Salimpour School Online Bellydance Classes

L2- Unforeseen Drum Solo: 8 wks

Learn Suhaila's Unforeseen Drum Solo with finger cymbals along in eight weeks while moving from Level 1 to Level 2 technique.

 An eight week rotation of both levels is provided as well as level-ups (ribcage locks and slides) for advanced dancers. (Note the the choreography video and choreography notes are available only by PPV subscription.)

Suhaila choreographed Unforeseen in 2006. Many dance shows only allow 6-8 minutes per performance, and this two-minute drum solo is the perfect length to add after a 4-6 minute starting piece. Mostly in 4/4, the drum solo also includes a 9. Jam-packed with Suhaila layering technique, the show features both the Suhaila and Jamila formats and is great for any style. Perform it after a great classical choreography like Elf Leyla wa Leyla or En Rah or after a fusion piece like Hard Rock Fusion (“Dark Veil”). This piece is also excellent for an individual or group. Unforeseen is more difficult than it looks. Done correctly, the choreography has a calm but empowered feeling that builds in intensity as the piece progresses. The isolations have to be solid and can’t be executed too large, or the dancer looks a bit hysterical or “out of control”. This two-minute piece is a great exercise in accurate, fast movement. The choreography is roughly a Level 2.75, and is a nice push for someone in Level 2 before they begin work on Level 3 choreographies. For Level 1 students ready to begin Level 2 work, this is also a good choreography to begin learning and honing over time as you develop in Level 2.  

  • For SL1: The choreography is considered a L2.75, but this is still a good piece to begin learning and working on over time. It can provide a helpful guage as you work on SL2 material to see how your precision and stamina are building.
  • For SL2: For the SL1 class each week, keep the footwork the same as presented by increase the timing of the movements from qt to ht or from ht to ft.
  • For SL3: Suggested layers are provided each week to use as applicable to both technique classes.


Music and Notes: The music is from Suhaila's Repercussion album, and a link to purchase the download is provided with the PPV choreography subscription. Choreography notes are available only with the PPV choreography subscription.

 

Note:  The training plan is 8 weeks, but the choreography subscription is available in 1 month increments.  The training plans were designed as a means to keep students training every week with a variety of classes following a traditional 8 week rotation of material.  You can do this training plan without learning the choreography, or you can learn the choreography without the full training plan.  You can adapt the training plans as needed.  Be creative.  Some approaches might be:

  • Purchase the choreography PPV for a second month so that you have the video available throughout the full training plan.
  • Purchase the choreography PPV for only one month, but double up the choreography assignments so they can be covered in one month.  
  • Learn the choreography all at once and then use the sections assigned per week as a guide for review.

Of course, the video has a lot of value.  Written choreography notes only tell a certain percentage of the story.  After you learn the sequencing, moves, and steps in a choregraphy, we recommend going back and relearning from the video again.  The second time, you notice even more!


Week 1   |   Week 2   |   Week 3   |   Week 4   |   Week 5   |   Week 6   |   Week 7   |   Week 8   |   Cymbals

 

Week 1

  • Learn 0:00-6:50 from the choreograhy video.
  • SL1 Singles
  • SL2 Singles
  • Watch
  • Watch
  • Rhythm Identification Album
  • SL2 Options
  • SL3 Options
 

Week 2

  • Learn 6:16-18:55 from the choreography video, building on what you've learned.
  • SL1 Three Quarters
  • SL2 Three Quarters
  • Watch
  • Rhythm Identification Album
  • SL2 Options
  • SL3 Options
 

Week 3

  • Learn 17:50-25:10 from the choreography video, building on what you've learned
  • SL1 Pelvic Locks
  • SL2 Pelvic Locks
  • Watch
  • Rhythm Identification Album
  • SL2 Options
  • SL3 Options
 

Week 4

  • Review and run the material for the first half of the choreography (0:00-25:10).
  • SL1 Squares
  • SL2 Squares
  • Watch
  • Rhythm Identification Album
  • SL2 Options
  • SL3 Options
 

Week 5

  • Learn 22:38-30:35 from the choreography video, building on what you've learned.
  • SL1 Circles
  • SL2 Circles
  • Watch
  • Watch
  • Rhythm Identification Album
  • SL2 Options
  • SL3 Options
 

Week 6

  • Learn 28:50-35:24 from the choreography video, building on what you've learned.
  • SL1 Figure Eights
  • SL2 Pyramids & Vs
  • Watch
  • Rhythm Identification Album
  • SL2 Options
  • SL3 Options
 

Week 7

  • Learn 33:30-end of the choreography video, building on what you've learned.
  • SL1 Figure Eights
  • SL2 Figure Eights
  • Watch
  • Rhythm Identification Album
  • SL2 Options
  • SL3 Options
 

Week 8

  • Review the entire choreography video again, running the complete choreography.
  • SL1 Twists
  • SL2 Twists
  • Watch
  • Rhythm Identification Album
  • SL2 Options
  • SL3 Options
 

Cymbals

  • Cymbal Jams: Togethers and 4s.




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