Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Preview: South East Mosaic Dance Festival

A new festival is coming to metro Atlanta during the weekend of August 17-18:  South East Mosaic.  This event combines belly dance, burlesque, and flow arts in a series of workshops, as well as ongoing performances and a gala show.  It all takes place at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria.

Of particular interest to raqs enthusiasts are workshops and performances from several well-respected performers and teachers.  Here's a profile of each of them (in no particular order), along with a summary of the workshops they'll be offering.

Valizan
Valizan
One of the few male dancers performing and teaching belly dance, including American Tribal Style® (his is the first certified "Brother Studio" of FatChanceBellyDance®), Valizan leads the troupe Shades of Araby and teaches at a number of studios in Toronto.  He be traveling all the way from Canada to bring his knowledge and skills to Mosaic. Valizan will be teaching a class in the traditional Egyptian stick dance, "Tahtiib: Hit You With My Rhythm Stick!"


Heidi Hernandez
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Heidi Hernandez
Metro Atlanta raqs enthusiasts are familiar with this Cuban beauty from her performances with Jahara Phoenix Dance Company and as a soloist, as well as her ongoing classes in Lawrenceville. A lifelong student of dance, Heidi has experience in ballet, West African, salsa, jazz, lyrical, Afro-Cuban dance, and more. She will offer a session called "Spin Like a Top and Stop on a Dime," in which students will learn how to find their turning "sweet spot" and execute controlled spins.

Karma Karmelota
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Karma Karmelita
If you've ever wanted to study belly dance with a real live mermaid, here's your chance! A recent transplant to metro Atlanta from Pensacola, Florida, Karma is a professional belly dancer, fire performer, and mermaid. Her workshop is called :The Mermaid Concept: Liquefied Motion," and will include a choreography for intermediate/advanced Oriental or fusion dancers. Karma's dance style is influenced by her underwater work as a professional mermaid.

Mavi
Known for her expertise with props as well as her pioneering work as a gothic belly dancer, the"blue-haired maven of mayhem" will travel from the Washington, DC area to teach and perform at Mosaic.

Mavi
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Mavi will teach two workshops.  "Dance on the Dark Side" will focus on core elements of gothic belly dance.  Mavi will teach several brief choreographies representing different styles of gothic belly dance, provide examples and insight on appropriate music, and more. Mavi will also share her personal philosophy for creating gothic inspired belly dance performance pieces, with an emphasis on stage presence and channeling your dark inner diva.

Mavi will also offer "Intermediate Fire Fans/Fire Palms for Dancers," designed for dancers with fire prop experience. Participants will learn basic combinations that link easily together into a choreography easily adapted for traditional or electronic music. Learn to add spice and drama to traditional fire performance, emphasizing framing, flow, footwork and expressive interpretation.
Naima Sultana
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Cunningham Photo Artists



Naima Sultana
Charlotte, North Carolina's Naima Sultana is known for her fluid style. If you were at the recent World Belly Dance alliance show with Beat Box Guitar, you witnessed her uniquely lyrical approach to the drum solo.  She will offer a class called "Drum Solo Flow," designed to help dancers break out of their percussive "pop and lock" box in drum solos by teaching them to hear the sounds of the drum as if it were a melody, while respecting the musical traditions of the tabla. This class is appropriate for intermediate to advanced dancers of all styles, or beginners who love a challenge.


ShoShannah Estell
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ShoShannah Estell
ShoShannah hails from Augusta, Georgia, where she is the co-founder of Hip2Hip Studios, co-creator of BellyRok, founder/creator of shobelly productions, and artistic director/choreographer of Asuhndree Fusion Dance Company.  She will teach a class called "Seamless Fusion," a unique workshop that borrows principles and techniques from Modern, ballet, lyrical, belly dance and yoga to help every level of dancer polish and bridge movements together seamlessly.


 Lady M
Lady M
Lady M is a local performer who specializes in both belly dance and exotic dance, and can be seen performing regularly in several metro Atlanta restaurants.  She frequently travels forth to Louisiana to perform with her troupe, Tribal Happenings, and at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. Lady M will teach a conditioning class,"Strength and Flexibility for Dancers," a program she developed that uses conditioning exercises, ballet, modern dance, yoga, and exotic dance movements to strength and lengthen the dancer's body.

South East Mosaic is produced by Dalloua Dance CompanyClick here to learn more and to purchase tickets!

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