Solidify the foundational isolations necessary for strong belly dance technique!
Taking your dance back to the basics with regularity is key to honing your technique at all levels.
The majority of our belly dance vocabulary is made up of just a handful of isolations that when paired together create the rich tapestry of the dance. Master these basic isolations, and you are well on your way to mastering all of the movements more effectively.
Dedication to the basics will keep all of your dancing more finely tuned than if you were to pass up the basics in favor of more complex movement ideas all of the time. It will also help you learn new movement more efficiently and will help your body retrieve both simple and complex movements more effortlessly.
While we are easily tempted to focus on the latest and greatest movements on the scene, reveling and savoring the basic elements of belly dance will give your dancing a sophisticated and timeless energy that you and your audience will love.
This course will take you through 8 foundational isolations that are the basics building blocks of many of our dance movements. This is a perfect place to begin your dance and the place you want to return to time and again to continue to hone your movements.
Here you will find a detailed breakdown of the isolations you need for the drill, an in-depth explanation of the drill itself and two versions of the drill for you to dance along to: A four-minute mid-tempo version and a longer, faster 14 minute drill that will help you work up a sweat a conquer the isolations at a faster tempo.
Join me on the dance floor to hone your basics and see where it takes all of your dance!
Sahira is a lifelong performer and has studied music, drama and dance since the age of two. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to the art of belly dance and her favorite thing in the world is to share the dance with others. She has trained in both Egyptian and Tribal style belly dance as well as Modern and West African and loves to incorporate all of these influences in her art. Sahira is a lifelong musician and head over heels crazy about the zills. She is known for her warm and inviting energy and her tendency towards the ridiculous.
In 2005, Sahira released her first instructional DVD, ”Arabian Spices“ and has since then been invited to teach and perform across the USA as well as Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Canada, and Taiwan. In 2006 she had the honor of being the first tribal instructor ever invited to teach at the largest belly dance festival in the world: Ahlan We Sahlan, in Cairo, Egypt. In 2007 Sahira released two more instructional DVDs: ”Ali“ and ”Bella Donna Ya Helwa.” In 2011 she teamed up with Silvia Salamanca to release the DVD “Spanish Gypsy Passion“ and “Urban Gypsy Folkloric Combinations” was released in the Summer of 2013.
When in Houston, Sahira directs BellaDonna Dance Company, voted Houston ’s Best Belly Dancers by the Houston Press. She is also founder and director of Houston’s premiere Tribal Style troupe, Urban Gypsy.
“I love belly dancing! Seriously… I did not ever set out to be a professional belly dancer, but since dedicating the last 20 years of my life to it, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I was an engineer by training before starting my first belly dance class – which just goes to show that anyone can learn this beautiful dance!
What I love best about teaching – and I’ve had the opportunity to work with students all over the world – is watching a student grow into their dance – from that first “ah-ha” moment, to seeing them dance with a confidence that they never thought they had. This dance is so wonderfully empowering and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. I’ve gained balance, confidence, poise, and come to appreciate my body and who I am… and you can too!
People have described my classes as “clear and easy to follow”, “approachable”, “a fabulous workout”. My science background comes out in my attention to detail and the way I break the movements down into their smallest component parts.
I look forward to helping others all over the world to learn and love this dance that means so much to me.
See you on the dance floor!”