Zahra Zuhair - Friday - 9:00am - 12:00pm - Celestial Room - ‘Oriental Expression, Essence and Elegance’ - Zahra is known for her expressive, elegant style of Rags Sharqi. She will be teaching a dance filled with luscious movements that express the richness of Arabic music.
Victoria Teel - Friday - 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Celestial Room - ‘The Teel Fan Method’ - Victoria will introduce a new method and variation on the ancient Asian-influenced prop, flutter fan, in this workshop. Inspired by the breathless and elegance of Chinese silk, the Teel Fan method presents techniques & combinations used to create beautiful fan dancing. No prior experience with fan veil is required or necessary. Needed for Class: Right Handed Short Flutter Fan or Standard Fan Veil
Yoga w/ Inaya - Daily - 8:30am - 8:55am - Galaxy Room - ‘Yoga’ - Begin your workshop day with a Yoga warm up! Attendees should wear comfortable fitness or dance clothing (narrow leg pants, capris or shorts are recommended) a warmer layer that can be removed, and are encouraged to bring a yoga mat. Yoga blocks, stretching straps or fitness towels are also helpful, but not necessary.
ShoShannah - Friday - 9:00am - 11:00am - Galaxy Room - ‘It’s Sho Time!’ - Glitz, Glam and shazam!! This workshop is heavily inspired by the wonderful world of the glamorous showgirl but with a little modern flair. We will explore popular movements unique to jazz, hip hop, belly dance, and the shofusion signature style. We will then combine the movements with a showgirl attitude. Be ready for a whole lot of pizzazz as we work through combinations in order to create a short choreography with a whole lot of Showgirl flavor! This will be a fun and high energy workshop for all levels
Sa’diyya - Friday - 11:30am - 1:30pm - Galaxy Room - ‘Techno Dom-Tek’ - Come learn a fun and challenging Fusion Techno Drum Solo with award winning choreographer and performer, Sa'diyya! The dance you will learn has elements of Hip Hop, Shaabi, Tribal Fusion and traditional Bellydance. We will start by learning the technique and combos, and then put it all together in a unique and exciting choreography! This class is for all levels/style preferences and offers something for everyone, whether you're looking for interesting dance combos, a look into Sa'diyya's choreography process or just some really fun aerobic exercise. Bring a sweat towel and water.
Kaeshi Chai - Friday - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Galaxy Room - ‘Combo Platter’ - Learn 3 combos in the styles of Oriental, Fusion and Turkish from Kaeshi Chai, who is renown for her versatility as a performer and instructor. Kaeshi draws upon her extensive experience performing internationally for all walks of life in many different venues to bring you a workshop that will also enable you to effectively reach your audience by learning how to modify your dance style to suit each unique situation. By the conclusion of this workshop, you will have greater confidence with how to tackle a variety of performance opportunities.
Malachi - Friday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Constellation Room - ‘Introduction to Doumbek/Darbuka’ - This workshop will focus on the tones of the drum and the proper techniques to hold and play this instrument. The students will be introduced to common traditional belly dance rhythms. The rhythms demonstrate to the students the practical application of the basic techniques. Have a Drum that you use as a center piece? Would you like to actually USE that drum? This is the class to get your toes, no wait, your fingers wet. Great class for those wanting to try drums for the first time, be you a table top drummer or a dancer who wants to understand Arabic Rhythms. Great base for anyone – those who want to see what drumming is all about or have some drum experience OR dancers who want to add knowledge of rhythms to become even more skilled with their dance.
Amaya - Friday - 11:30am - 1:30pm - Constellation Room - “Star Power” - Are you boring on stage???? NOT! This class is a MUST for any artist (dancer, musician, speaker, actor…) who needs knowledge of how to prepare for the stage once your technical skills are honed. Amaya will share 40+ years of tips and tricks on how to connect with your audience, how to develop your natural stage charisma and presence. You will explore the psychology of stage position, dancing “within” your music, explore Power Poses, use of Energy Antennas, when to pose vs. when to travel on stage, and much more. Not a typical movement/dance class, this class will appeal to all levels and all genres of entertainment in theatrical ideas and confidence building drills. Drills & Demos.
Soroush & Persephone - Friday - 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Constellation Room- ‘Middle Eastern Musicality: Ideas for beautiful taksim’ - improvising melody for Belly Dance. Learn how to approach creating interesting and beautiful improvised solos and how to connect your solos with a dancer. All instruments, percussion included, and skill levels are welcome. This class is perfect for those who would like to work on improvising and playing with melodic instruments. Drummers will have the opportunity to explore how to translate a melody into rhythm. No previous improvisation experience is needed! In this workshop we will learn a Middle Eastern piece of music with a taksim (improvised solo) section. We will practice many simple, yet effective ways to create a crowd pleasing taksim. We will also explore how to connect with your dancer in a creative and meaningful way.