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Workshops (by day) at JamBallah Northwest

Most movement classes are limited to 20 people maximum, a few larger classes are limited to 40.  No 75-person classes here!

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FRIDAY

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Fri 1-4p RACHEL BRICE, ROLLER COASTER! THE THRILL OF THE RIDE (3hr, INT/ADV)

Increase speed & precision, explore ways to heighten drama, and keep your costume on, all at the same time.  We’ll begin with a short costume chat for about 1/2 hour (how to keep it on & together), then we’ll move on to dancing a few combos all fast-and-furious-like, and learn approaches to increase variation and contrast, highlighting your feats of shredding mastery. After all, a roller coster is dramatic because of its peaks and valleys, otherwise it would just be a free-fall. It’s going to be fun, and probably challenging for most folks. Come on out if you like that sort of thing. Feel free to take the combos home and make them your own.

*Difficulty/What to bring: At least one year of consecutive bellydance practice suggested. Bring your zils! Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

Fri THE MARISSA MISSION EXPERIENCE (90m, YOUTH)

All Ages/Genders/Levels Welcome! Experience Mentorship Through Movement, whatever your age may be!  See what makes The Marissa Mission an amazingly transformational program for young people.

We will utilize story-telling through dance, partner yoga, and journaling as tools for creating real connections with others. We strive to create a nourishing and playful environment where we can encourage strong leaders, community and the chance to know ourselves more.

*Difficulty/What to bring:  All ages and levels welcome! Youth aged 13+ encouraged. Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

Fri 2-4p ROVING HORSE HENNA, HENNA SKILLS LAB (2hr, HANDS-ON LECTURE)

We will take our hands on approach a step beyond introductory and get right in to skills and composition in this workshop. Participants will learn basic shapes and components used to create their own henna designs. We will have our hands on the henna cones the entire session. Our goal is to go beyond boot camp and build some simple and pleasing compositions that will give you confidence going forward in your own practice of henna.  This how-to class will give you the tools to create satisfying artwork for yourself, your friends, and your troupe mates. Participants will receive henna supplies to work with in class as well as a henna cone to take home and use later.

*Difficulty/What to bring:  Anyone is welcome at this hands-on lecture class! Henna supplies will be provided. Bring any questions you may have for the instructor, and if desired, a pad and pen for notes.*

 

Fri 5-7p RACHEL GEORGE, SUHAILA FORMAT OVERVIEW (2hr, ALL)

Here’s your opportunity to learn more about Suhaila’s format.  Her program enables students to understand how to internalize dance movements. Instruction includes delineation of muscles engaged for each movement as well as specific exercises designed to develop the necessary muscular strength and endurance to execute movements effectively.  Whether you have taken from Suhaila previously or not, you will walk away with a better understanding of the format and how it can help you reach your highest potential as a dancer. Classes are worth 1 CEC per hour for continuing Suhaila Format students.

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

 

Fri 5-7p MICHELLE SORENSEN, BELLY WORK AND BACK BENDS (2hr, ALL)

Wanting to increase flexibility in your spine? Having a hard time making belly work smoooooth? If so, this class is for you! The focus in this workshop will be on conditioning the core, and learning to make those muscles work together seamlessly to create fluidity and dexterity in stomach isolations. We will then stretch those muscles out with a long focus on back flexibility based on contortion style training. Come prepared to work hard and sweat!

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

 

Fri 5-6:30p ZOE JAKES & FRIENDS, TALES FROM THE ROAD (90m, LECTURE)

Professional nomad Zoe Jakes gives a firsthand account of the ridiculous, amazing, and exhausting things that can happen while on the road. Soak up tips and tricks for traveling with costuming and sets, working through venue and staff SNAFUs, and surviving both short out-of-town engagements and long-term tours with aplomb. Joined by Beats Antique and House of Tarot touring-companions Jodi Waseca, Ashley Lopez and Karolina Lux, who will add their experiences to the mix. Bring your most burning questions, and find out what it's REALLY like to be a touring professional!

*Difficulty/What to bring:  Anyone is welcome at this multimedia lecture class! Bring any questions you may have for the instructor, and if desired, a pad and pen for notes.*

 

SATURDAY

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Sat 9:30a-12:30p RACHEL BRICE, THE DATURA METHOD: FUNDAMENTAL SERIES FOR THE CHEST, RIBS, AND HIPS (3HR, ALL)

In her quest to distill what she loves about classic tribal fusion belly dance, Rachel Brice has created The Datura Method: set movement sequences organized into series.

Grounded in her love for American Tribal Style, these series reinforce regal posture and intentional arm placement as a frame for the sinuous serpentine and earthy isolations that are characteristic of classic tribal fusion style.

