March-May 2019: Schedule at a Glance


Class Descriptions

Every Morning

Monday-Friday 8-8:45 AM – Stretching to Classic Rock-n-Roll (with Jahnema and Dan)

Join Jahnema and Dan for Classic Rock-n-Roll with stretching with such classic music as Moody Blues “Days of Future Past,” Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon,” or Beautiful Day “It’s a Beautiful Day. Start your mornings off with great movement and great music!

  • Levels: All Levels
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
    • SPECIAL Health and Wellness Discount! If the only class you want is the Stretching class, tuition is just $25 per month!
    • Class Dates: Starts March 4, runs through May 31 (no class on Memorial Day 5/27)

Mondays

Mondays 5-6 PM – Popping Class (with Jeric Gambon)

This popping class is for Children ages 7-12

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 4, runs through May 20 (no class on Memorial Day holiday 5/27)

Mondays 6-7 PM – Adult Tap Dancing (with Haley Nicole)

Tap Dance is a deeply American tradition, a superior stress eliminator, calorie burner, and mood elevator! In this class, students will learn simple steps and rhythm patterns while getting an excellent mental and physical workout that is so fun, they will forget they are exercising. All ages, abilities, and fitness levels are welcome and encouraged. Contact Haley Nicole if you need help finding shoes. HaleyNicole Dance (on Facebook)

  • Levels: Mixed Levels
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session. ($75 for 6-class session)
  • Class Dates: Starts March 4, runs through May 20 (no class on Memorial Day holiday 5/27)

Mondays 7-8 PM – Dancer’s Body Barre (with Haley Nicole)

Requiring no equipment but the barre and their own body weight, students utilize techniques from Pilate’s, Yoga, Ballet, and Lotte Berk to sculpt and elongate muscles, trim fat, and lift and shape the entire body with a challenging and rewarding ZERO impact workout. This program can benefit any body type and ability, can be modified to accommodate injuries, and welcomes every body. Please bring a mat and water. HaleyNicole Dance (on Facebook)

  • Levels: Mixed Levels
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session. ($75 for 6-class session)
  • Class Dates: Starts March 4, runs through May 20 (no class on Memorial Day holiday 5/27)

Mondays 8-9 PM – Belly Dancing (with Haley Nicole)

Haley Nicole is a life-long professional dancer with extensive teaching, training, and performance experience across several genres. This session is focuses on Nostalgic Modern Cabaret Inspired by Reda and the Golden Age of Cinematic Bellydance! It is a refined, teasing, graceful interpretation of instrumental song Nova Raqs. HaleyNicole Dance (on Facebook)

  • Levels: Intermediate-Advanced
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 4, runs through May 20 (no class on Memorial Day holiday 5/27)

 


Tuesdays

Tuesdays 12:30-4:30 PM – Figurative Art at NEMA (with Shelley Johnson)

Sculpture, painting, and drawing with a life model in long poses (one pose will be used for four weeks). Comfortable 1300 sqft in-the-round work space with natural and studio lighting. (Model fees included in class fee.) $35 each week.

  • Levels: All levels
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session. $35 each week.
  • Class Size: minimum of 3, maximum of 8. Call Shelley at 805-218-4805 to reserve your spot!
  • Class Dates: Starts March 5, runs through May 28

Tuesdays 5-6 PM – Zumba Fusion – Culture Clash! (with Doranda Mwende Martin)

Zumba Fusion develops on the traditional Zumba classes to expand beyond the boundaries of traditional Zumba basics – Merengue, Cumbia, Salsa, and Reggaeton – to include exciting rhythms in African, Afrobeats, Popular Jams, Reggae, and SOCA! New and creative dance moves are infused throughout the session to help provide a fresh and unique experience for every participant. Every participant will experience the fullness of motion as we play with intense body movement and traveling space movement, shifting between high and moderate impact music tempos. As the class progresses, other cultural rhythms will be added along the way.

  • Levels: All levels
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session. NEMA members receive a discount: $10 single class drop-in, $30/mo for 1 class per week, $65/mo for 2 classes per week
  • Class Dates: Starts March 5, runs through May 28

Tuesdays 6-7 PM – Open Hula-Hoop Meet-up

Come experiment with hula-hoop skills, techniques, and dance with a variety of hoop sizes and types! No experience needed, no cost for participation.

