Summer Workshops

I’m pretty excited about our Summer Workshops this year – they’re getting a lot closer to the original vision I had of creating a workshop program that acknowledges the expertise of local dance teachers, and encourages students to step outside of their usual class and learn something new and different. My end goal for our Summer Workshops is that we will be in a position to hire all the teachers in Canberra for one workshop each over our two week program. Giving every student, performer and teacher, the opportunity to expand their repertoire, pick up some teaching tips, and learn something new.

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We are very lucky in Canberra, considering our comparatively small population, that we have so many great teachers specialising in so many different styles. From ‘Traditional’ to ATS, Cosmopolitan to Cabaret, and Folkloric to Fusion. We are extraordinarily fortunate that our dance community has opportunities to get together for performances, workshops and at open Haflas run by different dance schools. It’s an amazing place to be a bellydancer and we have a community I am delighted to be a part of.

This year we have three!! teachers outside of our school teaching workshops! (previously we’ve only managed one or two). Hadeeqa (from Ghawazee Moon Bellydance) is teaching Slow Fusion Technique and a beautiful dark fusion style choreography, Kirsty (from Bedazzled Bellydance) is teaching a workshop on Styling, Rachel (who teaches at CDT) is teaching a Fan Veils workshop, and Richard (from Rahbani) is teaching an open level drumming workshop. I’ll be teaching a Back to Basics Workshop and another on Partnered Improvisation. They will all be amazing workshops and I’m looking forward to participating in them.

In addition to dance & music, we’ll also be having a Crafternoon for those who want to get some sewing and crafting done AND a mini Hafla-Market for those who want to have a social dance, play some music, offload some pre-loved costuming and do a little shopping!

It’s going to be a fantastic couple of weeks of bellydance and I can’t wait. If you’d like to come along, you can register for workshops and find out more about the Crafternoon & Hafla on our website. Looking forward to dancing with you!!

-Sam.

 

On the road to Gundagai

Regional Bellydance with Ghawazee Moon BellydanceSimone from Blessed Bowen Natural Therapies contacted me late last year to discuss the posibility of bringing some bellydance out to Gundagai in the form of monthly workshops. I was, of course, very interested in seeing what we could do to ‘share the joy’.

Within three days the class was full and we booked the first workshop for early January with 16 unsure, but enthusiastic, women and girls ready to start their bellydance adventure!

We talked history, perceptions and misconceptions and then we got stuck into the core movements of bellydance! With a great deal of positive feedback, I’ll be back on the road to Gundagai next month to consolidate our learning and begin putting steps together.

I’m looking forward to sharing my love of bellydance with this great group of women and girls on an ongoing basis and helping them build a community that will support and encourage them in their dancing and daily lives.

See you all in February!