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Workshops at JamBallah Northwest, by day

Most mvement classes limited to 23 people, a few larger classes limited to 40.  No 75-person classes here!

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Registration opens: Feb 13th 10am PST!

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         Friday Aug 12        

TWITCH

Rachel Brice, Fri 12p-3p 

(3hr, INT/ADV, class limited to 23) $98 presale

Contrasting fluid technique with quick isolations + musicality = WHOA.

In this workshop we’ll learn how to develop the contrasting qualities of fluid and percussive to create contrast. We’ll experience two types of practice to build both flexibility and control for slow movements, and speed for clean hip-work and locks. This 3 hour workshop has two segments of 90 minutes each:

Part One: We’ll learn learn how to gain speed and clarity for locks, hip-work, and several shimmies through a carefully constructed practice sequence.

Part Two: We’ll learn phrases that integrate both slow and fast movements, and serves up a heavy dose of musical interpretation. You can use these combos for practice or performance.

*Difficulty/What to bring: Please arrive 20m early and plan to warm yourself up before class starts. This is a 3-hr class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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DISCOVERY MASTERCLASS: Transnational and “Tribal” Fusion Arab-American 

Donna Mejia, Fri 3:30-6:30p

(3-hr, INT/ADV, class limited to 23) $98 presale

Transnational Fusion is a dance genre rooted in the nomadic and secular dance traditions of the Arabian Diaspora. Although the form claims strong roots in women's styles of Arabic folk dance, various artists of the genre have expanded the vocabulary to include the influences of Rom dance styles from India to Europe, Spanish Flamenco, North African dances, and more recently American hip hop, electronic, punk and gothic subcultures.

As it was popularized and influenced by incoming participants, the form grew to encompass the dance community’s response to the experimentation of producers and DJs sampling and digitally manipulating traditional instruments through in hip hop, electronic and world. It is now a global phenomenon that was developed in the U.S.A. by referencing (and sometimes pillaging) the influences and vocabulary of inspirations outside of the country… thus it is steeped in much controversy and political conflict.

Presently, the form cannot be sincerely studied without also considering this conflicted history. Hence, in addition to extensive stretching, hip work, athletic and traveling sequences and poly-rhythmic orientation, the class will include educational highlights regarding the context and development of this form. Donna also provides links to resource pages listing collegiate level sources for further learning.

*Difficulty/What to bring: This is a 3-hr class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome (balancing postures, cardiovascular challenge, jumping, turns, fast footwork and sequencing).  Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. Bare feet and athletic clothing will work best.  If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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JAZZ FUSION CHOREOGRAPHY

Alexis Southall, Fri 4:30-6:30p

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

Come and learn an original choreography inspired by Alexis' studies in Modern Jazz. Expect some fancy footwork, beautiful turns and lots of fun! Expect to start off with a targeted Pilates based warm up, including exercises for building control for the execution of turns and footwork in Jazz. (20 minutes) Then we'll drill some fundamental Jazz technique before putting it all together. There may be some floorwork, so please bring kneepads - alternatives will be offered to those not wishing to go to the floor.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring kneepads, a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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BE THE GIANT ON STAGE!

Roxy Stimpson, Fri 4:30-6:30p

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

New to dancing on stage or having performing on stage but wanting to connect to the audience when you’re on the spotlight? Where to start on/off stage? How to work with lights, stage positions and stage patterns? “I can’t see the audience, what to do?” This is a high-speed crash course of having your dance image bigger than live for stage performances.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome, at least one . Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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         Saturday Aug 13        

HARD CORE FOLKLORE: AN EXPLORATION AND EXPERIMENT IN FUSION W/ DANCES FROM THE GULF

Sharon Kihara, Fri 9:30-12:30p

(3hr, ALL, class limited to 23) $98 presale

This workshop will be a three-hour tour through a few dances of Iran and Iraq, with a focus on Khaliji, Bandari, and Raks al Qawleeya.  In addition to learning basic footwork, arm and hand movements and head movements, we will be treated to lessons in history, meaning, style and social and spiritual significance by some specially selected guest experts! Sharon is very excited to present this workshop at JamBallah only!  Come and dance, or come and learn and watch (although you will have a very hard time sitting still once the music comes!).

