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Ishra’s classes are positive, supportive and empowering – a place where you can connect joyfully and powerfully with others and yourself. Enjoy the swirl of faces, the twinkling of hip scarves and laughter, and above all, the exquisite, mesmerizing movement of Middle Eastern Dance. You will learn to be present in your body, to feel its balanced, centered strength, and enhance your natural flow and grace.
With Ishra you will build a strong foundation in classical Egyptian style (Raqs Sharqi) in her intro classes and then will proceed to learn many different folkloric dance forms from the Middle East, as well as using props such as veil, cane, finger cymbals (zills, sagat), sword, and fusion in her intermediate and advanced classes. She enjoys watching her students grow, encouraging self-expression and fusion, as well as preserving traditional Middle Eastern dance and music. If you're looking for pure exercise without progressive belly dance technique and choreography, try her Fusion Fit cardio or her new Kelani® dance classes!
Classes start in September and are divided into fall, winter, and spring sessions. Students will learn moves and combinations that will be incorporated into choreographies that will be presented to family and friends at a beautiful student showcase in June: the Belly Blush Student Showcase. Over the summer, Ishra will offer multilevel mini-sessions or intensive workshops.
Ishra offers numerous levels of classes in a variety of styles. Find the one that’s right for you! Or enroll in two or more classes to receive special discounts and develop your skills even quicker!
CURRENT CLASS OFFERINGS
Join Ishra, bonafide technique geek, for a series of technique classes which will delve deeper into the body and movements! Improve your technique and understand these smooth movements on a deeper level with detailed breakdowns, concepts and drills by diving into the nitty gritty of 1-2 movements per week. Great for beginners to understand the base layers of movements and amazing for advanced dancers looking to enhance their knowledge, technical ability and body awareness.
3 Course Meal on the Menu (for each week):
- Repetition Drill
- Topped off with a Sweet Combo
Week One - June 15th - 7-8PM EST
Undulations & Bodywaves
Week Two - June 22 - 7-8PM EST
Mayas & Fishies
Week Three - June 29 - 7-8PM EST
Figure 8 & One-Sided Hip Circle
$15/class - sliding scale options available.
Enrich your dance skills and cultural knowledge of bellydance with Ishra’s 4 week summer intensives! Two different levels to choose from - see descriptions below.
INTRO TO ARABIC FOLKLORE: RHYTHMS AND MOVES
This 4 week summer session is an intensive introduction to Folklore dance! Great for the newbie/beginner or fusion dancer looking to enrich their knowledge of Arabic music and dance. Ishra will cover 4 iconic rhythms, explain the cultural context, and teach some basic moves for each one.
Tuesdays, July 7 - Aug 4 (no intensives July 21)5:00-6:30 pm EST
$100 for all four | $30 drop-in
Intermediate/Advanced (All levels welcome, but it will be challenging. Minimum of 1 year dance experience recommended)
I’ve been spending time in nature, walking through the woods and attuning to the elements. My Summer Intensives will be an exploration of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Understanding and expressing the different aspects of each Element through concepts, combos, technique breakdown and most importantly, play. Bringing the outdoors in. Join me as we dance beyond the walls.
July 7 - Earth - Embodying the grounded, solid energy of Earth. Powerful hips, rooted movement and secure footwork.
July 14 - Air - Experience the expansiveness of Air through circles, spins and arm patterns.
July 27 (no class July 21) - Water - Feeling the fluidity of water. Ebb and flow, shimmies and liquid movement.
August 4 - Fire - Fueling the intensity of Fire with moves that stab and ignite. Flamenco/Latina inspired fusion combos will be explored.
$130 for all four / $36 single intensive
TO REGISTER, EMAIL ISHRABLANCO@YAHOO.CA
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