Waking Persephone Festival

Workshop Descriptions for 2016
Classes run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the day (roughly from 9am-6pm on
October 14th-16th) - and there are three workshop spaces running
at all times. 
We have two kinds of classes: 90 minutes long and 3 hour special intensives.  All workshops

take place at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125.

Our offerings are set up with three tracks in mind, though some workshops definitely
cross categories, so this year we're grouping them on this page by DAY versus TRACK.
The tracks are:
"Body & Spirit" - from body awareness and health to ritual and sacred dance concepts
"Technique & Style" - focusing on movement vocabulary and building your dance
"Trade Secrets" - tricks, tools, tips, history, and cultural context


ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!!

Friday (click here to see the descriptions)

10:30-12pm  Heather Powers: CORE Values: Pilates for Belly Dancers

10:30-12pm  Somni: Contemporary Stylizations

10:30-12pm  Asharah: Let's Make a Show! Cabaret-Style Sets for Contemporary Belly Dance

1-2:30pm  Delilah: The Meaning of Body Movement

1-2:30pm  Henna Crone: Henna Adornment for Dancers 101

1-4:00pm  Amel Tafsout: Sacred Dance Workshop on Sufi Healing

2:45-4:15pm  Kamrah: Beyond Basic Sword

2:45-4:15pm  Tempest:  A Teacher's Workshop

4:30-6pm  Ami Amore: How to build a successful bellydance show

4:30-6pm  Sara Beaman:  Get On The Floor - Floorwork and Levels

4:30-6pm  The Ghosts Project: Dancing To & With a Live Band

 

Saturday (click here to see the descriptions)

9:00-10:30am  Annwyn Avalon: How to create Sacred Dance space and a Sacred Dance practice

9:00-10:30am  Kim Leary: Funkloric Fusion© with Kim Leary

9:00-10:30am  Carrie Meyer: Basic Digital Photography with The Dancers Eye

10:45-12:15pm  Kryss: Raqs Duende (Flamenco Fusion)

10:45-12:15pm  Bevin Victoria: Music Maps: An Atlas for Performance

10:45-12:15pm  Aaliyah Jenny:  Mirror Mirror

1:15-4:45pm  Artemis: Romany (Gypsy) Music, Dance and Culture Workshop

1:15-2:45pm  Asharah:  Watching Dance to Make Dance

1:15-2:45pm Leigh Anne Shaw: The Shape of the Sun: ATS® Basket Dialect by Al-hambra Tribal Dance

3:00-4:30pm  Ami Amore: Elemental Combos

3:00-4:30pm  Mahin: Belly Dance Anatomy & Injury Prevention

5-6:30pm  Kelly Holder: Healing in Dance

5-6:30pm  Samara: All the World's a Stage: Theatre and Theatricality for Bellydancers

5-6:30pm  Poppy Maya: Your Perfect Belly Dance Wardrobe

 

Sunday (click here to see the descriptions)

9:00-10:30am  Artemis:  Sacred Dance Workshop with Artemis

9:00-10:30am Nawal Doucette: Rock N Roll Finger Cymbals

9:00-10:30am  Jaidra DuRant: Basic of Poi

10:45-12:15pm  Amel Tafsout: Moroccan Shikhat Dance

10:45-12:15pm  Troupe 'Hip'notic: Birds of a Feather: Collaboration and Group Dynamics

10:45-12:15pm  Celeste: Help! I'm stuck! - Getting out of a rut in your performance prep

1:30pm-3:00pm  Hilary Pierce: Neutral Mask: Fundamental Technique for the Dramatic Performer

1:30pm-3:00pm  Somni: Intentional Juxtaposition

1:30pm-3:00pm  Artemis & Tempest: Tagteam Timeline: History of Belly Dance

3:30-5pm  Katrina Ji: Spice Box: Intro to Indian Dance

3:30-5pm   Core Instructor Ritual Guides: Community Cleanse: Rinse, Ground, Grow, Repeat

 

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

10:30-12pm  Heather Powers: CORE Values: Pilates for Belly Dancers
Boost your belly dance technique and posture by cross training in Pilates. Develop a core connection that can help improve balance, articulation and range of motion influencing moves like belly rolls, undulations and posture. As belly dancers, it is so important to strengthen the front body to protect and support the back body after many repetitions of moves such as hip movements (shimmies, figure 8's) or back extensions (body wave,back bends). Pilates is a great tool to be integrated into any dancers' personal conditioning practice.Please bring a mat, water and have a notebook handy.

