Fusion Bellydance Workshops with Serena Spears
March 19, 2017
Beginner Fusion Bellydance: 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Intermediate Fusion Bellydance: 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Prepay – $25 per class, $45 for both
At the door – $30 per class, $55 for both
The studio is still TBD but we will definitely be centrally located between the Midtown or downtown Manhattan area.
Beginner Fusion Bellydance 12 pm – 1:30 pm
Welcome to fusion bellydance, y’all! This class is for beginner bellydancers still learning the mechanics of the fundamentals or intermediate dancers who want to refine, practice, and learn new methods to complete your basics. If you’ve taken any classes with me at Solstice Studio, you know how this works. If you haven’t, you get a warmup, isolation drills, undulation drills, footwork patterns and full-body movement informed by Latin, hip-hop, and modern dance, and arm and hand drills complete with breakdowns and helpful tips for healthy and proper technique. At the end, you get one freestyle song to jam out and then a cool down and stretch. I use a rotating playlist of African, Latin, and American dance and electronic jams to inspire us. Constant movement, no choreo. Latin and hiphop dancers will find cross-training in bellydance surprisingly helpful for body movement so come check it out. No bellydance experience necessary. Men, don’t be afraid, you are welcome to attend. Bring water. We definitely get sweaty up in hurr.
Intermediate Fusion Bellydance 1:30 pm – 3 pm
This class is for dancers with bellydance or Latin body movement experience or those who are up for the challenge. You get all of the above from the beginner class plus layering isolation drills, faster, more complex patterns, and more difficult balance and aerobic challenging movements. I always work to the level of the room and give choose your own adventure options so you will be challenged but not overly frustrated or bored. What are you waiting for? Let’s dance!
Who is Serena Spears?
Serena Spears is an internationally renowned and award-winning fusion dance performer, teacher, and choreographer from Brooklyn, NY. As a solo artist and choreographer, she integrates decades of training in hip-hop, modern, African, ballet, and Latin dance forms with bellydance. Known for her boundless energy, athleticism, precise technique, and commanding stage presence, Serena focuses on creating exciting, seamless fusion that fascinates audiences around the world. In addition to her solo work, she has performed across the country as a principal dancer of Solstice Tribe, directed by Sera Solstice, as a satellite member of Sepiatonic, based out of Portland, OR, and in collaborative projects with fusion dancers and choreographers including Ebony Qualls, Sharon Kihara, Rin Ajna, and Sekou McMiller.
As a teacher, she brings her students extensive dance knowledge, clear explanations of steps and techniques, and a warm, encouraging personality. Serena has taught dance workshops across the US and in China at festivals such as Art of the Belly, Bridge the Gap Festival in Portland and Boston, the Maryland Bellydance Convention, and the Oriental Dance Super Stars and she remains a beloved substitute teacher at Solstice Studio in New York City.
In addition to her seven years of deep training and collaboration with her current mentor, Sera Solstice, Serena has studied intensively under the leading ladies of fusion bellydance including Suhaila Salimpour, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Donna Mejia, Mira Betz, Sharon Kihara, and Jill Parker. Serena completed Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements: Initiation in 2013 and attained her Suhaila and Jamila Level 1 Certifications in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Serena continues to expand her movement studies outside of bellydance with regular classes and intensives in ballet, Afro-Cuban, modern, hip-hop, salsa, tango, poi, and aerial arts.
For more information about Serena or to contact her, please check out her Facebook dance page.