Thursday, July 25, 2013

Preview: Essence of Belly Dance 3

Jill Parker
Essence of Belly Dance is back and bigger than ever September 6-8. This weekend-long event will feature four outstanding teachers and performers... two of whom are generally associated with Tribal Fusion style belly dance, and two with Oriental belly dance (or what some call "cabaret," though that word seems to be falling out of favor). All four of these women have much to offer belly dancers of any style -- their skills and knowledge cross genres to help dancers build a solid foundation. Here's a brief profile of each:

Jill Parker
Mira Betz
Considered by many to be the founder or "mama" of contemporary tribal fusion belly dance, Jill Parker has been a seminal force in our art form since her days as an original member of FatChance BellyDance. Jill is the founder of the influential troupe Ultra Gypsy and the director of the Foxglove Sweethearts.  She is committed to bringing solid Oriental technique to the world of tribal fusion.

Mira Betz
Another legendary performer often classified as a Tribal Fusion dancer, Mira Betz has studied Middle Eastern and North African dance extensively, and has been teaching for over 15 years. She was a founding member of the Aywah! Ethnic Dance Company, which featured many of today's most prominent dancers performing a myriad of folkloric styles.

Sadie
Sadie
If you do a search for "belly dance" on YouTube, the first result you'll see features Sadie Marquardt. She is an immensely popular performer, considered by many to be the "queen of the drum solo." Sadie has produced multiple DVDs and maintains a full schedule of performing and teaching worldwide. We are fortunate to have her here in the Southeast!
Amar Gamal


Amar Gamal
Another seminal force in the raqs world, Amar Gamal began her studies at
13 with the legendary Tamalyn Dallal. She went on to become a founding member of the innovative New York troupe Bellyqueen, whose performance inspired the development of the Belly Dance Superstars tour.

These four extraordinary women will be teaching technique and choreography classes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. Passes are available for single days, single workshops, or the whole weekend.

Local and regional raqs favorites will join the four featured performers for a gala show Saturday night. The event will also include a fashion show!

Don't miss your chance to learn from, get to know, and enjoy these ladies!

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