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Hey guys! I decided to make a list of the workshops I wish I could take from different studios across the country. Hope you find it useful!

NYC

Aszmara’s Master Class: Drum Solo Imrpovisation with Live Drums

INSTRUCTOR: Aszmara

WHEN: February 7th/ 1:30-4:30 PM

WHERE: Anahid Sofian Studios 29 West 15th Street

COST: $55 pre-paid by Feb 1rst – $60 at the Door

 

The Dalia Carella Dance Collective Presents: Dance Elements Intensive Mastering Critical Dance Skills, from Fundamentals to Performance

INSTRUCTOR: Dalia Carella, Ramzi El-Edlibi and Diane Hutchinson

WHEN: February 7th /11-12PM, 12-2PM, 3-5PM

WHERE:Nola Studios, 250 W. 54th Street, 10th Floor, Studio 1

COST: All Three Workshops – $135 preregistration, $155 at door $20 Savings!

 

WASHINGTON D.C.

Hula Hoop Dance

INSTRUCTOR:  Debora Jackson

WHEN: February 6th/1:30-3:30PM

WHERE: Sahara Dance: 4433 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

COST: $35

 

Cabaret-Dabke Fusion

INSTRUCTOR: Omoladun

WHEN: February 20th/1:30-3:30PM

WHERE: Sahara Dance: 4433 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

COST: $35

 

MIAMI

Passport to Africa with Kukuwa

INSTRUCTOR: Kukuwa

WHEN: February 13th/2:30-4:30PM

WHERE: Belly Motions Studio 8235 South Dixie Highway

COST: $30 in advance/ $40 day of

 

Belly Dance Stage Makeup 101 Workshop with Siufer!

INSTRUCTOR: Siufer

WHEN: February 27th/2:30-5:30PM

WHERE: Belly Motions Studio 8235 South Dixie Highway

COST: $55 in advance/ $60 day of

 

CHICAGO

How to Turn Your Audience into Friends (and Minions) with Dawn

INSTRUCTOR: Dawn Xiana Moon

WHEN: February 7th/2:30-4:30PM

WHERE: Arabesque Studio 3120 W. Belmont

COST: $35 in advance/ $40 at the door

 

BOULDER

Lebanese Cane (presented by Sadie)

INSTRUCTOR: Simon Sarkis

WHEN: February 27th/11-12:30PM

WHERE: Kinesi Studio 5603 Arapahoe Rd. Unit 6

COST: $45

 

 

Okay so I know this party was over a month ago, but  it was so much fun, I just had to write a bit about it.

First of all Anahid Sofian is a legend and if you’re ever in NYC you really need to take class with her! (Anahid’s info.)

She also happens to throw a great party. The incredible, dynamic, passionate (and a million other adjectives) Aszmara was the special guest artist and she literally blew my mind as usual. In addition there were several AMAZING dancers including Najma, Teodora, Uza Mitra, and  Zobeida (interview with Zobeida coming soon!).

Of course all of this was topped off with great live music. Nabil Bekkali played the keyboard and Richard Khuzami was on drums – he’s awesome by the way and a great teacher 🙂

Anahid ended the night with some Armenian line dancing which was great – just a fun night all around 🙂

Hopefully more fun events to come!

Enjoy your Friday!

xo

N

As a follow up to my latest post ” The Art Of The Drum Solo,” I thought it would be fun if this weeks #bellybeatz playlist was all drum solos – yiiiiiiip! Listen below + tell me what you’re favorite drum solos are – I will add them to the playlist! 🙂


Also, just as a side note check out Isreali pop star Sarit Hadad kill it on the darbuka  – bad.ass.

 

So…. what does it take to make a great drum solo???

I asked 16 amazing dancers and 2 drummers, and here’s what they had to say! 

Yasmine“Leave room for playfulness when there are pauses. Add rhythm changes for variety.”~ Yasmine
@Yasminedance

Uza Mitra “The drummer has to be good and work with the dancer. It has to be musical, not just for show. Both the drummer and dancer need to be emotionally connected to the music.” ~ Uza Mitra (read my interview with Uza here!)
@uzanyc

Tava Naiyin“I want to see that a dancer is breathing, relaxed and having a good time; showcasing technique is fine but not at the expense of those three qualities.” ~ Tava Naiyin
@DancingTava

Tatianna“Dynamic presence, sharp accents & a fluidity in emotion.” ~ Tatianna

Sadie Marquardt“Charisma it ultimately what makes a great drum solo!  If the dancer is playful and engages her audience into the fun and excitement of the music then they have succeeded. Clean, sharp isolations and combos are also important but don’t forget to add movement around the stage, and fluid soft movements as well” ~ Sadie Marquardt

Buy Sadie’s drum solo instructional dvd – “Drum Solo Secrets” here!
@SadieMarquardt

Sira“Fire. Really hitting accents with a punch but having dynamics in movement for greater effect. I get drawn in more by someone who’s soul is driven by a drum solo than someone who is just technically solid.” ~ Sira
@Bellydancer_NYC

Ranya Renee“I like a good mix of spontaneity and control, freedom and containment. And, the dancer cannot be the victim of the drummer—she must remain calm and take her time, even if she feels the drummer is pushing her. So, she has to listen well…but push back if necessary—by choosing not to hit everything thrown at her—to retain her power onstage. She has to be the leader and control the chaos. In a nice way, of course.” ~Ranya Renée
(check out my interview with Ranya here!)
@ranyarenee

