Instruction

Class Format

Great News: You’ll never need to wait for a new class session to start: You can start any week, any Level One class that I teach. Yes, you can start immediately!

Classes center around the FatChanceBellyDance® syllabus (as published in 2015) for Level One (and Level One+), Level Two (and Level Two+), and Level Three (and Level Three+).

  • All dancers of all abilities should regularly train in Level One–these are the ATS® Dance Fundamentals. In Level One, you will get a strong grounding in the posture, formations, and families of movement. Currently, classes on Sundays and Wednesdays focus on Level One and One+ syllabus material.
  • In Level Two ATS® Tribal Combinations, you will expand on the foundational movements with new combos, layers, and formation variations. Put together, Levels One and Two are considered Classic ATS®. Currently, Level Two is only offered on Sundays. Mixed-level class instruction is based on individual needs.
  • Finally, Level Three: ATS® Drills and Improv Choreography, goes further into what is called Modern ATS®. Currently, there are no Level Three regular classes on the schedule. However, Level Three can be studied by private appointment.

Each class starts with a warm-up, a drill for playing zills (finger cymbals), and then features technique study for Fast and Slow movements as well as formations. All dancers will learn to both follow and lead the movements, at a pace that matches the dancer’s learning style and pace. Everything is geared for your best success.

Tuition Options

There are now three different ways to purchase tuition for any of my classes.

  1. Session Dance card = $10 per class (6-week sessions $60, 7-week sessions $70) 
    BEST VALUE! Buy the whole session for only $10 per class, when you buy all six or seven classes together.
  2. Part-Time Dance card = $12 per class, for 5 classes over the span of 2 sessions ($60)
    FLEXIBLE class scheduling! Buy 5 classes for any week during two sessions. Most similar to the old tuition cards.
  3. One-class Drop-in = $15 per class, same as before

If you have an old tuition card, you can either use it for one-class drop ins as needed (until the old card expiration date) or you can convert the value remaining on the card for a Session Dance Card or a Part-Time Dance card. You choose which works best for you.

As before, all tuition cards can be used at all three class locations. For example, if you cannot attend week 2 during a session in Oxnard but you can make it to North Hollywood, bring your card to class.

What to Wear

Although many people dance ATS barefoot, it is not a requirement. Please wear shoes you can move in that are appropriate to the dance surface. Indoor studios may require barefoot or dance shoes (such as ballet, jazz, or modern shoes). Dancing on carpet can be tough on feet, so you might consider socks or dance shoes. Dancing on pavement usually is easier in outdoor shoes. Ensure that you have the support your foot prefers and that you can easily move from flat-foot to tip-toe (or at least heel off the ground).

Dress so that your arms and torso can move easily. Some dancers wear dance or sports tops, t-shirts, tank-tops, or cholis (Indian half-shirts with open backs). You are NOT required to show skin — Modesty is a personal preference. Some dancers always keep their torsos covered, or even their arms (all the way to the wrist). Other dancers display their torsos and backs. Some dancers always keep their armpits covered, but may wear cholis that have short sleeves, open shoulders, and open backs. Please do not feel any pressure about your own comfort level about skin.

In rehearsal, many dancers wear yoga pants, leggings, tights, or comfy pants. Many also wear floor-length tiered skirts (often called 10-yard, 15-yard, or 25-yard skirts), often tucked up at the hip or bustle. Many teachers wear a skirt tucked so their knees are visible, front and back.

My favorite photo of Jameson, EVAR! Just check out the joy on his face!
My favorite photo of Jameson, EVAR!
Just check out the joy on his face!

Sundays in North Hollywood, CA

Madilyn Clark Studios, 10852 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Madilyn Clark Studios

Classes meet at the Madilyn Clark Studios, 10852 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Watch the regular schedule to know which studio we’ll be in, week to week. Parking is street parking — and there is a church group from 10 AM to 2 PM. So parking can be tight just before 2 pm.

