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Angel Intensive Instructor


Amel Tafsout Intensive Instructor


April Monique instructor


Casey Bond Instructor


Catrice Instructor


Ciana Ariel Instructor


Constance Instructor


Diana Soto Instructor


Kamrah Instructor


Kim Leary Instructor


Maia Alexandra Instructor


Naimah Instructor


Nefertiti Instructor


Phoenix Instructor


Pixie Instructor


Sara Lyn Instructor


Salit Instructor


Farida Children's Director


Carmine Our Band Leader/Instructor


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This is a special pkg where a dancer is selling her classes with our help. here is the beauty these are discounted so you get 2 for 1 price that's right 2 classes for 1 price two 90  minute classes for $60or 2 two hour classes $100

These packages will be added as dancers contact us. So dont be hesitant. We are doing this as a service for our dancers  so when they are gone they are gone until someone wants to add it.  We will post them as we recieve them 

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    • THURSDAY March 31 11am-2pm EST
      ANGEL
      Reggaeton-Bellydance Fusion by Angel Bellydance
      Take it from a dancer who's REALLY BEEN CAST IN MULTIPLE Reggaeton videos for legendary Reggaeton artists such as Don Omar, Calle 13, Tego Calderon, Hector the Father, Zion y Lennox, Divino, Angel y Kris Las Guanabans...and more! This dynamic workshop (which happens to be Angel's most popular regular on-line weekly class) is designed for the intermediate or advanced bellydancer who is now looking for versatility in her bellydance repertoire.


      Did you know that Reggaton has its very own rhythm which is almost identical to a popular commonly danced rhythm in rakssharki? Did you know said rhythm has its own name? Can you tell the difference between Reggaeton of the 90's, early 2000's and now? Do you know the birthplace of Reggaeton and how it came to be? Not only will all of these fun facts be taught during this exciting intensive, but be prepared to DANCE YOUR HEART OUT while Angel shares her unique take on fusing the basic Bellydance movements and technique into the world-wide popular Latin rhythm of Reggaeton! This sexy blend of Reggaeton, Bellydance and a pinch of Latin flair will definitely leave you thinking outside of the box and broaden your versatilty skills by the end of the day! This intensive will not only include a varity of dynamic combos and strengthening drills, but also include learning to identifying the rhythm and understanding its powerful culture and rich history. In addition, be prepared for LOTS of sweating, laughter and smiles as all of Angel's workshops are a down to earth environment filled with joy, love and friendship!

      Angel truly enjoys sharing the joy of dancing this juicy music without letting go of the love we have for bellydancing.

    • Amazigh-Kabyle: Dance of the Kabyle People
      The Kabyle people are an Amazigh-Berber ethnic group indigenous to Kabylie in the north of Algeria, spread across the Atlas Mountains, one hundred miles east of Algiers. They represent the largest Amazigh-speaking population of Algeria and the second largest in North Africa.
      Many of the Kabyles have emigrated from Algeria. Their diaspora has resulted in Kabyle people living in numerous countries. Large populations of Kabyle people settled in France and, to a lesser extent, Canada (mainly Québec) and United States.

      This fertility dance comes from the North-Eastern Algerian Mountains of the ‘Kabylie’ and is performed with a scarf while the dancer is doing very small footwork and constant hip movements holding and twirling a scarf.
      The Amazigh-Kabyle dance performed today is drawn from this rich strong dance tradition that has been celebrated and preserved by the grounded, powerful, and dignified women of Kabyle Djurdjura Mountains.
      This ritual dance features shimmies and trembling movements that are related to pregnancy, fertility, and ease of birth. The dance is both a public and personal expression, rich in symbolic dimensions that deal with subjects such as the fertility of Mother Earth, the rites of marriage and birth, and the communication between the earthly and the Divine.
      Amazigh music is characterized by its use of folk oral traditions, as well as particular scales and rhythmic patterns, which include pentatonic music and African rhythms. All these elements are combined together to form one of the main sources of entertainment in Amazigh social ceremonies like marriages, as well as verses, tales and songs.

      Moroccan Shaa’bi dance
      Chaabi or Shaabi, meaning "folk", refers to different music genres in North Africa such as Algerian chaabi, Moroccan chaabi and Egyptian chaabi.
      Chaabi music is frequently found in weddings and this style is often associated with the festivals. The use of popular language and the creation of new rhythms have made this style an essential complement to the dance.
      The Chikhat are female professional dancers and singers, who perform together in cities and villages for men and women, and at various festivities. This dance style focus on slow then fast and energetic isolated hip movements, pelvic undulations, belly drops, shimmies, flowing hand movements and rotations of the head that let the dancers’ long hair flow freely
      Often a hip scarf is worn to bring attention to the movements of the lower body with quick, sharp body movements, along with more graceful, flowing movements inspired by flowing string sections in the music.
      There is a possibility to see men performing the Shikhat dance style, dressed as women but hiding their faces on public spaces such as Djama’ El Fna in Marrakech

      Come and be ready to sweat!



