Karavan Online Masterclass

Audit the Project Band experience with our "Lessons of Live Music" including our full array of online classes, Masterclass specific choreographies, workshops, and exclusive access to Project Band performance videos.  

Gain the growth, depth of understanding, and fluency that live music helps you access and change your belly dance experience -- all VIRTUALLY from wherever you are around the world.

Project Band Lite

Project Band Lite gives belly dance students the opportunity to test the process on themselves, their schedule, their psyche, and their body to see if the full Project Band experience is something they might want to do in the future!

Available to dancers in the Karavan geographic area and online throughout the world through the power of technology, Project Band Lite students will:

  • Attend live music performances in San Antonio – live or virtually
  • Enjoy free access to Karavan Online (Masterclass NOT included)


Learning Opportunities include:

  • 1 Private lesson hour per month to develop and advance your plan.  The lesson can be once for an hour or twice for 30 minutes -- live or virtually
  • Up to 4 Drills classes per month -- live or virtually
  • Quarterly performances to live music with local musicians -- live or virtually

Karavan Online Masterclass

For just $50 a month, your subscription includes:

  • Karavan Online with everything from beginner through advanced classes and choreographies, and more
  • Access to ALL Project Band Drills, Exercises, and Workshops
  • Masterclass specific choreographies
  • Performance footage from Project Band work with musicians
  • Critiques of those performances by Karen Barbee
  • Special messages and classes as well as insights on how Karen develops her Project Band classes

Project Band Lite

Internationally renowned professional belly dance instructor, Karen Barbee, founded Project Band to provide students the foundational techniques and experience to become better belly dancers through the use of live music.

You can access her unique curriculum with Project Band Lite to start meeting your unique performance goals from wherever you are in the world.

Project Band Lite gives belly dance students the opportunity to test the process on themselves, their schedule, their psyche, and their body to see if the full Project Band experience is something they might want to do in the future!

Project Band Lite is also a way for veteran Project Banders to take a breather and stay in the mix.

Grow your dance vocabulary, develop musicality in its many forms, and become fluent in your belly dance craft.

Those who build their skills within Project Band Lite will be invited to join the full year program, which is accessible locally in San Antonio as well as remotely online.

Project Band Lite students will:

  • Attend live music performances in San Antonio – live or virtually
  • Enjoy free access to Karavan Online (Masterclass NOT included)

Learning Opportunities include:

  • 1 Private lesson hour per month to develop and advance your plan.  The lesson can be once for an hour or twice for 30 minutes -- live or virtually
  • Up to 4 Drills classes per month -- live or virtually
  • Quarterly performances to live music with local musicians -- live or virtually

Project Band Lite FAQs

1)    Isn’t this for Advanced dancers only?

I wouldn’t say that.  I WOULD say that it’s not for Beginners.  But in this dance form where self-classification reigns supreme, I’m not really sure what all of that means anyway.  

I would also say that it is NOT for someone who has never performed before. This is meant to build on your experience, not just be it. Think of it as an undergraduate degree. You have to have your high school degree first.

To continue the higher education analogy, please remember that successful performance improvisation is – in many ways - a different skill set from successful execution of a learned – or even a self-created – choreography. So chances are that some of what makes someone label themselves as Advanced might not fully “transfer”.

2)    Do private lessons have to be in hour blocks?

No.  But no less than ½ hour and no more than 2, please. 

3)    Can I start this program later in the “school year”?

You may start Project Band Lite at any time.

If you are intending upon becoming a FULL Project Band student, you must have at least 6 months of Project Band Lite experience to qualify when the "school year" opens in October.

4)    What is the make-up policy for missed classes?

To be reasonable.  That’s all.  

If you save up your privates and try to fit them all in at one time, you will get nowhere near the benefit that you could have gotten! A lot of the work to be done here is in assimilation and organization of things that you know AS they multiply and expand over time. You can’t compress that and be successful.

Of course if you break a bone and have to recover for 6 weeks or if you have to leave town for some emergency, I’ll work with you.

5)    Do I get to pick my music?

Depends.  On a million things!  

You’ll see what I mean. If you are brand new, then chances are that you will get to pick a piece of music early in the process.

Please realize that one of the benefits of Project Band is a better understanding and connection with the music of the Arab world. Oftentimes our inexperience with it causes us to say that “we don’t like that music.” I certainly did that before I had a chance to work with live music.

Trust me. I’ll make sure you don’t hate the music that you have to take onto a stage, and you be willing to expand your preferences.

Deal?  Deal..

6)    Can I use props?

As a weaning tool, yes.  

But if you have the opportunity to be on stage with a musician who is pouring his soul into a taksim, I don’t believe that you can express that to me by twirling your batons in a soulful manner.

I want to see YOU. Everyone wants to see YOU - and how the solid mass of flesh that is YOU chooses to express that soulful sound.

So if you are a baton-aholic, I might let you use your batons for your first live performance; maybe 1 baton for the second live performance, maybe just use 1 baton as an entrance for 30 seconds on the third one, etc.

You know what I mean!  ??

7)    What is with the performance opportunities to “Top 40, Classic Rock Cover Bands” that I keep hearing about????!!!!

Project Banders can tell you that we have some of our most illuminative moments about listening when we can draw comparisons between music with which we are extremely familiar and music with which we are not so familiar.  We do it in class all of the time.  

It’s time to take that concept to the stage – where studio understanding gets put to the test.

This might not be for everyone. But it will be for most, for sure!

Personally, I can’t get enough of this piece.  

8)    Hey, I have a question that isn’t answered here. How can I ask it?

Email me at [email protected] !  

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What People are Saying about Project Band

"I can't express how grateful I am for your Project Band classes.  They are so totally beneficial towards improving my dancing.  Even if I'm not participating fully, so much information is sinking into my brain.  I feel in the 6-9 months that I have been Skyping into Project Band, it's worth something like 10 years of lessons"


- Sue, Karavan Student, Florida

"Hey seeing your post today reminded me of something I was thinking and wanted to share with you. I think your program sounds really awesome. San Antonio and so many online folks are so lucky to have such a program. Because of the low availability and access to live music, you really have created and filled a void for dancers that wish to experience and grow in this area. I was lucky "growing up" in Seattle. I was able to get lots of experience with live music, as I know you did here in Houston. And to be honest, I wish my students could access such invaluable experience that I know dancing to live music offers. I really admire what you have created. I think its really cool!!! Just wanted to share a "you go girl"  😊"


- Anna, Founder and Lead Instructor, Ahlam Academy of Middle Eastern Dance, Houston, Texas

"I've been dancing for 3 years with Karavan. Prior to that I had no dance experience, and this is my first semester as a Project Band member. Karen puts together creative and unique weekly workshops for Project Band students. The structure and focus are improvisation; crafted in equal parts fun and challenge. I've also gained so much more in music appreciation and theory with a healthy dose of support and camaraderie! I absolutely love it and it completely supports my evolution as a dancer."


- Cameron, Karavan Student, San Antonio, Texas