CLASSES, PRICES and REGISTRATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE GROUP CLASSES, PRIVATE LESSONS, WORKSHOPS & CHOREOGRAPHY

Technique Classes include training in performing and theater Arts. Classes are taught with the Alexandra King Method

Alexandra King Method

The Alexandra King Method is an organized, standardized and comprehensive system of teaching and learning dance in general, and belly dance specifically. All the essential elements of dance art and science are culled and combined with technique as well as culture and history, in order to give the dancer a thorough understanding and ability to dance, and, in particular to be a belly dancer. At the end of her training, the dancer can dance and perform, and, she also has a thorough understanding of the cultures and histories of the art of belly dance and all of it's styles.

Subjects Taught

  • All styles and levels of belly dance including American Cabaret, Egyptian Cabaret, Turkish Cabaret, American Tribal and Tribal Fusion.

  • All ages of belly dance – Children (8-10); PreTeen; Teen and Adult.

  • Middle Eastern dance including folkloric, Persian classical and line dances.

  • Specialty and Prop Dances, including Candle Dance, Sword Dance, Cane, Gypsy (Latin-Arab Fusion), Saudi Hair, Multiple Veil and Shamiran.

  • Instructor Training and Certification Program.

  • Personalized training and choreography.

2020 SEASONS ~ GROUP CLASSES 

TUITION 

GROUP CLASSES ~ 8 Week Classes 

Single series: $120.00 

If taking a 2nd class: $100.00

If taking a third class $90.00

 

MONTH -TO-MONTH CLASSES ~ 4 Week Classes

Single Series: $50.00

Two classes: $45.00/each

Three classes: $40.00/each

PRIVATE CLASSES

Single class/series (non-professional) = $100.00/hour.

2-3 classes/month = $80.00/hour

4 + classes/month = $70.00/hour

Advanced Professional = $60.00/hour

PRIVATE LESSONS FOR GROUPS OF 3 OR MORE PEOPLE.

Tuition is $150.00/hour. Add travel expenses for out-of-town classes.

Each individual is responsible for making up missed classes – there are no credit transfers.

A Non-refundable deposit of 20% is required at time of booking a single class or series.

 

CHOREOGRAPHY

$50.00/minute for the song used. Stock choreography is free.

 

SCHOOL POLICIES

  • Tuition is due on the first day of any series, or by the 5th.

  • Form of payment for classes is cash/check

  • Private lessons are by appointment (805)687-8823 or alexandra@alexandraking.com.

  • A Subscription is a discount package for month-to-month private  classes throughout the year. One month notice is requested to cancel or suspend a subscription. Missed classes are made up - there are no credit transfers for Subscriptions.

  • Discount packages for non subscriptions must be used within 8 weeks. 

  • Please give 24 hours notice to cancel a private class, or as soon as possible. Missed classes without timely notice will be charged the full tuition amount​.

  • There are no refunds, only credit transfers.

BEGINNING CABARET BELLY DANCE

Learning the Basics ~ Cabaret belly dance is the classical style recognized by most as the benchmark of the art.

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 ~Adult Ed (Center for Extended Learning) Schott Center

310 W. Padre St. Santa Barbara, CA 93015

RM 14 Tannahill Auditorium

Register at Schott Center either in person or online at https://sbcc.augusoft.net/ or call 805-Phone: (805) 683-8200
Email: extendedlearning@sbcc.edu

No drop-ins, sorry.

Bring zills (finger cymbals) which can be purchased either on www.bellydance.com $12.99 - or Amazon.com ($10-$13) Bring a 3 yard silk veil which can be purchased at Nahari Silk Veils on Amazon. Choose the 108 "X 45" length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prerequisites to start - none -no skills needed. 

Length of time: Usually One Year, +/-. Age is a factor in learning to dance. Dance is an athletic art so the body must be strong, flexible and healthy to execute the movements. 

Skills to Graduate to Intermediate: 

  • Must be able to dance and play zills - triplets and doubles. 

  • Must know basic vocabulary and technique for the five parts of the dance, (Opening, Veil, Takism, Drum solo and Finale)

  • Must know the six basic rhythms of belly dance including Balady, Chiftitelli, Bolero and Ayyoub.

  • Must be able to execute a simple group choreography.  

Spring 

Session #1 - 1/7- 3/4 - Veil. Learn the basics of the rectangular veil.  Bring 3 yard silk veil and zills. -$

Session #2 - 3/11 - 4/29 - Taksim & Chiftitelli. Bring knee pads and zills.

Summer

Session #1 TBA

Session #2 TBA

Fall Session

9/11- 11/13 ~ 10 weeks. Openings - Steps and isolations including combinations and a choreography.

INTERMEDIATE CABARET BELLY DANCE

Broaden and Polish Your Knowledge & Skill

Prerequisite is completion of the beginning level. Bring zills, veils and knee pads to class.

