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Sera Solstice is an international Bellydance Artist, based in New York City, known for creating the East Coast Tribal bellydance style, characterized by Lunar and Solar movement categories, which use extensive full-body movement, intense multi-layer hipwork within pop'n lock elements, tied together by deep emotive power and story-telling flow. Sera is the founder and director of Solstice Studio: a Bellydance
Studio in New York City, with over 300 active participants using Bellydance as a means for building self-empowerment, expression, and creativity.  Sera is director and
choreographer of the dance troupe Solstice Ensemble, and The Solstice Project, as well as two student companies, the Lunar and Solar tribes. Sera has produced and directed dozens of dance events in New York, in the theater and in night clubs.

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 Sera has created 5 full-length instructional DVDs on East Coast
Tribal Bellydance, (produced by World Dance New York) including 1) East Coast Tribal, 2) Foundations of Bellydance 3) Solar Bellydance 4) Lunar Bellydance, 5) Goddess Dance: Prenatal Bellydance and Meditation.  And is featured in the DVD series: Gothic Bellydance: Revelations and Fantasy Bellydance: Mystery.

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Sera's Choreography has been described as "complex, content-rich, sublime, haunting, psychedelic, technically superb, at the forefront of evolution of bellydance as an artform. Sera is frequently a featured dancer with bands: Raquy and the Cavemen,
Djinn, Copal, Beatbox Guitar, and the Rhythm Shamans. Sera is fed artistically from underground electronic music culture. Sera has a passion for electronic music, but also enjoys earthy, acoustic elements

Sera seeks to open the doorway between non-physical self, and the
physical self via movement.  She seeks to expand consciousness through
movement, and to use dance as a method for inward journey, creating a
marriage between the physical and non-physical.  Sera has chosen
Bellydance as her primary medium for movement because it is the most
inward dance she has discovered. Sera believes that some movements of
Bellydance open a doorway to an ancient lineage of women and wisdom,
whereby a dancer may connect if she is dancing in a trance-state.
Sera has danced her way through two pregnancies (and other
life-changing circumstances) with support from this spiritual lineage,
and believes that her choreographies draw forth from this same source.
 Sera has participated in American Fire Circle culture for nearly 2
decades and has bellydanced her way through countless rituals and
all-night drum-circles, and therein has developed her dance as a
sacred movement form. In 2005, Sera was invited to
India to teach movement as a form of healing and empowerment for young
women who had been rescued from sexual abuse and other oppressive circumstances.


Sera was a full-time Sculptor upon discovery of Bellydance, and has transferred from her medium of clay and metal into the body moving through space.  Although she challenges dancers to find deeper expression in their movements, Sera is known for her hard-driving, highly technical classes.  She believes one must first
master their tool-set before putting it to use.  Sera is a former core
member of 3 internationally acclaimed dance companies: Bellyqueen, The
Silk Road Dance Company, and Raqs Sahara. Sera's foundation of
technique, form, and discipline was by means of her formal
apprenticeship with Rachel Kay Brookmire (of DC's Sahara Dance)  Rachel Kay Brookmire.

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Lunar Bellydance interprets and teaches dance as language. Even the basic movements are introduced as units of meaning that fit into phrases and prompt the release of expressivity. Each movement holds an opportunity for the dancer to open, unfold, search within, process, and let go, connecting to a deeper self and to her true desires, learning to love herself and ultimately strengthening the link between self and movement.

Lunar is of the night, of the inner-self. Lunar is often fluid, isolated and ethereal.  It is the dance of self-healing, self-knowledge, self-love, of inner-searching, dreamwork, and magic. 

The program opens with the East Coast Tribal Essential Movement Practice, including warmup, technique review, and meditation. The flow of movement continues with the Essential Lunar Armwork section and the signature East Coast Tribal Essential Hipwork, and then culminates with footwork, hipwork, and undulations movement drills that prepare you for the 4 combinations taught later in the program. An extended movement flow is the key element of the Solstice method of daily muscle conditioning and deep technique work. You will enjoy non-stop movement to evocative cutting-edge world music electronica.

The four elemental movement combinations - Air, Fire, Water, and Earth - are demonstrated by Sera and the Solstice Ensemble - first at a slow tempo, and then up to speed. In addition, Sera offers a detailed breakdown of each step. A practice flow section allows you to join Sera and the dancers of the Solstice Ensemble in multiple repetitions of all four combinations. 

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Sera Solstice develops and extends the East Coast Tribal bellydance style with an intense and challenging repertoire of movement infused with the solar energy of grace, confidence, and self-acceptance. Sera's program is designed to enrich your bellydance practice by adding extension and full-body movement to balance the traditional focus on isolations in bellydance instruction and technique drills. Solar movement promotes a high level of dance technique, balance control, precision in transitions, and stamina. 

Solar is expansive, energetic, projective. It includes a lot of travel steps, and reaches outward.  It contains warrior energy: it's about action and the dancer's connection to the world and the people around her. Solar is the dance of abundance, energy, power, passion, sexuality, physicality, confrontation, resolve, and transformation.

The program opens with the East Coast Tribal Essential Movement Practice including warm up, technique review, and meditation. The flow of movement continues with Essential Solar Armwork and the signature East Coast Tribal Essential Hipwork, and then culminates with footwork, hipwork and undulations movement drills that prepare you for the 4 combinations taught later in the program. An extended movement flow is the key element of the Solstice method of daily muscle conditioning and deep technique work. You will enjoy non-stop movement to evocative cutting-edge world music electronica. 

The four elemental movement combinations - Air, Fire, Water, and Earth - are demonstrated by Sera and the Solstice Ensemble - first at a slow tempo, and then up to speed. In addition, Sera offers a detailed breakdown of each step.  A practice flow section allows you to join Sera and the dancers of the Solstice Ensemble in multiple repetitions of all four combinations.  

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Foundations of Bellydance: East Coast Tribal is a beginner / advanced beginner instructional program developed by Sera Solstice. New York City-based performer and instructor of Tribal Fusion bellydance, Sera is the creator of the East Coast Tribal bellydance style, characterized by intense multi-layer hipwork, serpentine full-body movement, deep emotive power and story-telling flow. Sera's program includes a 30-minute muscle-conditioning workout introducing foundation movements of bellydance technique, combined with two meditation sessions promoting relaxation and a focus on body awareness and motivation.

In the TECHNIQUE AND COMBINATIONS section you will experience 50 minutes of non-stop movement. Sera teaches challenging, upbeat combinations using the Movement Flow method: A continuous series of movement repetitions to infuse dance technique in your muscle memory. Each combination is first demonstrated by Sera and student dancers from her Solstice Studio in New York. Then, accompanied by the Solstice Ensemble, Sera introduces elements of bellydance technique and builds each combination, gradually adding layers of movement: Hipwork, upper body articulations, arms patterns, and footwork. The combinations explore five areas of East Coast Tribal technique:

1. Arms strengthening & the development of gracefulness

2. Upper body articulation & strengthening

3. Hipwork fundamentals & lower-body toning

4. Weight shift development, footwork, hipwork

5. Hip undulations, smooth hipwork

Foundations of Bellydance: East Coast Tribal is designed to be used as a dance practice companion. Regular work with this program will increase your strength, flexibility, muscle control and stamina. Bellydance movement will become an integrated, natural expression of your body. 

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