Theatrical belly dance blends the emotion, drama and storytelling of the theater with the beautifully passionate and expressive art of belly dance. By connecting emotion with movement through combined use of dance drills and improvisational theater exercises we will explore the connection between dance, storytelling and spirit. In this session we will be working with the five elements of Earth (practice), Air (inspiration), Fire (energy), Water (emotion) and Spirit (the storyteller) as they relate to dance and creativity.
Every other class we will work with traditional live drumming to become familiar with the basic rhythms used in belly dance, and to gain comfort with and explore creative expression to live music.
Classes are structured to build on one another but each may also be experienced as a stand-alone class.
This class is intended for students who have attended at least one session of belly dance classes.
10/3/2013 - 12/5/2013 (8 week session)
Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
(no class 10/10 or 10/31)
Cost: $80 full session/$50 half session/$15 drop in
Joie Grandbois (bio)
Joie is a writer, dancer and performance artist who lives in Portland, Maine. A lifelong dancer she entered the world of belly dance through the side door of raqs gothique (gothic belly dance) after falling in love with its dramatic story telling nature. Since then she has studied the more traditional cabaret and Turkish styles of the dance which only made her fall more deeply in love with the art form. She finds her inspiration in stories from mythology and folklore, as well as personal transformation. While she can be very dramatic in her performances she often brings a sense of humor to the stage.
She is a student of Middle Eastern drumming, specifically the riqq, and has a love of playing the zills. She is the founder and director of the street vaudeville performance troupe Dark Follies which formed in 2008. She performs around New England with Dark Follies and as a solo artist.