The Arab Quarter Belly Dance School

Classes

New courses! Learn to belly dance and perform!  Progress your belly dancing & develop a wider range of vocabulary, expression & technique.

Varied and fun courses. Places will be limited and early booking is essential.


Eve Layali

Mini course
“Learn iconic belly dance moves!"


This three week mini course is an ideal way to refresh basic belly dance skills and improve technical command of movement forms. Suitable for mixed level students as subjects may be easily layered to provide that extra challenge if needed. The teaching of individual movements and combining elements to create enjoyable and attractive sequences will make up these mini courses. The atmosphere we pride ourselves in generating is upbeat, fun and above all professional with students’ health and wellbeing, and enjoyment at the centre of all. 

Eve came to The Arab Quarter with a dance background.  Eve is an elegant and engaging dancer with a depth of talent and her dedication and attention to dance detail are second to none. Shakira and Eve will continue to train and perform with Melanie Norman within The Arab Quarter Dance Company, attending a 2 hour class with Melanie Norman each week where they encounter a deeply technical class, including a ballet-barre section in the warm up, and a great variety of detailed choreography. Having worked together for over five years now our teachers have a wealth of knowledge to pass on and are greatly looking forward to meeting new students and experiencing their second term of teaching at our newly opened Arab Quarter Belly Dance School.

Course dates: Mondays
                       April 1st / 8th / 15th  
Times: 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Slice Studios, 11 Heathmans Road, Parsons Green, London SW6 4TJ (a 2 minute walk from Parsons Green Underground Station)

Course: Eve Layali Mini Course
Cost: £45 for the course


Please see our terms and conditions on the Contact & Legal page




Full course with option to perform!
 “Do it big, do it right and do it with style!”
(Fred Astaire)

Enjoy the rich sensuality that is the mystery of the dance of the peoples of Egypt! Eve will be creating a dance with you that takes its character from the famous “Baladi” (meaning ‘of my country’) style, a powerful, elegant and earthed dance that is grounded and characterful, with very traditional belly dance moves and unfussy design. Lots of rich and full hip movements that characterise this ancient dance form. This is an ideal way to thoroughly explore a range of traditional moves whilst not having to take on complicated steps. Ideal for the complete beginner and useful ground for general level belly dance. Expect wonderfully warm and professional teaching from Eve with careful breakdowns and a choreography that will feel great to dance.

There is a highly recommended option to perform the short dance you will learn in our famous Arab Quarterly, London’s live Arabic music and dance stage show, on Sunday 30 June! This course is a great way to boost your self-esteem, meet new people and have the amazing life experience of being on the beautiful stage at Jacksons Lane, London.

Benefit from the luxurious set up at Slice Studios which is small scale and classy, with informed and friendly staff and superb facilities, including immaculate showers.

 The Arab Quarter Belly Dance School encourages progression and we are constantly talent spotting and helping dancers grow, ultimately with the privileged opportunity to dance with the unique and highly professional Arab Quarter Band. So, if you love belly dance and live music this is the place to be!!

Eve came to The Arab Quarter with a dance background.  Eve is an elegant and engaging dancer with a depth of talent and her dedication and attention to dance detail are second to none. Shakira and Eve will continue to train and perform with Melanie Norman within The Arab Quarter Dance Company, attending a 2 hour class with Melanie Norman each week where they encounter a deeply technical class, including a ballet-barre section in the warm up, and a great variety of detailed choreography. Having worked together for over five years now our teachers have a wealth of knowledge to pass on and are greatly looking forward to meeting new students and experiencing their second term of teaching at our newly opened Arab Quarter Belly Dance School.

Course dates: Mondays
                       April 29th / [break for Spring bank holiday]
                       May 13th / 20th / [break for Whitsun]
                       June 3rd / 10th / 17th / 24th 
Times: 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Slice Studios, 11 Heathmans Road, Parsons Green, London SW6 4TJ (a 2 minute walk from Parsons Green Underground Station)

Course: Do it big, do it right and do it with style
Cost: £105 for the course
Performance fee for The Arab Quarterly on Sunday 30th June 2019 at Jacksons Lane Theatre - highly recommended: £15 (course participants only)

Please see our terms and conditions on the Contact & Legal page

Options

Shakira Jacobs

Mini course
“Learn iconic belly dance moves!"


This 4 week mini course is an ideal way to refresh basic belly dance skills and improve technical command of movement forms. Suitable for mixed level students as subjects may be easily layered to provide that extra challenge if needed. The teaching of individual movements and combining elements to create enjoyable and attractive sequences will make up these mini courses. The atmosphere we pride ourselves in generating is upbeat, fun and above all professional with students’ health and wellbeing, and enjoyment at the centre of all.

Shakira joined The Arab Quarter with a dance and Yoga background.  Shakira's dance has a natural refinement and talent for diverse styles. Shakira and Eve will continue to train and perform with Melanie Norman within The Arab Quarter Dance Company, attending a 2 hour class with Melanie Norman each week where they encounter a deeply technical class, including a ballet-barre section in the warm up, and a great variety of detailed choreography. Having worked together for over five years now our teachers have a wealth of knowledge to pass on and are greatly looking forward to meeting new students and experiencing their second term of teaching at our newly opened Arab Quarter Belly Dance School.

Course days: Tuesdays 
                      March 26th
                      April
2nd / 9th / 16th 
Times: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Location:  Slice Studios, 11 Heathmans Road, Parsons Green, London SW6 4TJ (a 2 minute walk from Parsons Green Underground Station)
Course: Shakira Mini Course
Cost: £60 for the course



Please see our terms and conditions on the Contact & Legal page





Full course with option to perform!
“Hips Don’t Lie!”


