2021 – Lecture Classes – Before Sale - The Bellydance Bundle

The 2021

Lecture Bundle

Class List

A Bundle of Lectures on MENAHT Dance & Related Topics

With this Bundle you'll be learning more, even off the dance floor

On Sale October 20th-27th

In addition to the movement that is so pivotal to our dance, our knowledge is just as important to build.

This year we have a collection of lectures that will happen live through August of 2022.

All of our live events have recordings available to accommodate all time-zones.

Egyptian Bellydancers, A Disappearing Act

Zara Dance

A talk discussing cultural, political, economic & social issues facing Egyptian Bellydancers. We will look at how, White privilege/ superiority, growing importance of social media, the challenges on feminist movements in the Arab world & various wars in the Middle East (which the West are involved in) effected the dance industry. In addition we will analyse how these issues have lead to the growing domination of Western & Foreign dancers in Egypt, bringing up the important question: What does the future hold for "Egyptian" Bellydance?

Live Event

Lifetime Access

Length - 2 Hours

Value - 30 USD

Easy Belly Dance Outfit in 2 Days

Mao Murakami

New to costume making? Need a last minute outfit in pink? In this course, you’ll learn to create a simple yet beautiful belly dance bra top & skirt to fit you in 2 days! You’ll learn to sew dancewear fabric, make a simple pattern based on your measurements, & construct a whole outfit. For beginner costumers, it’s a perfect 1st project. For experienced seamstresses, the method is great for creating last-minute costumes or troupe outfits!

Pre-Recorded Course

Lifetime Access

Length - 40 Minutes

Value - 49 USD

Sa’idi to Stage

Sahra C Kent

From inside Sa’idi homes & the fresh breezes of Upper Egyptian countryside weddings, we follow both men’s & women’s dance from the authentic original, through to the stages of the National Dance Companies, & into the Oriental Dancer’s Shows. We view video clips & then we get up for plenty of dance!

Live Workshop

Lifetime Access

Length - 1 Hour & 30 Minutes

Value - 50 USD

The Creative Process for Dancers

Adrianne

Ever start working on a dance project and dream of how the end performance looks but never think of "HOW" to get there? This workbook walks you through the entire creative process from idea development to lessons learned after your performance. It's a road map for how to take an idea, develop, it seek feedback, make changes the make sense for you and polish up your piece to make sure it's the best it can be. The workbook can be used on small or big performances. I'll also do a live zoom class to help walk you through how to use the workbook and answer your creative process questions.

Workbook & Live Event

Available Until March 2022

Length - 2 hours

Value - 100 USD

5 Tips to Creating Beautiful Online Dances

Audra Simmons

Whether you’ve already Martin Scorsese’d, or you’re unsure where to start, these ideas will allow you to approach capturing & editing dance videos in a whole new light. We’ll discuss content, design, & composition & options for beginners as well as those with experience will be provided.
We’ll end with a short Q&A session. Participants will receive a downloadable PDF with notes, a list of equipment suggestions, & shooting & editing prompts after the lecture.

Live Event w/ Recording

Lifetime Access

Length - 1 Hour and 15 Minutes

Value - 30 USD

Anatomy for Bellydancers & Managing Back Pain with The Dance Safe Project

The Dance Safe Project

Anatomy for Bellydancers:
Anatomy is the study of the human body. This Anatomy for Bellydancers course will help you discover why & how the body moves, specifically related to Bellydance. A deeper understanding of anatomy will open a new world of comprehension & will launch you into a new level of teaching or dancing.

Managing Back Pain with The Dance Safe Project:
 Back pain in students, teachers, & performers of Bellydance, can be caused by many different factors. From injury to poor pelvic floor strength or incorrect dance technique, back pain can be debilitating & prevent a dancer from reaching their full potential. Join Prue from The Dance Safe Project in this interactive workshop to discover techniques you can use at home to decrease stiffness & pain in the back and spine, as well as improving dance technique!

Pre-Recorded & Live Event

Lifetime Access

Length - 6 Hours

Value - 339 USD

The lectures have opened my mind to new ways of thinking and issues to consider.

