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Summer 2014 (June-August) Belly Dance Classes taught by:
Cecilia Rinn Tracy Lay Cecilia & Chad Rinn
Mon. 5:30-6:45pm Cecilia Belly Dance Drill Class. $60 Cecilia & Chad Rinn
Mon. 6:45-8:00pm Level 1: Tribal Slow. $60 Cecilia & Chad Rinn
Mon. 6:45-8:00pm Level 2: Strictly Egyptian. $60 Tracy Lay
Mon. 8:00-9:00pm Level 3: Advanced Oriental (invite only). $50 Cecilia Rinn
Tue. 5:30-6:45pm Level 2: Taqsim & Floor-Work. $60 Cecilia Rinn
Tue. 6:45-7:30pm Level 2: Belly Dance: Tribal $40 Cecilia & Chad Rinn
Tue. 7:30-9:00pm (invite only) StarBelly Dancers Rehearsal.
Wed. 5:30-6:45pm Level 2: Turkish: Chiftitelli and Karshlama. $60 Cecilia Rinn
Wed. 6:45-8:00pm Level 1: Belly Dance Foundations: Zills. $60 Cecilia Rinn
Wed. 8:00-9:00pm Intro to Belly Dance. $50 Starts June 2nd Cecilia & Chad Rinn
Fri. 1:00-2:00pm Belly Dance Drill & Extra practice $10 drop in. Cecilia & Chad Rinn. schedule to vary
“When I started belly dance I was super self conscious. I had a hard time looking at myself in the mirror while dancing. I also had a very hard time showing my belly or exposing myself at all. I have been dancing a year now and my self image has totally changed. I no longer hide my belly, I look at myself in the mirror with confidence, and am surrounded by beautiful people. The loving people around me, the support, the confidence, and the positive affirmations have changed my life for the good. The belly dancing is just a plus, but for me it’s about being happy with me!” –Loren Harley-Drury
Introduction to Belly Dance: No prior experience needed. We will be leaning the basics of proper technique for foot patterns, hips, chest, Shoulders & arms. No other requirements. 12 week course. March-May. Instructor Cecilia & Chad Rinn (60 min. $50.00 a month/ $125 session)-Wed. 8-9pm Register Here-Class Starts June 2nd
Cecilia’s Drill Class: During Drill class we will be going through a series of moves and “drilling” them into muscle memory. We will work on shimmies, layers, Transitions, arms, undulations & zills (you don’t have to do the zills).This class is great extra practice and is wonderful at building endurance and strength. Very limited break down will happen in class. Be prepared to sweat! You must either have completed the “Introduction to Belly Dance”, or have at least 6 months of training with another belly dance teacher to be ready for the “Drill Class”. No other requirements. Instructor Cecilia Rinn (75 min. $60 a month/$150 session). Mon. 5:30-6:345pm Register Here class starts May 31st
Level-1:Belly Dance Foundations: Zills. In this class we will learning a vocabulary of fast moves, including layers, traveling moves and turns. We will be drilling how to control these quintessential fast moves. We will also being exploring how to use Zills (finger cymbals) and a fun choreography.. There will be an additional $20 material fee for the zills which will be provided by the 4th week of class. You must have completed “Intro to Belly Dance Class” or equivalent. 12 week course.Instructor-Cecilia Rinn (75 min. $60 a month-$150 session) Wed. 6:45-8:00pm Class starts June 2nd Register Here class starts June 2nd
Level 2 Arabic Style Taqsim and floor work: In this class we will explore the Arabic Taqsim (my personal favorite!). The focus will be on slow, controlled, emotionally charged movements. We will also learn the proper and safe way to incorporate floorwork into a dance. Arabic taqsim is music consisting of slow, hypnotic improvisation of a melody instrument such as often used for either floor work, balancing, or standing undulations. We will complete a lovely choreography incorporated standing Taqsim, undulations and floor work. This class leans more on the advance side. You will need soft kneepads ($15-$20 from any sporting goods store) Instructor-Cecilia Rinn (75 min. $60 a month) Tue. 5:30-6:45pm Register Here class starts June 1st
Level 2: “Old School Turkish”, Chiftitelli and Karsilama: In this class we will be exploring traditional style belly dance focusing on 2 quintessential Turkish Rhythms Chiftitelli & Karsilama. Chiftitelli refers to both a certain Turkish drum rhythm which is in 8/4 time and also to an improvised musical section by a solo melody instrument that is layered over the top of that pulsing rhythm .Karsilama is a Turkish musical rhythm, in 9/8. Some belly dancers like to use a karsilama as their finale, because it’s a very fast, very exciting rhythm. Karsilma is tied closely to Romany (Gypsy) dance. We will complete a choreography using both these rhythms. Instructor-Cecilia Rinn (75 min. $60 a month) Wed. 5:30-6:45pm Register Here class start June 2nd
Level 2: Strictly Egyptian:
TBA“Introduction to Belly Dance” + “Foundations” class or equivalent to qualify for this class. 12 week course, 15 Total hours of class. Instructor-Tracy lay (75 min. $60 a month/ $150 session) Tue. 5:30-6:45pm Register Here -Class Starts May 31st
Level 1 Tribal Style Belly Dance In this we will learn the basics of Tribal Style Belly Dance, Fast & Slow moves and group inprov series. Even though this is an introductory course, you will need to have completed the “Intro to Belly Dance” Class. It will take 2 session (6 months) to complete level 1 in order to move on to Level 2 Tribal. 12 week course, 12 total hours of class. Instructor-Cecilia & Chad Rinn (75 min. $60 a month/$150 session) Mon. 6:45-8:00pm Register Here -Class starts May 31st
Level 2 Tribal Style Belly Dance In this we continue to learn level 2-intermediate vocabulary Tribal Style Belly Dance, fast & slow moves and group inprov series. You still need to have completed the Level 1 tribal to be able to take this class. 12 week course. Instructor-Cecilia & Chad Rinn (45 min. $40 a month/$100 session) Tue. 6:45-7:30pm Register Here -Class starts June 1st
Level 3 Class (invite only): Advanced Oriental/Raqs Sharqi In this class will be working on advanced moves, combos, and choreographys. Invite only. Please contact Cecilia if you are interested. Instructor Cecilia Rinn (60 min. $50 a month/$125 a session) Mon. 8-9pm Register Here class starts May 31st
StarBelly Dancers (invite only): This class is for my advanced dancers and is by invitation only. Enthusiasm, dedication and commitment is essential. We hold auditions in December and ask all the performers for a year commitment. Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm. For more information and guidelines contact Cecilia or at 208.891.6609.Register Here
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who can take belly dance classes?
