Angelika Nemeth's Workshop Topics
Dancing from the inside out
This class will focus on how and why to use muscle engagement, breath control, and alignment to improve movement. We'll apply the above techniques in belly dance combinations with an emphasis on isolations, transitions, arm work, and turns. Appropriate for all levels. (It is a fusion of Yoga fundamentals applied to belly dance technique)
Drum Solo ( Needs 2 to 3 hours)
A complete choreography (or combinations) focusing on identifying and interpreting rhythmic phrasing, technique for isolations, transitions, level changes, traveling steps, and infusing it all with passion!
Baladi Taqsim (aka Baladi Progression) (needs 3 to 4 hours)
An improvisational dance style that is typical of the urbanized Egyptian Baladi and often performed as part of a belly dance routine. Terminology will be defined and put into a cultural context. The subtle and contained, yet earthy movements will be presented and practiced within the traditional musical format that starts with a slow instrumental solo, and progresses through a sequence of musical changes gradually building tempo and energy. You will learn a short choreography suitable for solo or group performance to "Ra'asah Baladi" from the "Angelika Unveiled" CD.
Melaya Leff (needs 4 hours)
The Melaya Leff is a flirtatious stage dance depicting the character of the Egyptian women of Alexandria. A Melaya (pronounced “ME-LIE-AH”) is a large, black shawl made of nylon or silk in which the women wrap themselves when leaving the house. Under the Melaya, the dancer wears a form-fitting dress that is short, ruffled and bright in color. The "look" also includes open-toed slippers with high heels called ship-ship, and on her head she ties a small scarf decorated with flowers or pomp pomes. We will learn a sassy and fun choreography to "Don't Make Me Blush" from the "Angelika Unveiled" CD.
A Classical Egyptian Oriental Opening incorporating stage presence, traveling steps, turns, and fluid and dramatic veil work (a complete choreography or combinations)
Includes technique and attitude
Persian Bandari Learn an energetic regional dance from the seaport towns of Iran blending Arab, Persian and African dance movements. The class will focus on technique, 6/8 phrasing and cultural interpretation.
The Art of Taqsim
Taqsim is a non-metric instrumental improvisation. The term will be defined in depth both musically and culturally as it relates to Raqs Sharqi (aka Belly Dance). We'll explore the tenor of various instruments including the oud, kanoun, accordion, nai and violin; and practice interpreting the sound and mood with our body, hands, arms, and face. Taqasim (plural) with a rhythm or beat will also be covered.
Rags al Assaya: a short choreography that includes Egyptian cane technique and musical interpretation (could also be combination phrases instead of a complete choreography)
Will cover holding and manipulating a large circular veil with sticks, choosing appropriate music, getting creative, and practicing combinations or a complete choreography
The Art of Balancing
The class focuses on mental and physical techniques for balancing vertical props such as water jugs, baskets, and candelabras. We'll also cover posture, alignment, isolations, traveling steps, tempo and level changes. Bring a head scarf and a 1-gallon plastic water bottle filled 1/3 with sand or cat litter
Sandra's Workshop Topics
Beginner technique and choreography for Drum Solo
Advanced technique and choreography for Drum Solo
An uptempo drum solo choreography with an even mix of technique and personality. (3 hours)
Finger Cymbal drills, for beginner to advanced performers
Finger cymbal technique and choreography
Veil Combinations and Choreography – beginner through advanced
Taking it to the Next Level – a workshop designed for advanced beginner students who want to improve their technique and jump to an intermediate performance level. Learn the few fundamental things that separate a ‘dancer’ from a ‘student’ Includes drills and conditioning routines to work on technique, alignment, arms, and body awareness.
Build from the Ground up - Fancy footwork to graceful arms
Drops, Twists, and turns – unexpected combinations to captivate your audience.
Bellydance Drills to strengthen, build endurance, and increase control of Isolations
Slow and slinky Taxim - build a choreography from Improv (using Leilet Hob, Betwaanes Beek, or Ana Fintitharak)
Classic Egyptian Raks Sharki choreography with veil entrance - Music is Beata and Horacio's Raks Mimi. or Beata and Horacio's Arabian Dream or Beata and Horacio's Gala Oriental
Arabic Pop choreography - Sexy and fast, sultry and slow. Haifa's Fakerni has it all, and this choreography lives up to the music!
Fast and Fun – Middle Eastern Fusion Choreography with a Techno beat - Great for Tips and non Arabic audiences. Music: Hakim's ‘Yah Ho', Or Haifa's Fakerni (optional with finger cymbals)
Fast and Fun with Veil– Middle Eastern Fusion Choreography with a Techno beat - Great for Tips and non Arabic audiences.
