Bellydance Level 1

When and Where

23 Apr 2020 - 2 Jul 2020 (15 hours, 10 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 19:30 - 21:00
Morley College London Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Anna Kemper
Course code

What you will learn

Develop your belly dance technique and confidence! Using Level 1 of the Salimpour format, students are guided through more advanced movements and combinations and work on layering different foot patterns with pelvic and torso isolations. Finger cymbals are used and a basic knowledge of Jamila Salimpour cymbal patterns is required. This course is for students with a good understanding of belly dance technique specifically using Suhaila Salimpour format, i.e. completed the Improvers Courses at Morley College or its equivalent.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Show proficiency in the warm-up exercises designed to promote the specific physical strength and muscle development required to execute this dance safely and efficiently.
  • Perform basic movements quarter time and/or half time with specific footwork patterns and timing
  • Perform short combinations with tutor with or without finger cymbals
  • Coordinate arm and hand movements to complement dancing

Class format and activities

Class begins with a series of warm-up stretches followed by specific strengthening techniques developed for bellydance isolations. Each week focuses on a specific movement that we drill standing and travelling followed by a short choreography incorporating that movement and/or finger cymbals. We finish class a series of gentle cool-down stretches
In addition to your dance practice, study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Bellydance Improvers Course at Morley College, or its equivalent or tutor aproval

Please note, it may not be suited to women in the first months of pregnancy. Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant, have any serious health concerns or a history of injury and inform your tutor of any physical activity you have been advised to avoid

What you need to know before you enrol

Classes are based in Suhaila Salimpour format which is a very unique style of bellydance (i.e. shimmies are done by isolating your gluteus muscles rather than pumping your knees). Classes include strength training and drills which can be physically demanding so students should be prepared to work hard

What you will need for your class

Hip scarf to emphasize movement - these may be purchased in class
Yoga pants or leggings and a t-shirt or tight fitting top so instructor can see your movement.
Student should be prepared to work in bare feet or bring jazz shoes/ballet slippers
Finger cymbals

What you can do next

The next Belly Dance: Intermediate level course and performance opportunities outside class

Progression to Belly Dance: Intermediate is subject to tutor approval. Please speak to the class tutor if you are an existing beginner or improver level student. For all new students, attend a free intermediate level trial session at the beginning of term so as to meet with the tutor and assess your level.