Saqra's Workshop Topics

Saidi Cane Choreography - Most pure Saidi but with a hot little drum solo choreography in the middle! (3 hours)

Lively Zill Choreography to the upbeat traditional Turkish song "Uskadar" -- Full finger cymbal instruction included before the routine begins. (3 hours)

"Andah Alaik" Classical Arabic Choreography - Beautiful, complex music composed by Mohammed Abd al-Wahhab. History & technique. (5.5 hours)

Drum Solo Choreography - hot new drum solo choreographed fresh by Saqra for 2010 plus technique (3.5 hours)

Career Counseling Lecture and Q&A. So you want to... be a soloist, feel more creative, have more dance opportunities, dance at local clubs, start a regular show, travel, start an event, start a troupe, become a teacher, increase your class size, become a workshop instructor. Proven techniques presented and a chance to discuss your own problems or interests. (2.5 hours)

Ghawazee Tribal Improv Style Choreography - Routine is taught in a tribal style cued format using all Banat Mazin Ghawazee moves. Basic finger cymbals will be taught and are usually used in this style but can be eliminated by the dancer if needed. The Ghawazee are Egyptian street/celebration dancers. See video of Khyriya Mazin taken in 2006 to get the flavor and current costuming. (2.5 hours)

Turkish Rom Style Choreography - though this is usually a spontaneous dance, this choreography to earthy Rom ("Gypsy") music fresh from Saqra's trip to Turkey in '06 will help you to cement your technique. (2.5 hours)

Practical Stagecraft for Belly Dancers - Lighting, room and stage dynamics, achieving special effects, make-up effects (2 hours)

Double Veil Choreography to the gorgeous song "Yar Tou Noush Es" recorded by Khatchig Jingirian, plus technique (3 hours)

Editing CDs by Computer for the Novice - How to use a readily available free program to edit your music for those with only base level computer skills. Tips on how to select what to keep and what to throw away, when to fade and how fast. Identifying what to do to make edits more seamless for a more professional dance presentation. Written information and demonstration, some hands on work. Copy of the program on disk. Bring a laptop if you have one. Windows or Mac okay. Also tips on cutting to tape and how to talk someone else into burning it to CD for you for the primitive. (3 hours)


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