Hip circles, figure 8's, undulations... oh my!
In this two hour workshop, we cover all of the important basic bellydance movements that every bellydancer should know!
Smooth Moves and Fast Grooves
How slow can you go? You will learn excruciatingly slow
movements that can be used for lyrical pieces, taxims, and tribal fusion
style belly dance. Then, turn up the beat for the second half of the
workshop to experience fast movements for uptempo music.
Struggling with how to dance to a piece of music? This workshop will help you identify instruments, train your ear to analyze the music, and express your art. Concepts are useful when developing choreography or improvising. Handouts will be provided, but bring pen and paper for notes. This class is primarily lecture, but will include exercises to emphasize the concepts. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of dancers and dance styles.
Floor Patterns and Formations
This workshop covers floor patterns and formations for groups of two, three, four, five dancers and more. Floor patterns are an important part of the dance that we often don't think about. In a dance, floor patterns can be used to express the intent of the piece. We will also explore ways of changing up a dance when adding another dancer or when you are short a dancer.
This workshop focuses on strategies for improvised dance. Participants will explore the power of stillness and engage in a practice of dynamic movement sequencing, spacing, phrasing, and shape shifting. This workshop is explorative and challenges the dancer to play between the extremes of slow and fast, small and big, sharp and smooth.
Whether you are a dancer looking for fun ideas for improv, a group looking to do something out of the box, or a tribal fusion troupe seeking new inspiration, this workshop offers dancers a new way to choreograph and interact that are sure to get your creative juices going! Duets, trios, or more are welcome! Soloists need not worry, we will pair you up. A great way to meet and work with other dancers!
Breaking Habits : Arms, Hands, and Feet
As bellydancers, we train our hips to do the most challenging work and often forget about our arms, hands, and feet. As a result of drilling in place, we have a habit of dancing like we are drilling. This workshop aims to break those habits and encourage drilling in new ways that help us dance with our entire body.
We practice technique, train musicality, learn choreography, and perform it. But how do I make my dance interesting? In this workshop, we explore ways of examining our working choreographies and adding a little pizazz to our dance.
* The Basics Breakdown workshop can be added to any workshop or package.
Choreography and Groups
This workshop will be two parts. The first part will be learning a choreography from the list above. For the second part, we will learn about how to present the dance for groups of 2 or more dancers.
Choreography and Musicality
This workshop will be in two parts. The first part will be learning a choreography from the list above. For the second part, we will learn how to reflect the music with our movement choice. This is a great opportunity to take apart a song and a dance and make it your own.
Musicality and Dynamic Improvisation
Learn how to reflect the music; dance as if you are drawing the music with your movements.
Then combine these concepts with improvised dancing. We will use difference dance exercises to improvise and reflect the music at the same time. These two concepts really go hand in hand.