Classes with Seraka Studios

Contemporary and fusion belly dance classes are held through Seraka Studios, under the lead instruction of Vanessa Matthews.

We believe that every dancer is unique, with different abilities, learning styles, and motivations for dancing.  The ultimate goal of classes with Seraka Studios is to spark a passion for belly dance in whichever stylization you would like to embrace.  We want to help dancers not only understand the body and fundamental vocabulary and repertory, but to cultivate a deeper understanding of modern belly dance.  We wish to inspire creativity and to spark a desire to better yourself in dance, with an eagerness to push your own limits and reach your goals in dance – not ours.

 

Classes Suspended Due to Covid

CoVid-19 is making its rounds. We have decided to cancel all classes until further notice in an effort to help with containment and social distancing measures set out by Gov NL Health & Community Services. This is a precautionary measure.

To quote our friends at Serpentine Studios in Halifax NS, “Like many of you, movement and dance is an important part of our mental health and self-care. We encourage you to keep moving and dancing as we work through these stressful times!”

We have closed registration for the time being, and will reassess starting classes again when it is safe and prudent to do so later in the year.

 
 

Class Descriptions

The instructor ensures each class is open and friendly, and that the environment is welcoming for dancers of all ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds.

Payment & Policies details can be found here.

 

PWYC Sampler Classes are open studio times to register for your series for the upcoming term, chat with the instructor, and purchase supplies for your series (if applicable).

There is also an opportunity to take in a 30 minute sampler class. It’s geared for beginner levels, with multiple options to increase difficulty. We’ll highlight basic posture, a few signature movements, and blend it into a sequence to a silly song.

All Sampler Classes are on a “pay-what-you-can” basis, with a suggested donation of $5 to $10. Bring a friend (or 5) and be sure to wear your big smiles.

 

Fundamentals is a light-hearted series that covers the fundamentals of belly dance movement, music and technique. It’s a great introduction into the world of belly dance, and will give you the building blocks to integrate into higher levels. In this series you will explore;

  • what belly dance is and various styles
  • essential isolations of the chest and hips
  • undulations and shimmies

Short combinations are taught throughout the series to apply the movements learned, however, no choreography is taught.

 

 

Intermediate Zills is a series that introduces the use of finger cymbals. You will first learn about the cymbals and how to play, then progress to playing while dancing. In this series you will explore:

  • drilling higher level technique, floor patterns, and steps
  • layering of isolations or movements with arm pathways
  • building hand strength and dexterity
  • cymbal tone, strokes, patterns, and complexity
  • Middle Eastern rhythms and dance-focused music theory

The Intermediate series’ can be taken in any order, once Beginners is completed. A unique choreography is taught in each series.

Intermediate Veils is a series that introduces the use of veils. You will first learn about the various fabrics, holds, and manipulations, then progress to dancing with this beautiful fabric prop. In this series you will explore:

  • drilling higher level technique, arm patterns, and steps
  • new turns, and refined spotting, balance, and levels
  • building strength and flexibility of the arms and shoulders
  • veil switches, swoops, crosses, and pops
  • troubleshooting mishaps

The Intermediate series’ can be taken in any order, once Beginners is completed. A unique choreography is taught in each series.

 

Intermediate Technique is a series that expands movement vocabulary and refines technique – this is a time to learn higher level technique, more complex layering concepts, and increase your speed and stamina. In this series you will explore;

  • drilling isolations, shapes, and pathways
  • refining shimmies, foot patterns, and turns
  • distinguishing movement qualities
  • learning music theory as it relates to dance

The Intermediate series’ can be taken in any order, once Beginners is completed. A unique choreography is taught in each series.

Advanced Series are weekly classes that refine technical proficiency and stylization. The content of the classes vary term to term, based on the needs of those enrolled. Classes will incorporate;

  • stationary and across-the-floor drilling
  • distinguishing movement qualities
  • micro isolations and muscle pairings
  • cross-genre technique for stylization
  • improvisation and creative toolkits

Instructor approval is necessary before advancing to higher levels. This ensures technical ability matches the requirements of the class.