*Difficulty/What to bring: This is a 3-hr class where all levels who want a challenge are welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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IMPULSE, MOMENTUM, & FLUIDITY

Donna Mejia, Sat 9:30-11:30p

(2hr, ALL) $43 presale

This class will explore continuums of movements: the uninterrupted flow of movement in both the standing body (transferred as waves) and traveling body (progressions across the floor).  We will investigate the idea of obstructions or default movement habits.  Our class objective is NOT to create a specific style or aesthetic of dance.  Rather, we will workshop our way through common patterns of resistance.  Participants can expect a substantial and vigorous warmup (please bring a yoga mat), followed by short phrases of choreography danced across the room.  We will give special focus to traveling patterns in the feet, and integration of hip/torso work in conjunction with traveling.  Building confidence with improvisation and perpetuity is what we’re aiming for.  As always, I promise the best music in the universe (!), respect for your dignity as a participant, honesty, and much laughter during our “laboratory” time together. 

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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VINTAGE RAQS SHARQI: Music, Movement and Mystique

Maia Cornelius-Evart, Sat 9:30-11:30a

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

Egyptian bellydance stars from the 1940’s and 1950’s are icons of our dance form. Their glamorous portrayal of bellydance in Egyptian cinema helped popularize the art form both in the Middle East and around the Western world. During this class you will learn signature movements and stylings from several of the most famous and beautiful dancers of that era: Naima Akef, Taheyya Carioka, Samia Gamal, Naamet Mokhtar and Samiha Tawfiq, using some of the music to which these dancers performed in their movie roles. We’ll contrast and compare the movements and music of this era to movements and music with which we dance today, and appreciate the individualism inherent in this dance form. This workshop will broaden your interpretive skills and permit you to dance with vintage music using appropriate movement vocabulary.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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DANCE BETTER THAN YOURSELF— Discussion & Practice

Rachel Brice, Sat 2:30-5:30p

(3hr, INT/ADV, class limited to 23) $98 presale

Baryshnikov said, "I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself."

After achieving their original dance goals, dancers often tell me they feel unsure about how to continue, don’t know where to go next, or feel like they need to take a break to get excited again. So the question is: How do you continue to grow and stay focused and motivated? How do you find new ways to “dance better than yourself” and dig deeper into technique, musicality, expression, improvisation when you don’t feel like it? How do you find your own style, your own voice, your motivation to keep going?

Half creativity workshop, half dance class, we’ll have a group discussion followed by dance practice.

*Difficulty/What to bring: This is a 3-hr class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome. Please remember to bring a notebook and pen, a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching.*

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GIMME SOME SHIMMY!

Colette Todorov, Sat 2:30-4:30p 

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

Take your shimmy to the next level with in-depth breakdowns and drills of common (and a few uncommon!) ATS® shimmy moves. Learn how to create a powerful, yet bouncy, Shimmy Step and discover tips for maintaining your shimmy with ease. We'll focus on steps and combos that incorporate shimmys, on both the hips and shoulders, working to keep the shimmy impressive while the face stays relaxed and joyful.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring zils, a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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THE UNUSUAL DRUM SOLO

Ebony Qualls, Sat 2:30-4:30p

(2hr, ALL) $43 presale

An unexpected spin on the traditional drum solo, learn a piece that is choreographed to glass bottles, a marching band or industrial sounds. Learn how to reflect the sounds and mood of the “drumming” with the grace and simplicity of your movements. Drill exercises for improvisational popping sections. Electrify your audience with fast and energetic combinations, and create suspense with dramatic pauses.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Dance shoes recommended, but not required. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, dance shoes, and towel for sweating!*

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THE ART OF UNVEILING

Tiffany Slottke, Sat 5-7p

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

The use of the veil as a prop captures the exotic and beautiful essence of Bellydance.  The veil can be used to create a mood as well as provide a backdrop to showcase the movement of the body. The veil can also be used to create interesting lines, poses, add drama to spins and turns, and add flourish with eye catching tricks and throws.

