Sunday, January 14th

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Danse Orientale (Near/Middle Eastern Belly Dance) - The Dalia Carella Dance Technique

Dalia has created her own unique style in the field of Middle Eastern Dance, which students worldwide seek to be instructed in this format. This class focuses on taking traditional dance steps of the Near and Middle East while adding a contemporary twist within a Belly Dance format creating interesting combos, choreography, and sizzling steps.  Hip Work, interesting hands, body isolations, and creative floor designs are taught in this class.  The student really gets a class in technique and how to bring out more of their “sassiness and sensuality” while becoming one with the music! ~ All Levels


Smooth and Slow

Sink in to a decadent choreography composed as a celebration of sensation,and explore spacious phrasing, sinuous layers, and breathy transitions. This baby purrs like a kitten and fits like a glove. Recommended for intermediate to advanced dancers, but adventurous beginners are welcome! ~ All Levels



Learn the basics of different street dance styles that define hip-hop. From old school funk & boogie to smooth, precise lyrical new school fusion, we'll get down to classic hits from the golden age of Hip-Hop and beyond in this 2-hour intensive. Participants don't need to have prior hip-hop experience but should be beginning-intermediate level or above. ~ All Levels


Begintermediate Doumbek

You know a bunch of what? Let's get "Beyond Baladi." You will learn practical rhythm combinations useful for playing songs and making your drum circle more fun. You will also learn how to add fills and embellishments to make your playing more interesting. This workshop is perfect for anyone who already knows the basic hits and rhythms.


Formations, Formations, Formations! And Dancing in the Round

The American Tribal Style format was designed for group improvisation. Each type of foreground
formation has its own unique characteristics and capabilities to explore and navigate. First, we will
focus on the fullest type of foreground--a four person formation. In this segment of the class, we
will tackle those "money moves" that take advantage of all the characteristics that the four person
formation has to offer, including fading, circling-up, and more. In the next part of the class we will explore 'dancing in the round'. Here, even the formation itself can change the direction of its performance and dance for an audience in 360 degrees... and that's improvisationally, to boot! Many times, we are not dancing on a stage but rather in the midst of a gathering, between tables at a restaurant, or around a fire. Learn how to fit a foreground and chorusline into a variety of situations. Explore these advanced options for all of the peculiar performance spaces that you may find yourself in. ~ Intermediate / Advanced


12:00 - 2:00 PM

The Elegance Principle

Cleverly concise. Effective. Admirably succinct. Consistent and restrained. Refined and minimal. In this movement workshop, April Rose applies pleasingly ingenious simplicity to dance technique and choreographic composition. Using a release technique approach to bellydance, participants engage with exercises designed to increase neuromuscular efficiency and build phrases characterized by graceful ease, apparent effortlessness, and luxurious timing.  ~ All Levels


Classical Indian Dance

The workshop is an overview of basic movements of the Indian classical Dance form Bharatanatyam, also called Temple Dance.  These basic movements are then incorporated into the dances that are done in praise of the deities of Hindu Temples.  Students will learn dance movement  unique to this dance form.  They will learn a short number to complete their understanding of Bharatanatyam. ~ All Levels


Double Trouble: Veil & Zills

Dancing with a veil brings an ethereal quality to bellydance. Dancing with zills adds another layer of percussion and interaction. Dancing with BOTH at the same time is a fantastic challenge to a dancer's ability and makes the audience sit up and take notice! We will begin with basic veil and zill techniques (individually) and then move to more complexities and then add them all together for that “Wow!” factor! Bring both veil and zills! ~ All Levels


Poi for Bellydancers

Just as in other types of performance art, there can be said to be two kinds of poi spinner: the technical spinner and the dancer. While everyone is and must be a combination of both, this class specifically targets those who want to incorporate a strong element of dance into their fire spinning. This class will help you discover how to layer poi movements, both basic and advanced, on top of bellydance movements. A simple change of posture or body positioning can totally change the look of a poi movement, turning the mundane into the magnificent! ~ All Levels


The Trans & Non-Binary Performer Survival Guide (Lecture)

Draconis has been involved with the trans community for over 8 years, having gone through a gender transition themself, had years of gender therapy, and independently paved their place as a non-binary performer in a business that is largely gendered. This workshop is for the community of current and aspiring performers who are non-binary, trans, queer, and beyond, to offer advice on attending classes, finding safe studios, dealing with dressing room SNAFUs, handling intolerance, and staying safe. This is also for those who are interested in learning to facilitate their non-binary friends, how to address us in a respectful, sensitive, and appropriate manner. This is for producers who wants to book a queer or trans performer for their event, but want to make sure they understand the ins and outs of hosting a trans or NB performer. Micro aggressions, pronoun queries, bathroom and dressing room drama, EVERYTHING will be touched on in this workshop. There will also be Q&A held at the end. Keep your mind open and be ready to take notes.


2:30 - 4:30 PM

Dunyavi Roma (Gypsy) Dance

Dunyavi means “World.” This is one of Dalia’s signature art forms that she created in 1979, the name and the movement!  This style blends Turkish, Spanish, and Indian Dance into one form.  Turkish Romani hand gesturing and foot work are combined with Flamenco arms, skirt work, and posturing and Indian hand gesturing and turns.  She is the originator of this form and teaches how to fuse these traditional dances into a fiery and intense art form. Dalia will be using 9/8 Karsilama rhythm in this workshop.  She also will educate the student/dancer how to count in this rhythm and feel comfortable in dancing to it.  Skirts required. ~ All Levels


Into the Algerian Theater: The Ouled Nail dancers of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

Beginning with a brief discussion of the history of the Ouled Nail, their distinct styles of dress and adornment, and their relevance to the development of American Belly Dance, we'll delve into a light-hearted choreography constructed with movement and styling drawn from photographs, film footage, and primary-source descriptions of performances from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ~ All Levels


Bollywood Masala

Inspired by the high energy music from Indian films, our mixed-level Bollywood class will energize you with the fun movements. Dramatic facial expressions and cinematic pizzazz means any viewer, dance aficionado or not, can follow the story. This class is a combination of a great workout and creative dance movement. With upbeat music to get you in the mood, you'll be smiling as you're dancing and exercising. Taught by a welcoming instructor who encourages beginners and those with past dance experience to participate, you'll feel right at home in no time. Whether or not you're familiar with Bollywood dance, you'll learn so much about it, get that cardio workout you need, and have fun at the same time!  The class will include a Bollywood warm-up and yoga postures. Did we mention it's really fun?! :) ~ All Levels


Authentic Movement: A Healing Workshop for Dancers

Our bodies carry muscle tensions constantly. Sometimes, those tensions are created as an involuntary or unconscious response to an emotional or mental issue. In such cases, they evolve into a permanent pain, numbness, or lack of motility. As a result, we lose the natural grace of our body and we see diminished our capacity for pleasure. In this workshop we will scan the body and all the emotions that arise in the main areas and with simple, non-invasive, and joyful movement exercises we will experience how we can get back all of our natural health. ~ All Levels


 Doumbek Rockstar: Roll, Pop, Slap, and Snap!

In this workshop, you will learn techniques and new hits to use on your doumbek. These are the rock star tricks! Learn how to incorporate these hits into rhythms and solos to really spice up your playing. This workshop is perfect for any drummer who knows the basics.