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About Innah

Innah is a multi- award dancer, competing in numerous competitions and projects: winner: Bellydance Nationals, 1st-runner up BDUC, 3rd place soloist Queen of Raks Sharqi, 3rd place soloist Bellydance USA Queen, Project Bellydance participant, Berlin festival: finalist, HOA: winner: troupe, people's choice: troupe. Students award: award winning troupe, DQC-1st runner up: Jamila Raks, Heart of America FSC: 11 gold medals.

Judge: Hot Raks, Dessert Queen, Chicago figure skating competitions.

Workshops: Peoria, Peru, Phoenix, Arizona, Harbin, China, Des Moines, Iowa, Ames, Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Kansas, Zhenzou, China, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Leader and artistic director of award- winning troupe: Innah's Middle Eastern Dance Troupe of Des Moines, Iowa

Innah's primary style is Oriental which she gracefully combines with the moves from Russian ballet. Innah is a leader of the troupe and teaches multiple bellydance classes in the Des Moines area. Besides bellydancing, Innah is a professional figure skater, choreographer and judge. She teaches stretching and artistry on ice and prepares skaters for multiple competitions.

 

About Michelle Sorenson:

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with nearly a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Phases 1 &2, Initiation and Cultivation Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian).

She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.

 

 

 

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Registration to open Oct. 1, 2017

*Spots are limited

PACKAGE DEAL available.

Workshop registrations may be purchased online via Paypal or credit card. Paypal transactions will appear as funds sent to: Pageant Emporium If you click on "Don't Have a Paypal Account", it will take you to a secure payment page where you can enter your credit card information. Credit card transactions will appear on your statement as a charge from Tiara Connection. Registration fees are non-refundable. By registering for the workshops and/or paying any event fee, the participant is agreeing to our terms and policies.

*Participants acknowledge that portions of the workshops, marketplace and performances may be photographed and/or recorded and used for promotions for upcoming events.

*All fees are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

*Participants release event organizers, venue operators (The Paramount & The Studio, Casa Grande) and instructors of liability for any injury or damage that may be incurred during the event and/or travel to and from the event.

*Workshop material may only be recorded with the expressed consent of the instructor.

 

Featured WORKSHOP PRICING: $65 ea - Package Deals and Early Bird Discounts will also Available. Continue to REGISTRATION for complete details.

Accelerated Express Workshops: $25 ea, 2 for $45, 3 for $55, 4 for $65, 5 for $75, 6 for $85, 7 for $95 or ALL 8 for $100

*ALL Workshop participants will receive one complimentary General Admission Pass for the theater (value: $15).

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018

 

The Studio, Casa Grande

395 N Sacaton St
Casa Grande, Arizona

 

Workshops:


Michelle Sorenson
9:00 am  - 10:30am

“Brush Strokes”

Arms are often the most neglected part of the body in belly dance. In this workshop, arms will be the focus! Learn how to use your arms to aid in conveying a feeling or telling a story and making them the highlight of your piece. You will essentially be “painting a picture” with them.

About Michelle Sorenson:

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with nearly a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Phases 1 &2, Initiation and Cultivation Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian).

She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.

 


Innah Raks
10:45 am– 12:15pm

Extensions, lines, and levels.

Using classical dance technique to enhance your bellydance. The workshop will go over the stretching technique and work with foundational classical moves that will enhance your dance. Curriculum: Using your body to your benefit. Understanding lines and variety in dance. Gentle and professional tips for stretching to show he depth and variety of movements. A Choreo will follow: modern Arabic song.

About Innah

Innah is a multi- award dancer, competing in numerous competitions and projects: winner: Bellydance Nationals, 1st-runner up BDUC, 3rd place soloist Queen of Raks Sharqi, 3rd place soloist Bellydance USA Queen, Project Bellydance participant, Berlin festival: finalist, HOA: winner: troupe, people's choice: troupe. Students award: award winning troupe, DQC-1st runner up: Jamila Raks, Heart of America FSC: 11 gold medals.

Judge: Hot Raks, Dessert Queen, Chicago figure skating competitions.

Workshops: Peoria, Peru, Phoenix, Arizona, Harbin, China, Des Moines, Iowa, Ames, Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Kansas, Zhenzou, China, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Leader and artistic director of award- winning troupe: Innah's Middle Eastern Dance Troupe of Des Moines, Iowa

Innah's primary style is Oriental which she gracefully combines with the moves from Russian ballet. Innah is a leader of the troupe and teaches multiple bellydance classes in the Des Moines area. Besides bellydancing, Innah is a professional figure skater, choreographer and judge. She teaches stretching and artistry on ice and prepares skaters for multiple competitions.