The class will start with a gentle warm up to lubricate our joints and set the mood. Tiffany will present her interpretation of the American Cabaret 7 Part Veil routine (made popular by the dancers in the late 60’s and 70’s to “fill time” in the nightclub scene) as well as teach alternative veil wraps and some of her favorite tricks and throws.

Please bring a rectangular 3 yard length veil. Be prepared for a good arm work out and to fall in love with the veil!

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring a rectangular 3-yard veil, a reusable water container, and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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DANCING THROUGH PICTURES: Historical Re-Creation of Ancient Egyptian Dance

Bevin Victoria, Sat 5-7p

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

How do you resurrect a dance form that hasn’t been seen in millennia? For the past several years, Bevin Victoria has been using historical documents to reconstruct a historically-speculative look at the dance movements of Ancient Egypt-moving ancient Egyptian dance out of the realm of novelty, and exploring the link  to modern Egyptian dance forms.

In this class, we will address the academic process and ethics of historical re-creation, as well as physically exploring the movements that Bevin has developed through her research.

First we’ll trace a hypothetical timeline for one possible root of bellydance, honoring the importance of mindful fusion and cultural context to create dance pieces from history. Then we’ll dance it out! Learn Bevin’s process of linking together particular moments in a phrase to create a moving dance from static fragments- using educated guesses and mindful interpretation to bridge the gap between fixed and temporal art forms.

(Optional) Preparatory recommended reading: Ancient Egyptian Dance by Irena Lexova

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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CONTROLLED CHAOS: Expanding Movement With Strength and Intention

Isaiah Esquire, Sat 5:45-7:45p

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

Join Isaiah in this fast and furious FUN class, as you find your controlled center while blasting through big, explosive movements influenced by Contemporary Dance, African, and Hip-Hop.

We will work on using strong technique in expanding your movement quality and energy, controlling momentum and keeping intention in each moment.  A lot of belly dance technique is based around precise execution of muscular intricacies, subtleties and small specific movements. In this class, you are invited to break free, stretch your movement and bring attention to where it centers from with strength, momentum, and huge power. Trusting your body and harnessing your strength is the key to finding control as you let go of your limitations.

Class will include 5 minute warm up, 15 minute stretch, 5 minute cool down. Please wear your comfy dance clothes that make you feel your most confident, while allowing the instructor to see the movement from you knees, ankles etc. (Bottoms that are form fitting or that end above the knee preferred.)

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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         Sunday Aug 14        

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URBAN FUSION SERIES

Ebony Qualls, Sun 9:30a-12:30p

(3hr, INT/ADV, class limited to 23) $98 presale

Explore a fun and unique spin on contemporary belly dance. Learn combinations which fuse modern urban styles found in hip hop, retro funk styles such as locking, and the timeless art of raqs sharqi. Build coordination, work on isolating movements, and expand your dance style with popping and liquid. This workshop will be high energy, prepare to sweat and have fun. Dance shoes recommended, but not required.

*Difficulty/What to bring: This is a 3-hr class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, dance shoes, and towel for sweating!*

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THE ROOTS AND RITUAL OF BELLY DANCE

Sedona Soulfire, Sun 10-12p

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

Sedona’s extensive studies have led her to the understanding that like all art forms, Belly Dance began as a practice of ritualistic and reverential expression. Thousands of years ago, it was primarily a form of Mother Goddess worship. Today, it's an innovative and evolving art that provides us with an opportunity for unique creative self-expression and artistic exploration.

So what do the ancient ritualistic roots of the dance mean to us and how can they inform our dance today?

In this illuminating workshop, we'll delve deeply into the synchronicities found within so many ancient dance traditions of women: birthing, life cycles, creativity, celebration, and divine energy.

