ABOUT MELINA'S CLASSES:
Melina's classes have been described as "incredibly invigorating,
outrageously empowering and very tasteful." For beginner's lessons, the focus is
both on enjoying the dance form from the get-go and learning new movements in a
carefully broken-down form. Throughout class, Melina emphasizes proper
form and body alignment both to prevent injury and to make sure you are doing
the often unfamiliar movements properly. After a fluid & funky
warm-up with stretching, the class moves from basic hip work to shimmies and
snake-like slow work. We always end with a cool down and more stretching.
Melina also introduces mini-choreographies which even the first-time belly
dancer can enjoy. Intermediate and advanced classes feature more complicated
choreographies, traveling steps, spins & turns, fast hip and foot work,
layering, and musical interpretation with an eye toward performance. And
yes, you'll sweat! Melina's classes are workouts for both the brain and
Melina cooks up a technique-based medley of Greco-Turkish and Arabic belly
dance moves, spicing class with jazz, hip-hop, folk-dance & flamenco stylings.
Check out Melina's
Oriental Dance Teaching Statement and read her
Biography Page for more on her life of dance.
Visit Melina's classes and special seminars for hip-work, veil, finger
cymbals, floor-work, taqsim, fast & slow combinations, belly rolling,
tambourines, the balancing of objects on the head & more. Melina presents
new moves in carefully broken-down form and emphasizes proper body alignment and
somatic awareness throughout class. At the same time, she encourages
people to let loose and express their own individual strengths. Melina has
pioneered funky and sassy "techno belly" choreographies which incorporate euro-arabic
pop remixes and the music of Natacha Atlas, Shakira, Britney Spears, Dimitri
from Paris, Claude Challe and more. Read her
Mission Statement for more on her goals regarding Oriental Dance.
Email Melina for more info
about her lessons. For more on Melina's life of dance, read her personal essay
"Dancing From the Belly".
Daughters of Rhea: An international, multi-generational, life-of-dance
experiment. Carpe Belly-Um!