WHAT: If you have always dreamed of belly dancing, or want a fun and exciting way to get active and meet new people, these courses are the perfect place to take that first step!
Learn bellydance step by step with other absolute beginner adults in a nurturing environment with Bellyqueen instructors. No previous dance experience necessary.
WHERE: Bellyqueen School of Dance @Playwrights Downtown, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4C or 4D, New York, NY 10003
Mondays 8.30-9.30pm March 16-April 13 – Ma’at Curriculum with Maki Moves
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Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm March 17 -April 14 – Hathor Curriculum with Gabriela Figueroa
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Thursdays 8.30-9.30pm March 12-April 9 – Hathor Curriculum with Kaeshi Chai
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Saturdays 1-2pm March 7-April 4 – Universal Curriculum with Alura
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2020 ABSOLUTE BEGINNER COURSES DATES
1/6-2/3, 2/10-3/9, 3/16-4/13, 4/20-5/18, 6/1-6/29
7/6-7/27 (4 weeks), 8/3-8/31, 9/14-10/12, 10/19-11/16, 11/23-12/21
1/7-2/4, 2/11-3/10, 3/17-4/14, 4/21-5/19, 5/26-6/23
6/30-7/28, 8/4-9/1, 9/8-10/6, 10/13-11/10, 11/17-12/15
1/2-1/30, 2/6-3/5, 3/12-4/9, 4/16-5/14, 5/21-6-18
6/25-7-23, 7/30-8/27, 9/3-10/1, 10/8-11/5, 11/12-12/17
3/7-4/4, 4/11-5/9, 5/16-6/13, 6/20-7/25
8/1-8/29, 9/5-10/3, 10/10-11/7, 11/14-12/12
5 Week Courses $85 for non-members, $70 for members (Bellyqueen unlimited pass holders)
No drop-ins. You must sign up for and commit to 5 consecutive weeks in advance. If you don’t show up, you will lose a credit. (Please note that you can also enroll in this course with 5 or 10 class card credits. This must be done manually by Bellyqueen staff.)
ABOUT THE TEACHERS (Listed alphabetically):
Specializing in raks sharki (belly dance), Alura has trained in many dance genres, including, Samba, Salsa, West African African, Haitian, and Jazz. Alura has served as Artistic Director of the Columbia University Bellydance Troupe, while simultaneously earning her Masters in Socio-cultural Anthropology at Columbia. She was also one of the original members of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a collaborative fusion dance project with Kaeshi Chai. With over 17 year of experience, she is an advocate for the art of Middle Eastern and North African dances. Alura completed the Bellyqueen Teacher Training in March 2014.
Gabriela Figueroa’s journey with belly dance began 7 years ago as a self-taught dancer. She began her formal instruction with Natalie el Ghoul; a contemporary dancer and choreographer at La Fábrica in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At La Fabrica Gabriela discovered her passion for Middle Eastern dance and continued her studies in Quito, Ecuador at Frente de Danza Independiente with Carolina Cruz, a professional dancer and certified somatic teacher where she learned how to view movements from the inside. Gabriela teaches belly dance regularly in the New Jersey area focusing her class on creating community and integrating body and mind through dance.
In 2015 Gabriela became a member of Natalia Nazario’s Raks Al Zahra troupe. In 2018, Gabriela took the Bellyqueen Teacher Training Course led by Kaeshi Chai. She continues to grow and improve each day by regularly studying with many renowned teachers.
Kaeshi Chai is a world-fusion bellydancer and teacher trainer who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen. She also co-founded PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international community of artists dedicated to healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, and Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. She curates the Djam NYC event showcasing dancers and musicians, and teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance. Her mission is to develop bellydance as a stage art and explore it’s powerful, healing properties. www.kaeshi.com
Maki Moves is a dancer and performing artist who relocated to New York city in 2012 from Nagoya, Japan. She has a background in hip hop, Cuban Salsa, Reggaeton, Egyptian belly dance and Tribal Fusion. She is one of the principal dancers and instructors of Sahara Layla from the Hermes Dance Company and has trained in the Bellyqueen style since 2005. Maki Moves has performed in NYC, Japan, Australia and Thailand and has taken respected Teacher Training programs led by Tamalyn Dallal and Bellyqueen. She was a competition winner with Bellydance Evolution in Sydney, Australia and was selected as the very first belly dance choreographer to be showcased at the prestigious 2014 7th Annual Choreographer’s Canvas in NYC.