  • Levels: All levels
  • Tuition: None, open hooping

Tuesdays – American Tribal Style® (ATS®) Bellydance with Cat Ellen

American Tribal Style® Belly Dance (ATS®) is a modern improvisational style of belly dance created by FatChanceBellyDance® director, Carolena Nericcio. This style of dance focuses on synchronized group improvisation. Cat Ellen is an ATS certified instructor, a Sister Studio of FCBD. Read more about ATS at NEMA.

  • 2019 Session 2
    • Mar 5Level 1 Free Intro ATS® Class
    • Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 237-week session
    • Apr 30Open ATS® Dance Party
  • 2019 Session 3: May 7, May 14, May 21, Jun 4, Jun 18, Jun 25 (no class May 28 or Jun 11) 6-week session

Tuesdays 8-9 PM: Level 1 – ATS® Dance Fundamentals

ATS® Dance Fundamentals: Level One introduces the basic movements of ATS® through instruction and drills. Dancers then use this foundational vocabulary to dance with partners in duet, trio, and quartet formations. Zills (finger cymbals) are requested from week three on. Students may bring their own cymbals or may make arrangements to purchase them from the instructor. (Both metal and wooden zills are available for sale. Loaner zills are available at NEMA for a $1 donation to the studio per class.)

  • Level One: Open to all dancers
    • Levels: Fundamentals are appropriate for All Levels (beginning on up)
    • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session. (Classes range from $10-15 each, depending on the class card purchased.) NEMA members receive a discount. See pricing details.
    • Class Dates: Starts March 5, runs through June 25 (no class May 28 or June 11)

Tuesdays 7-8 PM: Level 2 – ATS® Tribal Combinations

ATS® Tribal Combinations: Level Two In this class, dancers expand on the fundamental movements with new combos, layers, and formation variations. Put together, Levels One and Two are considered Classic ATS®. This syllabus is presented in 12 weeks total, so two sessions are needed to get a full introduction to Level 2. [Session 5 will cover weeks 1-6, Session 6 will cover weeks 7-12.] Zills (finger cymbals) are required.

  • Level Two: Instructor approval required for enrollment
    • Level: Dancers must be able to lead and follow all the Level One material and zill throughout. (Instructor approval needed)
    • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session. (Classes range from $10-15 each, depending on the class card purchased.) NEMA members receive a discount. See pricing details.
    • Class Dates: Starts March 5, runs through June 25 (no class May 28 or June 11)

Wednesdays

Wednesdays 5-6 PM – Popping Class (with Jeric Gambon)

This popping class is Teens & Adults 13+

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 6, runs through May 29

Wednesdays 6-7 PM – Rockin’ it Vintage Style:
Totally Turkish & Greek Belly Dance (with Natasya Katsikaris)

Classic 1960s-70s vintage cabaret routines with modern Tribal Fusion elements for spice. Zills, veil, and classic old skool technique. We’ll explore East Coast Greek Nightclub style and vintage Rebetika from the 1920s.

  • Levels: all levels welcome
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 6, runs through May 29

Wednesdays 7-8 PM – Beginning Belly Dance (with Jahnema & Michelle)

Learn beginning Belly Dance movement: hip circles, figure eights, hip drops, hip lifts, and more with NEMA Dance Directors, Jahnema and Michelle. Explore several music styles of dance and master NEMA’s signature beginner dances, “Harem” and “Mermaid.” Learn and polish your basic beginning movements with these simple yet elegant dance choreography. Finger cymbals will be used in this class.

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 6, runs through May 29

Wednesday 8-9 PM – NEMA Dance Company Rehearsal (with Rhea and Jahnema)

The NEMA Dance Company, directed by Jahnema, meets weekly and performs throughout Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara counties. Mandatory dress rehearsals are required, and only committed studio members should attend.

  • Levels: Mixed Levels
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 6, runs through May 29

Thursdays

Thursdays 9-10 AM – Shimmy While Kids are Gone (with Tomoko Wynn)

This is a beginner Belly Dance Class in the morning while your kids are away. We focus on isolations and easy choreography. Even if your kids are all grown up or if school is on vacation, come enjoy dancing at NEMA Belly Dance Studio.

