ABDC Video of the Month


Dec 15, 2016: Ticket Sales and Performer Applications open.

March 1, 2017: Gala Performer Application due.

April 1, 2017: Travel Grant due.

May 15, 2017: Program ads due.

May 15, 2017: Volunteer Applications due.

June 1, 2017 or until spaces are sold out: Vendor Application.

June 1, 2017 or until spaces are filled: ABDC Showcase Application.

June 1, 2017: On-line stage form and music due

June 20, 2017: On-line registration for workshops ends. Tickets available at the ABDC Front desk for open workshops and galas during convention hours


Amara Belly Dance Floorwork

Photo: Vance Strickland

Friday, June 24: 1:00-3:00 pm: Arab Trap Dance

Turn your Turkish into Twerk. Make your taqsim liquid. Pop those accents. And tick those shimmies. Arab Trap Dance is a new genre that fuses Middle Eastern dance and Hip Hop. Trap music brings it all home with its fast paced syncopated dropping beats and haunting melodies.
Skill level: All levels.

Saturday, June 25: 9:30 am-12:30 pm: Exploring the World of the Drum Solo with Ozzy and Amara

Understand both sides of the drum solo equation from world renowned Darbuka player Ozzy and dancer Amara. Through combos, drills, and improvisational tools, you will study the most important aspects of performing with a live drummer. Learn drum sounds and rhythms and moves that work with them. Dissect important transitions in order to get the most out of nuances and enhance your show. Explore the structure of an Arab drum solo including how they are composed and improvised. Understand the relationship between drummer and dancer and how to maximize your time on stage together.
Skill level: All levels.

Amara Belly Dance Sword

Photo: Herb Kissling

Amara, PhD, is known for her entertaining and dynamic American belly dance style and as a leading innovator in theatrical Middle Eastern dance. She has held long-term performing engagements at many nightclubs and restaurants and has been highlighted in over 15 commercial videos. In addition to teaching dance studio classes and teacher training, Amara has taught accredited courses at several universities. Amara is the Co-Executive Producer and Artistic Director of the ABDC, and Director of Training 4 Dance Teachers, and Director of Ya Helewa! Dance Company. She has also produced EEMED concerts, and co-Producer of X-MED and Tarab workshops. Amara holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from UC Riverside and a BA in Ethnomusicology from FSU. She now spends her time between Austin and Sydney.

Watch Amara in Action!