Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We welcome awkward!

Raise your hand if you feel awkward...
and then give yourself a big hug for allowing more opportunities for growth and opening your heart to new experiences!
After years of studying this beautiful art and dance, I still find myself feeling awkward in many areas related to belly dance. Sometimes it's in trying to improvise to a new song or rhythm, other times it's when I perform a solo in front of a new audience, or when I'm filmed during a performance, other times while I'm teaching and trying to explain a difficult concept, other times during tense conversations with other dancers and friends about cultural appropriation. I truly believe, the more respect you have for belly dance (especially as a non-Middle Eastern woman), the more places and times I will feel awkward. It is a great check in and a great opportunity to grow, as a person, as a dancer, and as a teacher.
Of course, after learning the basics you start to feel less and less awkward about the movements. The better your technique the less awkward you will feel dancing around others. The more knowledgeable and educated on Middle Eastern Dance, music, and culture, the less awkward you will feel around those with more knowledge about the history and culture... but it's always good to be humble and respectful and know that you will never know everything there is to know about it. It is part of the charm, the magic, and the spirit of different cultures and art, in general.
So lean into your discomfort with love and appreciation for yourself and share your joy and light with those around you through movement. Remember, in our sacred dance space... no one cares if you're a little awkward- after all, we all are.
~ karla marie

Friday, July 26, 2019

Training Opportunity in 2020

MARCH/APRIL
5 Week Belly Dance Training Camp
Shimmy Shakti Troupe Training
(March 8-April 5)

This training program is designed for dancers who are interested in taking the next step in their belly dance journey. The goal of the program is to prepare a group of dancers that will perform as members of Shimmy Shakti Troupe (locally, nationally, and/or internationally), prepare individual dancers to perform solo, and be ready to participate in "big stage" performances, paid gigs, etc.

Dancers will receive:

  • A Total of 12.5 hours of instruction
  • Resources: 
    • Course Material
    • Weekly lecture by Guest Artists/Performers/Musicians
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Access to referrals and guidance by Karla Marie post program
Requirement: 
Registration & Audition Required.
Requirements:
  • Interested dancers must have attended at least 20 Open Level Classes with Karla Marie by March 1, 2020.  At least 10 Open level classes during the Aug 2019- June 2020 season. Intermediate/advanced level dancers who have received belly dance training from another instructor, please email for consideration.
  • Performance: November 13, 2019
  • Must have attended at least 2 Saturday Intensives between August-December 2019 plus Jan/Feb 2020 Intensive or 6 Private Lessons
  • Video Audition to be submitted by February 28, 2020 (email for details)
  • Dancers must be commitment to the 5 weeks of training and performance at the April and June Show.
  • Commitment to attend at least 2 Shimmy Soul workshops in June 2020.
  • 5 Week Training: Sundays March 8-April 5, 2020
    • March 8 (11am-2:30pm)
    • March 15 (11am-2:30pm)
    • March 22 (Retreat- 10:30am-3:00pm)
    • March 29 (11am-2:30pm)
    • April 5 (11am-2:30pm)
  • For questions and to inquire about cost and payment information for training, email bellydanceneworleans@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

6-Week Belly Dance Intensive

Take a Deep Dive into Belly Dance, this August!


Register Today for our 6 Week Belly Dance Intensive
Starts August 3rd
August 3, 10, 17, 24, September 7, 14

What will we learn in the intensive?

I cannot even TELL YOU how excited I am about the upcoming season. I shared a little about Thursday classes the other day. I wanted to share a little about what to expect from the Saturday 6-Week Belly Dance Intensive. The teacher in me has been nerding out on everything belly dance. In particular, I have been revisiting and compiling from all the material and information acquired over the last 12 years of belly dance workshops and classes with the most incredible master teachers... Arabic Music and rhythms, the essence of the "Egyptian Dancer", Folklore and Cultural Elements, the Technique and Movements, and all the nuances that make this beautiful dance so magical... I can't wait to share it with you.
To register, click on the link below or email for additional information. The intensive begins next Saturday, August 3rd.

www.paypal.me/karlamariebelly/83.95 or send the registration payment to Venmo: KarlaMarie-Cochran-1







Click here for the Calendar of Events (August 2019-June 2020)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Are you ready?