10:30-12pm  Somni: Contemporary Stylizations
Many of us love the rich aesthetics of belly dance that draw from the past - the Victorian, the Art Nouveau, the tarnished but still sparkly shinies - but what if you want to look towards the present or even the future for inspiration?  In this workshop, we'll explore contemporary stylizations in both movement and costume.  Drawing inspiration from hip hop and modern dance forms, we'll first look at how we can adapt shape, structure, posture, and attitude to create a contemporary aesthetic using the vocabulary of belly dance.  You'll then either create your own combination using these concepts or we'll teach a combination that illustrates these concepts.  We'll then move to the costuming realm to discuss how you can adapt these same ideas to creating a unique costume that complements/accentuates the contemporary aesthetics of the movement, while still honoring the costuming lineage of our dance form. This will be a combination movement and discussion class and will include take-home handouts and direction toward relevant resources.

 

10:30-12pm  Asharah: Let's Make a Show! Cabaret-Style Sets for Contemporary Belly Dance
Create an exciting set, using music from your library, based in the templates of the American Cabaret 3/5/7-part show. Music can be Middle Eastern, or not, and we'll explore how non-Middle Eastern music can have analogues to the songs found in the classic cabaret sets of both North America and the Middle East. Students should bring a collection of music that they might wish to dance to or are already using in performance. Bring at least: two fast/up-tempo songs, two medium songs, and two slower/softer songs.

1-2:30pm  Delilah: The Meaning of Body Movement
 In this workshop we will explore the work of master Francois Delsarte as applied to dance. His system of body language was aimed at oratory during the 1800’s and later put to work in modern and ethnic dance by Ted Shawn, Ruth Saint Denis, Le Meri (and others) in the early 1900’s. “Arabesque Magazine” introduced it to the evolving American belly dance community in the 1970’s through a series of articles.  In this work shop we will explore Delsarte’s universal communication principals. Hint; It is the secret of all powerful dances compositions. Open to all levels of dance who are not familiar with this work, and to teachers and even photographers and artists will find this class inspiring

1-2:30pm Henna Crone: Henna Adornment for Dancers 101
 The basics of henna application with a focus on adornment for dancers and performers.  We will cover all of the basics of mixing and applying - and talk about effective designs and placements which can enhance costuming and performing and be visible from the stage.

 

1-4:00pm  Amel Tafsout: Sacred Dance Workshop on Sufi Healing (3 hours!!!)
This dance workshop welcomes everyone who shares an interest in dance as a language of personal and communal spiritual expression. This workshop embraces a rich diversity of dance movements, cultures, spiritual traditions and abilities in order to enable an integration of body, mind and spirit.The workshop includes body and breath work, sound healing and chanting (Zikr), leading to whirling and ending with Zar-Hadra, an ancient healing ceremony in the Middle East and Africa. Awaken your Body. Nurture your Spirit. Come, dance your release and be rebirthed in a non-judgmental space!

The workshops consists of the following:

Part 1. Welcoming and creating the sacred space, Warm up - Body work and movement - isolation and stretching, Breath work: Sufi breathing using the elements, Sound healing, Zikr Sufi chanting, Weaving into each other creating the Oneness

Part 2. Introduction to whirling, Slow whirling in two directions, Whirling in one direction: Clockwise and counter clockwise

Part 3. Introduction to Trance and techniques, Immersion in the world of trance as a healing practice, Zar-Hadra

Part 4. Relaxation, Meditation, Stretching, Celebration of the new energies and Rebirth, Closing ceremony

Please wear comfortable clothing, preferably white and bring a small blanket and a long shawl for the workshop. For the Sunday session, you are invited to bring chocolate/ candies/ nuts or fruit to share and some flowers.Awaken your Body. Nurture your Spirit. Come, dance, release and be  rebirthed in a non-judgmental space.

