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


Ozzy at the Austin Belly Dance Convention
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.

Sunday, June 26: 11:00 am-1:00 pm: Evolution of the Drum Solo

World renowned Darbuka player Ozzy teaches one of his most popular drum solos, “Evolution of the Drum Solo.” Learn tricks and breakdowns of all the combinations and how to put them together to create a high power and mesmerizing drum solo. Every drummer, beginner to professional, will be challenged and come away with new technique. You will also have the opportunity to perform on Sunday afternoon’s ABDC Showcase with Ozzy.
Skill level: All levels.

Private lessons with Ozzy are available through the registation page.

Ozzy at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Master percussionist, Ozzy began playing the darbuka in 2001. Fascinated by rhythm, Ozzy is constantly striving to innovate the art of drumming by developing new combinations using interesting techniques. Half Moroccan and half Egyptian, Ozzy was born in Israel and raised in Miami, Florida. His showmanship and style is reflective of his hot-blooded roots and influenced by his hometown’s vibrant Latin dance and music scene. Ozzy’s drumming is eccletic; the same way you see Ozzy drumming to today’s hottest music, you can find him performing alongside classically trained Egyptian Bellydancers. Ozzy has performed with renowned groups such as Hahbi’Ru, Zatar and Qadim as well as popular Bellydancers such as Jillina, Ansuya, and Jill Parker. Ozzy has recorded with world famous composer Paul Dinletir, and with Latin Grammy nominated artist Elsten Torres. Currently, Ozzy is on tour as the lead drummer for Jillina’s theatre production, Bellydance Evolution, as well as teaching workshops all around the world and online on his website. He is also working on releasing a new set of instructional DVDs and his new album, “Yallah Tabla” due to release summer of 2016.

Watch Ozzy in Action!