JUNE 12-16, 2014, IN NEW YORK
TEACHER LINE UP, PERFORMER LINE UP & SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!
Greetings Theatrical Friends!
The last chance to receive the early registration rates for the 2014 NY Theatrical Bellydance Conference is TODAY, APRIL 15. REGISTER NOW to get a good deal and claim your space in your preferred workshops – space is limited! The next conference will be in 2016, so don’t miss out on the opportunity this year.
WORKSHOPS ARE SELLING OUT!
In last week’s newsletter, we mentioned that two workshops were already sold out and nine others were close to full. As of today, three other workshops have only a few spots left:
- 2:45-4:15pm: The Trance in the Dance (Aszmara)
- 10-11:30am: Original Gesture: Arms and Hands for a Signature Look (Ranya Renee)
- 10-11:30am: Silent Movie Era (Anasma)
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO NYC
We are exploring the possibility of reserving a block of hotel rooms for the conference. If you’re interested in this, please contact us as soon as possible, as we would need a minimum number of rooms in the block.
And if you’re looking for a roommate, feel free to post on the conference Facebook group to match yourself up with another conference attendee. A discussion thread for roommates is pinned to the top of the group page.
For other questions about planning your trip to New York City, stop by our visitors information page. There, you’ll find tips on getting around the city as well as a list of lodging options.
JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM
Want to be part of the action but don’t have the funds? If you have good people skills or good technical skills (and ideally both!) and are willing to work hard, you can submit a request to us to volunteer at the conference! You’ll enjoy the excitement of being part of a cool team, contribute to this amazing event, and get to attend classes and/or shows in return.
Please contact us at email@example.com, introduce yourself (you may also attach a résumé and give us your website links if you have them), and answer these questions:
-Do you prefer to help with workshops (daytime), shows (evening), or wherever you are needed?
-What related jobs/skills do you think you are best at and/or able to help with?
-Have you attended Theatrical Bellydance Conference events before?
-Which teachers’ workshops do you most want to attend? (we will try to honor all requests)
ADVERTISE IN THE PROGRAM
Advertising in the Theatrical Bellydance Conference program is a good way to reach hundreds of dancers from around the world, including participants in the workshops and audiences at the shows. The advertising deadline is May 1.
We were planning to charge more for full-color ads but decided to give our valued advertisers full color for no extra cost! More information about advertising, including rates, is available at our web site.
We’re excited to announce a program of four shows filled with exciting, innovative performers from around the world!
Thursday, June 12, 7pm
Featured band: Beatbox Guitar
Aberrant Dance Theatre • Aepril Schaile • Alanah
Alyssum Pohl • Anasma & Cera Byer • Angelique
Aszmara • Aviana • Billie Bird • Danielle Hutton
Dalia Carella • Francesca Ferrando • Janelle
Kelli Anne • Krista Sassani • Layla Isis
Leilah • Lidia Pleiada • Lavish • Meiver
Samantha: Vagabond Princess • Shoshanna • Yowalka
Friday, June 13, 8pm
Anahid Sofian and Dancers • Andrea Beeman: Enchantress of Bioluminosity
Cera Byer & Lindsay Kendall • Dalia Carella Dance Collective
Dounia Dance Collective • Elena Lentini • Ilhan Karabacak
International Urban Bellydance Collective • Karim Nagi
Linda Faoro • Princess Farhana • Ranya Renée
Samantha: Vagabond Princess • Samara & Mosaic Dance Theater Company
Tava & Cory • Zilla Dance Ensemble • JeniViva Memorial Honoree
Theater show at MMAC
Saturday, June 14, 8pm
Anasma • Aria Michaels Paradise • Asharah
Ayshe & Cult of Isis • Bellyqueen • Blanca Odalisca
Ebony Qualls • Elena Lentini’s Caravanserai Dance Theater
Entelechy • Hannah Romanowsky • Hybrid
Ilhan Karabacak • Karim Nagi & Princess Farhana
Katalin Schäfer • Layla & Kismet Dance Ensemble • Lotus Niraja
Something Amusing from Ranya Renée
Closing show at Jebon
Sunday, June 15, 8pm
Featured band: Scott Wilson and Efendi
Layla Mary • Leï the Night • Mariyah • Sherrilyn
Featured instructors and special guests
Open stage performances
There are still a few open stage spots available in the lunchtime shows on Saturday and Sunday. If you’d like to perform, please sign up for at least two workshops and contact Kelley at onstage@
Tickets for the theater shows on Friday and Saturday will be sold through the MMAC box office. Ticketing for these shows will open soon.
