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Workshops 2013-Descriptions | Theatrical Bellydance Conference | New York City

Theatrical Bellydance Conference | New York City

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We wish to bring people together, to allow diverse artists to find common ground and interests. This is an environment where dancers of all bellydance styles can work together in classes, learn together and learn from each other. The instructors, who come from a variety of bellydance genres and backgrounds of experience, will be offering workshops that will have something for everyone; not just focused on genre-specific bellydance technique, but more on universals that everyone can feel a part of, and that you can apply to your own work.

PATHS AND WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Teachers in the same path coordinate their curricula to build a “container” for discovery over the course of the path day. You can sign up for a full path on a particular day or mix-and-match workshops from different paths “a la carte” to create your own program.

Space is limited in workshops (30 max) and we expect sell-outs. We’ll reserve a greater number of full path spaces than “a la carte” spaces to create the unique character of our conference. For full conference or day participants, you must select your workshops at the time of registration, or we’ll assign you. Changes to workshop selections will incur a $10 administrative fee per change.

WE HAVE ADDED 3 EXTRA CLASSES SATURDAY!

AND OUR MONDAY SCHEDULE AS WELL! Scroll down…

2013 path names 2 FRIDAY

**ALL PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE**

FRIDAY – PATH A – DANCE AS A RITUAL

10 – 11:30 am BLANCA

RITUAL IN PERFORMANCE

Any performance is itself a ritual, but in this workshop we will focus on spiritual and cathartic ritual. We will briefly explore the reasons for being part of and creating a ritual for an audience; then you will experience several elements from ritualistic forms of dance we often use in bellydance such as whirling, repetition of ecstatic moves, formations, and rhythms. We will dance a lot, so you will receive a handout explaining in writing what you experienced in the workshop.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm DALIA CARELLA

CREATING STILLNESS, DRAMA, AND BEAUTY IN YOUR DANCE – THE ART OF SACRED HAND GESTURING

During her career, Dalia has been researching, teaching, and performing a fusion of hand gesturing from the Middle East, India and Asia to create a “Poetic Story” on stage. This isn’t an easy task for many dancers!! Through hand gesturing techniques and the use of breath, stillness, and movement, this workshop will help the participant gain confidence when performing a theatrical dance solo. Using fusion-based music, the dancers will be taken on a mystical journey while building confidence to create their own “Poetic Story” on stage.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm YASMINA RAMZY

MEANINGFUL SOLO & ENSEMBLE CHOREOGRAPHY

Learn how to create meaningful choreography with impact for bellydance ensembles. What are the elements involved in creating a dance piece that offers an audience an informative emotional experience without the need for program notes, costuming, or literal gesturing? Learn how to tell a story or convey an abstract idea in a solo performance and with the elaborate tools used in a large group of dancers. Discover the joy of creating movement with a group of dancers and how rich the potential for expression can be. Take part in the structure of a bellydance ensemble choreography and a zaar ritual presentation as Yasmina builds a group dance on the workshop participants. An ensemble of dancers performing as one body can be so much more than just doing the same step with good synchronization. Discover the fascinating dance architecture of space.

4:30 pm – 6 pm ELENA LENTINI

ZAMBRA

An introduction to the earthy and passionate zambra. This culturally rich legacy in dance originated in the time of the Arabic invasion of Spain. Mysterious, intense, and sensual, this dance is challenging and focused. Silencios (guitar taksims), movement patterns, traveling steps, palmas (hand clapping), and rhythmic feet patterns (barefoot) will be covered. Please bring a skirt and zills. A collection of zambra music will be available for a nominal fee.

