Om Laila Studio Class Details
Classes will take place at the Om Laila Studio is Roula Said's private boutique studio where she practices and teaches Essential Bellydance, Seven Waves Movement, Arabic Music and Singing.
This beautiful space is in a coach house on Henry Street in Toronto (2 blocks west of University/College Park Subway, and just south of College).
Please contact me for the exact address details and the parameters of participation as the Om Laila Studio is located behind the private residence of a long-time student and mentor of mine and I want to ensure a good fit for all concerned.
I am offering 3 types of group classes this season:
Seven Waves Movement
I am also offering private classes in bellydance, qanun, Arabic rhythm and drumming, singing and zylls/saghat/finger cymbals.
And I am offering mentoring classes to emerging and established professionals who seek to deepen their work or venture into cross-disciplinary exploration.
All classes will enjoy generous offerings of live musical accompaniment.
All Essential Bellydance classes will be connected through a common theme this term:
The Om Kalsoum classic song, Alf Laila wa Laila (composed by Baligh Hamdi)
All classes will learn a choreography to part of that epic song.
All technique and creative explorations will lead to a presentation suited to the level of the class.
In addition to technique and choreography, all classes will study the poetry, as well as the rhythmic and melodic structure of the song as relevant to their level.
All classes, no matter their level or specific technical focus, will enter into a meditation on the thematic centre of the piece which is an invocation and remembrance of one eternal night with the Beloved, starting with the opening words, Ya Habibi. Finding the gravitas of those oft-used words and exploring the continuum of Love from the secular to the sacred.
All classes will run as Seven Week Modules.
The cost is $150 plus hst
There is a class size limit of 6 per class.
Essential Bellydance Level 1
(Mondays 7:45 - 9:15pm Sept 30 - Nov 11, no class Oct 14)
This class is suited to beginners and those who seek the refreshment of returning to a beginner's mind.
Learn the basic alignment so there is a deep primer for all technique to "stick"
Using the image of our bodies writing the language of the Beloved, this class is concerned with how to "hold the pen" and develop "good penmanship" or perhaps "pen-woman-ship!!"
Essential Bellydance Level 2
(Mondays 6:00 - 7:30pm Sept 30 - Nov 11, no class Oct 14)
This class is suited to those with some experience under their belts somewhere along the river of high beginner to intermediate.
Further using the image of our bodies writing the language of the Beloved, this class is concerned with the clarity of our phrases and the structure of our verse. Basic alignment and technique will constantly be refined.
Essential Bellydance Level 3
(Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm)
This class is geared at advanced students, emerging and established professionals and those who like to dig in deep.
Staying with the image of our bodies writing the language of the Beloved, this class is concerned with transmitting the poetry itself using as full a spectrum of colours as possible. Structure, phrasing, and penwoman-ship will meet with emotional authenticity, musicality and embodiment/understanding of the imagery and language.
This class will also venture into an exploration of self-accompaniment by creating a short drum solo with our bodies and voices.
I look forward to presenting our work together at the end of the seven weeks.
Seven Waves Classes
Seven Waves is a movement lexicon that is deeply rooted in Arabic movement practices and is also informed by the body wisdom of many other traditions. Seven Waves resonates with the core elements of Yoga, Pilates, Continuum Movement and Alexander Technique, among others. It is relaxing, invigorating, awakening, strengthening and fun. It sloughs of staleness and stuck places, tunes the senses, and invites more life force and spaciousness into the body. It truly is a discipline of pleasure. Beware, joyful bellydance and ecstatic whirling has been known to spontaneously happen as a result.
Seven Waves Fundamentals
(Tuesdays 1 - 2:30 pm)
Learn the elements and sequences that form the Seven Waves lexicon:
Finding your Fountain, Riding the Gravity Horse, The Mermaid Series, All-Fours Series, Wrestling the Floor, Fluffing up the Furnishings (Shimmy Variations), Lifting Silk, Standing Waves, Seated Waves, and more. Begin to explore the joy of connecting with your voice.
Seven Waves Lab
(Thursdays 1 - 2:30 pm)
Play with and recombine all the elements and sequences. Dive deeper into the movement possibilities and the vocal explorations. The women of this class tend to be of a "wiser" vintage.
(Sundays 1:30 - 2:30pm)
Learn Songs and Vocal Technique
In this class I will share what I know about embodying the voice with ease and awareness through my own explorations, from my studies with Arab and Balkan masters, and with my voice teachers Fides Krucker and Richard Armstrong. I will teach mostly Arabic songs as well as some Roma songs. And I will share some trance-inducing chants (traditional and original) which we will sing together in class and in the song circle that follows.
$20/class or a series of 7 for $100
Class size is a maximum of 9
(Sundays 2:45 - 4:30)
We will sing hypnotic songs/chants from a number of traditions, including some of my original melodies. We will explore drones, harmonies, rounds, layered parts and improvisation in a warm, safe and fun environment.
Pay what you like and bring your own cushion
12 people maximum