Tickets for the opening and closing shows on Thursday and Sunday will be available through the Conference’s online shop. These shows were standing room only last year, so we recommend buying tickets in advance!
Unlike in previous years, full conference packages will not include any shows. Please make sure to book your tickets directly. More details about ticketing are available at the rates page.
OUR TWENTY ONE 2014 INSTRUCTORS ARE ANNOUNCED!
Anasma is a Performance Arts Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer , Artistic Director and Singer. Drawing from her crossed-training, Anasma focuses on making dance meaningful and touching through storytelling, character development and esthetic powerful movement. Seen in 5 continents and more than 25 countries, featured in numerous performance DVDs such as "Bellydance Experience", "Fantasy Bellydance",... instructional DVDs such as "Bellydance Hip Hop Liquid Fusion","Wave Explosion! Bellydance Hip Hop Liquid Fusion", Anasma currently tours Europe, North and South America and Asia to teach and perform in dance festivals, intensives, prestigious theaters, TV shows and concerts. Anasma is the co-founder and co-director of the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference and director of World Citizen Dance. She records and releases her first album "Chance is Back" in 2012. Join Anasma onFacebook andwww.AnasmaDance.com
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Ranya Renée, NYTBC co-founder and co-director, began her performing career more than 30 years ago as a theater actress and comedienne, and moved to NYC in 1992 to continue her work as a theater director. She was gradually sidetracked by bellydance until it became her life! One of New York City’s leading Egyptian-style dancer-instructors, Ranya specializes in teaching holistic technique and theatrical performance skills & coaching. She produces live events in New York and tours internationally. Ranya's instructional DVDs Bellydance "Egyptian Style: The Baladi" and "Modern Oriental" have earned rave reviews from dancers worldwide. This year she launched her own company, Ginger City Productions, to produce more teaching and performance videos. For more info visit her website at www.Ranya.net.
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Blanca (Associate Director, Education and curriculum) Born in Mexico and based in New York City, Blanca is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and workshop leader. She sees belly dance as a tool for communication, a performing art, and a compelling storytelling device all in one. She incorporates metaphysical elements into her work and infuses her students with pure self-confidence. Blanca is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory of the Harkness Dance Center / 92nd Street Y. Her credits include a variety of dance productions at Merce Cunningham studio, a dance scene in Sex and the City 2 and 11 DVDs, including Sensual Bellydance, which features her technique and dance style. www.BlancaDance.com www.SensualBellydance.com www.YouTube.com/sensualbellydanceRead Full Bio
Kelley McKinnon (Associate Director, Curated performance programs) is thrilled to join up with the Theatrical Bellydance Conference. She has Directed, Assistant Directed and Stage Managed for the American Globe Theater and the American Shakespeare Center in addition to new works with the Turnip Festival in NYC. Read Full Bio
Andrea Beeman the Enchantress of Bioluminosity, has been a dedicated teacher of the Middle Eastern dance arts since 1993. Her versatile performance palette ranges from the traditional dances of the Middle East & India to technologically savvy multimedia performance art. Whether it's baladi, Bollywood or bioluminosity, she combines a love of Middle Eastern & Indian music & dance with a reverence for tradition and a search for new expressive frontiers. Performance highlights include opening for Rickie Lee Jones' Ghostyhead Tour; dancing with the Rhode Island Symphony Orchestra; collaborating with the Minister of Lamination to present Lamination Rituals worldwide; starring in Amy Greenfield’s internationally acclaimed cinedance films; and singing & performing as part of the post-punk/new wave electronic dance music band Crash Course in Science. Andrea's ensemble the Dancing Rubies began performing in 1999, & in 2010 Andrea created the Sparks in the Dark to present her innovative, light imbued choreography. www.EnchantressofBioluminosity.com Read Full Bio
Anahid Sofian is recognized as one of the country's most innovative and versatile artists, who has expanded the creative range and appreciation of middle eastern dance. In a career spanning nearly five decades, Anahid has always attempted to stretch beyond limitations, both as a performer and a creator. Self-trained in oriental dance, she was a pioneer in taking the dance out of the clubs and onto to concert stage, performing as soloist and with her company, which she formed in 1979, in such mainstream venues as MOMA, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the United Nations, and the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park where she brought Oriental Dance into the prestigious NY Dance Festival to rave reviews. Drawing on all her background training in ballet, modern dance and acrobatics, Anahid has created a body of work that demonstrates her wide range as an artist, from curating middle eastern festivals with her company at Town Hall, to her most ambitious work, a multi-media dance-drama entitled Passage through Light and Shadow: The Children of Ararat (2010), which inspired the Art Times critic to write: "I urge anyone who loves dance, who enjoys poetry, who hungers for beauty, to try to see this production whenever or wherever it is presented. " Anahid established her NY studio in 1972 where she offers a full curriculum of classes encompassing all aspects of Oriental Dance, and where she also sponsors such events as her Atelier Orientale, a performance series that provides artists with an opportunity to present new works in a relaxed, salon atmosphere. For more information visit http://www.anahidsofianstudio.com/.
