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WORKSHOPS

Four Amazing Days of Workshops! International Belly Dance Festival In Orlando, Florida

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OMARIS

FRIDAY

9 AM - 11 AM | POSING FOR THE CAMERA - PHOTO SECRETS REVEALED

POSING FOR THE CAMERA - PHOTO SECRET REVEALED!
Have you ever wondered how dancers get incredible photos?  Ever dressed up, felt beautiful, then turn completely awkward in front of a camera? What do other dancers have that you don't? The secret is... you have *everything* you need to take great photos! All you need is a few tricks to transform your photos from ordinary to awesome. Come learn from master poser Omaris simple but essential techniques that will help you create magical photos! Not only is Omaris a professional dancer and model who utilizes these strategies herself; she also knows the ins and outs of posing from her BA in advertising, and her Certificate in Professional Photography.


We'll utilize breathing techniques, as well as work with arm, hand, and body angles. Through simple movements and adjustments, we'll create YOUR best poses and lines! You'll walk away with confidence, knowing exactly how to pose naturally and effectively for the camera, every time.
 

Bring a notebook, and any favorite props - veils, wings, anything that inspires you! We offered this class first in case you have a photo session, we help you make the most of your photo session.

SATURDAY

9 AM - 11 AM | IMPROVISATION TOOL KIT

Dance is your passion, your love, your obsession, your voice... How can you more fully embody these feelings through your dance? Unlock your inner voice and let yourself be heard! Omaris will teach you how to convey your emotions through the fluidity of your hands, the drama down the length of your arms, and your energy. We'll work on techniques and drills to help you effectively utilize your hands and arms, giving you the fluidity to freely express yourself!

 

12 PM - 2 PM | EXPRESSIVE HANDS AND ARMS

In this workshop, Omaris will teach you how to use different movements are vary the intensity, and texture, and show different emotions. We will drill different steps such as arms, torso, and juicy steps making them different using texture, speed, and emotions. We will use our energy and steps to communicate our passion through music. This workshop is an excellent tool for Baladi and interpretative dance. All levels are welcome.

SUNDAY

9 AM - 11 AM | CHOREOGRAPHY OMARIS' SIZZLING STYLE

Create texture and versatility modifying the speed and emotion of your movement. Omaris will teach you how to interpret and follow the melody in this upcoming sizzling choreography​. We will focus on expression, texture, and feeling, and in the way, we can transmit energy and emotion. Acclaimed by the audience and peers, learn with Omaris a beautiful choreography​ to let your spirit fly.  

 

EBONY QUALLS

FRIDAY

4 PM - 6 PM | URBAN FUSION TECHNIQUE

Study a challenging and unique spin on fusion belly dance. Drill technique that will inform new combinations which are influenced by urban styles found in hip hop, retro funk styles such as popping, and the timeless influence of raqs sharqi. Build coordination, work on isolating movements, and expand your dance style with unusual combos. This workshop will be high energy, prepare to sweat and have fun. Dance shoes recommended, but not required.  

 

2 PM - 4 PM | LAYER CAKE: ADVANCED FUSION LAYERING AND CHOREOGRAPHY

Get ready to multitask! We'll start by drilling basic undulations, accents and shimmies with an emphasis on isolating these movements. Then, we'll embellish those basics by layering them one piece at a time. Kick it up a notch with traveling steps to create clean layers along with strong and controlled movement. Learn powerful, yet graceful combinations that can be used in choreography or improvisation. Dance shoes recommended, but not required.

SUNDAY

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JILLINA

FRIDAY

2 PM - 4 PM | Harmonizing Rhythms: Mastering the Art of Bellydance Fusion

Fusion not Confusion: A Deep Dive into the Mechanics of What Makes Great Fusion

Description: This masterclass explores the intricate balance of blending diverse dance forms into cohesive, captivating bellydance fusion. Learn to discern each element from its original form and expertly fuse them into new fresh moves. Delve into the mechanics of rhythm, movement, and cultural nuances that make great fusion, transcending traditional boundaries to create an expressive, harmonious and innovative dance experience.

