May 8. Friday

10:30-12:30 Music Mapping– Mira Betz

Mapping your music deepens your relationship to sound, it increases your ability to see movement, execute more diverse moves and gives you insight into improvisation, choreography, costuming, and stylistic choices, thus presenting a more cohesive, informed performance that makes a lasting impression. Mira will introduce you to multiple different styles of musical mapping, intended to reach a wide variety of dancers who often interpret the world, sound, and dance through differing learning styles. Bring a 1 minute portion of music (mp3) that you would possibly like to dance to one day,  (it does not have to be the first minute of a song), also bring a journal scissors, and glue stick.

10:30-12:30 Mesmerizing Movements– Sárközi Zsuzsó Shererah

This is a special workshop where we will play with ways to mesmerize our audience, demonstrated in combinations. Alternating big and small, fast and slow, directing the audience with our eyes, pulling them in with moving in space, making them sit up with level changes. The tribal fusion combinations will carry Shererah’s style, and the discussion of these techniques will engage participants to share their views, ideas which can be incorporated on the spot – as a true workshop does. The aim is to elevate performances, being more mindful of the audience and presenting our dance in an interactive way. All levels are welcome!

13:30-15:30 Shimmy Shenanigans! (SSCE eligible, all levels)– Yuka Sakata

Want to be able to pull off any kind of Shimmy with command on the dance floor? We will break down all the moves (from basic to complex, bouncy to sassy!). Let’s be dance nerds and drill the heck out of our Shimmy!

13:30-15:30 Theater Games for Dancers– Mira Betz

The act of play has a critical role in learning, creativity and solving problems. It is scientifically proven that when the context of learning is created around play we learn faster, we are more creative, and we develop a relationship of joy with what we do, balancing our emotions and increasing our self-esteem. Join Mira in playful workshop of theatrical games to enhance one’s sense of timing, intuition, expression, and stage presence. All levels welcome, bring a journal and an adventurous spirit!

15:30-17:30 Dancing Frida: ATS® with a Theatrical Approach – Isabel de Lorenzo

Using American Tribal Style® Bellydance vocabulary and inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s art work and life style, we will play, we will dance and create a whole stylized set. The topic Frida Kahlo is asking for specific qualities in our dance. We will start by watching short videos and seeing some images, to find inspiration and discuss stylization ideas. Some qualities we need to match Frida’s personality, art and life could be something like passionate, spicy and “Latin“, close to nature, untamed, and surrealistic. A colorful interpretation is required! Let’s find movements, music, gestures and attitude. We will also discuss elements for an original and easy put together costume.
Apart from a thorough warm up and dance drills, Isabel will take you through theatrical exercises and give you a lot of time for the stylization lab and group work. We will put all those elements together and create a set – with this little, wonderful dance piece we will venture into the Tribal Talisman Hafla party! (It is not mandatory, but everybody is warmly invited to perform with Isabel). ATS® dance level: open. All levels welcome. Please bring your zills.
You will receive a document before the workshop with all the items that you will need to bring for your costume.

15:30-17:30 Electro Devidasi– Vitaliya Baranowskaya

Vitaliya will introduce you to the techniques of the modern Illusion dance and show you how to incorporate these techniques into Indian Fusion called  “Electro Devidasi”.  Popping techniques. Tracing, explosion, pixel and robo technique. A beautiful and an unusual combo of the ancient Devadasi dancers, depicting a statue coming to life. Combination of finger tatting and Indian hasts, Basic tribhangas from Odissi. 

May 9. Saturday

8:30-9:30 Dancer’s full conditioning- Ládonyi Bori

The goal of this workshop is to give a fitness and yoga-based full body workout for the dancers. Class will begin with a profound warm up routine and breathing technique. Then we focus on strengthening and conditioning the body to improve posture, drills and isolations. To conclude we finish the training with effective stretching and mobility segment to increase possibilities and range of motion in your body. Fun and gainful foundationing for dancers to get ideas and sparks to keep the body strong, elastic and healthy.

10:00-12:00 Spins and Slow Turns  (SSCE eligible, all levels)– Yuka Sakata

Everyone’s favorite! Let’s work on building a solid foundation for our classic ATS® calibrated spins and strong yet elegant slow turns with emphasis on proper posture, foot placement, and beautiful arms. Flying skirts make beautiful flowers on the stage. Bring your skirts!