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00

Westside Dance

11 W. Arrellaga St. 

Santa Barbara, CA

Register by emailing: alexandra@alexandraking.com

Length: 1 year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Level includes:

  • Intermediate Drum Solo -The class will study the structure and rhythms of drum solos, as well as how to work with live drummers. There will be field trips to UCSB to work with drummers in a performance setting. The student will execute an improvised cabaret at the end of each class. - 8 weeks - March - April

  • Intermediate Taksim +

  • Intermediate Veil  - Rectangle, Half Circle, Double Half Circle and Multiple Veil.

  • Egyptian Folkloric - Technique and choreography for Hagalla, Ghawazee and Raks Assaya (Saidi). Need zills and a cane..

  • Egyptian Oriental - "Raks Sharqi" Classic Oriental -  Technique, Rhythms, Music interpretation. We will study the firqa and wasla, drumming and learn who the great dancers of the 19th and twentieth century are, for Classic Oriental. Need a drum or percussion instrument.

  • Turco- American Style Cabaret -This class focuses on the Turkish  + American style cabaret, including 9/8 rhythm and technique.

  • Openings - Intermediate steps, isolations and combinations.

  • The Balady Progression -  This class focuses on the classic Balady Progression, affectionately known as "The Balady". We will study the music and progression of the dance between the Chiftitelli and the Drum Solo known as the Balady progression as both a standard in the cabaret as well as an opening to the cabaret or, as a stand-alone dance. Bring a veil, sword and headband.

Graduation requirements: 

  • Choreograph a complete Egyptian Cabaret with a classic Wasla - firqa style song, such as Mashaal, Tamra henna, etc.

  • Get a minimum of 70% on a technique test including vocabulary.

  • Recognize and correctly name twelve of the most famous Egyptian songs, including TammraHenna, Mashaal, Inte Omri, Sawah, Lissa Fakir, to new a few.

  • Play the eight primary Egyptian rhythms, (Balady, Maksoum, Ayyoub, Masmoudi, Saidi, Zar, Malfouf and Fellahin)  on a percussion instrument of choice.

 

ADVANCED CABARET BELLY DANCE

Putting It All Together

Prerequisite is completion of the beginning level. Bring zills, veils and knee pads to class.

Mondays, 7:30-8:45

Westside Dance

11 W. Arrellaga St. 

Santa Barbara, CA

Register by emailing: alexandra@alexandraking.com

Length: 1 year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancers learn to improvise an entire American Cabaret putting all the basics into a complete dance, including Openings, Veil, Taksim, Drum Solo and Turkish 9/8 while dancing with zills. We will also focus on The Balady Progression.Dancers who are ready will be invited to perform at the Graduation Hafla (show) on June 27th. Location TBA. 

Length: One year.

Graduation requirements: 

  • Recognize and correctly name twelve of the most famous Egyptian songs, including TammraHenna, Mashaal, Inte Omri, Sawah, Lissa Fakir, to new a few.

  • Play the eight primary Egyptian rhythms, (Balady, Maksoum, Ayyoub, Masmoudi, Saidi, Zar, Malfouf and Fellahin)  on a percussion instrument of choice.

  • Understand a dance to 9/8

Advanced Cabaret includes:

Session #1  - The Art and Methods of Choreography and Improvisation. The student will present a completed choreography to an classic Oriental piece. Upon graduation, the student will be eligible to join the professional class. 8 weeks.

Session #2 - The Art of Performance. This session covers theater arts and the art of the relationship between the performer and the audience. We will focus on Presence, Projection, Personality , Stage Make-up, Stage Courage and Stage Protocol. 8 weeks.

Class #1 - Emotion and Performing.

Class #2 - Emotions and Performing.

Class #3 - Commanding the Audience - The Power of Presence.

Class #4 - Commanding the Audience - The Power of Presence

Class #5  - Personality and Performing. Finding out who you are and cane be.

Class #6 - Projection: The Power of Intention On Stage

Class #7 - Stage Make-up - The basics of hair and make-up.

Class #8 - Staging: Programming and Stage Protocol. 

Shopping List for Make-Up Class:

  • Pancake foundation –oil is preferred + Sponges (slanted types preferred)

  • Translucent Powder and Large brush.

  • Dark Shadow

  • Rouge

  • Stipple Brush

  • Highlighter for cheeks

  • Black or Brown Eye Shadow

  • Black or Brown Eye Liner

  • White Highlighter pencil

  • False Eyelashes

  • Dark Red or Brown Matter Lipstick

  • Light Highlighter Lipstick

  • Lip Liner Pencil

  • Glitter for face

  • Bindi (optional

Session #3: The Art of Improvisation and stylization. 10 weeks.

Dancers will do a complete solo and get critiqued as well as critique each other.

