TAQ Belly Dance School

Classes

Eve Layali

ELEGANT VEIL DANCE

An exciting and uplifting, passionate experience! Escape into the sensory world of the wonderful ancient art of oriental dancing with fabulous Eve Layali in a beautiful and luxurious venue. Learn basic yet graceful and intriguing belly dance moves and a charming little choreography with the option to perform it as a group, dancing with Eve, at The Arab Quarterly, our long running live Arabic music and dance stage show, on Sunday 10 March 2019 at Jacksons Lane Theatre!

Eve’s teaching is passionate and kind. Eve will make you feel really special with her expert guidance and care and open the door for you to discover a rich and rewarding dance form that may enhance your life and sense of pleasure and relaxation. We warmly welcome people from all backgrounds, all ages, and all shapes in life and encourage them to feel great when they belly dance with us. One of the joys of belly dance is that it is absolutely for everyone and is a social dance that has been enjoyed in the Middle East for thousands of years. By joining The Arab Quarter Belly Dance School you will be entering into a whole new world and may enjoy our prestigious Arab Quarterly show on a regular basis, with the most professional Arab Quarter Band. It is a great way to meet lots of people and feel very connected in a caring environment, and with lots of opportunities to dance as you progress!

Eve has been training with Melanie Norman for over five years and 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. Eve will continue to train and dance with Melanie Norman within The Arab Quarter Dance Company.

Course dates: Mondays from 7th January to 4th March 2019 inclusive
Times: 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Location: Slice Studios, 11 Heathmans Road, Parsons Green, London SW6 4TJ (a 2 minute walk from Parsons Green Undergorund Station)

Course: Beautiful and Elegant Egyptian Belly Dance with Veil (Beginners)
Cost: £135 for the course
Performance fee for The Arab Quarterly on Sunday 10th March 2019 at Jacksons Lane Theatre - highly recommended: £15 (course participants only)

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Shakira Jacobs

THE FUN & FUNKY, ONE GROOVY DRUM SOLO

Welcome to the dynamic world of talented Shakira Jacobs! Come and connect with your inner beat with this earthy, slick and expressive, neat drum solo in a fabulous and classy venue!  Shakira loves precision and yet has that gift of stepping just outside it to give you a flamboyant and charismatic feel to her choreography. This beginner's course is a fun way to get started, exploring soft oriental touches and more grounded, weighted movements. Great fun in a group and great fun on stage!

One of the wonders of belly dance is that it is so diverse in its range of authentic expressions and is a dance form steeped in history and captured in timeless form on ancient inscriptions on the pyramids. This dance allows us all to step outside our busy, modern lives and connect with our inner selves, just as they undoubtedly did all those thousands of years ago! It is a very social experience too and a lovely way to meet new people! So come and learn core Egyptian dance moves and enjoy the excitement of performing (optional) this short and audience pleasing choreography, dancing with Shakira, at The Arab Quarterly, Jacksons Lane Theatre, Sunday 10 March 2019. It will be huge fun!

Shakira's teaching methods stem in part from her experience as a qualified Yoga instructor and her insightful cues will help you learn very well from the start, which is a true asset for your development. Her calm, kind and considered manner is a strength that will help you relax and enjoy your time, and add a new element to your life!

Hassan Mostafa will be joining you on stage with tabla (drum) to enhance the recorded music and add excitement to your performance! 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 over five years ago and came with a dance and Yoga background. Shakira's dance has a natural refinement and talent for diverse styles. Shakira will continue to train and perform with Melanie Norman within The Arab Quarter Dance Company.

Course dates: Tuesdays from 8th January to 5th March 2019 inclusive
Times: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Location:  Slice Studios, 11 Heathmans Road, Parsons Green, London SW6 4TJ (a 2 minute walk from Parsons Green Undergorund Station)
Course: Fun and funky, one groovy drum solo
Cost: £135 for the course
Performance fee for The Arab Quarterly on Sunday 10th March 2019 at Jacksons Lane Theatre - highly recommended: £15 (course participants only)

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Melanie Norman

INNOVATIVE AND FLOWING CHOREOGRAPHY

This course is fast paced, intense and requiring home practise! It is specifically for those belly dancers who want to progress their belly dancing and develop a wider range of vocabulary, expression and technique. It will be an Arab Quarter talent spotting ground and those who show dedication and promise will be invited to perform regularly with The Arab Quarter Band at The Arab Quarterly, our long running live music and Arabic dance stage show! Expect a kind but very focussed atmosphere. The warm up will include some adaptations from classical ballet to help with strength, line, balance and control, and the emphasis will be on apparently small but hugely significant details.

The enjoyment in this class will be about the atmosphere generated, jolly, supportive and joining our passions together in an upbeat way. Melanie has a facility for rich and diverse choreography that is her daily passion and in this course we will dance to an emotional and lyrical classical song, rich in changes, musical textures and expressions giving a huge canvass for the dancer to explore. We will then perform part of this choreography, possibly all, at The Arab Quarterly, Jacksons Lane theatre, Sunday 10 March 2019.

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 dates: Thursdays from 10th January to 7th March 2019 inclusive
Times: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: Dance Attic, 368 North End Road, London SW6 1LY (a 5 minute walk from Fulham Broadway Underground Station)

Course: Richly choreographed romantic classical song (Int/Adv)
Cost: £135 for the course
Performance fee for The Arab Quarterly on Sunday 10th March 2019 at Jacksons Lane Theatre - highly recommended: £15 (course participants only)

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