Home
BiographyPerformancesClassesKaravansarayProjectsWorkshopsContact InfoLinks & Lists
Receive information on classes, workshops, and performances:  Sign up for Amanda's email list  
 
Amanda in red - photo by Michael Baxter  
Classes with Amanda

Near Eastern Dance: Bellydance and Beyond
Classes in Traditional Bellydance and Folk Dances of the Near East


Group Classes:

for Beginners
:
Bellydance Basics 
Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm 
Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am


for Intermediate/Advanced students:
*NEW* Bellydance Technique Survey : Wednesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm  
Bellydance & Beyond
: Saturdays 10:30am-12pm   


Karavansaray Dance Company RehearsalMondays 7:30pm-9:30pm  

Click on links above to view information about each class, including location and registration.

Download a Class Information Flier Here

For more information, please contact Amanda.


New students: please check here for useful information prior to attending classes.

Registration for any class:
Please fill out the Reg Form and bring to your first class.


 
BELLYDANCE BASICS:
 Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm AND Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am
 
Learn and master basic moves for the beautiful artform of Bellydance. We will break down new movements each class and practice them in combinations. A new Near Eastern rhythm each session provides the basis for the movements and combinations so students will become familiar with the key rhythms that underlie Bellydance. Each class begins with a thorough warm-up and workout to prepare the body for dance, as well as drills to improve isolations. Throughout class, Amanda emphasizes proper posture and mindful movement to execute moves correctly and to avoid injury. 

Perfect for Beginners to Bellydance, as well as Intermediate students who want to hone dance technique. No prior dance experience needed. New sessions for Basics begin every two months. Students may join any time during a session. Wednesday and Saturday classes will cover the same topics each week. Students are welcome to attend either or both classes per week.

Please note: Although Amanda does not incorporate Finger Cymbals (zills) in the Basics class -- so students can focus on body movements -- all Basics students are welcome to join Finger Cymbal warm-up/practice during the first 15 minutes of the Saturday 10:30am class for no extra charge.

Session Information:
November/December Session 2017
Session Dates:
Wednesdays: Nov. 1 through Dec. 13   (6 weeks - No class on Nov. 22, Dec. 20, or Dec. 27)
Saturdays: Nov. 4 through Dec. 16   (6 weeks - No class on Nov. 25, Dec. 23, or Dec. 30)  
Session Topic: 9/8 Rhythm for Turkish Bellydance 
Explore energetic Turkish-style Bellydance (Oryantal Tansi) set to the jazzy and fun 9/8 rhythm. Will include some Turkish Rom ("Gypsy") dance, as well.

New students should check here for useful information prior to attending classes.

Class times: Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm AND Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am
Location: Roundhill Studios1043A Garland Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 - Studio C
        (Studio C: turn left immediately inside main building entrance and enter Studio C 
through first door down the hall)
Class fees:   Cash or Check only.
$14/class for single class
$12/class for 4 to 7 classes pre-paid
$10/class for 8+ classes pre-paid 
Tuition Policy: All class pre-payments are valid for 6 months from date of purchase. 
Registration: Please fill out the Reg Form and bring to your first class. Payment is taken in class.
 
 
BELLYDANCE & BEYOND - Intermediate/Adv
anced:  Saturdays 10:30am-12pm
 

Expand your knowledge of Bellydance... and Beyond!

Bellydance & Beyond aims to improve each student's technical abilities, train skilled performers, and deepen students' understanding of Near Eastern dance.

Similar to the Basics class, Amanda leads students through a warm-up and isolation drills, and teaches steps and combinations. This class, however, takes students to the next level with layering of movements, incorporating finger cymbals, emphasizing presentational skills, and working towards making the student comfortable with dancing improvisationally. The class also explores topics with a wider geographical and musical breadth, including brief discussions of cultural context when relevant. In addition, Amanda teaches a new choreography each session; performance opportunities will be available for interested students (performing is entirely optional). Each class also begins with a 10-15 minute zill practice to learn rhythms covered in that class.

