Silvia had the incredible opportunity to be cast as Kaa the snake in the production of The Jungle Book that Jillina curated for her Bellydance Evolution Tour. In this workshop, we will cover the technique details on how to create and execute snake-like movements that make transnational fusion unique. Muscle by muscle, step by step, upper body isolations to mesmerize any audience with fluidity and smoothness.
Ophidian Oracle: A Performance Intensive and whirlwind exploration of the archetypes of both serpent and sage that’ll slide us from start to stage in just under 4 class hours. Once registered, pop into the Ophidian Oracle BBF facebook group for detailed costuming info and access to previews of combinations (available 4-6 weeks ahead of the event). Open to intermediate to advanced dancers. Not sure if it’s your bucket of snake chow? Feel free to reach out to Kim with questions.
THIS CLASS IS IN 2 PARTS:
Part 1 is at 1pm Friday afternoon and Part 2 class is at 1pm Saturday. Perform with Kimberly Saturday night at the showcase. This registration gives you access to both classes, the facebook group, and a spot in the Bayou Belly Showcase given that showcase participant requirements are met.
Are you ready to add some zing to your zills? In this class, we'll be ditching the music and learning how to rock those cymbals acapella style. You'll learn some insider secrets for acapella finger cymbal playing. We will play with different techniques for making cool sounds, creating your own beats and rhythms, and integrating them into your dance with or without music. By the end of this class, you will be flaunting your zill skills.
This is a rare offer to learn Japanese Reiki which covers more depth than American Reiki. There are very few reiki teachers offering this in the USA so Hannah and Rosanna are thrilled to now share this with you. Hannah and Rosanna will share the living history of reiki from Japan which includes internal alchemy practice with breath work, meditation, and hands on practice. "Inner Alchemy" is a term often used to describe the art and science of gathering, storing, and circulating the energies of the human body. Reiki practice opens the door to this "inner alchemy". You will learn how and why reiki is one of the most widely respected healing and personal growth practices in the world. Then you will take part in a unique ceremony called a Shoden Attunement. We will practice self-reiki (hands on) and then we will share the practice protocol for a reiki session on another person. At the end of the workshop, you will receive a formal diploma for Traditional Japanese Reiki I, Shoden.
Workbook provided. This class will cover 2 time slots back to back to fully lecture, attunement ceremony, practice session and certification.
Chari Dance is a traditional folk dance from Rajasthan, India by the Gujjar community. Women dance with beautiful copper pots balanced on their heads while wearing modest costumes. Costuming includes ghungroose (ankle bells), gagra (skirt) worn above the ankles, a hip length Choli (blouse) and cotton chunni (veil) worn on the head. Instruments usually are dhol and bankia. Traditionally this dance is performed with a fire pot on the head (fire optional). Copper and steel pots will be available for sale in the workshop ($). You can use a 1-liter bottle of water to learn the dance. The dance includes lovely steps both standing and seated along with twirling. The music is contagious and we have so much fun while learning this dance. Most Students are surprised they can do it on their first try!
Tamalyn will teach Raqs Sharqi techniques as well as how to transition between movements comfortably. We will use different music from the Middle East and North Africa (i.e. Egyptian, Turkish, Levantine).
In this workshop, we will learn a full choreography using a sword as the exciting element to mesmerize our audiences! We will begin by breaking down the most intricate steps so that you get how to execute them. The routine will include slow and sinuous movements, turns on the floor, and a fast & furious section with energy and fire. Come and discover the things you can do.
When Sahira traveled to Egypt many years ago, she was impressed by the powerful way that Ghawazee and other folkloric dancers used the simplest of movements to convey great feeling and emotion in their dance. It was then that Sahira realized that dance is about the heart and feeling put into the performance. In this class, you will learn the joyful earthiness of Egyptian folkloric dance, with special focus on grounding and bold hip movements. Playing with these movements, we will embody fluidity, grace and power with our technique, body awareness and emotion. We'll take the movements and put them into combinations that you can use to give your dance a dynamic and vibrant folkloric flair.
Bring your zills. They will be incorporated in the class for anyone who is game.
Learn the Kalbeliya dance steps from the film Latcho Drom! Suva Devi was my first Kalbeliya Guru whom I toured & performed with in our 2014 USA Tour. Now you can learn the same steps from the film as I've learned them directly from Suva Devi herself. Kalbeliya, "The snake charmer's dance" is a folk dance from Rajasthan, India by the Kalbeliya community. The steps mimic the movements of the Cobra. It is fun, lively, folkloric, improvisational and non-technical. It is characterized by rhythmic stomps, hip movements, kicks, ever changing hand movements, spinning and dancing with partners. It is a dance for run and celebration. This class will focus on the foot work and hand movement commonly used in Kalbeliya dance.
