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This certification designates the dancer as skilled in beginner-level fusion belly dance techniques. Certified dancers in the Emerge classification have demonstrated a solid foundation of fusion movements outlined in beginner classes, level one choreography, and combination creation. All aspects of this certification are held online and are self-paced!
Experienced dancers may test out of this level and move to Level Two: Engage (coming Fall 2021). See below.

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Do you work better with a group of peers for accountability, structure, and motivation? Register during a Peer Group session to participate in a study group and receive weekly prompts to guide you along the certification process!

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What's Included

  • Access to the Emerge Level Studio Content, including:
    -10 Beginner Belly Dance Lessons (about 1 hour each)
    Level One Choreography (over 5 hours of instruction!)
    -Basic Technique Drills & Follow Along Drills (always more coming...currently over 4 hours of drilling!)
  • Customized written feedback from Shyama on all assignments and the final choreography
  • Private lessons during the certification process will be provided as needed at a 50% discount ($40/hour)
  • Once assignments and choreography are completed, students will have one private training call with Shyama to discuss overall feedback and any questions the student may have (about 30 minutes)
  • Certificate of Completion (virtual, printable copy, or option to purchase physical copy)

Certification Cost

Add-On to Membership: $100
Students must sign up for and keep their monthly Emerge Level studio subscription active through the certification process. Video instruction will not be available should the subscription lapse.

Payment plans are available! Contact Shyama to set up a plan that works for you: info@stygian.dance

Outline of Certification Elements

  • Complete Beginner Belly Dance Lessons 1-10
  • Complete 10 checkpoints (one per lesson) to demonstrate ability
    These will be submitted to Shyama via video for review and feedback
    Checkpoints include technique demonstration, combination creation, and other challenges
    You may be requested to retry and resubmit these assignments based on feedback
  • Choose a Level One Choreography in the online studio to learn fully
  • Submit a video of the choreography chosen for review and feedback
    You may be requested to retry and resubmit this
  • Private lessons as needed
    If assignments are resubmitted more than once, private lessons will be required.
  • Private call with Shyama to discuss overall feedback and any questions you may have

Testing Out

Dancers with one or more years of experience in belly dance have the option to test out of this level and move on to Level Two: Engage. Please purchase the Test Out option on the registration page and send in the materials below to info@stygian.dance.

To test, you will need to submit the following:

    • Performance video of at least 3 minutes
    • Video demonstrating the foundational movements in fusion belly dance. This can be improv, clips of individual movements, however you want to present it. Download a moves list here.

Shyama will provide feedback on your materials and will either send along your Certificate of Completion, or encourage you to pursue the full Emerge certification program.

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