Performer, Master Instructor, Choreographer, Director and Producer, Jillina has devoted her life to dance. Currently Jillina is touring the world with her newest production: Bellydance Evolution. Created in 2009, Bellydance Evolution is a revolutionary approach to the art of bellydance; it is a theatrical show with a storyline, much like a ballet. Bellydance Evolution has already appeared in over 20 countries and was a featured performer at the Mawazine festival in Morocco, performing for the Queen of Morocco. Bellydance Evolution was recently commissioned to produce “Le Voyage de Scheherazade” a multi-national, multi-discipline collaboration between Moroccan, European and American Oriental and ballet dancers with the Orchestra Philharmonique de Maroc.
In 1999 Jillina established her own dance company, Jillina’s Sahlala Dancers, currently LA’s premier Middle Eastern and world fusion dance entertainment company. From 2003-09 she served as Artistic Director and Main Choreographer for the Bellydance Superstars and performed with them for over 700 shows in over a dozen countries. High-lights include performing on the main stage at Lolapaloza, The Follies Berger in Paris, The Queen’s Theater in London and Theatre Mohammed V in Rabaat, Morocco. Jillina continued in her position as principal choreographer until 2010.
Jillina pulls from a strong dance background in Middle Eastern, Folklore, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop to create a colorful Middle Eastern fusion repertoire. She travels extensively, teaching seminars and performing in concerts. Jillina’s talents have taken her to over 30 different countries. Whether Jillina is coaching dancers individually or teaching a group of 1,000 students, she has a special ability to connect with people on and off the dance floor.
Jillina has won numerous awards from International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance and the Giza Academy, including Best Modern Egyptian Dancer, Best Instructional Video, Best Dance Company and Dancer of the Year. Jillina has appeared on a number of television programs, including, “Dancing with the Stars” & “Tsukiri” a widely viewed show in Japan. She has co-produced 12 instructional DVDs, which, due to their success, are now offered in 5 different languages and distributed by Universal Records. In the summer of 2009 and 2010, Jillina was the first American to be invited as a featured performer in the prestigious Closing Gala at Ahlan Wa Sahlan in Egypt.
Jillina is the owner of Evolution Dance Studios, located in North Hollywood, California, USA. The studio provides rehearsal space to some of Hollywood’s top artists- Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance- and serves as a focal point for the Los Angeles Dance Community.
INTENSIVE & WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:
INTENSIVE WITH JILLINA- MAGNIFICANT MEJANCE
THURSDAY MARCH 22
9:00am to 5pm- One hour Lunch Included ROOM TBA
Time to rock your sharqi! This choreography is full of exciting steps beautifully blended with expression and technique.
Move to various tempos and explore the rich instrumentation, This is a unique choreography to add to your vocabulary.
FUN WITH FORMATIONS
SATURDAY MARCH 23
10:45-12:45 ROOM TBA
In this class, Jillina teaches a choreography suited for a group as well as a soloist. You will learn new and interesting group formations, floor patterns and innovative ideas for staging.
Bring your troupe or come solo, learn a hot choreography & gain insightful directing tips.
Amy is known for traveling the world infecting each city with her signature Sigil Style; building communities of hard work, heart, and a lot of fun! Amy's dance “classroom” is better described as a “gym”. A born athlete, dance is her language and movement is survival. When taking class with her, expect a full body experience. Never give up, never settle. “Fate Favors the Risky”. Amy has been creating & building on her Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) vocabulary for the last 10 years, and building her ITS community around the world. Amy shares some of her ITS work here with the breakdown of her Slow ITS format; getting you used to basic moves and transitions so you are ready for the quickness that is Sigil Style! More about Amy, including her teaching schedule at http://www.unmata.com.
MARCH 22-25, 2018
ART OF THE BELLY
Intensive & Workshop Description:
INTENSIVE with Amy Sigil- The Art of ITS for Art of the Belly!
THURSDAY MARCH 22
9:00am-5:00pm One Hour Lunch Included ROOM TBA
The absolute best thing about ITS, is dancing it with the people you LOVE, and meeting new people that you're going to LOVE! This 6 hour multi-level ITS experience is just for you! I am bringing all the new things that I LOVE! A mixture of new vocabulary and new concepts for you to take back to your local ITS family. You show up, I'll bring my improvisational "A" game and let's make some magic! Then let's throw it on stage and show 'em what we got! (performance opportunity optional)
OFF THE TOP MOVEMENT
FRIDAY MARCH 23
2:45-4:45pm ROOM TBA
This workshop features exercises designed to inspire the true spirit of improvisation! We will be utilizing group observation to refine details and discover a collective vision. All YES all the time. Bring your bravery and positive yes spirit. A unique exploration in group improvisation.