Chellcy’s Workshop Descriptions
All workshops can be offered at an Intermediate to Master level except for numbered courses. If you need a beginner course or some other level or different length of time talk to me so we can tailor a class to suit your needs. If there is a topic you are interested in or you would like a specialty workshop that is not listed here let me know what it is and I can accommodate you. If you want choreography to augment any of the topics for any level it can be done! If you want new choreography for you or your troupe that can also be done! Just talk to me … style, length, staging, pricing. 3 day – weeklong intensives are also available! (ask for details)
90min. – 3 hour Workshops
Sinuous Taqsim ™ Learn the expressive art of taqsim from the basic essentials to the artful flourishes. Chellcy will teach sinuous arm and body movements, ooey-gooey undulations and combinations, instrument and rhythm recognition, music interpretation and some improvisational techniques essential to taqsim. Culminating to an improvised taqsim in class by you!
The Art of Beledy Get down and dirty Egyptian Diva style with raks beledy. The beledy dance is about expressing the feeling of the music as the dancer internalizes it. The movements reflect this concept and are very sinuous, undulating and internalized, moving from the inside out. The music as does the dance begins slowly and builds to a complicated climax. Chellcy will cover everything about this elegant dance – from what it is, to how to do it. She will teach you juicy moves, fluid transitions and her favorite versatile combos. Bring zagat.
Chellcy’s Favorite Combos Learn 2-4 of Chellcy’s favorite combinations, including techniques that she utilizes in her own dancing! Mix and match topics - choose from Beledi, Saiidi, Oriental, and Drum solo!
Bigger is Better – Four Yard Veil! That’s right, when it comes to veils – bigger is better! Throw out those 3-yard hankies! Graduate to the mystifying 4-yard veil! Learn tricky techniques, moves and combinations. Don’t be intimidated; learn how to maneuver all that fabric with “sly of the hand” techniques and seamless transitions. Learn the tricks that will have you performing difficult veil moves with seemingly effortless mastery!
1-4 hour Workshops (3 hours or more includes choreography available at any dance skill level beg-master) (Ideal workshop: 2 hours technique + 2 hours choreography)
Fabulous Fan Veils! Learn fan veil techniques, tricky and unique moves, and beautiful, balletic combos. Don’t be a poser; really dance the fan veils with grace and glamour. Leave your audience dazzled with the mystic art of the sensuous fan veil dance!
Sa-Rumb-A-rabic ™ That’s right – samba, rumberous, Arabic fusion! After many years of extensive research and training Chellcy brings to you her Sa-Rumb-A-rabic fusion dance. Learn about the history, and the Brazilian, Egyptian and Cuban divas of the 30’s and 40’s that inspired Chellcy. Be moved by the music and most importantly - learn to dance like a “Queen of Rumberous”! Maracas are optional.
Fiery Spanish Fusion Series:
Flirty Fan Moves! The magic, mystic, and intrigue of the Spanish fan are seamlessly fused with raks sharki in this Gypsy dance of Andalusia! Class begins with fan basics, then learn flirty moves and combinations layered with traveling steps, turns, spins and more! Class and history notes included.
Sizzling Skirt Work! Set the stage on fire with passionate Gypsy skirt dancing! Learn spicy belly dance moves and sizzling skirt work inspired by the Gypsies of Andalusia. Then put it all together in unique and interesting combinations. Class and history notes included.
Folkloric Dance Topics:
Raks Assaya! Chellcy will teach you all about the earthy Egyptian cane dance – where it’s from, what it is and how to do it. From the basics of single cane maneuvering and timing, to tricky moves, combos and confrontational partnering!
Rak’n Saiidi Sagat! Learn to dance saiidi with sagat rather than with a cane! Learn earthy saiidi techniques, moves, styling and combinations. Learn moves like the pendulum, horsey step, and the rocking horse! Full choreography for upper intermediate-adv. will be to Hosam Ramzy’s Gypsies of the Nile “La, la, la, Omri Manhounik”. Experienced beginner to upper intermediate choreography is slower paced but includes many of the same great moves and sagat patterns.
Hezz Ya Wezz Hagalla! Shake it like a goose in hagalla style! Hagalla is a happy folk dance from the Sinai areas of Egypt danced by un-wed women at social functions. Traditionally this dance was used as part of a ceremony where the young women would pick her husband to-be! Learn the ever-popular hagalla walk and many other techniques inherent to this lively dance!
Sha’abi Chic Mohammed Ali Street! This dance "of the people" combines street dances from Mohammed Ali Street in Cairo and the village dances from the Egyptian countryside. It is a fun, playful, flirtatious, and sometimes, aggressive dance style. There is a lot of over-the-top attitude, expressions and acting including obnoxiously chewing gum or pretending to! There are many variations of this style including folklore, cabaret, urban, and more recently modern pop (which also incorporates Western dance styles like hip-hop). Learn the sha’abi sassy walk, the Cairo twist and more!
