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CLASSES & EVENTS

"Bellydancing is the best!"
Learn skills in coordination, strength, and beauty in supportive and structured bellydance classes with Elinore Eaton. Be part of a wonderful community of dancers striving for excellence in technique, wondrous dance movement, and a ton of fun!

Most classes start with a lengthy warm up that includes stretching, seated technique practice and calisthenics to the get the heart pumping! Warmup is followed by standing and walking technique and drills, ending with a short dance combination/choreography. Technique, vocabulary, and nomenclature used in class is based off of Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour Format.

 

Elinore is Level 3 certified in both Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour formats.

Bellydance Classes With Elinore!

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***ONGOING CLASSES at VITALIDAD MOVEMENT ARTS CENTER***
 

Where:

Vitalidad Movement Art Center
2648 East Burnside St. Portland OR 97214

Learn to bellydance with Elinore!
Please bring water, and comfortable clothes to dance and stretch in, and a hip scarf if you like (no coin belts please.) You might also like to bring a yoga mat for the warmup. No shoes are necessary, though jazz shoes, ballet slippers, or foot undies might be preferable to bare feet, depending on your needs.

Bellydance 1, Beginners: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30

Learn to Bellydance! We will break down and practice belly dance isolations, movement, and musicality. We will start with a lengthy warm up that includes stretching, seated technique, and calisthenics. Warmup is followed by standing and walking technique instruction and drills, ending with a short dance combination/choreography and/or dance movement across the floor. Technique, vocabulary, and nomenclature used in class is mostly based on the Salimpour Format.

This class is drop in and is appropriate for all levels, including newcomers to dance and belly dance.

Bellydance 2, Intermediate: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30

Building on what was learned in Bellydance 1, we will begin more complex travel movements with isolations, build stamina, and include finger cymbals. We will also introduce layering isolations, improvisation techniques, more complex combinations, and double time.

This class is drop in and is appropriate for experienced dancers at a "beyond beginning" or intermediate level. It is recommended to have taken two to three 8-week rotations of Bellydance 1, or have Salimpour Level 1 certification. Please bring finger cymbals for this class.

Bellydance Props and Stylization, Intermediate: Wednesdays 8:30-9:30

Wednesdays 8:30-9:30

​Bellydance 2A "Egyptian Family Steps with Cymbals"
Bellydance 2B "Arabic Family, Shimmies, and Turns with Cymbals"
Bellydance 2C "Veil"
Bellydance 2D "Sword"
Bellydance 2E "Cane"
Bellydance 2F "Debke, Karsilama, and Folkloric"

This class will introduce and build techniques in Jamila stylization, finger cymbals, veil work, sword dance, cane dancing, folkloric steps, and more! Every month we will focus on a specific stylization and/or prop. We will build skills in improvisation, as well as choreography. 

This class is a one-month sign up. It is recommended to also attend Bellydance 2, or be at an intermediate level in belly dance, or have Salimpour Level 1 certification. Please bring finger cymbals, and the appropriate prop, as needed.

Cost:

$16 Drop In

$75 5 classes within 2 months
$140 10 classes within 6 months

***Elinore is available for online private lessons in person private lessons in her home studio in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Contact at elinoreeaton@gmail.com for more.

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***SPECIALTY WORKSHOP at VITALIDAD MOVEMENT ARTS CENTER***
 

Where:

Vitalidad Movement Art Center
2648 East Burnside St. Portland OR 97214

 

Mozza Masriya
October 7th, 2023 1-4PM

”Mozza Masriya” is an Iraqi and Egyptian medley of a pop song sung by Amina and Mohammed al Salim. Just like the song combines Iraqi and Egyptian music styles the choreography combines Iraqi with Egyptian moves. A fun and playful dance that can be done either as a group or solo.

Saidi with Tahtib
October 8th, 2023 1-4PM

This saucy Saidi choreography is with a Tahtib (thick stick rather than cane) usually used by men. The masculine wielding of the Tahtib is countered with feminine and earthy moves. During the class Sabriye will also go into some of the background of the Saidi genre as well as share and draw from her experiences on stage in Egypt. The choreography is intended as a group dance of an even number of dancers but can easily be adapted as a solo. The song is Ammouna Fi al Said by Amani and Bassam Yazbek.

Cost:

$65 for each workshop

$120 for both
Space is limited! Pre-register now!

 
An Evening of Bellydance with Sabriye Tekbilek
October 7th, 2023 Doors 8PM Show 8:30PM

We are excited to announce that we have added a show to this upcoming weekend with Sabriye Tekbilek, featuring special guest opening dancers at Shandiz Bar & grill in Lake Oswego.

 

Call 503-244-2525 for reservations! Enoy the fantastic food, drink, and ambiance! There is a $10 cover.

***Elinore is available for online private lessons in person private lessons in her home studio in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Contact at elinoreeaton@gmail.com for more.

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