 

2:45-4:15pm  Kamrah:  Beyond Basic Sword
This workshop is not for the faint of heart!  Take your sword work to the next level by learning how to dance with your sword…and with an attitude!  Balancing is NOT the focus of this workshop.  We will be working on other techniques to make your sword performances interesting, dynamic, and bold!  A short combo is offered to integrate concepts and for further practice of these amazing techniques.

2:45-4:15pm  Tempest: A Teacher's Workshop - How To Give More To & Get More Out of Your Students
Not only is bellydance itself an art that takes years to develop and refine, but teaching it is also an art that takes skill to really reach your students. Are you giving your students the most out of your own experience, fostering positive habits and really connecting with them? In this workshop, we will cover key concepts and exercises that will help you teach core movements and accents, stage presence, fluidity and grace with more effectiveness to a variety of students.  There will also be question/answer discussion time, focusing on professionalism and working with the community.  Whether you're thinking of teaching, or have been teaching for a while, you'll gain a lot of new perspective!

4:30-6pm  Ami Amore:  How To Build a Successful Bellydance Show
As a show producer for over 7 years and a show 6 years in the making "Ami Amore's Urban Cabaret" did not become an over night success without much labor and trial and error. This seminar will provide insight and ideas into producing a long-term running or a one-time bellydance show geared towards bellydancers and the general public alike. How to use social media to the best of your ability without spending a ton of cash. How to scout and pick out venues, communication with venue owners, etc. What to avoid, what to look for, what to do or not do. What kinds of fees to expect, where to spend your money and where to save it. Bring notebooks and writing implement and be prepared to take notes and ask questions.

 

4:30-6pm Sara Beaman:  Get On The Floor - Floorwork and Levels
This workshop demystifies the art of bellydance floorwork. Through a series of flowing combinations, we’ll explore basic and advanced floorwork techniques as well as the transitional elements between them. We’ll discuss conditioning, safety considerations, how to integrate props into floorwork, how to ascend and descend gracefully, and how to do floorwork in different kinds of costuming. You’ll come away from the workshop with skills you can put into practice right away. Please bring kneepads, or expect to have very sore knees by the end of the workshop.

 

4:30-6pm  The Ghosts Project: Dancing To & With a Live Band
Learn the art of improvisation and how to perform with a live band from The Ghosts Project. The percussion, violin & guitar trio will teach you how to adapt your belly dance moves to the spontaneity of live musician with an emphasis on communication between dancer and musician.

9:00-10:30am  Annwyn Avalon: How to create Sacred Dance space and a Sacred Dance practice
Dance is sacred and can be turned into a daily practice by creating sacred space and choreography. However many might not know where to start! In this class we will explore the elements that make up a sacred dance practice including the basics of setting up space, different cleansing methods, energetic prep work and how to create a dance altar. We will explore things such as music selection, working with Deity or spirits in devotion, creating vision boards, dance talisman, and even using henna as part of your dance practice. We will also discuss creating sacred space for others and what to take into consideration when hosting a Sacred Dance Ritual for others. By the end of the class the student should have a good understanding of a Sacred Dance practice and should have the confidence to create their own practice at home, merging dance and spirituality.

 

9:00-10:30am  Kim Leary: Funkloric Fusion© with Kim Leary
Get your groove on with Kim Leary in this funk and folkloric inspired dance party!  Learn sassy moves and combinations that’ll make you glad you got up this morning!  Get in touch with your inner pulse with fun and easy polyrhythmic infused movements.  Discover ways to develop the vibe of folkloric North African and Middle Eastern dance through grooves you have been dancing to all of your life. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the funky fun that Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble has on stage, you won’t want to miss this class.  No experience needed.

9:00-10:30am  Carrie Meyer: Basic Digital Photography with The Dancers Eye
The Basic Digital Photography is an instructional course designed to help you learn about YOUR camera. Carrie will break it down so that you feel more at ease with your camera and ability to use it! We all need the ability to take sharp and clear photos for classes, events and products.  During the course students will learn how to locate and use the manual settings on their cameras to get better photos.

