Fabulous Fan Veils - A 5 Week Choreography Intensive

Grace, power, excitement and mystery are yours in this 5-week hybrid intensive choreography course!

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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS COURSE.

Are you a dancer who loves the idea of performing exciting and engaging dances with a beautiful belly dance prop?


Do you sometimes struggle with what to do with your arms within the dance and are looking for a way to strengthen your arm movements and expand the creativity of their pathways?


Are you ready to dive into a unique online hybrid learning experience that combines the best of on-demand video learning with the personal touch of live online classes to ensure you get what you need to succeed?


Join me for this "Fabulous Fan Veil" 5-week choreography intensive to get all of that and more as we flutter, flourish and turn through a beautiful and exciting fan veil choreography that is a spell-binding addition to any dancer's repertoire.


Learning this choreography was a personal challenge for me because I had never danced using a fan like the one used in this one.
Sahira masterfully broke it down step by step and made it possible for me to learn it and perform it with confidence.
I remember spending a lot of time practicing and actually getting it!
I love the music and the dramatic arm movements, something about the flow was very satisfying and soothing to me and dancing it gives me a sense of emergence and freedom.
There are some technically challenging moves in the choreography and mastering them definitely gave me a sense of accomplishment too.
This is a timeless piece and performing it NEVER gets old. Looking for to performing it over and over again!

- Corinna

Here's what to expect from this course.

I absolutely love your energy and teaching style, and have been following you on social media. I just enrolled in your online studio course. You have been a HUGE inspiration to me lately.

- Megg

Learning the moves is only part of the adventure...


This choreography intensive will give you all the tools you need to successfully learn this beautiful piece in a supportive and engaging environment.


Weekly video lessons combined with live Zoom classes and an online private support group creates a community in which you can find support, share resources and celebrate your wins with other dancers working together by your side.


And once you have the movements under your belt we will move beyond them to begin to add LIFE to the choreography. We will dive into the real heart of the dance and talk about emotion, breath, texture and theatricality - the elements that make things really juicy.



I've had the honor and the privilege over the last 21 years to work with hundreds of dancers of varying levels of experience and I've found one thing to be universally true.


The dancer with heart is the dancer that entertains and engages the audience most, no matter their level of technical expertise.


Want to be that dancer? I invite you to join me for this one-of-a-kind course and take a giant step towards achieving your goal!




Check out the choreography here!

A sneak peek into the fabulousness that's in store for you when you join.


Sahira, I want to thank you! Because your teaching was with me during a rough time and helped me with healing. And now I am having so much fun with all the new possibilities!

- Sage Rose


You have two choices when signing up for this intensive - the Hybrid Format or a Self-Paced Study Option.


OPTION 1: Hybrid Intensive Format

  • 5 weeks of on-demand video content released one week at a time to keep your practice paced and accountable.
  • A Facebook group for connection, feedback, additional resources and questions
  • Five weekly live Zoom lessons (time to be determined by intensive participants.)
  • Course runs from April 11 - May 16

OPTION 2: Self-Paced Study

  • 5 weeks of on-demand video content that you can work through at your own pace. All the technique and choreography content will be available beginning April 11. Bonus emotion & theatricality videos will be released at the end of April.
  • Course runs from April 11 - May 16


ABOUT THE REAL-TIME HYBRID INTENSIVE FORMAT


Are you tired of spending money on an online class just to have it slip to the back burner when life gets busy?


Are you done making investments that you don't have the incentive to complete?


Do you enjoy the online course format but miss the personal interaction and ability to ask questions as you work through the material?


Me too! And I've designed this new online intensive to address all of these issues.


This online real-time format is designed with the "flipped classroom" methodology being used in many top universities and institutes of learning. Within the course I will be offering the recorded content at the beginning of each week for you to work through and review as many times as you would like. At the end of each the week we will have a 45 minute live class on Zoom to work through questions and dance the material together. (Time to be decided based on all student's availability).


The online real-time format also not only ensures that you will take the time to access and actually use the course you've purchased but it will also give you the opportunity to dive deeper with me by your side as you learn.


The end result? A new choreography that you've actually learned in just five weeks!


Week one will be open to you upon registration and the course will officially begin on April 11th. You will have one week to work through the material as many times as you'd like before we meet for class at the end of the week.


After the week one live class the week one videos will be removed and week two will come online. At the end of the second week we will meet for review and questions, then week two will be taken off-line and week three will be released. (See the pattern?)


If you are anything like me, having a deadline keeps you on task and moving! Using this format you will have the incentive each week to work through the material, since it won't be around forever. The hybrid recorded/live flipped classroom system will give you the opportunity to take your time working through the combinations as many times as you'd like so you can ask the specific questions you need to succeed when we meet live.


This dancer tested and approved system gives you all the advantages you need to succeed!


Find joy and community in your online learning process and join me for this exciting choreographic adventure.


The Hybrid Choreography Intensive format has been the best thing since sliced bread. I love that I can learn at my own speed, spending extra time on moves that are more difficult for me, not holding up others in a class or not really getting it because I don't want to slow down the rest of the class. With this format, I can spend the time I need on the choreography and figure out where I am having problems or have questions. Being able to work on this as I have the time through the week is awesome. Life happens and to have a week to do my homework with the commitment that I have a weekly deadline really works for busy schedules and things that happen that are out of your control. Each week, I look forward to the group meeting. It is nice to listen to your fabulous tips, and there is so much to learn from the questions that others ask that I just didn't think about. Not to mention how great it is to connect with others from all over the world. This is my first experience with live online classes. It worries me that I have started with the best experience, and that now, I'm just spoiled.

- Roxy J.


WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ENROLL IN THE FULL HYBRID INTENSIVE*


We will be working through this course in real time over five weeks - from April 11 until May 16 - which will keep you on task and accountable.


This course includes an online private Facebook community of dancers all working on this material in unison. This is an additional place to ask questions, share ideas and gain support. I will be there dancing alongside you the entire time as well as answering your questions and being your biggest cheerleader!


Your enrollment includes all 5 weeks of recorded technique and combinations material to learn the choreography in full as well as 5 live class sessions to ask questions and allow me to interact with you personally as you work through the material. These sessions will be recorded and added to the online package for your review and for anyone unable to attend live.


After the course is over you will retain access to the final walk-through review of the choreography as well as the written notes. You will also be given an option to upgrade to lifetime access to the course for an additional fee.


*With this course you also have the option to enroll in a self-paced version of the intensive that includes five weeks of access to the recorded content if that's more your jam!

I can’t rave enough about Sahira. I loved the weekly lesson system as well. It keeps you focused and accountable. This is not a course that you buy and put off completing for years (we’ve all done it). This system makes it a breeze to invest just a couple hours a week into your dance and you come out with a dazzling choreography. It’s a wonderful feeling!

- Ashley

A fabulous dance adventure awaits you! Join today and begin your journey towards an exciting and joy filled dance life now!


I cannot wait to share the dance floor with you.



Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course begins on April 11th and ends on May 16. Each week you will be given access to a new set of videos that teaches all the technique and combinations you need for that week's live Zoom class. There will also be one week that is a review of the entire course content and a week dedicated to emotion and theatricality.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me within the first 7 days and I will give you a full refund.
When do the live Zoom classes happen?
We will take time in the first week of class to decide on a live class meeting time based on all student's availability. But don't worry! If you are unable to attend for any reason the live class will be recorded and included in the course content here on Teachable.
Do I have to attend the live Zoom classes?
No you don't! If you prefer to work through the course on your own, you can choose the Self-Study option for purchase. If you would like access to the live class recordings and Facebook group, please choose the Hybrid Intensive option for the most complete experience.

Your Instructor


Sahira
Sahira

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 “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 Hips.

Sahira says:

“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!”


This course is closed for enrollment.

You have two choices when signing up for this intensive - the Hybrid Format or a Self-Paced Study Option.


OPTION 1: Hybrid Intensive Format

  • 5 weeks of on-demand video content released one week at a time to keep your practice paced and accountable.
  • A Facebook group for connection, feedback, additional resources and questions
  • Five weekly live Zoom lessons (time to be determined by intensive participants.)
  • Course runs from April 11 - May 16


OPTION 2: Self-Paced Study

  • 5 weeks of on-demand video content that you can work through at your own pace. All the technique and choreography content will be available beginning April 11. Bonus emotion & theatricality videos will be released at the end of April.
  • Course runs from April 11 - May 16