Our 2021 Workshop Instructors!

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We are so proud to have these fabulous instructors at Hot Raqs 2022!

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Chudney Raqs
Oooey Gooey…Melt into your Movements
TBA

Advanced
This workshop is all about yummy movement! We are going to lower our center of gravity and milk our movements into delectable, undeniably juicy combinations. That‘s right! Learn how to make your audience salivate at your next performance by melting into your movements and serving up some hot ooey gooey goodness!


Shabbi:
TBA

All Levels
All about Shabbi. Learn an exciting and dynamic choreography to a chart toping Shabbi hit. This grounded earthy style is full of energy and passion. Don’t forget to breathe! Your audience will thank you. Shabbi anyone?


GTL of Belly Dance: Geometry, Turns, and Levels changes:
TBA

Advanced
This technique intensive class will explore unique shapes and pathways, with unexpected turns and levels changes, that often times takes the back burner when on stage, and in practice. Through a series of short combinations and drills, we will spark up those “key concepts” of cre-ating shapes in your dance using floor pathways to create unique staging, body lines to add di-mension, turns that travel “out of the box," and level changes that add dimension and create dy-namics in your dance. Leave your audience wondering what you will do next…add GTL to your performance. At the end of this workshop, the student will be able to add new elements to their belly dance reper-toire that will help them practice and perform more dynamically onstage through a series of drills and combinations.



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Pierre Khoury
Powerful Oriental
TBA

Advanced
In this workshop, you will learn a full choreography that is meant to attack the stage and captivate your audience. Through dynamic combinations and capturing changes in musicality, you will impress in this energetic and refined performance. What to expect: The focus will be on learning and repetition of the choreography. It is meant for advanced dancers, but all levels are welcome to come break a sweat!


Emotional Tarab
TBA

Advanced
Pierre Khoury will bring you into his key signature choreographies and styling to tarab music. How to dance on stories of breakups or pain from being far from a loved one? This workshop is specifically designed to gain knowledge into interpretation of music and how to dance in a way that is representative and sensitive to what the song evokes.

What to expect: Seizing nuances in dance, and how to 'texturize movement'. Simplicity in choreography, yet impressing with relevant pauses, and variations in energy and tempo. Understanding how to convey relevant emotion through movement and interpretation.


Dabke
TBA

All Levels
Pierre Khoury has done many performances of dabke as part of a lebanese zaffe troup for weddings and as a soloist, as well as in social gatherings, dabke being part of his syrian roots. This workshop will be an overview of the different ways you can incorporate dabke in your dance! Pierre Khoury will give you a taste of what it’s like to perform dabke, the differences between a stage/wedding dabke vs restaurant will be explored, with the possibility (if time allows) of oriental styling within dabke. This will be done through Choreographic steps, attacking the mawaal, and an understanding of two main dabkes for restaurant (slow 12count or fast 6count). Moreover, you will practice tapping in your proud self (with perhaps a necessary hint of arrogance 😃 ) in this folklore that is meant to gather our hearts.

PROGRAM:

  • Dabke Warm-up and combinations (10min)
  • Dabke/oriental choreography (50min)
  • Including men and women styling (we will understand that choreographing dabke has stereotypical gender roles, especially for weddings)
  • Attacking the mawaal (15min)
  • The improvisation part at the beginning
  • Tapping in your stage presence
  • Restaurant Dabke (15min)
  • Differences between fast 6 count dabke and slow 12 count


OBJECTIVES: This is an exploratory workshop in which different ways to approach dabke will be exposed Acquire specific dabke steps and technique Understanding main differences between wedding/stage and restaurant dabke Have fun and try different energies in your movement and dance! Including testing out the ‘man’ and the ‘woman’ in dabke


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Laura Leyl
Turk-ify Your Bellydance
TBA

All Levels
What makes Turkish-Style Bellydance different from Arabic Styles, such as Egyptian and Lebanese? I will teach you concrete steps to switch your styling and expression to Turkish style.


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Mychelle Crown
Circle Veil, A Lost Technique
TBA

All Levels
Take your veil technique in a whole new direction. Mychelle Crown will teach the lost technique of Circle Veil, a vintage prop that adds a stunning impact to your veil work. The Circle Veil combines the ease of use of a rectangular veil with the beautiful effect of double veil, cape, and bolero stylings. The techniques used can also be used to create dynamic one-handed work with a rectangular veil. Mychelle is very excited for the opportunity to pass on her knowledge of this very special prop!


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