Belly Dance :
The Starbelly Dancers are returning to the Sapphire Room just in time to celebrate the holidays! Join us for The Art of Belly Dance: Bring on the Cheer! We cannot wait to beguile you with beauteous belly dancing and surprises from a few of our friends in the community!
Arabic Style Belly Dance In this class we will lean the basic Fundamentals of Belly Dance. Starting with the foundational posture, arm & body positions and footwork patterns, all the way to shimmies!
Arabic for “Dance of the Orient”, is a modern style with its roots in folkloric dance that is known for detailed hip work and an emotional and graceful connection to the music.
AmCab for short is an energetic Turkish influenced style of belly dance that originated in America in the 1960s and is known for fast hard shimmies, sharp isolations and lively finger cymbals.
Starbelly Dance Squad (formerly known as Tribal Style) is a form of belly dance that has a grounded feel and allows for dancers to improv as a group. Inspired by Romany traditions it incorporates movements from Egyptian folkloric, North African/Middle Eastern, Spanish and Eastern Indian dance forms. Starbelly teaches a mixed form that combines Myra Krien’s Pomegranate Improvisational Dance with Starbelly’s own unique style
In these Belly Dance Fusion classes we will explore the differences and similarities of Arabic Dance with Rock, Ballet, Flamenco, and others, and how to tell a story with movement. This class will also alternate with Pop classes, where we explore Arabic, Turkish, and American pop music expressed through Belly Dance.
Saidi is a folkloric dance from Sa’id, a rural area in Upper Egypt that features bouncy horse-styled steps and large chest and shoulder movements. It frequently incorporates a stick or cane, called an Assaya, which is twirled in various ways and used to frame and accent movements.
Tahtib & Khaliji too!
Check out the interview with Starbelly’s Cecilia Rinn & Tori King on NPR’s Idaho Matters Radio Show!https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/show/idaho-matters/2019-02-19/the-roots-of-boise-belly-dancing#stream/0
And the wonderful Article Written by Jeanne Huff or the Idaho Press at the Starbelly Arabic Folkloric Dance Celebration! https://www.idahopress.com/community/life/free-dance-day-for-building-community-and-fun/article_7cb862d5-7972-5c26-94ab-53efa5aa2097.html
“I cannot express how moved I am by Cecilia’s ability to keep an entire community dancing during this scary, stressful situation. I am honored to be able to be part of the Starbelly Dancers and to have the opportunity to learn from such a beautiful, kind, and tenacious mentor as Cecilia Rinn.”
“Starbelly is a welcoming community that attracts dancers from all walks of life and at various levels of dance.”
“Cecilia has a kind heart and is so welcoming and supportive of all of her students. She empowers her students, and she does it in a healthy way.”
“Starbelly is friendly to bodies with all different kinds of hurts…it’s a healing community for people to get comfortable in their bodies and learn to move it safely & beautifully.”
“I love that we can learn and adapt together in crazy times. (As long as I have been a part of Starbelly we have been pretty successful at doing that in many adventures we have come upon.) We can still communicate and learn on a different level and and continue to get quality instruction. That can only make us better in my opinion.”
“I like that I’ve been able to keep up with my practice from the safety of my home, and I still feel like I get enough individual attention which is hard to do in an online format.”
“There is still a lot of interaction between instructor and student so it’s better than just an online recording with instruction.”
“Cecilia makes dance accessible to all ages and genders. Cecilia helps make the experience about self-expression and encourage students to personalize their dance rather than expect everyone to appear uniform.”
“I really appreciate your knowledge of the history and culture of the styles Cecilia teaches. As a mentor I feel like Cecilia is excellent at empowering her students and helping them build their confidence.”
“Cecilia’s patience and understanding, with colorful and straightforward instruction, and she is generous with her time and the opportunities she presents to her students.”
“Wow. All I can say is I have gained a whole new family at Starbelly! I’ve been taking classes for a little over a year and I would recommend it for anyone. It is an amazing workout and you make a lot of friends. It’s a place to come and release all stress and dance it out. All of the instructors are professional and are very approachable and will go that extra mile to help you. I’m so grateful I took a chance and stepped out of my comfort zone and went to class no knowing anyone. I love it here!”
Starbelly is family friendly, inclusive, empathetic dance school that is for everyBODY.
Starbelly is a one stop shop for everyone interested in belly dance, all age and levels classes, tailored costumes, professional mentorship, performance opportunities, emotional and spiritual growth through dance.
Cecilia is a talented instructor and artist with 3 decades of experience in raqs sharki and built the foundations of large scale belly dance education in Idaho.
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