Sahra Saeeda -Friday - 9:00 am -
11:30 am -Celestial Room -‘Effort/Shape: Embodying Your Dynamic Flow’ -Incorporate movements/feelings such as float, press, wring, punch, in your dance - Let 8 terms from Laban’s “Effort/Shape” bring dynamic quality to your dance. Not only can you spice up your Cabaret Dance, it can also give you a method to analyze your performance and bring new facets and depth!
Jill Parker-Friday -
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm -Celestial Room -‘Luxury - An Exploration of Embodiment’- This workshop was developed to spotlight the concept of balancing effort and ease in the body. Through languid movement drills and combinations you'll build towards expression that goes far beyond just executing steps. The ultimate goal here being a more satisfying embodiment in your dancing. Delivery of this subject matter is one of Jill's super powers. Come see what all the fuss is about!
Yoga w/ Inaya -Daily - 8:30 am - 8:55 am -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.
Rosanna -Friday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am -Galaxy Room -‘The Balancing Act’-Let's learn a fun choreography while balancing props on our heads! In this
workshop, Rosanna will teach a dynamic and slinky choreography to a fun Balkan fusion song.
She will also share her tips and tricks of the trade for balancing props with perfection. Please
bring a prop that you can balance on your head--it can be a sword, candle tray, vase, or
anything you can imagine! All skill levels.
Frank Farinaro -Friday - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm -Galaxy Room -‘SHAMSTEP': THE DABKE OF THE STREETS’ -
Throughout a large portion of the Arab world, Dabke has remained a staple folk dance of the people. Much like modern forms of Street Shabbi/Chabbi, this dance holds true to its folkloric roots and has evolved to illustrate the culture in its contemporary climate. In recent years, the musical and movement influences of Dabke have pulled from West African, Caribbean, and Black-American diasporas. This dance can be done solo, as a group, or just for fun at a party! Come experience the hottest new fusion from the desert dunes to the dank dancehall!
Shoshannah -Friday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm -Galaxy Room -‘Phoenix Rising’ -
Clawing its way from the darkness, the charred ashes that surround it to rise above the destruction and burst into a glorious inferno of hope and renewal as it flies out of our view and into the warmth of the sun. This is the Phoenix. Join me as we take on the story of the phoenix and dive into sections of a new original choreography full of shofusion flavor and of course sprinkled with elements of theatrical fusion. Al Cofrin -Friday -10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Intermediate / Advanced -Constellation Room -‘Modal improvisational (taqsim solos using Middle Eastern and Western modes/maqams)’ -Students are welcome to bring their acoustic melody instruments and learn a few tips on musical solos for Middle Eastern dance. Standard pitch will be A=440.
Al Cofrin-Friday -1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Advanced -Constellation Room -‘Creating an easy tune for Middle Eastern dance improvisation and haflas.’-Students will learn the tips to creating a tune out of thin air to support dance haflas when involved with a pickup band. Drummers welcome (especially framedrums)