      Dancing to Raï music and “Allawi:

      Raï (“rah-AY”) music is a popular genre of world music from Algeria that emerged in the late 1980s as a combination of popular music and traditional Bedouin desert music. The tradition arose in the city of Oran, primarily among the poor. Traditionally sung by men, by the end of the 20th century, female singers had become common. The lyrics of Raï have concerned social issues such as disease and the policing of European colonies that affected native populations.
      The music performed was called raï. It drew its name from the Algerian Arabic word raï (“opinion” or “advice”), which was typically inserted—and repeated—by singers to fill time as they formulated a new phrase of improvised lyrics. By the early 1940s Cheikha Rimitti el Reliziana had emerged locally as a musical and linguistic luminary in the raï tradition, and she continued to be among the music’s most prominent performers into the 21st century.
      Allawi a musical genre from West Algeria.
      Both the music and the dance originate from an ancient warrior dance using the gun and the foot strikes in the rhythm of the music.
      This often high-energy and emotional music has a similarity with the American blues and more recently hip-hop and fuels the fusion of modern improvisational and more traditional dances performed by women and men alike. Amel has innovated dancing to Raï music, bringing the fluidity and the sensuality of Arabic-Andalusian roots, the strength and energy of the mythical Berber priestess, the earthiness of the African soul, the inspiration of the Sahara-desert and the expression of the great Mediterranean seaport Wahran together into a joyful dance for the people.
      While leaving in London, UK, Amel Tafsout was interpreting for Cheb Khaled and other Rai singers. She contributed to bring to London the innovator father of Raï Messaoud Bellemou as well as the unique and only of Raï singer, Chikha Rimitti.


    • Dynamite Dynamics!
      Put some pow into your performance!
      Even the most monotonous of songs can be exciting when you remember your dynamics piano, pianissimo, mezzo forte, fortissimo!!! All play a part to keep your audience engaged. We will run a few dance combinations to varying songs and play with speed, size of movement, musical emphasis and emotional connection to bring your dance to vibrant life.

    • Stage Craft
      Want to know what makes a performer go from “good” to “great”? Often, it’s knowledge of stagecraft. For this lecture based workshop, Maia Alexandra pulls from her unique experience as both a lifetime performer and as the second half of Candlelight Productions, a video company that specializes in theater. Stagecraft is the art of everything ELSE that goes on in a performance: the lighting, sound, sets, and story! Learn how to make the stage work for you and not against you. Your performances will never be the same old, same old again! This workshop is useful for everybody, from beginners to seasoned professionals. Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

    • Veil Technique & Combos:
      Learn to work with the veil and make the tool a part of you. Work on grace and fluid veil work along with how to incorporate into your dance routines. Learn different ideas and unexpected surprises. The workshop includes 2-3 combos with fun transitions and movements. These combos can be incorporated into various choreographies.
      Phoenix will also discuss how to use your veil to create beautiful lines, interesting images and highlight your body movement.
      Join Phoenix in refining your veil work to become your partner in dance.
      This workshop is mixed level with basic technique for beginners and added ideas for the returning dancer.
      (Silk, Chiffon, Rectangle, Semi Circle Veils are all welcome)

    • Baladi - Lecture
      Who doesn’t love a good Baladi, right? Well, what do you love about Baladi? Is it the juicy fluidness, the intention, the effortlessness? For me it’s all of the above and then some. In my dance studies I have learned arm placement, hip moves, musical rhythms, etc, but something was missing. Where I learned the most is by approaching this dance with an open heart and mind and observing the people of the culture, learning from them, asking questions, and respecting their answers. In my workshop, Tell it to my Baladi Heart.” I want to talk about the real roots of this dance, the people, and their culture. Learning these things will change the way you approach and move in this dance. This dance style isn’t about being on point, it’s about the roots, the ground and the Earth. This workshop will include a lecture, song translations and yes, dancing. Not one lick of choreography will be taught in this workshop. I want you to walk away from my workshop with the confidence of who you are in this dance, and with your heart and soul full to overflowing. My workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced dancers because we always need a refresher to jog our memories and remind us of our love for this dance.


    • Perpetual motion: motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy.
      With an emphasis on fluidity throughout the body, this workshop will help you connect movement using your breath, play with sharp hits including the momentum they cause, and work with intentional movement in still moments.
      Building a small choreo with these movements will help show you how powerful they can be.. you will take away something to bring into your own practice and choreography!

    • Layers, Level changes & Transitions -
      In this class we will focus on using musicality in a creative way working with concepts of threading, layers, level changes, and transitions to put together creative combinations. We will work on Posture and body awareness for more fluidity and better overall energy projection in your dance practice and performances.

