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Workshops at JamBallah Northwest

 

Friday       Saturday       Sunday

 

 

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Movement classes capped at 25-40 students maximum (depending on the room).  No 75-person classes here!

         Friday Aug 11      

 

SPLIT-DAY 6HR MINI-INTENSIVE 1/2

Mardi Love, Fri 11-2 AND Sat 9:30a-12:30p

(3hr Fri/3hr Sat INT/ADV) 200$ presale (total for both segments)

 

This half dozen hours will deliver some favorite isolation patterns and drills, slow and sultry technique, as well as a couple new combos and excerpts. Mardi’s goal in presenting combinations, and segments of choreography, is to provide a platform from which to address technique, nuance and stylization.  

Class capped at 25 participants.

 

  • Difficulty: This is a 6 hour split-day mini intensive geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.
  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container
  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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INTELLIGENT DANCE-SPECIFIC CONDITIONING FOR FLEXIBILITY & INJURY PREVENTION

Ashley Lopez, Fri 11a-1p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

In this class, you will determine what your physical goals are for your dance, and how to achieve  them.  You will be building a balanced and goal-specific sequence for your personal practice and you will learn how to progress this sequence as you continue to become stronger and more flexible.

 

Please bring a mat, 2 yoga blocks, a yoga strap, a journal, and a sense of adventure! All levels are welcome; we will be discussing how to work with various levels of abilities and how to progress as quickly and efficiently as possible. Learn the exercises, sequences, principles,  and modifications that you need to become your best personal coach so that you can be the best dancer you can be, injury free!

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, yoga strap, pad and pen, your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: dance shoes, exercise towel

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TRIPLE PRIESTESS: DANCING ARCHETYPES

Darshan, Fri 11a-1p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

Dancing archetypes to delve deep. Darshan will share her strong personal fusion of movement and philosophies, while addressing the necessary respect and education required when taking inspiration from eclectic sources. We will explore three different places from which to draw, or to which you may offer, energy being cultivated with dance.

 

Meditations, movement drills and combinations will be practiced with intention in three modes:

 

As the Oracle, you are cultivating energy, stillness, truth; you are holding space for potentiality. You support and create through visualizations and healing energy techniques inspired by Darshan’s extensive training in energy work, such as Qi Gong and Chakra balancing.

  

As the Warrior, you are practicing focus and forms, balance and strength, stirring your energy and exploring your edges with passionate movements and strength/agility practices, kicks and evasions, challenges graded for different ability levels. You ignite the fierceness, awaken the protector within.

 

As the Dancer, you are moving your body in ways that connect you to ancestors not only of your blood, but of kindred spirit. You connect with traditions, images and lineages that line up behind you and support you.

All genders welcome.

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel


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HIP HOP FUSION TECHNIQUE

Serena Spears, Fri 4-7p

(3hr INT/ADV) 100$ presale, 110$ at the door

 

Explore some of Serena's favorite styles of urban dance (including popping, waacking, waving, house, and more). From powerful and aggressive to coy and feminine, fluid or sharp, heavy or weightless, we’ll use technique drills to tap into the different energies associated with each movement style and find new dance personalities to merge with your bellydance aesthetic. Be prepared to get down with non-stop dancing and irresistible music!

 

Class capped at 25 participants.

 

  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hr class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.

  • Please bring: pad and pen, your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, exercise towel

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KHALEEJI DANCE 101

Khadijah, Fri 4:30-6:30p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

True culture and tradition: “Khaleeji” to refer to the style of dance,culture and music from the Persian Gulf or Arabian Gulf region, the “Khaleej,” including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The dance is largely improvisational, performed by pairs or groups of women for their own entertainment at special celebrations, such as weddings. As this dance represents many countries of the Gulf region, Khadijah will instruct proper costuming, musicality, posture, history and background and much more!

We will start off by having a brief cultural discussion about Khaleej (gulf) ways of life (traditions), mannerisms, cultural do's and don’ts, costuming, musicality and such. Next we will warm up to a bomb diggity playlist to get our blood flowing and warmed up. Learn ways to properly execute Khaleeji dance styles and put all the combos together to get it popping Khaleeji style! Let's get ready to learn and work hard!

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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SASS & ASS: EXPLORING YOUR DANCE VOICE

Nazaneen, Fri 4:30-6:30p  

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

Oriental dance is at its root about femininity, especially in the Egyptian context. Don't be afraid to be sexy on stage! And sexy does not mean vulgar. This class uses technique and combos to release your inner playfulness and flirty sass. We'll start with a series of exercises designed to connect your dance voice to the melody and rhythmic structure of a variety of music. We'll then use what we discover to approach a series of raqs sharqi combinations from an Egyptian cabaret perspective - grounded and flirty, with a good dose of humor that is uniquely and authentically *you*.

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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         Saturday Aug 12       

 

THE TARAB EFFECT: OBTAINING MUSICAL ECSTASY

Claudia, Sat 9:30-11:30a

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

In Arabic, ‘Tarab’ encapsulates the moment a musical experience fills you with emotion to the point of ecstasy, lifting you to a higher state of being.

