Kaeshi Chai - Thursday - 9:00 am -
11:30 am - Celestial Room -
‘Contemporary Belly Dance Fusion’ - Explore how contemporary and belly dance can be fused to create graceful lines that will increase your dynamic expression through technique drills, traveling floor patterns and dynamic stationary combinations.
Jill Parker - Thursday -
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Celestial Room -‘Boom Chicka Boom - The Jill Parker Shimmy Overhaul’ -
Layered shimmies are a trademark of Jill’s delicious style. Under the watchful eye of the shimmy inspector herself you will drill shimmies until you truly understand the mechanics of the earthy style you're after! She will deliver detailed instruction and visualizations. Jill is masterful at creating a space that encourages breakthroughs to happen, This workshop is designed to get you wiggling more excellence into your very own surefire shimmy!
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.
Karen Barbee - Thursday - 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Galaxy Room -
The Elusive Power of “Slow” -
…Based on the belief that the first workshop of a major event after a pandemic should not be too wild,
let’s work with the slow, gorgeous, romantic voice of Wael Kfoury as he sings “Ya Dale Ya Rouhi”. If you haven’t heard it, check it out. Then – yeah – see you there! We WILL be doing a choreography – not my usual thing – and SO not the point. It’s taken me 40 years to embrace the power of slow movement. Come celebrate my insight with me and, of course, play tricks on your musicality!
Shoshannah - Thursday - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Galaxy Room -
‘Compass Rose' - This workshop encompasses travel and direction changes. Join me as we grab our compasses and explore the many ways to travel across and around the stage switching directions, working with new dance combinations, finding fluidity within the movements annnnnnd all of this while maintaining not only our orientation to the stage but also our orientation to the Audience and to ourselves :) Whew!!! Don’t worry... we got this :) This workshop will be taught in the Shofusion format with elements of the shofusion style.
Silvia Salamanca - Thursday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Galaxy Room -
Creating a beautiful balancing act: an original sword routine. In this workshop we will learn a full choreography using a sword as the exciting element to mesmerize our audiences! The routine will include slow and sinuous movements, turns on the floor, and a fast and furious section with energy and
fire!!! We will break down the most intrincated of steps so you can go home with a good foundation to master them!!
Heather Wayman -
Thursday - 9:00 am - 11:00 pm - Constellation Room - ‘ ZILS FOR BRAIN & BODY’ - The ‘how’ of the Zils as it relates to musically counting the patterns and fitting them with the musical counting of the movement combos (Where the hips and feet go on what count). All of this would culminate into an a capella “choreo” of sorts and and maybe a segment where groups make their own zil / movement combo. No recorded music. Please bring zils to workshop
Diana Soto - Thursday - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Constellation Room - ‘FIRE & WATER’- a flamenco and raqs sharki workshop by Diana Soto -
Diana’s winning piece at Yaa Halla Yall in the summer of 2019 was the result of fusing styles, in particular flamenco and raqs sharki. In this workshop
we'll explore arm paths, torso work, turns and gesture as traditionally used in each of these two movement elements. We'll pay particular attention to
the level of tension and quality of intention needed for each to fuse in a way that feels real, honest and unique. Come delve into some innovative
fusion that burns the stage and flows like water!
Frank Farinaro - Thursday - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Constellation Room -
‘THE TECHNICAL TUNE-UP’-
Does it seem like the "CHECK ENGINE" light has lit up on your dance machine? Are certain movements not looking or feeling quite the same as before? It may be time for a tune-up! With a combination of conditioning excercises from athletic training and recovery, as well as multi-disciplinary dance movements, this customized workshop is like physical therapy for the dance-body. You should leave this experience feeling like you had your tires balanced and rotated.