Friday, May 29: 3:30 - 5:30 pm: Costuming Mishaps, Mistakes, and Fitting Challenges: Lecture
Learn how to fix common costuming mistakes so you can look your best! Commercially made and handmade costumes covered. Good construction and fitting information for any style dancer. Understand fitting issues, such as bra overflow, underwhelm, and tilt; and belt shapes and skirt styles for your body type. Explore the best materials for bras, belts, and skirts. Find accessories and colors that make you glow. Demonstrations with volunteers from the audience. Includes lecture, samples, PowerPoint, film clips, and copious handouts.
***Jenza is available for personal consultations for costuming fitting issues and design help by appointment during the weekend. Please Contact Us!
Skill level: All.
Friday, May 29: 9:30 pm: Film: Historical Belly Dance Costume Fashion Show – 2012 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach as part of MECDA’s Cairo Caravan Festival.
Check out fantastic beaded flatwork, monster fringe, folkloric costumes of the 1970’s, and learn what dancers were wearing in Hollywood’s Golden Era. This is an opportunity to get a taste of the past, be inspired, and learn a “boat-load” of facts you never knew about our Belly Dance Costume History. Created by Suzanne McNeil aka Jenza for MECDA and filmed by Roger Hendrix. Models: celebrity dancers include Helena Vlahos, Princess Farhana, Anaheed, and more.
Sunday, May 30: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm: Magical. Breathless. Command the Audience with Dramatic Stage Presence: Lecture and Practice
Begin with a lecture in which Jenza analyzes how American belly dancers such as Jenaeni (Ansuya’s mother) and Helena Vlahos commanded their audiences with sublime technique. Examine concepts including eye contact, emotion, carriage, breath, arms, hands, stage space, floor patterns, and proximity to audience. In the second half of the workshop, Jenza will lead you through processes and practice to help you put these concepts into action in order to develop a stage persona that reflects who you are as an artist.
Skill level: All.
Jenza began her career as a Hollywood, California nightclub dancer, dancing 7-nights a week (1977 through 1994). In the 1980’s, she taught workshops both nationally and internationally.
Like most dancers of her era, making her own costumes was part of the “lifestyle.” However, Jenza had great influence from her mother, Samira, the national representative and designer for Lion in the Sun “Persian Lace” fabrics. Apprenticing with her mother raised her joy of costuming to an obsession. Recently, her love of costuming has been expressed in her acclaimed Historical Belly Dance Costume fashion shows in Los Angeles and Portland.
Watch Jenza in Action!