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Bellydance Cohesion

a Dancer enrichment & Teacher Training Program
with April Rose

explore a cohesive approach to bellydance.

 Develop your technique to new depths.

Be moved by the music and history that provides texture to this art form.

 Innovate from a place of knowledge and mastery.
 

Come to enrich your dance
or
Become a trained teacher

 
 
 
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Stages

 
 

Stage 1

 

Stage 1 enrichment course

  • Fundamental Bellydance Technique Drills with Level-Up Options

  • Middle-Eastern Rhythms on Frame Drum

  • Recognition of Instruments & Songs

  • Bellydance History Terms

  • Insights on the ways in which Dance is Meaningful

  • Student Assessment

(12 Hours | 2 Days)
$275 USD

Available to anyone. One year of bellydance or Datura Online study recommended

Stage 1 teacher Training

  • Stage 1 Enrichment Course Review

  • Syllabus & Teaching Strategies for an 8-16 unit Beginner-level Bellydance Cohesion Stage 1 Course

  • Pedagogy & Practice Delivery of Lessons

  • Individualized Feedback

  • Bellydance Cohesion Stage 1 Teacher Evaluation

(12 Hours | 2 Days)
$325 USD

Available to participants who have completed the Stage 1 Enrichment Course within the last 18 months


 

Stage 2

STage 2 enrichment course

  • Intermediate Bellydance Phrases & Combinations

  • Finger Cymbal Patterns in the American Playing Style

  • Middle-Eastern Rhythms on Frame Drum

  • Choreography & Improvisation

  • Cultural Appropriation Lecture

  • Student Assessment

(18 Hours | 3 Days)
$425 USD

Available to participants who have completed the Stage 1 Enrichment Course

Stage 2 Teacher Training

  • Stage 2 Enrichment Course Review

  • Syllabus & Teaching Strategies for a 16 unit Intermediate-level Bellydance Cohesion Stage 2 Course

  • Pedagogy & Practice Delivery of Lessons

  • Individualized Feedback

  • Bellydance Cohesion Stage 2 Teacher Evaluation

(18 Hours | 3 Days)
$475 USD

Available to Bellydance Cohesion Stage 1 Trained Teachers who have completed the Stage 2 Enrichment Course within the last 18 months


 

Stage 3

Stage 3 enrichment course

  • Advanced Bellydance Phrases & Combinations

  • Finger Cymbal Patterns with Multi-tonal Middle Eastern Rhythms

  • Choreography & Improvisation

  • Special-Topics Bellydance History Lecture

  • Student Assessment

(24 Hours | 4 Days)
$575 USD

Available to participants who have completed the Stage 2 Enrichment Course

Stage 3 Teacher Training

  • Stage 3 Enrichment Course Review

  • Syllabus & Teaching Strategies for a 16-unit Advanced-level Bellydance Cohesion Stage 3 Course

  • Pedagogy & Practice Delivery of Lessons

  • Individualized Feedback

  • Professionalism in Bellydance Lecture

  • Bellydance Cohesion Stage 3 Teacher Evaluation

(24 Hours | 4 Days)
$625 USD

Available to Bellydance Cohesion Stage 2 Trained Teachers who have completed the Stage 3 Enrichment Course within the last 18 months

 
 
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Enrichment Course

 

Bellydance Cohesion is presented in two tracks: Enrichment Courses and Teacher Trainings.

The Enrichment Courses are where you learn the Bellydance Cohesion content. The Teacher Trainings are where I help teachers learn how to deliver that content to their students.

During the Stage 1 Enrichment Course, dancers learn the fundamentals of bellydance technique via ritualized cumulative practice drills and examples of stylized movements. Level-up options are available to anyone who wants to increase the difficulty of the drills. Examples of a level-up options are:

  1. Adding a finger cymbal layer to the practice drill

  2. Traveling with the drill

  3. Adding a concept like turning or level changes to the drill

In addition to technique drills, we engage in improvisation exercises designed to help you develop your presence and personal expression.

Stage 1 also incorporates study of bellydance music. We learn to play Middle Eastern rhythms on the frame drum as well as how to identify instruments and classic songs.

I also give historical context to this dance form. We answer the key questions: where did bellydance come from? Who have the performers of this dance been? When have things shifted throughout the form’s development and why?

