Zils and Drills
Thursday mornings 9:30am-10:30am;
all levels drills, just $20/month
There are finger cymbals here to borrow, and swords and veils. Anything might happen in this class. Arrive at 9:30am for tea, and dance from 9:45-10:30.
WEAR comfortable, form fitting clothing, bare feet or dance shoes. OPTIONAL: finger cymbals, veil, hip scarf (all these available from Nina), knee supports, yoga mat.
Children's Belly Dance Class with Nina Amaya
Children of all ages are invited to learn to dance with a silk veil, learn to do figure eights and head slides, shimmies and turns. The 45 minute classes will build on each other, and we can have a little show at the end for our routine! (Sibling discounts, please inquire.) (looking for time to schedule)
About the teacher:
I am have been a professional belly dance performer and instructor for seven years. I'm a mother, formerly a teacher at public and private elementary schools, and director of troupe Aubergine. If your child loves this dance, I would love to continue classes with an Egyptian folkloric stick dance, an Indian folkloric dance, and others. Perhaps your child would like to perform with Aubergine at the Faerie Festival, Artscape, and at nursing home shows. www.AubergineBellyDance.com
To register, there is Paypal above, or send a check to :
1020 Regester Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21239
Aubergine Performing Troupe meets Mondays 7:00- 9 and Wed, 7-9.
Nina is a fantastic teacher! Not only does she teach fantastic veil technique, but she also helps to improve your stage performance with tips for handling the unexpected.
--Dawn V., workshop participant
While I haven't seen Nina 'perform', she was a superlative instructor at an event I went to. Knowledgeable, understanding, and very funny, she has a great presence (and an even better one on for the stage). I would love to see her perform one day!
-- Albert Lin
You are by far the best instructor I ever met. I only understood the way you taught.
-- Wai Ping Ng (Liz)
Nina- I took your Arabian Belly Dancing Class tonight at the Carver Center and I had to tell you just how much I enjoyed myself. I can tell already that you are a fantastic teacher and it will make learning the moves much easier for the students. You dance beautifully. I cannot wait until the next class! This has been something that I have been wanting to do for a long time, I just wish that I had signed up for your class sooner! Thanks!
I LOVE your teaching style. You are wonderful! I am so sorry I did not sign up for both classes so I could come for 3 hours. - Nora
I truly enjoyed your class. I think you are an excellent teacher. You are able to provide detailed instruction, yet can go with the flow when the veil does what it wants to and not what you intended. You are patient and fun. - Marty
My favorite thing about your veil course was your enthusiasm. You are a great teacher and so willing to share your wealth of information. I especially liked learning a new move - the 5 star. I would highly recommend your class to a friend. - Donna
To book a dancer, go here, or just email or call Nina. 443-834-43191
Can I say what a pleasure it was meeting you and having you dance for me? It truly was one of the highlights for me. Can't wait till the next time I get to see you perform.
-- Joseph Castelli Sitar player in Ever After
...you are so much, much more beautiful than in your pictures. I am not at all saying I didn't think you were lovely, but in person the combination of your personality, your grace and your looks are pretty well unbelievable.
--CeCe, patron at Mosaic cafe
For the Troupe:
OMG Nina! We have GOT to have you all back next year. You were so AWESOME! People won't stop raving about the fantastic belly dancers at the 2011 Multiple Sclerosis Fantasy Ball! You and your team totally blew me away!!
--Joy Halcott, event director
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_WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE: "Sword, Single and Double"; "Veil, Single and Double"; "How To Grow a Hafla"; "Juicy Combinations"; "Turkish Oriental Dance"; "Vintage American Cabaret"; "Dynamic Troupe Performance"; "Floorwork"; and Choreographies in: Veil (many), Joyful Sword, Drum Solo, Iranian Pop, Rajasthani, American Cabaret, 2 Minute Karsilama, and a Troupe Veil Finale ( with written notes and most have video links) and some can be combined ( like veil and floorwork into Cabaret or Turkish, and "Professional Performance Tips" can be added, too.
Special Workshop for Dancelexics
Belly Dance for Nondancers
Want to learn to bellydance, but you are afraid you can't follow the directions?
I teach a workshop designed for you!
Nina Amaya, professional dancer with dancelexia. When I was learning, I tuned left when everyone else went right, I was always on the wrong foot, and couldn't remember a sequence of steps. And I overcame it!
As an elementary school teacher I studied different learning styles, and I'll help you to find your dance learning style. In a workshop limited to ten students, we'll go over some of the basic and not-so-basic moves.
This class is limited to those who find it hard to learn, or those teachers who want to learn how to teach dancelexics. It will be supportive and fun.
Find the way to express yourself through this beautiful art form.
Nina has taught at the Dance for a Cure event every year, and performed at the Galas- for more on the Esophageal Cancer benefit: