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ArtFit Bellydance Lubbock
Bellydance is an ancient form of dance that has been performed by women for centuries as ritual and art. Yet, the beauty of this dance has not diminished with time. It has become even more exquisite as its intricacies have changed and adapted to modern music and concept. Bellydance is a uniquely powerful and feminine form of dance.
The movements are natural to the female body, although, in the beginning it may not feel that way. The process of learning to bellydance strengthens the core, abs, legs, arms and shoulders while increasing heart rate and burning calories. It improves the body while teaching grace, femininity, and strength. Beginning a bellydance class can feel intimidating, but most people begin class with no dance experience. It takes about six weeks for the body to respond the way you may want, but it is worth the effort.
Bellydance varies in style from country to country and changes with music popularity and, even, pop culture. ArtFit offers two styles of bellydance: Classical Egyptian and American Tribal Style Belly Dance known as ATS. We offer beginners classes in both of these styles.
Our beginner/intermediate class starts out focusing on body awareness, posture, and basic movement of the style of belly dance you choose. The classes is for everyone, and no experience is necessary.We start with fundamental body mechanics and turn it into beautiful fluid movement. You will learn the basic movements that are inherent to bellydance and that will provide you with the tools that you will need to begin to dance. Once you learn the basic moves of the style you chose, you then will begin to put them together into choreographed drills and combination.
We continue challenging our student with our advanced classes available. We will explore the concepts and movement inherent in the dance style. Advanced students focus on performance-ready curriculum. This level explores the Concepts of Dance that are found in all powerful and intriguing dances as well as prepares the dancers for performance opportunities. At AtFit, we strive to offer bellydance to women in Lubbock as an activity to improve your health as well as an opportunity to participate in an art form that women have been sharing for centuries.
Egyptian style bellydance is recognized by it’s elegant and graceful movement coupled with intricate hip and torso isolation and perfectly placed accents. This style has been heavily influenced by the body placement and staging of European ballet and the intricate and orchestrated style of classical Egyptian music. It is the culmination of centuries of indigenous dance, orchestrated music and European influence. The result is elegant, fluid, and feminine movement that is exalted by the intricacies of classical Egyptian music.
Exploring Egyptian Style Foundations
(Beginner / Intermediate) Explore the technique behind the foundational movements of Raqs Sharqi, also known as Classical Egyptian Belly Dance.
This class introduces you to the glamour and excitement that is the “Egyptian” style bellydance. Students will begin by enhancing body awareness and muscle control through body isolations, and move on to learn different belly dance movements and begin to combine them together in choreographed drills and combinations. Dancers are introduced to the different Egyptian music styles and rhythms in a fun in a nurturing and supportive environment!
The advanced Egyptian style bellydance class is designed to be inspiring to the ladies who have conquered bellydance movement and have a basic understanding of the style.
This class teaches more intricate combinations and movement while striving to perfect these skills. The focus of the classes, however, is the techniques involved in effective improvisation, helping students explore their personal dance styles, and an in-depth understanding and presentation of dance concepts. This is a performance preparation class that consists of advanced level movement, choreography, and zilling with a focus on soloing, music breakdown, stage presence and dance theory.
*Exploring Egyptian Style Foundations class is a prerequisite
Bellydance as an art form
This series of classes is full of information for the person who is truly interested in dance as a passion and an art form. It is presented in a fun and relaxed atmosphere that is as enjoyable to the hobbyist as it is to the serious dancer. The classes are formated to give the students exercise as well as a fundamental understanding of bellydance. Many of our bellydance students continue with classes long term, as a part of their lifestyle, always finding new ways to move their bodies and explore dance.
Tribal Dance was formed in California during the early 80’s. It is an Americanized version of Belly Dance that has the influence and feel of old eastern dance. It is an intermingling of movements from across the Middle East, India and Spain. This dance style was created for improvisational group choreography. Tribal fusion has an earthy and eclectic feel. Our Tribal Fusion style is founded in the American Tribal Style movement but with an updated twist. We also teach and perform the modern evolution of this style which has a modern Gothic fee that is reminiscent of performance art and is very popular with younger dancers. This contemporary branch of bellydance has a wide range of style and concept. The more traditional tribal style dance has an eclectic and old world feel. The modern fusion is more industrial and artistic. We explore the entire range of style and music, Tribal bellydance has something everyone will enjoy.
Introduction to Tribal Style
This class is a belly dance fusion class based in American Tribal Style Belly Dance known as ATS or Fat Chance Belly Dance Style. It was formed by Carolena Nericco in 1987 and has since become popular worldwide. It is set apart from other bellydance styles through its fusion with other folkloric dance styles and its group improvisation method.
This class introduces you to the world of Tribal bellydance. Students start out by learning the fundamentals of belly dance isolations, then move on to learn the steps of ATS 1 and 2. Dancers will be introduced to the concept of group improvisation including cue turns and transitions in order to be able to lead the group or follow follow along. This team style builds dance community and comradery.
This class takes Tribal Dance to the stage. It teaches more complicated combinations and increases the degree of group work, adding elements of staging and formation changes. It consists of advanced Tribal movement, combinations, zilling, props and skirt work along with Tribal formation. These style require strength and stamina that students have been building throughout the prerequisite dance courses. Dancers will learn ATS steps in level 3 and 4 and perfect leading group and improvisational dance.
*Introduction to Tribal Style is a prerequisite.
A Sense of Community
Tribal fusion dance is formulated to provide a sense of community. All dancers must work together, in unison, to achieve the final product, a complete improvisational performance.