These are regular tuition-based courses. Payments can be made by cash, check, PayPal, or Square (including tap-to-pay from phones). (“Advance Purchase” can be done in the five minutes before the start of class, if you like.)

Level 1 – ATS® Dance Fundamentals: Sundays 2-3 PM

This syllabus introduces the basic movements of ATS® through instruction and drills. Dancers then use this foundational vocabulary to dance with partners in duet, trio, and quartet formations. Even the most advanced ATS dancer continues to drill Level 1 throughout their dance practice. Zills (finger cymbals) are requested from week three on. Students may bring their own cymbals or may make arrangements to purchase them from the instructor. (Both metal and wooden zills are available for sale.)

Level 2 – ATS® Tribal Combinations: Sundays 1-2 PM

In Level Two ATS® Tribal Combinations, dancers expand on the foundational movements with new combos, layers, and formation variations. Put together, Levels One and Two are considered Classic ATS®. The syllabus is presented in 12 weeks total, so two sessions are needed to get a full introduction to Level 2. [Session 5 will cover weeks 7-12.] Zills (finger cymbals) are required. (Instructor approval needed for Level 2)

About Madilyn Clark Studios

Classes at Madilyn Clark Studios are held in various studios with professional wooden dance floors. Bare feet are appropriate or soft dance shoes that do not leave marks. Please check the calendar to see which studio we are in, each week.

Parking for Madilyn Clark Studios is limited along two walls of the building plus adjacent street parking. Observe “No Parking” signs carefully, for example, do not park alongside the black painted wall opposite the studios. 

North Hollywood, CA at Madilyn Clark Studios

ATS® Dance Fundamentals (Level 1 and 1+) from 2-3 PM 

  • 2018 Session 4 [Level One]: Jul 15-e, Jul 22-d, Jul 29-e, Aug 5-e, Aug 12-c, Aug 19-e, Aug 26-e Halfa – 6 week session
  • 2018 Session 5 [Level One]: Sep 9-e, Sep 16-e, Sep 23-e, Sep 30-e, Oct 7-e, Oct 14-e
  • 2018 Session 6 [Level One]: Oct 21-e, Oct 28-e, Nov 4-e, Nov 11-e, Nov 18-e, Nov 25-e
  • Classes are held in either Studio C, D, or E. Check the Studio letter for each date.

ATS® Tribal Combinations (Level 2 and 2+) from 1-2 PM (Instructor approval needed for Level 2)

  • 2018 Session 4 [Level Two]: Jul 15-e, Jul 22-d, Jul 29-e, Aug 5-e, Aug 12-c, Aug 19-e
  • 2018 Session 5 [Level Two]: Sep 9-b, Sep 16-d, Sep 23-d, Sep 30-d, Oct 7-e, Oct 14-e
  • 2018 Session 6 [Level Two]: Oct 21-e, Oct 28-e, Nov 4-e, Nov 11-e, Nov 18-e, Nov 25-e
  • Classes are held in either Studio B, C, D, or E. Check the Studio letter for each date.

Meetup for North Hollywood: https://www.meetup.com/American-Tribal-Style-ATS-Belly-Dance-in-North-Hollywood/ – This is optional. You do not need to use meetup to sign up for class.

Facebook Events for class can be found under Cat Ellen – CaySwann DanceThis is optional. You do not need to use Facebook Events to sign up for class.

Madilyn Clark Studios: 10852 Burbank Blvd North Hollywood CA 91601
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Tuesdays in Oxnard, CA

NEMA Bellydance, 1230 Saviers Road, Unit R, Oxnard, CA 93033 (use Oxnard Blvd gate)

NEMA

These are regular tuition-based courses. Payments can be made by cash, check, PayPal, or Square (including tap-to-pay from phones). Dancers with NEMA membership have a discounted class tuition rate, please contact the instructor if you have a NEMA membership. Payments can be made by cash, check, PayPal, or Square. (“Advance Purchase” can be done in the five minutes before the start of class, if you like.)

