Classes

BELLYDANCE CLASSES:
Weekly Public Classes as well as Private Classes and Parties available
For Yoga Classes, check out Rahel's Yoga Page
 

Spring Schedule 2017  


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Public Class Schedule at a Glance




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BEGINNER:
Journey into the beautiful world of Arabic music and movement.
In this progressive, full-experience session, you will learn about the history and cultural context of Raqs Sharqi/Beledi (bellydance), learn how to stand and move safely and mindfully with correct posture and alignment, breakdown and drill basic isolations and movements of this beautiful Middle Eastern art form in a safe, learning-focused environment from dedicated full time dancer/teacher Rahel, AND get a great workout!! For class, wear comfortable, breathable clothes, bare feet and bring a water bottle. Hipscarves provided. No experience required. Please ensure you don't miss the first class of the session.

***NOTE***This session (Spring) students will also be working on a progressive choreography that will be performed as a group at Rahel's annual student recital in June. In addition to the choreoraphy students will learn about stage presence and performance psychology, musicality, how to dance in a group, how to apply stage makeup, and included in the price is a beautiful costume that will be yours to keep after the show. Please consult with Rahel if you have not worked with her before and/or if you are unable to perform but would like to join the session anyway.

Performances June 11 and 25 for JCC classes
June 25 only for all other classes

1. BEGINNER: SUNDAYS @ ACHE BRASIL
Mar 19 - Jun 18, 2017
NO CLASS Apr 16, May 7, and May 21
PERFORMANCE JUNE 25
11 classes total
$230 for the session plus $70 for the costume
10% off session fee if you register before Mar 12
20% for bringing a friend, and 10% off for each additional friend
20% off for simultaneously taking any other classes
7:30 - 9:00pm (1.5 hrs)
Ache Brasil Capoeira Academy 341 East Broadway
To register send payment via paypal or Interac e-Transfer to Rahelbellydance@gmail.com
$277 before Mar 12, $300 after Mar 12, plus applicable discounts
Or contact rahel at rahelbellydance@gmail.com or 604-767-2392 to pay with cash or cheque

  2. BEGINNER: MONDAYS @ THE JCC
Mar 12 - Jun 19, 2017
NO CLASS Apr 10, Apr 17, or May 22
PERFORMANCES JUNE 11 and 25
12 classes total, $247 +gst for the session, plus $70 for the costume
10% off session fee if you register before Mar 6
7:30pm - 9:00pm (1.5 hr)
Jewish Community Centre 950 West 41st (at Oak)
Register through the JCC
www.jccgv.com

3. BEGINNER: THURSDAYS @ THE MPCC
Apr 6 - Jun 22, 2017
PERFORMANCE JUNE 25
12 classes total, $138 for the session plus $70 for costume
10% off session fee if you register before Mar 30
8:30 - 9:45pm (1.25 hr)
Mount Pleasant Community Centre 1 Kingsway (at Main)
Register through the MPCC
www.mountpleasantcc.com

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INTERMEDIATE:
Dive deeper into your Arabic dance practice and take your technique to the next level!
Strengthen and condition, learn more complex movements, work on layering, traveling, props (if time permits) and add texture and nuance to this beautiful Middle Eastern art form.
Experience required, preferably at least 2-3 beginner sessions with Rahel.
***NOTE**This session students will also be working on a progressive choreography that will be performed as a group at Rahel's annual student recital in June. In addition to the choreoraphy students will learn about stage presence and performance psychology, musicality, how to dance in a group, how to apply stage makeup, and included in the price is a beautiful costume that will be yours to keep after the show. Please consult with Rahel if you have not worked with her before and/or if you are unable to perform but would like to join the session anyway.

Performances June 11 and 25 for JCC classes
June 25 only for all other classes

1. INTERMEDIATE 2.0: SUNDAYS @ ACHE BRASIL
Slightly higher level Intermediate
Mar 19 - Jun 18, 2017
NO CLASS Apr 16, May 7, and May 21
PERFORMANCE JUNE 25
11 classes total
$230 for the session plus $70 for the costume
10% off session fee if you register before Mar 12
20% for bringing a friend, and 10% off for each additional friend
20% off for simultaneously taking any other classes
5:45-7:15pm (1.5 hrs)
Ache Brasil Capoeira Academy 341 East Broadway
To register send payment via paypal or Interac e-Transfer to Rahelbellydance@gmail.com
$277 before Mar 12, $300 after Mar 12, plus applicable discounts
Or contact rahel at rahelbellydance@gmail.com or 604-767-2392 to pay with cash or cheque

  2. INTERMEDIATE: TUESDAYS @ THE JCC
Mar 14 - Jun 20, 2017
NO CLASS Apr 11, Apr 18, or May 30
PERFORMANCES JUNE 11 and 25
12 classes total, $247 +gdt plus $70 for the costume
10% off session fee if you register before Mar 7
7:30pm - 9:00pm (1.5 hr)
Jewish Community Centre 950 West 41st (at Oak)
Register through the JCC
www.jccgv.com