 This course has been designed to fit within a 2-hour time frame and covers three basic areas:

1) The Photographer's Toolkit

2) Basic Understanding of Exposure

3) Choosing Camera Settings

 

10:45-12:15pm  Kryss: Raqs Duende (Flamenco Fusion)
 Flamenco is intense passion and deep immersion into the soul. To fuse Flamenco and Belly Dance is to cross a small strip of water that divides two amazingly beautiful cultures. By taking the upper body stylings of Flamenco, the signature turn, “vuelta que brada”, paseos and marking steps and layering with the hip, chest and torso isolations of Belly Dance there is a fusion that comes from the depths of the body and soul. Workshop focus is on arms, posture & attitude..

 

10:45-12:15pm  Bevin Victoria: Music Maps: An Atlas for Performance
A great piece of music can be explosive and dynamic, gentle and soothing, whimsical, magical, dark, soaring or the unwonted combination of all of the above. Sometimes the more inspired you are by the piece the more daunting the task of dancing to it can be. Knowing the piece like the back of your hand can help but it takes something extra to create your masterpiece.

In this workshop we will work with different pieces of music and create a “music map” that can apply to improvisations or choreography and that will translate to any piece of music. Please bring something to write with and on. A portion of the class will be lecture but we will be doing lots of improvisation work and working with choreography.

 

10:45-12:15pm  Aaliyah Jenny:  Mirror Mirror  a.k.a. how to  get over the ""I can't watch myself on video"" syndrome. 
Aaliyah Jennywill share what she looks for in her own daily practice videos honed from daily improv throughout her breast cancer treatment, surgery & recovery.Improve your performance through personal critique methods used by Aaliyah Jenny. Learn to identify your strengths & areas needing attention. Become your own best coach! This workshop will be an analysis of your movement, intention & performance. Please bring a form of video recording device, pen & paper and a willingness to explore your growth as a performer!

 

1:15-4:45pm  Artemis: Romany (Gypsy) Music, Dance and Culture Workshop (3 hours!!!)
 This lecture workshop separates fact from fiction about Romany music, dance, history and culture from many different Romany cultures throughout the world. We compare and contrast features of the dances and music. There is ample DVD footage. We discuss the truth about Romany culture and history and how it is quite different from the false stereotyped fantasies and biases that abound.

 

1:15-2:45pm  Asharah:  Watching Dance to Make Dance
When we are watching dance, how do we know what we’re watching and how we’re interpreting what we see? Being able to describe dance and how we see it is an essential part of watching and making dances. Using Laban Movement Analysis and other methods, this experiential lecture-workshop will give participants basic tools for looking at, describing, and interpreting dances. Wear comfortable clothes, as we will do some moving. Do bring your dance journal!

1:15-2:45pm Leigh Anne Shaw: The Shape of the Sun: ATS® Basket Dialect by Al-hambra Tribal Dance
Learn an exciting new movement dialect for American Tribal Style® Belly Dance that seamlessly integrates baskets into slow and fast ATS® vocabulary.  The shape of the basket fused into the ATS® vocabulary recalls iconic postures and ancient symbols while remaining totally improvisational and ready to enhance any ATS® set.  Created and taught by an FCBD Sister Studio, this movement dialect requires familiarity with the FatChanceBellyDance® instructional series through Volume 9.  Please bring a round basket or object suitable for balancing and manipulating, appropriate headwrap, and knee protection.  A limited number of baskets will be available for use and sale.

 

3:00-4:30pm  Ami Amore: Elemental Combos
Call the corners! Earth! Air! Fire! Water!

Learn 4 distinctly different combos embracing and embodying the elements with moves influenced by and channeling these elements as well as the elemental intention behind these combos and movements. Bring a notebook and an open mind!

 

3:00-4:30pm  Mahin: Belly Dance Anatomy & Injury Prevention
Learn to dance safer and stronger! We’ll cover muscles important to belly dance with regard to great arm flow, posture, juicy core movement and safe hips, knees and ankles. Material covers anatomy, strengthening, stretching and the application of biomechanical principles to belly dance movement. Mahin holds a B.S. in Exercise & Wellness and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.

 

5-6:30pm  Kelly Holder: Healing in Dance
Ever notice that dance can make your feel better and not just physically. Well, there is a reason for that! In this workshop we will cover the How, What and Why? of movement and dance. You will learn how dance can be helpful physically and psychologically. We will talk about everything from characteristics of movement to dance therapy techniques to brain stuff...yes, brain stuff to enhance your practice and performance.