10:00-12:00 Waves, waves and again waves  – Giulio Dilemmi

An intense work to improve your ondulation technique: Arm and Body waves, little and big ondulations, isolated belly waves, popped waves. (Final didactic Choreo at the and of the Workshop) 

13:00-15:00 Trio Magic – Shapes and Combos in Trio (SSCE eligible, all levels)– Yuka Sakata

Dancing in a Trio can be lots of fun and create beautiful shapes in formations. In addition to our regular trio formation, we are going to explore our diagonal formation and fades. 

13:00-15:00 Layering of Consciousness– Mira Betz

Layering does not only apply to ones body parts, as a performer we are called to have heightened awareness of space, time, music, balance, technique, communication and forethought, we must maintain all that with a sense of grace and a quick reaction time while having good technique. This workshop offers students a space and the guidance to start exercising the mind and body to open new avenues of layering and untimely improve their performance awareness and quality.

15:00-17:00 Folkloric Sword Dancing “Shades of Old School Tribal”– Melody Bustillos

Connect to the roots of old folkloric style sword dance. Learn how to shape your performance setting the desired mood with genre and archetype emotion. Learn to glide through shape shifting, various balance points, creative choreography combos, and smooth moving transitions while maneuvering under the sword. You will learn stabilization techniques, inertia breaks, level changes, traditional floor-work and recovery. This presentation is a beneficial for all levels. There is something for everyone. Bring Knee Pads! 

15:00-17:00 Datura Style™ Improvisation – Kindle Cimmerian

Get ready for a new realm of group improvisation! Come in and learn some of our Datura Style™ vocabulary, what a flip step is, and how we use it in duets with Right side and Left side leaders. Some basic steps we’ll use are rooted out of American Tribal Style®, and we’ll go over the slight differences Datura Style™ has when we review them.  Another exciting addition to our improvisation is the concept of shadowing that we will explore and use! I can’t wait to dance with you in the studio!

May 10. Sunday

9:00-10:00 Dancer’s full conditioning- Ládonyi Bori

The goal of this workshop is to give a fitness and yoga-based full body workout for the dancers. Class will begin with a profound warm up routine and breathing technique. Then we focus on strengthening and conditioning the body to improve posture, drills and isolations. To conclude we finish the training with effective stretching and mobility segment to increase possibilities and range of motion in your body. Fun and gainful foundationing for dancers to get ideas and sparks to keep the body strong, elastic and healthy.

10:30-12:30 Power Duet  (SSCE eligible, all levels)– Yuka Sakata

Practice the power duet with a special focus on refining technique and drilling slow and fast ATS® movements that can be used to pass or change leads with your dance partner.

10:30- 12:30 Rare Extensions – Mira Betz

How do we get our hip work bigger, our back bends deeper, our arm work more powerful? Extensions. This class is a technique training class that uses the neurological lens to open your range of motion, flexibility and extensions to new heights. Learning a series of drills that are designed to target your unique nervous system, you will come away with the tools to deepen, loosen, widen your bodies desire to extend, flex and move. When taken home to practice you will see your results occur in record times. Join the brain revolution, work smarter, not harder! 

13:30-15:30 The Power of Breath in Dance– Mira Betz

We can all do it, but can we do it well? In order to reach a state of ‘Flow” on stage or in class, to dance at our peak performance, our brain needs fuel. With out proper respiration we loose function, cognition, range of motion and pain increases. Have you ever realized after dancing that you “forgot to breathe”? In this class Mira will teach proper breathing mechanics, how to assess and improve your own, and how to incorporate proper respiration into our life, your practice and thus our dance. A gift that keeps on giving for your whole life!

13:30-15:30 Ethno fusion Choreography– Giulio Dilemmi

A Commercial Mix of multiple styles (Bollywood, Ragaeton, Street Dance and more) dance moves fused in explosive choreography! Let’s have some fun!

15:30-17:30 Zil Fusion choreography – Kindle Cimmerian

In this workshop, we will learn a choreography with an added layer of zils. The choreography itself will include fluid, serpentine movements contrasted with pops and locks, which will be lovely on it’s own, but we will take it to the next level by adding a variety of different zil patterns. Let’s put on that ‘ring’, and commit to working the body and brain!

15:30-17:30  All by Myself the ATSoloist®- Becka Bomb

In this workshop, we will be exploring “All by Myself the ATSoloist®” and how a dancer can adapt a group improvisational language to a solo dance.  We will work on keeping the fluidity, the steps, stage presence, and music to create a dynamic solo.  As Dolly Parton said “Being a star just means that you just find your own special place, and that you shine where you are. To me, that’s what being a star means.”- All levels!