Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer Workshop Preview

The next few weeks will be pretty quiet in the metro Atlanta belly dance world... but there are a few workshops with very prominent dancers coming up this summer!

Megha & Carolena
Photo Courtesy of Devyani
June 21-24
This is it!  ATS® General Skills Certification & Teacher Training with Carolena Nericcio and Megha Gavin, right here in Atlanta! And if you aren't already registered for the workshops, you'll just have to bask in the knowledge that these ladies are actually within driving distance of wherever you are.

However, mere mortals are invited to a Tribal Dance & Drum Jam Thursday night at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance.  A drum circle led by the uber-talented Danny Stern will provide the backdrop for whatever kind of dancing you want to do (and you know there will be some ATS throwdowns)!  Admission is just $5.  Personally, I can't wait to put on my dancing shoes for this one!

The workshops will take place at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, and the whole thing is presented by Lacy Perry and Beledi Boutique.  General Skills is sold out, but passes are still available for Teacher Training.

Donna Mejia
Photo: Steve Balderrama 2011
July 13-15
I heard today that there are only eight spots left for Crossroads & Origins, featuring Donna Mejia, Rina Orellana Rall, and Lee Ali and brought to us by Ziah and the Awalim Dance Company.

Only 35 people will be attending this intensive session with three master fusion artists at Academy Theater in Avondale Estates.  There will also be a show on Saturday night that is sure to be amazing, featuring Donna's uniquely powerful style (which often includes hip-hop influences, as well as elements of West African dance); classic Flamenco from Rina, who is a founding member of FatChance Belly Dance; and a taste of Lee Ali's signature North African or trance styles, of which she is an acknowledged master.  Lee has been performing since she was in her teens, and has done a wonderful job of encouraging dialogue throughout the community.  

This event will be focused on belly dance fusion -- not Tribal Fusion, but dance forms that any belly dancer can use. The instructors are all dancers who fully pursue both belly dance and other dance forms, not just belly dance fusion artists who add accents into their dance. All three artists will be conducting discussions along with movement classes.  Visit the event web site or the Facebook event to learn more!

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