2024 WINTER FUSION BELLY DANCE CLASSES IN CALGARY
10 week session with Tanya Lee: JAN.16 – MAR.21

January through March is when we are primed for growth spurts preparing to emerge through the darkest and coldest days of the year and back into the light.  Our winter class sessions align with this flow and at the end, we create something special for our annual Spring EMERGE Student Show!  When you sign up for any of the classes below, you will have the option to perform in the show, but it’s no obligation – feel free to explore classes without planning to go on stage!

Tanya Lee’s weekly all-levels classes explore Conjure Motion, which is a transcultural dance style that originated from fusion bellydance. The movement vocabulary is inspired by the 4 elements of nature (earth, air, fire, water), world music, and energy centers (chakras). Created in the image of tarot cards, the motions have notable influences from the dances of Egypt, Iraq, North Africa, India, Polynesia, and Caribbean  – as well as Muay Thai, modern dance, yoga and EDM subculture.⁠

This session we have 4 different in-person classes PLUS one online class through Zoom.
– All classes focus on personal technique, choreographed motions, and group formations.
– Each class will explore moves from all 4 elemental families: fire, earth, water, air.

In Studio Classes
Tuesday 7-8pm: Magician (intro level)
Tuesday 8-9pm: Hierophant (prereq: Magician)
Thursday 7-8pm: Fool (intro level)
Thursday 8-9pm: Emperor (prereq: Fool)

Online Classes
Wednesday 6-7pm: High Priestess (intro level)

FOOLS PATH Thursdays 7-8pm *entry level

In tarot, the Fool is the first card of the deck.  It is the start of the journey, symbolizing new beginnings and the willingness to take a risk.  This is the embodiment of a free spirit, open to all possibilities. The card number is ‘0’ representing nothing and everything.  Arriving with an empty cup, ready to learn and relearn simply for the treasures of experience. 

  • Core engagement and exploration of abdominal isolations
  • 4/4 travel, right brain lead
  • Connecting the 4 elements in the body
  • Blending of Fire with each element
  • Polyrhythmic coordination.  
  • 4 Mages & 4 Aces (Key #1)

MAGICIANS PATH   Tuesdays 7-8pm *entry level

In tarot, the Magician is the second card of the deck. The Fool has already taken the leap and now has base knowledge of the 4 elements (fire, water, air, earth).  During the Magician embodiment, we practice how to wield, weave and direct the elements. Ruled by Mercury, this path is when we truly begin to listen and speak the Conjure Motion vocabulary. 

  • Pelvic engagement and exploration of hips and lower back
  • 3/4 travel, left brain lead
  • Connecting the 4 elements in the body
  • Blending of Water with each element
  • Polyrhythmic coordination.  
  • 4 Crones & 4 Aces  (Key #1)

HIGH PRIESTESS PATH Wednesdays 7-8pm ZOOM ONLY, replays available. *entry level class

As the 3rd card in the journey of the tarot, the High Priestess shows us how to trust our inner instincts. Ruled by the Moon, there is mystery and inner stillness that comes with this embodiment, likened to a calm eye in the middle of a storm.

  • Shoulder girdle engagement and exploration of neck, arms and hands
  • Ambidexterity 
  • Connecting the 4 elements in the body
  • Blending of Air with each element
  • Polyrhythmic coordination. 
  • 4 Sages & 4 Aces  (Key #1)

EMPERORS PATH   Thursdays 8-9pm

This class includes everything in the High Priestess path AND opens up 4 moves on the path of the Emperor.  This introduces the universal rule of duality – every light has a shadow and light doesn’t exist without the light.  Everything has something seen and something unseen.

Prerequisite: You must be enrolled or be experienced in the Fool’s path to advance to the Emperor. 

  • All techniques in High Priestess path
  • Travel mapping
  • Individual elemental expressions of dark/light
  • 4 Sages & 4 Twos  (Key #1)

HIEROPHANTS PATH   Tuesdays 8-9pm

This class includes everything in the High Priestess path AND opens up 4 moves on the path of the Hierophant.  This is a highly auspicious embodiment when the high priest and priestess come together at a crossroads where inner knowing connects with ancient traditions. Here we meet the universal rule of three – when we move beyond the linear concept of light/dark and into the cycle of birth-life-death.

Prerequisite: You must be enrolled or be experienced in the Magician’s path to advance to the Hierophant. 

  • All techniques in High Priestess path
  • Travel mapping
  • Individual elemental expressions of dark/light
  • 4 Sages & 4 Threes  (Key #1)

WONDERING WHERE TO START?

The Fool, Magician and High Priestess are all starting points on the journey.  You can choose just one or start all 3 at once. That’s a great place to begin, but if you are an eager beginner, it is possible to take all of the classes at once.

If you need any help deciding which class to take, please feel free to contact me: [email protected]

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Please Note:  Class space is limited to 15 students and classes often sell out.  Full paid registration secures your spot (payment plans also available). Early Bird saves you 15% until midnight November 30th.  Bundling classes add extra savings!  Registration details and tuition chart is posted at the bottom of this page. Class Location: The lovely and central Evergreen Community Spaces 1709 8 Ave NE (near Telus Spark, just off Deerfoot and 16th Ave.)

TUITION OPTIONS:
  1.  1 x 60 minute class/week
  2.  2 x 60 minute classes/week (10% savings)
  3.  3 x 60 minute classes/week (15% savings)
  4.   4 x 60 minute classes/week (20% savings)
5.   Unlimited Classes – online & in-person (25% savings)

EARLY BIRD INCENTIVE
Register and pay in full prior to NOVEMBER 30, 2023 and you receive AN ADDITIONAL 15% off tuition.

PAYMENT PLANS
If you are interested in the payment plans, please contact me and we’ll set it up! I can offer 2 monthly payments by automatic subscription through Paypal or credit card. *Early bird incentives do not apply to payment plans.

TRADE OF SERVICES
If you are financially struggling, we can talk about trade of services.  Please note that early bird discounts do not apply to trades. 

HOW TO SAVE YOUR SPOT

Send your tuition payment through etransfer or Paypal to [email protected]
*Please note that there are no refunds after the first class. If you decide after the first class that it’s not for you, then I will return the remainder of your tuition payment.  Prior to registering, please read our inclusivity and disclaimer policies

"As much as it might scare us, we long to express our soul’s beauty and purpose in the world and we need to feel supported enough to do so. If we’re not welcomed, invited and appreciated, we may withdraw. If embraced, encouraged and given permission, we unlock our hidden treasures."

Karen Andes

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge the land on which we work from, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, with the traditional Blackfoot name of “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now know as the City of Calgary. This is the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations).  Other Nations who are a part of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta also call this place home, which includes the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations).  This territory is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work and play, as well as help steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.
Sourced: Awotaan & City of Calgary

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge the land on which we work from, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, with the traditional Blackfoot name of “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now know as the City of Calgary. This is the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations).  Other Nations who are a part of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta also call this place home, which includes the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations).  This territory is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work and play, as well as help steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.
Sourced: Awotaan & City of Calgary