Far from being a monolithic art form, belly dance has cultural influences from the Middle East, North Africa and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean. Danse Oryantal is the style most influenced by the dance heritage of Turkey. Embracing movement and gestures that trace their heritage to the Çengi dancers of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish style belly dance is alternately playful, energetic and fiery. Exciting rhythms and distinctive music set the tone for these introductory classes. Teacher Yvonne has studied this style of belly dance for over two decades, and is happy to introduce it to a new generation of curious students.
For: Individuals curious about the cultural influences on belly dance (a term that is problematic but hard to jettison because of its widespread use). Anyone interested in movement as more than a "workout" and has appreciation for the aesthetics of this dance, anyone willing to try a new style of dance altogether, or someone who feels that the current style of belly dance that they do is limited and would like to switch gears for a little while.
Yvonne can’t remember a time when she wasn’t listening to music. Raised on the 331/3 RPM records of her pianist mother, she knew at an early age that music and movement should go together. Yvonne rapidly found inspiration as a dancer when she started study of Danse Oryantale with acclaimed scholar and dancer Artemis Mourat. Since moving to New England, she has participated in a number of community, charity and local events. One of her goals is to encourage cultural exchange between Vermont and teachers abroad to enrich dance education in our state.
If you need special accommodations, please note VDA will need at least two weeks notice before the class start date. We will do our best to accommodate all needs.
How to Register: Click on “Get More Info” to register for this class, or any class in our fall Resilient Dancing Series! If you need assistance filling out the form, please call 410-458-3672.
Payment: VDA member and Non-VDA member pricing is listed in the registration form. To make your payment please visit vermontdance.org/support, or use our paypal address as listed on the form.
If you are planning to call in as a group, with two or more people sharing one screen, email us to set up a scaled payment to fit your specific needs.
If money is a barrier for you, please email a scholarship request letter detailing your interest, class dates, and amount of support needed.
Thanks to our Scholarship Fund sponsors: Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. (lead sponsor) Northfield Savings Bank, Vermont Federal Credit Union, and City Market Onion River Co-op (participating sponsors) for helping us to provide access to all.
We are pleased to announce that this project is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of Vermont Humanities Council.