Bellyqueen Teacher Training Summer 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

Deepen your belly dance practice and understanding of teaching tools, anatomy, history, culture, music, business and more with the Bellyqueen Teacher Training. This Module 1 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. Limited to 8 students.

July 26-28 + August 2-4 (2 weekend format)
July 26th 6.30-9.30pm (3 hrs)
July 27th 10am-8pm (9 hrs)
July 28th 10am-7pm (8 hrs)
August 2nd 6.30-9.30pm (3 hrs)
August 3rd 10am-8pm (9 hrs)
August 4th  10am-7pm (8 hrs)

Simple Studios, 134 W 29th St, 2nd Floor, Studio 212, New York, NY 10001

$695 adv, $750 after June 26th 2019
Payment plan 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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Bellyqueen Curriculum & Combos – 8 hrs
Teaching Tools + Practice Teaching – 7.5 hrs
Music (Melodies, Maqams & Essential Rhythm) – 5 hrs
Practical Exam – 3.5 hrs
Anatomy (Upper & Lower Torso) – 3 hrs
Common Injuries and Prevention – 2 hrs
Business – 2 hrs
History & Culture – 2 hrs
Review – 2 hrs
Poses Galore – 1.5 hrs
Combo Review – 1 hr
Overview – 1 hr
Written Exam – 1 hr
Close – 0.5 hr

The 14th Bellyqueen Teacher Training will be conducted by Kaeshi Chai, Lissa Michalak, Adam Good, Nancy Eder and a percussion expert.

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.

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. and

Adam Good has played Turkish ud for 18 years. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a foundation in jazz guitar, his interest in the music of Eastern Europe and Turkey began in the mid-90s. His talent on Turkish ud, guitar, tambura, and knowledge of Turkish makam has made Adam a fixture of New York’s Balkan and Middle Eastern music scenes. He plays regularly with the ensembles Dolunay (Turkish music), Greek Judas (heavy metal Greek rebetika), Pontic Firebird (Greek Ponitc), and with clarinet master Souren Baronian’s ensemble Taksim. His self-released CD, entitled Dances of Macedonia and the Balkans, features several of his folk compositions alongside familiar melodies. Adam lives in Brooklyn and regularly teaches in the New York City area.

Rami El Aasser plays both Arabic and Turkish style on the tabla and other drums. The darbuka, aka doumbek or Arabic tabla, is a chalice drum. It holds an ocean of sounds.  Its voice gauges the tempo and feel of Middle Eastern music. Rami performs at concert halls, cafés, theatres, clubs,  and festivals worldwide with groups including Alhambra, AlSarah & the Nubatones, Alwan Ensemble, Cafe Antarsia Ensemble, Raquy & the Cavemen, and Zikrayat. Rami’s grooves also can be found on many recordings, soundtracks, and live theatre productions. You may also find him at NYC belly dance parties with local legends like Haig Manoukian and Souren Baronian.

Rami has performed at cultural institutions including D.C. Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the MET, Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Theater,     and international festivals including: Lallapalooza (2005), Celebrate Brooklyn (2012), Central Park SummerStage (2002),   Festival Des Traditions Du Monde (2013), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (2010), FloydFest (2005), Lowell Folk Fest (2010), Chicago World Music Festival (2011), Ashkenaz Toronto, the Alexandria Summer Festival -Egypt (2009), Sibiu International Theatre Festival -Romania (2005, 2008), and Novaja Drama Festival in Russia (2003).

As well as drums, Rami also holds a Masters degree from the Gallatin School at NYU, and a BS Sp from Northwestern University in Performance Studies and International Studies.

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.

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