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Salem discovered most of the participants in her classes were not seasoned dancers who studied the trifecta of dance (jazz, tap, ballet) since they were 3 years-old, rather her participants were grown women looking to try something different and exciting. Most of her students had not danced in any formal sense in many years but joined her class hoping to make new friends, learn a skill, and have fun! Through observation Salem realized everyone listens to music and understood basic music principles, even if they could not identify what they knew by name, but few students had professional dance training. As she began applying music theory and teaching from a musical perspective she saw a collective increase in the comprehension and abilities of her students. Salem’s teaching style is to approach ITS Belly Dance from musical, improvisational, and performance perspectives, which is a major focus of her workshops.

The 3/4 Shimmy - Who, What, Where, When, Why and How!

About
The 3/4 Shimmy has been called one of the most difficult moves in belly dance along belly rolls and belly flutters. However, unlike rolls and flutters, the novice belly dancer can become proficient with the 3/4 Shimmy in a short time. Salem’s unique musical perspective provides participants a new approach to this movement!

Prerequisites
  • Some belly dance experience is helpful.

Introduction to Balance Props for ITS BellyDance

About
Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines balance as an aesthetically pleasing integration of elements. Find your balance with Salem as you learn how to apply a variety of bellydances prop to the ITS Belly Dance vocabulary!


Prerequisites
  • Participants may bring their own round basket, balanced sword, jug, pot, pitcher, round tray, round platter, balanced cane, or candleholder (not a Shamadan).
  • Extras will props will be available.
  • Slow movements: Taxeem/Maya, Camel, Torso Twist

Musicality and Phrasing in ITS BellyDance

About
This workshop discusses how to implement improvisational elements of ITS Belly Dance to any type of music. Salem uses her extensive background in improvisational music performance to teach participants how to map songs and coordinate movements non-verbally to make it look like you did this on purpose!

Prerequisites
  • Participants should know how to zil Basic Three pattern
  • Fast movements: Egyptian Basic, Hip Bump, Arabic
  • Slow movements: Taxeem/Maya, Camel, Torso Twist


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