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Classes held at Studio EP
1847 E. Burnside Suite 111A
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Current Group Class Offerings:
Baksana style classes : Weekly on Sundays in May & June
Baksana is Danielle’s group focusing on folky-fusion belly dance and live music.
Classes consist of earthy dance combinations and finger cymbals (although cymbals are not required) and will often be team-taught with other Baksana members Morgan Fay and Bevin Victoria.
More info and class card/registration HERE
Here are some other styles of classes, not currently – but frequently offered:
Finger cymbals are more than just a prop, they are a musical instrument! And in this class, we’ll learn to play them as such. Intermediate belly dance technique will be paired with important musical concepts such as timing, tempo, and quality of sound. We will practice basic belly dance rhythms and compositions specially designed to make one a well-rounded dancer and player. This class will encourage intentional musical accompaniment for your dance, and is applicable for any style.
Minimum intermediate level belly dance experience suggested.
Improvisation & Composition for Belly Dance
Based heavily on my university studies on improvisation and composition in contemporary dance, this class will essentially be split into 3 parts. We will begin by investigating various techniques for generating new and authentic movement via improvisation games, tips, and tools. We will then move onto learning a belly dance composition which will start out basic, and then have the option to increase in complexity with additional layering to allow each student to work at their personal level. Finally we will spend some time exploring how to use some of the improvisational techniques we touched on earlier in class to learn to breath our own unique breath into the dance phrase, and share our findings with each other. This class will be excellent for students committed to personal investigation and developing their dance voice. Other benefits include laughter, unexpected growth, and options for performance. Class will also include a short warm up and cool down.
This class is all levels but a minimum of 6 months of recent belly dance study is suggested.
Hatha Yoga works to restore balance. As dancers- frequent, thoughtful check-ins with our mind and body are great ways to keep a our whole selves healthy. This class will include “pranayama” working with the breath, “asana” the physical practice of postures for greater strength and freedom of movement, and yogic awareness and intention setting. This class is all levels.
*for more about my current yoga teaching schedule, visit my yoga page!*
FUN-damentals of Belly Dance
This class is intended to be a clear and conscientious introduction of fundamental belly dance movements. We will detail the most common shapes and isolations, add some basic foot patterns and classic arm positions, and focus on strong healthy posture. Short combinations will guide us in tie-ing things together to see the big picture in learning the art of belly dance. We will also practice warm ups and cool downs that aid in the development of key muscle groups essential for executing graceful belly dance movements.
This is a beginner level class, but great for any level dancer who is wanting to focus on / revisit strong foundational technique.
Strong technique is a main part of the foundation of a graceful and successful dancer. For this hour, we will maintain perfect posture and intentional movements while drilling belly dance isolations and having fun with brain-teasing layers. We will slow things way down, and speed things way up to test our cleanliness as well as build stamina. This will be a great work-out for the mind as well as the body!
**Pre-register with class cards!** Drop-in prices are $15 per class with preference given to registered students. If class is full, you’re welcome to stay and observe.
Classes at Studio EP are small and intimate. This presents opportunity for fantastic one-on-one attention, lots of Q&A, and is reflective of belly dance’s roots of small celebratory gatherings. Students are requested to sign up in advance by purchasing a class card and noting which class you plan to take. If you are new to a class, please send a quick email to confirm space availability.
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Danielle offers belly dance instruction for beginners through advanced students. She is dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable learning experience for all who seek her instruction. Some of her personal ethics and commitments to the practice of teaching are as follows:
Students will receive clear and honest dance instruction with attention to posture/alignment, muscle awareness, energy, and pacing of new concepts. Classes will be structured with balanced bodies in mind and will include a warm up and cool down to prepare and compliment practice. Danielle strives to see each dancer clearly as individuals, “where they are at”, and students will be presented with appropriate options and variations for movements so everyone is dancing at their personal best level, and achieving the most out of the practice. Availability for questions before and after class, as well as honest/helpful feedback, is par for the course.
“The experience I had at Studio EP with Danielle was irreplaceable.” -Shoko
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