ARABESQUE ACADEMY — Learning Overview
All classes begin with 5-10 minutes of warm-up and strengthening exercises. The bulk of each class consists of technique breakdown, drilling and feedback. At some point in each class the students will follow the teacher in an improvisation in order to gain a sense of nuance, emotion and musical understanding.
The final section of each class is devoted to a piece of choreography or learning one of the many folklore styles or the use of one of the many props such as veils or finger cymbals.
What Level is Appropriate for Me?
All Arabesque teachers encourage questions and are eager to help. Which level is most appropriate for you is for you to decide or you can ask a teacher. All classes are drop-in so you are welcome to try different teachers and different levels anytime with your classcard. Each level is a realm of difficulty. Students may master a level anywhere from 3 months to 3 years. On average, it usually takes at least a year in each level.
Other avenues for you to receive more personal attention is through a 40 minute full skills assessment, in private class or a free 10 minute feedback session.
In the Fall and Spring a large Student Gala is held where all the classes perform. For several weeks before each gala the teachers prepare the students of each class to perform a complete choreography. The costumes are supplied by the school. The galas are lively and super fun for all students to realize how far they have progressed. Many other performance opportunities are given through joining a school troupe and solo performance throughout the year at special events. After completing Advanced, you may decide to audition for the company or the entertainment agency.
Because Arabesque movement comes from a time and place where sexuality is a celebration of life, you will find that the organic, natural flow of steps helps to rewire your relationship with your body and sensuality. Accomplishing unusual, intricate and mesmerizing steps strengthens one's self-esteem. Art is subjective and Arabesque dance celebrates the freedom of individual expression. If you are experiencing joy when dancing then you have accomplished much and feel the Arabesque spirit. May your experience of Arabesque Dance Art be an inspiring journey.