Level 1 Ikigai
If you are just starting your journey in Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance®, this is the class for you! Learn the basic foundational steps for this specific dance vocabulary and improvisational group dance. Learn to "speak" this dance language. Discover what all the fun is about, connect with fellow dancers, smile and have a blast learning this transformative dance form.
Ikigai means "your reason for being." It is a beautiful Okinawan word that conveys the idea of finding that part of life that just makes your heart soar. Discovering a source of value in one's life. For Misha, it is the dance that brings such beauty and fullness to life and in Level 1 she shares this passion with dancers who are both new and seasoned in the art by introducing the foundational movements and ideas of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance.
All students, regardless of previous bellydance experience, begin their journey in Level 1.
Level 2 Kaizen
Strap on those zils and get ready to level up! Level 2 students grow their GC tribal vocabulary in this class, adding in arm patterns, traveling, and layers to previously learned movements. We expand on the core families of movements and add in fun and funky new combos too. Dancers become part of the tribe and discover how to dance using different tribal formations. We also begin to look at cultural and musicality in this class, learning drum rhythms, costuming and more!
"Kaizen" is a term that means continually improving and constant growth. In this level, Dancers bloom and grow to know a richer and greater vocabulary, connecting to each other and the tribe, and learning how to dance the GC format. Dancers will delve deeper into dance with one another, exploring the arrangements of Tribal dance and formations.
Admittance to Level 2 requires instructor permission. Generally, students complete a minimum of 6 months (3-4 sessions) of Level 1 before advancing to Level 2.
Level 3 Yuugen
This class is designed for intermediate and advanced tribal dancers who wish to build a stronger dance vocabulary and connection with their Tribe of fellow dancers. In this class we will go deeper into the Gypsy Caravan dance style, learning more movements, variations, and combos but also developing duets with orbits, fades, and more. Dancers in this class prepare for performance opportunities and dive into a full range of improvisational situations and formations.
Yuugen is subtle grace or mysterious profundity in Japanese. It is the oneness of all things, the heartbeat of the Universe. And that, my friends, is our tribe. Level 3 brings our hearts and bodies to this place together in community.
Admittance to Level 3 requires instructor permission. Generally, students complete a minimum of 1 year of Level 2 before advancing to Level 3.
Tribal Grooves is a fast-paced follow along fun fitness class. Worried about doing the moves perfectly? Here the dance is not about technique, but rather the pure joy of feeling how great the moves can be in your body. And, of course, burning some serious calories with a cardio dance blast! Each one hour class includes a warm up, a bit of conditioning, and fabulous follow-along songs that will give you a workout that’s tribal bellydance-inspired.