Join Despina's Mati Belly Dance Classes on Monday nights at Ripley-Grier and Thursday nights in Astoria at the Greek Cultural Center!
Monday - American Tribal Style in NYC:
Study modern and classic ATS(R) belly dance with Sister Studio Debbie Despina Cartsos.
Location: Ripley-Grier 305 West 38th street Room announced on lobby screen
Monday 7-8 p.m. ATS (R) Tribal BELLY DANCE *Open Level* (required for Mati Dance Tribe dancers that will be performing with Despina at Art Of the Belly)
Level 1/2 - Open Level.
This belly dance class focuses on providing you with a solid foundation on the basics movements of American Tribal Style Belly Dance. Great brush up with your technique class for experienced dancer and great class for Tribal Fusion Belly dancers. Introduction to playing finger cymbals is included. This class is open for dancers of all levels.
Advanced vocabulary Level 2/3. In this class you will also be learning complex finger cymbal patterns. Classic, modern and Despina's dialect included.
Thursday nights in Astoria
Drop in only - $20 cash or venmo for a 90 minute class
Join Despina's fusion belly dance class to embrace your strength, grace, and fluid body flexibility. Explore a new invigorating way to feel your innate feminine power. Belly Dance instructor Debbie Despina Cartsos will teach you how to identify and strengthen different muscles and body parts which are essential for the belly dancing technique (e.g., hips, torso, rib cage, arms, etc.). Special dance combinations will link the movements together, creating fluidity and continuity of the dance.
Mati Dance Tribe Belly Dance Classes at Ripley-Grier 305 West 38th street Room #211.
Join Despina's Modern Tribal or Folkloric Fusion Belly Dance classes to embrace your strength, grace, and fluid body flexibility. Explore a new invigorating way to feel your innate feminine power. Belly Dance instructor Debbie Despina Cartsos will teach you how to identify and strengthen different muscles and body parts which are essential for the belly dancing technique (e.g., hips, torso, rib cage, arms, etc.). Special dance combinations will link the movements together, creating fluidity and continuity of the dance.
Monday 7-8 p.m. Tribal Fusion BELLY DANCE *Open Level* (required for Mati Dance Tribe dancers that will be performing with Despina at Art Of the Belly)
This belly dance class focuses on providing you with a solid foundation on all the basics movements of Tribal Belly Dance drawing inspiration from ATS(R) the solid foundation needed for Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Introduction to playing finger cymbals is included. Playing finger cymbals is optional in this class but required for dancers that wish to perform with Despina. This class is open for dancers of all levels.
Despina is taking a break from teaching but you can still see her perform with her dance group: The Mati Dance Tribe!!! Stay tuned for more details!
Start off 2019 with Belly Dance Classes with Despina!
Come join Debbie Despina for ongoing folkloric fusion belly dance classes at Sol Dance Center on Monday nights at 7-8p.m.
Mati Dance Tribe members and advanced students can take the choreography class at 8-9p.m. ***This class is by invitation only.*** The drop in rate is $15. Contact Despina at email@example.com to find out if you can join. For more info check out this FAQ.
Teachers: Kate Reid, Maria Naja Richardson and Debbie Despina Cartsos.
Welcome to ATS ® Ultd. Join us to learn American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance, a group improvisational style that relies on the cooperation of its dancers to succeed. Through a system of leading and following specific steps and combinations, dancers use non-verbal cues to create unique and amazing dances. We are a non-competitive, non discriminatory environment and welcoming to ALL.
ATS Level One Plus: Beginner/Intermediate - 6 Week Course - For students who are new to dancing in a group improvisational format that includes cues.
In this class you will learn the basic fundamental steps (fast and slow) and formations for American Tribal Style – Fat Chance Format. Movements and drills include (but not limited to) basic steps and simple variations, introduction to zills (finger cymbals) and rhythms, dancing in duos, trios and quads, and introduction to stage presence and etiquette.
ATS Level Two Plus: Intermediate/Advanced - 6 Week Course - If you have not taken any ATS classes previously, you are required to take Level One Plus.
In this class you will be challenged with complex combos and zill patterns, continue learning dance vocabulary, and improve technique. You will also be introduced to working with musicians, and solo performance.
Class Location Gibney Studios - 890 Broadway, 5th Fl Studio 9, New York, NY 10062
Weekly Class Schedule
Level One Plus - Thursdays, 6pm – 7pm
Level Two Plus - Thursdays, 7pm – 8pm
Please be aware the elevator shuts down at 8pm and students will need to walk down the stairs to leave the building.
6 Week Class Series Dates - 2018
• September 13 - October 18
Note: Class cards are good for 90 days from the first date of use and can be used for any class.
• You will pick up your punch card the first time you attend.
• If you lose your card, you will be subject to a $10 replacement fee.
• If you need to suspend your class card there is a $15 charge.
Friday, July 20 - Dalia Carella - Dunyavi/Turkish Roman Gesturing & Skirts
6:30-9 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door
Created by Dalia in 1979, Dunyavi (meaning "world") is one of Dalia’s signature art forms. In this class we will be focusing on dancing with beautiful full skirts while learning Turkish Roman hand gesturing to enhance the movement. We will be dancing to traditional Turkish Roman 9/8 Karsilama rhythm. This rhythm is all about the organic feeling that is sometimes challenging for dancers to internalize. Dalia’s technique simplifies this dance to enable you to assimilate the skirt work, hand gesturing and foot work, and immerse yourself in a worldwind of movement! Please bring a full skirt with no slits.
Saturday, July 21 - Dalia Carella - Danse Orientale: The Luminous Veil
11 am-1:30 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door
Looking for different ways of expressing yourself? This class is geared towards helping dancers to create movement and shapes with fabric. Learn to become one with the veil, feel its intensity, feel its beauty, flow with it. Expressive combinations and air design movement will be explored while using a veil that can be used in night club and theatrical performances to rivet audiences. Experience Dalia’s unique approach to veil work through her invaluable dance experience throughout the years. Please bring a 3.5-4 yard veil.
Saturday, July 21 - Debbie Despina - The Artistry of Dancing with Your Sword
2:30-5 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door
Learn the artistry of dancing/performing with a sword. This workshop is geared towards all level dancers. Despina will discuss the importance of dancing with your sword as if it were an actual dance partner rather than just a prop. You will learn a short choreography that will break down technique, showing you how to handle this beautiful yet powerful blade while dancing with it. This is not a balancing act, this is about dancing creating shapes, framing, using musicality, power and fluidity. Come with an open mind and with an appetite to dance a lot. Please bring a sword and a hair scarf.
$120 for both Saturday workshops, pre-registration only
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