ABDC Video of the Month


June 1, 2017 or until spaces are sold out: Vendor Application.

June 1, 2017 or until spaces are filled: ABDC Showcase Application.

June 1, 2017: On-line stage form and music due

June 20, 2017: On-line registration for workshops ends. Tickets available at the ABDC Front desk for open workshops and galas during convention hours


Amara at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: Le Vieux Loup

Friday, June 23: 1:30-3:30 pm: Choreographic Processes - Two Fold

Come have fun exploring the inner workings of creating choreography through a two prong approach. First, we will investigate the processes that go into creating “traditional” Middle Eastern choreography, including analyzing music, organizing your arsenal of moves, and using improvisation to create choreography. Then we will shift into experimental processes, such as fusing street dance and Middle Eastern dance and employing the rhizome as a metaphor and source of inspiration.
Skill level: All levels.

Saturday, June 24: 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Exploring the World of the Drum Solo with Ozzy and Amara

Understand both sides of the drum solo equation from world renowned Darbuka player Ozzy and dancer Amara. Through combos, drills, and improvisational tools, you will study the most important aspects of performing with a live drummer. Learn drum sounds and rhythms and moves that work with them. Dissect important transitions in order to get the most out of nuances and enhance your show. Explore the structure of an Arab drum solo including how they are composed and improvised. Understand the relationship between drummer and dancer and how to maximize your time on stage together.
Skill level: All levels.

Amara at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: Vance Strickland

Amara, PhD, is known for her entertaining and dynamic American belly dance style and as a leading innovator in experimental Middle Eastern dance. She has held long-term performing engagements at many nightclubs and restaurants and has been highlighted in over 15 commercial videos. In addition to teaching dance studio classes and teacher training, Amara has taught accredited courses at several universities. Amara is the Co-Executive Producer and Artistic Director of the ABDC, and Director of Training 4 Dance Teachers, and for 12 years, the Director of Ya Helewa! Dance Company. She has also produced EEMED concerts, and co-Producer of X-MED and Tarab workshops. Amara holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from UC Riverside and a BA in Ethnomusicology from FSU. She is General Manager at Critical Path, a choreographic research facility and spends her time between Austin and Sydney.

Watch Amara in Action!