Sedona Belly Dance Workshop

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Date(s) – 02/24/2013
10:00 am – 3:30 pm


“In the Ears, Out the Hips”

A Belly Dance Improv Intensive

The music is playing and everyone is watching…. now what?

Improvisation in bellydance can be intimidating – even a little scary. But when you learn what to listen for and have effective strategies to translate what you hear into movement, it’s exciting and fun!

Even if you prefer choreography, the tools and strategies you will take home in these workshops will help you unlock the music and explore it more richly for spectacular and engaging belly dance choreographies!

In these workshops you will learn:

  • How to identify and use 10 elements of Middle Eastern music
  • Ways to creatively and authentically represent these elements in your movement
  • 11 Strategies to help you think on your feet for fantastic drum solos
  • 5 concepts to reach beyond triplets and basic rhythms with your zills to create a musical bridge between your body and the music
  • These workshops are presented with concept-illustrating combinations, group and paired exercises that will work your brain as much as your body. Be sure to bring a notebook. (Written notes will be emailed following the workshop.)


What past students have to say…

“I’ve attended 2 of Mahin’s workshops, both in VA Beach, and loved every moment! She explains the moves and tells about belly dance history and keeps us moving the whole time. I learned so much at both, but my favorite has been the Drum Solo Improv workshop! Such wonderful ideas to use for improv!” – M.L., Danville, VA

“Previous to taking this workshop, I had been concerned that I wasn’t yet ‘good enough’ to take one.Mahin did an excellent job creating a supportive learning environment and meeting every participant at her instructional level. I wish I had done a workshop with her a year ago!” — K. H., Philadelphia, PA

“I took your class in Virginia Beach and loved, loved, loved it! It was so worth my 1.5 hours to get there. Your technique stuck with me. Sometimes I attend workshops and leave forgetting what I learned but with your style of teaching I am remembering and applying what I learned! Thanks, Mahin and I am looking forward to you coming back to my area.” — A.S. Emporia, VA

10:00 AM Registration
10:15 – 11:45 “In the Ears, Out the HIps” Improv Strategies for Middle Eastern Music
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:30 “In the Ears, Out the Hips” Drum Solo Strategies
1:30 – 2:00 LUNCH BREAK
2:00 – 3:30 “Thrills with Zills: From Rhythm to Musicality”
Early Registration Pricing through January 27th

All 3 Workshops…… $60.00

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Single Workshops….$25.00 each

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Mahin (121 Posts)

Professional instructor and performer of Middle Eastern belly dance, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and author or the “Daily Bellydance Quickies”. Belly Dance Artrepreneur, Workshop instructor, performer, event producer, and bellydance writer.