3. INTERMEDIATE: THURSDAYS @ THE MPCC
Apr 6 - Jun 22, 2017
PERFORMANCE JUNE 25
12 classes total, $138 for the session plus $70 for costume
10% off session fee if you register before Mar 30
4:30 - 5:45pm (1.25 hr)
Mount Pleasant Community Centre 1 Kingsway (at Main)
Register through the MPCC
www.mountpleasantcc.com


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ADVANCED PERFORMANCE TROUPE
*Auditions or special permission required*

1. THE HELWA DANCERS TROUPE: WEDNESDAYS @ THE JCC
Be a part of a collaborative team. Advanced performance troupe rehearsals.
Auditions required.
Performance opportunities throughout the year
Mar 22 - Jun 21, 2017
NO CLASS Apr 12 or May 31
PERFORMANCES JUNE 11 and 25
12 weeks total, $280 +gst
10% off if you register before Mar 15
(Next auditions will be in the first week of Jan 2017)
Check back on the Events Page for details
7:30pm - 9:00pm (1.5 hr)
Helwa Dancers can drop-in on any Beginner class FREE!
Jewish Community Centre 950 West 41st (at Oak)
Register through the JCC, once cleared by Rahel
www.jccgv.com

NOTE: More classes starting Summer 2017

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PRIVATE LESSONS AND PARTIES

1. PRIVATE LESSONS
One-on-one, or with a friend, or two
Most classes taught out of Rahel's small home studio in Fairview Slopes
1-2 people $70/hr total ($70 for 1, $35 each for 2)
3 people $80/hr total ($26 each)
4 people $90/hr total ($22.5 each)
5 people $100/hr total ($20 each)
Package Discount:
$5 off per hour when you buy 5 or more hours.
$10 off per hour when you buy 10 or more hours.
Hours don’t have to be used all at once. Package expires one year from purchase Students currently registered in weekly classes get an additiona $5 off/hr discount on private lessons. (up to $15 off per hour total).

2. STAGETTES AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES
5+ people Lesson only: $150/hr
Lesson in full costume and makeup: $250/hr
Lesson/performance combo (ie 5-10 min performance + 50-55 min lesson): $350/hr
Prices are for 6+ people, prices may change 20+
Hipscarves and music provided, as well as a special "costume" for the guest of honour


TESTIMONIALS


"I was really wanting to try belly dance for a while but had not found the right teacher. One day my friend suggested I try Rahel's class and I resonated with her right away. It was such an amazing experience. Her style of teaching is very energetic, technical and clear. Rahel is really good at explaining new moves in many different ways for different types of learners and she always makes sure to emphasizes proper posture. My posture has improved a lot since I started taking classes with her. She also plays the best music, a mix of traditional belly dance music and some more modern stuff. I get so much out of every class I attend with her and feel so good after. I highly recommend trying her class if you are considering taking belly dance, you will not regret it!"
- Megan

"Rahel welcomed me to my first belly dance class with open arms! She fosters a warm, caring, relaxed class atmosphere, and I feel safe and cared for whenever I come to class. Rahel is both a talented dancer and teacher. I've been taking belly dance classes with Rahel for over a year now because I love her dancing style, her teaching approach and she is eye candy. Belly dance brings magic into my life and I'd rather give my (snake) arm than miss a class with Rahel! Yiiip!"
- Alma

"The rewards of taking Rahel's bellydancing classes far exceed just physical exercise. It embraces feminine power, joy, sensuality and being more open to life. Rahel's enthusiasm and passion for dance is contagious, and I look forward to her classes every week!"
- Natasha

"I have taken bellydance classes on and off for about 20 years. Over that time I have found several teachers, but only a very few make my list of the exceptional, and Rahel is one of them. Rahel's classes are a perfect blend of fun and challenging. She is able to bring creativity and expression out of her students, while at the same time teaching very technical moves with skill and clarity. Most importantly for me though, is that in addition to all of this, Rahel is able to create a safe and encouraging space for women to come together and be adored in all their shapes and sizes, and to dance together in sisterhood."
-Rafale C.

"I was blessed to find Rahel when I was rehearsing to play Salomé for a theatre adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play. I had to preform the "dance of the seven veils" and had never before taken any belly dance! I thought I would study with a number of different teachers but after finding Rahel I searched no further. Her level of skill, care and passion for dance are unmatched. Within a year she had helped me find the music, choreographed the dance and had me at a place where I was not only ready but confident in my performance. Rahel went above and beyond the call of duty at every step of the journey. She is an intuitive and sensitive teacher wise beyond her years in the art of belly dance. She is gifted at bringing out of her students the gestures and movements that exist just on the edge of their becoming! I have no hesitation in offering the highest recommendation possible. If you have ever desired to dance or thought it out of your reach Rahel can be the foundation and guide that takes you there gently and powerfully all at the same time!"
-Ana