Session #4: DRUMMING

Learn teh rhythms of belly dance and play in a drum circle. Play for each other and perform as a percussion group.

TRIBAL BELLY DANCE

Based on the American Tribal Style belly dance system spearheaded by Carolena Nerrico.  This class covers group improvisation, dancing with zills, technqiue for Tribal style from the1970's and earlier in which actual tribal steps and movements were used in belly dance and beyond.

Day/Time: TBA

 

Gypsy/Arab Fusion~ Dates/Times, TBA

Gypsy Belly Dance is a fusion of belly dance and Latin dance (flamenco, Salsa). This is an 8-week class taught in the summer. Bring a fan, shawl and wear hard soled shoes and full skirt.

Prerequisite: Six months Beginning Belly Dance.

Graduation requirements: None.

Length: 8 weeks.

Location, day and time: TBA

Cost: $100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced/Professional Cabaret - Solo'ing - Dates/Times, TBA

The Advanced Professional level teaches improvisation, stylization, polishes existing technique, and integrates performance skills.

Prerequisite: Beginning – Advanced. Must be able to perform an American and Egyptian cabaret, and dance with zills.

Length of time: Ongoing for all professional dancers

Private and semi-private lessons by the hour. $100.00/hr.

 

 

JAZMIN, Children's Belly Dance (8-10) ~ Time/Day/Location - TBA.

Young ladies will learn the art of belly dance including steps, combinations, the veil, turning and how to create a magical show in the Spring recital! Need hip Scarves. Wear bare feet, leotards and tights.

Saturdays, 1:00-2:00

Dates: TBA

4 Weeks - $40.00

Westside Dance

2009 De La Vina St. 

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

WORKSHOPS

A workshop is a class specializing in a particular subject not usually covered in ongoing group classes. I teach many types of workshops including technique,

performing and music. I also have a huge cache of stock choreographies ranging from cabaret to tribal to gypsy style dances, which I can teach dancers in group and private lessons. 

Workshop fee out in Central California/Santa Barbara - $100.00/hour + lodging and travel expenses; (Minimum 2 hours) Studio fees are separate.

Workshop fee out of Central California/Santa Barbara - $200.00 + lodging, travel. (Minimum 2 hours).

A 20% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of signing the contract.

TO BOOK A WORKSHOP

Contact Alexandra at alexandra@alexandraking.com or call (805)687-8823 in Santa Barbara, California. 

To pay go to PayPal.com/alexandra@alexandraking.com and pay, or send a check or money order to:

Alexandra King

P.O. Box 868

Santa Barbara, CA 93102

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Legends of Belly Dance

www.dancegardenla.com

Alexandra King - Turkish Cabaret - Monday 8/5 1:30-3:30
Please bring zills, knee pads and a rectangular veil.$40 Early bird by midnight May 1st! • $45 Pre-registration after that • $50 Door (space permitting)
Bring zills and/or drum. 6/30-3:30-5:30.$40 Early bird by midnight June 1st! • $45 Pre-registration after that • $50 Door (space permitting)

 

Questions or to Register go to: DancegardenLA or call  323.660.4556

PRIVATE LESSONS 

 

  1. Private lessons are by appointment (805)687-8823.

  2. Form of payment: Cash/Check.

  3. Private Lesson Options:  Subscription (Month-to-month) or Single Classes/Series

  4. Tuition for the Subscription Package is due by the 5th of each month.

  5. Tuition for all service is due in full at the time of service.

  6. Make payment in person or by mail:

                              Alexandra King P.O. Box 868, Santa Barbara, CA 93102

   7. The cost of the studio rental is in addition to the instructors fee:

  • Westside: $15.00/hour.

  • Montecito SChool of Ballet: $17.00/hour

  • Carrillo Recreation Center: $50.00/hour.

  • Goleta Valley Community Center:  $30.00/hour.

 

  8. Classes held outside of the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria area please add a $10 travel charge to every class for time and fuel.

  9. Missed classes for a single class or a single series can be made up for any reason and at any time and credit transfers apply.

  10.There are no credit transfers in the subscription program, only make-ups.

  11. Subscription suspensions are for medical leaves or holidays (up to 4 weeks a year in succession or separately).

  12. One month notice is requested when cancelling the Subscriptions Program, or a cancellation fee of $50.00 will be applied.

Recreational/Party Classes

For showers or birthday parties.

Cost: $100.00/hr., minimum 1 hour, + studio rental and travel expenses. 

A non-refundable deposit of 20% required at time of booking. This is paid in cash in person - sorry, no checks credit cards or money orders.

To book, call Alexandra at (805)687-8823 to work out the specifics of the event (length of time, location date etc.) and sign a contract.

Once booked,the deposit is due in cash, and the balance is due at the time of service, in cash.

Academic Classes

School residency or workshop.