Discover the great power and beauty in soft, fluid pelvic and very feminine belly dance movements and lovely, expressive arms in a heartfelt number to one of Shakira’s favourite Arabic pop songs! This course will cover the teaching of many authentic, core belly dance moves and popular Egyptian dance steps that are so rich to see and fulfilling to dance! Expect a full spinal work out, graceful choreography and plenty of fun as Shakira puts you through your paces in her upbeat, knowledgeable and professional way. This course is designed to be challenging even to someone who has prior experience of belly dance yet also accessible to a complete beginner.

There is a highly recommended option to perform the short dance you will learn in our famous Arab Quarterly, London’s live Arabic music and dance stage show, on Sunday 30 June! This course is a great way to boost your self-esteem, meet new people and have the amazing life experience of being on the beautiful stage at Jacksons Lane, London.

Benefit from the luxurious set up at Slice Studios which is small scale and classy, with informed and friendly staff and superb facilities, including immaculate showers.

The Arab Quarter Belly Dance School encourages progression and we are constantly talent spotting and helping dancers grow, ultimately with the privileged opportunity to dance with the unique and highly professional Arab Quarter Band.  So, if you love belly dance and live music this is the place to be!!

Shakira joined The Arab Quarter with a dance and Yoga background. Shakira's dance has a natural refinement and talent for diverse styles. Shakira and Eve will continue to train and perform with Melanie Norman within The Arab Quarter Dance Company, attending a 2 hour class with Melanie Norman each week where they encounter a deeply technical class, including a ballet-barre section in the warm up, and a great variety of detailed choreography. Having worked together for over five years now our teachers have a wealth of knowledge to pass on and are greatly looking forward to meeting new students and experiencing their second term of teaching at our newly opened Arab Quarter Belly Dance School.  

Course days: Tuesdays 
                      April
30th / [break for Spring bank holiday week]
                      May
14th / 21st / [break for Whitsun week]
                      June 4th / 11th / 18th / 25th
Times: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Location:  Slice Studios, 11 Heathmans Road, Parsons Green, London SW6 4TJ (a 2 minute walk from Parsons Green Underground Station)
Course: Hips Don’t Lie
Cost: £105 for the course
Performance fee for The Arab Quarterly on Sunday 30th June 2019 at Jacksons Lane Theatre - highly recommended: £15 (course participants only)

Please see our terms and conditions on the Contact & Legal page

Options

Melanie Norman

Mini course
“Expressive Sequences & Technique"


Enjoy dancing beautifully choreographed sequences and learn aspects of dance that enable a richer expression in this Advanced three-week mini course.  Expect important dance cues that, over time with us, will help you develop and improve, some of which will be technical.

Melanie Norman set up The Arab Quarter with Hassan Mostafa in 2009 and is hugely experienced in Egyptian dance, having taken many private lessons with top Egyptian teachers (Mohammed Kazafy, Aida Nour, Khaled Mahmoud, Lubna Emam) and having attended many festivals both in Cairo and Europe. Melanie trains extensively in classical ballet and has had ten years of excellent jazz dance training and private tuition with an ex-professional dancer. Melanie currently attends two ballet classes a week with Louise Bracey, ex-Royal Ballet/English National Ballet. Melanie has been teaching belly dance for twelve years and has produced many group and solo choreographies in her own completely individual style.

Course days: Thursdays
                      April 4th / 11th / 18th
Course level:  Advanced 
Times: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Dance Attic Studios, 368 North End Road, Fulham, London SW6 1LY (a 5 minute walk from Fulham Broadway Underground Station)
Course: Expressive Sequences & Technique
Cost: £45 for the course

Please see our terms and conditions on the Contact & Legal page




Full course
“A powerful and original Saidi dance"


This Advanced level course will feature a grounded and earthy, passionate dance characterised by moody edges and a rich sensuality.  The choreography will capture the strong character and weighted nature of this striking and elegant Egyptian folkloric style and contain authentic belly dance moves that are rich and full.  This course requires a stick and may possibly lead to a performance at our Arab Quarterly show at Jacksons Lane Theatre on Sunday 30th June (dependant on assessment during the course).  The course is limited to 8 places so early booking is advised.

Melanie Norman set up The Arab Quarter with Hassan Mostafa in 2009 and is hugely experienced in Egyptian dance, having taken many private lessons with top Egyptian teachers (Mohammed Kazafy, Aida Nour, Khaled Mahmoud, Lubna Emam) and having attended many festivals both in Cairo and Europe. Melanie trains extensively in classical ballet and has had ten years of excellent jazz dance training and private tuition with an ex-professional dancer. Melanie currently attends two ballet classes a week with Louise Bracey, ex-Royal Ballet/English National Ballet. Melanie has been teaching belly dance for twelve years and has produced many group and solo choreographies in her own completely individual style.

Course days: Thursdays
                      May 2nd / 9th / 16th / 23rd / 30th
                      June 6th / 13th / 20th / 27th

Course level:  Advanced 
Times: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Dance Attic Studios, 368 North End Road, Fulham, London SW6 1LY (a 5 minute walk from Fulham Broadway Underground Station)
Course: Saidi Dance
Cost: £135 for the course

Please see our terms and conditions on the Contact & Legal page

Please see our terms and conditions on the Contact & Legal page

© 2019 Melanie Norman t/as The Arab Quarter