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Sword, Kawleeya and Folkloric: A Day of Dance Workshops

April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Accaliae are very excited to host a day of dance workshops with three of our favorite dancers. This diverse trio is sure to inspire and bring something for everyone. Workshops will be held at:
North End Studio B
294 North Winooski Ave. Burlington, VT

Workshops are $35 each in advance or $40 at the door. Save money when signing up for all three! Just $30 each. For advance registration send your name, workshop selection(s) and money via paypal to s.vogelsang@hotmail.com or contact Kitty Cake or Melaney to pay in person. Please send paypal payments as gift so there are no additional fees. Walk-ins welcome, but must pay in cash and space is limited.

Sword with Tara Abyssinia

Learn the art of sword dancing in ways seldom taught and release your inner dark Goddess with a workshop tailored to the needs of our growing bellydance theatrical community. In this workshop I will cover more than just simple sword balancing, we will also delve into the technique and mystery behind perfecting lower body isolations to maximize your movements and really “wow” your audience. We will incorporate warrior arts and technical swordplay, dancing fluidly while balancing on various parts of your body, proper handling of your sword to maximize the dangerous allure of our art, and transitioning properly and confidently to bring double sword to your act with confidence and grace. I’ve spent most of my career studying the art of sword with the masters and incorporating skills once thought of as taboo in both traditional belly dance and theatrical venues. My goal is to bring these arts to every person who cares to learn through intensive instruction and insight to their individual needs. We are all different, why should every sword formula in our dance be any different? To push the creative envelope is the desire of the artist in all of us. Let’s explore this new ground together and celebrate the powerful Goddess that lies in every one of us!

All levels are welcome. Please bring a sword to balance or a saidi stick in lieu of a sword on the day of the workshop. I will have spare swords with me, but as these get used up quickly please come prepared or please pm us to let me know you’ll need to use one of the spares on that day so I can reserve one for you.

About the instructor:

Since childhood, Tara Abyssinia has had a love for all things sharp and dark. Beginning with an education in Judo which taught her discipline as a child she grew to explore the theatrical arts as a pre-teen. After 8 years of touring with “Faces theatre network”, she became obsessed with Oriental Dance. She studied with many greats over the years such as: Nourhan and Yosury Sharif, Mohammad Shahin, Tarik Sultan, Morocco, Shahrazad (sword master, NYC), Sera Solstice, Darshan Vance, Mimi Fontana, and the late Serena Wilson. She was a principal dancer for Shahrazads troupe “The Babes with Blades” and began teaching sword technique in 2006 under her guidance. From there she danced in venues all over the East Coast, from theatrical venues to small cafe haflas, to metal bar’s she’s remained a staple in the NYC nightlife. After forming another company 5 years ago called “The Epyllion” she began to delve more into using swords as far more than sexy props and began implementing techniques considered “taboo” in her dance, which placed her in a league all her own. She is a visual artist who enjoys adding a touch of taboo to all she does, and as an instructor, is generous with her knowledge as well. She believes empowering women means to truly empower them to be independant, and strives to ensure every student gets to feel challenged by their own barriers. Then she helps to shatter the blocks that hold them back. Women are left empowered when they leave her class, and ready to emerge on stage authentically able to display that spirit in their own dance.

Folklore Soirée with Amity Alize
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, folkloric dances are meant for celebration and fun. In this class we’ll introduce you to various folkloric combinations including Khaleegi, Saidi, Nubian, Hagallah, Moroccan, and more. We’ll then take these steps and introduce them into combinations you can absorb into modern day routines!

Amity Alize has studied Middle Eastern Folkloric and Oriental Dance since 2001. Focusing on tying the folkloric and modern styles together through her own research, she travels internationally studying dance ongoing basis. She is the founder of Raq-On Dance Studio, Director of the Annual Shimmyathon Festival in the Northeast, and manages her Student Troupe, the Raq-ettes. Her dance studio, Raq-On Dance, has won multiple arts and educational awards for programming in the Northeast. She has written three ebooks for dancers on the business side for dancers and entertainers. Amity Alize has performed internationally and recently taught and performed at Camp Negum in Cairo, Egypt. She performs at weddings, celebrations, in theatre shows, and with Middle Eastern Bands. FMI Visit raq-on.net

Kawleeya with Holly Ferreira

I discovered the Kawleeya dance one day when a friend tagged me in a video. I fell in love with the dance, because she used her hair, like in the zar or trance dance. It’s a very earthy dance, but can also be full of energy. I didn’t know much about it, with hours and hours of research, I finally found the name of the style. There was not a lot of information, at the time. Most of the information was of it being a dance, that was only done by gypsies or prostitutes. It had a bad reputation, I never let that hinder what I feel. I felt a strong connection with the dance and the music. I had a workshop with Uza from New York, and she gave this information. The name Kawleeya, is used to describe the people, and the nightclubs in which the dance is performed.
I will be teaching the steps, along with a small choreography.


April 22, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


The Accaliae


North End Studios Burlington, Vt
Burlington, VT 05401 United States + Google Map