance (also known as Tarab). Egyptian dance has evolved significantly over the last forty years. You'll start with learning basic Egyptian techniques from the Golden Era and work up to modern stylings such as weight changes, internalizing movements, and combinations. Beautiful Egyptian music. will help you feel your way into the style.
Session 5: August 18th-Sept 29th: Musicality & Improvisation Part II
Back by popular request and as a follow up to last year's Musicality and Improvisation Part I, we'll continue our breakdown of musicality. You'll learn how to apply these methods to your dance and be comfortable improvising to the most common rythmns and maqams dancers hear.
Session 6: October 13th-December 1st (no classes Thanksgiving week): Pops, Locks, & Accents
Giving power to your performances, these muscular and grounded movements are a great addition to your hipbelt. We'll practice creating pops, locks, and accents from various areas and strentgh techniques.
WEEKEND WORKSHOPS 2014
Open to all dancers with at least some beginner class experience and above. Limited to 12 dancers per workshop.
Sundays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 day of
July 27th: Amazing Arms & Hands
We'll work on creating beautiful lines and controlling those wavering limbs while moving, transitioning, dancing in place, and more!
September 14th: Shimmering Shimmies & Combos
Eat your Wheaties for this one, folks! We'll go over various types of shimmies and movement generation so you can shimmy seamlessly anywhere in combinations.
Sept 28th: Using Dance Dynamics to Choreograph & Structure Improvisation Regardless of Dance Style
We'll walk through Amity Alize's teaching method of creating dances, regardless of whether you improvise, choreograph, block out your performances, or dance in your kitchen. This is our bestselling, eye-opening experience offered at Raq-On Dance. Perfect for dancers who know 5 or 500 movements!
As students we learn dance in different ways: visually by watching, hands on by doing/practicing, and finally by hearing the music and connecting to the embedded emotion. Most dancers find it too overwhelming to tackle all of these methods at once and get frustrated or even shut down. Stop beating yourself up! We don’t learn to walk by trying to run, do we? We feel the ground, find our balance, and take baby steps until we have enough practice and courage to take off running. Soon, you'll no longer need to memorize combinations you learned in workshops or from other dancers. You'll have your own unique movement vocabulary that you can pull from memory at the flick of a zill!
October 19th: Zills 101 & Combinations
Learn to tame those brass bells while working on transitions, combinations, and body lines in this workshop. We have extra zills to lend!
PERFORMANCE INTENSIVE PROGRAM
Limited to only 4 dancers, program offered once a year
APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1st, 2014.
Can be done as a hybrid online/in person program!
Raq-On’s Performance Skills Intensive Program
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?
You can accomplish all of these with a once a month, eight-month commitment to our program. At the end of this intensive, you will have the necessary skills under your hip belt to create and perform your own pieces. The intensive program is for committed students who want sharpen performance skills (regardless of Belly Dance level or style). Successful graduates will perform their pieces at our annual student showcase and receive a framed certificate of completion.
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, based on two levels:
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” fataility.
· 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 will I receive?
-8 months of mentoring, personal feedback, small group support, homework, and growth
-Private Facebook Group with weekly postings of videos, resources, and “extra credit”
-50+ page Performance Intensive Workbook full of resources, homework, and self-assessments
-4 private lessons and 4 monthly small group workshops, in the tentative schedule as follows:
October: Group Performance Technique Intensive #1 (1.5 hours)
November: One-on-one hour-long private lesson with Amity
December: Group Performance Technique Intensive #2 (1.5 hours)
January: One-on-one hour-long private lesson with Amity
February: Group Performance Technique Intensive #3 (1.5 hours)
March: One-on-one hour-long private lesson with Amity
April: Group Performance Technique Intensive #4 (1.5 hours)
May: One-on-one hour-long private lesson with Amity (1.5 hours)
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 if I live far away from Raq-On Dance Studio?
No problem! We can Skype you in for any portion of this program as long as you have a high-speed internet connection.
What is the cost?
The cost for the entire intensive including small group sessions, handouts, and private lessons/coaching is only $250. If you were to purchase each offering separately, the value would be over $300. We want to keep this as affordable as possible, so the cost may be broken down into two payments of $125; the first payment is due at time of acceptance into the program, with the remained due by the end of December. Please note Registration fees are non-refundable.
How do I sign up?
Registrations are due by September 1st, 2014 in order to place individuals by September 15th, 2014.
Still not sure?
Here’s what past participants have said:
"At some point in a student’s dance progression, there comes a time when we have to begin creating our own pieces to perform. This class was the perfect link between going from student to beginning performers. This Intensive outlined the necessary steps to achieve a finished piece within a scheduled period of time. Structured time as a group as well as personal one on one with the instructor offered two ways of support during this creative process. This is a must have class if you are truly interested in becoming a performer and need a structure supportive place to start."-S.D.
"The Performance Intensive Course is a great way to learn more about many different aspects of Middle Eastern Dance. If you are a “beginner”, don’t think this class is over your head or not meant for you. As a “baby belly” I thought this type of instruction might be a bit much for me. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I learned a great deal about different styles of dance, different ways of presentation, costuming and music. This course helped me figure out what types of dance and music I am drawn to – some of which was surprising! Above all, I was able to gain a great deal of confidence in myself and the group sessions with other women made me realize that no matter what stage of your life you enter this dance at – you find common ground and a camaraderie with other women no matter what your style, age, or ability level. I highly recommend you explore this wonderful opportunity." -L.M.
PRIVATE LESSONS & SKILL ASSESSMENTS
Gain priceless individual feedback and instruction. Experienced dancers know that you can learn more in an hour of one-on-one with an instructor than you can learn in many group classes. For dancers at any level, take advantage of this time for personal feedback & constructive critique, specific style study, performance dynamics, dance history, and technique cleanup, bringing your dance to the next level.
For your benefit, we highly suggest that you complete a private lesson/personal assessment before moving to a new class level. This will help you target your goals, strengths, and weaknesses.
31 Hanover Street Suite 5
Lebanon, NH 03766