Bellydance History with Zahira

FALL 2017

After last year's incredible response to this course, and

for all those who missed it, we're offering it again!  

Zahira is THRILLED to combine her extensive academic  

background, deep historical and cultural knowledge, and

her bellydance experience with YOU in this one-of-a-kind

10 week specialty course.

In a Seminar format (lecture and discussion), the course

is open to bellydance students (beginners to professionals),

bellydance enthusiasts, history and cultural studies

scholars and general public who are interested in exploring

the history, roots and cultural background of bellydance as

well as its current standing in the world. It is a MUST for

any bellydance student who aspires to become professional

in the art form.

We will cover the following topics:

WEEK 1 ~ Ancient roots 1: The Mediterranean (Phoenicia, Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia)

WEEK 2 ~ Ancient roots 2: The Romani connection: following the trail from India

WEEK 3 ~ Middle Eastern Music and Dance in the Middle Ages: from Mecca, Medina &

                 Damascus to Spain

WEEK 4 ~ The Ottoman Empire

WEEK 5 ~ The Orientalist period: 'the mystique of the East', from Napoleon to Gerome to

                 Oscar Wilde

WEEK 6 ~ The image of Salome past and present (from Medieval representations to

                 Orientalist ones)

WEEK 7 ~ The Chicago World Fair, (1893) and the late 1890's

WEEK 8 ~ The 20th Century 1: Golden Era (1920's - 1960's)

WEEK 9 ~ The 20th Century 2: immigration and the birth of modern styles outside the Middle


WEEK 10~ The Globalized world

Summary notes, bibliography and readings will be facilitated for each class.

We approach the Seminar with the knowledge that each and every single one of the topics covered could have it's own 10-week session, and this means to be an introduction and discussion of some of the main issues regarding each historical period/topic.

No drop ins and no make ups from other classes as the course builds upon the knowledge acquired in each session. However if you miss one of the seminar sessions you will be given the reading materials and you can attend any bellydance class as a make up.

Registration coming soon!




"WEAVING POETRY:  Beautiful Arms, Hands and Toes" with Zahira

AUG 5,  2 - 4 pm

As frames or as the main focus of a piece, arms and hands

are AS important as all bellydance steps, moves and technique.

You DANCE with your arms and hands; they can be

deliciously expressive and can make or break a piece.


In this workshop you will learn:

* how to create energy, strength, intention and expressiveness:

dancing with your arms and hands in a way that looks

effortless, natural and interesting.

* explore the connections between arms, head, breath,

expressiveness and technique to go beyond drills and

combinations to true dance artistry.

* create smooth transitions between arm moves, arm

frames and arm paths in a way that makes transitions an

expressive and fun part of the dance that has all the potential

of bringing up your own dancer –personality

* use your breath and energy to bring fluidity, radiating

beauty within and without.

* how to create beautiful lines with your body using the strength and expressiveness of your arms, finger tips, legs and toes.

* exercises for better pointed toes.

Be inspired and amazed!   Weave poetry with your arms and create an eloquent, moving painting withyour whole body!

$40 in Advanced (no HST until July 29th)

$50 at the door (space permitting)