Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Belly Dance Classes with Narah!

*New Beginner classes begin the first week of February at the Northern WV Performing Arts Academy off of Greenbag Rd. Day/time/duration TBA when the studio finalizes its new schedule the second week of January.

Register with the Northern WV Performing Arts Academy
950 Parkway Dr., Morgantown; (304) 292-3119;

*Beginning March 9th, a beginner class will begin through the WVU Creative Arts Program. See for registration info.; 7:00 - 8:00 PM Tuesdays in the beautiful E. Moore Hall dance studio, WVU's downtown campus.

Students can register by mail (Community Arts Program/ West Virginia University/ Room 401A College of Creative Arts/ Morgantown, WV 26506-6111), by fax (304-293-7491), or in person (room 401 A at the Creative Arts Center).

For registration questions for the classes beginning March 9th, email or call (304) 293-4841 x 3168.

Participants in this class will learn basic posture and fundamental technique of the ancient art of belly dance. Each class begins with a yoga warm-up and continues with a fun and thorough breakdown of basic movements, which set the foundation for this beautiful and empowering art form. Narah will often guide students through a series of movements and combinations, keeping the energy up and teaching them how all the basic movements make a dance. No experience necessary!

The next Continuing Belly Dance class will be studying American Tribal Style vocabulary and concepts.

American Tribal Style Belly Dance is hallmarked by a system of cues and signals that dancers can use to improvise a performance together. The system is called Improvisational Choreography. The creator of this style, Carolena Niriccio, developed a specific set of movements and stylizations that worked with Improvisational Choreography. Besides being a very grounding, Zen experience, the style/system allows Belly Dancers to increase their dance vocabulary and learn one way to put movements together in a dance. Even if you never plan on performing this style or to dance with other people, you will still have valuable tools in your "dance basket". Learn more about ATS here:

The new class is starting the first week of February (exact time/day/duration TBA when the studio finalizes its schedule the second week in January)

Qualified new students may join the class at this time. Prerequisites: Students must have completed a minimum of one complete (no missed classes) 6 week beginner's session. If a student has only completed one beginner session, she must take the beginner's session along with the continuing session.

Register with the Northern WV Performing Arts Academy-
950 Parkway Dr., Morgantown; (304) 292-3119;

Also in the works: a drum choreography workshop and a sewing workshop/class series! Stay tuned for details!! - visit my website for articles, costuming information, online videos, DVD's, Belly Dance tees and more! - Join my Fan page for concise updates, discussions and more!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Come to the Hafla Dec. 5th!

I'll have cool Belly Dance Art, tees, tanks, DVD's and more for sale there!

I'm excited by these casual events that encourage "just dancing", fun and friendship! :)

WVU Belly Dance Club December 5th Hafla

Party -
Saturday, December 5, 2009
6:30pm - 10:00pm
WVU Creative Arts Center Falbo Theater


We are having a very casual hafla Dec. 5th at the WVU Creative Arts Center Falbo theater.

We set up at 6:30 (we'll need volunteers to set up) and have it until 10:00pm. We'll also need volunteers to help put everything back starting about 9:30. Please also take your food, etc. home. :)

No need to wear a costume, but if you feel like it, go for it! :)

It is free! No performances, just open floor dancing, music, snacks if people bring 'em, some costumes etc. for sale/swap, friends to dance with, big fun! :)

We'll have a very short (about 15 minutes) business meeting for the club instead of having a separate December meeting. It will begin after set up around 6:50pm. Remember, the club is open to the community! :)

Take a study/shopping break and be more efficient afterwards! Hope you can join us! Please send friends this invitation!

Directions: take WVU exit off I79. From the N turn left at end of exit, from S turn Right at end of exit. Go through light with signs for Target, Barnes and Noble, etc (University town Center), go through light at Sheets, go through light at CVS, go through light at Coliseum (on right, looks like a cupcake) and get in left lane. Turn left from left turn lane. Creative Arts Center is on the left and you can park in the parking lot out front.

If for some reason it is full (it shouldn't be) you can go back to light/intersection where the Coliseum will be on the left now and turn right onto Patteson. Take the first right and that parking lot is behind the CAC.

To get to the Falbo, when facing the CAC, take the sidewalk going right all the way to the end, past the big giant head statue (with horns). Take the stairs to the left at the split and go all the way to the bottom. There will be a sign pointing towards the Falbo. It goes down around the corner and the Falbo will be on the left. (articles, online videos, DVDs. tees, costuming, class and performance information, etc.) (follow my blog for updates, projects and musings) (find me on FaceBook!) (Join my fan page for quick updates, discussions and more!)