We will explore the sacred symbology of our foundational Belly Dance movements, opening to their mystical power as we align with the deeper meaning of serpents, undulations, waves, spirals, circles and infinity loops, discovering how they powerfully affect our physical and energetic bodies, as well as what they communicate to a witness.

This workshop provides the opportunity to open your ancient eyes and see that your dance can be something more than just a spectacle, exercise practice, or social activity. You'll discover that it's also a sacred vehicle for personal and planetary inspiration, growth, healing and connection. Indeed, we can approach our belly dance performance as Ritual Space honoring the powerful (and magical!) connections and openings that are created when we consciously exchange energy with an audience.

In addition to teaching pre-performance/practice exercises designed to honor, open and clear your body as sacred channel and transmitter, Sedona will also share tips and techniques to clarify, align and focus your dance journey intentions so that your work is infused with presence and meaning.

This workshop will begin with lecture and discussion, move into embodiment connection exercises, and culminate with a temple belly dance choreographic sequence that illuminates the concepts explored in the class.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please bring a journal and pen, a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching.*

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ZILLS & DANCE TO CHIFTITELLI, 9/8, 7/8, 6/8 RHYTHMS

Roxy Stimpson, Sun 10-12p

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

Adding to your dance toolbox new interesting rhythms by learning some fun, energetic but soulful dance combos with finger cymbals/zills/sagats to Chiftitelli, 9/8, 7/8 and 6/8 rhythms with Roxy. Spice up your dance repertoire and drill times by inserting one for more of these rhythms into your dance music playlist. Let’s dance!

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please bring your zils, a reusable water container, and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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HENNA: THE RHYTHM OF DESIGN
Wendy Rover of Roving Horse Henna, Sun 10a-12p
(2hr, ALL, Hands-on lecture class) $50 presale

Supplies and take-home goodie bag included.

This hands-on design and composition henna class is based on rhythm and drills. Henna designs, motifs, and compositions have their own flow and rhythm and we as artists do too! One of the most enjoyable aspects of working with henna is finding rhythms in design, and one of the most fun ways to work with rhythm is using music. We will begin with a half hour of henna bootcamp; working with 3 or 4 shapes that can be built into compositions and working on the nuts and bolts of basic technique. 

Then it is time to turn up the music and let our hands and henna cones dance! We will experiment with different types of music while we practice and refine our basic motifs, letting the cadence of the music help us with uniformity and with flow. Finally, we will take our work from motif to composition, building simple but rhythmic and dynamic designs that we can use to adorn ourselves or each other with joy.

Participants will have the use of all the henna supplies they may need in class and will also receive a goodie bag with henna supplies to take home with them. (Value 25$+)

*Difficulty/What to bring: Supplies provided. Absolutely anyone is welcome to this hands-on lecture class. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and your questions for the instructor!*

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TRIBAL FUSION STRENGTHENING- TECHNICAL CLINIC

Sharon Kihara, Sun 1-3p

(2hr, ALL) $43 presale

Let’s get in there and clean our technique!  This clinic is perfect for the Tribal Fusion dancer wishing to add to their skill set, or for any experienced dancer desiring more polish and refinement for their performances.  Starting with a warming drill and training session, we will work through the entire body top to toes, cleaning our lines and finding our center in order to execute more advanced movements including layers, flutters and belly accent technique, turns and spins, shimmies and more.  All adventurous dancers welcome, some belly dance experience recommended.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome, at least one year of bellydance experience recommended. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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BOLLYWOOD DREAMS

Prashant Kakad, Sun 1-3

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

Imagine being transported into a Bollywood Musical – multicolored costumes coupled with high energy song & dance. Charismatic performer DJ Prashant’s nonstop dance class teleports students into a world full of possibilities & big smiles, featuring the hottest Bollywood filmi music around.

