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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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WHat is Bellydance Cohesion?

Bellydance Cohesion trainings are where we bring together some of the most fascinating and enjoyable aspects of bellydance:

Movement, music, and history. Classic and current styles. Body, mind, and heart.

The interdisciplinary fundamentals taught throughout these courses will help you appreciate this art and begin to express yourself within its long living tradition.

Through deliberate practice of technique drills, you will learn the basics of simple and elegant bellydance movement. With level-up options, the exercises are infinitely scalable toward greater richness and complexity. Through stylized movements and improvisation exercises, you will start to develop your presence, personal taste, and creative expression. As you progress through the stages, you will learn phrases and combinations which can be arranged into choreography or structured group and solo improvisation.

By playing Middle Eastern rhythms on the frame drum and learning to identify the qualities of various instruments and standard songs, you will intimately acquaint yourself with the music that has typically accompanied bellydance. To know this music and to be able to play some of it yourself is incredibly empowering and aligns you with the skills of dancers who originally developed this art.

Bellydance history is a fascinating and complex transnational story replete with inspiring characters, tragedies, and mysteries. In this course we ask the key questions: where did bellydance come from? Who have the performers of this dance been? How have things shifted throughout the form’s development and why? It is my hope that by answering these questions, you will feel supported by the dancers who came before you.

My ultimate hope is that you discover dance is more than an enjoyable pastime. Dance helps you develop self-awareness, discipline, connection to other human beings, the joy of focused concentration, ego dissolution, and your freedom of choice and individual expression. It is a corporeal, intellectual, and emotional experience. Like any studied art, it is a spiritual practice.

I hope you will join me on this journey,

April Rose 

 
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calendar

2019

 
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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

  • Insights on the ways in which Dance is Meaningful

(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 Choreography

(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 Playing while Dancing

  • Middle-Eastern Rhythms on Frame Drum

  • Choreography & Improvisation

  • Cultural Appropriation Lecture

(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 Choreography

(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 while Dancing

  • Choreography & Improvisation

  • Special-Topics Bellydance History Lecture

(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 Choreography

(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 Courses

 

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, examples of stylized movements, and improvisation exercises. 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 variation level changes to the drill

Stage 1 also incorporates study of bellydance music and history.

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.

 
 
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Teacher Trainings

 

If you want to teach the Bellydance Cohesion syllabus to others, you may enroll in the Teacher Trainings in addition to the Enrichment Courses.

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.

If you currently are, or aspire to be, a bellydance teacher or studio director, I developed the Teacher Trainings 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 Trainings will allow you to spend less time organizing and more time instructing and supporting your students.
— April Rose
 
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Testimonials

 
 

Hear from happy graduates …

I have been overwhelmed by positive responses to Bellydance Cohesion! Thank you to everyone who has joined me so far. I’m grateful to dance with you and eager to grow our Cohesion Community. -AR

 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Talk to me about what Bellydance Cohesion is

Sure! Watch this 4 minute video where I talk through everything the program has to offer.

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.

what are the prerequisites for enrollment?

enrichment courses

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 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.

teacher trainings

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.

After Teacher Training, participants must pass the online 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 within 18 months of taking the Teacher Training, individuals must re-enroll in the Teacher Training to be eligible to retake the Teacher Evaluation.

Are The Teacher Trainings Mandatory?

No, they are optional. Only if you are interested in teaching the Bellydance Cohesion material would you be obliged to enroll in the teacher trainings.

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.

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 (preview video above)

If you have questions that were not answered in this FAQ, please email me

 
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