Term 5 2018 Class Timetable

August 20th – September 27th
6 Week Term

Monday (Malvern) 

6:30-7:30pm Beginners Belly Dance

7:30-8:30pm Intermediate Belly Dance

Wednesday (Carlton)

6:30-7:30pm Beginners Belly Dance

7:30-8:30pm Intermediate Belly Dance

8:30-9:30pm Advanced Belly Dance

Thursday (Malvern)

6:30-7:30pm Tribal Style Foundations Lvl 1

7:30-8:00pm Tribal & Fusion Movements Lvl 2 (a)

8:00-8:30pm Tribal & Fusion Drills & Improv. Lvl 2 (b)

8:30-9:30pm Tribal Fusion/Contemporary Belly Dance  Lvl 3

No classes on public holidays

PRIVATE LESSONS: Melusina is available for private lessons which she runs late mornings/early afternoons during the week and on some weekends from her home studio in Mitcham. If you are looking to refine and polish your technique, go over a choreography, attend a lesson at a time that suits you, or to introduce yourself to Belly Dance or Tribal Fusion then one on one Private Lessons are a perfect choice. $65 per hour or $165 for 3 hours booked in the same month. Contact Melusina for available times and dates.

Class Descriptions


Belly Dance is a mesmerising and beautiful ancient art form originally from the Middle East. Egyptian Belly Dance is distinctive for its sinuous, muscular undulations, succinct rhythmic hip accents and flowing, curvaceous movements. Egyptian dance allows each dancer to create expressive, joyous, and emotive movements that reflect their own individuality, musicality, and passion. Belly Dance remains a popular dance form for health and fitness, sensuality and fun and can be enjoyed by anyone at any age. It is a relatively low impact dance which helps to strengthen and tone muscles whilst allowing for personal and spiritual growth & enjoyment.


Red Belly Black Format

**Prerequisite Beginners Egyptian Belly Dance**

TRIBAL BELLY DANCE is a very popular modern innovation originally developed from traditional dance techniques in America and is often called ATS (American Tribal Style) It is largely an improvisational style danced in groups which combines folkloric Middle Eastern, modern, and world dance steps to create an exciting new dance form. The style repeats simple moves and symbolic gestures in patterns cued by leaders, building with the music & the interaction between dancers. At Navel Gazers a format of moves, variations and cues are taught in this style called Red Belly Black. A book about the style and listing all the moves was written by Melusina to help students learn Tribal. Tribal style is powerful, elegant, graceful and fun with a strong Flamenco-like posture. It is often a challenging and dramatic style suited to dancers with a good grounding in regular Belly Dance and whom love dancing together with others. Tribal Style Foundations Level 1 explores the posture, positions, basic moves and variations, cues and concepts of Tribal. Tribal Style Foundations Level 1 is recommended as an excellent preparation for Tribal Fusion & Contemporary Belly Dance.

TRIBAL FUSION & CONTEMPORARY BELLY DANCE are cutting edge, ground breaking new styles fusing Tribal (ATS) with Contemporary Dance/Ballet, Belly Dance and Street styles. The moves are often serpentine and muscular with sharp accents and smooth, rippling isolations coupled with graceful leg extensions and turns. This style is very new, and often quite dark and has evolved from traditional Tribal Belly Dance as it’s rebellious half-sister. Fusion is more of a soloist, choreographed dance form. The Red Belly Black dance format also covers Fusion so all the moves we use can be found in Melusina’s book. Tribal & Fusion Levels 2 (a) and (b) start to explore Fusion Style whilst still maintaining the strong foundations learnt in Tribal Style Level 1. You must complete Tribal Style Level 1 before advancing to this style. The first half hour focuses on learning new moves and variations, the second half hour will be drills, body conditioning and improvisation.  Students can choose to either do the full hour in Level 2 (both a. and b.), half an hour of Level 2 (either a. or b.) or 1.5 hours (combining either Tribal Level 1 and Level 2a or Tribal Level 3 and Level 2b). Tribal Fusion/Contemporary Belly Dance  Lvl 3 is the advanced Red Belly Black Troupe class. This class is only open to students who have completed Tribal Level 1, Tribal Fusion Level 2, and have had several years of Belly Dance and Tribal experience. This class focuses on advanced technique, drilling, and performance choreography.