Virginia -Sunday - 9:00 am -
11:30 am -Celestial Room - ‘Mezance "Making a Grand Entrance"’ -A majestic and dynamic entrance piece rich with innovative techniques, exciting combinations, and emotional musical interpretations! In this workshop Virginia will break down the intricacies of each step, the musicality that inspired them, and the directional changes and staging that creates this unforgettable performance. Challenge yourself and "Dance Inspired!" to an original piece of music created for Virginia's latest CD! CD available to purchase.
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm -Celestial Room -‘Vanessa Saidi Style!'-Saidi Technique & Combinations - Intermediate-Professional Material Suitable for All Levels. Cane / Assaya recommended but not necessary.Saiidi is one of Vanessa's favorite folkloric dances! In this class, she will share a variety of saiidi combinations as well as offer options for saiidi with no cane, simple cane option, and advanced cane options. The steps and dance vocabulary will be put into combinations which can be performed either with or without a cane. Either way, Vanessa's students will walk away with many fun and useful steps, combos, and a variety of options to use or share with others!
Don't miss this opportunity! 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.
Silvia Salamanca -Sunday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am -Galaxy Room -‘Tambourine’ -Next stop on the dance road: tambourine!! With more passion than ever before, we will incorporate a tambourine into our fiery-fusion inspired bellydance! In this workshop you will learn the basics of
dancing with a tambourine, infuse your hip moves with the flavor of the eastern European roma and come out with a new routine ready to set the room
on fire! Opa!!!
Karen Barbee-Sunday - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm -Galaxy Room -‘Managing Your Musical Seams’ -Verse - then refrain, call – then response, vocals – then instrumentals, qanun playing a melody – then the full orchestra playing the same melody, abrupt stops, fading notes; ALL of these happen in our music as it progresses from start to finish and as it moves from one section to the next. These “seams” provide a HUGE opportunity to create interest - to highlight or diminish focus. In this workshop, we will stretch our ability to use this ever-present musical opportunity as a valuable tool for both choreography and improvisation.
Helena Vlahos-Sunday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm -Galaxy Room -‘The Sensual Chiftetelli (with Arm & Hand Movements to Compliment Each Dance Move)’ -Chiftetelli is often the first rhythm belly dancers learn to recognize, yet it holds its magnetic charm through our entire dance careers! The intricate rhythm starts to feel natural, freeing the dancer to become creative and explore new movements and different connections to the music. Helena having danced to the Chiftetelli countless times, will open the doors to the multitudes of possibilities for creative musical interpretation within this rich, and multi-layered rhythm, bringing new life and classic beauty to your belly dance. Arm & Hand Movements will be emphasized to enhance the beautiful, sensual Undulations, Figure-8's, Hip-Circles and all the movements that are used to create a memorable Chiftetelli.