5-6:30pm  Samara: All the World's a Stage: Theatre and Theatricality for Bellydancers
While actors and dancers often share the same spaces, shared knowledge between art forms is a precious commodity. This workshop has a twofold focus: theatre terminology, history and concepts useful for dancers; and theatrical techniques to enhance a dancer's stage presence and engage their audience. Prepare for dramatic flair!

5-6:30pm  Poppy Maya: Your Perfect Belly Dance Wardrobe
 Do you have lots of costumes pieces but nothing to wear? Are you just starting to perform and need to expand or upgrade your wardrobe, but don’t know where to start?  In this workshop, Poppy will teach you how to get what you want from your costumes based on your budget, performance style and opportunities. We will review your existing costume collection and evaluate how it aligns with your goals.Poppy will share techniques for getting the most out of your wardrobe and how to complete your performance look. This is a lecture type workshop. Details of preparation work will be sent ahead of the class.

 

 

9:00-10:30am  Artemis:  Sacred Dance Workshop with Artemis
Using ancient traditions, we will can connect and reconnect with why we dance. The ancient ones used movement and dance to create changes in their lives. Through movement, they communicated with their deities and with the forces of nature. They healed the sick, they asked for what they needed, they praised their deities, they sought their protection, they banished what they wanted to be rid of and sometimes they used themselves as vessels so that the deities could dance through them. This workshop and the accompanying ritual includes a brief orientation to sacred dance and a one hour movement based ritual. Come and experience the joy and power of using movement and dance to create changes in your lives. We welcome people from all spiritual backgrounds. It is our hope to inspire, empower and enlighten all participants.

For the ritual, we ask that you make two separate lists on two pieces of paper...one is a wish list of what you want to bring into your lives and one of what you want to get rid of. You will then copy over the things you want to get rid of onto flash paper which you will burn during the ritual. This is a powerful and purposeful act and the more time you put into these list, the better. Think of it as a New Year's Resolution only with the power of group prayer behind it. These lists are for your eyes only. You will take your wish list home with you. Please dress for comfort and freedom of movement. You may wish to wear attire or jewelry that is of spiritual significance to you. We very much look forward to your presence. Artemis has been participating in and sharing sacred dance with others for over 40 years.

 

9:00-10:30am Nawal Doucette: Rock N Roll Finger Cymbals
In this workshop We will talk about and hear some of the different styles of music other than Traditional “bellydance music “ where we can play finger cymbals as percussionists and Dancers. These types of music include Folk, Celtic, Blue Grass, Rockabilly and event straight up ROCK!We will play Cymbals and learn a few combos that go well when improvising dance with cymbals to non-traditional music. We will explore Nawal’s approach to playing finger cymbals- Nawal originally learned to play finger cymbals as accompanying percussion as she became too busy with her bellydance business to keep up with her cello parts in Wet Grow Light- and started playing her cello parts with Cymbals. Rather than playing learned patterns over the music she creates patterns live on the spot- “jamming” or “riffing” with the music and complementing the drummer- locking in not only with the rhythm section but also the melodies and playing off the other band members. The Cymbals are written in to the music then the dance is worked in around the primary responsibility of accessory percussion.We will learn: using traditional cymbal patterns vs ‘composed’ patterns | When to back out and let the music breathe How to communicate with your band mates when dancing/ playing | Great warm ups and exercises to prepare for intense cymbal playing. This workshop is suitable for people new to finger cymbals or even experienced cymbal players.

 

9:00
-10:30am  Jaidra DuRant: Basic of Poi
The word Poi comes from the Maori, and means ""ball on a cord."" Much like dance or music, the art of spinning poi has evolved over time to have many different forms. Today, we spin fabric poi, glow poi, fire poi, and more in intricate patterns mixed with movement to create a dance style that can be meditative or mesmerizing for the dancer and/or the audience. In this workshop, Jaidra will introduce you to the art of spinning poi. We will begin with simple concepts, moves, and circles and build to turns and patterns  layered over simple dance isolations. No experience is necessary.