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Asharah is internationally renowned for her strong technique, dramatic fusion of tribal and cabaret belly dance, tough but compassionate teaching style, and her dedication to raising professional and artistic standards in belly dance. She has taught throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia; and her 2008 instructional DVD, Modern Tribal Bellydance with Asharah, is considered one of the best instructional belly dance DVDs on the market for belly dancers of all styles and levels. She is fiercely dedicated to educating dancers about the history and culture of the Middle East and the evolution and roots of belly dance, as well as fostering creativity and individuality in every dancer. She is certified Level 3 in the Suhaila Salimpour Format, Level 2 in the Jamila Salimpour Format, and holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies. After living on the East Coast for 12 years, she now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She performs regularly with with Beats Antique as a member of Zoe Jakes’ Bhoomi Project, and is a member of Bal Anat and the Suhaila Dance Company. Read her blog on dance, art, integrity, and business at www.bdpaladin.com, and learn more about her upcoming events at www.asharah.com . Read Full Bio
Dalia Carella Dalia Carella is a renowned Near/Middle Eastern and world fusion solo artist, choreographer, master teacher, and the Founder/ Artistic Director of the Dalia Carella Carella Dance Collective. Ms. Carella has delved deeply in Near Eastern dance, Turkish Roman Dance as well as Flamenco, Indian, Bollywood/Bhangra, Afro-Haitian, Samba, Salsa, Bomba and Plena from Puerto Rico and Western dance such as jazz and ballet. Ms. Carella's numerous concerts and teaching tours have led her throughout the US, Canada, England, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, China and Japan and will be touring Italy and China in 2013. www.daliacarella.com Read Full Bio
Ilhan Karabacak At the age of 19, with already many years of experience as a dancer, Ilhan decided to explore different dance styles, namely; classical, contemporary and oriental. In no time, Ilhan developed a very unique style combining classical techniques with the sharp, cutting movements of oriental - a style he refers to as, “modern oriental” Performing all over the his native country of Turkey, Ilhan's talent was rapidly recognized. He was hired as choreographer and soloist of Hurrem Sultan", a major Turkish production where he performed for three years. In 2005, Ilhan’s fame crossed many borders when he was invited by the Festival du Monde Arabe (FMA) (Arab World Festival) to dance at Montreal’s premier performance hall, the Place des Arts. Ilhan’s huge success on Montreal’s dance scene brought him a coveted invitation to perform at the prestigious Gala des Étoiles (Gala of the Stars), where he rubbed shoulders with world class dancers. Since then, Ilhan has been invited regularly to perform at both the FMA and the Gala des Étoiles In 2007, the world famous Cirque du soleil took notice of Ilhan's incredible talent. He was given the demanding role of an androgynous character in the Cirque’s famed “Zumanity” show in Las Vegas. Since 2010, Ilhan has created and presented two shows in Montreal and is regularly invited to perform and teach at many dance festivals and workshops around the world. www.facebook.com/IlhanKarabacakartist Read Full Bio
Elena Lentini choreographer, designer and dancer trained in Middle Eastern Dance with Ibrahim Farrah, Mime with Stephan Neidzialkowsky and Christopher Yeatman of the Polish Mime Theater and Flamenco with Maria Alba, Victorio Khorjian and Mariano Parra. Forming Caravanserai Dance Theater in 1988 original choreographies are presented expressing an abstract vision of the myths and rituals of ancient civilizations, returning again and again to her celebrated themes of evolution and metamorphosis. The introspection and poetic movement identified with her dance is traced to man`s inner life---a spiritual being breathing humanity and spirit......... Visit www.elenalentini.com.Read Full Bio
Ebonyperforms and teaches both traditional raqs sharqi and her own dynamic fusion belly dance style, which is fueled by her background in both oriental and urban dance genres. She has taught and performed throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States. She has toured internationally with the world famous Bellydance Superstars and Bellydance Evolution. Ebony is a featured soloist in the upcoming DVD “America’s History of Bellydancers of Color”. A founding Sahara Dance instructor, her students describe her as “approachable” and her classes as “fun” and "challenging". Ebony is the director of both Raquettes ShimmyPop and Raqs Caravan Urban. Visit www.ebonyqualls.com.Read Full Bio