Get feedback about your technique, ask Rachel questions, and learn a method for optimizing and organizing your practice time that you can take home and use every day.

This comprehensive practice includes slow and fast movements, steps, and combinations that feature the fundamentals in the chest, rib cage and hips. These series help to clarify technique in these areas, and help build a network of connections for fast recall in improvisation, and ease in learning choreography. Those attending will also receive an audio accompaniment for this method to download and use in their own practice.

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

 

Sat 9:30-11:30a SAQRA, 3 STYLES OF VEIL (2hr, ALL)

Explore 3 styles of Veil - Turkish/American/Vintage, Egyptian & Modern. Three very different approaches to using a veil, from holding pattern to step execution to musical choices. Tons of steps in all three styles.

*Difficulty/What to bring:  All levels welcome. Some veils provided, but if you have one please bring your own. Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

Sat 9:30-11:30a JODI WASECA, FUNKEE FUSION-PUTTING THE ASS BACK IN SASS (2hr, ALL)

Lets DANCE!

Get deeper, revisit, werk it out!  Whether you are a seasoned pro, a hobbyist, or an absolute beginner, this class will refine your dance through repetition, skeletal and muscular awareness, and movement through space.  Any style of dancer is welcome; we will be focusing on a fusion based system incorporating bellydance, jazz, contemporary and hip hop...because variety and new things makes your brain grow...and that's sexy.  Laugh, learn, and take your dance up a notch with this workshop!

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

 

Sat 9:30-11:30a ROVING HORSE HENNA, ADVANCED MULTI-MEDIA BODY ART. (HANDS-ON LECTURE)

Advanced techniques for combining common body art media to create stunning walking works of art

Ever wonder if you could just paint on your costume and jewelry? Yes! You can!

This workshop will emphasize techniques for working with: henna, Temptu, Pros-Aide, mica, gems, and glitter in layers to build stunning effects.  Students will learn a series of foolproof steps for combining media, and will have the opportunity to practice application using the products and techniques they are taught. We will also discuss marketing this style of body art. Students will walk away with an understanding of how to combine media, and basic ability to create performance-costume worthy effects in body-art.

*Difficulty/What to bring:  Anyone is welcome at this hands-on lecture class! Body art supplies will be provided. Bring any questions you may have for the instructor, and if desired, a pad and pen for notes.*

 

Sat 2-5p ASHLEY LOPEZ, CRESCENDO: THE HIGH POINT(3HR, INT/ADV)

A great performance, much like life itself, is a composition of emotional highs and lows.  Creating an effective pinnacle moment will require clever timing, confident execution, and often physical prowess.  Conversely, the more muted passages need a steady flow of energy in order to maintain a solid connection with the audience.  In this class we’ll first work on conditioning the body to pull off those really special “apex” moves that can create an effective climax during your dance. Then we’ll dissect the theory behind making the crescendos in a piece really work--whether you're displaying athletic feats or just a well-timed flick of the fingers.  It’s all about pacing, maintaining energy and communicating with the audience throughout the performance. Capped at 20 participants, this 3-hour mini intensive will allow plenty of time for one-on-one alignment corrections.  This course is designed to heighten the abilities of current or aspiring performers, and to help them uncover their potential as effective entertainers and artists—and maybe they’ll discover they can do some cool stuff along the way!

What tricks have you got up your sleeve?

*Difficulty/What to bring: This INT/ADV class is suitable for (and welcomes) both current and aspiring performers. Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

Sat 3-5p DAMIANA DANCE CO,  FANCY FLOORWORK - HOW’D YOU GET DOWN THERE? (2 hr, ALL)

Learn how to bring the “wow factor” to your ATS® sword set with floorwork! This class will focus on floorwork with ATS sword modifications including transitions to and from the ground. You will need to be comfortable with balancing a sword on your head. Knee pads recommended for this class.

*Difficulty/What to bring: Some familiarity with sword balancing suggested, knee pads recommended. Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

Sat 3-5p HENNA, SHIMMY BLISS (2hr, ALL)

All kinds of shimmies.  Focusing on relaxing into the shimmy, drills to improve shimmies over time, techniques to strengthen the muscles needed for maintaining shimmies.  This is a high energy workshop, we'll be shimmying for MUCH of the time.  The participants will see their shimmies improve by the end of the workshop.  

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

 

Sat 3-4:30p SAQRA, PERFORMER COACHING TARGET LIST (90m, LECTURE)

A very detailed analysis of your own strengths and weaknesses with how to approach improving your weakest areas and maximizing and emphasizing your greatest strengths. Appropriate through professional level.

