WHAT: In this 5 week course we will focus on fun fusion technique and dynamic combinations , while also working on a semi-ambidextrous zilling technique. Playing finger cymbals, or zills, while dancing is a wonderful way to connect to the music on a deeper level. Working on developing dexterity in both hands is an additional challenge. This fusion class is open level, where lots of layers of both dance and zilling will be offered, leaving you to choose how hard you want to challenge yourself. Please bring your own finger cymbals, otherwise, you can buy a pair for $10.
WHEN: Thursdays 6.00-7.30pm, July 19-August 16
COST: $125, $100 monthly pass student
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Bellyqueen School, 440 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003
Studio 4C on the 4th Floor
WHO: Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as drawing. Since 2001, Irina explored Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance, Flamenco and Classical Indian dances (focusing mainly on Odissi) and now enjoys fusing these styles as well as everything in between. Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist and as member of various stellar projects. She released three instructional DVDs with World Dance New York and has two instructional series of videos with the popular website “Howcast.com”. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and has a strong interest in women’s issues and visual arts. www.DanceIrina.com
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