Steven Eggers - Improving Your Improvisational Skills
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

Steven Eggers - Improving Your Improvisational Skills

Build up those improvisational skills to become a better performance artist! Steven will lead you in playing a variety of improvisational games and exercises that will boost your confidence, help you gain your own trust as a dancer, and allow you to be vulnerable in a safe and controlled environment.

Skill level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate.

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Anna - Toul Omri: A Modern Egyptian Choreography
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

Anna - Toul Omri: A Modern Egyptian Choreography

Explore the exciting elements of Modern Egyptian style with quick turns, attention grabbing accents, and bold dramatic movement inspired by Cairo's hottest performers. Along the way, you will learn tips to help you modernize your own dance style as you discover the qualities and characteristics that make modern Egyptian style "Modern."

Skill level: Advanced

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Jef Stott - Production and Creation of Middle East Fusion Music
Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

Jef Stott - Production and Creation of Middle East Fusion Music

Go under the hood with acclaimed producer Jef Stott to learn tools and techniques for producing world fusion music with an emphasis on Near Eastern musical styles and influences. Focus on building compelling arrangements in a variety of styles, recording and mixing traditional instruments, audio editing, writing for choreography and performance/ DJ technique.

Skill level: All levels.

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Z-Helene - Zill Thrill Solos! My Signature Riffs Using The Z-Helene Method
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Z-Helene - Zill Thrill Solos! My Signature Riffs Using The Z-Helene Method

Z-Helene has been posting her 20 second Zill Thrills on the internet for two years now with great acclaim. In this workshop, she will give you the basics of her user-friendly zill technique. Z-Helene will teach you several of her favorite “riffs” from her online Zill Thrills and then guide you through exercises to develop your own expressions with the finger cymbals so that you can do your own zill solos.

Skill level: All levels.

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Georgia Michelle - Belly Samba Fusion
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Georgia Michelle - Belly Samba Fusion

Belly Samba Fusion is a unique blend of dynamic hips and Near East rhythms with the vibrance of Brazil and dance moves from Rio Carnival. Join us and learn Samba technique for Belly dance! Understand how to combine these two beautiful dances to create exciting combos and performances that will make your artistry shine!

Skill level: All levels.

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Ranya Renee - Organically Grown Egyptian Oriental
Jun
24
9:30 AM09:30

Ranya Renee - Organically Grown Egyptian Oriental

An integrated journey into classic Oriental dance design, from the ground up! Many dancers stick with just the rhythmic cycles and the usual counts of 8, but focusing on the melody line brings out the romantic essence of the dance and allows for greater personal expression. From in-place taqasim to around-the-space traveling combinations, we’ll explore deep, satisfying Egyptian technique expressing the forward motion of the melody line in the body—movement evolution driven by musical phrasing, which enables the dancer to encompass both the rhythm and the melody in her visual storytelling. With muscular technique practice designed to control and guide the movements to keep abdominal work smooth even when traveling.

Skill level: All levels.

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Hannah Romanowsky - When the Spirits Move You: An Exploration of Dance and Trance in the Islamic World
Jun
24
9:30 AM09:30

Hannah Romanowsky - When the Spirits Move You: An Exploration of Dance and Trance in the Islamic World

This lecture-participatory workshop examines trance and embodied healing rituals from Central Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East, including Zar, Guedra, and Sufi mystical practices. Topics include how indigenous traditions have interwoven with the dominant religious paradigm to create the variety of spiritual expressions that characterize the Islamic world. We will explore the trance-inducing movements themselves, relating them both to somatic therapy techniques and esoteric concepts to more fully appreciate the healing and spiritual dimensions of dance and embodied ritual in the greater Middle East. Dance slippers or sticky socks are recommended for ease with turns.

Skill level: All levels.

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