WHAT: In this 5 week performance course you will learn an Egyptian style baladi choreography incorporating facial expressions & arm gestures to “Habibi Ya Eini” by Tony Mouzayek. The meaning of the lyrics will also be translated to gain a deeper understanding and connection to this well known song. This will culminate in a virtual performance video debuting at the Bellyqueen School virtual showcase on Saturday September 5th 4pm EDT.
WHEN: Mondays July 13th-August 10th 9-10pm EDT
COST: Sliding scale pay what you can
(Also covers the cost of video editing the performance video and personal feedback of a progress video submitted half-way through the course.)
Registration close 15 minutes beforehand
A Zoom link will be sent out 10 minutes beforehand
WHO: 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.