- 2020 Buyer

How to Map Your Music, from Fact to Fantasy

 a 4-part system for musical confidence

Alia Thabit

It’s important for us to understand the meaning of lyrics in songs we dance on. It’s important to understand the cultural relevance of things like improvisation ad micromovement. Knowing these things makes our dance better, more nuanced, more authentic. It’s also important to understand the structure of our music–so we don’t get lost, so we know when to change, so we know what’s coming down the pick even with an unfamiliar song. Lots of music is pretty simple–there’s a verse, a chorus, maybe a taqsim. And then some of it is more complex. A LOT more complex. And then there’s all that music that sounds the same all the way through. It can be puzzling…


Learn more at https://alia.teachable.com/p/how-to-map-your-music/

Pre-recorded

1 Year

Length - 3 hours

Value - 59 USD

Personalize It: Makeover a Choreography to a Your-ography

Christine Yaven

Personalize It: Makeover a Choreography to a Your-ography.
Continuing on with the theme of last year's Bellydance Bundle, Christine continues on the theme of the Art of Being You, with this very special workshop to bring out the unique dancer in all of us. Christine will go through different exercises & concepts with you, to makeover any choreography & personalize it with your own unique style.

Live

3 Month Access

Length - 2 Hours

Value - 40 USD

Branding for Bellydancers

Katie Sahar

Join Katie Sahar as she teaches you why it is essential to have a personal brand as a dancer, teacher, or performer. This class will give you clarity on how you should approach your audience and market, how to leverage social media and to turn the following you already have into superfans

Live Event

1 Year Access

Length - 2 Hours

Value - 50 USD

Egyptian Traditional Art &

What It Really Is

Sheyla

What did I learn from folklore research & how it helped me to be a little more conscious teacher, dancer & human being. In the lecture, I will talk about Egyptian folklore from different aspects, we will briefly travel along the Nile to learn about different traditional arts. We will listen to traditional music & observe performances together, to learn from them.

Live Workshop

Lifetime Access

Length - 1 Hour & 30 Minutes

Value - 40 USD

Rewriting History

Respectability Politics and Revisionist History

in Contemporary Egyptian Bellydance

Nisaa of St. Louis

Current trends in the Egyptian belly dance industry are generating a lot of discussion, and sometimes controversy, both inside and outside Egypt. A common refrain that echoes throughout present-day discourse about the dance is that today’s dancers – particularly foreign dancers working in Cairo – are deviating from proper technique, aesthetic, and behavior. Critics of the contemporary scene look to the dance and dancers of prior eras – the raqs sharqi performers of the Golden Era, the awalim of the early 19th century, and even the jawari of medieval Egypt – as benchmarks of artistry and respectability, and lament that belly dance in the present day has been degraded through the incorporation of athletic feats and sexualized movement. Yet, the dance past that is presented as a counterpoint to the present scene is often highly romanticized and even factually inaccurate. In reality, dancers in all eras of Egyptian history have existed as marginal figures in their society. And though technique and costuming have certainly evolved over the centuries, aspects of current dance trends have documented precedent in earlier periods. Join Nisaa for an examination of the reality of dance and dancers in earlier periods of Egyptian history based on primary source documentation, and gain a more objective perspective on current trends in Egyptian belly dance.

Live w/ Recording

available for 2 weeks

Length - 1 Hour & 30 Minutes

Value - 30 USD

Artist Reset

Eshe

Artist Reset - Let's make a plan for 2022. Let's set our intentions for the coming year. We will be doing some internal work & reflection as well as creative exercises & movement research. Make sure to bring a notebook to record your thoughts.

Live w/ recording

Lifetime access

Length - 3 Hours

Value - 40 USD

Fabulously Informative

 I  wanted to write to tell you how good this year’s bundle is. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about having two segments, the dance and the lecture. I am finding it fabulously informative, and creates a very well-rounded curriculum which — for a serious dancer — is exactly what one wants. The lectures in particular have been great; even if I don’t learn something specifically new to me from a presenter, I am finding myself very inspired. During the continued wonkiness of Covid, inspiration is rare and precious. 


Chani

2017-2020 Bundle Buyer

Stage Makeup Tutorial

Amara Sayid

Neutral shades & no-makeup makeup trends have been on the rise. Join Amara Sayid as she breaks down a neutral palette catered for performers. This "soft glam" cut-crease makeup tutorial is perfect for a photoshoot, stage performance, or a night out. And the best part? The colors go with EVERYTHING. This look is perfect especially when you have multiple costume changes. Amara will send out her suggested makeup list (purchasable via Amazon) so you can get ready with her & beat that mug!