Great for soloisit or group performances, veil choreographies are always an audience favorite. This one is fast-paced and exciting, and builds quick and fluid veil skills by adding variations onto traditional veil movements. (3 hours)
Homage to Classic American Bellydance – This Juicy choreography pays tribute to the 20th century American fascination with bellydance. Imagine a sexier, smoother, sultrier version of I Dream Of Jeanie, with a dose of kitsch, a spoonful of Egyptian Earthiness, and enough drama to please the toughest audiences. (3 hours)
Not-quite-traditional Turkish – Guaranteed to get the audience clapping and your skirt flying, this choreography mixes fast, modern footwork with traditional Turkish styling to show off the dancer’s athleticism and musicality. Sure to please both Middle Eastern and Non-MIddleEastern audiences. Music from Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla.
Persian Pop Choreography – The music is infectious and the style of dance is flirty, fun, and infinitely feminine. This choreography fuses a touch of club dancing to classical Arabic and Persian fundamentals.
Lecture and Discussion - How to Get Great Photographs. Learn how to chose the right photographer, communicate what you want, and come to the photoshoot prepared. End up with a dynamic range of photos that showcase your dance abilities.
Rak the Classics - Build up your repertoire or reignite your love of the standards with Sandra's spin on the Bellydance classics of the past. There's always something unexpected to freshen up even the most familiar tunes. Great for dancers who work with live musicians. Choose one or combine two or more for an afternoon of nostalgia with an updated feel. Music options include : Alf Leyla wa Leyla, Azziza, Enta Omri, Zeina, lei let Hob, and many others
Nourhan Sharif Workshop Topics
Rhythm Training & Drills Workshop! Bellydance Bootcamp! Utilizing her 4 Cds for training with Rhythms (co-produced with Karim Nagi a professional musican). Learn rhythms while learning combinations, one of her signatures when teaching as she drills technique into your body! Be prepared to sweat and learn Middle Eastern Rhythms! Nourhan will apply some of the rhythms we focus on to a piece of music or two time permitting! Nourhan is known for organized classes and has developed a method of teaching that works ! Many of her students are top dancers in NYC today because of her training ! Suggestion that you purchase the rhythm CDs in advance to get more out of the workshop
Assaya Technique for open levels ! Nourhan is known for her earthy Saidi movements and improvisation with the Assaya! More earthy & heavy than urban Cairo music. The scratchy cry of the rababa & the swirling shout of the mizmar, inspire a strong yet playful dance. The canes twirl & strike to the pounding Saidi beat of the huge Tabla Baladi. All the women & men of Southern Egypt enjoin in the optimistic tradition of Upper Egyptian dance. Their long galabayya flows with the song. The altitude is high, but the center of gravity is low !! Everyone will participate in this workshop by creating their own combo with the Assaya! Suggestion that you purchase Nourhans Assaya DVD before the workshop to get the most from this class!
Veils and combinations for the Bellydancer
Dancing with air - the art and mystery of veil work - mesmerize your audience with the poetry of swirling silk and the promise of lands long forgotten. Nourhan teaches how to make it look easy, natural, and feminine. The spirit of every dancer is unique-- the truly creative dancer calls all the elements into the realm of her performance-- the excitement of fire, beauty of air, wateriness of emotion, and grounding to the earth. Nourhan Sharif invites you to explore your own relationship to the elements and your own creative spirit through the magnificint experience of Middle Eastern Dance.
Dancing to Ulm Kalthoum & Abdel Halim Hafiz~ Combinations Please bring zills and a veil for this class as we will explore the use of both within the introductions in their Rich & diverse music! This music is hard to dance on but explosive when done properly ! Every Arabic speaking person on the planet is familiar with these singers and every dancer must know about them ! Nourhan will suggest which songs every dancer should have in her library and give cultural info on both famous singers!
Ruby's 2013 Workshop Topics
NEW **MODERN TURKISH ORIENTAL CHOREOGRAPHY (3 hours)
Ruby will review the common misconceptions about what makes Turkish style unique, then share a choreography where fast footwork and finesse come together in her version of modern Turkish Oriental style. Optional: bring character shoes or dance heels if you have them.
NEW **ARTFUL ENTRANCE CHOREOGRAPHY (3-4 hours)
Get down with drama in this dynamic entrance choreography geared towards Turkish/American Cabaret style Bellydance. This whirlwind routine is packed with drum solo bits, bursts of veil and a hint of floorwork! *please bring a 3 yard veil and knee pads
NEW **COMBOS, COMBOS, COMBOS (2+ hours)
Combinations are one of the most effective ways to build confidence and control in transitions and sequencing movement. This workshop offers several combinations focused on different aspects of the dance. Please bring a veil and zills just incase, the combos in this class are always evolving!
NEW **DEADLY DRUM SOLO CHOREOGRAPHY (2 or 4 hours)
This workshop is full of clever isolations, creative transitions and clear technique for drum solo and musical accents.
