Belly Dance is an ancient and joyous art form which produces precision, fluidity and grace.
Belly Dance with Rafi’ah
Thursdays, 7:00 –9:00 p.m.
Fundamentals of Tribal Improv
Beginning/Mixed Levels with Molly McClellan
drop-in based, on-going, no session start dates
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Introduces and develops the Vespertina Style vocabulary of movement emphasizing the technique, posture, foundation and form that is essential for improvisational tribal style. It’s modern tribal improvisational dance with a “Impro-fusion” twist! Class includes a warm-up and cool-down, breakdown and drilling of essential vocabulary and basic zil drills (finger cymbals). This beginning class is open to all levels of dancers. Please bring zils (finger cymbals), if you have them,and a water bottle to class.
Tribal Shake and Bake
Intermediate/Mixed Levels with Molly McClellan
drop-in based, on-going, no session start dates
Instructor approval required
Mondays, 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.
This Class expands upon foundation movements from the Fundamentals class and starts to introduce formation work as well as lead/follow exercises. Shake and Bake is a little bit of everything rolled into one. Learn variations and embellishments, as well as lead work, chorus work, and combinations. This is a mixed level class. Attendance is by INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION ONLY, and previous Tribal Improv or experience of some kind is required. Please email Molly to discuss your participation. Please bring zils and a water bottle to class. There are student performance opportunities at this level.
Balance – A Belly Dancer’s Tool-Kit
Mixed Levels with Molly McClellan
session based, drop-ins allowed
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
In this format we will be focusing on technique, movement exercises, strengthening, and dance drills to help “Balance” you out as a dancer and challenge you. In addition to these exercises, we will also have a 2 month focus to help keep the mind sharp and the creative juices flowing. Some examples of monthly themes include (but are not limited to!!!): layering, footwork, floor work, musicality, zil drills, fusion choreography, improv exercises…the list goes on! This class is suited best for people who have some previous belly dance experience. Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle to class. This class will run in 2 month sessions, however drop-ins are available.
Advanced Workshop / Performance Prep
With Molly McClellan – Formal audition required
Wednesdays, 8:30 –9:30 p.m.
This class concentrates on the key elements for improvisational cue dancing and formation work. Transitions, varying zil patterns, balancing, layering, and floor work are examples of topics covered. Both the Modern Tribal Improv and Tribal Fusion Style will be explored. Students will also learn choreography, stage presence, entrances and exits and have the opportunity to perform at local events. Class is by AUDITION ONLY. Please email Molly to discuss your participation. This class MUST be taken concurrently with Balance! To be able to accomplish some of the more advanced movements and principles of performance dancers need to have a strong core of isolation, drills, and conditioning to build off of. For serious students only!
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Rafi’ah combines the grace and sophistication of Egyptian dance with her unique brand of creativity and skillful technique. A truly dedicated artist, her dance takes you into the essence of the music and the passions of her heart
Known for dynamic performances, exceptional fluidity and expressive zill playing, Rafi’ah has been a celebrated performing artist and instructor for over 22 years, featured at ethnic venues, concerts and private events. She continues to inspire students and professionals alike, sharing her love and mastery of bellydance in ongoing weekly classes, private sessions, workshops and retreats.
Her innovative musical interpretations and choreographies draw from a rich background in other dance forms, like ballet, modern, ballroom, and jazz, while blending ancient, classical and modern bellydance with sprinklings of Flamenco and East Indian flavorings flavorings. Versatility and a gift for improvisation allows her to mold her dance to most any music or venue and she is equally comfortable and proficient dancing to live or recorded music.
Molly McClellan, 720.935.6192
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Molly began her belly dance training in South Florida, studying under Maja, girl from the Nile (Sponsor of Spirit of the Tribes), and was hooked. She continued her studies after leaving South Florida, when she moved to New Orleans and studied under Megha Gavin, the director of Devyani, a certified teacher, and partner with Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance®, in the American Tribal Style® (ATS®) format. Molly danced as a member of the “Daughters of Devi” until Megha left New Orleans in September of 2003. After Megha left, the remaining members of Devyani formed n.o.madic tribal Dance Company, where Molly danced with them until she moved to Denver in June 2004.
Molly has been in the Denver area performing solo, with TribalTique, and the Vespertina Dance Project for over 10 years, and is a sought-after instructor who has taught workshops locally and at national and international events such as Tribal Fest, Cues and Tattoos and Jamballah NW.