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Festival Workshops

Raquy's workshops: "Middle Eastern Rhythms for Dancers" - 2 hours

 

The better a dancer's sense of time and understanding of rhythms, the better their performance! This course covers many aspects of rhythmic training which will give belly dancers the skills to identify and dance to the main rhythms and drum solo patterns used in Middle Eastern music. 

A drum is not necessary for this course. Dancers can use zills, clapping or their body to do the exercises.

This Course Includes: 

* Learn to divide a beat 

* Learn how to determine the meter of any rhythm you hear 

* Learn to count and identify the main Middle Eastern rhythms 

After This Course You Will:

 * Be able to hear a song and identify the meter 

* Be able to recognize the main middle eastern rhythms 

* Be able to dance in a way that reflects the rhythm

 

Zhenya Akimova's workshops: "Central Asian Immersion" - 3 workshops, 2 hours each

 

Three schools of classic Uzbek dance.

1. Ferghana style. 2 hours

2. Khorezm style. 2 hours

3. Bukhara style. 2 hours

During each workshop we'll learn the basic stylistic features, body mobility and steps characteristic of each Uzbek dance school, we'll learn several choreos typical for female dance vocabulary.

For the workshops please wear shoes with a small heel, you will also need small bracelets with bells for Bukhara style (any bracelets that do not restrict your movement will work).

 

The workshops will be held online and translated real time into English.

 

Devi Mamak's Workshops: "Old school tribal Combinations" - 2 hours

 

Inspired by Bal Anat, Hahbi Ru, and the Ghawazi dancers of Egypt Devi will use her knowledge of folkloric steps passed down to her from her first teacher Kaiya Seaton and her knowledge and passion for Tribal style Bellydance. These original combinations created by Devi will have the raw and grounded nature of folkloric dance coupled with the elegant grace of tribal style belly dance which you can inject into your next show stoppler!

"Zills and Musicality" - 2 hours

Devi will lead you through the Middle Eastern rhythms and time signatures used in ATS(r). She will then use her background as a Classically trained pianist, composer and teacher so you can better understand time signatures and accents. From there we will look at this in relation to zilling. Devi will then prescribe you a short but effective daily zill drill movement choreography [complete with handouts] using ATS(r) steps and combinations, incorporating zill patterns that you will learn in this workshop. You will be moving from one zill pattern to the next with ease in no time!

 

Kathy Stahlman's workshops: "FLAMENCO INSPIRATION in ATS®/FATCHANCE® STYLE BELLY DANCE" - 1.5 hours

 

ATS®/FatChance® style belly dance is a beautiful blend of dance movements and costuming inspired by ancient dancers from India, North Africa and Southern Spain. Part history lesson and part dance drills, this workshop takes us back to the early days of FatChance® with a look at the Flamenco influences.

Starting with the origins and (unknown history) of Flamenco influence in ATS®, we then drill and review popular and forgotten flamenco-inspired steps and technique from ATS® Vintage and Classic steps and technique.

"THE BEAUTY AND BENEFIT OF OLD SCHOOL OPULENCE" - 2 hours

 

Turbans and tassels are much more than costume choices. Just as form follows function, the choli, tassels belt, turban and other costuming elements that created the unique look of old school ATS®/FatChance® style opulence also influenced our movements, technique, choice of music and much more. This workshop takes you back in time to understand the technique benefits that each piece of original costuming brings to vintage, classic and modern ATS®/FatChance® style movements, with an emphasis on the classic choli, heavy hip belt and turban. Working in groups we also breakdown and drill how costuming elements influence leading, following and chorus. Come along on a journey to help up- level your technique and increase your ATS®/FatChance® style history.