FRIDAY – PATH B – EMOTIONAL WORDS IN DANCE

10 – 11:30 am RANYA RENÉE

BREATHWORK FOR PERFORMANCE: THE NEXT LEVEL – QUALITY, DYNAMICS, POWER

Physicalized energy work for dancers of all styles, designed to make you more aware of how to send and receive power onstage. Using Ranya’s signature “Breathwork for Performance” technique, participants will explore how to give and take focus, develop stage presence, and clarify movement and intention by manipulating the breath to dramatic effect. We’ll apply breathwork to expansive vs. contractive movements, using muscle resistance and oppositional stretching techniques, experiment with different volumes and styles of breathwork, and observe how changing our intention changes the energetic effect on the audience.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm SARAH SKINNER

VEIL – EMOTIVE QUALITIES AND BREATH

In this workshop, we’ll tap into the emotional qualities of the veil, to evoke poetry and mystery. Develop your dance vocabulary while expressing various moods with veilwork. We’ll connect breath with choreography, exploring ways that technique and combinations help drive emotion.

2:45 pm – 4.15 pm TJARDA

THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL…

What do you need from your body to share your emotions with your audience? This workshop is an opportunity to challenge yourself to dig into different aspects of your own movement profile. Integrating body, mind, and soul, you will create new combos and develop new movement possibilities while experimenting with various movement qualities, improving awareness of your quality of motion, and increasing the clarity of mind for faster and more conscious decision-making. Broaden your horizon for more efficient movement. Open the mind to new possibilities with Tjarda’s fun exercises and immediately apply concrete knowledge to your dance. Experience an expansion of your full potential as a mover.

4:30 pm – 6 pm AEPRIL SCHAILE

MELANCHOLIA

The romantic notion of a graveyard, a haunted home, a visiting spirit from the Otherworld… these ideas are the stuff of wistful fantasy… of sad longing… of melancholia. Using Aepril’s signature otherworldy, bold, and intensely dramatic and unusual style of bellydance, you become an enchanting heroine in the gothic story. We explore ethereal and mournful expression, deepening and expanding our theatrical range. We practice technical grace in seductive and sublime layers, combinations, spins, turns, and traveling steps.

FRIDAY – PATH C – MUSICALITY AND TIMING

10 – 11:30 am ANASMA and PETE LIST

THE BODY INSTRUMENT: WHEN BEATBOXING MEETS DANCE

This workshop is designed to develop dancers’ musicality through a fun and innovative approach based on sound making, vocalizations, basics of beatboxing, breathwork applied to sound and movement, rhythm definition and mastery, and a combination of all the above with movement. As movement vocabulary, you will use your own dance and movement background combined with modern dance concepts. The beatbox technique will be taught by Pete List.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm ASZMARA

EMOTION IN MOTION – CONNECTING YOUR EMOTION TO THE MUSIC AND THE AUDIENCE

To really dance well, one has to fully understand, intellectually or intuitively, the rhythms of our chosen genre. The soul then takes these in, blending them with its own voices and impulses, to let the movement out in a way that makes it our own as we become an instrument in the “event.” In this workshop, we will improve our listening skills, play with different ways of interpreting the rhythms in our bodies, and let the music move us. In finding the passion, we must first find our inspirations, what we want to express, and then how best to express our soul, through our stance, our movements, our face. In this segment we will look at choreographic patterns and the power of music, along with acting and character stances, holding on and letting go. “Emotion in Motion,” one of Aszmara’s signature workshops, provides a new and unique experience each time the workshop is presented. The name is the same but never the workshop!

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm OREET

ENHANCE YOUR TIMING

In this workshop, Oreet will teach a short all-level taxim choreography sprinkled with fast movements. We will work on the timing of resonance within pause, keeping shape in motion, and the timing of syncopation that will enhance your performance. Drawing out slow movements while keeping fast movements crisp and precise creates the “wow factor” in your performance. All dance styles welcome.

