Video Access Until The Beginning Of January 2022! / Anytime - Day or Night - Practice When It Fits In To Your Schedule

Watch Anna’s Welcome Video HERE

Beginner Virtual 7-Week-Video Series:

Access recorded video for this live series on each Wednesday, November 2nd – December 14th. All videos will be available until the beginning January.
  • This 7-week course will emphasize fun and energetic belly dance movements including body isolations of the shoulders, chest, arms, and hips. There will be plenty of undulations and shimmies to enjoy and get your body moving! It will be a perfect introduction for beginning dancers, and a great way for continuing dancers to hone their technique and style.

 

Advanced Virtual 7-Week-Video Series:

Access recorded video for this live series on each Wednesday, November 2nd – December 14th. All videos will be available until the beginning of January.

  • This 7-week course will focus on an up-tempo sword-balancing choreography. Dancers will need to provide their own belly dance sward (balanced at the center of the blade, not at the hilt / handle), scarves to tie around the head (cotton and gauze work best for holding their place when wrapped on the head) and a piece of rubber shelf liner that is approximately 3 inches by 3 feet to form the base of the headdress to balance the sword.
  • Swords can be purchased online using the search term “belly dance sword” in either Google search bar, Etsy.com, or Ebay.com. Check delivery times to make sure your sword arrives on time.

Creating A Safer Dance Space

Introduction

Many of you have been doing online classes for years, while others might be less experienced with adjusting your practice to a home environment. Many studio spaces have closed during the 2020 pandemic, making it difficult even to rent space to practice by yourself.  Home dance and practice spaces typically do not provide the comforts of a professional dance studio, such as sprung or marley floors and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Even a hardwood floor does not provide the same give and spring as a floating or sprung dance floor.

 

  • READ:  To mitigate injury and discomfort in your home dance space, please read through these extrinsic safety considerations.

 

Space

  • When possible, rent space in a dance studio to practice. We know that this isn’t always possible, either logistically or financially. If you can rent space, plan exactly what you’ll work on, particularly elements that might not be possible at home (finger cymbals without mufflers, expansive dance movement classes), to get the most out of your rental time.

  • Make sure you have as much space as possible to move.

  • Move low and short items, particularly ones with sharp corners or glass, such as coffee tables, trunks, ottomans, stacks of books/magazines, boxes.

  • Area rugs: roll them up and remove them from the space. They can slide and bunch up, and you could trip over the edges.

  • Eliminate or remove anything that you might knock off a surface: books, papers, dishes, glasses, speakers, lamps, your phone/computer.

  • Use bright, overhead lighting in your practice space so you can see and judge distances better if possible.

  • Get rid of cables, wires, or cords that could pose a tripping hazard.

  • Ventilation: Open windows or make sure that you have adequate air flow in your space, because you will sweat.

  • Adding mirrors to your space. Only add glass mirrors to your space if you can get them professionally installed. Mirrors that lean up against a wall are in danger of sliding, falling, cracking, and breaking. Consider glassless mirrors, which are safer and lighter-weight:

Flooring

Shoes

If you are unable to cover your floor, cushioned shoes are the next best option. We are providing links to shoes, but feel free to search for options that work for you.   You might also consider changing shoes throughout your training sessions depending on whether or not you’re working mostly in place (such as in the warm-up or at the barre) or working on traveling drills.

 

  • Dance sneakers. While clunky, they provide cushion between your foot and the floor. If you are unable to adjust your physical space, dance sneakers are a decent option. However, they prevent you from feeling your floor through the soles of your feet, and the plastic soles might stick to some surfaces.

 

 

  • Ballet slippers. Ballet slippers only provide a thin layer of suede between you and the floor. If you are working on a particularly slippery floor, ballet shoes will put you at risk of slipping and falling. That said, they can provide a barrier between your feet and a low-pile or industrial carpet.

Sound

It’s good practice to protect your hearing as you play cymbals, if not playing with mufflers. We recommend that you purchase a pair of high-fidelity earplugs, which allow you to hear mid-range frequencies, but cut out the harmful high frequencies generated by finger cymbals. They usually have three flanges. Brands that work well include:

  • EarPeace

  • Etymotic Research

  • LiveMusic

 

If possible, play your classes and music through a speaker system powerful enough for you to hear the classes over the sound of your movement and cymbals. Laptop and mobile device speakers often are not strong enough.

Distractions

It’s not possible to eliminate all distractions. However, you will get more out of your Institute and online training experience if you can get rid of most of them.

 

  • Close off your space. Close the door or block off your dance space from the rest of your living space. Folding room dividers are a relatively inexpensive option. Some dancers have hung curtains from their ceiling to separate sections of a room from another.

  • Tell your family/roommates not to disturb you for the time you are working.

  • Remove your pets from the space. Yes, we know that’s not always possible.

Additional Resources

Extrinsic Variable Considerations When Dancing from Home: Creating a Safe Space: National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Webinar. No NDEO membership required. Register to watch the recording.


FACILITATOR
Anna Nummelin

FEE
$59 for Beginner Virtual 7-Week Video Class Series | Recording Of Latest Live-Streamed Offering: Begins November 2nd - December 14th | New Video Added Each Week

$59 For Advanced Virtual 7-Week Video Class Series | Recording Of Latest Live-Streamed Offering: Begins November 2nd - December 14th | New Video Added Each Week

TO REGISTER

Beginner Series | Register HERE

Advanced Series | Register HERE

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Questions? Email The 5 Koshas Team HERE 

Call (715) 298-1954