About A-Z Bellydance


A-Z Bellydance is an Egyptian inspired dance methodology that expands dance vocabulary and improves interpretive skills through a blend of progressive technique, somatic movement, cultural studies and musicality. Dancers will internalise new patterning and establish deeper movement memory, to improvise or choreograph with more naturalness, confidence and ease.

The A-Z Bellydance movement methodology for students and teachers was developed in Egypt, enriched over the span of 20 years, with inspiration from Egyptian dance pioneers, talented musicians, and research of the cultural and artistic traditions of Egypt. A-Z Original and Advanced sequences provide the foundation for almost all possible combinations in Raqs Sharqi, Baladi and Egyptian Folkloric dance. A-Z will take you on a journey through the Elements, to support your dance development and enhance your self awareness.

The methodology was inspired by the concept of Egyptian dance 'aesthetics within a framework'. The program improves interpretive skills through a progressive series of sequences - each integrating layered technique, somatic movement, cultural studies and musicality. Each sequence establishes a matrix, and the cumulative matrices interlink seamlessly, vastly expanding the dancer's movement vocabulary. The patterning of each matrix is designed to be easily internalised and assimilated on many levels; physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.

The new updated A-Z DVDs will be available in October 2017.



 

Read a Review About A-Z Bellydance


"A-Z comes in two levels – Original and Advanced. The Original sequences introduce the learner to basic cabaret and folkloric steps and cover foundation Belly Dance moves including shimmies, accents, turns and flowing hip work. The Advanced A-Z involves emphasis on sacred geometry, floor patterns and more challenging phrases with detailed arm and hand work, quicker hip moves and influences from other dance styles including Indian dance, Salsa and Ballet."

Read an article aout how a bellydance teacher and her students find using the A-Z Methodology in class - uses, benefits and applications.

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Article by Guinevere Clark for Nafoura Magazine

 

The Current A-Z DVD Range (limited quantities, discontinued Sep 2017)

A-Z Original Dvd

26 x Foundational Sequences on dvd.
Hard copy available only, limited quantites.
Discounted price and discontinues Sep 2017.
Cost: $30 + $7 p/h extra

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A-Z Advanced Dvd

26 x Sequences for stage and performance.
Hard copy available only, limited quantites.
Discounted price and discontinues Sep 2017.
Cost: $30 + $7 p/h extra

BUY HERE
 

The NEW Updated A-Z DVD Range - Out October 2017

A-Z Original Dvd

26 x Foundational Sequences - core techniques and transitions used in Egyptian style Raqs Sharqi, Baladi & Folk styles, with 'Seeds of Bellydance' that explains the somatics and movement qualities of each Element. Includes dvd & booklet.

Cost: $90 - fully downloadable electronic version
(Hard copy materials posted add $15 + $7 p/h extra)
A-Z Advanced Dvd

26 x Sequences for stage and performance with more complex techniques and transitions, plus a section on classical Egyptian choreography, and improvisation with a focus on Classical Stagecraft, Theatre styles and Fusion. Includes dvd & booklet.

Cost: $90 - fully downloadable electronic version
(Hard copy materials posted add $15 + $7 p/h extra)
A-Z Preparatory Techniques

Need some preparatory skills? Learn 100 x individual Egyptian style bellydance techniques used in A-Z Original and Advanced dvds. Strengthen moves step by step, with understanding weight transfer, flow & physiology. Includes dvd & booklet.

Cost: $60 - fully downloadable electronic version
(Hard copy materials posted add $15 + $7 p/h extra)
A-Z For Egyptian Folklore

Egyptian folkloric troupe techniques to learn more about the provincial and various styles of folkloric theatre dances. Features the integration of A-Z sequence into various genres, with & troupe formation, props and adaptation. Includes dvd & booklet.

Cost: $60 - fully downloadable electronic version
(Hard copy materials posted add $15 + $7 p/h extra)



A-Z Bellydance Teacher's List




Comments from A-Z Bellydance Students & Participants

'A Wealth of Information' Dora, Greece

"The A-Z system offers a wealth of information, indispensable to anyone studying Oriental Dance. I love the way information is organized through technique, history, musicality, artistry. Before A-Z, I was lacking in choreographic skills, but now I feel confident to choreograph as well as improvise. In class, A-Z has proven to be a real gem for inspiration, class combos and choreographies. Keti's warm and supportive personality made a huge difference to my learning. Thank you!"
'Supports Any Level' Joanne, Singapore

"I find myself amazed at how Keti manages to teach, inspire and challenge students at any level. I feel included, involved, and ultimately, I feel I am really dancing. She manages the balance of teaching while tapping into the student's level of individual ability so that at the end of the course or dvd, the student comes away with ownership of the dance. Thank you for creating A-Z Bellydance and for continuing to teach with inspiration."

'A-Z certainly delivered what I was looking for.' Guinevere, Wales

I learnt A-Z after teaching in community settings for around six months following eight years of practicing and learning the art for my own pleasure. I felt that I needed extra input for myself and my students. A-Z certainly delivered what I was looking for. The routines are accessible with the scope to make them easier for total beginners or more challenging for established dancers.

'Exciting for My Free Dance' Julie, Wales

“I had been Bellydancing for a few years and love choreographies, the only problem was that I felt really self conscious in free dance. A-Z Personal Techniques has come as a breath of fresh air, as I have learnt sets of moves which I can apply during my free dance - I’m no longer left wondering, I just go with the flow. It is really exciting to play around with the moves and give it my own personal twist. I would recommend A-Z for beginners or advanced dancers, there is so much to learn and so much fun to be had!”

'Improvisation is Easier' Reena, USA

"Before A-Z, I knew my basic moves but to string them together, especially to improvise, was difficult for me. I could follow my teachers in class, but when it was time to dance, I froze. With A-Z, I feel like I'm learning the essence of the dance and I'm confidently putting my own style into it. Improvisation is now much easier."
'Cultural Reference' Barbara, Germany

"I'm so happy with how you explain the moves and cultural reference, it is an eye-opener. I've studied with Arabic teachers and world masters, yet no other teacher spoke about this. Thank you very much for these bellydance secrets! Now my dancing has real Egyptian flavour."
'100% Rise in Confidence' Rose, Wales

“A-Z has helped me to lay down a foundation of knowledge that I can build on. I feel a 100% rise in my confidence and therefore my enjoyment of dancing is greater."
'Inspirational Method' Meisha, UK

"Of all the teaching methods I have experienced I have always found A-Z the easiest to follow, and the most inspirational with visual imagery to help remember the steps and movements."
'Love Them!' Juanita, Canada

"I have both the A-Z Original and Advanced & love them. Thank you for sharing your talent & passion with us."
'Enriching Knowledge' Jen, USA

"I really love the routines and enjoy basking in all your knowledge of our art form and the history that enriches it."