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


Nadira Jamal at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: Michael Baxter

Friday, June 23: 1:30-3:30 pm: Lace: How to Make Your Zils Interesting, Not Overwhelming

Are you feeling uninspired with your zils? Claude Debussy said that “music is the space between the notes.” You will learn simple ways to make your zils more musical by incorporating silence. It is like a piece of lace; it is the holes that make it beautiful! Finger cymbal mastery is NOT required - even if you can only play one simple pattern, you can start creating interesting lace effects.

Please bring a set of zils.
Skill level: All levels.

Sunday, June 25: 12:00-2:00 pm: Full Routine Basics

Are you ready to move beyond 5-minute hafla sets? Learn the classic 6-part routine used in American Cabaret and Turkish styles. Explore what the audience expects and how to give it to them. We will also discuss the routine’s structure and adapt it to parties, shorter shows, and other belly dance styles.
Please bring a veil.
Skill level: All levels.

Nadira Jamal at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Photo: James W. Anderson

Nadira Jamal, The Belly Dance Geek, believes that you are the boss of your own dance. Instead of feeding you moves and choreography to copy, she geeks out on how the dance works, so you can create it for yourself. Nadira’s specialty is teaching improvisation skills in a clear, step-by-step process, through programs like The Improvisation Toolkit DVD series and The Improvisation Safety Net coaching course. If you think knowledge and creativity go together like chocolate and peanut butter, check her out.

Watch Nadira Jamal in Action!