TRIBAL ODYSSEY Teacher
About TRIBAL ODYSSEY
This Teacher Certification
is for established belly dance teachers who want to teach the
Tribal Odyssey format. This is not a general skills or business
management course, it is exclusively about teaching Tribal
Odyssey Bellydance. Currently only Certification in Level One is
being offered, but subsequent Level Certification (for Level Two
or Three) will certify the teacher to teach at that and any
To apply for Level One
Teacher Certification, study the Required Materials listed
below then request an Application Form by email. You will be
given access to a Google Site dedicated to Tribal Odyssey
Teacher Resources. There you can access all the forms and
information to view or download.
In brief: Application is a
PART ONE asks about your
background and training in belly dance, and goals. Also included
in Part One is a “Letter of Intent” stating that you agree to:
There is no cost for
submitting Part One of the Application.
- represent this format as
“Tribal Odyssey” Bellydance; not ATS, tribal fusion,
Egyptian style, folkloric, ethnic or any other style. The
parent term is “ITS” (Improv Tribal Style), or “group
- refrain from performing
choreographed versions of Tribal Odyssey in place of
authentic group improvisation.
- refrain from changing or
adding any material to the curriculum or repertoire (not
including classroom drills).
- use and reference the
existing Tribal Odyssey materials (Manual, DVD) instead of
creating secondary works in video, print, or online.
For PART TWO you
will be asked about the history of Tribal Odyssey, ATS, and
ITS and how they differ from each other and from Oriental
Belly Dance. You'll be asked to submit sample class
plans including drills and music to be used. Cost for
submitting Part Two is $175.00.
In PART THREE, you
must have a working knowledge of several basic Arabic dance
rhythms, and be able to count music tempo correctly. You'll be
asked for a video or in-person demonstration of your knowledge
of Level One material. Cost for Part Three is $175.00.
Full details are available on
the Google Site.
Your Application must be completed in full to be considered for
Certification. Each part will receive a Pass/Fail grade; if any
part of your application fails, you may resubmit that part at no
additional fee for up to three months.
Level One Certification is
valid for two years. Renewing is simple:
- submit a one hour video
(on DVD) of you teaching class taken within the final three
months before your Certification runs out. This can be
broken into two or three shorter clips as long as the
filming itself was done within the final three months. Your
voice must be audible above the music, and you and several
students should be completely in view; filming from any
angle is fine.
- OR submit a performance
video* that meets the criteria of #3 in PART THREE.
Cost: $50.00 total, and a
new two-year Certificate will be mailed to you within 3-4
If at the end of your
two-year Certification period you don’t submit a video or if
your video shows that your technique or information is
incorrect then your Certification becomes invalid. To be
skills are being judged in the video; the skill level of your
students is less crucial though they should show adequate
grasp of the material.
*Performance videos may be on
DVD or send a link to it online. The class video should be
sent as a DVD.
Required Materials for Level