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Class Schedule

for the Duval County Adult Community Education Program

Jacksonville, Florida

All classes are taught by Julianne,
director and choreographer for Sahara Silk and Troupe Tarab.

Please email her at: Julie@saharasilk.com  for further information.


 

GREETINGS!

Welcome! I am finding it difficult to believe how full throttle the holiday season is approaching. It seems like I just updated the schedule for this year….lol.

Thank you for your interest in my classes.

I teach ongoing classes, open to all, through the Duval County Community Education Department of the Duval County Public School System.

I teach private, semi-private, or customized classes at my private studio.

ALL the information you need concerning the ongoing Community Education classes and my Private classes is posted right here. 
You will find answers to ALL the questions you may have concerning current the Community Ed schedule, dates, future schedule dates (when available), class descriptions, fees, times, location, registration information, class policies, and a map to the school.

** Occasionally Duval County School session dates are subject to change according to adjustments in the Community Education schedule. I will update any changes as I am made aware of them. However, just to make certain, please contact either the school office (693-7640 or 693-7620 ext. 108) or email me (julie@saharasilk.com) prior to registration for confirmation of the current schedule. 

In the FAQ section you will find ALL the details concerning how, when, and where to register, what to wear, what to bring, age limits, etc.

If, after reading this entire page your question is not answered sufficiently, please email me at the address above.  I will be happy to provide you with additional details.

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*PRIVATE LESSONS AND CUSTOM CHOREOGRAPHY

DANCE LESSONS (group or individual)
I am available for customized private lessons for all levels of dance.

DRUM (DOUMBEK) LESSONS (group or individual)
I am available for customized private drum lessons

CHOREOGRAPHY
I am available for creating customized choreography to music of your choice.

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2017 FALL TERM SCHEDULE 

Pre-registration is open for all Community Education classes Monday through Thursday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm the week prior to the start of classes. 

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(BASIC I) BEGINNER CLASS 

2017 FALL TERM:  8 WEEK SESSION:
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 to Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

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Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
The class meets once a week for one hour.

Fee is $35.00 for the full 8 week term.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

If this is your first attempt at Middle Eastern Dance, I strongly recommend that you start with this class.
It is designed specifically to gently introduce the new student to this ancient and beautiful dance art.

This class covers basic dance posture, technique, movement transitions, combinations, styles, and rhythms. If time permits we may also cover veil, zill (finger cymbals) technique, and/or a short choreography.

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INTERMEDIATE CLASS

2017 FALL TERM:  8 WEEK SESSION:
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 to Tuesday, Dec.12, 2017

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Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The class meets once a week for one hour.
Fee is $35.00 for the full 8 week term.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

This class moves at a faster pace than Basic I and it does require the technical structure that was covered in Basic I.  It is designed to accommodate the Intermediate level student who has acquired a solid basic dance foundation and is ready for the additional challenge of learning rhythms, layering, combinations, transitions, and refining general skills.

If you have had some Middle Eastern or other dance training you will find this class fun and challenging.

If you have had NO previous dance training and do not consider yourself a natural dancer or a quick learner you might find this class a bit overwhelming for your first attempt. Please give it a try if you like and feel free to switch to the Basic I level class on Thursday if this class proves to be more than you want. 

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* ADVANCED CLASS (please see class description)

2017 FALL TERM:  8 WEEK SESSION:
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 to Tuesday, Dec.12, 2017

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Time: 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
The class meets once a week for one hour.
Fee is $35.00 for the full 8 week term.

* CLASS DESCRIPTION:

This is a MASTER LEVEL CLASS.

The prerequisite REQUIREMENT for this class is a minimum of 4 terms in MY intermediate class level. This would roughly equal at least two years of experience in Middle Eastern Dance training. 

It is important for me to know you are getting the level of instruction for which you are fully prepared.  It is equally important for me to maintain a class agenda which accommodates and challenges the dancers who are prepared for this advanced level of instruction. Therefore, if it is your first attempt at my advanced level class, please contact me prior to signing up.

Thank you! 

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HOLIDAYS (school will be closed): TBA

Spring Break:
Planning Day:
Spring Holiday:
Memorial Day:
Thanksgiving:
Holiday break:

PLEASE NOTE:
Should inclement weather (storm, storm watches, warnings, etc.) effect our local school attendance policy please check (or phone) your local TV or radio news stations, or
www.duvalschools.org for the status of Duval County Public Schools.  If Duval County Public Schools are closed for regular classes that status DOES APPLY to the Community Education evening classes as well.

If classes are postponed for any reason, arrangements will be made during the term to make up the missed session before the term is complete.

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*PRIVATE INSTRUCTION:

For Dance or Drum (doumbek) instruction:

DANCE:
I am available by appointment for private or semi-private instruction and customized group workshops at my studio for all levels of Middle Eastern Dance (belly dance) and Middle Eastern Dance fusion.

DRUM:
I am available by appointment for private or semi-private instruction and customized group workshops at my studio for basic Doumbek / Darabuka (Middle Eastern Drum), Riq, and Zill technique and Middle Eastern / North African rhythms.

CUSTOM CHOREOGRAPHY:
I am happy to create culturally based or authentic Oriental, Folkloric, East Indian, North African, Romany, or Middle Eastern Dance fusion custom choreography for individual or troupe performances. 

