Salimpour School Online Bellydance Classes

L1+ Ismaouni: 8 wks

Learn Ismaouni in eight weeks. This choreography is for all levels, but SL1 and JL1 knowledge is recommended. 

This choreography is juicy and provides a great example of how Jamila format steps can be applied musically and lyrically. (Note the the choreography video and choreography notes are available only by PPV subscription.)

The training plan includes a full SL1 standard rotation plus JL1-2 technique, so this is an excellent challenge for L1 students wanting to work on JL2 material. (Advanced dancers know how to increase timing and/or add layers, so have fun!! Make sure to work on things that are challenging you, not just the easy stuff. Also, watch the choreography for extra layers and nuances.  Optional layering suggestions are provided for SL3 students to apply to SL1-2 drills as applicable.)

Music and Notes: Music available on The Art of Bellydance: Suhaila’s Supreme Selections CD which is available from Hollywood Music Center or iTunes. Choreography notes are available only with Choreography Subscription PPV.

For certification program members, this training plan includes additional content that will help you prepare and study for JL2 certification.  Substitute classes (or adjust the content) as needed so that you are working at a suitable SL2 and JL2 level for testing.  The JL2 testing preparation training plans include:  Shams El Shamouseh, Ismaouni, El Samer, 1 thru 8, and Jamila L2 Rotation.

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 0:00-08:50 from the choreography video.
  • JL2 Samiha and 8 Count
  • SL1 Singles
  • Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
  • Nomenclature
  • Cymbal Jams
  • Rhythm Identification Album
 

Week 2

  • Learn 08:14-17:05, building on to what you have learned.
  • JL2+ Layering and 8 Count
  • SL1 Three Quarters
  • DML2 Veil with Cymbals
  • Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
  • Cymbal Jams
  • Rhythm Identification Album
 

Week 3

  • Learn 18:00-22:13, building on to what you have learned.
  • JL2 Basic Egyptian Family
  • SL1 Pelvic Locks
  • Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
  • Cymbal Jams
  • Rhythm Identification Album
 

Week 4

  • Learn 22:13-30:30, building on what you have learned.
  • JL2 Basic Egyptian Family
  • SL1 Squares
  • Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
  • Cymbal Jams
  • Rhythm Identification Album
 

Week 5

  • Review the choreography up to this point, making sure you note the transitions and nuances.
  • JL1 CCW Pivot
  • SL1 Circles
  • Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
  • Cymbal Jams
  • Rhythm Identification Album
 

Week 6

  • Learn 30:30-43:05, continuing to build the choreography.
  • JL1 Singles on the Up
  • SL1 Figure Eights
  • Veil Technique with Cymbals 2
  • Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
  • Cymbal Jams
  • Rhythm Identification Album
 

Week 7

  • Learn 43:05-end, completing the choreography.
  • JL2 Pivot-Shift-Step
  • SL1 Figure Eights
  • Basic Entrances and Exits
  • Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
  • Cymbal Jams
  • Rhythm Identification Album
 

Week 8

  • Review the choreography, again, by noting transitions and nuances.
  • JL1 Shimmy and Taqsim Families
  • SL3 layer alt ribcage slides ht db L.
  • SL1 Twists
  • Middle Eastern Music: History and Study Guide
  • Cymbal Jams
  • Rhythm Identification Album
 

Cymbals

  • Begin challenging yourself with more Cymbal Jams: 4s, 2s, and Taqsim patterns.
  • Nomenclature




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