Topics will include Oriental Dance (Bellydance) technique, including layering and improvisation; Near Eastern rhythms; Zill technique; Taqsim; Veil work; Drum Solo; Turkish and Egyptian Oriental dance styles; Upper Egyptian Folkloric styles; Turkish Romani dance; Khaliji dance; Sword dance; Folk dances of Turkey, Lebanon, Greece, and Armenia; Classical dance influences from Armenia, Persia, Central Asia, and Western ballet; Cultural context and awareness.

New sessions for Bellydance & Beyond begin every three months. Students may join any time during a session, although early and regular attendance is encouraged in order to progress in each subject and the choreographies.  

Recommended: Competence with Basic Bellydance movements: hip and shoulder shimmies, 3/4 shimmy, bodywaves, chest and hip articulations (circles, figure-8s), snake arms, simple turns. Students should complete a year of Basics (or equivalent) before joining Bellydance & Beyond.

Session Information:
October/November/December Session 2017
Session Dates: Oct. 14 through Dec. 16   (9 weeks - No classes on Oct. 7, Nov. 25, Dec. 23, or Dec. 30)  
Session Topic: 6/8 Rhythms and Dances of North Africa 
Explore 
6/8 rhythms while learning movements from Moroccan, Tunisian, and Algerian traditional dance, which can be incorporated into Bellydance. Choreography to Moroccan tune Mach Mach. Performance opportunities available for interested students. 
Folk Dance: Sheikani, a traditional Assyrian line dance  

Please bring finger cymbals.

Class times: Saturdays, 10:30am-12pm  
Location:  Roundhill Studios, 1043A Garland Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 - Studio C
       
(Studio C: turn left immediately inside main building entrance and enter Studio C through first door down the hall)
Class fees:   Cash or Check only.
$14/class for single class
$12/class for 4 to 7 classes pre-paid
$10/class for 8+ classes pre-paid
Tuition Policy:  All class pre-payments are valid for 6 months from date of purchase. 
Registration: Please fill out the Reg Form and bring to your first class. Payment is taken in class.
 

*NEW*
BELLYDANCE TECHNIQUE SURVEY - Intermediate/Advanced: Wednesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm
 
Bellydance Technique Survey aims to improve each student's technical abilities and train skilled performers through repeating and expanding combinations.

This class takes students to the next level with layering of movements, incorporating finger cymbals, emphasizing presentational skills, and working towards making the student comfortable with dancing improvisationally. After warm-up and isolation drills, each class will feature short combinations from the five major American Cabaret Bellydance sections: Fast Opening (4/4 and 2/4 rhythms), Veil Dance, Slow Movement (taksim or chiftitelli), Drum Solo, and Finale (various styles, including 9/8 and 6/8 rhythms). Students will have the chance to revisit and master each combination for a few weeks before the class moves on to new combinations. As students progress with each set of combinations, Amanda will add zills and movement layering to expand students' technique. Students may join any time.

Note: Amanda will provide any props needed, but students are welcome to bring their own veils or zills.

Recommended: Competence with Basic Bellydance movements: hip and shoulder shimmies, 3/4 shimmy, bodywaves, chest and hip articulations (circles, figure-8s), snake arms, simple turns. Students should complete a year of Basics (or equivalent) before joining Bellydance Technique Survey.  

Please note:
No class on Nov. 22, Dec. 20, or Dec. 27.

Class times: Wednesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm  
Location:  Roundhill Studios1043A Garland Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 - Studio C
(Studio C: turn left immediately inside main building entrance and enter Studio C through first door down the hall) 
Class fees:   Cash or Check only.
$14/class for single class
$12/class for 4 to 7 classes pre-paid
$10/class for 8+ classes pre-paid 
Tuition Policy: All class pre-payments are valid for 6 months from date of purchase. 
Registration: Please fill out the Reg Form and bring to your first class. Payment is taken in class.
 