    • STRANGE AND UNUSUAL: Do the unexpected! Fuse unusual movements twitches, creepy isolations and undulations, and screaming fast, explosive hits with belly dance. Learn the foundations of each of these movements and how to incorporate them into your dance. Class includes strength conditioning, an explanation of the theory behind the movements, drills, and a creepy combo. (A note: this can also be a combo only workshop depending on length of time slot)

    • Tarab,
      It’s Not Always About A Pretty Face: The art of Tarab, ecstasy and spiritual dance of Bellydance. Study with Nefertiti as she presents an in-dept workshop on how a western dancer can obtain a state of ecstasy thru dance. In this workshop you will learn to trust your body, be present with the music, musicality, and characteristics to reach the state of Tarab as you perform. We will discuss music, movements, and dance in this fun interactive class. It's not always about having a pretty face.


    • TAKING UP SPACE
      This workshop is for the solo or aspiring solo artists who wants to enhance their presence and leave their mark on the stage. The goal here is to not only capture your audience, but have them absorb the performance. We will be using bold phrases to make bold statements, combinations, and maybe even a mini choreography to effectively utilize the space with fiery energy. All you need to bring with you is charisma!

    • Dabke Fusion workshop
      Learn a sizzling hot Dabke-Fusion choreography using traditional dabke steps combined with sexy bellydance moves, that is sure to set the stage on fire!

    • Arms, Hands & Expressivity: Arms give you style. Many of the iconic dancers are defined in great measure by their arms. Hands are one of the three keys to expression, along with your gaze and chest. In this workshop we will do arms and hands drills deriving from flamenco and salsa to experiment with other ways of using and feeling arms and hands. Then we will dance two brief combos. One to a Fairuz song and one to an Egyptian song to feel different ways of using arms and hands with music, integrating aspects from the vocabulary we learned before and some theatrical elements.

    • DUM RAKA TAK:
      Everyone loves a drum solo workshop! Drum solos are the most exciting part of a belly dancer’s set, and nothing is more exciting than a drum solo done WELL. Use your body to make the music, and learn the techniques on how to construct an amazing, jaw-dropping drum solo. In this workshop, students will learn the structure of a traditional drum solo. We will then learn a short but action-packed drum solo choreographed by Kamrah!

    • "Momentum" - Intermediate
      Progress your dance! This drills class will have a strong focus on technique, isolations and layering as we explore different tempos, textures and musicality. "The comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there."

    • Modern Cabaret-
      'AmCab' or "Cabaret Style" bellydance is simply a North American interpretation of RaqsSharqi developed and popularized mainly by Restaurant & nightclub dancers in the US in the 1950s through the 90s and has a distinct look & style. In this workshop "Modern Cabaret" we will delve into how modern influence in music, props and social media have changed the way we gig and perform here in the US, while many of the same elements, structure and movements have stayed the same.


    • Afrofusion Drills and Combos
      This workshop focuses on teaching technique and choreography that borrows from Pan-African vernacular and street dances found throughout the continent and the diaspora, as well as Hip-Hop, House, and Jazz Funk. We will focus on polycentric dance techniques that will blend upper and lower body isolations with rhythmical footwork that complements the polyrhythms of Afrobeat, Afrobeats, Afrohouse and more! Be ready to get intricate, grounded, and groovy!

    • FIRE AND WATER
      A flamenco and raqs sharki workshop by Diana Soto - In this workshop we'll explore arm paths, torso work, turns and gesture as traditionally used in each of these two movement traditions. We'll pay particular attention to the level of tension and quality of intention needed for each to fuse in a way that feels real, honest and unique. Come delve into some innovative fusion that burns the stage and flows like water!

    • Fun(ky) Groove Merchant Combos with Finger Cymbals

      Get your groove on with Kim Leary in this funk inspired dance party! Learn sassy moves and combinations that’ll make you glad you got up this morning! Get in touch with your inner pulse with fun and easy polyrhythmic infused movements. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the funky fun that Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble has on stage, you won’t want to miss this class. Some experience recommended.


    • Go-Go Choreography
      Soul, Funk, and Disco are on the menu for this fun session inspired by Constance’s adventures as Connie Love in the world of nightlife as a professional Go-Go dancer. Get ready to work on improvisation exercises that will help you to build your personal movement vocabulary, presence, connection to your audience, and musicality. Class will conclude with learning a short combo that will fuse elements of choreography and freestyle. Feel free to wear whatever footwear (stilettos, chunky heels, sneakers, etc) you feel balanced and comfortable in or none at all!

