Are you a belly dancer? If you are ready to really learn how to belly dance- I mean to take those basics and move far beyond them into a land of freedom and creativity – you need Beyond Moves, Combos and Choreography.
Are you a belly dance teacher? If you are ready to have fun, profitable belly dance classes with reliable, reproducible results, you need Beyond Moves, Combos and Choreography.
This book has games! Games are a low stress way of learning. They teach fundamental belly dance skills in ways that reduce self-consciousness, encourage participation and enhance muscle memory.
This book has exercises. The exercises isolate key concepts that can be applied to any dance, making belly dance performances more effective, powerful, and representative of the student’s individual personality.
And then there are lesson plans. The Lesson Plans, Suggestions on How to Create Your Own Lesson Plans, and the Guide for Problem Solving give you a way to start improving your belly dance classes or practice sessions right away!
Each game, exercise and lesson plan comes with an assessment so that you can objectively measure progress and identify areas for improvement. We all need this to know if we are actually improving or just going over the same old ground.
Many games and exercises have built in training for developing critical thinking. This means students learn how to think for themselves — an essential skill for developing the confidence, healthy self-esteem, and knowledge needed to reach their highest potential.
Beyond Moves, Combos and Choreography is THE book for the belly dance teacher and the student who really wants to know how to belly dance – not just how to execute moves and choreographies – but how to know how to use what you’ve got, when to use it, with how much energy to infuse your performance with the intended emotion, and connect with your audience. Without that, a choreography is just a choreography.
“The exercises and games in this book can be useful tools for both teacher and student, and many seem like a lot of fun.” ~Dr. Robyn Friend
“If the idea of students who think, who evaluate, who find their own strengths and style, who someday become educated peers at or above your level thrills you, you’ll want to take a look at this book and see what you can use or adapt… this book is full of gems.” ~Shakira al Fanninah
“I purchased this book because I wanted new ideas on teaching concepts — beyond just how to move — in my bellydance classes. What I received was an absolute treasure trove of ideas, games, exercises, things to look out for, new ways to describe concepts, and even coverage of concepts that I had never thought to include in my classes. I am so pleased with this book!” ~A. Niehaus
“I would buy this book over and over. This book is just wonderful. It has so many lesson plans and ideas and games that I think most people simply can’t come up with all on their own. It’s a wonderful resource for any dance teacher, not just belly dance teachers, but obviously it is tailored to the belly dance teacher. Seriously, the best book I’ve ever bought for lesson plans. Love it.” ~ Marguerite Abaddonais
” I have spent the last two days furiously making notes and new lesson plans – the games and exercises in the book are great for my class which, being a drop in class, can be hard to plan for. Also Taaj’s ideas have sparked ideas of my own which I am looking forward to trying out. I know that my ladies will love some of the games, and the exercises can be tailored to suit individual abilities.” ~Diane
” My favorite part about this book is that I really felt like it had even more games than the ones listed because it very often inspired me to come up with original games we could play that weren’t even in the book… it got me thinking about OTHER ways that information could be communicated or understood, inventing my own games. So this is a very valuable resource for teachers.” ~Stephanie Goodell
“What I particularly love about Taaj’s approach is her overall lighthearted and playful sense. This communicates in how she structures these experiences. (Even calling them “games” instead of “exercises” or “lessons” is an important message.) Also, each of these “games” gives students plenty of room for experimentation and interpretation. By giving them an opportunity to put important concepts (level changes, stage dynamics, communicating mood, etc.) into practice in a lighthearted group setting, she encourages them to remember these important points as each students move on to develop her own choreography.” ~Alianna Maren
“Teachers, get this now! I have implemented several of the exercises from this book in my classes with great results.” ~Annya
“Just received your book today. Great job!!! I looked at it from cover to cover. I have been doing something similar in my beginner class, however you give alot more ideas and cover more territory.” ~Belladonna
“Lots of great ideas for keeping my classes interesting. I already have some games that I use, but your book gives me lots new ideas. Some of the games are similar to what we do and some are very different.” ~Zafira
“I am reading it now- really fun games! This is a great resource for inspiring your own creativity as well- I have gotten some ideas for games of my own invention just by exploring the variety you find in this book. Awesome tool for instructors! Thanks Taaj!” ~Stephanie B