 
Karavansaray Dance Company Rehearsal
: Mondays 7:30pm-9:30pm
 

Prepare for troupe performances of traditional Near Eastern dance styles with Amanda's Karavansaray Dance Company. Karavansaray presents traditional, folkloric, and classical dance styles from throughout the Near East: from North Africa, Egypt, the Levant, the Balkans, Turkey, Armenia, and Central Asia. Prior dance experience is required. Company membership is open to all interested dancers seeking regular performance opportunities in Near Eastern dKDC at DDF2013ance. Please contact Amanda for approval to join Karavansaray. 

Karavansaray Dance Company members are expected to know the dances thoroughly prior to any performance, and the Company will focus on polishing performance pieces in rehearsal prior to any upcoming shows. Performers are also expected to attend weekly rehearsals to support everyone in the Company, to learn the continually expanding troupe repertoire, and to maintain performance readiness of the Company's existing dances. 

Rehearsal time: Mondays, 7:30pm-9:30pm   
Location: studio in Campbell -- please contact Amanda for details
Class fees: $25/month (to help cover rehearsal space rental)
 



Notes for New Students

Welcome to Bellydance and Near Eastern Dance with Amanda!

We will have a great time exploring this beautiful artform and taking this cultural journey together!
If you are new to Bellydance, the following information will help you prepare for your first class.
If you have taken Bellydance but are new to Amanda's classes, this information will give you an idea of what to expect.

What to wear:
Comfortable, movable, breathable workout wear:
e.g. yoga pants and leotard or t-shirt OR unitard
skirts or loose pants (AKA harem pants or shalwar) are also okay
clothes are preferably close-fitting so instructor can see body movements more clearly

Shoes:
optional -- some students prefer bare feet -- but light ballet slippers or jazz shoes are very good to have, particularly for folk dance sections; also good are "Hermes" or "Grecian" sandals

Hip Scarf:
also optional, but fun to wear and very common in Bellydance classes
preferably without small beads as these often end up on the floor and will embed into bare feet (ouch!) 

What to bring:
Finger Cymbals, AKA Zills or Sagat
available at Adira's Dance (Willow Glen)   [tell Adira Amanda says Hi!]
Amanda will also have a few sets to borrow

Props (e.g., veil, cane, etc.), if needed for the session topic (details above)
OPTIONAL -- Amanda will have any relevant props available to borrow in class

Patience, Perserverance, and a Positive Attitude
You will discover muscles you did not know you had, develop new connections between mind and body, explore movement "isolations," and work toward "multi-tasking" body movements. Depending on your backgound and intensity of study, mastering basic Bellydance technique can take months or years, so be patient with yourself. Use only your personal progress as a metric. Every class has a range of abilities among the students, and each student progresses at her or his own pace, so celebrate your own breakthroughs as they come. And be sure to smile!
: - )


What to expect in Amanda's classes:
In all classes, Amanda emphasizes understanding the rhythms and music of each style as the basis for expressive interpretation and improvisation. Her dance style is traditional, but often includes modern music and always a sense of fun. Amanda takes the teaching and learning of these beautiful dance forms very seriously. Her goals are to give each student a thorough grounding in dance technique, to provide an appreciation of the cultural context of the dances and music, and for each student to become comfortable with the movements, music, and rhythms -- and thereby, ultimately, be able to perform improvisationally. Just as important is that the student enjoys the learning experience, because above all, these dances are about Joy. Therefore, Amanda keeps the tone light and encourages smiling and projecting enjoyment even as students focus on difficult movements. So, let's work hard and have fun together!






This page last updated Nov. 3, 2017
All images and text on www.AmandaDancer.com are Copyright of Amanda Baer.

Do not copy, reproduce, or distribute any material from any page on this site without express written permission of the site owner .