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Tribal Odyssey Bellydance Syllabus

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BASIC LEVEL - Foundation for Group Improvisation
LEVEL 1.1

Chorus Line Formation.

Ghawazee Hips.
Rolling Hips Figure-8.
Back Undulation.

Reverse Flat 8.
Small Hip Circle/Flat 8.
Large Hip Circle.
Rib Circle.

Large Hip Circle Ending.
LEVEL 1.2

Center Dancers: Duets.

"Surprise" Ending
.

Staggered Line Formation.

Forming/dancing in a Circle; Reforming Chorus Line.

Entering and Exiting w/travel step.

LEVEL 1.3

Volleyball Rotation.

Lead-throwing (w/Rolling Hips) in Staggered Line.

Lead-throwing in Center Dancer Duets.

Barrel Turn.

Eye of Horus.

 

ADVANCED LEVELS
LEVEL 2.1

Introduction to simple Finger Cymbal Patterns: Singles; muted Beledi accents.

Windshield Wipers & turn option.

Hip Dip.


Flat-Ball-Ball-Ball, & lead-throwing turn.

CCW turns into "V" Pose Ending.


LEVEL 2.2

Hip Twists & turn option.

Head Slide/Circle.

Bela & turn option.

Slow Grapevine in Circle.

Slow Arm pattern.
LEVEL 2.3

Cymbal Patterns: 2-2-5; Triples.

Sharp Hips & lead-throwing turn.

3-Step Turn.

Bow & Arrow.

Fast Grapevine in Circle.

CCW turns into Individual Pose Ending.


LEVEL 3.1

Center Dancers: Trios.
Lead-throwing in Center Dancer Trios.

Cymbals Patterns: Beledi; 3-3-7.

Bow & Arrow turn option.

Incorporating shimmies.

Music Interpretation: appropriate combinations for slow or fast music.

LEVEL 3.2

Center Dancers: 4 (if large enough group).

Pharaonic Travel Step.

Tribal Veil Dancing:
1. Turns; Veil Circle.
2. The W; Veil Toss.
3. The Walk; Cross-back Swirl.

Stage Presence: Mental focus; peripheral vision; serene expression.


LEVEL 3.3

Tribal Skirt Dancing:
1. Curtsey/Swish; Hip Lift Pivot; Stomps.
2. Half-turns; Undulation.
3. Swirls; Travel Turns.
4. Flare-Kicks.

Music Interpretation: adapting to musical phrasing; arrhythmic music.

LEVEL 4 (still evolving): Tribal Sword; Solo Improv; Mirror Improv (duet).

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