NEW**TACKLING TRANSITIONS… (2 hours)
Transitions can be one of the trickiest aspects of polishing your performance. This workshop will help remove blocks and provide inspiration for you to creatively develop your own signature transitions! Come prepared to participate.
NEW**PERFECT PRACTICE (2 hours)
In this workshop Ruby shares her secrets on how to practice and stay motivated. Lots of exploratory exercises and clever tricks are presented to keep your practice hours fun and productive!
NEW**VIVACIOUS VEIL (2 hours)
Expand yourself on stage and express the music with dynamic and dramatic veil transitions. Learn to use accents in the music to mystify your mechanics and make seamless sequences with your veil. Please bring both a chiffon half circle and silk 3+ yard rectangular veils.
TECHNIQUE, TURNS, DRILLS and ZILLS (2 hours)
In this improvisational class Ruby will help you pinpoint sticky spots in your footwork and technique. This fun class will get you moving! Come prepared to share a technique or concept you are working on in your personal practice.
ALL ABOUT ARMS (2 hours)
This workshop will reveal how to polish your performance with strong and innovative arm pathways and concepts. We will cover a full range of arm stylizations, combos and creative exercises to get your body and arms in sync with style.
SWIFTI CHIFTI (2 hours)
Get your Turkish style on with some fun, upbeat Chiftetelli combos and rhythm breakdown. We'll be breaking down the Chiftetelli rhythm then exploring how to dance to it upbeat style. Bring a half circle Chiffon veil.
ZILL DRILLS!!! (2 hours)
Get frustrated when dancing and zilling at the same time? Only have 4 patterns under your belt? In this fun and challenging workshop you will learn multiple zill patterns and step combinations. We will begin with finger cymbal pattern mastery and transition into layering isolation and step combinations with your zills.
EXPLORATIONS IN IMPROVISATION (2-4 hours)
Improvisation is at the heart of bellydance. This exploratory class will give you the tools to perform flawless improvisation on stage or in restaurant/clubs. Through staging technique, creative exercises and movement recall practices you'll be improvising in no time.
STANDING TAXIME (2-3 hours)
Standing taxime is one of the most challenging sections of the bellydance performance with an emphasis on deliberate and expressive improvisation to a single instrument. In this innovative class we begin with an intricate review of slow muscular isolations and steps then move into exercises in improvisation and self-awareness finishing off with ideas for interpreting individual instruments found in improvisational taxime.
Workshops Taught by Dalia Carella
Belly Dance (Near/Middle Eastern Dance) – the Dalia Carella Dance Technique– Dalia has created her own unique style in the field of Middle Eastern Dance, which students worldwide seek to be instructed in this format. This class focuses on taking traditional dance steps of the Near and Middle East while adding a contemporary twist within a Belly Dance format creating interesting combos, choreography and sizzling steps. Hip Work, interesting hands, body isolations and creative floor designs are taught in this class. The student really gets a class in technique and how to bring out more of their “sassiness and sensuality” while becoming one with the music!
Danse Orientale (Belly Dance) with Veil: The Luminous Veil Using Music from the Middle East, experience Dalia’s unique approach to veil work through her invaluable dance experience throughout the years. Looking for different ways of expressing yourself? This is geared for dancers to transform audiences while creating movement and shapes with fabric. Become one with the veil, feel its intensity, feel its beauty. Become it, flow with it. Expressive combinations and air design movement will be explored while using a veil. and give you new movements that can be used in night club and theater performances. A 3.5 to 4yd veil is recommended.
Arabica Latina – a hot and sassy fusion of Arabic Dance (Belly Dance) and Latin Dance (Salsa, Son and Latin Caribbean). In this workshop, we will have fiery combinations of a hip fest of movement and foot work taken mostly from Belly dance movement and Latin Dance. The music will be a blend of Arabic and Latin rhythms. These moments can give you a wider vocabulary to use when performing to Belly Dance infused with Latin rhythms and song No skirts are required.
El Mundo - a fusion of Arabic Dance, Flamenco and Latin Caribbean – This is a hot and fiery dance blending Arabic hip movements with Flamenco and Latin Caribbean skirt technique and arm work. The Latin Caribbean skirt work movements come from Puerto Rico Folk Dance called Bomba and Plena. We will be using a mixture of Arabic and Flamenco music and work on numerous combinations that will teach the dancer how to incorporate wisely the fusion of Spanish, Arabic and Latin Caribbean Dance. Learn dramatic and theatrical moves with your skirt and unique hand and arm technique that will enhance your own show stopping performance. Bring a full skirt to class.
