WHEN: Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm, September 24-October 22
COST: $85, $70 unlimited pass holder
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Bellyqueen School, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4C, New York, NY 10003
WHO: KAESHI CHAI is a NYC-based performer, theatrical director, teacher trainer, and award winning designer. She co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community focused on healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has extensive training in contemporary dance, physical theatre and Silk Road dances spanning the Middle East to China. She has taught or performed in 47 states and 38 countries.
She is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William’s Bella Gaia and curates the Djam NYC event for dancers and musicians to create and play together.
Current projects include Ocean Stories, a performance integrating art and science to create more environmental awareness, and Creative Labs in which participants conceptualize, choreograph and mount full-length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days. www.kaeshi.com www.pureglobe.org www.bellyqueen.com
October 3rd & October 10th7:30pm
Moroccan Chaabi: African Meets Arabic Movement
Acknowledged as a talented dancer within her cultural community at 13 years old, Esraa Warda is now one of the premier North African performance and teaching artists based in New York City. Esraa is of Algerian origin and professionally teaches and performs Algerian/Moroccan styles such as Chaabi, Rai, Chaoui, Kabyle and Reggada/Allaoui in NYC and around the world. Her teaching methods are now focused on reproducing the same context in which she learned - through ‘transmission’ via muscle memory within women’s dance circles and jams. Despite being on the African continent, Moroccan and Algerian dances are often disconnected and lumped into Middle Eastern/Arab culture. Esraa aims to pioneer the representation of these dances as African in the cultural landscape both institutionally and informally.
Slow Karsilama Thrilling Zilling!
Register: Aszmara via facebook Aszmara Sherry, Aszmara@Aszmara.com
Award Winning Dancer and Musician, Jennifer Belly dance joins us at the MDA for this extraordinary training in musicality! This is a MUST from all students of Oriental dance!
You know how to dance, but do you know how to TRULY hear the musical changes that are part of the intricacies of Oriental composition?
Learn about ear training, creating musicality skeletons and gain a high level of understanding from a competitive musician in her day.
Students often share that they have a hard time choreographing and after over a decade of working with dancers, what I have discovered is that they often hear only 50% of the music.
Learn how to train your ears in this interactive workshop where you will be working in groups and dissecting the music al lines so that the piece can truly be danced the way the composer intended it to be.
About the Workshop:
Date: October 5th
Time: 11am-2:30pm (with a 30min lunch break on your own)
Rates: $80 early bird until 8/31
$100 there after space permitting.
**ALL SALES FINAL**
Come Dance to Live Music with Kaeshi Chai + a live instrumentalist!
For this week's Dance Lab, Kaeshi Chai returns to lead a class where we will pay homage to our collective home, planet earth, and embody the spirit of forests and the ocean with guided movement exercises. Our ears will be tuned into the intricate nuances of melody and rhythm, helping us to express our unique dances and improvise with freedom and confidence in a safe space. She will be joined by musician, Mal Stein.
The end of this class will flow right into an Ecstatic Dance DJ set with DJ Illexxandra, ending with a sound meditation + closing circle with Julia Izabela.
Space is limited, so we suggest getting your tickets in advance.
Dance Lab is a weekly class presented by Ecstatic Dance NYC with the intention of creating a consistent space for us to gather as a community to Dance. It will be lighter version of the monthly Ecstatic Dances; fewer people, a more intimate space and some facilitation to experiment with different ways of expressing ourselves using sound and movement. Each class will have a warm-up class, where we will invite in different teachers from various forms of Dance, movement, singing and other modalities for us to explore and experiment with. From there, we will transition into an Ecstatic Dance with a DJ where we will integrate what we learned during the class into the Dance itself.
