Aalim School of Middle Eastern Dance
Summer Session 2013
All class payments should be made to
Aalim School of Dance
Select your registration form:
Complete the form through to the signature line, which will print on page 2. BE SURE TO READ ALL POLICIES, even if you are a returning student as information may change.
Registrations can be mailed or dropped off at:
3754 Pleasant Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Driving Directions to Inver Grove Heights Studios
Salem Square Center 5300 S. Robert Trail Suite 550, Inver Grove Heights
Studio IGH-FA: Suite 550
From Eastbound 494 take the South Robert Street exit. At the top of the exit ramp, do not turn, but continue straight ahead. Turn left at the first parking lot entrance. The studios are located in a row of storefronts adjacent to the parking lot.
From Westbound 494 take the Highway 110 exit and the South Robert Street exit. Turn right (south) onto S. Robert Street. Take a left at the first light. Turn left at the first parking lot entrance. The studios are located in a row of storefronts adjacent to the parking lot.
Driving Directions to Minneapolis Studios
Center for Performing Arts 3754 Pleasant Ave. S., Minneapolis
Studio Mpls-CP: Chapel Room on the 2nd Floor
Studio Mpls-SR: Sun Room on the 1st Floor
From northbound 35-W take the 35th-36th Street exit. Go past 36th street and take a left onto 35th Street (one way). Cross the overpass, go two blocks, and take a left onto Nicollet. From Nicollet, take a right onto 38th Street. Go four blocks to Pleasant. The Center for Performing arts is on the northwest corner of the intersection. Parking is on street.
From southbound 35-W take the 35th-36th Street exit. Take a left onto 35th Street (one way). Go two blocks, and take a left onto Nicollet. From Nicollet, take a right onto 38th Street. Go four blocks to Pleasant. The Center for Performing arts is on the northwest corner of the intersection. Parking is on street.
From I-94, either direction follow signs for 35-W southbound. Stay right, and follow the southbound 35W directions.
Level 1 (Foundations): These classes are geared toward beginners and those working to master Level 1 technique. No prior dance experience. The class will focus on the building blocks of Middle Eastern dance. We'll break down basic movements, work on muscle isolations, introduce dance conditioning, and dance combinations. Most students will need to take Level 1 more than once (or a Beginner class followed by one or more sessions of Advanced Beginner or Mixed Level class) to master the basics and be ready to move on to higher level classes.
Level 2: Students should have prior exposure to Middle Eastern dance (completion of at two or more sessions of Level 1 or any combination of Beginner or Advanced Beginner classes is typically recommended.) There will be a review of some Level 1 & 1+ technique, but then we will move into new material, focusing on on technique
Level 3: For dancers who have mastered the fundamental tools of the dance and basic zill patterns introduced in levels 1 and 2. In this class, we will introduce new finger cymbal patterns, new technique variations, with increasing focus on layered movements, more refined isolation techniques, connection and flow technique, combinations, dance styles, presentation, musicality and music appreciation, and improvisational skill development. Specialty techniques, props and dance styles are introduced at this level.
Advanced: (Recommended level 4 through professional): This class we will continue to build on the technique, skills, and styles developed in previous levels (including new finger cymbal patterns, new technique variations, more complex combinations, and increasing attention to layered movements.) However, there will also be more focus on exploring and developing your individual dance style. We will focus on creating dynamic combinations, exploring different styles of belly dance and movement stylizations, musicality and rhythm, presentation, and improvisational skill development. Among the specialty areas we will explore over sessions: balance techniques (sword, pot, tray, etc.), floor work, urban balady, tribal style, and more. The class is taught as a mixed level class for upper level students--instructor feedback, focus and variations are tailored to the students at different levels.