You! If you are over the age of 14, and want to learn to the art of Middle Eastern Dance, that these classes are for you! We happily accept all sizes, shapes, colors, and genders in our belly dance classes.
Do I have to show my belly?
No. You never have to show your belly in class or otherwise. But if you want to you certainly can.
Do I have to perform?
No. You never have to perform. But if you would like to, there are opportunities at any or all of the 4 “Starbelly Student Salons” we put on every year.
What do I ware to class?
Stretchy pants, shorts or leggings. For women, a supportive sports bra, and tight fitting stretchy top. Hip belts are available at class to borrow or purchase. Bare feet, or socks. *No coin or loud hip belts allowed. Please bring water.
Do I need to know how to dance? Do I need to lose weight, or get in better shape before I start?
No.No. No. In class you will be learning to dance, while you get in better shape, and encourage weight loss. You will also be learning that you are perfect just the way you are right now. All you need to do is show up, the rest I will take care of, promise. Belly Dance is a way to celebrate all of our unique and vital beauty. Come celebrate with us! Register Today!
*Starbelly School of Dance only accepts serious students.* By registration for classes you are agreeing to commit to a 12 week session.* Class space is limited & classes are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.* Each student gets personalized & expert instruction.* All body types and genders, and ages 13+ are welcome:)
Cecilia is available for private lessons. Prices for privates are: $40.00 for an hour.. Times for Privates are very limited, and are NOT a substitution for regular classes.
(Self-esteem, Empowerment and Education through Dance)
is an after school program, established by Founder/Director Myra Krien in 2001 to present to youth the finest instruction in Middle Eastern Arts along with programming that promotes self-discovery and self-actualization, provides mentorship at a very high level and prepares young women for independence. The Program: We accept 15 teen girls (14-18 yrs old) in the Boise community for one academic year of after-school classes, 1 1/2 hours each, three times per week. They are taught the elements of Tribal Style Belly Dance dance, a rich, diverse, artistic, cultural dance. The girls also participate in talking circles and journal writing during which they discuss issues affecting them. Each girl identifies a personal goal that she would like to achieve during the course of the program. Guest speakers cover a wide range of topics from nutrition and body awareness to financial education, etc. Many successful women of various fields that are of particular interest to the girls, address the girls each week. There are 2-3 Student Salons (student performances) each session. Entrance into the program does not depend on demonstrated talent, standard beauty, or ability to pay the fees the program would require. SEEDs is run mostly by donations. Parents are requested to contribute monthly amount of $200 towards the program. But …Inclusion is not dependent on your ability to pay for the program. For the dancing part of the program girls are required to obtain some basic items available at a reasonable cost through Starbelly Clothing. Instructor Cecilia Rinn (3 hours a week $200 a month) Mon., Tue. & Wed. 3:30-5:00pm
Cecilia Rinn is also available for workshops:
Adding Meaning and Drama in your Dance 1, “Discovering the Story”
Adding Meaning and Drama in your Dance 2, “Exploring the Chakras”
“Turkish Pop” Combos and Choreography
Drum Solo: Shimmies, Locks and pops- Combos and Choreography
Super Slow moves and single veil (very little spinning)- Wraps and Choreography
Taqsim- Theory & Practice & Choreography
Old School Tukish, Chiftilelli and Karshlama Combos and Choreography
Saidi Rhythm, Style, Cane (Assaya) Combos and Choreography
Fast Shimmy Drills
Oriental Style (with some Ballet) Combos and Choreography
Introduction to Belly Dance
All workshops will have a focus on precise technique, dance kinesiology, and the relationship of the dancer to the space around them.
Cecilia Rinn has been bellydancing professionally since 1995. Before falling in love with Middle Eastern dance, Cecilia studied ballet, modern, jazz, a little flamenco, and choreography for 18 years. Cecilia has performed as a featured dancer across the country. Cecilia has been a judge at the prestigious fusion belly dance competition, “Hybid”, three years running at “Fusion Fest” where she is also a featured performer. Cecilia embodies the passion & joy of belly dance. Cecilia is sought after instructor, and teaches classes and workshops both locally (Boise, Idaho) and nationally with her belly dance school “StarBelly School of Dance” including her Professional and an Appentice group the “The Starbelly Dancers”.
Along with bellydancing, Cecilia is an award-winning, filmmaker & graphic artist with her production company Full Tilt Boogie L.L.C. “BELLY: Sensual, Scarred, Sacred”, Cecilia’s feature documentary about belly dancers, has Toured the Country. Cecilia has a Bachelors of Science, Social Science degree from Boise State University. Cecilia is also a professional seamstress and belly dance costume designer, creating under the name of Star Belly Clothing.
If you are interested in belly dance classes contact Cecilia or call 208.891.6609
For Video of Cecilia Dancing click HERE
Cecilia’s Photo Gallery Here
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