About Kaeshi Chai:
Kaeshi is a NYC-based performer, theatrical director, teacher trainer, and award winning designer. She co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community focused on healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has extensive training in contemporary dance, physical theatre and Silk Road dances spanning the Middle East to China. She has taught or performed in 47 states and 38 countries. She is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William’s Bella Gaia and curates the Djam NYC event for dancers and musicians to create and play together. Current projects include Ocean Stories, a performance integrating art and science to create more environmental awareness, and Creative Labs in which participants conceptualize, choreograph and mount full-length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days. www.kaeshi.com www.pureglobe.org www.bellyqueen.com
Mal Stein is a full-time percussionist living in NYC. He is involved in all types of music from blues and funk to jazz and Middle Eastern. He plays music for the Joffrey Ballet, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Paul Taylor company and belly dancers. He is currently playing with the Mikel Paris Trio, Mad Juana, Epiphany Project, Taksim and Transition.
What to Bring:
1. Loose-fitting clothes that let you move your body and free yourself
2. Water and a water bottle. You can refill it at the venue.
Tickets: $20 for a single class, and are non-refundable and non-transferable.
See you all there!
October 12th3-5:15 pm & 6-7:30pm
Oreet will teach present a choreography to Wael Kfoury’s, Mawal (Ma Sadaqt Oyounie). We’ll work on slow and fast moves sprinkled with syncopation, pause, and resonance. Explore new dimensions in your own dance with this choreography. Bellydance experience intermediate to pro recommended.
When: Saturday, October 12th from 3:00pm-5:15pm
Where: Anahid Sofian Studio, 29 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011
Cost: $40 by September 30th, $50 after
Street Yemeni (Tel-Aviv Style)
Learn a super cool style that has been Israel’s newest craze. This sound combines traditional Yemenite music with electronic beats and hip-hop. We’ll learn a routine to the hottest song by A-Wa, Habibi Galbi. Want to learn what Israeli’s are doing in Tel-Aviv’s hottest clubs? Then this is the workshop for you. Hip hop, bellydance and street attire welcome. For beginner to pro.
When: Saturday, October 12th from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Anahid Sofian Studio, 29 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011
Cost: $35 by September 30th, $45 after
What: Sultry Dynamism & Street Yemeni (Tel-Aviv style)
Cost: $60 by September 30th, $80 after
North African Movement Lab: Chaâbi & Raï
NEW YORKERS! I am (Esraa Warda) back to New York and am ready to share grooves, inspiration, and knowledge from the motherland -
Join me on Saturday Oct 12 at 122 Community Center for 2 workshops of 1) Moroccan Chaabi and 2)Algerian Rai. These back to back workshops will have a strong emphasis on codifying movement - and will give students a deeper look into North African "groove" and rhythm.
SATURDAY Oct 12
Moroccan Chaabi 3-4:30pm
Algerian Rai 4:30-6pm
All levels are welcome. Perfect for beginners. Perfect for seasoned dancers who want to sharpen up their moves.
Each workshop: $18 (in advance) $20 (at the door)
Both workshops $35 (in advance) $ 40 (at the door)
For advance tickets:
paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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October 13th & November 10th
Raq & Tribal Cabaret; Shows, Workshops & Dance Parties
Entrance fee is $15 -and everyone is invited!! ♥
Belly Dance Shows, Workshops and Dance Parties hosted by Audie's BellyRhythm.
Dalia Carella Dunyavi Romani.9/8 rhythm
Dalia's Turkish Romani focuses on the music and dance of the popular 9/8 Karsilama rhythm of Turkey. Karsilama in Turkish means "face to face" and this rhythm is danced at celebrations, festivals, births, parties, etc. In this workshop, Dalia will teach traditional Turkish Romani movement including hand gesturing, distinct footwork and musicality that brings you back to the root of the people from the romani districts in Turkey. Dalia will also blend her innovative skirtwork into this class as well that is derived from Spain, Latin America and Dalia's own skirt work technique. Skirts required, bring a large full length at least a 10 yard skirt with no slits. $95.00 in advance $110. at the door space permitting. Use the website link to register. This workshop will Sell out!!! http://www.sharonfit.com/calendar.php
Spice Up your Saidi, taught by Torkom Movsesiyan
Workshop cost: $50 if prepaid online by October 19th. Paypal $50 to email@example.com. $60 afterwards, and if paid cash at the door.
If students don't have a cane, they may rent one for $5.
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