*Difficulty/What to bring:  Anyone is welcome at this lecture class! Bring any questions you may have for the instructor, and if desired, a pad and pen for notes.*

 

Sat 5:30-7:30p JODI WASECA, MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE: THEATRICALITY IN DANCE (2hr, ALL)
I like questions. I like to ask them, I like it when others ask them, I like to be curious about what's happening in the body, in the outside world, to you, and how that informs movement.
Here's some questions that we'll explore in this workshop...
How can other modalities of movement and thinking influence us as bellydancers?
How can we use those ideas to create our own character on stage?

How can quantum physics ideas relate to bellydance? No, really!?!

I want to explore with you how to be present on stage when not engaging with the audience with eye contact, to become the performance space, and to let the space become you. To become a character, not just play the role. To realize and listen to the constant changes happening inside the body, enabling our expression to flow out of it. 
We will explore total body connectivity...how the brain feeds the body and vice versa...and what that means to us as bellydancers.
Through techniques and ideas from Contemporary, Feldenkrais, Theatre work and Belly Dance, I will help you tap into your own wealth of movement knowledge that is stored deep in your cells. We will explore what it means to move from the innermost part of your being to facilitate ease in movement, therefore bringing more power, grace, and pop! to your performance, practice, and daily life with less effort. 

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

 

Sat 5:30-7:30p RACHEL GEORGE, JAMILA FORMAT OVERVIEW (2hr, ALL)

Jamila Salimpour is the mother of tribal belly dance.  Her belly dance format has existed for over 50 years and still stands strong.  Rachel George will teach the basic movement families and concepts of Jamila’s format (cymbals optional). Classes are worth 1 CEC per hour for continuing Jamila Format students.

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

 

Sat 5:30-7:30p ZOE JAKES, ELEGANT MACHINE (2hr, INT/ADV)

A contemporary pop lock choreography with elements of physical freedom and the sharp walls we slam against time and time again.  Lightning fast ticks and fluid full body movement come together to create a dance that seamlessly melds two worlds. Basic contemporary movement will be reviewed, as well as the technique behind Zoe’s articulated isolations. A take-home choreography, with the music selection will be covered in this workshop.

*Difficulty/What to bring: At least one year of consecutive bellydance practice suggested. Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

Sat 5:30-7p BRANDIE DIVADREADS, HAIR TECHNIQUE AND DISCUSSION (90m, HANDS-ON LECTURE)

Perfect your performance-ready hair! Have you ever put lots of thought in to your dance routine, choreography, and outfit, only to be stuck on what you should be doing with your hair?  Have questions about short hair, or have you come up against questions about wearing dreads in performance?

Brandie Franks of DivaDreads will explore ways to make your styling with falls and hairpieces more professional and polished while dancing.  Using hands-on technique, she will be going over hair color choices with various hairpieces, falls and wigs.  She will also be lecturing on how to wear hair, falls, pieces and wigs to present specific effects for different situations.  Lastly she will assist hands on practice of using  DivaDreads falls (or any falls dancers bring to class) while leading a discussion on bellydance-performance hair through a cultural-appropriation lens.

*Difficulty/What to bring:  Anyone and any hairstyle is welcome at this hands-on lecture class! Hair falls and supplies for practice and play will be provided. Please bring your DivaDreads or other hair falls as you wish. Bring any questions you may have for the instructor, and if desired, a pad and pen for notes.*

SUNDAY

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Sun 10a-1p ZOE JAKES, DEAR HEART (3hr, ALL)

They say that the first love is the hardest fall. Using emotion and movement, we will explore intensity through dance. This workshop will explore dynamics, the strength of earth and how we play with gravity and our weight, the tension of water and how it makes us seemingly float in slow motion, air and the lightness it brings, and finally fire, the burning flash that punctuates everything. Prepare to be introduced to a new way to see and interpret movement in the body. Using movement exercises and dance drills we will forge a new connection to our own personal movement vocabulary. Expect technique drills as well as freedom of movement exercises in this workshop. 

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

 

Sun 10a-12p DEETA PASERO, NO REST FOR THE WICKED: DRUMS AND ZILS (2hr, ALL)

This drum piece is full throttle belly dance without breaks or slow roll sections.  It is full speed ahead excitement and to make it even better we will be playing some rather intricate cymbal variations!  You will leave with a full drum solo choreography along with zill patterns written out and a CD of the music.  So bring your zills and your enthusiasm for this high energy, fast, flirty, bangin’ drum piece!

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

 

Sun 10a-12p RACHEL GEORGE, SUHAILA SALIMPOUR LAYERING TECHNIQUE (2hr, INT/ADV)

Disconnect to reconnect. Learn to isolate your muscle groups so walking is independent of hipwork and so hipwork is independent of upper bodywork.  Arm movements and cymbals can then be added seamlessly to any layering combination.  Once you train to isolate muscles (disconnect), you can begin to layer those movements (reconnect) for exciting results.  This workshop helps you learn how to remove limits from your dancing and realize your potential. Classes are worth 1 CEC per hour for continuing Suhaila Format students.