 

10:45-12:15pm  Amel Tafsout: Moroccan Shikhat Dance
Morocco has different traditional dances and musical styles rooted in Arab, Berber and African cultures. Music and dance are an integral part of life. The Moroccan arts reflect the many cultural backgrounds and ethnicity found there. Therefore Moroccan dance varies from one place to another. It’s a way of women sharing and being together. It is joyous, sensual, and energetic, and is performed mainly at weddings, parties and ritual ceremonies. At these gatherings the women wear beautiful dresses when they dance; long, flowing and colorful, with belts around their waists. Many of the movements in the dances have symbolic meanings.

Dance of the Shikhat - Shikhat is the name given in Morocco to the female performers of this type of dance. The meaning of this term comes from the Arabic (Sheykha which means “wise woman”) this name is due to the fact that shikhat are considered ‘women of the world’, professional female performers who perform in rituals and celebrations in Morocco. However, in Moroccan Darija dialect, Schikkat are singers/performers/entertainers who sing about life, love, sadness, and nostalgia all aspects of life. Shikat are essential in

traditional Moroccan wedding celebrations and other festivities.
The role of the shikha - The best shikhat have recorded their performances on video, which has raised their profile as it has helped highlight the artistic and cultural value of their dance. This has resulted in improving their financial situations and also in making the government aware of the role of shikhat as part of Moroccan cultural heritage. Nowadays, while the attitude towards shikhat is still

ambivalent, they are also seen as embodiments of Moroccan culture and their dance is often displayed at cultural events and for tourists.

Dance movements - There are different styles of Shikhat dance, according to the different regions of Morocco. However, this dance genre is generally characterized by fast and energetic hip movements, belly drops, shimmies and rotations of the head that let the dancers’ long hair flow freely. Shikhat usually perform in groups of six or four and they are accompanied by a singer (male or female, but often the shikhat herself sings) and musicians (often male) who play Moroccan traditional instruments, including drums and violins (kamanjeh). Some shikhat play finger cymbals, called mooukas, while dancing, or a small drum shaped like a derbouka called taarija.

The dancers dance together or alternate each other in solo performances. In  the solo part, the dance starts slowly but it then increases in intensity, with isolated movements of the hips that go faster and faster and bouncy little steps. Dancers dance also on their footballs, or on flat feet with rather shuffling steps. At some point the dancer will start spinning on herself at times and also rotating her head, in order to let her long hair move freely. These hair moves are done to enhance the trance mood because all Moroccan dance styles are trance dances. There is some floor work involved as the dancer kneels on the ground, while still moving her head up and down

and side to side. Their hip movements are rooted in African dance tradition.

Costumes - Shikhat usually wear long caftans, with long bell shaped sleeves and embroidery and a belt around their waist. The styles change across Morocco, but this is the basic feature. Also, dancers wear a hip belt around their hips. A thick but not wide belt usually made of threaded wool with incorporated sequins. Also, dancers wear jewelry, which can be more or less elaborated. Amel Tafsout will give an introduction on the Shikhat while focusing on various techniques of the Shikhat from different regions. She also will teach some combinations used by the Shikhat.

 

10:45-12:15pm  Troupe 'Hip'notic: Birds of a Feather: Collaboration and Group Dynamics
There are many reasons to collaborate with other dancers, either in a troupe or as short-term partnerships.  However, working together can be difficult, requiring vulnerability and compromise.  Troupe ‘Hip’notic has learned and adapted techniques to incorporate members’ thoughts, ideas, and talents throughout the entire process of creating and performing thought-provoking and emotional dances.  This collaborative development results in strong pieces which are truly owned by each dancer.

Taking cues from nature, this workshop will explore effective collaboration and group dynamics using simple rules exhibited by flocking birds.  Troupe ‘Hip’notic will provide tips and tools for effective communication, criticism, and creation.  Movement will focus on dynamic staging, group movement, and creative use of space; all essential parts of conveying emotions and stories through choreography.  The troupe will also teach formations and movements that are effective to convey a mood or an idea, as well as some sample combos from troupe choreography that demonstrate various storytelling techniques.

 

10:45-12:15pm  Celeste: Help! I'm stuck! - Getting out of a rut in your performance prep
We've all been frustrated by the first minute of a choreography coming out easily but the rest is a struggle. Or, when preparing for a more improvisational piece, feeling like we do the same moves over and over. This dance preparation rut is very common. This workshop aims to help you move past those moments more easily by providing some exercises that will prompt your creative brain to kick back into gear and get you past that road block. This workshop is also good for anyone who wants new ideas for choreographing/prepping for pieces. All skill levels welcome.