In this workshop, Claudia will first help you gain a dancer’s understanding of the concept of Tarab.  You will then be challenged with exercises that will help you come closer to experiencing Tarab in your dance.

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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SPLIT-DAY 6HR MINI-INTENSIVE 2/2

Mardi Love, Fri 11-2 AND Sat 9:30a-12:30p

(3hr Fri/3hr Sat INT/ADV) 200$ presale (total for both segments)

 

This half dozen hours will deliver some favorite isolation patterns and drills, slow and sultry technique, as well as a couple new combos and excerpts. Mardi’s goal in presenting combinations, and segments of choreography, is to provide a platform from which to address technique, nuance and stylization.  

Class capped at 25 participants.

 

  • Difficulty: This is a 6 hour split-day mini intensive geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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LATIN FUSION TECHNIQUE

Serena Spears, Sat 9:30-11:30a

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

Discover your love for Latin fusion and learn to combine elements of salsa, bachata, and cha-cha into your bellydance! You will learn Latin technique basics (including a breakdown of the differences between on-1 and on-2 salsa), drill movement patterns to get comfortable with footwork, body motion, arms, and turns. Then we'll dive off the deep end and discover opportunities for intelligent fusion with your current bellydance toolbox. Work with fierce footwork, sassy body movement, and fiery energy to irresistible beats. Be ready to sweat!

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring:  pad and pen, your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, exercise towel

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SCINTILLATING (& SPECIFIC) SPINS FOR EXPERIENCED DANCERS

Rachel Brice, Sat 2-5p

(3hr INT/ADV) 100$ presale

 

Ever wonder where exactly to place your feet in spins? Or do you yearn to create a spinning practice to make you impossibly fast? Maybe you want to teach spins in a way that gets students turning in just one class, or just hankering for a hunk of new ways to spice up your spins? Well haaaaaaay then, this class is for you.

We’ll learn:

        • Clear foot placement for half-turns, pivot turns, hook turns, cross-over turns, and fast spins.
        • The secrets to developing clean, controlled spins and increasing spin speed.
        • How to teach students to work with weight shifts and foot placement to build up to spins.
        • A challenging spin combo that can be cued or used for choreography.

So come to class as a good spinner, and leave with the tools to become an amazing one!

Class capped at 40 participants.

 

  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hr class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container. Dance shoes/socks highly recommended.

  • Optional: yoga mat, pad and pen, exercise towel

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FEARLESS IMPROVISATION

Razia Star, Sat 2:30-4:30p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

If the thought of improvised dancing makes you tremble (and not in the good way), then this is the workshop for you! Learn simple yet effective methods for dancing on the fly, including easy-access traveling steps, floor patterns, stationary combos, and Razia’s top tips for slowing down and enjoying the ride. After warming up, we will explore a wide variety of techniques, movement concepts and combinations, and then end with a fun improv jam.

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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DEADLY DRUM SOLO CHOREOGRAPHY

Ruby Beh, Sat 2:30-4:30p

(2hr INT/ADV) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

*Brand New Choreo* This workshop is full of clever isolations, creative transitions and clear technique for drum solo and musical accents.

 

  • Difficulty: This is a fast-paced 2-hr class best suited for intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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NUBIAN DANCE SEGMENT

Khadijah, Sat 5-7

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

Style of the Nubian people on the Egypt/Sudan border. Nubian people have darker skin than Egyptians, have their own language, own culture and traditions. Aswan is the most sunny place in Egypt. It is situated on the south of the country and in ancient times was borderline city. Life here is very slow. It’s very pleasant to walk by foot along the Cornish or by boat down the Nile river, to seat in the small restaurant with waterview, to listen old Nubian music. Nubian dance is traditionally performed as a group dance. Colorful costumes, special unusual rhythm. People from Nubia are very cheerful and like to dance all together. On occasion of marriage hundreds of people come together and just dance.

Nubian dance is all about life, love, having fun and simplicity. In this session we will learn about who are the Nubian people, their traditions, costuming and way of life. Get into pumped up warm up with some mild yoga inspired stretches to get the blood flowing. The Khadijah will guide you through traditional Nubian combinations and mannerisms to construct an amazing Nubian style performance.

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: a rectangle veil and 2 bobby pins to secure, your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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ODE TO THE TWIST...& TURNS SURE TO FOLLOW

Mardi Love, Sat 5-7p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

Enter a gang of movements and combos that embrace the glorious twist. Featured in both slow and quicker incarnations, twist movements are an invaluable division of hipwork.

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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FROM THE HEART

DeAnna Freeman, Sat 5-7p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

This workshop is suitable for all dancers of all styles, ATS® and beyond!

