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At 440 Studios, studio 4C (440 Lafayette just below Astor Place in the East Village, near N,R,W,6 subway lines; You may need to enter the building from 436 Lafayette next door, go to 3rd floor, walk to next building inside through hallways, and go up to 4th floor, room 4C)




Tuesday January 22nd, 8:00-9:30pm
Guest instructor THALIA (Jennifer Sears)

We welcome back Thalia and her deeply rooted approach to the art and science of undulations and belly rolls. This workshop will focus on subtle technique for full body and isolated undulations including the spine, arms, hands, and abdomen. A technique discussion and combinations will familiarize students with the muscle groups and breath patterns that make undulations exciting for both dancer and audience. And if everyone is very very well behaved, Thalia will show you how to flip quarters using just your abs!  Come see Thalia perform at Figaro on Sun. Jan. 20!




Tuesdays January 29th and February 5th, 8:00-9:30pm
Guest instructor SHOSHANA

A wonderful opportunity to study with this great teacher (one of Ranya's mentors), who rarely teaches in Manhattan. Shoshana will teach elegant, exciting choreography to the classic Egyptian opening piece "Nebtedi (minein el hekaya)". She'll offer combinations that work nicely for the different musical changes in the beginning part of this piece: hipwork, traveling steps and veil work, focusing on dramatic presentation. Thorough warm up and preparation at the beginning of class. The choreography will be taught and continued in the second week.





Fridays January 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, 6:30-8:00pm




Don't panic! You are not alone: We all need some zill therapy now and then. Many otherwise competent dancers lack confidence in their cymbal playing. And yet cymbal playing is key to getting an audience excited and grabbing their attention. When you don't feel confident, you don't play in public, and then you don't get the experience you need to succeed. We'll go over the basics for a strong foundation, and build from there. So no matter what your level, come join us, get practice, and build confidence in your playing in front of others-in a friendly atmosphere with honest, helpful feedback.




Fridays January 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, 8:00-10:00pm

Back by popular demand, this series is a refinement of last year's workshops that explored different aspects of character in performance, using "method" and physical acting exercises and applying them to our dance. We will be working our way through the topics over the four-week series.


Giving and Receiving:
    How to be the "Hostess with the Mostest", giving the gift of your performance without expecting anything in return, and also how to receive the gaze of your audience while you take a bath in the spotlight. Focus on different kinds of eye contact and Breathwork for Performance.

Playing the Part:  (fun, fun, fun)
The Lighter Side of Being a Bitch
 Access Your Inner 'Ho' (...and still keep your PG-13 rating)
Play the Game: flirting without commitment, having fun with the audience

Passion and Transcendental Surrender

Managing your onstage energy:
  Inner and outer energy work for solidifying your personal strength and building your charisma




A la carte 1.5 hour class: $25 drop-in at the door  (add $5 for extra ½ hour for Fri. 2-hr. perf. skills class)

Series class cards (expires Feb. 8-non-transferable, no credits or exchanges):  three 1.5-hour classes: $65;

six 1.5-hour classes: $125;

(for Fri. 2-hour perf. skills class attendance, 3- or 6-class cardholders pay $5 supplement for extra ½ hour)

Full package all Tues. & Fri. classes Jan. 18 through Feb. 8  (18.5 hours of classes): $225  (non-transferable, no credits or exchanges)

You can make payment online via Ranya's website, or pay in person on your first day of attendance. 

Questions? For registration or class content questions, contact us at This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript   (Kisha) or This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript (Ranya)


Ranya Arts Productions

718 706 0037