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 1 & 2 with Molly McClellan
Beginning/Mixed Levels (Level 1 & 2)
(Session based with drop-ins/punch cards allowed)
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:15-ish 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 with Molly McClellan
Intermediate/Mixed Levels (Level 3)
(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. Zils (finger cymbals) are required.
Fusion Flow with Molly McClellan
Mixed styles and topics. Intermediate/Advanced
(Session based with drop-ins/punch cards allowed)
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
We’re breaking away from the old balance format to introduce Fusion Flow! These Integrated Dance inspired classes are fun, fast-paced, and combine drills, combos, choreography, and movement exercises with a touch of tribal fusion flair. Each class will include a warm up, a belly dance conditioning exercise (gotta have the skills to pay the bills!), focus on special topic, and a cool down. This class is best for any style of dancer (read: you don’t have to be a tribal-style dancer to groove with us) who has basic belly dance movements, footwork patterns, and isolations already under their hip belt. Basic zil/finger cymbals skills are also a plus, depending on the topic we are focusing on. This class is not for the absolute beginner. Classes are best done in sessions, but adventurous drop-ins are welcome if there is room.
Advanced Workshop / Performance Prep with Molly McClellan
Formal audition required
Wednesdays, 8:00 –9:00 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.
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**All Adults (18+) of any shape, size, race, and gender expression and identities are welcome in my classes**
Molly McClellan is an internationally acclaimed performer and dance instructor.
Molly began studying the art of belly dance in Southern Florida under the instruction of Maja. After moving to New Orleans, she continued her training with Megha Gavin, who was both the director of Devyani and a certified teacher and partner with Carolina Nericcio in the American Tribal Style® (ATS®) format of FatChanceBellyDance®. She now resides in Denver, Colorado where she teaches local classes, performs, and produces shows.
Her continued dance education includes the General Skills Certification with Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance®, as well as all four phases of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ dance program. She is currently a certified Practitioner and Instructor of the Datura method. She has also studied with top dancers such as Ashley López, Suzanna Del Vecchio, UNMATA, and Urban Tribal.
Molly’s classes have a strong foundational use of yoga to strengthen, cross train, and add depth to students’ dance experience. She began her yoga teacher training in Spring of 2007 at CorePower Yoga under the direction and instruction of Lisa Richards. She graduated from the CPY program and became an accredited RYT through Yoga Alliance in 2008.
American Tribal Style® and ATS® are federally registered trademarks of FatChanceBellyDance, Inc.