2018 Bellyqueen 40 hr Teacher Training

Friday, January 26-28, 2018

This 40-hour course is ideal for serious students, current and aspiring teachers. Participants who pass the written and practical exam and practice teach a minimum of 20 hours outside of the training will be awarded a Bellyqueen Teacher Training certificate of completion, others will receive a certificate of attendance. Deepen your bellydance practice and understanding of teaching tools, anatomy, history, culture, music, business and more with this training.

January 26th-28th, February 2nd-4th  (2 weekend format)
January 26th 6.30-9.30pm (3 hrs)
January 27th 10am-8pm (9 hrs)
January 28th 10am-7pm (8 hrs)
February 2nd 6.30-9.30pm (3 hrs)
February 3rd 10am-8pm (9 hrs)
February 4th 10am-7pm (8 hrs)

NOLA Studios, 244 West 54th St, 11th Floor, Studio A & B, btw 7th & 8th Ave, NYC

$695 adv, $750 after January 12th, 2018.
A payment plan is also available. ($250 deposit and $445 remainder.)

Students also get unlimited access to Bellyqueen weekly classes for the duration of the course

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Questions? Please e-mail info@bellyqueen.com


Teaching Tools: 8.5 hours
Bellyqueen Beginner Curriculum & Combos: 7.5 hours
Music (Rhythm & Melody): 5 hours
Anatomy (Upper & Lower Torso): 4 hours
History & Culture: 3 hours
Business: 3 hours
Common Injuries and Prevention: 2 hours
Practical Exam: 2 Hours
Poses Galore & Postures for Different Bellydance Styles: 1.5 hours
Welcome & Overview: 1 hour
General Review: 1 hour
Written Exam: 1 Hour
Close: 30 minutes

The 11th Bellyqueen Teacher Training will be conducted by Kaeshi Chai, Lissa Michalak, Zafer Tawil, Brad MacDonald and Nancy Eder.

KaeshiKaeshi Chai co-founded the school and company, Bellyqueen and international community, PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment). She has performed and taught all over the world and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars and Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution with whom she toured extensively with for 7 years combined. She has danced with Natacha Atlas, at BAM, Summerstage, and on the TV shows, Conan O’Brian and Blue Peter. She has hosted Tamalyn Dallal’s Teachers Training for over a decade in NYC, is a 200 hr yoga certified instructor through Yogaworks and has undergone intensives through ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation), AFAA (Aerobic & Fitness Association of America), SEEDs (Self Esteem and Empowerment through Dance) with Myra Krien, Dancing through Pregnancy, Dances of Oneness with Banefsheh Sayyad, Sacred Circle Dance with Laura Shannon, People’s Improv Theater, ATS with Carolena Nericcio, Level 1 training with Suhaila Salimpour, 9 month ASFYT anatomy course, dance and drama therapy at the New School. She teaches at the Bellyqueen School, Steps and to private clients and cross trains in contemporary at Steps, Broadway Dance Center and Peridance. www.kaeshi.com

Lissa Michalak has been teaching movement for more than 23 years and is a confirmed anatomy nerd. She is a Middle Eastern dancer and is certified in both mat and equipment through IM=X Pilates, Pilates Institute of America, and the Kane School of Core Integration. Lissa taught teacher trainings at the Kane School before getting certified as a Dynamic Embodiment® practitioner. She is now a practicing Somatic Movement Therapist specializing in musculoskeletal injuries. www.somaticanatomy.com and www.inspirationandexploration.com.

150ZaferTawilJerusalem-born Tawil Tawil is an accomplished Palestinian musician whose areas of expertise include the oud, violin, qanun, and Arab percussion. Zafer performs across the US and in the M
iddle East and holds workshops in oud technique and Arabic music theory. He was part of the Spirit of Fez U.S. Tour 2006 and has performed with some of the most celebrated world music artists, including violinist and oud master Simon Shaheen and Rai singer Cheb Mami. Zafer is continuously exploring the boundaries of Arab music, and has worked collaboratively on many concerts involving classical Indian and Persian music, as well as Jazz fusion. You can catch Zafer playing one of his many instruments at extravagant private celebrations near his Brooklyn neighborhood, and at cultural centers such as Alwan for the Arts in Manhattan.

Brad MacDonald aka BradMack has been playing darbuka since 1999 and music professionally since 2007. He is featured on two CDs, The Middle East Side and The Silent D with his NY-based band, Djinn and he performs regularly with the Turkish fusion band, Carmine & Friends. He has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Morocco, China and Japan and he has taught throughout the United States, New Zealand and China.

150NancyEderNancy Eder has been belly dancing for over 20 years. She considers herself a seasoned amateur, having studied with a variety of teaches including, but not limited to: the Goddess Dancing in Boston, Dunya in NYC, and Bellyqueen in NYC. Nancy has been an active member of PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) for several years.  In her professional life, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Nancy teaches in the History of Art department. She is a specialist in Asian art, especially concentrating on Buddhist and Hindu art. Nancy is also a Contractual Lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she gives tours and gallery talks to adults mainly concentrating on the Met’s amazing Asian art collections.

Questions? Please e-mail info@bellyqueen.com

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