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Belly Dance Performances and Events

Workshop Offerings

Combinations and Technique

Pure Fundamental Technique
Learn Amara’s system of breaking down moves to their most fundamental components and fun ways to combine them to create complex movements and transitions.

Layering - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels.
Learn techniques for understand and creating endless layering combinations.

Shimmy Any Move
In the ideal dance world any move can be shimmied. But the question is how? Learn various techniques and approaches to getting that perfect shimmy. Discover how to shimmy one body part while moving another, how to shimmy a particular move, and how to travel while shimming.

How slow can you go?
Knowing how to produce strong, fluid, taffy movements is essential for any dancer. We will work on this concept while exploring my Points in Space system to understand easy and hard transitions. These ideas will take us into combinations that flow throughout the body.

Combinations - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels.
In this workshop, Amara presents combinations that can work with any music.

Vintage American Belly Dance Floorwork - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels

Belly dancers during the 1960s and 1970s reinvigorated the art of Floorwork, the segment of a dance routine in which a performer displays her strength and flexibility. Learn these graceful and powerful movements in the Classical Belly Dance style. This workshop includes exercises and stretches to condition dancers to safely perform these movements. Adjustments and variations will also be given to students of any fitness level.

Students should bring soft, flexible kneepads and a yoga mat.

Props
Amara can present workshops on a number of props with two focuses: technique with combinations or full routines.

Stunning Sword - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels
Audiences love swords! Not only is the sword dramatic with a hint of danger, but is a wonderful prop that does not take up too much space in a crowded venue. You will learn spectacular ways to handle and present your sword, techniques to balance the sword quickly and securely, and more importantly, what to do once the sword is balanced: beautiful stationary movements and techniques for travelling all while balancing the sword. Sword work is not only a great way to expand your performance repertoire but is also extremely helpful with isolations and balance in your dance.

Please bring a sword and a flat non-slick headband.

Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels

Raqs al-Assaya

The Art of Beautiful Veil - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels
The Veil is a wonderful dance partner. It can expand your sense of being farther into space and adds texture and breath. Learn wraps, throws, swishes, throws circles, and spins that will keep any audience enthralled and mesmerized.
Please bring a standard 3 yard rectangular veil.

Double Veil - Advanced level
Why dance with one veil when you dance two? Learn how to hold them, separate and bring together. Learn how single and double veil are similar and different.
Please bring 2 double veils or 2 circular veils

Zil - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels
Combinations and patterns
Choreography
In her choreography workshops, Amara presents entire pieces as well as styling.
Egyptian folk dance - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels

Veil Choreography - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels
The Veil is a wonderful dance partner. It expands your sense of being farther into space and adds texture, color, and breath into a dance. Learn these techniques through a beautiful choreography to the famous song “Mislerou.”

Please bring a standard 3-yard rectangular veil.

Sword Choreography - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels
Challenge your skills of dance and balance with this sword choreography to Natacha Atlas’ “Enogoom Wil Amar” filled with gooey slow movements and fast paced walking shimmies.

Entrance - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels

Advanced Choreography
Learn choreography to the beautiful and classic song “Leylet Hob” by renowned composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab. Move through flowing undulations, exciting floor patterns, layered shimmies, and tempo changes.

Drum solo - Can be geared towards beginning or advanced levels

Advanced Drum Solo Choreography
This upbeat and thrilling choreography to the music “Rhythm of Cairo” from Leila Haddad’s Ahla Leila is filled with layered shimmies, accents, quick changes, and dynamic patterns.

Troupe choreography - Learn components and tools for creating interesting and dynamic group choreographies
Improvisation

Improvisation for Entrances
Explore the intricate connections between dance and music in an entrance section. Learn how to listen to music in order to become a visual presentation by understanding floor space, floor patterns, instrumentation, phrasing, and musical structures. There can be a focus on Turkish or Arab music.

The Art of Taqsim
Taqsim is a transcendental moment in which dancer and musician are improvising as one. Learn improvisational techniques that allow you to flow with a musician’s improvisation of melody and rhythm. Amara will guide you through an exploration of movement qualities, such speed, size, weight, and qualities so you can embody and portray the music while expanding your current vocabulary.

Drum Solos
Students learn the intricacies of what makes up a drum solo by exploring concepts and rhythms. There can be a focus of live music or CD.
Full Routines
Students learn the overall structure of a multi-part routine. Amara teaches what moves go where, when to enter and exit as well as the transitions in-between.
Traditional Stage Make-up
A hands-on workshop to teach interesting and vital information about make-up application for the stage.
Teacher and Production Training
The workshop is geared towards methods that can be incorporated into a number of Middle Eastern dance styles. Topics cover kinesiological effectiveness of warm up, cold downs, and stretches, leaning style theory, cultural adaptation of movement instruction, and structuring creative movement exploration. Students will work on defining their personal philosophy of dance education and pedagogical style.
X-MED: Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

Shh.... This is what I am working on
Come learn what tools and techniques I am experimenting with in order to create new dances: on and off balances, rediscovering what the legs and feet can do, abrupt timing changes, unusual postures, and a little hoping maybe in there too.

Creating Fusion Dances
Amara takes a unique approach to this emerging form as she presents techniques and tools on how to create Fusion with ANY dance form. Learn the differences between sequential and simultaneous fusion concepts, explore where to find various dance elements to fuse, and discuss issues of when and why to fuse. Fusion is a great way to add to your current vocabulary, foster creativity, and push your dancing to new heights.
Creating and Destroying the Rules
What distinguishes one dance form from another is its rules and structures. The question is, what are your dance’s rules? And how do you find them? In this workshop, we will put on our exploration caps and go out searching. Once we know where they are, then we can play by bending and breaking these laws of dance. Perhaps we want to continue destroying the rules or to formulate our own

Developing a Stage Character
Whether you are a Belly dancer, a Tribal dancer, or a Folk dancer, all of us present characters on stage. Sometimes it is a larger than life version of ourselves. Other times we want to express personalities that are hidden within or take on roles in which our character acts very differently than we would normally. Explore the intricate relationship among movement, expression, and music and how you can make them work together to express your intended character and effectively communicate with your audience.

Dance Structures Non-Narrative
Need new ways to construct choreography? Investigate unique forms of composition including thematic variations, character sketches, music structure, and symbolic imagery to communicate an idea or message.

Storytelling Through Dance
Through guided discovery, create stories using any form of Middle Eastern dance. Explore character development through movements and emotions in order to produces plots inspired by autobiography, history, and myth. Work on choreographic processes that will facilitate unique, strong, and focused dance narratives that communicate effectively with an audience. Discover new ways of freeing oneself within the Middle Eastern dance idiom while pushing beyond it boundaries.

Creative Staging and Lighting
Gain tools to illuminate and adorn your space. Understand how to build a dancescape that conveys your vision.
Creative Make-up
Complete the physical manifestation of your vision. Explore the poetry of colors, textures, and shapes. Please bring make-up and a mirror. Lecture and hands on application.