4:30 pm – 6 pm DONNA MEJIA

IMPULSE, MOMENTUM, AND FLUIDITY

This class will explore continuums of movements: the uninterrupted flow of movement in both the standing body (transferred as waves) and traveling body (progressions across the floor). We will investigate the idea of obstructions or default movement habits. Our class objective is NOT to create a specific style or aesthetic of dance. Rather, we will workshop our way through common patterns of resistance. Participants can expect a substantial and vigorous warm-up (please bring a yoga mat if possible) followed by short phrases of choreography danced across the room. We will give special focus to traveling patterns in the feet and integration of hip/torso work in conjunction with traveling. Building confidence with improvisation and perpetuity is what we’re aiming for. Donna promises the best music in the universe, respect for your dignity as participants, honesty, and much laughter during this “laboratory” time together.

2013 path names 2 SATURDAY

SATURDAY – PATH D – PARTNERING & RELATIONSHIPS ONSTAGE

10 – 11:30 am KAESHI CHAI

DANCE AS ONE WITH OTHERS
Expand your ability to tune in to your fellow performers using fun and effective exercises to build peripheral vision and connection to one another, plus explore a variety of inherent and unexpected emotions inside and outside the bellydance movement vocabulary to create a compelling story using your imagination for a riveting, authentic group performance.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm BLANCA

RELATIONSHIPS: DUETS AND TRIOS

Many possibilities exist when you move beyond soloist dancing and encounter the duality of a partner or the tension of a trio. In this workshop you will create movement as a duet and as a trio, starting from the simplest to more complex possibilities in terms of formations, relationships, and choreographic structures. We will also analyze the meaning of presenting pieces composed for two or three dancers. If you are looking to choreograph for duets or trios, this workshop is for you.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm ASZMARA

PARTNERING & PATTERNING

In the 1990s Aszmara and Roberta Koch, the co-founders, co-directors, and choreographers of SaZ Dance Theater, taught “Partnering & Patterning,” a weekly class at the famed Fazil’s Dance Studio in New York City. Much of the material for stage choreography was developed in this particular class where the dancers’ relationship to each other was explored and floor movement patterns that would express a dance theme were created.

4:30 pm – 6 pm ANASMA and RANYA RENÉE

IMPROMPTU FUN WITH UNUSUAL PROPS

A creative exploration of the present space – and everything in it! Master improvisers Ranya and Anasma will start the party, leading you through some crazy, spontaneous experiments with non-dance props (such as objects you might find in a restaurant or backstage at a small theater) and how to bring them into your dance. We’ll work with the idea of breaking down the barrier between the performer and the audience, most applicable when in small performance settings. You’ll learn techniques to create entertainment with the most unlikely tools, applying your humor and creativity. Bring any object with you.

SATURDAY – PATH E – BIG BANG PERFORMER

10 – 11:30 am YASMINA RAMZY

HEAVY HITTING HIPS

More power, less effort. Discover a new approach to executing the technique you already have, beginner to advanced. Subtle differences can make a huge impact. Learn Yasmina’s particular approach using fewer muscles in order to achieve stronger, faster, and more precise technique. Learn the key to Arab nuance and how to express the “dalua” (dallaa – spoiled, pampered) quality of the great Arab dancers and why this quality is so important to a bellydancer. The technique adjustment taught in this workshop will change your emotional experience of the dance and the audience’s experience of your performance.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm RANYA RENÉE

EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN: FEARLESS “FLYING-BLIND” DRUM SOLOS

In a live drum solo, you never know exactly what is coming next. Learn how to improvise the “live” way, even with recorded drum solos. Using Ranya’s “Riff Framing” whole-body technique, you’ll learn how to commit to your on-the-spot choices in interacting with the rhythm, so you can look polished and confident even when you don’t know what is coming. Learn how to hold your space by limiting what you do and how to “embrace your mistakes” when you miscalculate anticipated accents, so the audience will never notice anything went wrong. This method helps keep things spontaneously “in the moment” and the focus on interacting with the audience and the music. We’ll use drum solos and vocabulary of various styles, from traditional to fusion.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm OREET

EXTEND YOUR BODY, FILL THE STAGE

This workshop is intended to improve your ability to connect the totality of your body with complete combinations across the floor. You will learn traveling sequences to enhance your use of space by adding length to your movements, weight shifts, and effective use of your core and legs. These stage-ready combos can be easily incorporated to your own movement vocabulary. All dance styles welcome.