Internationally acclaimed Princess Farhana has performed, taught and written about Oriental Dance since 1990. An artistic chameleon and a boundary-pushing pioneer, she performs many styles of belly dance with ease, from ultra traditional to contemporary. Her diverse talents encompass the visual, literary and dramatic arts as well as belly dance. She is also well-known as a burlesque performer, author, costume designer, make up artist and has acted in several films. Trained in the Egyptian style by Zahra Zuhair in Los Angeles and Raqia Hassan in Cairo among many others, The Princess is well known as a theatrical belly dance fusion performer, conceiving and executing fantasy tableaux in minute detail, and dramatically recreating vintage styles of Oriental Dance from the Edwardian Era, the 1920’s, The Egyptian Golden Age, and the American Cabaret Style of the Sixties and Seventies. Visit WWW.PRINCESSFARHANA.COM or WWW.PRINCESSRAQS.BLOGSPOT.COM.Read Full Bio
True to the original spirit of American Tribal Style, Samantha’s improvised Tribal Fusion routines combine skills gleaned from her studies with the creators of the genre in the USA with that of her own self taught background in the UK. Elegant and classic, strong in carriage: Fusing Victorian costume aesthetics, hip hop/modern dance movement strangeness, a respectful take on World Folk dances with a professional versatility. Starting her dance journey in 2005 thanks to Carolena Nericcio and Rachel Brice, she joined The Bellydance Superstars two years later, the first European to do so. Samantha is a committed teacher as well as performer and known for her accessible teaching methods. She is fast becoming known for her fun, engaging performance style, making audiences the world over smile. http://www.vagabondprincess.com/Read Full Bio
Bellyqueen (Kaeshi Chai, Irina Akulenko, Elisheva, Sandralis) is a NY based world dance company and school that was founded in 1998 under the artistic direction of Kaeshi Chai, and Amar Gamal. Drawn together by their passion for Middle Eastern dance, the artists of Bellyqueen come from a wide range of nationalities and dance backgrounds. By fusing their individual influences, the company creates exciting multicultural performances that utilize traditional elements as a base for modern theatrical performance art that inspire audiences of all backgrounds, genders and ages. Visit www.bellyqueen.com . Read Full Bio
Aepril Schaile is "An American priestess of the Dark Goddess" working through the ancient and ever-evolving arts of Bellydance, Music, Ritual Theater, and Divination. Aepril has taught and performed at curated events in Paris, NYC, L.A., Hollywood, and San Francisco. Aepril directs Exquisite Corpse Productions and is Artistic Director of Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre. Aepril teaches ongoing classes in Boston and Salem, MA, and teaches traditional, theatrical, and shamanistic Bellydance workshops nationwide and internationally. In performance, Aepril becomes Trickster, Warrior, Ghost, Storm, Grieving Mother, Killer, Snow Queen, Seductress… Aepril's performances invoke the archetypal Feminine as a force of nature and magick. Aepril is an astrologer, musician and composer, dancer and dance teacher, writer and storyteller, mythologist, animal rights advocate, and witch. Aepril is an AAFA certified Group Fitness Instructor, and she holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art.Read Full Bio
An alumnus of Serena Studios/Serena Dance Theater, Layla has performed such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Riverside Church, Queens Central Library Concert Series, United Nations, 92nd Street Y Harkness Center. She is known for her precision in technique, expert finger cymbals, and enthusiastic audience interaction. Visit her website at: . http://www.bellydancingbylayla.com/ Facebook: Layla Mary. Read Full Bio
Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek, Riqq tambourine, Maqam & Taqsim, Drum Solo for Dance, and Arab Folk Dance. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and several Community Colleges. Additionally, Karim Nagi's Arabiqa program has conducted over 300 school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab traditional arts. His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban. http://www.karimnagi.com / Read Full Bio
