Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2009

Dear friends and members of YaHabibi,

Christmas is at the doorstep and it is with great pleasure that I announce the new classes for the new year.  As you will see, there has been some minor tweaking to the timetable and for this session, I’ve also extended the lesson duration for B2 and I1 to allow time for choreography. Students in B2 and I1 will also be exposed to live tabla players during some classes.  As the previous B2 can attest, a live tabla brings a lot of vibrancy to the class.  In addition, monthly specialty classes, such as shimmy bootcamps and additional choreography workshops are being planned – details of which will be annouced in due time. 

 For the first time, I’m also introducing a “drop-in” concept for current students.  This is aimed at students who are enrolled in any one of the technique programmes and wish to supplement their training by attending additional classes during the current session.  See below for more details.

 Next year, I intend to organise monthly HAFLA’s.  For those unfamiliar with the term, Hafla is basically the Arabic word for PARTY!  Essentially, a hafla thrown by a bellydancer involves Middle Eastern music, dancers taking turns performing for each other, and some open-floor dancing for everyone to get up and enjoy the music. At the end of the term, there will also be a student showcase in Baystreet.  Please note performing in public showcases, although highly encouraged, is entirely optional.  However if your concern revolves costuming, please talk to me as there are other more “conservative” options.

 To those who have participated in the last session –  THANK YOU for bringing such energy and joy to the classes! Congratulations to each and everyone of you – you have all done so well and I am very impressed by your progress.  May I also take this opportunity to applaude the B2 students for their first performance last Saturday – they did an amazing job in just two weeks! I hope that you have all enjoyed the lessons, and look forward to seeing you again.

 May you all have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy peaceful New Year!

 Yours in bellydance,

Jane

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List of Courses:

B E G I N N E R  1  –  THE FUNDAMENTALS

LEVEL: Complete beginner

WHAT:  This introductory10-week programme is structured to teach the fundamental movements found in bellydance.   Students will be introduced to basic  technique, including isolations, slides, circles, shimmies, figure 8s, undulations and hip accents.

WHEN:

Every Monday from 4th January till 8th March, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

OR

Every Wednesday from 6th January till 10th March, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

PRICE: EUR 85.00 (10 lessons), plus EUR 5.00 one time registration fee payable by newcomers (former students registered with BDM are exempted)

B E G I N N E R  2 – MOVEMENT APPLIED (+ Choreography)

LEVEL: Beginner with experience / Students who have completed the Ya Habibi B1 Programme

WHAT: This is a structured 12 week programme aimed at students with some experience in bellydance, or those who have already completed the Beginner 1 Programme.  In this course, students will refresh the technique learnt in the Beginner 1 Programme and learn to layer and travel with it.  Additionally, students will be introduced to basic combinations and explore more complex movements as well as different arm and foot positions.  Basic veil will be briefly introduced.  A fun short choreography will be taught during the course, allowing the students to apply the movements learnt throughout the Beginner Programmes.

WHEN:  Every Wednesday from 6th January till 24th March, from 8:30pm till 9:45pm

WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

PRICE: EUR 125.00 (12 lessons, 1hr15m each), plus EUR 5.00 one time registration fee payable by newcomers (former students registered with BDM / YA HABIBI are exempted)

I N T E R M E D I A T E  1 – TECHNIQUE, FOOTWORK and VEIL (+ Choreography)

LEVEL:  Students who have completed the Ya Habibi B2 Programme

WHAT:  During this 12-week programme, students will be exposed to more advanced combinations and footwork, and explore veils in more depth.  An egyptian pop choreography will be taught towards the end of the course.     Basic zill patterns will be introduced.

WHEN:  Every Monday from 4th January till 28th March, from 8:30pm till 10:00pm

WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi

Price: EUR 150.00 (12 lessons, 1hr30m each),

Registration Date: 29th December 2009 @ Garden View, from 7.15pm till 8.15pm

For more information on the courses or to book, please email me on jane.camilleri@gmail.com or call 99065142.  A registration form will be emailed or posted to you, which must be returned completed together with the payment to the address indicated below prior to, or, handed in on the Registration Date.

 Class sizes are restricted, therefore early booking is highly recommended.

 Terms and Conditions apply.

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A Note on Class Progression:

Returning B1 students can either repeat or move up one level.  As a general rule, it is best to stay at a class level until you feel you have built the movements into your muscle memory.  Studying any kind of dance is  not something to rush but to savour.  It can take months to master certain movements, so don’t be disheartened.  However, if you feel comfortable with the range of movements taught during the B1 programme, then do move up to B2 since we will revise and build upon the B1 knowledge whilst introducing new moves and combinations.  If in doubt, please contact me.

