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


Elssane at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: Scott Belding

Friday, June 24: 3:30-5:30 pm: Tricks of the Trade: Teaching (Tribal Style) Bellydance

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Already a teacher, but want some more tools in your teacher bag? Teaching is an art completely separate from the art of the dance. With an M. Ed., Elsanne has trained over a hundred dance teachers throughout Mexico and Latin America. You will learn pedagogical concepts applied to the very important realm of dance class: Learning Styles, Levels of Learning, and Teaching Methods for Tribal group improvisation. Concepts learned are applicable to any style of dance class, and will be taught experientially and conversationally. Current teachers or teacher trainees will get the most out of this workshop, although anyone fascinated by the science of learning and teaching will enjoy.   
Skill level: Advanced and Teachers.

Sunday, June 26: 9:00-11:00 am: Impeccable Connectedness in Group Movement: Developing the Sixth Sense of Flocking

“The nirvana layer:” not only are you connected within, to the music and to the audience, but also completely aware of your place within the group structure. Completely connected in every direction = nirvana. How often do we see ensemble performances where each dancer appears in her own world, disconnected from the rest of the group? You will study ways of cultivating and developing the awareness that allow us to feel connected and enhance group synchronicity. You will also learn four dance combinations cue-able within a Tribal Improv format or as choreographic elements. 
Skill level: All levels. 

Elssane at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: Scott Belding

Elsanne's school in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is the hub for Tribal Style Bellydance in Mexico since 2001. Elsanne has 113 graduates of her teacher training project, Maestras del Tribal, from all around Mexico. She strives for social change and personal growth through dance. Also, Elsanne organizes Belibeya, a Tribal Improv festival in February in San Miguel de Allende.

Watch Elsanne in Action!