Register Today for our 6 Week Belly Dance Intensive
Starts August 3rd
August 3, 10, 17, 24, September 7, 14

Click here for the Calendar of Events (August 2019-June 2020)



OR

Purchase your class card for Thursday Classes
Starting August 1st
August 1, 8, 15, 22, September 5, 12, 19, 26


Class Card Options:
4 Class Card $60
6 Class Card $80
10 Class Card $100
20 Class Card $175
Drop in $15

What can you expect in Thursday Classes?











Thursday, June 27, 2019

Classes start in August | Show in November!


Coming this August!

Classes begin the first week of August! Whether you are a new student or an existing student, this is a great time to create a plan for the upcoming session.

Where to begin?

1. Set the intention to start belly dancing classes in the fall

2. Determine your level of commitment and set the intention to attend class regularly... there are many options:

👍 Drop ins classes (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

🔥 6 week, 4 week, 3 week intensives Saturdays (August-November)

💫 Workshops & Retreats (November, March, June)

💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Performance opportunities (August, November, April, June, July, August)

💪🏼 Troupe Belly Dance Training Program (Mar/April)

🛑 You can also choose all of the above for the most magical belly dance experience this year

3. Ask questions, gather information. Once you select the level that is right for you, set the intention to attend regular and making dance a priority in your schedule.

4. Gather schedule and pricing information

6. Register and get ready for a wonderful ride!

For full details visit www.bellydanceneworleans.blogspot.com

Monday, June 17, 2019

CLASS CARD PRICING: UPCOMING SEASON


ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR 2019-20 SEASON

REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR INTENSIVES
Starting August 2019, Tuesday and Thursday classes are the only Open Level/Drop-In Classes available. Saturdays will be reserved for “Intensives” and these 6 week, 4 week, and 3 week intensives will require registration, no class cards can be used for Intensives, Workshops, or Courses.

NEW 2019-20 DROP-IN RATE: $15
Class Drop-In rate for Open Level/Drop-In classes has dropped from $20 to $15

KICK YOUR TRAINING INTO HIGH GEAR FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to the “Intensives”, I will be offering a 5-week Troupe Belly Dance Training Program in March/April 2020. Although there will be student performance opportunities throughout the year, Shimmy Shakti Troupe performances will be limited to those dancers who meet the minimum class requirement and attend the Troupe Belly Dance Training Camp in the spring of 2020.

Performance Opportunities:
Saturday, August 31 (Crescent Park- Pride Run/Walk)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (Show- Twilight Room/Allways Lounge)
April 2020 (Shimmy Shakti Troupe Showcase)
June 2020 (Gay Pride Parade)
June 2020 (Shimmy Soul Gala Show)
July 2020 (Bayou Belly)
August 2020 ( Miami Belly Dance Convention)

Additional Performance Opportunities available
These are based on class attendance and by invitation



OPEN LEVEL CLASSES
August 2019-May 2020

THURSDAYS 7:00PM-8:15PM (NOLA spaces)
TUESDAYS (Sunset Shimmies at the Park) Dates TBD

Open classes are classes where students of any level can drop in and enjoy. No Dance Experience is Necessary. Movements can be simplified for beginners or layers can be added for more advanced dancers. Miss a class? No problem! These classes have different themes, combos, and techniques each week, with no need to play “catch up.” Although a student is not required to attend every week, students who do will benefit from improved technique, a variety of combos, and footwork combinations, as well as a regular full body workout and healing opportunities offered through belly dance.
  • Any student can attend
  • Beginners and New Students Welcome
  • Drop-Ins Welcome
  • You can pay a drop in or purchase a class card
  • Class Cards Accepted
Class Card Options:
Thursdays 7pm-8:15pm

