CLASSES, PRICES and REGISTRATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome! Below is all the information you will need about the classes, workshops and training I offer.

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. The three year curriculum focuses on dance as a performing art. The scope of the training includes the four primary styles of belly dance: American, Egyptian and Turkish cabaret, Tribal Belly dance, including music, history, culture, theater arts and choreography. At the end of training the dancer understands dance, can perform, and can choreograph competently. All classes listed below are taught with this method.

Subjects Taught

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

  • Choreography & Improvisation.

  • Theater Arts.

  • The Art of Performing.

  • Music and musical instruments.

  • 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.

CLASSES ~ 2021 SEASONS ~ GROUP & PRIVATES CLASSES & CHOREOGRAPHY

GROUP CLASS TUITION

Tuition is due in full on the first day or at the time of service. 

4 week series, $40.00; 5 week series, $50.00; 8 Week Class Series, $120.00. 11-12 week series, $160.00. Drop-ins, $20.00/class.

 

PRIVATE CLASS TUITION

Single class (1-3) - $70.00.

Month-to-month classes (4+)  - $60.00/hour.

Professional Rate - $50.00/hour.

Studio rental is in addition to the tuition.

  • Westside: $20.00/hour

  • Goleta Valley Community Center (GVCC):  $30.00/hour. [Currently closed due to COVID]

Policies for Private Lessons:

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

  • Form of payment: Cash/Check.

  • Tuition is due the first class. Send in payment if unable to make the first class: Alexandra King P.O. Box 868, Santa Barbara, CA 93102

  • No credit transfers for month-to-month lessons.

  • No refunds or transfers after 8 weeks, except for illness or injury.

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

 

PRIVATE LESSONS FOR TWO OR MORE PEOPLE.

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

  • Each individual is responsible for paying the additional cost of making up missed classes – no credit transfers.

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

 

CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Custom Choreography: $50.00/minute for the song chosen.

  • Stock compositions: A flat rate of $100.00, + the cost of teaching it.

  • Collaboration with students only when the student is advanced and has been trained in choreography. Then, student must bring the composition to me in its entirety

  • and I will review and suggest changes.

  • 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.

 

SCHOOL/CLASSROOM  POLICIES 

  • · No talking in class during instruction.

  •   Be on time. 

  •   No cell phones in class during instruction

  • · No standing around - when the instructor is not engaged in teaching the class, students should be working.

  • · Wear leotard and tights or yoga and fitted T-Shirt. No dress code for a fitness class.

  • · Shoes are optional, but recommended in fitness classes.

  • · Tuition is due on the first day of any series.

  • · Form of payment for classes is Cash/Check or Venmo.

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BEGINNING CABARET BELLY DANCE

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER SERIES ONLINE THROUGH THE CLL - Santa Barbara City College Extension

608747LE - Section Number: 01

Materials Cost:$0.00

Class Cost:$48.00

Instructor : Alexandra King 

Instructional Method: Combo Lecture/Lab

Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (6/30/2021-7/28/2021) - 5 classes. Basics of belly dance including steps, isolations and combinations.

Location : Santa Barbara, ZOOM.US

**NOTE!** In Studio classes will resume in the fall - stay tuned!

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, 2022  

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

Session #2 - Drum Solo, I - Learn the basics of the percussive segment of the American Cabaret.

Taksim & Chiftitelli. Bring knee pads and zills.

Summer - 2022

Session #1 - Taksim & Chiftitelli: Isolations and steps for standing work. Bring zills.

Session #2 -Taksim & Chiftitelli. Isolations for floor work. Bring knee pads and zills.

Fall Session - 2022 -

Openings and finales.

INTERMEDIATE CABARET BELLY DANCE

Broaden and Polish Your Knowledge & Skill

8 Week Series of Steps, Veil, Taksim and Drum Solo. Bring zills and rectagular veil. 

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 - July 5- August 23

Westside Dance

11 W. Arrellaga St. 

Santa Barbara, CA

Tuition: $120.00/eight classes; $20.00/Drop-in.

Register by emailing: alexandra@alexandraking.com.

For information text/call:

Alexandra(805)687-8823

 

 

 

 

 

Skills to graduate from the year-long curriculum:

  • Perform a complete choreography.

  • Know basic vocabulary.

  • Understand the difference between Turkish, Egyptian and American cabaret.

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

Bring zills, veils and knee pads to class.

 

Series #1: Intermediate Openings + Finales - Turco- American style. Bring zills.

Series #2: Basic of Tribal Belly Dance: Introduction to Steps, Movements, Vocabulary and Cues

Series #3: Intermediate Veil: Includes Half Circle & Double Circle and Multipel Veil

Series #4: Intermediate Taksim and Chifititelli: Technique, Composition and Choreography.

Series #5: Intermediate Drum Solo: Rhythms, Technique, Composition and Choreography.

Series # 6:The Balady Progression: Blending and Bridging The Taksim and Drum Solo.

 

Intermediate Level includes:

  • Intermediate Openings and Finales in the Turco- American Style Cabaret style, including 9/8/Karsilama.

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

  • Intermediate Taksim + Chiftitelli including stnading work and floor work.

  • Intermediate Drum Solo -The class will study the structure and rhythms of drum solos, as well as how to work with live drummers  when possible.

