February 23, 2014 from 1 – 4 pm: Myriam Eli in “Turkish Delight”; In this Turkish 9/8 dance workshop, students will learn movements from American Cabaret Karsilama as well as Romany styles. Students should bring a full skirt.
Myriam Eli performs traditional Middle Eastern, Armenian, North African, cross-cultural, and improvisational dance, and plays a variety of Middle Eastern hand drums and percussion instruments. She participated in dance companies of New York’s Serena, Morocco, Anahid Sofian, and Ahmed Hussien. She has received awards from the New York based American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance and Florida’s Broward County. The Florida Department of State awarded her two Fellowship Grants and selected her as Master Teacher of Middle Eastern dance for the Folklife Apprenticeship Program. From 1998 to 2006 she served as Middle Eastern dance teacher, choreographer, consultant, drummer, recording artist, and touring musician for pop rock singer Shakira. Ms. Eli is also dance and executive director of Harmonic Motion (www.harmonicmotion.com), which she co-founded in South Florida, U.S.A., with oudist, singer, composer Joe Zeytoonian. She has recorded and toured worldwide with Mr. Zeytoonian.
March 16th from 1 – 4 pm: Tamalyn Dallal…. ”Belly Dance Through the Ages”; Tamalyn will take you on a journey through music and dance of the modern times; beginning in the roaring 20′s, she will guide you through the eras. We will pause to focus on the 70′s- 80′s..an era she calls “The Hey Day”. This was a time of empowered women in the dance. We will learn how they walked, why they were so proud, and dance in the foot steps of Nagwa Fouad, Souhair Zaki, Fifi Abdou and Azza Sherif.
Tamalyn Dallal has done nearly everything in her 37 year Middle Eastern dance career. She has performed for stars such as sean Connery, Michael Jackson and James Brown (to name a few), the president of El Salvador and the King of Jordan.Directing the Mid Eastern Dance Exchange, a non profit organization, dance school and performing company in Miami Beach, she taught and mentored dancers such as Amar Gamal and Bozenka, Virginia and others. She organized the Orientalia dance festival and produced numerous theatrical productions. Crowned “Miss America of the Bellydance” in 1995, she has performed and/or taught in 41 countries. She was one of the original “Bellydance Superstars”, has written three books, produced two music CD’s of Africa’s oldest band, the “Ikhwan Safaa Musical Club of Zanzibar”, and currently films ethnological dance documentaries; Zanzibar Dance, Trance and Devotion, was completed in 2011. “Ethiopia Dances for Joy”, was released in 2013. Tamalyn Dallal currently travels around the world to perform and teach dance workshops. Each fall she teaches a month long workshop in Shanghai, China, sponsored by the Isis Club. In addition, in the summer, she teaches a week long workshop at her own studio outside of Seattle, the “Zamani Culture House”.
April 27th from 1 – 4 pm: Jihan Jamal….”Cairene Milaya Leff”; In this 3 hour workshop, Jihan will teach her own brand of Egyptian Baladi (Popular) dance move technique basics, and will then incorporate the Milaya (a type of shawl) Leff (means “wrap”) used in this flirtatious “character” dance. Traditionally the origins of this dance are attributed to Alexandria, Egypt, by the Mediterranean Sea (thus the use of the short dresses that you may be familiar with) and is performed to specific music. Jihan likes to perform and teach the Cairene version, which can be performed in a galabeyia of “baladi” dress and can be performed to most style of baladi/shaaby, upbeat music.
Jihan is an internationally respected dance master who has been performing and teaching Near and Middle Eastern dance styles throughout the United States, U. S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Egypt and the Czech Republic, for the past 34 years. Jihan’s constant goal as a performer and teacher is to represent the beauty of the Arabic dance culture with dignity, elegance and pride. Jihan’s teaching method combines tradition and regional colloquialisms without sacrificing professional forma and technique. Her objective is to educate the student in the structure of the dances as well as their cultural and regional backgrounds and the social, religious and political history that has impacted and altered the dance throughout the centuries. Jihan Jamal is the founder, owner and director of ADORA World Dance Productions in Miami, Florida (since 1982). The world is Jihan’s home, but she resides between Miami (her home base) and Prague, Czech Republic, and resuming educational travels to Cairo, Egypt in continuation of her dance education, research and goals, present political situations in the region, permitting.
June 1, 2014 1 – 4 pm: Alina ….”Deep Roots Tribal”; Alina will teach three hours of pure Tribal Roots which will cover the fundamentals of Tribal Style and some improvisational cueing to get you started in your own Improvisational Dance journey. This class is multi-level for solo or dances done in a group.