What you will learn
Explore a modern format based on the ancient art of Belly dance with its roots in many different places around the world - most recognizably North Africa and the Levant. Its key characteristics are isolations of the hips and ribs.
Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e. progression to an advanced-level course.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Perform basic isolations with tutor and in groups
- Perform short combinations with tutor
- Hold arms and posture in the basic frame
- Continuing students should be able to coordinate arm and hand movements to complement their dancing
Class format and activities
Mode of delivery: online plus.
Class begins with a series of warm-up stretches followed by specific strengthening techniques developed for belly dance isolations. Each week focuses on a specific movement that we drill in the middle of the room followed by a short combination incorporating that movement. We finish class with a series of gentle cool-down stretches.
In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.
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.
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 include strength training and drills which can be physically demanding so students should be prepared to work hard.
Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required from all students. This course will include some completion of activities outside of class time, e.g. preparation of favourite exercises to share with fellow students.
Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.
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 wear jazz shoes/ballet slippers.
What you can do next
You can continue on to the next term of Belly Dance Introduction or progress on to Belly Dance: Level 1 and performance opportunities outside class. Please speak to the class tutor if you are an existing beginner or improver level student. For all new students, attend a free improver/intermediate level trial session at the beginning of term so as to meet with the tutor and assess your level. Please contact email@example.com for more information.