Baksana Dance Vocabulary centers around a collection of dance and cymbal phrases that are performed in an improvised order. One person leads the group while the rest follow. This kind of format is often referred to as Structured Group Improvisation, such as Carolena Nerrico’s FCBD , Amy Sigil’s ITS and Rachel Brice’s Datura Style. This structured improv / lead and follow format is also seen in Cuban Salsa Rueda – which Danielle has a particular affinity for! Baksana’s overall style is a fusion of Arabic, Turkish and Balkan dance and music genres, also inspired by groups rooted in Egyptian folkloric interpretation dance such as The Reda Troupe and Hahbi-Ru. See Danielle’s bio video below for some more info about the dance path she’s taken personally, and the formation of Baksana.
• Identify as Black, and/or Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color
• At least one year experience with playing cymbals while dancing in Raqs Sharqi or Fusion styles.
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4 Home Positions
and finger cymbal patterns
8 Home Position
Variations and finger cymbal patterns
Three 4 – 8 bar dance phrases and finger cymbal compositions
Three MORE dance phrases and finger cymbal compositions
Tips for ensemble dancing.
Perform Baksana Dance Vocabulary professionally either as a soloist or with a group of other BDV certified dancers. Performance Certification includes: Mastering material in Levels 1-3, Free Improv (including with cymbals), Working with Live Music, Stage Presence, Costuming, Gig Ethics.
Teach others Baksana Dance Vocabulary in your area! Add our vocabulary to your established ensemble or start a new group! Certification includes: Details of Vocabulary Development, Class Structures, Teaching Ethics / Student Support and Lifetime access to a catalogue of practice drills.
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Is this course for beginners?
– This online training program is designed for intermediate/advanced dancers who want to learn, perform, and teach our vocabulary. We recommend at least one year of training in Arabic Raqs Sharqi or Turkish Oriental styles of dance AND at least one year of playing finger cymbals. *If you are brand new to finger cymbals, we suggest joining our Patreon for a little while, where you can gain access to MANY tutorials for starting at just $10/month!
How long is the training?
– 90 day terms. For Level 1 Module 1 – First-30: self practice, Mid-30: assignments, Final-30: exam. You will have access to all the training material for the full 90 days to allow for a variety of scheduling and dancer experience levels. Upon course completion you will receive a “drill companion” video to keep on practicing that will be yours to access “forever” (as long as our school is open, which we hope will be many years)!
How long are the individual lessons?
– Each module contains a variety of lesson types. Pre-recorded dance lessons are between 25-45 mins long. Cymbal segments are 5-10 mins. Private check in will be 30mins. Q&As will be 40 mins.
Will there be homework/testing?
– YEPPERS! Students will submit multiple video practice sessions along the way, a few written assignments, and then complete a written and video final exam. We have a strong focus on musicality, and this course will rely on our Baksana Finger Cymbal Written Notation, as well as common Arabic rhythms throughout the training. Our goal is to set you up for success, so don’t worry!
Can I complete the module and test quicker than 90 days?
– Yes. Once you have access to the material you can complete the course ahead of time… you just may miss out on some of the live events. Contact us directly to schedule something that works best for you.
What if I need more time?
– For an additional fee you can renew your access to the material for another 90 days. This will include another private meeting and one re-test submission. Contact us directly for more information about this.
What if I need more help during the training?
– Contact us to set up a private lesson (for additional cost) and check out some of our other supplemental classes.
What if I don’t have any plans to perform or teach?
– That’s totally fine! You do not need to test for a performer or teacher certification to take this program, but you do need to pass a proficiency exam before progressing through the levels. On the flip-side, there will be additional workshops for Baksana performers and teachers, so you may want to attend those for fun updates to the material and therefore test for your certification even if you do not with to perform.
What if I register but then realize I cannot do the training?
– We do not offer refunds for our Baksana Dance Vocabulary online programs. You can retain the credit for a future training. If necessary, you can sell your spot to another person BEFORE the first day of the course, but you will be fully responsible for that transaction – please contact us immediately if this is something you plan to do.
Where did Baksana Dance Vocabulary Material come from?
-Here is Danielle’s Bio video for some more information on the influences of her creation of Baksana…