Summer will soon be upon us and with it, the annual Bellydance Masters workshops, competitions and shows. From Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7 immerse yourself in the world of Middle Eastern dance.
Once again, this jam-packed long weekend will be held at the tropical Doubletree by Hilton at Sea World, 10100 International Drive in Orlando, Florida 32821. Stellar Advantage is sponsoring this event designed for intermediate and higher dancers, with 1-2 years of dance study recommended. The level of classes sets this event apart from others. Though the primary focus is on Middle Eastern dance and Fusion, workshops incorporate other dance forms and philosophies, broadening one’s knowledge of dance, creativity and the human body.
Participants will be in constant motion, from the morning warm-up stretches with
Certified Feldenkais practitioner and dancer, Debka from Tennessee to world-class dance instruction. Workshop classes will cover the gamut from technique, choreography, stage presence to philosophy. All will keep you learning and in motion.
Donna Mejia, assistant professor at Colorado University Boulder’s Theater and Dance Department will be returning with her unique teaching and dance style. Donna is a world-renowned dancer, scholar, director and performer. She specializes in contemporary, traditions of the African and Arab Diaspora and fusion traditions in transitional electronica among other styles. Studying with Donna is an honor and an experience not to be missed.
The famous Karin Jensen and Mandala Dance Works from California will also be presenting workshops and performing. Karin is an award-winning choreographer with a BA in teaching and an WFA in Modern Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Mandala Dance Works is a collaborative dance company with a Tribal Fusion slant. A not-to-be missed opportunity.
The legendary Karen Barbee from Texas will be returning to teach in her fun and unique style. Belly dancing since the age of 10, Karen is a master trainer with forty years experience who has studied and performed in Egypt and Lebanon.
The incomparable Silvia Salamanca from Palma de Mallorca, Spain and the USA has been enchanting audiences since 2001 with her spirit, multiple dance styles, expertise with swords and bubbly teaching style.
The “queen of props,” Mia Sha’Uri of Puerto Rico will be sharing her immense, award-winning talent. Her multi-faceted style will be shared.
All the way from Columbia, South America comes Miguel Crespo. A percussionist for 28 years, he has spent 15 specializing in Middle Eastern. He will be sharing the talent he uses to teach at Main Bellydance Academy in Bogata at this event.
Shoshannah Estelle, from Georgia is a multinational award-winning contemporary fusion artist. She is a fun and informative instructor.
Michelle Sorenson, a fusion dance award winner from Utah, who believes in cross-training will be sharing her expertise
Instructor-dancer Aaliyah Jenny (Jenny C. Cohen) is an inspirational and multi-talented dancer. She has gone from occupational therapy to belly dance. Specializing in World Fusion, she is an award winning dancer who won the Stellar Pro Fusion Artist award last year at Bellydance Masters. Her creativity is endless.
Arielle Tyson is the consummate performer who engages her audience from the get-go. At last year’s Bellydance Masters show, she elegantly danced out of birdcage in plumage, mesmerizing the audience. She will be sharing her dance and performance secrets.
Bellydance Masters offers more than workshops. The nightly competitions and floor shows are awe-inspiring. The Stellar Pro Challenge competitions for soloists and groups showcases an amazing variety of talent. Categories are: Stellar Pro Soloist USA, Stellar Pro Fusion Artist USA, Stellar Pro Troupe USA, Rising Stellar Soloist USA.
Of course, there is vending galore with many unique items not found at other dance workshops and seminars. This event is truly educational, challenging in a good way, fun and an opportunity to meet a very friendly group of fellow dancers. There will also be an opportunity to have photographs taken by one of the country’s premier belly dance photographers, Carrie Meyer with the Dancer’s Eye from Missouri.
There are various package arrangements for the long weekend. However, the complete package with hotel included is an extremely reasonable $449.00. This is truly one of the best dance values around. Registration is now open. Plan your summer escape, now. Visit http://www.bellydancemasters.com for more information