Béatrice Curtis - Egyptian Dance

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Levels

 

If you are not sure what level of dancer you are, or which of my classes would suit you best, consider the following guidelines.  They are not hard & fast rules, but they give you an indication of how I consider the level of my students when I am planning my classes, workshops & courses

 

Beginner

You have done less than 6 months of regular classes with any  Middle Eastern dance teacher (you may even be a complete beginner with no Middle Eastern dance experience at all).
If you have had some classes, you have perhaps learned about basic concepts of Isolation and Groundedness.
You have perhaps learned basic moves/steps such as Hip Drops, Forward Back step, Hip Pushes, Hip Rotations, Figure 8s (horizontal & vertical), Shoulder & Hip Shimmies.

 

Improver

You have done at least 6 months of regular Middle Eastern dance classes.
You may have taken part in group performances.
You are mastering the basic techniques of Isolation and Groundedness.
You have learned more composite moves/steps such as the Camel (sometimes known as the undulation) and Egyptian Walk (sometimes known as the 3/4 shimmy or Hagalla), and are starting to layer movements.
You can transition easily from one move to another.
You have an understanding of the different dance styles.
You can use a simple prop such as a Veil or cane, while dancing.

 

Intermediate

You have done at least 2 years of regular Middle Eastern dance classes, and workshops with teachers other than your regular teacher.
You may have started to perform solo.
You are used to holding yourself in good posture.
You are used to using strong muscular movement for emphasis.
You have a wide vocabulary of steps moves and combinations.
You can layer various moves comfortably.
You are used to working both in choreographed and improvised settings.
You can interpret different dance styles, and understand the music associated with these.
You are comfortable with using props such as Veil, double Veils, Cane or Sagat (finger cymbals, zills) while dancing.

 

Advanced

You have done at least 5 years of regular Middle Eastern dance classes, and regularly attend workshops with Master Teachers as well as other teachers.
You may teach and/or you may perform. 
You are used to holding yourself in good posture. 
You are used to
using strong muscular movement for emphasis.
Your moves are precise and controlled.
You are used to dealing with intricate footwork and layering moves.
You can pick up choreography fairly easily and you are capable of choreographing for yourself and others.
You are comfortable improvising, even if the music is not familiar to you.
You can interpret different dance styles including specific folkloric styles and are familiar with the music and rhythms associated with them.
You are proficient with using props such as Veil, double Veils, Cane, or Sagat (finger cymbals, zills) while dancing.

 

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Updated 16th January 2012