Tomoko Wynn has 37 years of dance experience, along with years as an aerobics instructor. She achieved teacher certification from Alexandra King, and has traveled from Hokkaido to Okinawa Japan, performing publicly. She also specializes as a Reiki master and teacher, plus as a Chakra Dance Facilitator. Her passion is for pursuing dance and healing: Live to dance! Dance to Live! Live for Reiki! Reiki for Life!

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 7, runs through May 30

Thursdays 10-11:30 AM – Belly Dance Form and Technique (with Rhea)

Learn dance form and belly dance technique with Rhea during this hour and a half class. The first 25 minutes will be stretch and strengthening exercises, followed by 25 minutes of belly dance technique and drills, and ending with a short choreography utilizing the techniques that were learned. Please dress in clothes that don’t restrict the body. Yoga mats are recommended.

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 7, runs through May 30

Thursdays 6-7 PM – Introduction to Egyptian Dance (with Zahra Sami)

In this beginner class you will learn the foundational movements of Oriental (Egyptian) dance technique. This class will enable you to understand how to execute each movement in an easy to follow format, while having a great time! Each hour long class has a warm up, across the floor/ technique practice and we will learn a fun choreography as well, focusing on the key movements you are learning in class.

Zahra is an award winning dancer and teacher. Certified by the Academy of Egyptian Dance. Zahra most recently taught at the Nile Group Festival in Cairo, Egypt and was a featured performer in “Sahar on the Nile.” Her message to all of you, “I’d love to be able to share my passion and expertise in Egyptian Dance with you!”

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session. (12-week quarter, $13 per class, $156 total, discount for NEMA membership; drop-in classes $15)
  • Class Dates: Starts March 7, runs through May 30

Thursdays 7-8 PM – Zumba Fusion – Culture Clash! (with Doranda Mwende Martin)

Zumba Fusion develops on the traditional Zumba classes to expand beyond the boundaries of traditional Zumba basics – Merengue, Cumbia, Salsa, and Reggaeton – to include exciting rhythms in African, Afrobeats, Popular Jams, Reggae, and SOCA! New and creative dance moves are infused throughout the session to help provide a fresh and unique experience for every participant. Every participant will experience the fullness of motion as we play with intense body movement and traveling space movement, shifting between high and moderate impact music tempos. As the class progresses, other cultural rhythms will be added along the way.

  • Levels: All levels
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session. NEMA members receive a discount. $10 single class drop-in, $30/mo for 1 class per week, $65/mo for 2 classes per week
  • Class Dates: Starts March 7, runs through May 30

Fridays

Fridays 6-8 PM – Art Self-Expression Classes (with Angela Hayes)

  • Soul Board Experience ($35) – This is a creative self-expression experience that allows our youth, ages 12-16, to honor their emotions and release negativity, opening up space for positivity, all while having fun! *collage & acrylic painting
  • Mantra Board Experience ($25) – Our youth, ages 12-16, will explore empowering words and create a self-empowering Mantra Board that they can proudly display as a daily reminder to themselves of how awesome they are!
  • Ride the Wave Experience ($25) – This is a creative painting experience for youth, ages 12-16, this wave painting is inspired by our theme of resilience.

Angela Hayes describes herself as a “dreamer by day, artist by night, and a 24/7 momma.” She is the creator of the #empoweredyouthmovement, which came from a heart that recognized a need to provide an outlet for our youth to express themselves through creativity. She uses art experiences to empower youth to Practice Resilience and Mindfulness through Creative Self-Expression.

  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Advanced registration required.

Fridays 8-9 PM – Greek Bellydance (with Angela Buttrey)

Many archaeologists believe that Bellydance already existed in ancient Greece. Everybody loves to Belly dance in Greece! In this class we’ll learn basic Bellydance movements, involving vigorous hip work, sultry undulations, strong shimmies, limber upper body isolations, playful hands, and feeling the joy of the Greek music! All these put together in a fun choreography that can be performed as a solo or group.

