WHAT: This course is inspired by Gabriela’s favorite Baladi dancers such as Fifi Abdou, Mona el Said and Nada el Masry.
You will learn:
Basic Baladi moves & drills
Grounded shimmies and layers
Baladi attitude and expression
Improvisation practice to explore and integrate the steps learned in class infused with your own personality and musicality.
Song : Baladi Imint Billeh from the Shahrzad album.
This course runs for 5 consecutive weeks and will build on from the week before.
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30pm EDT
Online: Zoom link sent out 10 minutes before the course starts
IN-PERSON: Bellyqueen School of Dance @Playwrights Downtown, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4D, New York, NY 10003
ONLINE: Via Zoom
COST: Sliding scale pay what you can afford
In-Person: $85, $100, $115 (First time since the pandemic started! Limited to 10 students.)
Online: $50, $75, $100
Recordings available for those who cannot make it live.
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ABOUT THE TEACHER:
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.