December 20, 2014, 1:30 – 6pm
MAC Harbor East, Baltimore MD
Amani Jabril has built her reputation on delivering stellar dance technique combined with the heart and soul of the Middle East. Featured on the cover of the Mazaag debut album, Amani has studied and performed extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America. She was honored to have been invited to assistant teach during the 2011 US tour of Master Mahmoud Reda and to have taught in 2011 and 2012 at the Amani Oriental Festival in Beirut, Lebanon. Awarded 2010 Best Newcomer by Nafoura International Bellydance Magazine, Amani is now teaching nationally with workshops scheduled around the United States.
1:30 – 3:30pm: Around the Stage In 80 Ways
Travel in ways that move your spirit and captivate your audience. As both a working anthropologist and professional dancer, Amani will offer a practical, street-smart view of the technical aspects of music and movement as cultural and creative expression. Taken from her own experiences in the field in Egypt, Lebanon, the U.A.E. and Iraq, in addition to ex-pat groups in the United States, Amani will teach favored combinations as seen on the contemporary dance scene as well as movement from her own signature style. Students will take away new and interesting combinations as well as a deeper technical knowledge of the movement and music structure.
Technique and combinations; blending Egyptian, Folkloric and Fusion styles of movement, will begin with foundation or “kernel” combinations that can be used on their own or developed further for use in choreography.
4-6pm: Iraqi Kawleeya
This class will discuss methods and demonstrate movements of “Iraqi Kawleeya” blended with Oriental movements for use with a dancer’s Oriental show. Taken from her own experiences in the field in Egypt, Lebanon, the U.A.E. and Iraq, in addition to ex-pat groups in the United States, Amani will teach favored combinations as seen on the contemporary dance scene.
“Kawleeya” originates with Roma (or Gypsy) groups in Iraq but also in the area known as the Persian/Arabic Gulf. The dance movements include sharp quick shoulder shimmies, poly-rhythmic clapping, and dynamic footwork.
Workshop includes technique and combinations. You do not need a thobe but you may want to bring one, a veil and a supportive athletic shoe! Prepare to sweat!
Workshop slots are non-refundable.
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