4:30 pm – 6 pm DALIA CARELLA

PRESENCE – HOW TO CREATE A “STAR POWER PERFORMANCE”

With over 35 years of performance experience and coaching dancers and dance companies, Dalia will share her powerful techniques with workshop participants in how to engage an audience and keep them intrigued throughout a dance performance. A bellydance combination will be broken down step by step using some of the most powerful tools of the trade in stagecrafting. Body language, line design, and focus will be “the Ultimate Three” important elements in creating a performance that audience members will never forget!

SATURDAY – PATH F – EXPANSION & CONTRACTION FOR BODY & SPACE

10 – 11:30 am DONNA MEJIA

DANCING LUSHLY: THE TRAINING TOOLS OF EXTENSION AND CONCENTRIC CONTRACTION IN BUILDING EMOTIVE EXPRESSION

In our artistic pursuit of the skilled and expressive body, there are rarefied ranges of movement that are subtle in demonstration but impactful emotionally. This workshop attends to the fine tuning of transitional movements, degrees of muscular engagement, and increasing our physical intelligence for subtle communication. Participants would benefit most by wearing comfortable athletic clothing that permits complete freedom of movement from seated, upright, and floor-based exercises. This workshop is open to all styles and practitioners.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm ILLAN

SELF CONTROL: PATHWAYS AND SPACE

As we explore new movement, we must be conscious of the shapes we create, the paths in space, and the intention we can give to each motion. By increasing self-control, we can master movement easier. First, we will work on finding connections between moves that feel new and unnatural to the body and that may be illogical between each other, in order to develop our own pathways and fluidity in the proposed combination.

Then, we will improvise and let the body create a design in space, trying to be as aware as possible of the flow and the shapes that come to us naturally. Working individually and in pairs, we will dance being led by different parts of the body, feeling the different impulses ,sensations and points of contact with the space.

We will feel and visualize the body moving through the space with each square centimeter of the body, creating a constant dialogue between the mind and the body. This conscious and embodied improvisation will enable us to create our own combination and share with the group. Let your dance take shape in a new dimension.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm TJARDA

EXTRA LARGE, LARGE, SMALL, EXTRA SMALL MOVEMENT

What impact does the size of your movement have on your audience and how does it influence you? Small versus big! With an adjustable combo we will explore the effects of maximizing and minimizing your movement, plus the game of varying these aspects within your dance. This workshop will cover a solid package of elements of energy, body awareness, alignment, and visualization and will also help you find new inspiration when you need it. Step outside your comfort zone and push your boundaries to the next level!

4:30 pm – 6 pm ANAHID SOFIAN

STAGING AND THE USE OF SPACE

Facilitated by Anahid Sofian, this dynamic, interactive workshop will focus on concepts and techniques for staging and the creative use of space. Participants will have an opportunity to be both creators and performers in a series of exercises that will explore possibilities for duets, trios and groups of varying sizes. Solo dance will be addressed in Anahid’s class on the Almeh.

SATURDAY – EXTRA CLASSES! NEW!

10 – 11:30 am ILLAN

THE PERSONAL INTERPRETATION OF A CHOREOGRAPHY

A choreography does not only need to be executed but also interpreted by each performer. Throughout multiple exercises we will awaken the inner creativity of each dancer. Find your own style, your own sensations in dance. How does one take a step away from the proposed choreography to find their own interpretation?

