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Identifying Rhythms


Identifying Rhythms


All levels.



Suggested Duration:

8 weeks

Iana Komarnytska and Pedro Bonatto

Iana Komarnytska and Pedro Bonatto

Let's make sure you not only know the rhythms, but also are comfortable with identifying them in the songs!

Intensives are guided training programs with a specific theme. Each intensive combines a selection of technique drills, lectures and various assignments to help you develop certain skills. 

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You can learn rhythms easily: find information on the Internet and memorize the basic structures. But does it guarantee that you actually understand rhythms? That you are able to recognize them in songs, and know what to do with each of them?

This intensive focuses on helping you identify rhythms and build your confidence around the most important belly dance beats! It includes dance tutorials to get the beats in your body, writing exercises to memorize rhythms, lectures and articles to understand them, drumming quizzes to check yourself, song breakdowns to develop your listening skills, and other creative assignments to help you conquer this task. 

The intensive is taught by Iana Komarnytska and drummer Pedro Bonatto, who accompanies all classes and provides additional lectures about music theory and song breakdowns.

Difficulty: All levels

Workload: High

Suggested duration: 8 weeks

If you follow our suggested duration of eight weeks, get ready to invest 2-4 hours per week in your training. But remember, you can always go through this intensive at your own pace. Eight weeks is just a suggested structure.

Week 1:⁣⁣

- 10-min introductory lecture⁣⁣

- Two dance tutorials (20 min each) on Maqsum, Saidi, Masmudi Saghir and Masmudi Kabir⁣⁣

- Introducing our weekly writing exercise for memorizing rhythms ⁣⁣

- Article about what time signature⁣⁣ is


Week 2:⁣⁣

- 40-min lecture about drum sounds, time signature, ornamentation and mindset of learning rhythms ⁣⁣

- One dance tutorial on Wahda and Malfuf⁣⁣ (20 min)

- Drumming Quiz #1⁣⁣

- Listening assignment ⁣⁣


Week 3:⁣⁣

- Two dance tutorials (20-min each) on Chiftetelli and Samai⁣⁣

- 25-min lecture⁣⁣ with additional notes

- Dance combo assignment ⁣⁣

- Assignment to breakdown a song and identify all rhythms in it⁣⁣

Week 4:⁣⁣

- Three dance tutorials (20-min each) on Ayub and Khalidji⁣⁣

- Video explanation of the song breakdown from the previous week⁣⁣ (45-min)

- Drumming Quiz #2⁣⁣

- 20-min lecture⁣⁣ with additional notes

- Assignment to breakdown a new song⁣⁣


Week 5:⁣⁣

- One dance tutorial on Karachi, Fallahi and Zaffa⁣⁣ (20 min)

- Dance combo assignment ⁣⁣

- Listening assignment⁣⁣

- Video explanation of the song from last week⁣⁣ (40-min)

- 30-min lecture on instruments that also play rhythms (not only drums)⁣⁣


Week 6:⁣⁣

- 90-min lecture breaking down 10 different songs, and covering additional new rhythms⁣⁣

- Three dance tutorials (20-min each) on Saidi, Iraqi and Dabkeh rhythms⁣⁣

- Drumming Quiz #3⁣⁣

- Assignment to breakdown a new song⁣⁣


Week 7⁣⁣

- Two dance tutorials (20-min each) on Waltz, Bolero and Heavy Havasi⁣⁣

- Video explanation of the song from last week⁣⁣ (35-min)

- Creative assignment with a rhythms chart⁣⁣


Week 8⁣⁣

- Final ‘exam’ with Drumming Quiz #4 and last song breakdown!!!


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