SATURDAY

2 PM - 4 PM | You have the Power: Transformative Techniques in Bellydance to Elevate and Captivate

Description: Use dynamic turns, changing levels, accurate accents, powerful arms and striking poses to drive emotions of your audience. Elevate your dance to an emotive art form with dynamic turns, level changes, and powerful arm movements. Learn to strike poses that resonate with your audience, driving the emotional narrative of your performance. This masterclass focuses on technical skills and expressive movements that transform a routine into a storytelling masterpiece.

SUNDAY

12 PM - 2 PM | Ensemble Elegance: Creating and Directing Group Choreographies

Description: Dive into the world of large group choreographies, where complexity meets character. This masterclass focuses on designing, choreographing, and executing intricate dance pieces with large groups or ensembles. Learn the nuances of synchronizing movements, creating thematic coherence, and bringing out individual characters within a unified performance.

ZHOR

THURSDAY

12 PM - 2 PM | BALLET FOR BELLYDANCERS WITH ZHOR

Expand your performance repertoire with this Two-Hour Workshop with Zhor! Join me for a two-hour workshop that will delve into the intricacies of ballet, lines, and movements. Learn  to incorporate these elements into your performances or choreography and take your skills to the next level. Get ready to fall in love with your arms! In this session, we'll explore the wonder and structure of those wiggly wonders. Zhor, will take you on a scrumptious journey of arm movements that ooze grace, poise, and elegance.

 

What is the significance of ballet training for belly dancers?

The discipline of ballet provides the necessary strength, flexibility, and posture needed to execute the complex movements of belly dance. Furthermore, ballet emphasizes grace, fluidity, and musicality, which are all important aspects of belly dance. Ballet training also helps belly dancers to develop a deeper understanding of body alignment, which is crucial for preventing injuries and improving technique. In short, ballet training is a valuable tool for any belly dancer looking to improve their skills and performance.

 

 

12 PM - 2 PM | THE ART OF SHOWMANSHIP WITH ZHOR

Discover the Art of Showmanship that results when the enchanting rhythms of Belly Dance blend with the ethereal grace of Ballet. Through this unique combination, presence, art, and performance come together to create an unforgettable and truly magical experience. Prepare to be swept off your feet by Zhor's breathtaking choreography. Follow his lead as he guides you through a sequence of fluid movements that blend arm movements with posture, poses, and seamless transitions. Zhor will craft custom arrangements to give your performance that extra pizzazz!

 

Join Zhor on stage with his stunning choreography of “Salma” Music by Hanine El Alam - Calling all Dancers! Join me for an unforgettable experience and learn a beautifully elegant and straight forward choreography that will showcase the steps taught in the "Zhor's Ballet for Belly Dancers Workshop." This production number will highlight movement patterns and group coordination, as well as the art and illusion of staging.

 

In this beautifully choreographed stage production, we will be exploring the graceful and elegant movements of the "Golden Era" of belly dance. Bring a veil. Our journey will continue with elegantly positioned arms and graceful, fluid arm movements. Achieving Smooth and Graceful Movement with Elongated and Fluid Poses In order to create seamless transitions, cross-overs and elegant travel patterns, incorporating elongated and fluid poses is essential. Important Information for Dancers Participating in the Stage Production: Dancers wear your most elegant and beautiful costumes, along with a matching veil.

FRIDAY

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SUSU PAMPANIN

FRIDAY

12 PM - 2 PM | MASTERCLASS: RHYTHMIC RESONANCE - THE ART OF ADVANCED DRUMMING

 

Mastering Drum Solo Constructs: Embark on an analytical journey to comprehend the intricate frameworks of drum solos. This deep dive ensures participants understand not just how to play, but also how to seamlessly integrate with a band.

 

Complex Rhythmic Exploration: Dissect and perfect elaborate rhythms, refining your ability to adorn them with finesse. This segment is designed to challenge, expand, and elevate your rhythmic prowess.

 

The Art of Accentuation: Grasp the significance of creating accents, an essential skill that enriches the auditory experience for both dancers and fellow musicians.

 

Live Improvisation Techniques: Equip yourself with the tools and confidence to improvise in real-time, whether accompanying a dynamic band or a captivating dancer. Navigate the unpredictability with grace and precision.

