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Belly Dance

With Elizabeth Wray

Thursdays
Beg. (Level 1) | 6:15-7:15pm
Beg. (Level 2) | 8:15-9:15pm
Int./Adv. | 7:15-8:15pm

About Belly Dance

Belly dance is a traditional dance form that originated in the Middle East and North Africa (Egypt, in particular.) The term “belly dance” came from the French phrase “danse du ventre” (literally meaning “belly dance”) and was written in a review piece of an Orientalist painting by the famous painter Jean-Léon Gérôme. As its name suggests, the dance style is characterized by vigorous movements in the torso, belly, and hip areas of the dancer’s body. The dancers – who are predominantly female – make use of a variety of movements to create movements that are both mesmerizing and captivating to watch. These movements (which can include movements like shimmies, undulations, and twists) can be slow and fluid or fast and sharp, depending on the style of belly dance being performed and the music.

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Beg. Belly Dance (Level 1)
Session Only - No Drop-ins
Thursdays, 6:15-7:15pm

This session of classes is designed to give absolute beginners an introduction to the basic movement involved in Belly Dance. Students will learn the basic shapes that are the foundation of most belly dance isolations. Breaking down each movement to its core, Liz will take you through drills to give you a strong foundation in dance!

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Beg. Belly Dance (Level 2)
Drop-ins welcome
Thursdays, 8:15-9:15pm

In this next level class, students will continue working on the elements covered in Level I. Students will have the opportunity to learn choreography and will be introduced to important artistic concepts like theatricality and improvisation. Students who have completed a session of Level I Beginning Belly Dance are welcome to take this class.

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Int./Adv. Belly Dance
Drop-ins welcome
Thursdays, 7:15-8:15pm

Students must complete a session of Beginning Belly Dance with Liz or receive special permission from Liz before moving on to this intermediate level class.  In this class, we will work on expanding our movement repertoire while also studying artistry and nuance.  This class will work on a choreography, with chances to perform for students who have regular attendance. 

Book Your Spot

Beg. (Level 2) & Int./Adv.
$16/Single Class
IMAC 5/10 Class Pass accepted

Beg. (Level 1) Feb./Mar. Session
February 29th-March 28th
$67/5-week Session
No Drop-ins & No Class Passes

Scholarships Available

About the Instructor

Meet Elizabeth Wray

Liz Wray is a passionate belly dancer driven to share the art with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.  She began belly dancing in 2003, starting in American Cabaret Style.  Liz now specializes in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, mixing classical Egyptian Belly Dance with modern dances to create an eclectic style. 

 

Liz’s years of experience encompass owning and operating her own dance studio, teaching at Cornerstone Center for the Arts and Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, and performing at countless events and venues throughout the Midwest.

 

In 2019, she successfully earned the Phase 1: Initiate certification from Rachel Brice's 8 Elements Approach™.  She continues her own dance education by traveling all over the country to attend intensive workshops and taking private lessons from other accomplished dancers. Liz teaches with patience, encourages positive body image and self-esteem, and always brings the fun!

Know Before You Go

Indy Movement Arts is located at 4011 North Pennsylvania Street. Please park along Pennsylvania Street and enter the building via the double door that face Pennsylvania Street. You will see our IMAC and DANCE signs in the windows. Please wear clothing you can comfortably move in and bring water. 

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