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Technique Topics

All about Arabesques – Beautiful arabesque combinations and step-turn techniques, drawing from ballet as well as oriental dance. Secrets to swoop away your audience in style!

 

Arms and Hands – Technique and combinations – Conditioning exercises, drills and stretches to improve arm carriage and upper body flexibility as well as flowing combinations for beautiful, expressive arms and hands. A must-do for dancers of all levels!

 

Ballet Basics for Bellydancers – Tips from ballet for improving footwork, traveling steps, arm lines and turns. Including beautiful balletic combinations!

 

Belly Dancers‘ Workout – An action-packed workshop filled with technique drills, layering combinations and conditioning excercises specifically designed for belly dancers of all levels. Prepare to sweat!

 

B is for Belly – Abdominals – Putting the B back in to belly dance! we will be focusing on abdominal movements, core work exercises, belly accents and ‚flow‘, including techniques and combinations to incorporate belly work into your dancing.

 

Double isolations – Bellybreak combinations, layered pops, locks and staccato movements as well as ‚arm/bodywaves‘ and different drills for coordination.. Brain teasers guaranteed!

 

Drills and Conditioning – Khalida’s training basics! Posture tips and tricks, fun technique drills and helpful excercises to help polish your dance skills. Includes stretches and an extensive cool down to round it all up..

 

Drum solo techniques – A favorite workshop topic for drum solo lovers! We will work on crisp accents and sustained shimmies, along with fun isolation combinations and drills to incorporate sharp and precise accents into your dance.

 

Dynamic directions – Surprising glances, unexpected twists and turns, captivate your audience with dynamic directional changes. This workshop will help you take your dancing where you want it to be – 3D!

 

Fabulous Footwork – Dynamic and interesting footwork combinations, beautiful leg lines, floor-sweeping steps and fluid transitions – This workshop has it all. A great way to add extra depth to your dancing!

 

Fearless Floorwork – A guide to incorporating level changes and floor work safely into your dancing. Mild conditioning exercises, stretches and practical technique tips for making beautiful floor work readily accessible to you. Bring kneepads and a yoga mat if possible! (shoulder pads in cut knee socks will do)

 

Hit that Accent! – Crispness, precision, speed and definition are the key words for this workshop. Sharpen your dance skills for squeaky clean hip work, abdominal isolations and upper body accents – Prepare to work that body!

 

Shimmyland – Conditioning excercises and drills for shimmies, several different shimmy techniques and types, easy-to-advanced level layering drills, fun shimmy-step combinations, and a long wel-deserved cool down. One of Khalida’s most asked-for and popular workshop topics!

 

Soft and Smooth – Slinky figure eights, beautiful flowing poses, slow and juicy circles, smooth undulations and combinations incorporating arms, hands, upper and lower body to round out your performance. Your dancing will never be the same!

 

Polish to Perfection – Khalida’s expert tips for improving posture, polishing technique, practising shimmies and traveling steps, including combinations for beautiful arms and hands. It’s all in the details!

 

Pops, locks, shimmies and undulations – A fun and challenging technique-intensive workshop, combining different shimmy types with several different isolation sequences and techniques.

 

Transitions and traveling steps – This workshop is all about ‚the movements between the steps‘ and ‚the steps between the movements‘.. How do you get from A to B elegantly? How do you go from ‚dancing moves‘ to ‚dancing‘? Tips, tricks, drills and smooth traveling combinations.

 

Turns turns turns – Practical spinning tips and turning techniques, plus specific exercises to help enhance your turns in bellydance performances, drawing from experience in ballet, jazz and martial arts.

 

Performance Skill Topics

Dance with Attitude – A Focus on stagecraft, how to move with flow and expression, plus tips on creating your own dances.

 

Makeup and styling – Makeup and styling tips for dancers, a step by step guide for fabulous stage makeup and hair! Including costume advice on request and how to adapt your look to different kinds of dances

 

Performance tips and tricks – How to present your dance to your audience in the best possible way! Improvisation and choreography techniques, tips for audience participation, entrances and exits, and how to survive stage fright. Including an optional Q&A session.

 

Polish and Presentation – One of the most popular topics for aspiring performers. Polish your performance, command your audience, learn to work with beautiful lines and angles and translate your dancing to the stage! Including an optional Q&A session.