 

Crafting Percussive Narratives: Delve into the art of intertwining intricate beats, rhythms, and pulses. Develop a robust percussion lexicon, enabling you to craft mesmerizing auditory tales.

 

This isn't just a workshop - it's an immersive rhythmic adventure designed for those truly passionate about honing their craft. Secure your spot in the masterclass and embark on a journey that promises to redefine your relationship with rhythm and sound.

SATURDAY

9 AM - 11 AM | MASTERCLASS: SYNCHRONICITY IN MOTION - DANCING WITH A LIVE DRUMMER

(Dancers and Drummers Encouraged to Attend)

Join the esteemed Susu Pampanin and TerriAnne Gutierrez in an immersive exploration of the dynamic interplay between drummers and dancers in this expertly crafted masterclass.

Decoding Drum Solo Structures: Delve deep into the anatomy of a drum solo. This session illuminates the nuances of its construction, offering invaluable insights for both dancers and percussionists, ensuring a robust foundational understanding.

 

Harmonizing Dance and Drum: In this interactive segment, participants will be segmented into drummers and dancers. Here, dancers will master choreographic elements tailored to drum solos, while drummers finesse their rhythms to complement the dancer's movements.

 

The Art of Improvisation: Venture into the unpredictable realm of spontaneous performance. Equip yourself with techniques to seamlessly synchronize with a live drummer, especially when the upcoming rhythm remains a mystery. Relish in the raw energy emanating from the fusion of two artists in their element.

The Passionate Synergy: Reflect on the unparalleled dedication of a musician who has poured countless hours into mastering their craft, and a dancer who mirrors that passion. This session celebrates the ephemeral magic birthed when their worlds collide, creating moments that are eternally unique.

 

Seize this unparalleled opportunity to elevate your craft, understand the profound bond between dancer and drummer, and encapsulate moments of raw, unrepeatable magic. Join this masterclass and step into a world where rhythm and motion merge into unforgettable harmony. Discover the secrets of dancing with unmatched technique, precision, and soul as Susu and TerriAnne guide you, step by step. From foundational beats to the most intricate rhythms, we'll break them down so you can seamlessly incorporate them into your dancing and drumming repertoire.

SUNDAY

12 PM - 1:30 PM | INTRODUCTION TO ARABIC DRUMMING

(Perfect for Dancer's Who Want to Explore Rhythms)

This workshop is tailored for beginners. Dive deep into the mesmerizing world of Middle Eastern rhythms and discover the essential techniques that form the bedrock of this ancient musical tradition.

Introduction to Drum Structure: Start with the basics as you familiarize yourself with the anatomy of the drum. Understand its parts, the significance of each, and the correct posture and hand techniques to produce the desired sounds.

 

Mastering Basic Rhythms: Unravel the core rhythms that form the backbone of Arabic music. Learn rhythmic patterns like Maqsum, Baladi, Saidi, and Wahda among others. Understand their distinct beats and how they set the mood for various musical pieces.

The Essence of Accents: Accents are the heartbeats of Arabic drumming. Grasp the nuances of emphasizing particular beats to enrich the musical experience and add depth to your performance.

Join us and ignite your passion for rhythm, dance, and the enchanting world of Arabic music. Your rhythmic journey begins here!

BELLADONNA

FRIDAY

9 AM - 11 AM | SYMBOLISM, SYNCHRONICITY & SLAY

Boho Blade Power Poses for Precision (for single and double sword) The Boho Blade format has over 200 named and codified shapes that have been created for you to help you develop precise spatial awareness, Find the comfort in your own body when holding your blade, and help you bring your fierceness forward. Your sword is your dance partner and also an extension of yourself. Power Poses look great in photos which helps a dancer get positive feedback on the work they put into their practice and performance, they also act as a safe place to default to when you get distracted or if things are not going right for a second, and finally they are the dots that we connect in the Boho Blade system to help dancers achieve our mission of Powerful Purposeful Presentation.

SATURDAY

 

4 PM - 6 PM | FIERCE FUSION FRAGMENTS

Be mesmerized by Bella's Boho fusion group improv style of short fragments of choreography. Edgy and industrial strength combinations perfect for goth, industrial and some pop music.

