Embodied Bellydance® is a innovative, creative and effective way towards deepening your bellydance practice, no matter which style, genre, or level of skill.
Embodied Bellydance® takes you on a journey through the anatomy and physiology of the dance in an experiential, mindful, and embodied way. It asks you to take your time to engage in cellular awareness and to understand movement from a developmental pattern framework. Beginning with a deep awareness of the bone structure, the fluid system and the Organ system as a primary source of movement and support – Developmentally Fluids, Organs, Bones come before Muscles.
Basic principals of Embodied Bellydance® are:
- The Breath is fundamental to movement, movement follows breath.
- Action follows thought that follows breath.
- All movements follow the opening and closing of the primordial curve of the spine with then Navel as the centre.
- Understanding the Inner Navel or I Navel as energetic point situated behind the natural Navel in front of the Spine.
The I Navel is the centre of the shaping of all movements. All movement comes from or move though the I Navel.
- All movements respond to a shift of weight through the bone structure in relationship to the ground.
- Movement occurs through the relationship between Feminine and Masculine – Yin and Yang.
- Movements cannot happen in isolation. Every movement is echoed in all other parts of the body. Awareness of this is a great resource.
- If allowed to, all movements flow from one to the other, creating effortless movements and effortless in bellydance terms ‘Isolations’
- Engaging in an integrated, functional, organic walk, leads to a fluid natural dance through space.
Embodied bellydance® Asks you to embrace the spirals, waves and vibrations of energy that operate WITHIN US, in Nature, and the Universe. We are a part of a continuum, an interconnected flowing spiral of Energy that moves and can be moved. This is why the essence of Bellydance holds such magic. All we need to do is get out of the way, be still, listen and let the dance find itself.
Embodied Bellydance® supports the expression of deeper emotions creating an authentic connection to the self as the self shifts and changes, as the body learns new ways of being.
Embodied Bellydance® fosters a deep connection to thought. It asks you to develop mindfulness through the ability to use your active imagination to give your body instructions. This creates an opportunity for your body to respond without effort, though a clear and simple understanding of the Anatomical and Physiological aspects of the body.
Embodied Bellydance® nurtures a connection to a personal and profound spirituality. Through the spiralling nature of the dance we are taken beyond the physical. Through our own choice we have the opportunity to know and understand that we are one with all and the Universe.
Embodied Bellydance® teaches about listening and interpreting the music and all the layers and nuances and changes in rhythms and patterns unique to each piece of music. Finding the dance through the marriage between the melody and the beat. Listening with the heart and working from the emotional response to the melody as the beat creates the framework.
Applying methods and philosophies of Embodied Bellydance® to performance allows an authentic connection with the audience to evolve. The audience can move out of being a spectator and into a feeling of being a part of the dance. The Embodiment of the Embodied Bellydance® methods allows the dancer to transmit a sense of ease through their dance. This allows the audience to breath and to absorb what is being channelled dancer as she responds to the music in a fluid and responsive way.
Class and Workshop Framework
Embodied Bellydance™ framework is composed of all or parts of the above components, (follow the links) depending on the length of the workshop. They can be anything from 3 hours to 5 days or even more. Each Workshop or Intensive is different as each group is different. The amount of time dedicated to each topic will depend a lot on the group and the request of the school or individual who wish to learn about Embodied Bellydance.
I have laid down a Newtonian framework but I work in a Quantum way. (also supproted by DMT philisophy, IDTIA, Marcia Leventhal). This means that I use the framework that contains all the aspects of Embodied Bellydance™. Depending on the length of the work shop, we will basically follow the plan, but there will be freedom to vary the direction and to allow the focus to be more on one thing and less on another if need be. The focus will be will depend on the moment, the group or the request of the school or individual. It is important to remain fluid. After all fluidity is one of the essential ingredients of Bellydance.
The content is vast and to Embody it takes time.
Take a journey through the components and as you do, breathe and let the ideas wash through you. You will become aware how simply by reading the content something can have an affect on you.
- The Listening Body
- Experiential Anatomy
- Authentic Movement
- Foundation Technique
- Dance Technique
- Neo-Traditional Sha’abi
- Neo-Traditional Baladi
- Ashra Baladi – Improvisation Progression
- Contemporary Improvisation Techniques
- Participant Dance Presentation
One on one $65 ph + studio hire if applicable. other rates apply for workshop participants and for a long term commitment.
Do you have a project or a vision that you don’t know quite what to do with? Are you needing to introduce a stronger grounding in your dance practice and teaching and you see the Elements in Embodied Bellydance® as instrument that can enhance and improve you practice? Do you have a choreography that needs a fresh eye? This an example of what a consultation can offer.
Cost $100 ph + studio hire if applicable
It is very important for teachers to understand the need to keep developing themselves in their work. Supervision is an important part of any practice. Even the supervisor has a supervisor. In supervision you have a safe place to discuss what arises for you as a teacher. Maybe you are tired and depleted and have lost you inspiration and path. Maybe you have a student in class that is disruptive for some reason and you may feel that you loose you kilter and you need strategies to deal with the situation and the student. It may be that a certain movement you are teaching is not getting through and you need some perspective on what may be going on. As a supervisor I can give you a fresh perspective on what you are dealing with and help you workout an appropriate way to deal with the issue and develop a plan of action for you to continue your teaching with more insight and grounding.