  • Levels: All levels
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 15, runs through May 31

Saturdays

Saturdays 12-1 PM – Arabic Drumming: Skillz & Drillz (with Jahnema and Dan)

NEMA Belly Dance offers a beginning drumming class each session where participants learn how to play the Belly Dance rhythms. The Dumbek or Darabuka (sometimes called, “tabla”) is one of the most prestigious instruments in belly dance music. To many, it is the heart and the soul of the dance. NEMA’s drum sessions are informal and friendly sessions that include men and women all ages. Students will learn the basics of hand drumming and middle eastern rhythms. Drums will be provided.

  • Levels: No experience necessary. All are welcome.
  • Tuition: Part of the NEMA Membership series
  • Class Dates: Starts March 9, runs through May 25

Saturdays 1-2 PM – Lyrical Hip-Hop (with Plan) (ages 7-adult)

Develop self-confidence, discipline, respect, and good behavior through dance and movement with Plan. This dance style is a combination of movement that triggered emotional context and feelings its a great way to express and explore the altitude of modern dancing using SLOW and SHARP expressive movements and hip-hop music as a base genre. It was popularized by Shane Spark, from the TV show, “So you think you can dance.”

  • Levels: Open to all levels, ages 7 to adult
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session.
    • Bring two people: $10 per person
    • Class card of Nine (9) classes: $75
    • Family Card: $125
    • $13 Drop-in single class
  • Class Dates: Starts March 9, runs through May 25

Saturdays 2-3 PM – Power Hip-Hop (with Plan) (ages teen-adult)

Develop self-confidence, discipline, respect, and good behavior through dance and movement with Plan. This Dance Class is used for Competition and performance and shows, this allows one person to express a STRONG and FAST combination of movement. The class encourage an individual or group of people who have been involved or have a background of dancing for some time. The style was often use for dance competition such as hip-hop international, Hip-hop Supremacy, and so on.

  • Levels: Intermediate, ages teen to adult
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at first day of session.
    • Bring two people: $10 per person
    • Class card of Nine (9) classes: $75
    • Family Card: $125
    • $13 Drop-in single class
  • Class Dates: Starts March 9, runs through May 25

Plan (Harvey Fenellere) is a professional dancer choreographer who has worked with various models and actors and worked as a backup dancer for singers and artists. He teaches Modern dance using hip-hop genre as a base music. He has performed in the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and the United States. He has been featured in various commercials and shows such as Coke, Switch dance game, and competed in many Hip-Hop competitions. He specializes in Break Dancing B-boy, Jazz Funk, Pop and Locking, Tutting, Stomping, Robotics, Contemporary, Lyrical Hip-hop, Street Hip-hop, and Krumping.

Once Per Month

Once Per Month 3-4 PM – Chakradance meetup (with Tomoko Wynn)

Chakradance and the 7 Keys to Freedom: Discover the power and the energy that resides within you through meditation, dance, and Mandala art work! For more information, visit twomoonchildreiki.com and Chakradance with Two Moon Child (on Facebook).

  • Class Dates:  3rd Saturday: March 16, 2nd Saturday: April 20, no meetup in May, 2nd Saturday: June 8
  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at session – $15

Once Per Month 4:30-5:30 PM – Bellydance with Reiki Drum meetup (with Tomoko Wynn)

Belly Dance with Reiki Drum: This is a two-for-one class. In the first part of the class, we learn simple and sensual Belly Dance movements. Afterwards, you dance as you want with a Reiki-charged buffalo drum. Release your sensuality! Release your creativity! For more information, visit twomoonchildreiki.com and Two Moon Child Reiki (on Facebook).

  • Class Dates: 3rd Saturday: March 16, 2nd Saturday: April 20, no meetup in May, 2nd Saturday: June 8
  • Levels: Beginner
  • Tuition: Special Guest Workshop: not included in NEMA membership. Tuition due at session – $15

Sundays

None currently scheduled


Studio Availability

Would you like to partner with NEMA and hold workshops, classes, or rehearsals in our space? Please contact Jan and Dan for available days, times, and rates. E-mail: nema@clubnema.org

The Club NEMA Studio is always closed for holidays.