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Sharon Kihara at the Austin Belly Dance Convention
Friday, May 29: 1:00-4:00 pm: Tribal Fusion Strengthening: Technical Clinic

Let’s get in there and clean our technique! This clinic is perfect for the Tribal Fusion dancer wishing to add to their skill set or for any experienced dancer desiring more polish and refinement for their performances. Start with a very warming drill session. We will work through the entire body top to toes, cleaning our lines, and finding our balance in order to execute more advanced moves, such as fast turns and spins, musical layers and accents, flutters, hair work, and more. All of this culminates in some hot combos. Excellent for the performing dancer!
Skill level: Intermediate and Advanced.

Saturday, June 25: 4:00-6:00 pm: Hard-Core Folklore: Kawleeya Fusion Style

This is a fun, folky and furious choreography workshop in the passionate, intense Iraqi-inspired style. Learn an original choreography to original music created just for Sharon’s interpretive style of Kawleeya; strong, earthy, and fierce. Learn about the roots of Iraqi Kawleeya dance, key movements, and let your hair down (literally) with a full choreography. This class involves hair work and a good amount of head and neck movement, so correct alignment and technique will be taught to ensure safety.
Skill level: Intermediate and up.

Sunday, June 26: 1:00-3:00 pm: Mimpish Squinnies: Lovely Belly Dance Combinations Inspired by Nature

These pretty dances have been inspired by the natural world: florae, faunae, archetypes, and elements alike.  Creating a confluence of expression by employing contrasting yet complimentary qualities of movement, we will enjoy executing some beautiful shapes and offer a little extra beauty to the world. Tentacular arm sequences, precise feet, and gorgeous lines will be just the ticket.
Skill level: All levels.

Sharon Kihara at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: Brund O'hara

A seasoned performer, inspirational teacher, and exotic personality, Sharon Kihara is known the world over for her avant-garde sensibilities, as well as for her graceful and powerful technique. She comes from a strong background in Western dance, including Ballet and Jazz. But her true love came in the form of Bellydance, first witnessed by Sharon as a child in its Cabaret form, then as Tribal Style in the mid-nineties. As her mind had been blown beyond all hope for repair, she decided to pursue this art form with full enthusiasm. Sharon joined the Bellydance Superstars, beginning in early 2004, and has been touring internationally full-time ever since.  She has taught and performed in over 35 countries, shared stages with acts such as Missy Elliot, the Black Eyed Peas, and multiple Circus and Fire Arts troupes, and co-headlined with the Bellydance Superstars on the main stage at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival. Currently, she is working with Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution Company.

Watch Sharon in Action!