Elizabeth fell in love with the song "Healing Blues" the moment I heard it. The slow instrumental Delta Blues style song will take you on a journey specific to you. Come learn my evocative Blues Belly dance Fusion choreography featuring smooth, flowing arms, juicy hip work, intricate isolation layers, controlled shimmies and emotive expression.
Join Buti Yoga Master Trainer Andi Carroll for a yoga-based movement experience! This workshop will begin with a brief exploration of chakra connections to dance and yogic practices. We will then put that knowledge to work with a one-hour Buti yoga session; combining Vinyasa yoga, deep core toning, and tribal dance into one dynamic, musically guided practice. We will round out the workshop with a zen sound healing practice designed to allow you to connect to your truest self.
"Ya Msafir Wahdak" means "The Lone Traveler". This song was composed and sung by the legendary Mohammed Abdel Wahab of Egypt in 1942. There are many versions of this song in varying lengths, but this workshop uses the short one. The choreography is Egyptian with Spanish flavor. Come enjoy this workshop with Tamalyn Dallal.
Many feel that the glitzy-style of American cabaret or modern Egyptian is worlds apart from the dark, slinky style of Fusion. Liz Azi will show how these dance styles are different, but also where there is stylistic or executional overlap. Liz will teach some combos based out of her foundational dance training in American Cabaret, her studies in Modern Egyptian Raq Sharqi, and her unique Fusion style. These combos will showcase the uniqueness of each style and the commonalities between them.
"Gracefulness in dance, or begin graceful, is the physical characteristic of the elegant movement, poise, or balance. The etymological root of grace is the Latin word "gratia" from "gratus" meaning pleasing. Gracefulness has been described by reference to its being aesthetically pleasing."
In this workshop, Karla Marie will teach positions, combinations, and posture that improve your stage presence and create simple elegance. You will also learn arm and hand conditioning exercises for refinement (intentionality) in our arm/ hand movements. Dancers will also learn about the cultural references that can help them decide arm and hand positions and movements based on song choice and cultural background.
It's time to control the most uncontrollable tics and tentacles to create excitement and technically in any performance. Ilea will teach flowing arm with frames and the isolation locks, pops, tics and drops. This workshop with use drills and choreography designed to give flow and control to the arms with creative movement as well as intention and definition to isolated upper and lower body movements. Ilea's choreography will tie it all in as well as feature layering of the arms and isolations. All levels welcome!
Level up your flutter fan skills with Rosanna Setu. You will learn fluid and dynamic flutter fan combos set to Rosanna's favorite cinematic video game soundtracks. Fulfill your quest of becoming a flutter fan aficionado! Combos will require the use of 1 single-handed flutter fan or a regular fan veil of any length. Please bring your fan of choice. However extra fans will be provided for those who need one.
Belly dance has a long tradition of being a solo improvisational dance, yet improv can be intimidating to perform! How do you know what moves to do? How can you flow from on move to the next? Sometimes you need a recipe to follow. These simple exercises will give you the "ingredients" to improv your improv. A simple mnemonic device to remember while practicing and some practical tips and tricks will help you to be in the moment with the music. Hopefully increase your musicality.
Maximize your capacity for slink and slither in this concept- to- combination study on quality of motion. We'll experiment with various degrees of muscular engagement, examine a variety of approaches to skeletal manipulation in pursuit of superior goo, and discuss sequencing of isolation pathways that'll show all of that hard work to its utmost advantage. All levels welcome.
Let your body sway to the natural rhythm of the islands as you discover the foundations of Polynesian Dance with Mistress Jacqueline. We will begin with the fluid beauty and narrative movements of Hawaiian Hula. Then we will transition to the swift and percussive hip movements of Tahitian Ori, as we listen to the rhythm of the drummer's Pehe.
Be sure to dress comfortably and bring a bottle of water. Handouts will be provided.
Although trained in many dance styles, Karla Marie's passion lies in Egyptian Oriental (Raq Sharqi) and Baladi. In this workshop, we will journey through Egypt from the 1920s to the present for the Top 10 moves that every belly dancer should know. Dancers will learn technical characteristics/ nuances; explore folkloric/ cultural elements, and discover appropriate arm/ hand positions. Moving from style to style, we can immerse ourselves in the music and learn about musicality for a holistic experience in the dance.
Dance with the veil as a partner, not a prop. Many of us have fun with veils. Learn essential veil techniques and some ideas for conceptualizing veil dancing as a Duet of you and the veil. This class will help you express more emotions with your lyrical songs and veil movements.
You've drilled for years to get all of your isolations crisp and perfect. Are you now stuck with small movements that may be hard to see from a large stage? In this workshop, Liz will explore getting back into your huge and juicy movements that take up space. Please bring your notebook, and adventurous spirit, and layered but comfortable clothing. Floor work movements will be included in the exploration.
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