Friday, June 23: 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Folkloric Flair
Explore the movements, steps, and aesthetics of various cultural flavors and the dynamics that create the distinct folkloric flair. Relish intricate hip work of Egyptian folklore. Escape with fancy footwork of Iranian folklore and more. Then add spicy folkloric flavor to modern belly dance moves you already know to create energetic and exciting combinations. Be prepared to have a blast and dance your booty off to a variety of music!
Skill Level: All levels. Suitable for dancers proficient in basic belly dance movements and steps. Modifications will be offered to challenge more advanced dancers.
Saturday, June 24: 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Bandari - Iranian Folkloric Dance
This spirited dance originates from the Persian Gulf region of Iran and reflects the cultural influences of Persian, Arab, and African trance traditions. Learn a modern bandari choreography with many dynamic body movements and moods depicting its celebratory and ritualistic origins. This is a high-energy class that is both core-intensive and aerobic! Bring a chiffon veil, wrap, or a piece of light sheer fabric and knee pads to try the optional floor work.
Skill Level: All levels.
Best known for promoting teaching standards and emphasizing the cultural roots of belly dance, Katayoun specializes in modern interpretations of folklore as well as music topics. Highly influenced by the cultural insight of her Iranian heritage, her teaching format focuses on detailed muscle engagement, movement vocabulary, and musical and cultural understanding. Katayoun embraces character depictions and storytelling as theatrical tools to embody musicality, aesthetics, costuming, and presentation of traditional dance through contemporary lens. Her book, “Oriental Dance Curriculum: A Complete Guide for the Belly Dance Teacher,” is the first curriculum guide of its kind distributed worldwide.
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