Costuming items participants need to wear in the Old School Opulence workshop:

·       3-yard black cotton base scarf (we will tie a simple turban)

·       Non-stretch choli preferred

·       Tassel belt and Long fringe hip scarf (if possible)

·       25 yard skirt (just one)

·       Coin bra

"LOST MOVES & FORMATIONS OF ATS®/FATCHANCE® STYLE" - 2 hours

The last several years has seen an explosion of new steps created for ATS® dialect. This workshop looks to the past to bring back to life steps and formations that have been altered or lost in the evolution of ATS®/FatChance® style. With an emphasis on communication between dancers we examine and drill original variations of Tribal Basics steps while reviving the philosophy and techniques of the Café Format. Join Kathy and recreate the performance spaces of the San Francisco cafes, restaurants and street festivals where ATS® was born those many years ago. This workshop is a great follow-up to “Old School Opulence. Find new inspiration from the ATS® Archives to expand your dance history, open your mind and bring creative variations to your performance. Target Audience: Intermediate and up. (Knowledge of ATS® Basics slow and fast steps is required)

Costuming items participants need to wear in the Lost Moves workshop:

·       3-yard black cotton base scarf (we will tie a simple turban)

·       Choli

·       Tassel belt or Long fringe hip scarf (if possible)

·       25-yard skirt (just one)

·       Coin bra

 

Aisha's Workshops: "Egyptian Ghawazi" - 2 hours

 

The Ghawazi are the public dancing girls in Egypt who perform traditional dances at weddings, moulids and festivals, or any “rite of passage” celebration where their presence is considered propitious. Because it is generally forbidden for any female of a respectable family to display herself in public, the traditional dance is often performed by one of the tribes of Roma who migrated to Egypt centuries ago. During the 18th and 19th centuries the "Ghawazee" were the public dancing girls for every strata of society, although today only a few practitioners remain in certain rural regions where they are still in demand. Their dance is characterized by continuous controlled shimmies and stomping feet that imitate the movements of a horse. They play finger cymbals, or segat to accompany their movements.

" Algerian Ouled Naïl" -

2 Hours

 

A Berber tribe who originally resided in the high Atlas mountains of Algeria, best known for their dancing girls in the 19th century, during the French occupation. Although they were first discovered by the Legionnaires stationed at desert outposts where the girls would come to entertain, they soon attracted the attention of the photographers and painters from Europe who staged and photographed them for the world to see. They often dance flicking scarves and shawls to the music, but are most distinguished by their bouncing belly movement which gave their dance it's name "danse du ventre".

"Tunisian Shaabi" - 2 hours

 

Shaabi means "of the people" or "folk", and this is one of the most dynamic dance styles in North Africa, the dance is distinguished by swift thrusting hip movements and forward back twists accompanied by traditional syncopated drum rhythms and the drone of the gaita, a goatskin bagpipe. It is performed by Arabs and Berbers alike although it is sometimes romantically referred to as a "Bedouin" dance.

"Moroccan Shikhat" -

2 Hours

 

The Shikhat dancers of Morocco like the Ghawazi of Egypt, also perform mainly at Weddings and Festivals, as well as for tourists. In Morocco the traditional music and dances are supported by the government and are thriving. The. Shikhat dance combines  bouncing belly movement with hair tossing borrowed from the Guedra and Zar, and fast percussive footwork which is sometimes performed on top of a section of oil can. Shikhat is the feminine plural of Sheik, so it means "the wise women leaders". Since they are not a tribe they are generally composed of groups of single women without families and can be Arab or Berber.

 

Workshop Schedule

 

November 4th is the official day off in Russia, this is why we have so many workshops on this day.
November 7 and 8 are the week-end.
The time given here is GMT!

Workshop registration

 

Some useful class info

 

The workshops are held online in Zoom. Please make sure you have an updated version of the app, you have stable online connection ahead of time.

When in Zoom, please rename your account to the name you used for workshop registration, so that we know it's actually you accessing the class and let you into the conference.

During the class please turn off your microphone - you will only need it to ask questions when the teachers offer this opportunity. Please test your system and learn the on-off buttons for sound beforehand.

Online workshop links and invitations will be sent ahead of time to the email you used to register for the workshops. Please come 10 or so minutes earlier so that we have the time to accommodate everyone and make sure everything works.

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