with Reyna Alcala
Sunday, September 30, 2018
1:30pm – 3:00pm
A brief history of Belly Dance, learn body alignments, isolation’s, hip shimmies, arm & hand movements, shoulder rolls & shimmies. Most important to feel, to listen, and move to the incredible Music of the Middle East. The Music will be emphasized, the instruments & rhythms. Coin belts will be provided for class.
Reyna, dancer, choreographer, teacher, was introduced to Middle Eastern dance (belly dance) while she was in high school by Jamila Salimpour, and performed in her dance troupe Bal Anat. She also studied and performed Flamenco with Spanish gypsy Rosa Montoya as well as with numerous Spanish dance teachers in Spain. Her ability to enhance one dance form with her knowledge of the other sets her apart in the Middle Eastern dance world. Reyna is proud to have been a member of the legendary Ibrahim Farrah Near East Dance Company with whom she performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Warren Theater and the Merkin Theater. She studied with Mr. Farrah for over a decade. In the original production of Franco Zeffirelli’s Carmen, Reyna performed at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her command of both Middle Eastern and Flamenco/Spanish dance forms was evident in the revival of Man of La Mancha at The Paper Mill Playhouse. The beauty and expressiveness of Reyna’s hand and arm movements have mesmerized all of her audiences. Besides performing on the great stages, Reyna has danced in cabaret theater throughout her career, an experience which has tapped her finely-tuned capacity to respond with the full force of her physical power to the subtleties and nuances of Arabic music. It is finally important to note that Reyna’s studies and performances extend beyond the borders of the United States to Mexico, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Egypt
Class is $25 pre-registered. KYE Club pre-registered is $20. Pre-registration ends September 29, 2018. Cost is $30 at the door.
Class Passes and Memberships are not valid for this event