FALL 2007 8 Week BEGINNERS Basics of Belly Dance -- LEVEL 1 -- Thursdays at 6:10 with Melina of Daughters of Rhea

For those of you who have always wanted to try belly dancing but haven't gotten around to it yet, this is your class!! Bring your friends, your neighbors, your aunts, your sisters, your mothers, daughters, dental hygienists or doctors and shimmy your way through Fall. Unleash your primal energies and unlock your body from its daily postures through the ancient art of belly dance with Melina of Daughters of Rhea. Designed for students with little-to-no belly dance experience who would like to learn the basics and ENJOY themselves while getting a great work out. Learn sinuous and staccato hip movements, spine-awakening body isolations and undulations, shimmies and snake arms from a friendly, down-to-earth teacher with a lifetime of experience. Dance to the beautiful rhythms and melodies of the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and North Africa. Melina will carefully and articulately break down the belly dance movements and explain which foot to step on, where to put your weight, how to protect your back and remind you to keep breathing as you explore this intricate and expressive art form. Please bring a bottle of water as you will sweat in class and want to refresh yourself! Wear comfortable clothes you can move in, such as cotton leggings and a jog bra, tank top or choli. It is best if Melina can see you knees to correct your dance technique. Melina conducts class barefoot, but you are welcome to wear nonskid socks or ballet slippers if you wish. Please do not wear shoes with heels, sneakers or street shoes in class.Purchase here for the 8 week session package rate, NO CARRY-OVERS to future sessions please. If you think you will miss a class or two, please choose the drop-in rate of $17 per class, payable at the door in check or cash. More info at 781 209 0950.Melina of Daughters of Rhea BIOGRAPHY Melina is a modern-day bohemian Renaissance woman: second-generation belly dance artist, innovative performer, choreographer, teacher, writer, circus producer and aerialist with a PhD in medieval French Literature. She recently imported her very own oriental-style circus tent from France and gave birth to CIRQUE PASSION - www.cirquepassion.com. Born to a folk-rock-circus guitarist father (Phil Marsh) and a hippie-artist belly dance Icon (Rhea of Greece) during the late 60s Berkeley, California cultural revolution, Melina exited the womb into a vibrant life of dance and circus arts that she carries on to this day. Based in Boston, Melina travels and performs internationally. She has toured with the legendary Flying Wallendas and performs aerially on the lyra and double trapeze at galas and circuses worldwide with 5th-generation circus star husband Sacha Pavlata. Melina co-founded the belly dance company Daughters of Rhea with her sister Piper, the circus arts company Cirque Passion, and the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Her work and life has been featured on Boston's Chronicle TV, 60 Minutes II, National Public Radio, The New Yorker and the documentary So Much, So Fast. Melina lights up the stage with her unique manouche (circus gypsy) style. Melina’s uninhibited yet technically precise dance, formed as a child in circus rings and at the shimmering hip of her mother in the shadow of the acropolis, is fun-loving, globally informed, Greco-Turkish, proto-Tribal, modern Bohemian fusion.

Name Sales End Price Fee
8 Week Beginning Belly Dance Session 6:10 to 7:10 p.m. Ended $120 $3

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