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Lauren Checchio

Lauren Checchio is an acclaimed world percussionist, bringing audiences to their feet with her passionate, graceful, and joyful performances. Lauren has studied under Grammy award winning percussionist Glen Velez and Zakir Hussian. Lauren often surprises audiences worldwide with her knowledge and virtuosity of Middle Eastern and Indian drumming.


Saturday 12:00-2:00 pm - Drumming for Bellydance

Learn four of the basic rhythms to take your drumming to the next level. In this class we will focus on technique and the different styles of playing the doumbek and how to play these rhythms in the open, semi-closed, and closed format  We will also touch on the drum solo and how to best play a solo for a bellydancer.

Sunday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm - The Rhythm is Gonna Get Ya (Drum & Dance) with Sahira

Both drummers and dancers will experience rhythm and movement in this two-hour workshop with Lauren Checchio and Sahira. Together the class will learn to count, recognize, and move to feel the flow of several common belly dance rhythms including Malfuf, Saidi, Maqsum, Karsilimah and more. Dancers and drummers will learn to play the rhythm (bring something you can make noise with!) and then Sahira will teach the dancers (and drummers if they’d like) movement combinations that perfectly accentuate each. The class will end with a big live music and dance throwdown! Drummers, bring a drum or two. Dancers, bring your zills or other percussion instrument!