Online and In-person Belly Dance and Romani (Gypsy) Dance
Classes and Workshops
Dance is a journey through life with always more to learn – allow me to share my over 30 years of experiences of studying, performing and teaching Middle Eastern / Belly Dance and Romani (Gypsy) Dances. Enhance your technique and add to your skills and love of dance and music through fun, energetic, and educational classes and workshops with respect for all. History and Culture will be discussed in each class
Online classes and workshops are on Zoom, payments for classes are made through PayPal to email@example.com .
I will be teaching Mixed Level Belly Dance Classes, starting September 16th, 2023
I will also be teaching Rumba Flamenca and Zambra Classes starting September 14th 2023
Classes will be held at Community School of Music and Arts in Ithaca, NY.
contact: csma-ithaca.org to sign up for classes
Turkish Oryantal (Belly Dance)
Turkish Oryantal – Turkish style Belly Dance is an exciting, energetic, joyful Dance with a large vocabulary of movements. Performance of this style of dance has many exciting elements such as dancing with veils, floor work, drum solos and more all to fabulous rhythms / rhythmic structures like Çiftetelli, a variety of 9/8’s, 2/4, 4/4
Turkish Roman (Gypsy)
Turkish Roman (Gypsy) Dance – this dance of the Turkish Roma people is improvisational and danced in the community at weddings or other gatherings. The 9/8 rhythm in all of the variations is a favorite of Turkish Roma. Characteristics of the dance are gestures which often reflect their daily life, such as playing a musical instrument
Spanish Romani / Calé
Zambra & Rumba Flamenca
Zambra (THAM-brah) is a Flamenco Woman’s dance born in the caves of the Albaicin, the living quarters of the RomaCalé (Gypsies) of Granada. These dances are one of the favorite showpieces in their performances for tourists. A compas of 4/4 and played at a variety of tempos it is beautiful to dance to.
Rumba Flamenca -a solo dance that is light hearted (chico) and fun. The rhythmic cycle (compas) is in four or eight count phrases, the Rumba rhythm was adopted by the Romani (Gypsies) after it arrived from Cuba in the early 20th century as Rumba Flamenca. It is thought that Flamenco itself might have originally influenced Cuban Rumba. It is an example of acculturation of the music and dance of two different cultures, making a hybrid that is thoroughly entertaining.
Russian Romani (Gypsy) Dance
Intricate footwork originally defined this dance as it was danced to the beautiful Russian Roma music. Later dancers added skirt movements using very full skirts as well as dancing with shawls. Russian Roma Music is characterized by the seven string guitar and it has some similarity to Flamenco guitar music.
Oriental (Belly Dance) & Romani (Gypsy) Dance
Part Lecture – Part Creating – Oriental Dance or Belly Dance and Romani (Gypsy) dances are improvisational dances, but having said that, there are several reasons to choreograph our dance. We get nervous on stage and might forget moves and choreography might help to remind us what to do next, we might want to be more organized with our dance to give it that polished look, or we are dancing with another person or a troupe and we need to be dancing as a unit, or you are a dance teacher, and this will help your students learn how to put moves together.