11:45 am – 1:15 pm DONNA

CLARIFYING TECHNIQUE: THE ART OF REFINEMENT AND PHYSICAL INTEGRITY
This workshop summarizes and details the most efficient tools for unleashing the intelligence of the body in dance. Topics covered include breathing techniques, optimal alignment, muscle efficiency, and building longevity through precision and strength. Rather than focusing on choreography, Donna will detail cross-training tips from various classical traditions that create a sophisticated and polished dancer. Participants should bring a yoga mat, belt/strap, and tennis ball.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm YASMINA

WORKSHOP X

An hour and a half introduction to unlocking the ancient mysteries in your bellydance movement and expression. Connect with that special quality that distinguishes bellydance from all other dance forms.

 

2013 path names 2 SUNDAY

SUNDAY – PATH G – CREATIVE APPROACHES

10 – 11:30 am ANASMA

UNDER THE SEA – COMBOS AND EXPLORATION

Embody the different water creatures: Fierce Shark, Shy Clam, Adaptable Octopus, Sneaky Jellyfish, Laid-Back Starfish, Adventurous Water Turtle, Speedy Crab, Discreet Ray, Aggressive Eel, Funny Clown Fish, Heavy Whale, Quiet Seaweed. Movements will include vocabulary from bellydance, mime and theater, hip hop (waving, hitting or popping, break dance), modern dance, and DeRose Method yoga.

After doing a brief movement research for each creature, we will work with transposing real-life images, gestures, and qualities of motion to our dance artistry, both as soloists and in groups.

Creativity is infinite and inspiration everywhere you look.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm SARAH SKINNER

ICONIC CHARACTERS

Sarah Skinner presents her signature method of tapping into the poetry and mystery of legendary female personae (from history and mythology) to add irresistible emotional appeal and larger-than-life flair to your dancing. Learn to spark your imagination at will to evolve and transform yourself during your show. Develop a multi-faceted, sparkling onstage persona and build your dance vocabulary to express every shade of your mystique.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm KAESHI

INTENTION AND CREATIVE MOVEMENT INSPIRED BY THE ARTIST’S WAY
Break through creative blocks and recover your sense of safety, identity, power, integrity, possibility, abundance, connection, strength, compassion, self-protection, autonomy and faith using different dance games and exercises inspired by the best selling book by Julia Cameron, the Artist’s Way. Kaeshi just completed leading a 3 month course with her community group PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) exploring this topic in depth and will share the most juicy nuggets derived from this journey.

4:30 pm – 6 pm TJARDA

THE CREATIVE LAB

Blurring lines and drawing inspiration from even the most unlikely sources, Tjarda is known for her innovative choreographies and creative movement vocabulary and her innovative take on Tribal fusion. In this fun workshop including the awesome telephone number – Laban based exercise, Tjarda will show you her way of creating your own combos to step outside any genre and look for new fusion ideas. New tips and tricks for your toolbox will be elements of dance such as energy, space, time, breath, floor patterns, body directions, etc. You will learn how to establish motion and personality in your dancing. Be ready to get inspired!

SUNDAY – PATH H – DANCER’S TOOLKIT

10 – 11:30 am DONNA MEJIA

ATTENDING TO DETAILS: WARMING UP WISELY

Warm-up should do more than increase circulation and soften muscles. An effective warm-up has the power to prime the nervous system for quantum leaps forward in training, attune muscular intelligence, reveal unconscious default movement habits, and expand the range of motion in joints. Donna’s workshop details the logic and unfolding of an effective warm-up well beyond the basics of token stretches and mild cardio training. Donna will address optimal alignment, joint pliability, breathing techniques, categories of muscular engagement, and safety zones for working sensibly. The information presented can be customized for many levels of ability and experience, including rehabilitation and recovery phases. Participants will benefit most if they can bring the following supplies: a yoga mat, a tennis ball, an old belt, and a notebook.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm ILLAN

LET IT GO…: BODY AWARENESS AND RELEASE

As dancers, our body is our main tool. It is unique, irreplaceable, and to be cherished. When we accept the body as it is in the present moment, we can enhance its strengths and transform its weaknesses into advantages. We need to feel our body from inside, be aware of its automatisms and habits in order to break free from them. By developing body awareness, we constantly find new ways of using the body, pushing the physical and mental boundaries. Basing the class on a short choreography, we will do exercises about feeling our axis as we distort it, playing with weight change, alternating states of tension and relaxation, and apply the new teachings from freeform movement to the initial combo and notice that we will interpret differently each time, with a different awareness. Focusing on our own ways of feeling the movement and releasing all kinds of muscular and mental tensions, we will find in this workshop new energies that will give birth to innovative movements. Letting go and letting yourself be amazed!