*Difficulty/What to bring: At least one year of consecutive bellydance practice suggested for this challenging class. Please bring your zils. Remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

Sun 10-11:30a GUY MASSON AND DENNIS GLISSON, WINDOW TO THE WORLD- USING DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY TO SHAPE YOUR PUBLIC IMAGE (90m, LECTURE)

Join us in exploring the world of dance photography from behind the lens. We will cover a variety of topics from live performances to studio-location photo shoot safety and preparation.  Get the most out of your photo opportunities while protecting your brand and image.  Ask those nagging questions like "what happens to all the photos you don't post?" (and how the could be useful).  Increase the collaboration and communication between dancers and photographers to produce the best results. Topic will include lighting, costume suggestions, makeup how to collaborate with event photographers and much more. Additional discussion topics include: profiles, extension and their effect on photos; engaging the photographer without affecting the show; signature moves; props and poses; costuming, makeup and hair; relationship to the camera and the photographer; trust and safety; managing your shoot to get the best out of the time you have.

*Difficulty/What to bring:  Anyone is welcome at this multimedia lecture class! Bring any questions you may have for the instructor, and if desired, a pad and pen for notes.*

Sun 3:30-5:30p CASSANDRA ROSE, SIGNATURE COMBOS WITH ZILLS (2hr, ALL)

Time to add some spice to entrance piece, mixing the classic feeling of American Cabaret with a modern twist from today. Come learn some of "Cassie's Sassy Combos" with unique finger cymbal patterns. The combinations will focus of complicated foot patterns, body accents, turns and level changes with a splash of sass from the American Cabaret era.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels welcome, at least one year of consecutive bellydance practice suggested. Bring your zils! Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

Sun 3:30-5:30p ASHLEY LOPEZ, THE ART OF FLOATING (2HR, ALL)

Balance.  Poise.  Power.  The unearthly quality of a dancer’s grace lies in her ability to blend strength and flexibility together with excellent alignment and balance.  That, coupled with technique, artistry, and stage presence…she floats.

In this class, you will be guided through a series of alignment-focused poses and exercises that are designed to help you work out some of your body’s imbalances and asymmetries, while giving you a better understanding of the mechanics and sharpening your proprioception, or body awareness.  We’ll work on cleaning up technical execution of movements and then take that a step further by playing with single-leg balancing, fast traveling, and turning.  Get intimately acquainted with your feet, your legs and the core of your body through movement.  Learn how to enter and exit beautiful shapes and be confident of your ability to master them.  You’ll dance through a few sequences which will challenge you to be mentally focused, technically solid, and physically balanced.  Then maybe we’ll stick some stuff on top of our heads and see what we can keep from falling off!

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

 

Sun 3:30-5:30p THE MARISSA MISSION PRESENTS DHARMA DANCE (90m, ALL)

Utilizing dance as an act of service- Have you ever asked yourself why you dance? What is truly at the root of your expression? We suspect that there is something deeper than your next costume or gig. Dance can be a powerful vehicle for social change, and we as dancers have many ways we can interact with our communities and support the causes we feel drawn to. We will write our personal mission statements, engage in discussion, and dance together using the Marissa Mission's signature ITS style. 

*Difficulty/What to bring:  All ages, genders and levels welcome! Youth aged 8+ encouraged. Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

PSun 3:30-5:30p NIIRA DANIELLA KRUPNICK AND BONNY CHIPMAN, ADAPTIVE AND INCLUSIVE DANCE (2hr, ALL)

*Care providers are welcome to accompany participants free of charge*

All are welcome to join the experience hosted by instructors Niira Daniella Krupnick of Happy Hips Adapted Movement & Dance, and Bonny Chipman of Dancing Yogini Wellness, who bring a passion for inclusivity and two decades of collective experience in adapted and therapeutic movement. All levels, ages, genders, body types, and abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate! This is an inclusive workshop for all dancers, including those who experience physical disabilities and/or emotional or cognitive challenges. Instructors who are interested in cultivating adaptive and accommodating experiences in their own classes are also encouraged to attend.  We will work with a variety of therapeutic movements, yoga, and dance, including basic belly dance isolations. A series of adapted modalities, such as seated dancing, will be explored as a means to illustrate how individuals experience their specific physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive and empathetic space where all experiences are valued.

*Difficulty/What to bring: All levels and abilities welcome. Class is by suggested donation, nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Care providers are welcome to accompany participants free of charge. Please remember to bring a reusable water container, a yoga mat for stretching, and if desired a pad and pen for notes, and towel for sweating!*

 

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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.