March 3-5, 2011

Schedule of Events

All workshops to be held at Koken Art Factory, 2500 Ohio Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104 / http://www.kokenartfactory.com

Friday, March 4th

9:00-10:00 am  / Registration

10:00 am-12:00 pm   / Tempest – The Fabulous Forbidden Art of Floorwork

Floorwork is looked down upon in some areas of bellydance due to cultural issues and connotations – and is actually quite physically difficult to perform well – hence it’s become somewhat of a lost art in many communities.  Discover an amazing and dramatic realm that can add a new level to your dance.  Learn new twists on classic moves, plus all new gothic combinations. We’ll cover important keys for a strong floorwork performance inside and out. Students should bring knee pads or a yoga mat to work on.  Recommended for intermediate level and above dancers.

12:00-1:00 pm / Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm  / Tempest – Tempest’s Guide To Style

An excellent performance is not just dancing well, but how you present yourself, and how your look reflects your music, movements, and expression.  We’ll cover tailoring costuming to your personality and the level of dance you’re at, while discovering what works best in terms of lines, color, and pattern for your figure and presentation. Learn how to integrate your favorite elements without looking like a curbside alert or a copycat. Students are encouraged to bring favorite costume pieces, and inspiration photos.

3:00-3:30 pm / Break

3:30-5:30 pm  / Red Camel – Tribal costuming and adornment workshop

Don’t just admire those fabulous costumes on the most popular dancers, learn how to put them together yourself!  Getting the look you want isn’t difficult, it just it takes time, thought and a bit of creativity.  Learn how to put the pieces together, where to find them and how to make them if you can’t find them.  This workshop will cover how to analyze the looks you love so you can make them for yourself, how to choose pieces that will work together, and how to work with tribal costuming embellishments.  It will also briefly cover making a bra and belt set of your own.  Appropriate for all dance levels and all sewing levels.  Bring a notebook & pen to take notes!

7:00-10:00 pm  / Dinner/Bitch & Stitch

I have the itch to stitch n bitch at the MoKaBe’s, located at 3606 Arsenal St, St Louis, MO 63116. Come have dinner and stitch and bitch with the ERBD Gang! We will have a non-smoking section blocked off for dinner (dutch treat), please bring a project to work on.  A great opportunity to hang out, have drinks, meet some new friends, and get some new ideas! (http://www.mokabes.com/)

Saturday, March 5th

8:30-9:30 am / Ami Amoré – Open Level Yoga for Dancers

Open your heart, relax your mind, and feed your soul in this soothing yet invigorating one hour yoga practice. We will work on getting our minds focused and our bodies centered and balanced, as well as energizing ourselves for the day of seminars ahead and working out all the kinks. Please bring a yoga mat, a blanket (or thick towel) and a strap (or belt).

8:00-10:00 am / Registration

10:00 am-12:00 pm / Tempest – Nouveau Noir Dance

Haunting audiences around the globe, Tempest’s area of specialty within the realm of Gothic Bellydance is “Nouveau Noir” – dance pieces that reflect the art and society of the early 1900’s, pulling from silent films, vaudeville-Denishawn style, art nouveau, art deco, and the Oriental craze. Students will learn combinations that capture the elegant form, fluid movement, and dramatic stylings of these eras, while being taught in a format that will enable them to absorb them into their own personal choreographies.

12:00-1:00 pm / Lunch

1:00-4:00 pm  / Ariellah – Choreographing the Heart: The Art of Movement and Expression

Use your arms and hands to create beauty, create a story, and create energy and to enhance your stage presence. Condition the arms and hands to be strong, supple, beautiful and expressive. In this workshop you will learn how to create and enhance your expression and make a deeper and more powerful impression via the arms, hands and face. The dancer will also work through arm and hand conditioning exercises in order to maximize their potential. Creative processes, internal work, written, oral, and dance movement will also be incorporated. Level from advanced beginner and up.

7:30-10:00 pm  / Angels & Absinthe 2011 Gala Show

A fantastic evening of dance, featuring Tempest, Ariellah, and many more! The show will be held at The Fox Hole – Atomic Cowboy.  The Atomic Cowboy is located at 4140 Manchester Ave, St Louis, MO 63110.  Doors open at 7 pm and there will be an after party with St. Louis’ own Alpha Static, so stick around!  Tickets: $10/Door (http://www.atomiccowboystl.com/)

Sunday March 6th

8:30-9:30 am / Ami Amoré – Open Level Yoga for Dancers

Open your heart, relax your mind, and feed your soul in this soothing yet invigorating one hour yoga practice. We will work on getting our minds focused and our bodies centered and balanced, as well as energizing ourselves for the day of seminars ahead and working out all the kinks. Please bring a yoga mat, a blanket (or thick towel) and a strap (or belt).

8:00-10:00 am / Registration

10:00 am-12:00 pm  / Ami Amoré – Dangerously Dark Sword (Level I-II)

This 2-hour workshop is designed to develop the dancer’s ability to entice the audience with the sword,  and maybe even scare them a bit! Your will learn some creepy new moves to do with the sword or without, plus some drills designed to sharpen and enhance your sword balancing ability. We will finish it off with a healthy portion of combinations rich in texture and flavor. Plus we will cover tips, tricks, what not to do, and balance points other than the obvious.  Prerequisites: Must be able to balance sword on head and not for baby beginners. Bring an open mind, your sword, kneepads and a yoga mat!

12:00-1:00 pm / Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm / M’Chelle DeMars – Release the Kraken

“Release the Kraken” is all about finding your inner cephalopod and releasing your ooey gooey in the context of liquid viscosity. We will play with strength in movement, tempo change, and levels. Bring your sense of adventure and your thinking cap.

3:00-3:30 pm / Break

3:30-5:30 pm / Ariellah – The Darker Side of Movement

Don’t Just Stand There! Get up and DANCE, dance with powerful stage presence! Allow your body to project and tell a story filled with expression. Explore the floor – move like a dancer – explore arm and body transitions, moving combos and other related DANCE concepts, all with a darker flare.