  • 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.

  • Modern Egyptian- the Pop music and dance of the last 20 years changed belly dance composition and presentation. This class covers this new-age style.

  • 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 PBring a veil, sword and headband.

  • The Basics of Tribal Belly Dance, including steps, isolations, vocabulary and cues.

 

Skills to graduate: 

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEGINNING DRUM & DANCE CLASS - Coming in the fall of 2021

Basic skills and techniques for drumming and dancing the cultural dances of belly dance from Turkey and Egypt.

Beginning, Thursdays 6:30-7:30 September 9 - November 18 - 11 weeks. $ 40.00/month.

Intermediate Drum and Dance Thursdays 7:30-8:30 - 7/1-7/29 - 5 weeks, $50.00

Oak Park

Bring a chair, leg lift (for drum), lantern and instrument.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADVANCED CABARET BELLY DANCE

Putting It All Together

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

Day/Time: TBA.

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 #3 - The Power of Presence.

Class #4 - Personality and Performing: The Kalaidescope of Personalities

Class #5 - Projection: The Power of Intention on Stage

Class #6 - Protocol for Stage

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

Class #8 -  Programming 

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

Session #5: Beginning Tribal Belly Dance.

PERFORMANCE CLASS

Learn the elements of stage and theater arts.

Learn a choreography to be performed in spring and summer.

Winter Dance: SHISHA - A fan Veil dance.

Must be intermediate or above.

Thursdays 7:15-8:15

1/9-1/30

Westside DAnce

11 W. Arrellaga St.

Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

 

 

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 ~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 

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, 2021:

Coming this summer!

WORKSHOP MADNESS!

Four Mini Workshops  to kick-start in-studio dance ~ together again!

All levels welcome.

Sunday, July 25th

  • Saidi: 11:00-12:00

  • LUNCH: 12:00 – 1:00 

  • Cane: 1:30 – 2:30

  • Fan Veil: 2:45– 3:45

  • Zills & Steps: 4:00 – 5:00

 

Single Workshop: $35.00

Two Workshops: $30.00/each 

Three Workshops:  $25.00/each

Four Workshops: $20.00/each 

 

Register by emailing: alexandra@alexandraking.com

Pay online at PayPal.com/alexandra@alexandraking.com or bring cash to class after registering😊

Recreational/Party Classes

For showers or birthday parties.

Cost: $200.00/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.

 CHOREOGRAPHY

 

​1. Stock Choreography: Flat fee of $100.00 ​for the choreography

2. Custom Choreography: $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 60 minute fun and furious cardio dance class using belly dance moves.

Prerequisite, None. 

$50.00/month. $15.00/drop-in.

 

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, 2021

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

Prerequisites:

Must be an Intermediate-Advanced dancer with at least three years of performing experience. 

Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 13, 14 & 15 10-4 daily.

Location: Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117

Cost: $500.00. Non-refundable deposit of 20% due by July 1st. Balance due August 1st.

Early bird special - 10% off if paid in full by July 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.

 

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 Intermediate-Advanced dancer with at least three years of performing experience. 

LOS ANGELES PROGRAM - 2022

Location: Dance Garden LA - TBA

Dates/Times: TBA

Tuition: *$500.00.

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

Early Bird Special - 10% discount. 

 

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.

 

Lodging:

It seems you will get better rates by booking through a service rather than contacting hotels directly:


hotelscombined.com
kayak.com
expedia.com
orbitz.com

After visiting local hotels, our top recommendation, where cleanliness, safety & convenience meet affordable price when sharing a room, would be Embassy Suites by Hilton. Suites in this hotel can sleep 3-4 people - - 2 in queen beds and 1-2 in a pullout sofa bed. Please contact dancegardenla@gmail.com if you would like help finding roommates! Full breakfast is included, as is a cocktail hour with drinks/hors d'oeuvres. Wifi is free in the lobby but 9.95 per day in the room.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles, Glendale - $157-$260; approx. 3.5 miles from DGLA
800 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203
embassysuites3.hilton.com
(818) 550-0828

 

If you want something a little more budget, but not quite as nice (still seemed clean and decent, but did smell a little smoky despite claiming to be a non-smoking building), you might choose the Days Inn Glendale.

Days Inn Glendale Los Angeles - $97-$120 - approx. 3.5 miles from DGLA
450 Pioneer Dr, Glendale, CA 91203
daysinn.com
(818) 956-0202

For those of you who have never been to LA, or would like to stay somewhere trendy and unique, there are two options close by:

Los Feliz Lodge
A complex of 6 brightly painted bungalows/villas with outdoor patios, including free WiFi.
1509 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90027
losfelizlodge.com
(323) 660-4150

Hotel Covell
Stylish boutique hotel featuring 5 themed suites, plus a bar with wine, tap beer &small plates.
4626 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
hotelcovell.com
(323) 660-4300

Lastly, if you want a low price above all else, this very inexpensive motel is about a mile from DGLA, and very close to local restaurants & shops, but we can’t speak to the quality of the rooms or experience.

Los Feliz Hotel - moderately priced - approx. 1.5 miles
3101 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 667-2567

Other Vacation Rental sites:
Airbnb
Tripping
VRBO: (Vacation Rentals By Owner)
HomeAway

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

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