Cost: $250.00/hour + travel expenses. Non-refundable deposit of 20% required at time of booking.

BOOK NOW - Call, text or email Alexandra: alexandra@alexandraking.com (805)687-8823 to set up date and time.

Classes for Non-Profits

Helping local 501c3's make money!

Cost: $80.00/hour, + travel expenses. Non-refundable deposit of 20% required at time of booking.

BOOK NOW - Call, text or email Alexandra: alexandra@alexandraking.com (805)687-8823 to set up date and time.

Policies on payments for private lessons:

 

Missed Private Classes:

If the student misses and class, it should be made up the same month. Either way, the monthly  payment is due at the same time each month. If I miss a class, I will add a class for each class I miss to your programJ

 

Billing

We don't bill so you are expected to make monthly ongoing payments on the first week of the month. Form of Payment: Cash, Check or *PayPal.com. * Partial payment refunds are not available if you use PayPal, but credit transfers are available.  Late payments (past the tuition due date) must be in cash.

 

 

Cancelling Private Lessons:

Once you sign up for a class series, you are expected to take them within a two month period. However, if you need to cancel please let me know as soon as possible. Credits will be given for classes not taken.

 

*CHOREOGRAPHY

There are three options for learning choreography:

 

​1. Stock Choreography: Choreography which I have completed.  There is a flat fee of $100.00 ​for the choreography

2. Custom Choreography: Choreography which is completely new and ​made to ​order ​for ​the student. This costs $50.00 for each minute of the song chosen for the dance, plus the cost of teaching it in private lesson. ​

3.​ Modified Choreography: Choreography that is too hard or too easy for a particular student and so requires modification of a completed dance costs $25.00/hour to modify, plus the cost of ​teaching it in the private lesson.

*All choreography is proprietary. It cannot be taught by the dancer/student and cannot be modified without the consent of the author. The author must be acknowledged as such in any performance, whether by the MC or in the program.

 

BOOK NOW - Call, text or email Alexandra: alexandra@alexandraking.com (805)687-8823 to set up date and time.

Once booked, pay deposit online at PayPal.com/alexandra@alexandraking.com.

 

NON-TECHNIQUE CLASSES

 

BellyDancerCise

A 50 minute fun and furious cardio dance class using belly dance moves.

Prerequisite, None. 

$40.00/month. $15.00/drop-in.

Day, Time and Dates TBA

 

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM - November 29 - December 12019, 10:00-4:00

This is a comprehensive teacher training program which certifies advanced and professional dancers using the Alexandra King Method of teaching.

 

Download  Application

 

Alexandra King Method

The Alexandra King Method is an organized, standardized and comprehensive system of teaching dance in general, and belly dance specifically. All the essential elements of dance art and science are culled and blended with technique and the elements of culture and history in order to give the dancer a thorough understanding and ability to teach dance, and, in particular to teach belly dance. Each level and style of the dance has a clearly defined syllabus, class plans and end results/goals, providing gradient levels and skills the teacher can use immediately. Teachers will be able to teach students at any level so that they will progress from one level to the next with confidence and competence. Some of the subjects the program covers are:

  • Three Methods of Teaching                                                                                             

  • How to teach every style of the belly dance at every level                                                                                         

  • How to give examples and help students.

  • How to critique effectively

  • The fundamental principals of improvisation and choreography, such as design and music theory.

  • How to create a syllabus, format a class and create class plans. 

  • How to create combinations                                                                                               

  • Legal, Business and Marketing Information 

  • ....and much more

 

Prerequisites:

Must be an advanced dancer with at least three years of performing experience. Must be familiar with both tribal and classic cabaret belly dance.

Must be able to play zills.

Location: Dance Garden LA

Dates/Times:

Friday,  November 29th - 10:00 - 4:00

Saturday, November 30th - 10:00 -4:00 

Sunday, December 1st  - 10:00- 4:00

Tuition:

*$400.00 - Includes manual and Zills and Rhythms DVD.*

20 % non refundable deposit due at the time of registration.

Balance due November 1st. 

Registration:

Download the Application and submit it with your deposit. Send the application either through email or USPS to:

Alexandra King, P.O. Box 868 Santa Barbara, CA 93102.

Pay deposit online at PayPal.com/alexandra@alexandraking.com, or send through USPS to the address above.

For questions call, text or email Alexandra: alexandra@alexandraking.com (805)687-8823.

Registration:

Download the Application and submit it with your deposit. Send the application either through email or USPS to:

Alexandra King, P.O. Box 868 Santa Barbara, CA 93102.

Pay deposit online at PayPal.com/alexandra@alexandraking.com, or send through USPS to the address above.

Hotels:

Motel 6 Goleta

Motel 8 Goleta

Ramada Inn

Air B n B Goleta

For questions call, text or email Alexandra: alexandra@alexandraking.com (805)687-8823.

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