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Urban Gypsy's Class Schedule

Urban Gypsy is offering classes in Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) belly dance! The Urban Gypsy format is rooted in the traditional format of pioneer troupes such as Gypsy Caravan, and Domba, but draws more from the folkloric Egyptian style of the famous Ghawazee dancers of Egypt. The dance is usually done as a group using improvisational choreography techniques.  Want to know more about Tribal Style Belly dance?  Check out the resources on our “More Information” page.

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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE MOVES & CUES

Learn the Urban Gypsy Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) Format! Firmly rooted in the traditional movements of Arabic dance but gaining inspiration from the American Tribal Style movement here in the US, the Urban Gypsy ITS format is designed to be danced in a group with a series of cues and changing leads to create unique dances on the spot!

This class is designed for people with basic belly dance experience of any kind looking to add a little tribal spice to their repertoire. In each class we will build combinations from the Urban Gypsy vocabulary and learn the exciting "lead and follow" that is characteristic of improvisational tribal style dance. We will also work with finger cymbals (zills) and add them to our dance.

Don't know what Tribal Belly Dance is? Take a look at this video to get an idea of Urban Gypsy's unique tribal style: http://youtu.be/01T8dST6A8g



2017 SCHEDULE

NO TRIBAL CLASSES CURRENTLY SCHEDULED FOR 2017. Sahira is planning a Tribal Series in her Wednesday night Level II class at NiaMoves later in the year. Please contact her at sahira[at]urbangypsy.cc for details.

All classes are held at:
Nia Moves
508 Pecore Street
Houston, TX 77008

EGYPTIAN STYLE 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE

Belly Dance Level 1
WEDNESDAY 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM

Learn the expressive art of Belly Dance while getting a great low impact workout! The Level 1 class breaks down the foundation isolations of Middle Eastern Dance. Each class begins with drilling isolations to locate, strengthen, and tone the muscles. You will then add together the isolations to create and practice beautiful dance movements. Each class ends with a fun and sassy combination using the movements learned that day so you always go home dancing! Each class focuses on a different movement – so feel free to drop in at anytime.

Series offered monthly ~ Starting mid-month? You are welcome to attend single classes for $15 each. No make-ups for missed sessions.

3 Week Series: $36 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $42 after, Drop-in $15.
4 Week Series: $48 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $56 after, Drop-in $15.
5 Week Series: $60 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $70 after, Drop-in $15.

MULTI CLASS DISCOUNT: Taking more than one class from Sahira during the same time period? Register for one class with Sahira and take a second class for 50% off during the same time frame.
HOW: Register and pay in full for the most expensive series online, then e-mail info@niamoves.com to register you for the other series at 50% off. Please be specific about the Class Name and Time you are wanting to register for.


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Belly Dance Level 2
WEDNESDAY 7:30 PM - 8:25 PM

This class is for students with at least 5 months of Belly Dance class experience, either at the NiaMoves Studio or elsewhere. In class we will continue to drill the foundation movements of the dance, and build upon them with arms, traveling, layering and shimmies. Zills (finger cymbals) will be incorporated into the dance – students should bring zills to every class. They can be purchased online here: http://www.saroyanzils.com. Each session we will create a fun new combination or short choreography to dance!

Series offered monthly ~ Starting mid-month? You are welcome to attend single classes for $15 each. No make-ups for missed sessions.

3 Week Series: $36 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $42 after, Drop-in $15.
4 Week Series: $48 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $56 after, Drop-in $15.
5 Week Series: $60 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $70 after, Drop-in $15.

MULTI CLASS DISCOUNT: Taking more than one class from Sahira during the same time period? Register for one class with Sahira and take a second class for 50% off during the same time frame.
HOW: Register and pay in full for the most expensive series online, then e-mail info@niamoves.com to register you for the other series at 50% off. Please be specific about the Class Name and Time you are wanting to register for.


REGISTER HERE
Belly Dance Level 3
WEDNESDAY 8:30 PM - 9:25 PM

Level 3 classes include more challenging muscle and isolation strengthening, layering of hips, chest and arm movements, and more complex traveling patterns, spins and turns to explore. Some sessions are prop-focused: veil, zills, skirt, cane, or sword. Students learn about Egyptian folkloric dance and culture as well as explore the musicality of traditional Middle Eastern dance music. Students are challenged to create their own dance in an improvisational format.


Level 3 belly dance builds upon the material and combinations taught in the Beginner classes and is offered by instructor invitation. If you have at least 1 year of Belly Dance experience and feel that you are at a level 3, please contact Sahira at sahira@sahira.cc to inquire. Clients who register without approval and do not meet the requirements will be asked to take the beginning belly dance series.

Starting mid-series? You are welcome to attend single classes for $15 each.
3 Week Series: $36 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $42 after, Drop-in $15.
4 Week Series: $48 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $56 after, Drop-in $15.
5 Week Series: $60 Pre-pay by Monday before the series starts, $70 after, Drop-in $15.

MULTI CLASS DISCOUNT: Taking more than one class from Sahira during the same time period? Register for one class with Sahira and take a second class for 50% off during the same time frame.
HOW: Register and pay in full for the most expensive series online, then e-mail info@niamoves.com to register you for the other series at 50% off. Please be specific about the Class Name and Time you are wanting to register for.


REGISTER HERE


More Information

WHERE AM I GOING?
NiaMoves Studio 508 Pecore Houston, TX 77008

WHAT TO WEAR?
Wear comfortable clothing, or exercise wear. It is not required that you show your belly, but it is helpful for you and the instructor be able to see your body line.  A scarf or something around your hips is nice to create a visual. No shoes are required as we dance barefoot.

ABSENCE/CANCELLATION POLICY:
For your own success, please limit your absences. No credit is given on missed class. Classes are non-refundable, but may transferred / gifted.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EGYPTIAN AND TRIBAL STYLE BELLY DANCE?

This is by far the most common question I am asked by new dance students.

While there have been entire books devoted to the tribal the short answer is this. When most people think of "belly dance" they see a single performer in a sequined costume performing solo, perhaps with a silk veil or finger cymbals. This is most likely the Egyptian, or perhaps the American Cabaret style belly dance. American Tribal style as Urban Gypsy teaches it is always done in a group, and the costumes are more covered, with layers of pantaloons, skirts, antique textiles, fringe, tassels and old Kuchi jewelry creating a very distinctive and more folkloric look.

As far are the movements are concerned, at the beginning of your dance study, the differences are minimal - both Egyptian and Tribal style utilize basic isolations such as hip slides, circles, lifts and drops as well as chest slides,
circles, body undulations etc. In Urban Gypsy's Tribal Style classes you will learn a series of
movements with their associated cues to form a sort of "belly dance sign language" vocabulary
that you will then you to dance improvisationally with others in the class.

There are so many more styles of belly dance too! 
Check out these other websites to learn more.

Joy of Belly Dance < http://www.joyofbellydancing.com/bdstyle.htm>
Shira < http://www.shira.net/styles.htm>
Tribal Belly Dance.org < http://www.tribalbellydance.org/about.html>