Live

Lifetime Access

Length - 2 Hours

Value - 50 USD

Danse du Ventre: 1889

Dawn Devine


Join art historian and archival researcher Dawn Devine aka Davina, as she shares primary source material on the dancers, musicians, and venues for the performance of Danse Du Ventre at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris.

Pre-Recorded

10 Month Access

Length - 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

Value - 45 USD

Egyptian Classical Music De-Mystified: 

Everything You Need to Know for a Meaningful & Memorable Performance

Katayoun

Love Egyptian music? Want to learn how to dance with understanding, meaning & confidence? This course is for you!If you are eager for a deeper understanding of Egyptian dance music, you may be ready to take your dance to the next level or cross-train & enhance your knowledge with a different cultural style. In this online course, you will learn how to create Egyptian-Arab style dance with your own flair in Katayoun’s signature format. In addition to a wonderful life-enhancing journey, dancing to traditional & modern Arabic music may bring new & exciting opportunities to share your love of dance with others, whether in personal endeavors or in a professional capacity.

Pre-recorded

Lifetime Access

Length - 4 to 6 Hours

Value - 125 USD

Masculinity in American Belly Dance

Drake von Trapp

"Belly dance" is a global dance form that is predominantly practiced by female & feminine-identified dancers, & the contributions & presence of male & masculine-identified dancers are often overlooked, misrepresented, & misunderstood. Drake is presenting his qualitative research on masculinity in American bellydance, with an emphasis on the past twenty years. His research consists of interviews with seven prominent American male bellydancers and one trans-masculine bellydancer to give a window into the experience of this minority within American bellydance.

Live

Lifetime access

Length - 2 Hours

Value - 50 USD

Fabulously Informative

I would recommend the Bundle for the diversity. Of teachers, dance styles, teaching styles, techniques, exercises... I love that there were long courses, shorter courses, some choreography-based, some technique-based, some improv, some styling... And lectures on a diversity of topics relating to dance but also to relating subjects like self-esteem, social media, history, etc. The Bundle is SO GOOD... even if you don't do all the classes it's worth it!


Aimee V

2020 Bundle Buyer

The Art of Play

Jenny C. Cohen

Exploring the art of dance through Play with Jenny C Cohen aka Aaliyah Jenny. AJ is known for her award winning theatrical pieces. In her dance journey & acting training, she has found many more tools to use in the art of storytelling. This lecture & exploration class will delve into these concepts .

Live

6 Month Access

Length - 1 Hour & 30 Minutes

Value - 100 USD

Stop Watering Down Your WOW

Lisa Allred

Whether you want to add more WOW to a performance or to your dance business, this class is for you! First, Lisa will teach you brief (under 10 min) stress reduction strategies that will enable you to center & focus before your big performance, your Insta Live, or before your weekly classes. Next, Lisa will guide your through two simple assessments to help you find the time to implement these strategies. Finally, you will learn evidence-based techniques to form habits & maintain motivation so that you will continue the changes you begin to make during the workshop.

Live Event

1 Year Access

Length - 1 Hour & 30 Minutes

Value - 40 USD

Music Theory 101 for Dancers

Lindsy Lev

Do you wish you knew more about the music you use in performances & classes? Have you heard a dance teacher use a musical term (like downbeat, phrase, or time signature) & not been sure about what it means? If so, this class is for you! In this lecture, Lindsy Lev draws upon her experience as a professional musician to teach music theory concepts that come up frequently in dance classes & workshops. No musical knowledge required, & no question is too basic for this class. The lecture will include movement opportunities so that you can feel how the material relates to dance. Come learn how understanding music theory can make you a better dancer!

Pre-Recorded & Live Event

Lifetime Access

Length - 2 Hours Live Lecture

Value - 120 USD

What's the Worst that Can Happen?

Sara Shrapnell

Even the big stars have moments of stage fright, but if your nerves are holding your dancing back, it's time to conquer them & release the performer within. In this lecture, we will focus on practical solutions to panic inducing situations. What can you do if something goes wrong while you are on stage? How can you set yourself up for success? Why today's practice can get you out of a pickle - & how to teach your troupe to cope with any situation. This lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.