 

1:30pm-3:00pm  Hilary Pierce: Neutral Mask: Fundamental Technique for the Dramatic Performer
This workshop will look at the self as an external attribute that can be studied and manipulated to produce precise, compelling, universally communicative movement. All character is a deviation from neutrality. How do you find and remove the infinite subjectivities of yourself in order to become something else— or— how do you detach from you in order to learn, understand, and perform yourself with deeper understanding and effectiveness? Neutral Mask is a traditional set of exercises designed to awaken our awareness of the body as a platform for silent communication. It explores a state of pure presence, a blank slate, upon which performers of all genres can discover the building blocks of expression and character. This workshop will use a series of traditional exercises to introduce new questions to thoughtful choreographers. It is a tool kit for dancers who feel compelled to embody something or someone when they dance, whether it be a goddess, a force of nature, a character, or an animal. No experience is necessary. Yes, there will be an actual mask. I know this is a stretch for Waking Persephone but— please wear black or dark clothes

 

1:30pm-3:00pm  Somni: Intentional Juxtaposition
This thoughtful article by fusion dancer Hilde Cannoodt has been making the rounds: http://www.hildedancer.com/blog/2016/1/18/unintentional-juxtaposition-in-tribal-fusion. We love what Hilde has to say about the importance of avoiding unintentional juxtaposition. It also made us wonder--what does intentional juxtaposition look like?--and how can we use it to create motivated, inspirational, badass fusion dance? Get ready to explore any and all movement and dance forms you have experience with to create your own "intentionally juxtaposed" combination. This will be a combo discussion/movement class with a focus on personal exploration, including take-home handouts and direction toward relevant resources.

1:30pm-3:00pm  Artemis & Tempest: Tagteam Timeline: History of Belly Dance

Join Artemis and Tempest as they cover the History of Belly Dance! As with all things in life, you have to know where you came from so that you will understand where you are now and where to go from here. This ancient art form has been much misunderstood. Its origins came from prehistoric worship, then to the Temples of Hathor and it has flourished for thousands of years in its various permutations, finally makings its way into cabarets worldwide. We will explore the many roots of the dance - sacred and secular. Dance was used to invite, entice and communicate with divinities and mortals alike.  Dance was carried along the Romany (Gypsy) trail from India to the world. The Almees, also known as "the wise women...the learned females" entertained and educated the people of North Africa. Public performers made their ways to the cabarets of the Middle East and eventually to Europe. America and beyond. Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese and American styles of Oriental belly dance have flourished. A new art form was born - American Tribal style and in its turn, that gave birth to many other wonderful newer art forms. Regardless of your style or level of dance, you are bound to enjoy many "Ah Ha! Moments" as this workshop connects the dots and fills in the gaps.

 

3:30-5pm  Katrina Ji: Spice Box: Intro to Indian Dance
India is the spice capital of the world enriched with awe inspiring dances. Spice up your dance repertoire with Katrina Ji as she intertwines a variety of Indian dance steps from classical to folk laced with mudras and coy facial expressions. A series of steps will be taught utilizing a variety of steps with cultural references along with mudras (hand poses) and special facial expressions in the form of a mini choreography. Katrina Ji has been dabbling in Indian Dance since 2001 when she first fell in love with Rajasthani Folk Dance. Since then, she has spiced up her dance with steps from the classical dances of southern India: Kuchipidi, Bharatnatyum, Odissi and Kathak and the folk dances of Northern India: Lavani, Garba, Kalbelia Gypsy, Bhangra and more!

3:30-5pm  Core Instructor Ritual Guides (including Amel, Artemis, Tempest, tba): Community Cleanse: Rinse, Ground, Grow, Repeat
This workshop wraps up our weekend with a ritual that will help you learn how to shed the layers and issues that you don't need, illuminate your own dance path and place within/without the larger community, retain the best parts of your experience, use them to grow the chart your journey further, while assisting you in finding ways to keep the high going all year long.  Processes will include energy work, trance, and zar techniques. Wear comfortable clothing!

 

 

Photography by The Dancer's Eye
Art & Design by Owlkeyme Arts