The dancing in Bollywood films, especially older ones, is primarily modeled on Indian dance: classical dance styles, dances of historic northern Indian courtesans (tawaif), or folk dances. In modern films, Indian dance elements often blend with Western dance styles (as seen on MTV or in Broadway musicals), though it is usual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in the same film. The hero or heroine will often perform with a troupe of supporting dancers. Many song-and-dance routines in Indian films feature unrealistically instantaneous shifts of location or changes of costume between verses of a song. If the hero and heroine dance and sing a duet, it is often staged in beautiful natural surroundings or architecturally grand settings. This staging is referred to as a “picturisation”.

Bollywood film music is called filmi music (from Hindi, meaning “of films”). Songs from Bollywood movies are generally pre-recorded by professional playback singers, with the actors then lip synching the words to the song on-screen, often while dancing. For the last few decades Bollywood producers have been releasing the film’s soundtrack, as tapes or CDs, before the main movie release, hoping that the music will pull audiences into the cinema later. Often the soundtrack is more popular than the movie. In the last few years some producers have also been releasing music videos, usually featuring a song from the film. However, some promotional videos feature a song which is not included in the movie. This class will feature nonstop dancing interspersed with a few pieces of choreography. Come prepared to sweat and have fun!

Further information:Hindi dance songs,Filmi and Music of Bollywood

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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MIDDLE EASTERN/WORLD MUSIC

Michael Beach, Sun 1-3p

(2hr, ALL) $38 presale

Dig deeper and refine your understanding of Middle Eastern music! This workshop will have aspects of lecture, hands-on music, and also movement/performance. We will cover the following:

- Ethnomusicology - the study of music, culture and instruments from around the world and how it relates to our contemporary Western music.  Special focus on Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Persian and North African music.

- Basic / Intermediate demonstration on Doumbek / Arabic Tabla (Middle Eastern drum), Riq / Daff (Middle Eastern Tambourine), Def / Tar (Frame drums), Oud (Middle Eastern lute), Saz (Turkish Folkloric instrument), Mizmar / Zurna (Middle Eastern Folkloric  double reed horns) and Midjwiz / Arghool (Arabic Folkloric reeded cane horn)

- Singing in Arabic, Turkish, Farsi and Armenian languages

- How to utilize and use the regular western instruments you already have to play this music.

- Performance with a live musician-- the ins and outs (with participant demonstration and chances to dance along with the live music)

- Question / Answer Time

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome. Please remember to bring a reusable water container and a yoga mat for stretching. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

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EGYPTIAN BELLYDANCE: 1926 - 1960

Maia Cornelius-Evart, Sun 6:30-8p

(90m multimedia lecture) $28 presale

What we think of as bellydance today is directly descended from the dancing in Egyptian clubs and cinema from 1926 through 1960. During this presentation we’ll learn about the political and social changes happening in Egypt during that time and how they influenced music, dance and costuming/fashion. We’ll watch examples of the dance by some of the stars of the time, including: Naima Akef, Taheyya Carioka, Samia Gamal, Naamet Mokhtar and Samiha Tawfiq. We’ll also observe some of the tropes of the era and grow to understand how these have influenced our vision of the dance even today. A little bit of history to help us add depth and richness to our dancing!

LOCATION TBA, but it will be walking distance from the Electric Vardo afterparty location at a delicious, well priced eatery. Food and drinks NOT included in ticket price. We will announce location as soon as possible.

*Difficulty/What to bring: Absolutely anyone is welcome to this multimedia lecture class. If desired, bring a pad and pen for notes, and your questions for the instructor!*

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Attendees, Please Note--Your Photograph May Be Taken At The JamBallah Northwest Festival.

To assist in future promotion, we will have professional photographers working throughout the event, at the workshops, shows, and other festival-specific gatherings.  Photographs of festival participants and their guests will be taken and posted on the JamBallah Northwest website, and/or the JamBallah Northwest Facebook page.  There is a possibility that your photograph may be taken and so used. We believe that this will enhance the overall experience of festivalgoers, and allow us to properly convey the atmosphere and awesomeness of the festival to the rest of the bellydance community! By attending the JamBallah Northwest festival, both workshops and events, you give your consent to the posting of such photographs by us and waive all rights and claims with respect to the posting of such photographs.

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