North Dakota
Bellydance Workshops! 

Hosted by the Lovely Dozen

Coming soon to Grand Forks, North Dakota...


The Daughters of Atlas Bellydance Festival

May 20th-22nd, 2016



Join us in downtown Grand Forks for our very first Daughters Of Atlas Festival! For the occasion, we've rented out the Empire Arts Center - a beautiful, historic theatre in the middle of the downtown area - for the workshops as well as the stage show.

Read on for the full schedule and registration details! There is a weekend package option (scroll through the workshop descriptions to find it), that you can click and finalize TODAY. You can also register a la carte ($40 per workshop) via that same link. 

If you'd like to set up a payment plan (3 payments of $70), just email us at [email protected]!

Friday, May 20th

5:00-6:30pm
Sha'abi Folklore Refresher with Hiba

Hiba covers the important steps, history, music and costuming for an assortment of Folkloric dance from different regions of the Middle East. This particular refresher will be focused on Sha'abi, but additional styles you can ask Hiba about include Saiidi, Assaya, Tahtib, Milaya, Dabki, Mohamed Ali St., Zaar, and Whirling Dervish (Tannoura). Hiba has an incredible knowledge base and puts a heavy emphasis on culture and the personality of each style - you won't want to miss this!
6:30pm
Hafla at Lovely Dozen Studios

Food will be provided potluck style - bring something to share! This will be an informal affair, but if you want to perform bring your music and we'll get you set up!

Saturday, May 21st

9:15-10:45AM

Bellydance Anatomy with Mahin


Learn to dance safer and stronger! We'll cover muscles important to bellydance with regard to great arm flow, posture, juicy core movement and safe hips, knees, and ankles. Material covers anatomy, strengthening, stretching, and the application of bio-mechanical principles to bellydance movemement. Mahin holds a BS in Exercise and Wellness and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.

11:00-12:30

Karşilama: 9/8 911 with Nadira


You’ve never danced to 9/8 music (aka karşilama) in your life, but the band starts playing “Rompi Rompi”.  You’ve seen American dancers use skirtwork for 9/8s, but you’re wearing a straight skirt. What do you do? 


Or maybe you’d love to use that awesome song you picked up on iTunes for your next hafla, but the 9/8 rhythm has you tripping over your own feet.


In this workshop, you’ll learn: 

 How to feel 9/8 rhythms in your body

 Playing zils to 9/8 music 

 Using standard belly dance moves (i.e., what you already know) with 9/8 music

 Distinctively Turkish moves and gestures that give your dance that authentic Turkish flavor


Participants will receive a short “phrase book” handout, which will also include resources for further education on 9/8s.

11:00-12:30

Head Bangin’ Ayoubi with Hiba


Learn exciting technique, hair tosses, and movements related to three styles based on variations of the ayoub rhythm; zaar, khaleegy and Iraqi!

12:30-2:00 Lunch break

2:00-3:30

Rock the Routine: Full Routine Basics

With Nadira


Are you ready to move beyond 5-minute hafla sets? Learn the structure of the classic 6-part routine, as used in American Cabaret and Turkish nightclub venues. You’ll learn how the routine is structured, what the audience expects, and how to give it to them. We’ll also talk about how to adapt this format for parties and other shorter shows, and how to apply these concepts to other styles of belly dance.

3:45-5:15 

Folkore Refresher: Saiidi, Milaya Leff with Hiba


Hiba covers the important steps, history, music and costuming for an assortment of Folkloric dance from different regions of the Middle East. This particular refresher will be focused on Saiidi and Milaya Leff, but additional styles you can ask Hiba about include Sha'abi, Dabki, Mohamed Ali St., Zaar, and Whirling Dervish (Tannoura). Hiba has an incredible knowledge base and puts a heavy emphasis on culture and the personality of each style - you won't want to miss this!

3:45-5:15

Line & Design with Mahin


Every moment of your dance performance lives as an image in your audience's mind - make it an artful one. We'll use design concepts from art and apply them to how we use our arms, how we move within our space and how an ensemble can effectively create collective effects for visual impact. These are valuable concepts for cabaret, tribal or fusion dancers alike!

8pm
Stage Show at the Empire Arts Center

If you are interested in performing, please contact us at [email protected] for more information. You must be attending the festival in some capacity in order to be eligible to perform in the stage show. 

Sunday, May 22nd

Stop Drawing a Blank with Nadira


Do you have trouble thinking of moves when you improvise? Drawing a blank is the result of having too many choices, not too few! 

The workshop will help you use your movement vocabulary more effectively when you improvise. You'll learn how to let the ideas flow, how to make your safety moves work for you (not against you), and how to access the rest of your movement vocabulary *in the moment*.

The Games We Play with Mahin


We drill, we do combos and choreos...and we can also play games! Learn fun, easy to lead games that

will reinforce the skills you present, and teach dance concepts to help your students make their first steps in improvisation.

Round out your lesson with a game and your students will leave class with a happy smile!

Full weekend package is just $195, and includes:

Friday evening workshop, your choice of Saturday workshops (in the cases where there are two running at once), your choice of Sunday workshops, and a complimentary ticket to the stage show!

Looking to register for individual workshops or day packages? You can do that via the above link as well!

Interested in setting up a payment plan? Send us an email! [email protected]



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Past Workshop Titles (from Ranya Renee, Lauren Boldt, Mahin, Saroya Atlanta and Other Guests)

We hope to add Titles to this list after each set of workshops, so you can tell us which are your favorites so we can bring them back (or request workshops like them) again in the future!


RANYA


Organically Grown Egyptian Oriental 


Tarab, Dance, and the Performer-Audience Feedback Loop


Shimmy Clinic 


LAUREN


Insane in the Membrane - Dance & Drumsolo


Body conditioning through Belly Dance


MAHIN


Belly Dance Anatomy 


City Girl, Country Girl – Combos for Sha’abi & Beladi


“In the Ears, Out the Hips”


Bellydance Layer Cake


SAROYA

Introduction to Turkish basics.

Dancing with Zills

Double Veil.

Flashcard Choreography/Performance Tips.  


GAIA SOPHIA


American Tribal Style® "Grandmothers" 


American Tribal Style® "Slow and Steady"


Basic Beledi 

Zen Zils