Rachel Kay Brookmire“Drum solos are best when there is dynamic and playful chemistry between the drummer and dancer.  It feels like the audience is invited to be part of their party.  A great drum solo has a range of emotional expressiveness, and excellent timing with exceptional technique.” ~ Rachel Kay Brookmire (read my interview with Rachel here!)
@saharadance

Mariyah“Most importantly, I like to see a dancer genuinely having a good time and also really connecting with the music, interpreting dynamics, subtleties etc., just as you would any piece of music, and of course connecting with the drummer if it is live.” ~ Maryiah
Buy Mariya’s drum solo instructional DVD – “Belly Dance Drum Solos: Concepts for Dancers and Drummers” here!
@Mariyah13

Layla Isis“I would say most importantly it’s all about being in the moment, letting your connection to the music/drummer and your audience dictate the mood of the phrasing, be it powerhouse hips and shimmies, precise intricate flutters, or full, fluid movements. If she’s really in the moment, you will never see her thinking or anticipating – it’s just unfolding to the surprise of everyone, which is true of any good dancing.” ~ Layla Isis

Kay Kizi'ah“To me a great Drum solo has a unique take and something unexpected. Meaning most of us are familiar with 4/4 rhythms and kind of know how we would take the accents. Its great to anticipate a dancers accent and then for them to do something different. For  me that is always very impressive.” ~Kay Kizi’ah (read my interview with Kay here!)

Dorit“Just two words: listen, move. And eye contact with whoever is the percussionist of the moment.” ~Dorit
@DoritMusic

Eva Cernik“Spontaneity!” ~ Eva Cernik

Badaweyah Kareem“To me, if there’s an oud leading the drums. There’s nothing sweeter than watching a dancer layer their shimmies with the sound of an oud and accenting with a drum.”

“Connecting with any instrument is so the key for me. Drummers are displaying great talents with their skills and the language of whatever rhythm they’re playing. A novice dancer connecting to that rhythm and the musician can display far more beauty than an experienced dancer with great shimmy skills and techniques.” ~Badaweyah (check out my interview with Badaweyah here!)

Alia Thabit“A great drum solo focuses on the dancer–the drummer’s job is to make her look fabulous. It has consistency so the dancer can hit the changes with confidence, and wild style so she can get crazy and have fun.” ~ Alia Thabit (read my interview with Alia here!)
@aliathabit

Aszmara Sherry“I love a Drum Solo that has meat on the bones with interesting rhythm changes that create drama in the piece.  But not too many changes!  Too many changes take away from the arc of the piece.

There are drum solos that start off with a few accents and build faster and faster to a climax – love those.  There’s the typical maqsoum walk around beginning that warms the audience to the coming interplay of dancer and musician, goes into beledi, saidi  and/or masmoudi, drops tempo down to a slow trance ayub that increases tempo to a frenetic ending.  Those are fun, too – especially when shared with a musician on stage!

The interplay with a musician is what makes drum solos so exciting – there’s a walking the tightrope feeling of being totally present in the moment, reading each other’s inner music and expressing it outwards to the audience.” ~Aszmara Sherry

DRUMMERS

     Michael Beach“I could and should write a book about this. There are so many different dance styles now so a drum solo is such a personal thing. One dancer may want Folkloric/North African rhythms, some want very basic, some want strictly Egyptian Saidi, some don’t even want a drum solo and others might say, “ Play whatever you want.” I always try to meet and discuss the music and the drum solo with dancers before we go on stage. It only takes a few minutes. We figure out your level and knowledge of the music and rhythms, I take requests and then I have a ‘formula’ I use with dancers that allows us to end together. In my opinion, we can do just about anything in the solo but it’s really about the big ending. If you can really end together —— that’s what brings the house down. “~ Michael Beach, Brothers of the Baladi
@BrothersBaladi

Richard Khuzami “First: both musician and dancer should understand that the dancer is a musician playing the original instrument: their body, and the musician must understand that they need to dance with their drum in order for it to sing. With this they will have a common language they both understand. And if they did not have time to practice or value spontaneity they should work out the signs (or punctuation) beforehand that allows the free flow of ideas questions and answers.”~ Richard Khuzami

Here’s what some of you had to say:

watch some drum solos! (some of the videos you have to skip to the end)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjrrLz1h3298WUFZ233UrYTCSICvFGbcV]

share some of your favorite drum solo videos in the comment section! 😀

hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo

N

Clear your calendars for the end of the month, because it’s time for Anahid Sofian’s annual intensive in NYC! Anahid Sofians intensive will include workshops on Zills and Rhythms with Anahid and Richard Khuzami an awesome dumber player, Chifte Telli, Karshilama, The Art of Flying Silk with Eva Cernik  Signature Moves with Eva Cernik, and Floorwork! This is a once in a life time opportunity to study with LEGENDS!!!!! See below flyer for contact info etc. and get your booties over to 15th street Aug. 28th- 31st!!!! #YOLO

flyer

 

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Inspired by the dances Anahid Sofian videotaped at the Moroccan Dance Festival in 1974, “Morocco” was the first dance she choreographed for her newly—formed company. The company debuted the dance at their inaugural performance in 1979 at the Casa Galicia (Webster Hall) NYC in 1979. Anahid was awarded a NY CAPS grant for choreography for the dance, which the company performed again at Carnegie Hall in 1980 at the NY Ethnic Dance Festival.