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For those ready to make their dance their own, the Evolve certification builds upon previous skills to prepare dancers for a solid dance career. Certified dancers in the Evolve classification have demonstrated proficiency in fusion belly dance techniques and dynamic creation, as well as professional facets of the dance world. All aspects of this certification are held online and are self-paced!

Certification in Level Two: Engage is required to begin this certification.
This certification can be upgraded to include Teacher Training. See below.

What's Included

  • 10 Technique Classes focusing on advanced layers and combinations, musicality, expression, and improv
  • Specialized Lectures and Presentations by Shyama and Stygian guest teachers on business, goal setting, and self care topics
  • Journaling pages and assignments to set your dance goals, outline your business plan, and define yourself as a professional
  • Bonus Access to Level Three Choreography
  • 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 ($75/hour)
  • Once assignments and choreography are completed, students will have one private call with Shyama to discuss overall feedback and any questions the student may have
  • Certificate of Completion (virtual, printable copy, or option to purchase physical copy)

Certification Cost

For current Stygian Dance members: $500
Students must sign up for and keep their monthly membership subscription at the Evolve or Stygian Collective level 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 10 checkpoints to demonstrate ability and understanding of concepts
    These will be submitted to Shyama via video for review and feedback
    Checkpoints include challenges to demonstrate the concepts learned in lessons and lecture content
    You may be requested to retry and resubmit these assignments based on feedback
  • Complete and submit “Building Your Brand” Worksheet for review and discussion
  • Create a choreography of at least 4 minutes with an emphasis on expression or storytelling and musicality and submit video for review and feedback
  • Submit an improv video of at least 4 minutes for review and feedback
  • Choose one based on your interests for feedback:
    Your social media profile
    Your website
    A fully edited virtual performance
    Your plan for a show production
  • 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

Upgrade to Teacher Training

Teacher Training is a $150 add on to Level Three: Evolve Certification. Students will receive and complete the following in addition to the above:
  • Teaching Alignment Journaling Worksheet
  • More lectures by Shyama and guest teachers specifically on building your teaching business and your teacher skills
  • Expanded concepts for designing your classes
  • Additional Assignments:
      • Submit your Teaching Alignment Journal for discussion with Shyama
      • Create at least one draft lesson plan for certification for review and feedback from Shyama
      • Record a 60 minute class (live or mock) using the elements learned for review and feedback
  • Additional 30 minute coaching session to discuss goals for teaching, questions regarding the business of dance, and other topics as needed!
  • Teacher training specification on your certificate of completion to use to promote yourself as a knowledgeable professional

Registration Coming Early 2022!

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