Karim Nagi - Thursday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Celestial Room - ‘MAQAM and TAQSIM FOR DANCERS’ - Maqam is the Arabic system of scales and melody creation. All songs, whether classical, pop or dance, are created in a Maqam, which dictates whether the song is happy, somber, uplifting, spiritual or sensual. We align notes in the scale with specific body isolations, allowing them to follow a maqam by using her dance vocabulary. Dancers will learn how to recognize, sing and move to maqams by learning famous song examples. Special attention will be given to Taqsim, the art of instrumental solo improvisation. The dancer will practice interpreting the instrumental music into movement and personifying the mood of the music. This workshop is vital for dancers who wish to better interpret melody into movement.
Meera Varma - Thursday - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Celestial Room - ‘TBA’ -
Silvia Salamanca - Thursday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Celestial Room - ‘FILLING YOUR STAGE: Modern Dance Techniques to Creatively Embrace Your Space’ - (All levels) It has been said that traditional belly dance can be performed on a stage the size of a postage stamp. Gone are those days! In this workshop, you will learn some useful Modern Dance techniques to utilize any dance space, no matter what size. Spinning, jumping, and gliding movements will be experimented with and experienced. The class will culminate with a few beautiful combinations to get you flowing through space.
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.
Colleena Shakti - Thursday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Galaxy Room - ‘TBA’ -
Frank Farinaro - Thursday - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Galaxy Room - ‘ULTIMATE WORLD FUSION DRUM SOLO CHOREOGRAPHY’ - In this workshop we will learn an exciting choreography to a drum solo that incorporates elements of Oriental and Tribal belly dance, Polynesian Hula, Afro-Brazillian Samba, Bhangra, Odissi, Hip Hop, Salsa, and other dances from across the globe.
ShoShannah - Thursday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Galaxy Room - ‘TBA’ -
Suzanne Walker - Thursday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Constellation Room - ‘ BELLY DANCE FUSION’ - "Quick Combo" to the song "Watch Out for This". Learn Reggae & Tribal inspired combo's with a taste of Latin.
Kata Maya & Malachi - Thursday - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Constellation Room - ‘TBA’-
Adriana Sandoval - Thursday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Constellation Room - ‘FAN VEIL’ - Choreo to “Yearning” - We’ve all heard the beautiful and emotional song Yearning by Raul Ferrando…join Adriana in her interpretation using fan veils in a soft but dramatic choreography.
Bring with you the regular FULL- size fan veils