Habibi & Me | 6-11 years The only thing we love as much as supporting our moms at Saffron is the opportunity to have moms and daughters dancing together. This class is specifically designed to present belly dance basics to both age groups in a relaxed & fun loving environment. Dance duos will learn basic undulations, accents, shimmies and traveling steps, which are then integrated into accessible choreographies.
Hipsters | 9-14 years For our budding young pre-teens and teens, Saffron Dance's Hipsters integrates fun and community building with the movement vocabulary and technique of Classical Middle Eastern Belly Dance. Though designed in a traditional dance class format, the curriculum seamlessly incorporates elements of self-esteem, body love & acceptance, and confidence building, within the context of learning the fundamentals of this ancient dance form.
#HipsDon'tLie | 15-17 years Get ready to get your Shakira on for this hip shaking, undulating, shimmy-filled dance class. Designed for young ladies with little or no dance experience or dance experience from another dance genere.
Recent School Partnerships:
World Dance @ The Key School
With the help of Wayward the Camel, children journey from Africa, to the Middle East, and onward to South Asia. Storytelling, movement, and rhythm come together to introduce world music and cultures in an environment that engages the mind and sparks the imagination. Facts become tangible realities as children dance through different ways of life and embody new aesthetics. Classes utilize a mixture of free form and structured exercises to help children grow both creatively and analytically.
10 Week Curriculum:
Week One: Africa - Tunisian Pot Dancing
Week Two: Middle East - Egyptian Saidi
Weeks Three-Five: Middle East - Egyptian Raqs Sharqi
Week Six: Middle East - Lebanese Dabke
Week Seven: Persian Gulf - Saudi Arabian Khaliji
Week Eight: Central Asia - Persian Classical Dance
Week Nine: South Asia - Pakistani Kathak
Week Ten: South Asia - Punjabi Bhangra
"Habibis" Middle Eastern Dance @ Longbranch Elementary School
Saffron Dance is excited to introduce Middle Eastern Belly Dance to elementary school girls grades 2-5. Middle Eastern Dance introduces budding dancers to basic techniques of belly dance as an art form and an alternative source of activity and exercise. Through a structured yet fun environment, dancers learn to build confidence in who they are while developing movement coordination and body awareness. Beginning an acceptance and love for their bodies at this early age builds a self-appreciation that prepares these young girls and budding tweens for a healthier self-image and acceptance as they continue to grow and prepare to move into middle school. Dancers are nurtured by our faculty of accomplished young women and encouraged to love themselves just as they are.