Classes at Evening Star Studio : 1847 East Burnside St, Suite 111A. Portland, Oregon
What are Baksana Classes like?
Baksana classes revolve around core elements of musicality and improvisation. We teach a style of belly dance infused with movements and techniques from various middle eastern and balkan folk dance cultures, while maintaining our personal -contemporary- cultures and training. Baksana classes are typically geared toward intermediate/advanced dancers unless specifically noted as “beginner” though we will always work with any level dancer to get the most out of their learning experience. We begin classes with a warm up, break down and drill key elements, then add complexity, layers, and combinations for students to draw it all together. Come dressed in layers of comfortable clothing, you may desire ballet or soft soled jazz shoes in winter, and bring a water bottle. We can’t wait to dance with you!
Zil Drills: Sundays 12pm-1pm
Focus on playing with precision, building stamina, musical counting, playing with others, and learning short compositions with dance layers to keep your zil technique strong and sharp!
Baksana Improv Vocabulary: Sundays 1-2pm
In this class we will be teaching our official Baksana combinations, complete with cymbal patterns and lots of time to drill! Baksana vocabulary works within a style of group improvisational dancing based on the American Tribal Style (ATS©) format developed by Carolina Nericcio. This means: students will develop a language of dance and cymbal combinations that can be done solo or with a group. The movements are choreographed, but the order in which the combinations happen within a group context are composed on the spot! Every time we dance together is unique, exciting, and totally adaptable to various songs. Everyone takes a turn “leading” and “following”. It’s fun, good physical and mental work, and promotes community. Beginners are welcome to come dance and learn the basics without the cymbal work and advanced dancers will be challenged with precision, strong technique, and performance level nuances.
Where will it take me?
Baksana classes develop the dancer’s musicality and improvisational stills that apply to any dance endeavor, wether or not you desire to perform. Student performance opportunities include seasonal studio showcases and haflas, summertime busking “street performance” with live music, and other potential community events. If your wish is to perform professionally with Baksana, classes are the best way to begin this journey! Contact us directly email@example.com for more info.
New WORKBOOK! Students will now also have the option to purchase a workbook to accompany them along their Baksana journey that will include pages for detailed notes on the combinations as well as a “sign-off” section for each combination in our vocabulary. Once their workbooks are complete (with sign-offs from Baksana teachers on all of the current combinations) students will be welcome to audition for our “student group” that will work together to perform at halflas and community events. Perks of working in the student performance group include: being a part of a hard-working and supportive collective, no-cost rehearsal time with lots of tips and guidance from all 3 Baksana core members (Danielle, Bevin, Morgan & Paul), discounts on private lessons, and -of course- performance experience!
Cost : $15 for drop-in or 8 for $88 (class card link below)
All classes held at Studio EP : 1847 East Burnside St, Suite 111A. Portland, Oregon
We recommend Saroyan Cymbals: http://www.saroyancymbals.com
However, finger cymbals (aka zils) are not 100% required for these classes
Thanks for your interest in dancing with Baksana! Baksana classes are team-taught by the group’s core members Danielle Elizabeth, Morgan Fay and Bevin Victoria with specialty lessons from our musical director Paul Evans. This means you’ll get one, two, or sometimes all of us sharing our collective knowledge on all things Baksana!
Stay up to date on who’s teaching and what we’ll be working on each week by joining our facebook group.
Private in-person and Skype lessons now available in connection with our Cymbal Book! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info and options that fit your needs.