Monica Berini

Belly Dance

san francisco

instructor

Middle Eastern Dance - Beginning

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Designed for those new to Egyptian style belly dance, those returning after a break, and more experienced learners looking to brush up on their basics, find new challenges, revel in the roots, or try a new-to-them style or instructor, this class will provide a basic understanding of Egyptian raqs (dance) movement, posture, technique, and music fundamental to many styles. Each class will both introduce new information and review movements and concepts presented in the previous class. All of Monica’s classes at all levels have a musical approach to movement. Along with focused technique and movement practice and combinations, each class will include a dance style warm-up, a focus on posture, shimmy drills, conceptual, cultural and informational dance context as appropriate, and a dance-along or a dance circle.

Designed for those new to Egyptian style belly dance, those returning after a break, and more experienced learners looking to brush up on their basics, find new challenges, revel in the roots, or try a new-to-them style or instructor, this class will provide a basic understanding of Egyptian raqs (dance) movement, posture, technique, and music fundamental to many styles. Each class will both introduce new information and review movements and concepts presented in the previous class. All of Monica’s classes at all levels have a musical approach to movement. Along with focused technique and movement practice and combinations, each class will include a dance style warm-up, a focus on posture, shimmy drills, conceptual, cultural and informational dance context as appropriate, and a dance-along or a dance circle.

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Monday

6:00p - 7:00p

Beginning

Monday

6:00p - 7:00p

Beginning

*Please confirm schedules with studio

Middle Eastern Dance - Int/Adv

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Intermediate/Advanced: This ongoing, musically-oriented, mixed-level class focuses on strengthening, refining and improving existing technique and expanding learner knowledge of movements, rhythms and common (and not so common!) songs. This class is great for intermediate and up learners and improvers committed to regular attendance, and more experienced dancers who want to find their own voice in Middle Eastern dance while staying within the Egyptian and Arab style. Classes will focus on maintaining strong technique, distinguishing between social, folkloric and stage styles, developing performance skills, advice for creating a home practice, learning and listening to lots of songs and lots of versions of songs, putting emotion behind the movement, finger cymbals, finding your voice and place within the dance form, learning about the larger bellydance community and events, learning about the larger Arab music scene and events, and ethics in belly dancing. All classes will include an improvised dance along. Note: We also have a lot of fun. Students in this class will have an opportunity to perform in student showcases as well as with Monica’s performance group, The Zakiyya Dancers. All classes at all levels have a musical approach to movement. Along with focused technique and movement practice and combinations, each class will include a dance style warm-up, a focus on posture, shimmy drills, conceptual, cultural and informational dance context as appropriate, and a dance-along or a dance circle.members alike. Expression - Prerequisite: A minimum of 12 to 24 months of consistent Arabic, Egyptian or belly dance class or equivalent, or instructor approval.

Intermediate/Advanced: This ongoing, musically-oriented, mixed-level class focuses on strengthening, refining and improving existing technique and expanding learner knowledge of movements, rhythms and common (and not so common!) songs. This class is great for intermediate and up learners and improvers committed to regular attendance, and more experienced dancers who want to find their own voice in Middle Eastern dance while staying within the Egyptian and Arab style. Classes will focus on maintaining strong technique, distinguishing between social, folkloric and stage styles, developing performance skills, advice for creating a home practice, learning and listening to lots of songs and lots of versions of songs, putting emotion behind the movement, finger cymbals, finding your voice and place within the dance form, learning about the larger bellydance community and events, learning about the larger Arab music scene and events, and ethics in belly dancing. All classes will include an improvised dance along. Note: We also have a lot of fun. Students in this class will have an opportunity to perform in student showcases as well as with Monica’s performance group, The Zakiyya Dancers. All classes at all levels have a musical approach to movement. Along with focused technique and movement practice and combinations, each class will include a dance style warm-up, a focus on posture, shimmy drills, conceptual, cultural and informational dance context as appropriate, and a dance-along or a dance circle.members alike. Expression - Prerequisite: A minimum of 12 to 24 months of consistent Arabic, Egyptian or belly dance class or equivalent, or instructor approval.

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Monday

7:00p - 8:00p

Intermediate / Advanced

Monday

7:00p - 8:00p

Intermediate / Advanced

*Please confirm schedules with studio

About Monica Berini

Monica Berini is a San Francisco based performer, instructor, and musician who has been studying dances, songs, instruments, languages and percussion of the Arab world, North Africa and Turkey since her teens, with training in San Francisco, New York and Cairo, Egypt. Monica has an extensive performance history that includes improvisational solo work and award-winning choreographed troupe and company experience. Her soulful, musical, baladi solo dance style is rooted in 1960s through 1990s Cairo raqs sharqi, 20th-century Arab-, Turkish-, and Armenian-American diasporic belly dance, raqs baladi, and Firqa Reda technique, with a strong foundation of folkloric roots and a healthy curiosity about and love of dance and music. Monica likes, performs, and teaches Egyptian and Old-School pan-Arab style dance. Music, cultural context, ongoing learning and respect for the roots are at the forefront of her artistic pursuits. This style provides Monica and her students with ‘farha’—never ending joy, which is at the heart of the style. Monica has learned in both dance studios and Cairo kitchens, and she brings over twenty-five years of inquisitive, respectful and passionate study of Egyptian dance to her teaching work. She travels several times a year to festivals and workshops as both a learner and an instructor, travels for extended live-work trips to source countries her dances are rooted in, teaches weekly classes at LINES Dance Center, and is a longtime performing member of Aswat, the Bay Area's premier Arab music ensemble. More information about Monica's current projects can be found at www.monicaraqs.com.