20 classes $175
10 classes $100
6 classes $80
4 classes $60
Drop ins $15



REGISTRATION REQUIRED
FOR THE FOLLOWING
SATURDAY INTENSIVES 10:30am-11:45am

New Students and Beginners Welcome
Sorry- No Drop-Ins, No Class Cards
Students must register prior to the intensive in order to attend

Intensive Options:
Saturdays 10:30am-11:45am

AUGUST/SEPT

6 Week Intensive: $80

Belly Dance (Raqs Sharqi) Intensive
(August 3, 10, 17, 24, September 7, 14)
No class August 31
Requirement: 
Registration Required. Open to all students. No dance experience necessary



SEPT/OCT

4 Week Intensive: $60
Choreography Intensive
"The Art of Improvisation"
(September 21, 28, October 5, 12)
Students will learn one song/choreography during these four weeks. Students who attended the Belly Dance Intensive in August and the Thursday open level classes will have the opportunity to put the combos learned together into sequences, discover the art of improvisation, and learn to choreograph to a piece of music, at the same time. We will collaborate in class working through a variety of songs and creating "choreography" that is fluid and ever changing for a more liberating dance experience.
Requirement: 
Registration Required. Open to students who have attended at least 8 classes with Karla Marie by September 14th, or intermediate/advanced level dancers (email with questions)
*All levels welcome-- best suited for Interdiate+


NOVEMBER

3 Week Intensive: $50
Performance Intensive
(November 2, 9, 10)
Students who have completed the Choreography Intensive will focus on transitions, lines, and expression. Instruction will be focused on technique and presentation. Students will prepare for a performance at the end of November. Students will participate/perform depending on level (technique and comfort).
Requirement: 
Registration Required. Open to students who have attended at least 10 classes with Karla Marie by October 31st, and have completed the 3 Week Performance Intensive in November 2019.

Show Date:
November 13, 2019 at 8PM
Twilight Room-The Allways Lounge
Also on April 2020 (Details TBD)

Dancers will have the option to choose between:
Student Showcase Performance (New Choreography learned in Intensives)
Past Troupe Member Performance (Throwback Choreos)
Solo and Small Group Performance (New Choreography learned in Privates)

Requirements for performance: 
Costume Purchase- depends on your participation/choreo
Attendance at 50% of the classes offered August-November (7 Classes), plus
4 Week Intensive + 3 Week Intensive OR 4 Week Intensive + 2 Privates

If you are a Past Shimmy Shakti Troupe Member performing a “throwback choreo” you must have attended at least 5 Open Level classes OR 1 Intensive (Aug-Nov), plus attend the Choreography/Performance Workshop (Nov 10)



JANUARY/FEBRUARY

4 Week Intensive: $60
Belly Dance Intensive
(January 11-February 1)
Requirement: 
Registration Required. Open to all students. No dance experience necessary
MARCH/APRIL
5 Week Belly Dance Training Camp
Shimmy Shakti Troupe Training
(March 8-April 5)

Requirement: 
Registration & Audition Required.
Requirements:
  • At least 20 classes with Karla Marie by March 1, 2020 or intermediate/advanced level dancers who have received belly dance training from another instructor (email with information/questions).
  • Must have attended at least 2 Intensives between August-March 2, 2020 with Karla Marie (and/or 6 Private Lessons). 
  • Video Audition to be submitted by February 28, 2020 (email for details)
  • Commitment to the 5 weeks of training and performance at the April and June Show.
  • Sundays March 8-April 5, 2020

    • March 8 (11am-2:30pm)
    • March 15 (11am-2:30pm)
    • March 22 (Retreat- 10:30am-3:00pm)
    • March 29 (11am-2:30pm)
    • April 5 (11am-2:30pm)
  • For questions and to inquire about cost and payment information for training, email bellydanceneworleans@gmail.com




MAY/JUNE

4 Week Performer Intensive: $60
Choreography & Performance Intensive
(May 16-June 6)
Requirement: 
Registration Required. Open to students who have attended at least 10 classes with Karla Marie by April 30th and at least one intensive in the 2019-20 Season (August 2019-April 2020)


SHIMMY SOUL WORKSHOPS & SHOW
JUNE 2020
DETAILS TBA




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