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Drop-In and Class Cards:

Students enrolled in any Beginner or Intermediate Programs are encouraged to attend as many additional classes per week AT or BELOW their level as they would like. The options available are as follows:

  Option 1: “Pay as you go” – EUR12.00 per 1 hr class

  Option 2: Use your 10- or 5-Class Card

Class Cards are pre-paid 1 hr classes and may be purchased for any currently enrolled student. 5-Class Cards cost EUR 50 (5 hours); 10-Class Cards cost EUR 80 (10 hours).  Cards are valid for the individual whose name appears on the card. Class Cards are valid for the session in which they were purchased and must be  presented before class begins. Class cards are non-replaceable, transferable or refundable. No exceptions!

PLEASE NOTE: Class cards and “pay-as-you-go” options are only available to students who are enrolled in a programme during that current session, and they do not apply to Workshops.

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YouTube Videos

December 22, 2009

It has come to my attention that some youtube videos by a local dancer have been tagged as “Ya Habibi” and “Middle Eastern”. Please note that these videos do not pertain to Ya Habibi (Malta) – School of Middle Eastern dance, and I am in no way, shape or form associated with this dancer or her school.

Below is a list of the new courses that will kick off on January 4th:

B E G I N N E R  1  –  THE FUNDAMENTALS
LEVEL: Complete beginner
WHAT:  This introductory10-week programme is structured to teach the fundamental movements found in bellydance.   Students will be introduced to basic  technique, including isolations, slides, circles, shimmies, figure 8s, undulations and hip accents. 
WHEN:
Every Monday from 4th January till 8th March, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi
OR
Every Wednesday from 6th January till 10th March, from 7:15pm till 8:15pm @ Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi
PRICE: EUR 85.00 (10 lessons), plus EUR 5.00 one time registration fee payable by newcomers (former students registered with BDM are exempted)

B E G I N N E R  2 – MOVEMENT APPLIED (+ Choreography)
LEVEL: Beginner with experience / Students who have completed the Ya Habibi B1 Programme
WHAT: This is a structured 12 week programme aimed at students with some experience in bellydance, or those who have already completed the beginner 1 Programme.  In this course, students will refresh the technique learnt in the Beginner 1 programme and learn to layer and travel with it.  Additionally, students will be introduced to basic combinations and explore more complex movements as well as different arm and foot positions.  Basic veil will be briefly introduced.  A fun short choreography will be taught at the end of the course, allowing the students to apply the movements learnt throughout the Beginner Programmes.
WHEN:  Every Wednesday from 6th January till 24th March, from 8:30pm till 9:45pm
WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi
PRICE: EUR 125.00 (12 lessons, 1hr15m each), plus EUR 5.00 one time registration fee payable by newcomers (former students registered with BDM are exempted)

I N T E R M E D I A T E  1 – TECHNIQUE, FOOTWORK and VEIL (+ Choreography)
LEVEL:  Students who have completed the Ya Habibi B2 Programme
WHAT:  During this 12-week programme, students will be exposed to more advanced combinations and footwork, and explore veils in more depth.  An egyptian pop choreography will be taught towards the end of the course.     Basic zill patterns will be introduced.
WHEN:  Every Monday from 4th January till 28th March, from 8:30pm till 10:00pm
WHERE: Garden View Holiday Complex, Swieqi
Price: EUR 150.00 (12 lessons, 1hr30m each),

DROP-IN CLASS PROCEDURE
Students enrolled in any Beginner or Intermediate Programs are encouraged to attend as many additional classes per week AT OR BELOW THEIR LEVEL as they would like. They may do so in one of two ways:
Option 1: Pay as you go: EUR12.00 per 1 hr class
Option 2: Use your 10- or 5-Class Card
Class Cards are pre-paid 1 hr classes and may be purchased for any currently enrolled student. 5-Class Cards cost EUR 50 (5 hours); 10-Class Cards cost EUR 80 (10 hours).  Cards are valid for the individual whose name appears on the card. Class Cards are valid for 10 weeks from the date of purchase and must be  presented before class begins. Class cards are non-replaceable, transferable or refundable. No exceptions! 

Registration Date: TUESDAY 29th December 2009 @ Garden View, from 7.15pm till 8.15pm

For more information on the courses or to book, please email me on jane.camilleri@gmail.com or call 99065142.  A registration form will be emailed or posted to you, which must be returned completed together with the payment to the address indicated below prior to, or, handed in on the Registration Date.

Class sizes are restricted, therefore early booking is highly recommended.

Choreography Workshop

December 1, 2009

This Sunday, a choreography workshop will be held at Garden View Complex for B2 students.  This is a fun upbeat choreography to a popular turkish pop song.  Students will get the opportunity to perform during a charity showcase.

Those interested in registering kindly contact Jane on 99487814 or email jane.camilleri@gmail.com.