    • STRENGTH & SENSUALITY: SAIDI - In this choreography based workshop, Diana shares her take on saidi, a celebration of contrasts of what’s powerful within the feminine were both strength and sensuality share dance space. Diana firmly believes that the best innovation is rooted in tradition and so this piece builds from a strong folkloric background into new stylizations for a piece that is both fierce and fun

    • Take your sword work to the next level by learning how to dance with your sword…and with an attitude! Balancing is NOT the focus of this workshop. We will be working on other techniques to make your sword performances interesting, dynamic, and bold! Two short combos are offered to integrate concepts and for further practice of these amazing techniques.
      Format: 4-hoursSkill Level: This is a tough workshop and is not appropriate for beginners. Intermediate to advanced. Previous sword experience is strongly recommended.


    • How to play a drum solo for a dancer"
      The drum solo is the climax of any belly dancer show. This is a great time for the dancer and drummer to improvise and communicate. In this workshop, you will learn how to build your own solos and improvising techniques. You will also learn what the dancer is expecting from you and how to play something interesting and exciting for them. This workshop is perfect for drummers who know the basics. This workshop is also great for dancers to learn about the drum solo from the drummer's perspective.

    • Dancing to Raï music and “Allawi:
      Raï (“rah-AY”) music is a popular genre of world music from Algeria that emerged in the late 1980s as a combination of popular music and traditional Bedouin desert music. The tradition arose in the city of Oran, primarily among the poor. Traditionally sung by men, by the end of the 20th century, female singers had become common. The lyrics of Raï have concerned social issues such as disease and the policing of European colonies that affected native populations.
      The music performed was called raï. It drew its name from the Algerian Arabic word raï (“opinion” or “advice”), which was typically inserted—and repeated—by singers to fill time as they formulated a new phrase of improvised lyrics. By the early 1940s Cheikha Rimitti el Reliziana had emerged locally as a musical and linguistic luminary in the raï tradition, and she continued to be among the music’s most prominent performers into the 21st century.

      Allawi a musical genre from West Algeria.
      Both the music and the dance originate from an ancient warrior dance using the gun and the foot strikes in the rhythm of the music.

      This often high-energy and emotional music has a similarity with the American blues and more recently hip-hop and fuels the fusion of modern improvisational and more traditional dances performed by women and men alike. Amel has innovated dancing to Raï music, bringing the fluidity and the sensuality of Arabic-Andalusian roots, the strength and energy of the mythical Berber priestess, the earthiness of the African soul, the inspiration of the Sahara-desert and the expression of the great Mediterranean seaport Wahran together into a joyful dance for the people.

      While leaving in London, UK, Amel Tafsout was interpreting for Cheb Khaled and other Rai singers. She contributed to bring to London the innovator father of Raï Messaoud Bellemou as well as the unique and only of Raï singer, Chikha Rimitti.

    • "Jamhaila" -
      Jamhaila is a term used in the Salimpour School that describes the intersection between the Salimpour formats, Jamila stylization and Suhaila technique! In this workshop we will talk about how both stylization

    • "Conditioning for dancers" - all levels
      Movement sequences and targeted exercises for dancers! Take these with you into your personal practice for stronger, more defined isolations, better balance, increased endurance, and deeper body awareness. All exercises will be with body weight and modifications can be made to accommodate all!
      Have a yoga block? Bring it along to enhance your experience (optional)


    • More Doumbek FUNdamentals with Casey Bond!
      Let's put the "FUN" in doumbek FUNdamentals! Casey's fun, funky, super-friendly workshop is ideal for beginning drummers and drum-curious dancers, as well as intermediate-level drummers looking to brush up their foundation skills. More Doumbek FUNdamentals is geared to absolute beginner drummers and dancers who will learn basic techniques in a safe, non-competitive environment. These foundation skills include basic hand technique, rhythm and dynamics basics and basic ensemble skills. Intermediate drummers will refresh technique, drill basic doumbek rhythms and patterns and play cooperatively with ensemble members of various skill levels. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a complete AOTB 2022 Workshop Packet, including an outline, copious rhythm notation hand-outs and contact info. All participants will receive a surprise bonus belly dance music CD upon completion of the workshop. Please bring your doumbek and a smile!

    • Diva-Licious Sass Fusion by Angel Bellydance
      Take this moment to allow Angel to pull out your inner pop sassy-diva and incorporate that into your bellydance world!
      Angel, who’s been teaching jazz technique for over 27 years, will be utilizing her sassy-pop style of jazz into FIERCE Jazz-bellydance fusion technique and drills followed by a BOMB choreography

    • "Move Like Honey" - Intermediate
      Take your fluidity to the next level with slowww slinky sequences & pathways! An emphasis will be placed on muscle control, torso mobility, and the "secret ingredient" to melting away transitions and connecting movements for ultimate gooiness!

    • Last Stand : A dynamic choreography slathered with gooey movement, crisp attacks, and delicious recoil. You will learn some of Pixie’s signature style from her cross training and how she integrates it into her dance, and will see how she hears music through movement!

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