Workshop Descriptions

Lounge A Go-Go

Bongos, marimbas, and other worldly voices- tap into the chill of mid-20th century Lounge music, with this choreography workshop! You will be introduced to the strange, somewhat weird layers of instrumental (and vocal) tracks that are perfect for layering in our tribal fusion format. Emphasis on posture, facial expression, and timing are key elements in using the excitement of these lounge and exotica tracks. Choreography will be taught as short combos, and then put together with a song chosen specifically for this workshop.

Bellydance experience highly recommended. This is a fast-paced choreography class.

Calamitous Combos: Sassy Selections from Sam

Come and learn the break down of some of Calamity Sam’s typical dance combinations. 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 the elements of the Combinations.

Bellydance experience highly recommended. Isolations, as well as pops, locks, and serpentine movement will be used.

Dance It Like You Love It: Active Listening and Musicality

Active listening … Are you doing it? The music you choose can be a backdrop to a choreography, or the driving force behind every move you make. In both instances, you need to be aware of the feeling and attitude the music evokes. In this workshop, we will focus on actively listening to music and pairing appropriate movement with different songs. You will learn a selection of combinations and analyze their association to the music- but the emphasis will be on listening. I hope to help instill in you the confidence of KNOWING your music, so you can truly dance it like you love it.
Some belly dance experience recommended. Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move, and bring a notebook and yoga mat.

A Call To Arms

Say farewell to T-Rex arms and buh-bye to chicken wings. This workshop will take you through some simple exercises to shake new arm patterns out of your dance. Building on the foundation of strong tribal arms, we will play with movement initiated not only from the shoulders and upper back, but also from the fingers and wrists. We will combine these movements with isolations in the torso and hips, and practice them while moving across the floor. There will be a warm up/cool down geared toward the arms, shoulders, and upper back. My goal is for you to leave the class with some new arm movements in your pocket!
Some belly dance experience recommended. Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move, and bring a yoga mat.


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