Please contact me for additional information, fees, or to schedule an appointment at:
julie@saharasilk.com.

Thank you!
Julianne

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FAQ

I have addressed and answered the most Frequently Asked Questions here.

If you do not find the answer to your question or would like additional information or details, please contact me at: julie@saharasilk.com.

Thank you!

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HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?

Registration is generally held Monday through Thursday the week before the classes start, between 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the school office. You may also register on the first night of class before the class starts. Registration fee can be paid with cash or check made payable to ED WHITE HIGH SCHOOL.

If you choose to register on the first night of classes, please arrive early enough to allow yourself time to register and not miss any of the class which will start promptly at 7:00 pm.

To contact the school for additional information concerning registration or policy please phone 693-7640 or 693-7620 ext. 108.

Office hours are from 1:30 pm to 9:30 pm weekdays.

WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING SHOULD I WEAR?

I suggest you wear something very casual, flexible, and comfortable, similar to what you would wear to work out at the gym. Leotards, leggings, t-shirts, shorts, jeans, etc. are all fine.  This dance is surprisingly more aerobic than one might think....you are going to sweat!  The classes are for fun, exercise and learning, a full costume is not a requirement.  However, if wearing a costume or dance accessories contributes to your personal enjoyment please feel free to dress or accessorize as you wish.

Some dancers like to wear skirts and sashes or scarves tied around their hips, but again, they are not a requirement. I do have a variety of them (and other dance supplies) available for purchase if you are interested in acquiring one.

Keep in mind that the instructor needs to be able to observe the mechanics of your technique and movement in order to offer the best feedback. Therefore,  wearing something that provides an unobstructed view of your torso and especially your knees and legs is your best overall choice.

WHAT KIND OF SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?

Though dancing in bare feet is perfectly fine and acceptable, many dancers like to wear some type of footwear. Ballet slippers, flexible sandals, Isotoner slippers (the kind with suede soles), or even an old pair of socks would work fine for this. If you need more substantial support for your feet, there are a variety of shoes and flexible sneakers available which are especially designed for dancers. I will be happy to provide you with additional information on these upon request.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR TAKING THE CLASSES?

No. There is no age limit for taking the classes. However, PLEASE be aware that the classes are comprised primarily of adults who anticipate enjoying an evening away from the distractions that energetic small children or precocious and bored adolescents may create.

The classes welcome the serious young dancer (of any age) who is disciplined, genuinely interested in learning to dance, and accustomed to dance protocol and classroom etiquette in a primarily adult environment. 

DO I NEED ANY DANCE SUPPLIES FOR CLASSES?

There are no preliminary supply requirements for classes. If "props" are going to be used in a particular class, like finger cymbals or veils, I will give you all the necessary details on the first night of classes for where and how to acquire them. I do provide a limited number of "loaner" veils and finger cymbals if you do not want to purchase your own. I do carry a selection of both for sale and will be happy to provide you with additional vendors and suppliers.

CAN MEN SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?

Yes. Though over the years I have had very few men in my classes, male dancers who are serious about learning this dance form are certainly welcome.

WHERE CAN I FIND DANCE MUSIC AND DVDs? 

I always make available the practice music CD or provide sources for purchasing the music that I will be using for the class. Upon request, I will be happy to provide you with instructional and performance DVD/video recommendations and resources. You can also go to the BEDOUIN CARAVAN section of this site which is directly linked to numerous DVD and CD suggestions and synopsis.

WHERE CAN I FIND DANCE COSTUMES AND SUPPLIES?

I am a vendor of a variety of dance costumes, accessories, and supplies. I will provide details in class or you can email me for more information and resources.

CAN I TAKE PRIVATE LESSONS?

Yes. I do offer private and semi-private lessons by appointment. I also offer custom formatted mini workshops which can be designed especially for your group.

Please email me for details.

CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE:

* REGARDING CELL PHONES:

This is YOUR time just for YOU!  PLEASE allow yourself the luxury and opportunity to focus and immerse yourself completely for one hour in what could, quite possibly, become one of your most enjoyable experiences ever. 

Therefore, unless you are anticipating an important phone call, or you are an "on call" emergency caregiver, or a brain surgeon, etc., PLEASE turn off your cell phone during the class session. THANK YOU in advance for doing yourself, your instructor, and your classmates this enormous courtesy.

* REGARDING YOUNG CHILDREN:

PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUNG CHILDREN WITH YOU TO CLASS. Unless you have a have a mature young student who is familiar with dance training and is registered for the class with you, please do not bring them to this adult class. Thank you! (See above Re: Age limit)  

Experience has proven they will very likely become quickly tired, bored, and restless and predictably will create an annoying and embarrassing distraction which will affect the entire class. Most ladies in these classes have arranged for time away from their daily obligations and are anticipating an evening to focus on themselves far removed from family distractions.

Trust me, your investment in a babysitter for this short period of time is one in which YOU will reap the benefits.

REFUND POLICY:

Community Education Program Classes

Request for refund must be made to the Community School within three (3) business days of the 1st class.

THANK YOU!

 

 

Location for all classes:

Edward H. White Senior High School, 1700 Old Middleburg Road, Jacksonville, Florida

Phone: (904) 693-7640 for current registration fee


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