Wednesdays, Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20
Classes held in the Media Room, lower level of Womanspace
IPDH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.
Prerequisite: Either one Intro to Belly Dance course or previous training in another belly dance class. Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. You will have fun while building confidence, strength & grace. In this 8-week intermediate course, we will build upon the foundational moves learned in the Intro class. Short combinations & choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Choreography will become more complex as we begin to layer multiple moves into the dance or incorporate props such as veils, fan veils, canes, or finger cymbals. Props will be available to borrow in class. For those who want their own, a limited number of props & hip scarves are available for purchase from the instructor.
Come in yoga pants, leggings or other attire that allows full range of motion. No baggy shirts, baggy pants or long skirts as it’s important for you and the instructor to see your body positions. Also, a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips is helpful to see your hip movements in the mirror.
Register by: 08/30 or 2 days before a single session.
Sign-up for the entire course or a single class.
Belly dancing is incredibly empowering. Women and men of every size and ability level will have fun while building confidence, strength and grace. In this 8-week beginner course, you will learn the Egyptian roots of Belly dance and then experiment with modern tribal and fusion styles. Short combinations and choreography will be incorporated into technique and drills making it a great workout for your muscles and your mind. Beginner - Intermediate- No previous dance experience required; great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.)
Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror) Hip scarves available for purchase on Amazon and other online vendors.
Register by: 8/30 or 2 days before a single session.
Saturday, October 9th
Presenter: Kate Blair
Join Kate Blair for one or both of these workshops for a creative exploration of some building blocks to human movement inspired by Jane Hawley’s Movement Fundamentals curriculum. Bring a journal or sketchbook and writing utensil as there will be some reflective pauses to write and or sketch. Please Dress comfortably for moving.
Sensing Moving Landscapes: An outdoor creative movement exploration
How are you moved by the people & environment that surrounds you? In this outdoor workshop, we will explore movement inspired by our many senses. This (experiential) movement based class will also involve pauses for reflective journaling, and creative approaches to (contour & gesture) sketching. Time to remember rhythms inspired by others, and recreate ourselves and nature.
Register deadline is 2 days before class.
Wednesdays, Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8, 15
Register by: 10/25 or 2 days before a single session.
Saturdays, November 20th
Join Kate Blair for one or both of these workshops for a creative exploration of some building blocks to human movement. Inspired by Jane Hawley’s Movement Fundamentals curriculum. Bring a journal or sketchbook and writing utensil as there will be some reflective pauses to write and or sketch. Please Dress comfortably for moving.
Remembering Building Blocks to Movement for Life, Dance, and Creative Expression
Inspired by Peggy Hackney’s book, Making Connections, Kate will guide participants in explorations of patterns of total body connectivity such as ‘breath’, ‘body-half,’ ‘core-distal,’ and more. Remembering and relearning these patterns we each connected to (on some level) in early childhood can help support any kind of movement endeavor as we grow through life! Relating to these patterns may surprise you in the process of movement improvisation and creation.
3333 Maria Linden Dr.
Rockford, IL 61114
Monday–Thursday 10:00 am– 5:00 pm