Zaia teaches folkloric dancing from all over the world. Some of the most popular programs have been the Middle East, Africa, Greece, Turkey and the Balkan countries. The dancing taught includes history, culture, traditions and cuisine. Zaia uses the medium of printed matter, video, music, discussion and role-play combined with the associated props and musical instruments. These programs run over an 8 week period of 90 minutes once a week or over a weekend as an intensive.
Taken regularly this class improves the student’s understanding of the rhythms and instrument technique exponentially. Students learn to safely and accurately move out of their normal dance patterns to combine any arm, hand or body pattern with the associated prop or instrument. These classes may often be accompanied with live drumming and this fun class is recommended for students of all levels.