$15 for drop-in class: Drop-in’s are welcome on the first day of the session or with prior instructor approval. The 8-week session covers the Level 1 Improvisational Tribal Style syllabus and each week we work on new vocabulary, as well as review all learned vocabulary.
You will certainly have success in this class with persistence, determination and consistency! And a positive attitude, of course! This is a beautiful, detailed and highly accessible dance form, and I cannot wait to share it with you. No dance experience necessary, all dance and fitness backgrounds welcome! If you do need to miss a class, I recommend scheduling a private session with me to make up what you missed. We have a lot to get through in the syllabus and we will not have time to repeat entire lessons. Luckily, it is common for all students to take Level 1 several times before “Leveling up” to Level 2. Even for upper level students, it is very useful to continue taking Level 1!
This class provides comprehensive instruction in Level 1 of Amy Sigil’s Improvisational Tribal Style! This brilliant dance format was adapted from the American Tribal Style dance system by Amy, with influence from street style dance, hula dance and other various dance styles. It uses movement cues on specific counts to communicate between the leader and the tribe (all positions rotate), utilizing stall movements, formations, concepts and combinations to create unique, powerful and expressive dance pieces. This dance style is very much a language and a team sport. We are all in it together and we support each other no matter what; the success of the group is paramount. Come join in the contagious dance energy that is Unmata ITS!
Amy Sigil is based at Hot Pot Studios in Sacramento, California and leads the troupe Unmata. There are currently 4 levels of her ITS vocabulary. Heron Alicia is in the midst of the certification process for Levels 1 and 2, and is ecstatic to bring you her first Level 1 class this winter, as well as to continue sharing this dance form with more people!
This class environment welcomes all intersecting identities including all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, spoken languages, countries of origin, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, disabilities and abilities.
Please wear yoga pants or comfy, stretchy clothing, and bring a water bottle and a notebook. Note taking after each class session is highly recommended to help you keep up on the material and help you build a strong base in the vocabulary!
Heron Alicia is a fusion dancer whose dance background is in traditional belly dance styles and Improvisation Tribal Style (ITS; created by Amy Sigil). She has been studying belly dance and other dance styles for approximately 8 years and has 6 years of strength training experience. After studying with Maggie Rose for several years, Heron moved to Seattle to study Spanish at the University of Washington and began taking dance classes with Dahlia Moon. Currently, she dances in Dahlia’s ITS troupe, On Deck, and is pursuing certification to teach Levels 1 and 2 in Bellingham. She is planning to begin teaching Level 1 this winter, pending her certification.
As an undergraduate, one of her goals was to enhance her knowledge of systemic oppression against marginalized groups and she is honored to have been able to participate in the Guardian Project, a short film directed by Claudia Shimmies that utilizes dance to portray the harmful societal impact of discrimination and power dynamics in our world today, as well as how we can combat the current system. She believes that dance can truly benefit our minds, bodies and our society as a whole.