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm ANAHID

DANCE OF THE ALMEH (CLASSICAL ARABIC DANCE)

Explores the history, lore, costuming, and elegant style of the legendary Awalim dancers of Egypt noted for their sophisticated isolations technique, different in its dynamics and movement quality from today’s use of isolations. Class will also include displaying the isolations through balancing.

4:30 pm – 6 pm ELENA LENTINI

RUMBA FLAMENCA WITH FAN FOR THE ORIENTAL DANCER

This style of music and dance from Spain is known as one of the return songs (and dances) because it diverged into the new world, then returned to Spain in the 1850s. This joyous and festive dance is flexible and adaptable in its form and choice of music, slow or quicker tempo, dance influences, flamenco and/or Afro-Cuban rumba movement and its natural improvisational edge. Skirt and fan combine to create a vivid lyrical expression of movement. Focus: correct handling of the fan combined with movement, traveling patterns, and, as time allows, choreographic sketches.

Please bring a fan that opens and closes, and a skirt. Some fans available for class use. A collection of rumba music will be available for a nominal fee.

SUNDAY – PATH I – MASCULINE/FEMININE

10 – 11:30 am YASMINA RAMZY

FEARLESS FEMININITY

What is femininity and all of its myriad emanations? What is fearlessness? Remember the first shimmy or hip circle you performed that gave you a great sense of joy and release of body shame? It is now several years later and you still have issues with posture, expression, and some techniques. This workshop is concerned with the mind/body connection and with drilling out those obstacles that keep you from attaining your dance aspirations. You will enjoy shameless sensuality and confidence in your body, and you will discover, explore, and enhance these essential ingredients for all styles of bellydance.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm AEPRIL SCHAILE

THE SACRED WHORE

The words “sacred” and “whore” aren’t generally expected to go together in our mainstream modern day world. Yet, to the ancients, sexuality and spirituality went hand in hand. With these falsely separated themes coming together again for many, we explore the rising archetype of the sacred whore, also known as temple priestess. We dance the mysteries of the sacred feminine, going back to the most ancient roots of bellydance with a distinctively modern approach. Using Aepril’s signature otherworldy, bold, and intensely dramatic and shamanistic style of dancing the mysteries, we explore sacred sensuality.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm ILLAN

MASCULINE/FEMININE

Two opposing and complementary words that together make perfect sense. How can our body quality change according to masculine and feminine energies? Exploring and opposing feminine gestures and qualities (undulations, backbends, arches and curves, softness, roundness) with masculine ones (strength, presence, posture, straightness), we will find ways of putting them together, alternating body qualities at first, and then finding a way to mix them as one balanced way of moving.

4:30 pm – 6 pm ANASMA and RANYA RENÉE

GENDER BENDER

Anasma and Ranya co-teach this fun workshop of pushing past traditional boundaries to achieve fresh expression. No matter what style of bellydance you practice, you can expand your range as a performer by playing with masculine and feminine qualities in your work. Using acting and dance exercises, we’ll inhabit male and female characters (famous figures and character archetypes), and bring them to life through familiar dance movements and improvisation.

