New York, Here we come!

The workshop information:

DJ Amar and Calamity Sam are a dynamic artistic duo from the vibrant Bay Area tribal fusion bellydance scene. Don’t miss this rare chance to study with these talented and generous artists!

Sunday March 13th from 12-4pm
Mastering Your Mix: A music mixing workshop for dancers with DJ Amar (12-1:30pm)
Get Strong’n’Sassy with Calamitous Drills and Combos! with Calamity Sam (2-4pm)
440 Studios, room 4A at 440 Lafayette between Astor Place and 4th Street
advance: $65 for both workshops, $35 for one / at the door: $80 for both, $45 for one
To register or for more information please contact
For more info about Amar and Sam, please visit

Mastering Your Mix: A music mixing workshop for dancers
DJ Amar (12-1:30pm)

Learn how to make an impressive sounding mix for your next performance using software that you can download for free. With a few simple steps you can adjust bass, midrange, and treble frequencies; cross-fade one track into the next; edit a track down to just the portions you need; adjust the volume of a song; and add layers using beats and ambient melodies from other songs. With my laptop and a projector, I will give an overview of key features and shortcuts to show you how to edit a track, use the fade in and out feature, add a second track, and make a mix using 3 songs. You’ll come away from the workshop knowing how to mix a continuous “Mastered” set with smooth transitions.


Get Strong’n’Sassy with Calamitous Drills and Combos!
Calamity Sam (2-4pm)

Come and learn the breakdown of some of Calamity Sam’s typical dance combinations while drilling to strengthen your body. Sassy, funny, and a little goofy- these combos can be used to add fun and comedic relief to your dance. Move from serpentine and slow to quick and isolated. The juxtaposition of these two elements can make a more dynamic dance- listening to the music for what it needs, we will apply these ideas and drill sections of Calamity’s signature style, linking them together to create combinations that can be easily inserted into your own dance. Isolations, pops, locks, and serpentine movement will be implemented, and we will be drilling level changes and arm patterns.


And the SHOW:

Sarah Johansson Locke and Alchemy Performance present

HYBRID: the Weaving
Saturday March 12th at 8:00pm
University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington), NYC

Alchemy Dance Theater
Alchemy Tribal Collective
Alchemy students

Special guests:
Donna Mejia (MA)
DJ Amar and Calamity Sam of Electric Vardo (CA)
Mavi (DC)

The Alchemy community has many threads. The central fabric of Alchemy Dance Theater, Alchemy Tribal Collective, and Sarah Johansson Locke’s students is supported and extended by our colleagues and collaborators as well as our audience, friends, and family. Our dance itself is a tapestry of tradition, reinvention, lineage, and creativity. Come join us as we gather together to celebrate the richness of this weaving in a new installment of the innovative HYBRID performance series, which Sarah founded in 1996 as a forum for new evolutions in contemporary global performance. HYBRID: the Weaving features core Alchemy dancers along with a crew of talented guest artists from across the country – all unique and inspiring threads, interwoven here to create a compelling evening of music and dance.

Advance tickets available from
General admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door (pending availability)
Artist/Student discount $15.00 (for those who can’t afford general admission)
VIP reserved seats $40 (support the artists and get the best seats in the house reserved for you – all proceeds go towards making this production happen: rehearsals, costumes, and more)

Amar and Sam will be teaching workshops on Sunday March 13th at 440 Studios. Don’t miss a rare chance to study with these inspiring and generous artists! Amar will teach you valuable new skills with Mastering Your Mix – A music mixing workshop for dancers, and Sam will share some of her unique style with Get Strong’n’Sassy with Calamitous Drills and Combos! Visit the Alchemy website to learn more and to register.

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