Now, I don't mean levels in terms of how skilled a dancer is, this post is about how zoomed in, or out, on the music you are. Each level of musicality corresponds to different skills you can practice. You've probably taken classes or workshops around these levels. Maybe you're about to sign up for workshops at a festival and are trying to pick from different topics, or maybe you are looking back a smattering of learning and wondering how it all fits together. Hopefully (and if you're in my class, I've sent this to you as part of your level 2 information) you're reading this ahead of time, so you can see how the things we're doing in class build into a whole.
Welcome to bellydance class! If you're taking Farha's level one class, you'll want to add finger cymbals around the time you start your second or third unit of class. Here's what to look for, and how to get three different sounds out of your cymbals.
When you're looking for music to practice to, you have several options. First is to just turn on a bellydance playlist on youtube, turn off the screen, and dance along. The good news is this is free, the drawback here is that this only works if you have internet access on a device with decent speakers. CDs and MP3s are the most versatile. When you're just stating out in bellydance I recommend compilations, because they will help you find what you like. Keep in mind that your tastes might change over time, so don't rule out classical or folkloric right away ^_~. I'll try to link to a variety of sources in this article, so you have more options.
Farha would like to point out that the material in the links is authored as credited and is shared for your information, enjoy!
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