Learn how to Belly Dance with an international performer! Miasia has toured the world and returns to DC to share her love for Belly Dance with you! We sat down with Miasia to ask her about the Intro to Belly Dance series on Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 8:30pm at Atlas (register here!
What can someone expect to learn in your enrollment class?
My Intro to Belly Dance class will teach you the core movements of Middle Eastern Dance, as well as steps for building your own dance practice. The class will also explore how to enjoy moving in the body that you have and how to take advantage of your unique bodily strengths. All students will leave with a greater connection to their own natural rhythm and passion.
What is your advice for the new dancer?
Remember that there are no mistakes. Learning dance is a process, not about right or wrong, but about expanding your movement vocabulary. Each movement is a pathway to developing your future self as a dancer.
We like to say you don’t need your passport around here, you’ll be taken to another world right here at home, in our dance classes – how does the experience of being in an enrollment session take you out of your body? World?
My classes are designed to take you out of the mundane, transporting you to a place where your body and mind can connect through the music and rhythms of Middle Eastern Dance. First, we work to root your movements in the beauty of Middle Eastern and North African dance, teaching you about the cultures that birthed these dances, as well as the movement themselves. In the Middle East, the ultimate goal of art, dance & music is to reach a state of tarab, where the dancer is carried away by the power of the music.
What do you want people to know about the work you do? Why do you do it? What is your ultimate goal, or purpose?
I’m committed to creating a warm and welcoming classroom environment for my students to experience this wonderful art form. I believe fully that each person can best enhance their connection to themselves and their body through dance. Dedicated to opening the doorway of dance to include all bodies, shapes, sizes and abilities, I have also taught low impact dance workshops designed specifically for people with varying mobility at conferences around the U.S. for the past 10 years
If you could dance anywhere with anyone…..?
My experience dancing with live bands in Egypt or Turkey have been the most rewarding experiences of my life. There’s nothing quite like the synergy of the communication between musicians and dancers in the moment.