Lotus Belly Dance

Where the Spirit of Dance Blooms!

what to wear to class

Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that allows your movements to be seen.  Hip scarf is optional, but wearing one allows you to see and hear your moves. Students typically dance barefoot, with socks, or flat dance shoes with a smooth/suede bottom. 


Class descriptions

weekly class schedule 2017

Open Class

Good opportunity to stop in and ask questions about technique or classes, current students can get additional warm up time and practice.  

 

Beginner Level
This class will give you the basic fundamentals you need, and we're going to put them together for you in a fun beginner choreography!  This class runs in a 4 week session and we learn a new part of the choreography each week.  By the end of the session you will have an entire choreography to show family and friends.
Recommended for the beginner student or newbie.

Intermediate Level
This class stretches the basic fundamentals of Beginner technique, and adds new and more complex movement.  The classes run in a 4 week session and will include a choreography.  We will introduce and use props with your dance technique, discuss musicality, and further expand on the knowledge bellydance culture. 
Note: Must have instructor permission to join this class.

Advanced Level
This class stretches the basic fundamentals of Beginner and Intermediate technique, and adds new and more complex movement. The classes run in a 4 week session and will include a choreography. We will expand the use of props with your dance technique, musicality, and knowledge bellydance history and culture.
Note: Must have instructor permission to join this class.

All Levels Drills
This class takes all levels and drill common moves being taught at each level, or moves that you are interested in working on.  Technique is broken down a little more and time is taken to examine correct movement.  Great class for when you want to tune up your technique!


Datura Style Tribal Fusion

What is Datura Style? Datura Style is an umbrella term that encompasses both a technique method and a dance vocabulary that can be used for both choreography and improvisation.


The aesthetic presentation for Datura’s vocabulary is inspired by: 
1. Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour’s belly dance technique in the video Suhaila Dances for the Sultan.

2. Masha Archer’s approach to “moving sculptural composition,” 

3. Carolena Nericcio’s polished and organized placement of the body and presentation of improvisational vocabulary for groups,

4. Jill Parker’s posture and serpentine technique, 

5. John Compton’s humor, 

6. Mardi Love’s dedication to quality materials.


Datura Style has emerged from Rachel Brice’s work studying, analyzing, integrating, combining, and distilling these influences in pursuit of a unique expression and stylization in the dance world. 


The approach to conditioning for this style is inspired by:
1. The preparation for African-Hatian dance by Kathrine Dunham, called Dunham Technique,

2. Viniyoga’s approach to sequencing and biomechanics (the peanut butter), paired with 

3. Stott Pilates’

5 Basic Principles of awareness for biomechanics (the jelly) of movement

4. Horton Technique’s approach to dance training using“studies” as technique choreographies, and

5. The Jazz approach to a naming convention for dance.


Classes include brief warm up and finishing practices, and usually include both technique and vocabulary topics.
©Rachel Brice 2016

All levels invited!

Our Location - classes at carolina dance capital

12210 copper way, Charlotte

Class Schedule Starting August 28 (check back for updates!)


Tuesdays:
8pm - 9pm ~ All Levels Belly Dance Drills


Thursdays

Please note there there will not be classes on the following days: Oct 12, November 9, Dec 14

7pm - 8:15pm ~ Intermediate Belly Dance
8:15pm - 9:15pm ~ Datura Style Belly Dance

Saturdays
9:30 - 10:15am ~ Open Class
10:15am - 11:15am ~ Advanced Belly Dance
11:30am - 12:30am ~ Beginner Belly Dance