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 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 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 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 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 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.