Class FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

General Class FAQs:

When can I start?
You can start classes this week, next week or at any point, assuming the session has not filled up. You can register now and reserve your space for any current or upcoming session. If you are interested in starting a class this week and we are in mid session email me to see if  I can accommodate your request.

How can I guarantee my space in this class?
Signing up for a session guarantees your space in class. You can join in a session at any time and pay a prorated cost, when space permits. Class size is limited and prorated sessions may not be available if the the regular class session is full.

What is a session?
For our classes a session is simply a billing cycle. The class content and curriculum repeat approximately every 22-26 weeks for Level 1 and 45-48 weeks for Level 2.

How long are sessions?
Classes are typically offered in 6 week sessions. Occasionally sessions are shorter when there is a holiday that falls on a class day.

Do you offer make up classes if I miss a class?
No.


Tribal Techniques, Level 1 Class FAQs:

What is covered in this class?
In this class you will learn the fundamentals of tribal style steps, foot and arm placement, posture, simple zil patterns and the mechanics and cues of each movement.

Is this a beginning level class?
Yes.

If this is a beginning level class should I expect there to be only beginning level students in this class?
No. Although this class is suitable for the new student, it is also beneficial for the more advanced student to review, refine and “polish” their ATS® and ITS movement technique. I will work to give each student specific instructions and tasks geared toward their personal skill level.

I have been studying other dance forms for some time. Should I still start with this class?
Yes. We use a unique group improvisational format that has it’s own movement language complete with a built in cueing system. This is where you learn the alphabet of that language and all those fundamental cues. You may find that your previous dance experience may help you more quickly pick up our unique stylized movements and cues, however.

What if I have studied other ATS®/ITS forms… should I still start with this class?
Most likely, yes. As you are probably aware, each ATS® or ITS troupe has it’s own ‘dialect’ and understanding our specific nuances, cues and movements will help you communicate your intentions more clearly with your new fellow dancers and make you a stronger dancer as you progress with our classes and troupe. For this reason I would recommend at least taking both the Level 1 & Level 2 classes simultaneously even if you have training in other ATS® or ITS dance forms. Your previous experience with other ATS® or ITS forms will most likely help you quickly pick up our vocabulary, variations and ‘accents’.


Tribal Techniques, Level 2 FAQs:

Is this an intermediate level class?
Yes.

What will be our focus in this class?
Group improvisational dancing using basic formations, lead changes and transitions all based on the movements and cues from Level 1, with the addition of intermediate level and layered movements.

If this is an intermediate level class should I expect there to be only intermediate level students in this class?
No. Although this class is suitable for the intermediate student, it is also beneficial for the more advanced student to get extra group improv dance time with fellow dancers. You may see some of these dancers using advanced formations, movements and cues when they are grouped together. You will not be expected to do any of these advanced tasks. I will work to give each student specific instructions and tasks geared toward their personal skill level. Occasionally you may be included in a group that might contain advanced dancers. They are aware that they will need to try to keep the content limited to Level 1 & 2 movements and formations.

I have been studying other belly dance forms for some time. Can I start with this class?
No. We use a unique group improvisational format that has it’s own movement language complete with a built in cueing system. Level 1 is where you learn the alphabet of that language and all those fundamental cues. You may find that your previous dance will be beneficial in allowing you to pick up our unique stylized movements and cues more quickly and allow you to progress into this class a bit sooner than someone with little or no belly dance training, however.

What if I have studied other ATS® or ITS forms… Can l start with this class?
Maybe. As you are probably aware, each ATS® or ITS troupe has it’s own ‘dialect’ and understanding our specific nuances, cues and movements will help you communicate your intentions more clearly with your new fellow dancers and make you a stronger dancer as you progress with our classes and troupe. For this reason I would recommend taking both the Level 1 & Level 2 classes simultaneously even if you have training in other ATS® or ITS dance forms. Your previous experience with other ATS® or ITS forms will most likely help you quickly pick up our vocabulary, variations and ‘accents’, however.


Tribal In Motion, Level 3 FAQs:

Is this an advanced level class?
Yes.

When will I be ready for this class?
That’s hard to say when an individual dancer will show the technique and professionalism to advance to Level 3, but, I can say that I do encourage dancers to advance to additional levels when I see they are ready.

I have heard dancers have to audition to get into this class. Is that true?
Yes.

How do the auditions work?
You will be paired up with one of our advanced dancers and be asked to lead and follow all of the movements and variations from Level 1 & 2 (both our fast and slow vocabulary) using the formations covered in Level 2. The audition will be videotaped. I will review the video and email within about a week to let you know about your audition results.

What are you looking for in the audition?
I am looking for a clear understanding of all Level 1 & 2 movements, cues and technique along with ability to move in and out of lead position with clarity and precision using Level 2 formations.

I’ve heard we have to sign a contract upon admission to Level 3. Can you explain more about this?
Yes. As a dancer who will begin performing with our troupe you will be representing Tribe Nawaar. Our contract lays out the expectations regarding professionalism, attendance and commitment.


Tribe Nawaar Troupe, Level 4

Is this a professional level class?
Yes.

What is the difference between Level 3 and Level 4?
At this time, not much. All of our Level 4 dancers regularly attend Level 3. Level 3 & Level 4 dancers will perform together for most shows. We even work on Level 4 subjects in Level 3 classes from time to time. The main differences are in some components of the curriculum, title and casting for certain shows.

How does one become part of Level 4?
By director appointment only.


I look forward to having you join us in one of our classes!  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions not answered here.  If you are ready to sign up for a class check out our current available class sessions.