Lastly, I share my personal insights with you about why dance is a meaningful way to spend your time and energy. It’s a journey which helps us develop self-awareness, discipline, connection to other human beings, the joy of focused concentration, ego dissolution, and not least, our freedom of choice and individual expression.

During the Stage 2 Enrichment Course, dancers learn more complex and stylized movement phrases as well as combinations which are paired with finger cymbal layers. These combinations can be arranged into choreographies or placed in solo improvisation. They may also be performed in the context of a structured group improvisation.

We will also experience providing the live percussion for such performances by playing Stage 1 Middle Eastern rhythm loops on the frame drum while others dance, and vice versa.

In Stage 2, I engage dancers in a lecture-discussion on cultural appropriation and issues of authenticity.

During the Stage 3 Enrichment Course, dancers learn elaborate combinations of stylized technique paired with musically complex finger cymbal layers. Similar to the previous stages, these movements can be placed in a solo improvisation, choreography, and structured group improv. We continue to experience such performances from the position of the dancer and the accompanist.

In Stage 3, I also give a special-topics history lecture on new discoveries in the ongoing project of bellydance research.

By the of Stage 3 you will be shredding on percussion and dance technique, empowered by your awareness of how bellydance has developed through history, able to perform synchronized choreographies and improvisations with others, and familiar with how you dance when you open yourself up to your own individual expression.

Bellydance Cohesion dancer enrichment courses are for (current and aspiring) bellydancers who:

  • Yearn for the type of mastery over their body that methodical practice can provide.

  • Crave a stronger connection to the rhythms, instruments, and songs associated with bellydance.

  • Desire a more complete understanding of how bellydance has developed through history.

  • Are interested in improving their improvisation and choreography skills.

  • Want to attain the ability to more effortlessly play finger cymbals while dancing and like the idea of being able to provide your own accompaniment.

  • Might be struggling with their relationship to (or ability to communicate their thoughts about) Orientalism and cultural appropriation with respect to their bellydance practice.

  • Who might be dissatisfied with the limitations of and misunderstandings between the categories that have been drawn between bellydance styles (i.e. Tribal vs. Oriental) and who desire an interdisciplinary approach to this dance form which values and incorporates lessons from both of these major categories.

Throughout each stage of this program I aim to distill and present the knowledge I’ve gained in my years of practice and formal academic research into bellydance movement, music, and history. I believe working toward a deep somatic and intellectual understanding of these lessons will enrich your dance beyond measure, as well as increase your love for its struggles and triumphs.
— April Rose

The Stage 1 Enrichment Course is open to anyone. Though, I do recommend taking one year of local bellydance classes or Datura Online study before attending Stage 1.

The Stage 2 Enrichment Course is open to anyone who has completed the Stage 1 Enrichment Course. The Stage 3 Enrichment Course is open to anyone who has completed the Stage 2 Enrichment Course.

Each Enrichment Course ends with an in-class Student Assessment. The purpose of the Student Assessment is for each person to track their progress and receive feedback. A participant’s performance on the assessment will not affect their ability to enroll in the next stage, as long as they have completed the entirety of the previous stage.

 
 
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Teacher Training

 

For those who want to teach the Bellydance Cohesion syllabus to others, they may enroll in the Teacher Trainings in addition to the Enrichment Courses.

The Teacher Trainings are designed for current and aspiring bellydance instructors and studio directors who want an organized and graduated approach to teaching bellydance.

During each stage of Teacher Training, I provide class maps for each unit and we practice delivering the lessons from the point of view of the teacher. I offer my tips and advice for effective and encouraging ways to transmit this information to students.

Bellydance Cohesion teacher training courses are for (current and aspiring) bellydance teachers who:

  • Desire pre-organized, well-thought-out, lesson plans that develop brand new dancers to advanced, well-informed, practitioners in a methodical and graduated way.

  • Would like to spend more time relating to their students and less time planning what to teach.

  • Want to instruct their students in a thoughtful way about the musical and historical contexts that help shape this dance form.

If you currently are, or aspire to be, a bellydance teacher or studio director, I developed the Teacher Training modules with you in mind. I have been teaching bellydance for many years and have occupied the role of studio director. Speaking from experience, the lesson plans in Bellydance Cohesion Teacher Training will allow you to spend less time organizing and more time instructing and supporting your students.
— April Rose

The Stage 1 Teacher Training is open to anyone who has completed the Stage 1 Enrichment Course within the last 18 months.