 

 

Michelle Sorenson
12:30pm – 2:00pm

“Shape Shifter”

Tired of the same old movement pathways? Sometimes you need to revisit the basics to make something new! Come experiment with me in dancing phrases made entirely from one shape! An entire combo made only from circles? A whole phrase made only from squares? Learn how one movement can provide an entire section of choreography just by expressing that shape with different parts of the body and in different directions!

About Michelle Sorenson:

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with nearly a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Phases 1 &2, Initiation and Cultivation Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian).

She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene. Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore! She is available for instruction, private lessons and workshops both locally and internationally.

 

 


Innah Raks
2:15pm- 3:45pm

Competition: Do your best and even better.

The workshop will go over the tips for competing in bellydance competitions from both: competitor's and judge's perspective.

Presentation: dance: entrance, body, ending

Technique: Dance

Costuming: Lecture

Factor X: Lecture

About Innah

Innah is a multi- award dancer, competing in numerous competitions and projects: winner: Bellydance Nationals, 1st-runner up BDUC, 3rd place soloist Queen of Raks Sharqi, 3rd place soloist Bellydance USA Queen, Project Bellydance participant, Berlin festival: finalist, HOA: winner: troupe, people's choice: troupe. Students award: award winning troupe, DQC-1st runner up: Jamila Raks, Heart of America FSC: 11 gold medals.

Judge: Hot Raks, Dessert Queen, Chicago figure skating competitions.

Workshops: Peoria, Peru, Phoenix, Arizona, Harbin, China, Des Moines, Iowa, Ames, Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Kansas, Zhenzou, China, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Leader and artistic director of award- winning troupe: Innah's Middle Eastern Dance Troupe of Des Moines, Iowa

Innah's primary style is Oriental which she gracefully combines with the moves from Russian ballet. Innah is a leader of the troupe and teaches multiple bellydance classes in the Des Moines area. Besides bellydancing, Innah is a professional figure skater, choreographer and judge. She teaches stretching and artistry on ice and prepares skaters for multiple competitions.

 


 

 

Accelerated Express Workshops - These information packed workshops will be taught by some of Krisenna's favorite instructors/performers. The Evening Gala line up will feature these incredible instructors.

 

Accelerated Express Workshops:

 

Kandahar - Beyond Balance
10:00am - 10:30am

This workshop focuses on mastering isolation techniques and utilizing deep inner body movement while maintaining a solid foundation for your balance prop. Effective foot patterns and arm embellishments will add dimension and keep the audience on their toes! Students should bring their favorite balance prop (ie sword, tray, shamadan)

About Kandahar: With a core training in ballet, jazz and modern dance, 2013 USA Bellydance Queen semi-finalist Kandahar began specializing in Arabic dance styles in 2007 and joined Shahrazad Dance Company in 2010, where she is currently assistant director. She has studied raqs sharqi, folkloric and modern styles of bellydancing with many of the Egyptian masters and other top teachers and has competed internationally. She has been teaching bellydance since 2012, including balancing techniques with sword, shamadan and other props.

 

Inanna LeFay - Enchant Your Audience: Move Like Honey, Catch More Flies!
10:45am - 11:15am

In this Accelerated Express Workshop, Inanna LeFay, Director of Alchemista Bellydance Company, will take you through a few brief drills - both technical and dramatic - that will keep your audience at the edge of their seats, begging for more. We will work not only on creating a strong, alluring stage presence, but also...what to do once you have their attention, and, how to execute time-stopping, honey-like movements in order to keep it!

About Inanna LeFay: Inanna LeFay (aka Suzanne!) is the proud Director of Alchemista Bellydance Company, the Phoenix area's first Dark Fusion and Theatrical Bellydance troupe. She teaches Fusion Bellydance classes at Alter Ego Fitness in Scottsdale, and Inanna and the ladies of Alchemista can be found every third Saturday at The Rogue Bar running "Raqs Gone Rogue: an Evening of Alternative Bellydance". Though she began her studies in Classic Oriental Bellydance, Suzanne is best known for three distinctly different styles: dark/theatrical fusion bellydance, Turkish Rom, and her own signature style of Fosse/Musical Theater-influenced bellydance! Hailing originally from NYC where she performed with Zan Asha's troupe Chovexani, Inanna LeFay moved to Arizona in 2009 and began studying (and later teaching) at Plaza de Anaya with MiaDonna and Amanda Rose, was an original member of Amanda's Raqs Sharqi Movement Collective, and after several years performing and teaching as a soloist, was chosen to teach at 2015's Waking Persephone Festival. She hopes to continue to teach and perform around the USA, and someday, abroad!