El Mundo – Spanish fan and skirt work - Dalia has been dancing with the fan since 1980. She has developed a teaching style that makes a dancer leave the workshop feeling like they can dance with the fan with ease (also tips for practicing). In the workshop we’ll go over basic fan technique, and following that, work with intermediate fan technique and beyond. The movement will be a combination of Arabic dance and fiery and flirtatious Spanish fan and Latin Caribbean skirt movement. A big emphasis of Dalia’s fan work in this class will be on how to maximize performance techniques used when dancing with a fan. We will focus on drawing the audience into not only the fan, through imagery, but also working with the persona of a person dancing with the fan and the use of creative theatrical floor and air design. If you need to purchase a large Spanish fan go to: http://flamencoclosetcreations.web.officelive.com/fans.aspx Dalia will have some small to med to purchase but it is highly suggested to get the larger fans.
Dunyavi Roma (Gypsy) Dance – Dunyavi means “World” . This is one of Dalia’s signature art forms that she created in 1979, the name and the movement!. This style blends Turkish, Spanish and Indian Dance into one form. Turkish Roman hand gesturing and foot work are combined with Flamenco arms , skirt work and posturing and Indian hand gesturing and turns. She is the originator of this form and teaches how to fuse these traditional dances into a fiery and intense art form. Dalia will be using 9/8 Karsilama Rhythm in this workshop. She also will educate the student/dancer how to count in this rhythm and feel comfortable in dancing to it. Skirts required.
This class could also be taught with a tambourine as well.
Turkish Roman (Gypsy) Dance – In this class we will be focusing strongly on how to dance to Turkish 9/8 Roman (Gypsy ) Karsilama Traditional Rhythms. This rhythm is all about the organic feeling that is sometimes challenging for dancers around the world. Dalia’s technique simplifies this dance and you will be able to assimilate the hand gesturing, foot work and feel much easier. The focus in this class is learning how to dance with the pelvic mostly and some hip work enjoying working with all the roman hand gesturing.
Dance Roma Dance! - Dalia will be teaching this workshop using Turkish and Balkan Brass Band Music while dancing with skirts. Balkan Brass Band or Chochek Music (Serbian: trumpet) is a distinctive style of music originating in 19th century Serbia when trumpeters in the military transposed folk music during harsh times. It is popular throughout the Balkans, especially Serbia, Macedonia and Bulgaria. In this workshop we will learn to dance with skirts to both Turkish Roman Music and Chochek music. Skirt and Footwork will be taught to accentuate this music. This is a high energy and a positively "feel good, exciting, fiery" dance experience. This class can be taught with or without skirts.
Becoming One with the Fan – The language of the fan/body connection - Dalia has been dancing with the fan since 1980. She has developed a teaching style that makes a dancer “become one with the fan.” In the workshop we’ll go over basic fan technique, and following that, some intermediate fan technique will be taught. The movement will be a combination of Arabic dance with contemporary movement. Dalia will emphasize fan and body language creating large and small line designs both with the fan and lyrical body movement mixing arm techniques from Delsarte methods to Flamenco fan work blending into contemporary stylization. A big emphasis of Dalia’s fan work in this class will be on how to maximize performance techniques used when dancing with a fan. We will focus on drawing the audience into not only the fan, through imagery, but also working with the persona of a person dancing with the fan and the use of creative theatrical floor and air design. BRING: Please bring a medium to large flamenco fan that—important—opens and closes easily. (A large flamenco fan is best.) go to: http://dressforflamenco.com/abanicos-fans/ to order fans. (NOTE: Please do not bring a fan veil for this class—it won’t be the same technique.)
Beyond Trance –Part 1 - Dalia focuses on movements from the Guedra (Trance Dance from North Africa) which include unique hand gesturing and upper body movement while the dancers are on the floor creating a trance ritual using a veil as a sacred covering. Part 2 – Dalia teaches a North African Fusion class of pelvic and hip work as an introduction to movements from the Maghreb (Tunisian, Morocco and Algeria)
Theatrical Performance Class – part lecture and movement, Dalia has been creating theatrical dances made for theater and nightclubs for over the past 30 years. This class focuses on how a dancer can be more exciting in his/her performance. Techniques will be taught in how to move on the floor to make your dance more dynamic, how to utilize your arms and create strong body lines to become more dramatic either performing on a stage and/or night club. Learn Dalia’s numerous tricks of the trade and become an ecstatic dancer.
A Simplistic Music and Dance Theory Class: HOW TO Notate and Map out YOUR OWN CHOREOGRAPHY - Do you struggle with creating a new dance for yourself. Stress no more. This class is in two sections: first we sit down with pen and paper and learn how to map out a musical score in a very simplified format. Second, after discussing a musical score, (music that you choose to dance with), we map out movement possibilities on paper that complete the score. Please bring pen and paper, and samples of music that you are planning to use in a performance or planning to dance to in the future. We will work with some of the workshop participant’s music as samples, mapping it out, and a group discussion will follow. Please bring in any style of music you want.