 

Making Dances – Khalida’s personal tips and tricks on how to create a dance, including tips for musicality, how to adapt your dance for different venues, expression and ‚flow‘. Including an optional Q&A session.

 

Style Topics

Baladi basics – All about the ‚baladi feeling‘, incorporating improvisational techniques as well as the background, ‚grounding‘ and structure of beledy progressions. We will practice some typical ‚beledy‘ movements as well as work on posture, musical interpretation and ‚flow‘.

 

Raqs sharki 1,2,3 workshop series – This workshop series takes you on a journey in time with the great dancers of then and now. It can be taught as one combined workshop or split up into 3 separate sessions of maximum 3 hours each.

  • Raqs sharki 1 – ‚Favorites of the fifties‘ – Contains combinations and techniques inspired by the legendary dancers of Egypt like Samia Gamal, Naima Akef, Nadia Gamal and Taheya Carioca.
  • Raqs sharki 2 – ‚Stars of the seventies‘ – Inspired by famous Egyptian dancers from the 60-80s like Suheir Zaki, Nagua Fouad and Fifi Abdo.
  • Raqs sharki 3 – ‚Modern legends‘ – Contains techniques and combinations inspired by the famous dancers of this age

 

Samia Style – A workshop focusing on Samia’s classic movements, sweet expression, beautiful arm work, lines and soft stylization of the 40’s and 50’s. Dance like the movie stars!

 

Rhythms 101 – An introduction to middle-eastern rhythms for dancers – learn to recognize and incorporate different rhythm types into your dancing seamlessly. From maqsoum to karsilama, all will be revealed! Can be combined with a zills introduction optionally.

 

Rhythm combinations – Fun and fresh combinations to specific rhythms like saidi, malfoof, samaii, masmoudi, chiftitelly, khaleegy etc..

 

Saidi Smackdown! – Raqs assaya – Cute and sassy combinations and techniques/steps for Saidi rhythm (with and without cane) plus cane dance techniques. Loaners available on request, but do bring your own cane if possible!

 

Chiftitelli combinations – Explore the beautiful chiftitelly taxeem, with specific combinations and improvisation techniques, including optional veil work

 

Masmoudi and Samai combinations – Dramatic and elegant, yet strong combinations, designed specifically for masmoudi and samaii.

 

Props Topics

Veil technique and combinations – Beautiful veil work, fun combinations, turning tips and techniques for both slow and fast veil work. Specialty: Silk rectangle veil and half circle chiffon. One of my absolute favorite teaching topics! Loaners available, choreography possible on request.

 

Isis wings techniques and combinations – Tips and technique for posture, poses, arm patterns, flourishes and turns with isis wings. Combinations for duets can be included as well. Loaner wings available on request!

 

Double veil – Spinning techniques, double veil combinations and tips for creating more dramatic effects when dancing with multiple veils. Double veil choreography or a combined workshop are also possible.

 

Single and Double Fanveils – Technique and combinations for dancing with silk veil fans. Discover Khalida’s favorite movements, combinations and tips for dancing with this magical prop.

 

Zills 101 – All about the basic zill patterns, playing techniques and rhythms, but also tips, excercises and combinations specifically designed to help you DANCE – while zilling. Loaners available on request.

 

Zills and rhythms – Includes fun zill patterns, zill drills and different traveling combinations to specific rhytms. Loaners available on request. A must for belly dancers of all levels!

 

Choreography Topics

Oriental choreography with optional veil intro – A gorgeous ready-for-stage magency choreography in Khalida’s signature style, including a medium or short veil intro on request. Veil loaners available!

 

Drum solo choreography – A fun and challenging drum solo choreography, incorporating different shimmy types, accents, layering and rhythm combos. Get ready to sweat!

 

Fan veil choreography – Khalida’s take on dancing with fan veils, featuring smooth transitions and beautiful effects.

 

Veil choreography – An emotional and flowing dance with veil, one of Khalida’s absolute specialties. Veil loaners available on request!

 

Double veil choreography – Romantic double veil choreography, including tips on spins and turns. Veil loaners available on request!

 

Isis wings choreography – Incorporating Isis wings techniques and combinations into a beautiful, dramatic choreography.