Aszmara "Dance is emotion in motion" describes accurately the quality of Aszmara's dance. She impresses through her expressive stage presence and interprets the music with her own blend of modern and ethnic Arab and Turkish dance which The New York Times describes as "intense". Throughout her over three decade career,Aszmara has danced a range of performance styles from cabaret entertainment to full stage productions creating themed concert events, folkloric and innovative dances. Workshop sponsors in the USA and Europe repeatedly bring her back for her vast knowledge and informed teaching which conveys technical and performance skills. As one of the leading figures in the field of the Oriental Dance, she was one of the founders/principal dancers of the AMMED Award Winning Middle Eastern Dance Company Oriental Images as well as co-founder/co-director of SaZ Dance Theatre, a multi-cultural woman's dance company. Aszmara's instructional DVD, "Belly Dance... The Secret Desire" won high praise from Habibi magazine. visit Aszmara.com.Read Full Bio
Ayshe is a New York dance artist, choreographer and designer. Ayshe blends her Greek and American heritage to create an exotic and unusual dance style. She has trained extensively in classical ballet, modern dance, yoga, and numerous ethnic dance forms, particularly Middle Eastern dance, ancient Pharaonic dance, and Indian dance. She holds a B.A. from Hunter College in Dance & Human Movement, Archaeology, and Middle Eastern Studies. Ayshe studied choreographic theory with Eleo Pomare and movement theory with Mme. G. Darvash. Ayshe worked as a professional dancer for 25 years, performing solo or with groups, doing cabaret bellydance, Indian dance, ancient Egyptian Pharaonic dance, and fusion/ fantasy bellydance. Recently, Ayshe has been developing a curriculum she calls "Orientalist Bellydance". Inspired from her many years studying with the enigmatic Marta Zorina, this technique combines concepts of movement based in ballet, with Middle Easter, Indian, and Flamenco styles of dance. Ayshe is also widely know for her beautifully made Wings of Isis (aka Wings of Ayshe). Visit www.wingsofayshe.com.Read Full Bio
Cera Byer was born and raised in San Francisco’s diverse performing arts community. With a background that spans Musical Theater, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, Bellydance, Classical Persian, Indian, Flamenco, Afro-Caribbean, Samba, and more, she brings a unique fusion approach to dancing and choreographing. Cera has been taking classes in dance, music, and theater, since she was 4 years old, and for the past several years has been blessed to teach, perform, and choreograph all over the world. Her favorite thing about teaching dance is helping each dancer unlock their own personal flavor, style, strength, and ferocity. Cera holds a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography with a focus in World Music and Dance from San Francisco State University, and her favorite ninja turtle is Donatello. Visit www.facebook.com/cerawithac/.Read Full Bio
Lotus Niraja is a professional belly dance artist specializing in Modern, Urban Egyptian Belly Dance, Nubian/Folk, and Raks Sharqi. She is recognized for her dance style, dramatic energy, vibrant interpretation and technique. Her dance style is serious fun, infused with glamour and style! Lotus enjoys teaching and in her classes and workshops, she integrates elegance, fluidity, crisp movement, texture, and technique with stage/performance dynamics and audience entertainment in order to help the student give a polished theatrical performance. Admired for her modern, yet passionate approach to Belly Dance, Lotus features classical and contemporary movement, haute couture costumes designed exclusively by MAZ, and a love for a performance well done! Lotus has released a series of instructional DVD's, has become the co-producer of the hit reality TV show, Project Bellydance with Cheeky Girl Productions, and is currently working on other projects such as: Belly Dance of Color, A Documentary, “Samra Ya Raks” Dance Production, and she is currently scripting a Belly Dance Musical for 2015. She is recently back from Israel, Hawaii, and The Caribbean teaching, dancing, and enjoying an international dance career. Visit www.lotusniraja.com.Read Full Bio
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