2013 path names 2 MONDAY

** On Monday, there is a minimum of 6 students in order to maintain the class.

MASTER CLASS ROOM 1

11 – 12:30 am DONNA MEJIA

BEYOND STATIONARY PRACTICE: TRANSNATIONAL FUSION
IN FULL-BLOWN MOTION

This workshop re-visions the practice of fixed feet and unmoving isolations to an exploration of dynamic traveling progressions. Donna Mejia will present a stimulating class involving strong cardio/pulmonary engagement, firestorm drills, short moving combinations across the floor, and bi-directional/asymmetrical use of the limbs. This workshop may be best suited for dancers with at least 2 consistent years of experience in Near Eastern dance. However, adjustments and accommodations will be plentiful for participants with less experience. Athletic attire will work best, and optional footwear (flat dance shoes) and knee pads may be helpful for those with sensitive joints and feet.

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm ILLAN

TETRIS

Playing with the Body Mechanics… Squares, rectangles, lines… Discover your inner robot self in this fun workshop that fuses tribal dance with the game Tetris, inspired by electronic music.

2:30 pm – 4 pm TJARDA & ANASMA

CREATIVE DUET FLOORWORK

Having developed two duet choreographic creations in 2012, Anasma and Tjarda are happy to offer their world premiere collaborative workshop at the NY Theatrical Bellydance Conference 2013. In order to make dancers more confortable and creative with the floor, in solo and in duet, Tjarda and Anasma will be covering the following technical elements, propose a combo and set tools for dancers’ own explorations:
– introducing basic floor work technique
– warming up by melting into the floor, developing awareness of points of contact with the floor, and then
– pushing away from the floor, setting challenging weight placement and learning methods and exercices to build muscular strength
– level change transitions, going from up to down and down to up
– creative shapes with the body due to a new dimension
– how to fuse all of the above with bellydance moves!
– setting one’s own combo and making it into a duet short choreography
– body balance basics and stretching together.

MASTER CLASS ROOM 2

11-12:30 am DALIA CARELLA

SPANISH ARABIC POSTURING AND MOVEMENT

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm ASZMARA

TURKISH FIRE FLAVOR

When Aszmara performs, it’s her fire, both smoldering and flames, that people see and connect with, especially when dancing to Turkish rhythms. This workshop explores the passion as we feel our connection with the earthy delights of working with odd time signatures, 9/8 and 7/8 that break into fire! With body rhythm exploration and short choreographic phrases we’ll add fiery vocabulary to your dance style.

2:30 pm – 4 pm ELENA LENTINI

DESIGN IN DANCE
Inspired from the drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci
…..simple and creative……. ……..pharaonic movement……
…..spherical and geometric patterns……………… ………….spirals……..circles……figure eights……
……excerpts from repertoire and process…… ……proportion…… ……golden proportions……
…………*eight pointed star movement patterns creating clear dance designs in space*…………
……more as time allows……

MASTER CLASS ROOM 3

11-12:30 am RANYA RENÉE & BLANCA

COACHING SERIES – PILOT PROGRAM
We will need to LIMIT coaching numbers to 6 people per 1.5-hour block. Each dancer will have their 15 minutes of coaching as well as get to watch others. Dancers can leave after 1.5 hour to go take another teachers’s workshop or stay for 3 hours.

Only 6 slots allotted per coaching block, unlike for workshops which are at least 20-25 people each.

Read more details about what to bring, rates, and the way the coaching series will function here.

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm RANYA RENÉE & ANASMA

COACHING SERIES – PILOT PROGRAM
We will need to LIMIT coaching numbers to 6 people per 1.5-hour block. Each dancer will have their 15 minutes of coaching as well as get to watch others. Dancers can leave after 1.5 hour to go take another teachers’s workshop or stay for 3 hours.

Only 6 slots allotted per coaching block, unlike for workshops which are at least 20-25 people each.

Read more details about what to bring, rates, and the way the coaching series will function here.

2:30 pm – 4 pm RANYA RENÉE & BLANCA

SENSUAL AUTHENTICITY
This workshop is about finding the realness, the groundedness, in our physical sensual presence as a dancer, in a way that brings out a dancer’s personal qualities without imitation and without artifice. We’ll explore physical and emotional routes to grounding sexuality and sensuality in the dance.




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