WHAT: Back by popular demand! In this 4-week session, we will focus on strengthening and flexibility drills, that will prepare you to work with any type of balancing props. Strength is key to being able to do a lot of the most interesting tricks and clean isolations are necessary for creating a truly boneless, smooth aesthetic. Please bring a yoga mat or a large towel, because we will spend a significant portion of the class on the floor, working on fun and challenging core, glute and back-strengthening exercises, that are guaranteed to help you gain strength and stamina. Lots of variations and adjustments will be provided to all exercises, to challenge you at your personal fitness level. Bring your choice of a balancing prop – be that sword, tray or a basket, and prepare to sweat and have fun! *If you don’t have a sword, please bring a roll of toilet paper an easy alternative. **This course is ideal for intermediate to advanced level belly dancers. Must have some belly dance experience.
WHEN: Thursdays 6.00-7.30pm at the Bellyqueen School
March 15, 22, 29, April 5
COST: $80 members, $100
(Members mean students with an unlimited monthly pass at the Bellyqueen School)
Bellyqueen School, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4C, New York, NY 10003
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