I am offering this service based on my 23 years of dance experience and a broad knowledge in the field of Bellydance and as a Qualified Dance Movement Therapist with much experience in receiving supervision and the benefits of it.
Fee $100 ph + studio hire if applicable
No matter where in the world you are you can experience this unique approach to the dance via private SKYPE lessons.
Through personal consultation, SKYPE lessons allow dancers both experienced and inexperienced in Embodied Bellydance® to grow in their dance.
Receive immediate and personal feedback and practice in the comfort and convenience of your own space. SKYPE lessons are also an ideal way to prepare for future face to face workshops/lessons and consultations.
Take advantage of my special offer of $40 for the first session with extra time to work out what and how we can work together.
The fee for each session is $65
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Module I: Body and Breath Awareness and Anatomy
Module II: Technique
Module III: Dance Movements & Neo Traditional Sha’abi
Module IV: Neo Traditional Baladi
Module I: Body and Breath Awareness and Anatomy
Become tuned in to where your body is right now, today. Learn to feel where it may be inhibited so as to facilitate change. Learn through your own experience and become attuned to how you breath and your state of flow through fluids of you body. Learn to deepen your breath so that it can support you and your dance. Work with the breath to facilitate a deeper connection to the inner and outer movement of the body so that we can feel more freedom in our movements.
Get to know the Skeletal System that shapes and supports us in our everyday life and our dance. Allow it to connect us to the earth and to support us. Working from the Skeletal System inspires the muscles to work in a more organic and efficient way giving the overworked muscles a chance to release.
Explore organ response and initiating support and movement from your organs to give the bones a greater opportunity to respond freely.
Module II: Technique
Work through the circular and spiralling shapes that support this dance and that are
present in all universal life. Work with the Primary curve and the Navel as a starting point through which movement flows.
Use Body and Breath Awareness and Creative Visualisation and Somatization to achieve Soft Feminine Movements and Sharp Masculine Movements.
Explore how your walk is conditioned by your background, your psychological and emotional conditioning, the relationship you have to your whole anatomy and your feet. Explore how this in turn affects your dance.
Module III: Dance Movements & Neo Traditional Egyptian Sha’abi
Explore some of the fundamental movements of Traditional Egyptian Dance. This style of dance is a starting point that will support any other Middle Eastern dance style that is your preferred choice.
Explore Soft Feminine Movements including hip slides, circles, spirals, figure eights, camels/waves, pendulum, sidewinder and maya.
Explore Sharp Masculine Movements of Sha’abi: including basic hips, Egyptian/Ghawazee, Egyptian walk, release hips, half Egyptian, step touch family, Saiidi bob step and wada wanous. Sha’abi is the origin of most Bellydance. The Hips are the essential feature of this style of dance. To be fully authentic to this basic essential movement you must become true to your free body.
We explore the utmost importance of shift of weight and freedom of the supported Pelvis.
How a walk becomes a dance
The effortless: Basic Egyptian Half Egyptian Egyptian walk / Hagala / ghawazee
Allow these movements to become new again, by exploring them from the fresh perspective of Embodied Bellydance™.
Module IV: Neo Traditional Baladi
Baladi is one of the most evocative styles of Egyptian music and dance. It calls up the mystery of Egypt combining the ancient past with not so long ago sounds of Mohamed Ali Street, where this style of music and dance began around the turn of the 20th century.
It was born out of Traditional Folk/Shaabi music and dance that we can still see and hear from the famous Musicians of the Nile and the few remaining Ghawazee dancers.
Baladi is the blues of Egyptian music and like the American Blues, Greek Rembetika and Spanish Flamenco was born out of migrations and loss of place amongst other things.
This workshop is dedicated to experiencing the essence of Egyptian Baladi. Learn to hear all the nuances and have the opportunity to embody the joy of how it weaves through every part of you on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
Prerequisite for Embodied Bellydance™ Training to Facilitate
Prerequisite for Embodied Bellydance® Training & Assessment
Those wishing to apply become accredited teachers of Embodied Bellydance® must have completed at least 100 hours of previous training in Embodied Bellydance®.*
This can include:
- Workshops or intensives specifically with Embodied Bellydance® content.
- Regular classes
- Private lesson, face to face or Skype (1 hour face to face private lesson equals 3 hours of class or workshop time. 1 hour skype private lesson equals 2 hours of class or workshop time.)
It would also be to you advantage if you had other dance/movement background.
Embodied Bellydance can be applied to any style or genre of Middle Eastern Dance styles or be regarded as a style of its own.
*Once a students embarks on teacher training, the length of time that it take depends on how well the process of understanding and embodiment of abilities, concepts and philosophies of Embodied Bellydance® are assimilated.
Contact Maria if you are interested in the Complete outline of the Embodied Bellydance Training Modules