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Dance Programme: Belly Dance Building Blocks

Belly Dance (Raqs Sharqi) is a sophisticated and complex dance form which involves a unique, identifiable dance vocabulary. To perform it safely and well requires specific body movement training and an understanding of the performance, cultural and musical concepts unique to Raqs Sharqi. Like most sophisticated dance forms it can take many years of study to develop both the technique and understanding required to master the dance. The complexity and number of branches within the genre means that specialisation is almost essential to become a master of any single aspect. Belly Dance Building Blocks is designed to give an introduction to Belly Dance movement and concepts. It is a program of workshops and classes involving a 2 hour introductory lecture and a minimum of 10 hours dance tuition; students build an initial Raqs Sharki dance vocabulary and are introduced to its unique cultural heritage and approach to performance and dance. The Introduction of a dance/choreography for performance in either Tribal or Balady style which encompasses the movements involved in the training, will allow students to focus and develop their dance understanding and ability moving towards performance standard. Belly Dance Building Blocks encompasses all of the curriculum strands in dance: developing practical knowledge in dance; developing ideas in dance; communicating and interpreting in dance and; understanding dance in context. The program is relevant in work towards AS9001 Compose Movement Sequence by expanding movement vocabulary and exploring aspects of movement composition and musical interpretation. The choreographies presented and taught in the sessions may be considered for use toward Dances AS9002 Perform Dance Sequences and AS9003 Performance of a dance as a member of a group. The program can be adapted to suit students at all levels from junior to senior secondary school.

Artist Information

Art of Movement-Director: Tanya Bamford-King

Website: http://www.artofmovement.co.nz

Phone: 07 543 3788 or 021 27 12 493

Email: tanya@artofmovement.co.nz


Hi, I'm Tanya. I have been a dance professional for the past 20 years teaching and performing both nationally and internationally. I currently run a small successful dance business in Tauranga, Art of Movement (est. 1995), which runs regular dance classes, provides professional and community dance entertainment (Belly Hoo Community Dance Team and Dangerous Curves Ahead), provides dance workshops both in New Zealand and Australia as well as sponsoring workshops with international dance experts in New Zealand. My primary dance genre is Raqs Sharqi, commonly known as Belly Dance. I am considered one of New Zealand’s leading experts in this field. I also have an active interest in all dance genre and an early background in ballet (RAD solo seal level) and contemporary dance. In 2005 I supplemented my teaching skills by earning a CAT (Certificate of Adult Teaching) at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. Please contact me at tanya@artofmovement.co.nz for a full CV and referees.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Dance

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Raqs Sharqui (Belly Dance)

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Bay of Plenty, National

Space and Resources Required: Dance Space, Datashow

Indicative Costs:

$600 plus travel

Mode of Delivery: Program of classes and workshop

Cultural Context: Middle Eastern


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


Referees Available on Request

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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