KEY OF DIAMONDS:
Diamonds relate to the Earth element. This is our foundation.
The Key of Diamonds curriculum includes choreography, beginning finger cymbals, basic concept work and Zoe’s Tribal Fusion aesthetic.
Certification and testing:
Certification will be awarded to those who have 100% participation in all classes and activities and pass the final exam at the end of the intensive. There is a $50 testing fee due at the beginning of the intensive.
All participants must learn one choreography by video that will be available at least one month before the intensive. Must get the “Playing Finger Cymbals with Jamila Salimpour” CD. Practice and work with this before the intensive. Understand the language of the Jamila finger cymbal format.
Read: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Submit a book review on day one of the intensive.
KEY OF SPADES:
Key of Spades is Level 2 of DanceCraft. In this level, we will go deeper into the work of the format and begin to play with dynamics and choreographic devices and learn how to be a company dance member. Registration is open to graduates of the Key of Diamonds only.
Key of Clubs – Teacher Training:
This intensive is to certify instructors for teaching the material for Key of Diamonds. Training will include further development of technique in Zoe’s specific stylization and way of movement. We want our Diamonds teachers to have integrated skill and proficiency in the format. Open to graduates of Key of Spades.
Key of Clubs – Performance Intensive:
Daily choreography creation and performance skills will push you to the next level as a choreographer, dancer and performer. This is a more intimate learning experience with a lot of one on one training and daily feedback from Zoe. Available by audition only.
DanceCraft Preparatory Berkeley, February 7-9, 2020
Key of Diamonds New Orleans, May 8-12, 2020
Key of Spades New Orleans, May 20-27, 2020
Key of Clubs: Performance Intensive, Berkeley, June 15-19, 2020
Key of Diamonds Berkeley, August 3-7, 2020
Key of Clubs: Teacher Training Berkeley, August 10-16, 2020
Key of Spades Berkeley, August 20-27, 2020
What is DanceCraft?
DanceCraft is Zoe Jakes’ accredited dance format. It’s purpose is to provide a structure in which dancers can progress towards an achievable goal, and to provide an opportunity to build a dancer’s skills intelligently and clearly. This format applies strong technical training as a framework for artistry and creative expression.
DanceCraft focuses on dance technique, strength and flexibility, musicality, choreography, improvisation, critical thinking, stamina, analysis, teamwork, belly dance history, teaching and creating original work.
DanceCraft Preparatory is a 2-3 day intensive with 3-4 dancing hours per day (depending on city). There is no homework, testing or certification. This is a chance for you to get familiar with the material we will be covering in the format. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that anyone without 3 years of belly dance training takes the preparatory before taking the Key of Diamonds. We realize the Key of Diamonds is kind of hard and without the introduction to the work or 3 years of belly dance training, and you may have a difficult time in class and may not pass the test.
Key of Diamonds: Key of Diamonds is Level 1 of Zoe Jake’s accredited dance program. The curriculum includes choreography, beginning finger cymbals, basic concept work, Zoe’s Tribal Fusion aesthetic and Old School Moves. 3 years of belly dance experience is strongly suggested. 36 teaching hours, including optional review.
- All participants must learn one choreography by video that will be available at least one month before the intensive.
- Must get the “Playing Finger Cymbals with Jamila Salimpour” CD. Practice and work with this before the intensive.
- Read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Submit a short book review on day one of the intensive.
Certification and Testing:
Certification will be awarded to those who have 100% participation in all classes and activities and pass the final exam at the end of the intensive. There is a $50 testing fee due at the beginning of the intensive. Testing is optional but required to move on to Level 2.
Key of Spades:
Key of Spades is Level 2 of DanceCraft. In this level, we will go deeper into the work of the format and begin to play with dynamics and choreographic devices and learn how to be a company dance member. You must be a Key of Diamonds graduate to register for Spades.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes. There is a two payment option for with a small additional fee on the EventBrite registration pages. There is no payment plan for the Preparatory.
Can it be taken remotely online?
No, it has to be taken in person.
How does it work?
You sign up. You complete your homework. You attend all teaching hours on time. If you would like to be eligible for the next level, you take the test. After passing the test, you receive a certificate of completion.
What are the testing requirements?
- There is a $50 testing fee due at the beginning of the intensive for anyone who wishes to test.
- Complete all homework assignments by day one of the intensive.
- Be ON TIME to every class and give your full participation.
- Complete all class assignments.
- BE A TEAM PLAYER, treat the teachers, facilitators and fellow students as part of your respected community.
- Take the test.
Can I re-take the test?
YES! For more information, please visit THIS PAGE.
How do I register?
See the convenient links above.
Is there a waitlist?
We are happy to put your name and contact info on a list for people to refer to if they need to sell their spot. There is not a curated wait list.
Can I take two levels back to back?
It is possible to take the preparatory directly before Key of Diamonds if they are scheduled back to back. In general, you must graduate keys in order to be eligible for the next key. We do have a new program for international and long distance students to apply to take Diamonds and Spades back to back when they are offered together. To apply, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it possible to request date changes or exceptions?
We do our best to accommodate as many dancers as possible. Unfortunately, it is not possible to accommodate date requests or exceptions.
If I have a scheduling conflict and have to miss an hour or more of class time, can I still participate?
Yes, you can still participate but you will not be able to test and pass on to the next level unless you are present and on time to every class. You are welcome to make up the time you missed at a later date in order to qualify for testing. Drop in rates will apply.
What if I don’t speak fluent English?
At this time, the focus of DanceCraft will be mostly on explanations given in class and an understanding of the material covered. There won’t be a huge emphasis on written work, but it will be your responsibility to understand what is being covered and being able to complete any reading or writing assignments given.