Level 1 – ATS® Dance Fundamentals: Tuesdays 8-9 PM

This syllabus introduces the basic movements of ATS® through instruction and drills. Dancers then use this foundational vocabulary to dance with partners in duet, trio, and quartet formations. Even the most advanced ATS dancer continues to drill Level 1 throughout their dance practice. Zills (finger cymbals) are requested from week three on. Students may bring their own cymbals or may make arrangements to purchase them from the instructor. (Both metal and wooden zills are available for sale. Loaner zills are usually available at NEMA for a $1 donation to the studio per class.)

Level 2 – ATS® Tribal Combinations: Tuesdays 7-8 PM

In Level Two ATS® Tribal Combinations, dancers expand on the foundational movements with new combos, layers, and formation variations. Put together, Levels One and Two are considered Classic ATS®. The syllabus is presented in 12 weeks total, so two sessions are needed to get a full introduction to Level 2. [Session 5 will cover weeks 1-6, Session 6 will cover weeks 7-12.] Zills (finger cymbals) are required. (Instructor approval needed for Level 2)

Oxnard, CA at Club NEMA Bellydance Studio – Tuesdays

This is a business park with a locked gate. Please plan to arrive at the gate between the designated hours and text 805-218-2312 for admittance. There will be no entry after class start time. There is parking on the street and at the adjoining shopping center next to CVS Pharmacy at Five Points. (If you use 1211 S Oxnard Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93030 on your GPS, you will find the gate on Oxnard between CVS and the Main Tires shop.)

Classes at NEMA are held in a studio with a professional wooden dance floor. Bare feet are appropriate or soft dance shoes that do not leave marks.

ATS® Dance Fundamentals (Level 1 and 1+) from 7-8 PM 

  • 2018 Session 4 [Level One, 7-8 PM]: Jul 10, Jul 17, Jul 24, Jul 31, Aug 7, Aug 14, Aug 21, Aug 28 Hafla7 week session

ATS® Dance Fundamentals (Level 1 and 1+) from 8-9 PM 

  • 2018 Session 5 [Level One, now 8-9 PM]: Sep 11, Sep 18, Sep 25, Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 16 – 6 week session
  • 2018 Session 6 [Level One, now 8-9 PM]: Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 27 – 6 week session

ATS® Tribal Combinations (Level 2 and 2+) from 7-8 PM (Instructor approval needed for Level 2)

  • 2018 Session 5 [Level Two, now 7-8 PM]: Sep 11, Sep 18, Sep 25, Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 16 – 6 week session
  • 2018 Session 6 [Level Two, now 7-8 PM]: Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 27 – 6 week session

Meetup for Oxnard: https://www.meetup.com/American-Tribal-Style-ATS-Belly-Dance-in-Oxnard/ – This is optional. You do not need to use meetup to sign up for class.

Facebook Events for class can be found under Cat Ellen – CaySwann DanceThis is optional. You do not need to use Facebook Events to sign up for class.

About NEMA

Neighbors Embracing Multicultural Arts is a nonprofit organization located in Ventura County committed to providing a safe and sacred space for girls and women to empower their inner and outer beauty in a way that respects themselves, their families, and their community.

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Drilling into the sunset
Drilling into the sunset

Private Lessons

Cat has often described herself as the “Gourmet Food Truck of ATS Instruction” in the Los Angeles area, since she can frequently be found driving out to the students who are unable to make it to some of the current ATS instruction conducted by other teachers in the area. If you are interested in arranging a private lesson or workshop, please email cayswann@gmail.com to discuss possible weekday evenings or weekend appointments. Some of Cat’s private students have been in the Valley, in North Hollywood, in Oxnard, and even as far south as Fullerton. Regular studio classes are offered in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Currently, there are no Level Three regular classes on the schedule. However, Level Three can be studied by private appointment.

D'vorah and Cat
D’vorah and Cat
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(photo by Yuska)

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