Malaya Lef! Alexandrian character dance created by Mahmoud Reda and performed by women. Mimics the women in the market flirting with men. Learn the flirty art of the Malaya! Learn how to wrap, unwrap, and work your Malaya in creative fun ways! Offered as a full choreography only. Minimum of 2 hours.
Kick Ass Drum Solos 2 – 4 hours (all the drum solos can be tailored to fit any skill level or modified for solo or troupe except the Debke solo)
Zaar: Drum solo with a climactic Zaar ending. (Intermediate – Upper Intermediate)
Saiidi: Saiidi Drum solo (with Sagat optional) (Upper Intermediate to Master)
Samba: Samba Fusion Drum solo (Adv. – Master)
Debke: Drum solo with Debke cameo (Upper Intermediate - Adv. Troupe Only)
Spanish: Drum solo with a touch of Spanish Spice (Upper intermediate –Adv.)
1-2 Hour Technique Only Workshops
Whirls n’ Twirls™ This all-levels class will focus on techniques for spins, turns and traveling turns with fun spin/turn combos and styling with arms, heads, and hips! This class with help you with your balance techniques, not getting as dizzy, and spinning longer in addition to great variations to make your Whirls n’ Twirls more exciting and interesting while still maintaining control.
Shimmy Clinic I This class is a fun, full body workout for all levels. Learn many basic shimmies for belly dance. Everything from hand shimmies to hip shimmies! Whether you’re a beginner who needs to learn the shimmies or an advanced dancer who just wants to improve and maintain your shimmies this is a great class. This is a slow - medium paced, technique only class.
Shimmy Clinic II You need to be proficient at all of the basic shimmies taught in Shimmy Clinic I, now it’s time to layer! This class is for the Intermediate to Professional level dancer who wants to take their shimmies to the next level. Layer your shimmies with traveling steps, turns, stomach rolls, hip work, and explore stylistic variations of shimmies to give your dance a new flavor or dance in a particular style. Medium - Fast Paced
Grace and Fluidity I Learn basic ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques and moves that belly dancers use. Improve your strength and basic dance technique for any dance form. This is a beginner to intermediate level class. This class will focus on basic posturing, turning, traveling, and arabesques and improving balance. You will also learn the basic techniques for looking graceful and fluid and transitioning smoothly from one thing to the next and exploring weight placement.
Grace and Fluidity II Learn ballet, modern, and jazz dance techniques and moves that belly dancers use. Improve your strength and basic dance technique for any dance form. This is an intermediate to advanced level class. This class will focus on improving posturing, many styles of turns and spins, traveling, arabesques, spin combos and layering it all with belly dance moves. We will focus on complicated foot patterns, moving through space/utilizing your stage, fluidity and transitions. 3 Day to
Weeklong Intensives! Choose a set package or build your own!
Improvisation Course for the Experienced Dancer : (Upper Intermediate – Master)
Take advantage of Chellcy’s extensive experience working with live musicians and performing at many clubs, weddings, parties and concerts. Learn how to put together a whole 15-45 min solo set! This course includes:
You will be expected to improvise in class and there will be peer and instructor feed back. CONSTRUCTIVE criticism only. Both strengths and weakness in your dance will be discussed (i.e. “What was strong?”, “What can be improved?”).
Drum solo and taqsim topics can be taught with or without a live musician. However, live music is always ideal when available.
Weeklong package also includes: a final performance with feedback, and the full Art of Beledy, Sinuous Taqsim, and Chellcy’s Favorite Combos workshops.
In a 3 Day package less time will be spent on dance techniques, props, and individual critiques.
I can tailor this course to fit 3 or more days. If need be I can squeeze it into two 8 hour days. Ideally it would be 5-7 days 4-6 hours each day.
Fiery Spanish Fusion Intensive
5 -7 days can include a full choreography for all the topics 4-8 hrs daily
3-4 days will include 2-3 full choreographies 4-6 hrs daily
2 days will include 2 hours of technique and combos for each topic (no drum solo) 4-6 hrs daily
If you want something other than these options let me know and I can make a program to fit your needs.
The choreographies can be intermediate to master level. There is a variety of songs and lengths of choreographies to choose from. The fan and skirt topics can also be combined into one choreography. The fan can also include floor work.
Build your own package: pick how many days, which topics, and how many choreographies, how much technique only, etc.
Also available to augment your folk intensive: is a 4 hour folk taster which offers a short introduction to your choice of 4 lesser used folk styles. Includes one hour of beginning technique/combos in 4 of these topics: zaar, debke, Port Said, bandari, falahi, khaleegy, and Turkish 9/8.
Raqs Sharqi Technique Only Intensives: any level
Here are some recommendations for building your weekend or intensive (or you can build your own): One of the Grace and Fluidity workshops (level 1 or 2)
Adv. To Master Level Technique Only Packages: (or build your own)
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