Originating from the Middle East, Oriental Belly Dance is one of the earliest forms of dance. Introduced in Europe and America at the end of the 19th Century, the dance has gained popularity throughout the world and is now a well-known international dance genre.
Oriental Belly Dance has also received increasing attention in Hong Kong. Focused on abdomen and hip movements with emphasis on using muscle strength instead of joints, belly dance is a dance form that helps protect the body from injuries caused by incorrect posture and is thus suitable for women of different ages and body shapes. It is a versatile dance that is built upon beautiful, sensuous movements choreographed to Arabian music.
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance is a form of modern belly dance derived from American Tribal Style Belly Dance. Based on the major building blocks of Oriental Belly Dance, it also integrates elements of other traditional folk dances such as Flamenco and Indian Dance. In the recent decades, it has evolved to include some popular elements such as Hip Hop, Popping, Breaking and Jazz, developing into a unique belly dance genre of its own.
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance focuses on strengthening core muscles for better posture and movement. Persistent practice builds up dancers’ endurance, coordination and muscle control. The music choice for Tribal Fusion Belly Dance often comes in a greater variety than the Oriental Belly Dance, with Electric and Punk elements being some examples of the recent trend.
Suitable for beginners, basic belly dance technique is taught step-by-step with introduction to the 10 elements of belly dance movements. Focuses at this level are developing graceful pos-ture and enhancing body flexibility. Through simple dance combinations and choreography, students can begin to familiarise themselves with belly dance music and foundational tech-nique.
Tailored for students with dancing foundation of any kinds or those who have completed two Level 1 courses, more advanced movements are built upon the 10 elements of body muscles. Technique involving shoulders and hands are further developed with more elaborate choreography.
Designed for students with solid foundation of dancing or those who have completed four Level 1 and three Level 2 courses, this level aims at strengthening the core muscles and further developing the basic technique already acquired . Courses are enriched with the introduction of layering (combining two different movements simultaneously) and the use of props such as veils, canes and zills in more elaborate choreography.
Suitable for students with approximately 2 years of experience in belly dance. With good muscle control and flexibility developed from previous courses, students are introduced to faster and more complex movements. Students are trained to understand the intensity and richness of emotions in a piece of music, analyse music rhythms and taught the technique for improvisation. There will be many performance opportunities for students to showcase what they have learnt.