The Stage 2 Teacher Training is open to anyone who has passed the Stage 1 Teacher Evaluation and who has completed the Stage 2 Enrichment Course within the last 18 months.

The Stage 3 Teacher Training is open to anyone who has passed the Stage 2 Teacher Evaluation and who has completed the Stage 3 Enrichment Course within the last 18 months.

Each Teacher Training ends with an in-class 2-part Teacher Evaluation, including:

  • Practice-instruction on one unit, or a partial unit, of the corresponding stage.

  • Performance on the Student Assessment given at the end of the corresponding stage.

Participants must pass the in-class Teacher Evaluation in order to become a Bellydance Cohesion Trained Teacher and enroll in the next stage of Teacher Training.

  • If the Teacher Evaluation is not passed in class, individuals may submit a video of their Student Assessment performance within 12 months of completing the teacher training (along with a $25 re-testing fee).

  • If the Teacher Evaluation is not passed within 12 months of taking the Teacher Training, individuals must re-enroll in the Teacher Training to be eligible to retake the Teacher Evaluation.

 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHat is Bellydance Cohesion?

Bellydance Cohesion is the coming together of my passions in dance.

Movement, music, and history.

Classic and fusion styles.

Body, mind, and heart.

The movement in Bellydance Cohesion is comprised of technique drills, combinations, structured improvisation, and choreography. My approach to technique is informed by my passion for deliberate practice, meditation, and creative expression.

In addition to developing our dance skills and expressive faculties, we learn to understand, appreciate, and play the music that has classically accompanied bellydance performance. We learn to play Middle Eastern rhythms on the frame drum and finger cymbals. We learn to identify the sound of common instruments and we become acquainted with canonical compositions.

I also share with you what I’ve learned and continue to discover in my research on the development of bellydance through history. It’s a fascinating and complex transnational story replete with inspiring characters, tragedies, and mysteries.

Born from my appreciation for the many styles of bellydance, Cohesion movement quality is inspired by raks sharki and tribal styles. The technique is simple and elegant while being infinitely scalable toward greater richness and complexity.

When I practice Bellydance Cohesion I feel the joy of focused concentration. My ego slips away and I remember that my true nature is actually joy itself. For me, dance is a spiritual practice. The way of dance is the way of life.

why do we learn to play the frame drum?

You will learn Middle Eastern rhythms best if you learn to play them on an instrument.

The skills you are developing when you are playing percussion are the abilities you want to train into your dancing: the ability to breath and center the mind while performing a physical action. It is meditation. It is dance. It is music. It is deeply satisfying.

Frame drum is punk rock. Nearly anyone can afford one and learn to play one! Bellydancers have traditionally played instruments for one another and we are going to do that too. It is part of our lineage and our birthright.

WHy do we learn bellydance history?

The guiding principle behind Bellydance Cohesion is to bring together technique with context. Historicity lends an absolutely essential component of context to this form. We can't know what bellydance is if we don't know where it came from and how it has developed.

How much dancing will we do?

We will be dancing most of the time.

How Do I Prepare Before and Between Trainings?

Read this article on the materials you will need to bring to the Stage 1 Enrichment Course.
Practice Stage 1 Technique Drills with me on Datura Online (coming in late 2019/early 2020).

WHen & Where Can I enroll?

If you are passionate about jumping in, check out the calendar of dates and locations. As you consider your enrollment, here are some possible options:

  1. Enroll in the Stage 1 Enrichment Course with plans to enroll in the Stage 2 Enrichment Course in the near future.

  1. Enroll in the Stage 1 Enrichment Course with plans to enroll in the Stage 1 Teacher Training in the next 18 months.

  1. Enroll in the Stage 1 Enrichment Course and the Stage 2 Enrichment Course back-to-back. You must plan to be present for the entirety of the Stage 1 Enrichment Course in order to choose this option.

  1. Enroll in the Stage 1 Enrichment Course and the Stage 1 Teacher Training back-to-back. You must plan to be present for the entirety of the Stage 1 Enrichment Course in order to choose this option.

  1. If you are a returning student who is familiar with the Bellydance Cohesion Stage 1 material already, you may even choose to enroll in the Stage 1 Enrichment Course, the Stage 1 Teacher Training, and the Stage 2 Enrichment Course back-to-back. This is only recommended for dancers who have experience with the Cohesion Stage 1 material.

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