Modern Oriental Bellydance is characterized by powerful technique, step combinations, floor patterns and a focus on choreography, as well as a contemporary musical sensibility. In this program, Ranya Renee, New York-based star performer and instructor of Egyptian style Bellydance, teaches two Modern Oriental choreographies - a beginner version and a longer intermediate/advanced version. Each choreography is broken into combinations that are taught step-by-step, with practice drills to get the movements of the choreographies into your body. Ranya points out important melodic and rhythmic features of the music accompanying each combination, helping you to sharpen your listening and counting skills, and learn how particular dance movements can express typical turns of melody and rhythm. You'll learn what to listen for, so you can respond to the music with feeling.