SUNDAY

 

9 AM - 11 AM | WELLNESS & LONGEVITY PRACTICES - "ME TIME"

Join Belladonna for a relaxing and restorative movement practice including stretching and breath work. The perfect way to rejuvenate and actively rest and reset during your dance intensive weekend. I like to call is "me time". 

Belladonna is a certified yoga instructor and dance educator with over 23 years of teaching experience. She believes in creating space for you to take the time to take care of yourself, check in with yourself and well... roll around on the floor, to help you feel better.

 

This class is designed for dancing bodies that are looking to improve or maintain flexibility, passive strength and promote relaxation.

Please bring a yoga mat and a belt or strap (optional blanket, towel and or blocks)

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TERRIANNE

THURSDAY

4 PM - 6 PM | MASTERING THE ART OF DANCING WITH ZILLS

Elevate Your Performance with Refined Musicality & Dynamic Moves! Unlock the secrets of deep musical connection with TerriAnne, a maestro in the realm of dance and rhythms. Through this comprehensive workshop, you'll delve into the foundational elements of musicality, from beats to rhythms, ensuring every step you take is in harmonious sync with the music.

But that's not all! Ever wanted to captivate your audience with the enchanting sound of zills, all while maintaining the grace of your dance? TerriAnne will guide you step by step, ensuring you play zills with utmost confidence, adding a mesmerizing layer to your performance.

Elevate the aesthetics of your dance with an array of elegant, fluid arm movements that speak a language of their own. Couple that with high-energy entrance dynamics, and you're on your way to delivering show-stopping performances that leave audiences spellbound. Join us on this transformative journey and take your dance prowess to unparalleled heights!"

ZIZI ZABANEH

SUNDAY

4 PM - 6 PM | FLAMENCO ARABE - POWERFUL MANTON

An incredible Flamenco Arabe Fusion workshop with Zizi Zabaneh.  Learn fundamental Flamenco moves that you can incorporate into your belly dance routine.

 

You will learn Manton and Skirt technique, Braseo (arm work), dance combinations, and much more.

Using all that you learn in the workshop, you will learn a powerful moves to complete your choreography.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best Flamenco Arabe instructors and choreographers.

 

 *** Please bring a wide long skirt and big triangular piece of fabric.​***.

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Jacques Al Asmar

THURSDAY

2 PM - 4 PM | BUILDING AUTHENTIC CULTURAL CHOREOGRAPHIES

 

Discover the Rhythmic Heartbeat of Egypt: An Advanced Masterclass!

Embark on a riveting journey into the depths of Egyptian dance traditions in this elite masterclass tailored for the discerning dancer. Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of Egyptian culture, we'll delve deep into the intricate rhythms of Masmudi and the Chiftetelli family, unearthing the secrets that make them so mesmerizing.

 

Guided by expert instructors Jacques Al Asmar and his mentor Amina Goodyear, prepare to immerse yourself in intensive dance sessions where you'll master sophisticated combos and unlock the art of improvisation. By the end of this course, you'll possess the finesse to craft spontaneous choreography that captivates and enthralls.

Deep dive into the enchanting musical genres of Magence, Tarab, and Shaabi, each adding a distinct flavor and richness to your dance repertoire.

Don't merely learn to dance; become a maestro of rhythm and movement. Reserve your spot now and dance your way into the annals of Egyptian dance legend! You may film yourselves at the end of your workshop.

FRIDAY

4 PM - 6 PM | DANCING TO LIVE MUSIC ADVANCED

 

Master the Nuances of Dancing to Live Egyptian Music: A Masterclass!

Dive deep into the heart of Egyptian musical traditions in this advanced workshop, designed for those passionate about perfecting their artistry. Discover the intricate layers of songs in varied arrangements, and experience the dynamism and depth each version offers.

Under the expert guidance of Jacques Al Asmar and Amina Goodyear, an authority in the realm of Egyptian dance, gain invaluable insights into the cultural essence and sensitivities. Engage in thoughtful discussions on the dos and don’ts, ensuring your dance not only impresses but also respects the rich traditions it emanates from.