 

Christina and Jenna of Shimmy Shakti (Idaho)- Gypsy Fire Spins
11:30am - 12:00pm

We're going to put the "pedal to the metal" with Hot Pot I.T.S. Gypsy Fire Spins! In this 30 minute workshop you will learn basic ITS stall moves that lead you into the super fun Gypsy Fire Spin combo. It's short, sweet, fast and furious and will leave you laughing and wanting more! No ITS experience necessary, just bring your sense of adventure and willingness to play!

About Jenna and Christina: Jenna and Christina have been certified Hot Pot I.T.S. instructors since 2009. They are fun, fierce, highly dedicated women who love dancing and teaching, and have been creating their own flavor of belly dance choreography and expression for the last 12 years. They are the owners of Shimmy Shakti Studio of Yoga and Belly Dance in Twin Falls, Idaho and are honored to be considered a Hot Pot Sister Studio.

 

Na-il Ali- Boneless Brilliance
12:15pm - 12:45pm

Boneless Brilliance: Unleashing your serpent spirit through utilizing muscular articulation.

About Na-il: Na-il has belly dancing now for 8 years now, the majority of which has been tribal style. In the past few years he has been focusing more on fusions. Na-il is creating a style of his own, called Feral Fusion. It takes tribal style, then combines that with the movement found in animals when it's in fight or flight mode. His Amethyst workshop iis the snake edition of that.

 

Noreen - Spins, Spins, Spins!
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Learn to execute a variety of beautiful spins and turns. Incorporate beautiful arm pathways and floor patterns as you captivate your audience with a heightened skill level!

 

Samantha Karim- Take Your Choreography from "Meh" to "WOW!
1:45pm - 2:15pm

Think your combos are more boring than watching paint dry?  We are going to learn simple and easily applied dynamics that will "splash" your dance with some color!  We will be moving at an intermediate/advanced pace so prepare to work hard so you can dance hard.

About Samantha: "It's time to stop the bullsh*t and time to start putting your heart into your dance."  Samantha Karim is known for her compassionate yet disciplined teaching style.  Her emphasis on practicing effectively and dancing full out has garnered her an international and local following.  Reach out to her for some coffee, food, or cocktails (preferably all three) by visiting TheInnerDancer.com or by following her on Facebook.

 

Ustadza Azra- "Get ready for some major zill love!"
2:30pm - 3:00pm

In this accelerated workshop we will go over zill patterns beyond the Baladi & gallop and learn how to link them together beautifully through call & response.

About Ustadza: Ustadza is a bellydance performer and American Tribal Style® certified teacher based in Prescott, Arizona. She founded the New Moon Tribal School of Bellydance and teaches both Vintage and ATS®. In 2016 she released her DVD, Dynamic Zilling for Tribal and Cabaret Bellydance, in the hopes of sharing her zill love with the world. "

 

Divine Chaos Tribal®- Bollywood Fusion
3:15pm - 3:45pm

Bollywood Fusion: DC has always enjoyed bollywood dance, and been inspired to create several bollywood based choreographies. Utilizing the signature movie dance moves in combination with DC's own sassy steps builds unique choreographies that are fun to learn and perform. These pieces include well-loved classics like Dola re Dola, recent hits like Pinga, and just plain fun like 1234 Get on the Dancefloor. Choreographies range in length from 2-5 minutes. These workshops will provide a full performance piece for the attendees. Costume and jewelry will be discussed, so you have everything you need to create your own bollywood performance.

About Divine Chaos Tribal® Fusion, LLC: Divine Chaos Tribal® Fusion, LLC has been together for over a decade and is well known for colorful flaring skirts, high-energy performances, and a unique and innovative style. Divine Chaos is a troupe of women from various backgrounds of life and dance, dedicated to working and playing hard, pushing boundaries, and sharing their love of Tribal Fusion belly dance with audiences around the world. Their unique and signature style of belly dance is a fusion of their favorite dance styles, from Hip-hop to Bollywood. With a strong foundation in Domba Tribal (improvisational tribal style), Divine Chaos Tribal® has developed a unique and signature style of their own to include skirt, double fan, skirt and fan fusion, fire bellydance, and Divine Chaos's own ITS.

DC Tribal is a dance sisterhood that is as passionate as it is disciplined about its dance! Divine Chaos Tribal® is dedicated to working and playing hard, pushing boundaries, and creating and promoting the art form of Tribal Fusion Bellydance. In 2012, DC Tribal Fusion released their first instructional DVD, Intermediate Tribal Skirt, to be followed in 2015 & 2016 with Volume II & Volume III within the series. They have been honored by being nominated for Arizona's 2011, 2012, and 2013 Favorite Tribal Style Troupe & Troupe of the Year! Also nominated for 2013 and 2012 Instructor's of the Year. They were further honored by their community and fellow artists by being voted as 2011 Troupe of the Year and Arizona's Favorite Tribal Style in 2013.

 

 

 

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