So much of what makes ATS® stunning is the isolation and uplifted ribcage in our dance. In this workshop you will gain a deeper understanding behind the body mechanics and technique in our torso movements. Learn how to safely and effectively increase your range of motion and control for deeper torso movements including slow turns, rotations, undulations, laybacks and more.  We’ll also discuss the emotional aspects behind many of these movements and why they conjure certain feelings and passion in our dance. SSCE eligible

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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         Sunday Aug 13       

 

VIVACIOUS VEIL

Ruby Beh, Sun 9:30a-12:30p

(3hr INT/ADV) 100$ presale, 110$ at the door

 

Expand yourself on stage and express the music with dynamic and dramatic veil transitions.  Learn to use accents in the music to mystify your mechanics and make seamless sequences with your veil.  Please bring both a chiffon half circle and silk 3+ yard rectangular veil.

Class capped at 25 participants.

 

  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hr class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.

  • Please bring: a chiffon half-circle veil, a silk 3+ yard rectangular veil, and your favorite reusable water container (some veils available to loan.)

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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AFRO-POP FUSION TECHNIQUE

Serena Spears, Sun 10-12p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

An explosive combination of African, dancehall, hip hop, and bellydance! We'll fly through the air, drop it down low, and play everywhere in between with energetic dance moves to an infectious Afrobeat playlist! Our focus will be on discovering ease, groove, and swagger in grounded body movements, identifying natural layers that we can add to make the movement our own, and having fun. Be prepared to sweat, smile, and dance non-stop. No hip hop experience necessary. Modifications available.

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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NEW CHOREOGRAPHY

Mardi Love, Sun 10a-12p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

Just like it sounds, we're learning a new piece. Brand new, debuting at JamBallah. Hooray! Movement will be presented in sentences, thoroughly broken down and drilled, while careful attention will be given to the hows and whys and the smaller details in the dance.

 

Side note: When I teach a choreography class, it is my intention not to simply feed you a dance that you take home and repeat on your stage (though that’s certainly one option), but that you 1. may pick up a few movements/sentences of movements/transitions that resonate with you, and 2. that you may gain some insight as to how I like to build a dance; that is how I see the music and illustrate it in movement.

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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HENNA: THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN

Roving Horse Henna, Sun 10:30a-12p

(90m, ALL) 50$ presale, 60$ at the door

 

A 90 minute henna class that focuses on layers of design. This class begins from the center of a design and works it's way out to a simple composition, and will give you lots and lots of variations to take away with you to build your henna motif vocabulary. We will talk about principles and elements of design that can be used in all kinds of art- not just henna. We will end the class with a henna jam to music. Each participant will receive a swag bag filled with henna goodies!

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome to this hands-on henna lecture class

  • Please bring: pad and pen, your favorite reusable water container

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BAKSANA FINGER CYMBALS

Baksana (Danielle & Paul), Sun 1-3p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

Finger Cymbal Notation, Folky Combo & Musicality

Are you serious about cymbals? Seriously step up your game, and dance a fun folky combo! Learn the official Baksana notation method of how to read and write music for finger cymbals. Yes! Paul and Danielle (directors of Baksana) have developed a way to accurately read and write finger cymbal compositions - similar to formal sheet music - and you get to learn it here first! In this workshop we will have a crash-course intro on the method, pair a cymbal composition with dancing a short folky combination, and touch on tips for overall dynamics, stamina, and clarity of cymbal playing. Workshop materials will include an excerpt of “Baksana’s Finger Cymbal Notation” booklet, the full version will be available to purchase in class for a special JamBallah discount. Bring your finger cymbals, thinking cap, something to write with, and get ready to dance and play with us!

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: finger cymbals, pad and pen, your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, exercise towel


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FORAYS INTO DOUBLE SWORD DANCE

Sabine, Sun 1-3p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 

You know how to work one sword, but what the heck do you do with two? Introduce a second sword into your

performance and you will have the crowd in the palm of your hand!  This workshop shows how to start a performance with one sword and then add a second sword (including ideas for how to even pick it up if you already have one balanced), then how to manipulate and balance a second sword using isolations, travelling movements, and even a little floorwork.

 

Attendees should bring one or two swords (we’ll trade and share!), a head wrap, and kneepads. No battle-ready swords, please.  Some swords available to loan.

 

  • Difficulty: This class is best suited for intermediate/advanced level dancers who have some experience balancing a sword.  

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container

  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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THE SOUL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Sarah Ebert, Sun 1-3p

(2hr ALL) 43$ presale, 53$ at the door

 


Harnessing momentum through full-body risk-taking in contemporary dance may help you gain awareness and appreciation of your personal potential to move and freely express yourself.

Come explore a range of physically expressive modes in this contemporary dance class. We’ll begin with phrases that warm the body and mind, focusing on simple gestures of the arms, legs and torso but danced to music that will inspire, from Portland Cello Project to Sam Cooke to a vintage cha-cha-cha to Kendrick Lamar and the like. We will move from up to down, side to side, in to out - resulting in a luscious phrase that dips, dives, swirls, grabs and tugs at the heart-strings (literally and figuratively)!

 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome

  • Please bring: your favorite reusable water container. Knee pads recommended.

  • Optional: dance shoes, pad and pen, exercise towel

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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.

We do recognize an individual's rights to control how their image is portrayed.  If you ever object to a specific photo and want it removed, please email info@jamballahnw.com. Be sure to reference the specific photo and include the URL of the page the photo appears on.