Advanced classes

You can access all the main advanced lessons from here. On each individual lesson page you’ll also find a short video featuring only the combination or routine, for when you don’t have much time, or don’t want to do the full class.

Click on any of the photos to go through to the relevant lesson

Introduction to the advanced classes

Introduction to the concept and structure behind my advanced classes

Please watch this before doing your first advanced class

Before you start please watch this short explanation and demonstration of the body conditioning section of our advanced classes.

Lesson one with baladi combination

Enjoy this opening class, which includes a warm up with body conditioning, advanced shimmy and maya drills, a travelling combination with layering and a 32 count baladi-style combination. It finishes with a standing stretch.

Lesson two with second baladi combination

Our second class includes our usual warm up, conditioning, advanced shimmy and maya drills. I then teach a reverse walking circle and two variations on the jewel. We finish with an extension to our combination from last week.

Lesson three and first Ana Bastanak combination

Our third class starts to move a little faster. After our warm up, conditioning, drills and layering challenges, we look at three different forms of arabesques and then learn a new combination to Ana Bastanak – a favourite piece of music for many dancers.

Lesson four and second Ana Bastanak combination

In our fourth advanced class we do a new maya exercise, explore different figure of eights and then learn another 32 count combination to Ana Bastanak. We then put this combination together with the previous one to build up a good long section of choreography to this beautiful piece of music.

Lesson five and third Ana Bastanak combination

In our fifth lesson we complete the section of Ana Bastanak that we’ve been working on. We also do a nice little omi challenge and I teach my favourite arm drill to a very dramatic piece of music.

Lesson six with polishing of Ana Bastanak

In our sixth lesson, after doing our conditioning, a couple of drills and some travelling layering, we concentrating on polishing our three Ana Bastanak combinations as a tool to improve our overall dance technique.

Lesson seven with romantic Lebanese choreography

In this lesson we incorporate a little ballet exercise into our warm up and conditioning section. We then go on to do a tricky little arms and hips drill. And finally we begin a brand new lyrical choreography to a romantic pop song by the Lebanese singer Marwan Khoury

Lesson eight with more of the Lebanese choreography

In this lesson we add an oomi drill to our usual conditioning and shimmy section, we look at arabesques and then go on to learn the next section of our lyrical choreography

Lesson nine with veil section of choreography

Today we are working with veil and learning the next section of our romantic choreography, which is a lovely veil section. So get your veils ready!

Lesson ten with next section of Lebanese choreography

We do a new maya drill this month and a challenging exercise to help improve our releves and turns. Then we go on to concentrate on bellyrolls and undulations, before learning the next part of our romantic Lebanese choreography. 

Lesson eleven and complete Lebanese choreography

We complete our choreography to the romantic Lebanese song Asr El Shoa by Marwan Khoury today. There’s a lot to get through, so we just do a short warm up, followed by some more veil technique and then we learn the final two minutes of our dance, which is full of variety and emotion.

Lesson twelve Masmoudi Kebir

Today’s class is all about the big Masmoudi – the masmoudi kebir. After a warm up, shimmy drill and some travelling layering practice, we learn two challenging combinations to the masmoudi which also create floor patterns on stage

Lesson thirteen, combinations to the Samai rhythm

In this lesson we look at the beautiful, ancient Samai rhythm; an unusual rhythm from Ottoman times which has 10 counts! We discover its particular challenges and learn five lovely combinations which we then dance through to the beautiful Persian song, Lamma Bada

Lesson fourteen, jazz bellydance to Sidi Mansour

We pick up the pace and get our jazz shoes on for an advanced choreography to the old pop favourite, Sidi Mansour. Featuring some seriously challenging moves, tricky layering and loads of energy, this choreography will really lift your spirits!

Lesson fifteen, final combinations to Sidi Mansour

In this upbeat and challenging session we learn two more sassy, jazzy combinations to Sidi Mansour. This session will really get your feet moving and your energy pumping!

Lesson sixteen, arabesques variations & combination

Our next lesson features drills, detailed technique for several different arabesques and a great combination featuring three different arabesques.

Lesson seventeen, more arabesques variations

In this lesson we learn more arabesques variations and a new 16 count combination featuring these variations. We then join the new combination to last week’s to create an impressive 32 count advanced combination for a section of majency or modern oriental dance. 

Control and connection using the Wahda Kebira

In lessons eighteen and nineteen we are using the strength we’ve been building up over the weeks to develop control, flow and connection. In this first lesson we focus on technique for soutenu turns and then learn a strong and sustained combination to the Wahda Kebira rhythm.

For more great lessons suitable for advanced dancers check out the following sections:
Open level classes
Baladi course
Veil course
Jazz bellydance
Mahgranat with Zara Abdelrahman
Flow, connection and performance to Miserlou