In June, 2013, Sandybell produced an exciting belly-dance workshop and show with Ava Fleming and Karim Nagi! The event included fun sightseeing tours of Panama City and the Panama Canal. Keep reading to discover what we did!
Day One: Grand tour of Panama City – sightseeing and shopping!
Evening One: DJ Turbo Tabla Show and Dance Party
Day Two: Panama Canal Day Cruise
Evening Two: Workshops with Ava and Karim, plus a Panamanian folkloric dinner-dance show!
Day Three: More workshops with Ava and Karim!
World-famous bellydancer extraordinaire Ava Fleming taught four amazing two-hour workshops!
Want to perform to Turkish music? Learn action-packed combos full of sass and attitude! These combos add spice to Egyptian pop songs, too!
“Triple Threat” Learn to mix and match Cabaret, ATS and Tribal Fusion into a powerhouse belly-dance routine! Ava will also teach the history of each style.
“Shiver Me Timbers!” Do shimmies have you stuck like a pirate with a wooden leg? Learn to pair knee and hip shimmies with smooth transitions. We’ll cover everything from basic mechanics to traveling moves and combos.
“Total Request Live!” Ava will fly by the seat of her pants and teach anything you request!
Master percussionist and folk dancer Karim Nagi taught three essential two-hour dance and music workshops for bellydancers!
“Performing to the music of Oum Kulthum” All professional dancers need to be familiar with the famous music of Oum Kulthum. Karim will explain the rhythmic and melodic themes of each classic song, and then help the dancers to interpret the music.
“Cane Dancing for Men and Women” Egyptian cane dancing is exciting and fun! Learn Saidi Tehteeb (for men) and Raqs Assaya (for women) and add some excitement to your next show!
“Maqam and Taqsim for Dancers” Maqam is the Arabic system of scales; taqsim is the art of musical improvisation. Understanding these allows dancers to authentically interpret Middle-Eastern music. Essential for all performers!
Super-Special Extra Workshop just for Drummers!
“Saidi, Saudi, Sudasi” This workshop is for drummers who are at least at the advanced beginner level. Bring your own Arabic tabla, doumbek, darabuka, riqq, duff, muzhar or frame drum. You’ll learn how these three dynamic rhythms propel specific dance styles. Saidi, from southern Egypt, and Saudi, from the Arabian Peninsula, are used in pop and folk music. Sudasi is the rhythm used in the debkes of the Levant.
Also: Nutrition for Bellydancers with Yaritzel Brandao. Look and feel your best while you’re teaching and performing!