Venture into the captivating realms of Magence, Tara, and Shaabi. Learn, dissect, and internalize the distinct elements that make each genre unique. As we immerse in this dance odyssey, come prepared to move with grace, passion, and precision. And don’t forget your notebook - every moment offers a learning opportunity you'll want to capture.

Elevate your dance knowledge, technique, and cultural understanding in one transformative session. Secure your place now and step into the world of Egyptian dance with renewed fervor and professionalism!

GINA MARIE

THURSDAY

12 PM - 2 PM | POWERFUL TRIBAL FUSION COMBINATIONS

Unleash the Power of Tribal Fusion: Dynamic Dance Combinations with Gina Marie!

Step into the enthralling world of tribal fusion dance and unlock the potential to craft electrifying combinations that will catapult your performance into the stratosphere. Choreographers, live music aficionados, or anyone with a beat in their heart – this masterclass is tailor-made for you.

With Gina Marie at the helm, dive deep into the rich tapestry of dance lexicon. Amplify your repertoire with moves infused with unparalleled depth, raw emotion, and pinpoint rhythmic accuracy. Envision every pirouette, twist, and twirl elevating your connection with the audience, transporting them into a whirlwind dance odyssey that they'll reminisce for years to come.

But that's not it! Gina Marie is set to unveil coveted secrets, turning simple moves into jaw-dropping sequences that hold the gaze and drop the jaws of every spectator.

Don't just dance; create magic! Book your slot, revel in the rhythms, and let's set the stage ablaze together.

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ANASTASIA KRIT

THURSDAY

4 PM - 6 PM | DANCING TO LIVE MUSIC TOOLKIT

 

Dive into the Vibrant World of Live Dance Performance: A Comprehensive Workshop!

Embarking on the rhythmic journey of dancing to live music is exhilarating, yet it can be daunting if one is unprepared. It's not merely about moving to the beat; it's an art of synchronizing with the melody, understanding the nuances, and delivering a captivating performance.

In this enriching workshop, delve deep into the heart of the most common belly dance rhythms. Distinguish between the subtle intricacies of recorded versus live tracks and master the art of utilizing the stage to its full potential.

Get ready to set the floor on fire! But, don't forget to bring along a notebook. As we journey through the vibrant world of dance, you'll want to jot down valuable insights. The workshop promises a perfect blend of theory and practice; you'll be dancing and learning simultaneously.

Concluding our session, the talented Anastasia will host a Q&A segment. Here's your golden opportunity to clear all your doubts about enthralling live band performances. Step in with curiosity, and step out with confidence!

GITANA DE LA ROSA

SATURDAY

4 PM - 5:30 PM | ECHOS OF ALOHA - HULA: STORYTELLING FROM THE HEART

Immerse yourself in an enthralling odyssey where Hawaiian hula transcends mere movement and becomes a pulsating chronicle of emotion. As the Masters of storytelling in Hawaii have shared their history for generations, so too will you harness the ancient magic of visual narration.

Storytelling Through Dance: Dive deep into a world where every sway, every gesture paints vivid tales of love, heart-wrenching loss, humor, majestic stories of royalty, and awe-inspiring depictions of Earth's unmatched beauty.

Test Your Limits: Awaken your body with a Tahitian warm-up designed not just to invigorate, but to challenge your very core. Feel the burn, embrace the intensity, and emerge stronger with every beat.

Embrace Oceanic Rhythms: The vast oceans have whispered their secrets to island cultures for eons. Now, let their songs, rhythms, and movements wash over you, carrying with them tales of passion, inspiration, and the indomitable spirit of the waves.

The Heartbeat of Hawaii: Delve deep into the profound lessons of 'aloha' and 'ohana'. More than just words, they are the embodiment of universal love and the bonds that tie us all. Discover their true essence and let them transform not just your dance, but your very soul.

This is no ordinary workshop. It's a voyage, a dance-laden journey into the very essence of Hawaiian culture. With each step and story, you'll not only hone your craft but will also resonate with the heartbeat of an ancient civilization.

Are you ready to dance songs of the spirit of the waves? To feel the rhythm of islands in your very core? Join us and become not just a dancer, but a storyteller for the ages.

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