There is nothing in the world like dancing with a band! Once you know that joy and exhilaration you will feel like you have been eating Chef Boyardee all of you life and now you have supped at the sumptuous table of an Italian Gramma who cooks everything from scratch! There is a reason why we call it "Live Music"- because the interactions are wonderfully real and fully in the moment. Carmine and Artemis have a combined total of 75 years of experience melding their music and dance skills with other artists.  We will demystify this process for you and leave you feeling confident that you CAN do this. This workshop teaches you how to communicate with musicians before and during the show. How to enter the stage and how to end each song and how to make a good exit.  You will understand the structure of the songs, improvisational skills and how to ask for a song or a hole show with confidence.



This workshop will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about dancing to this intriguing, evocative and beautiful rhythm. Originating in Turkey but greatly loved in Greece and the US.  This music and the dancing that accompanies it provide a perfect opportunity for dancers to feel beautiful in any style of dance.  The slow, delicious and sensual versions are an intricate and unforgettable part of every belly dancer's show in the Vintage Oriental style (Am Cab).  The medium tempo versions are an essential, elegant and charming part of the Classic Turkish Oriental style.  Any version can be used for a joyful dance experience.  It's hypnotic and mesmerizing nature makes it perfect for Tribal dancer styles as well! This rhythm, more than any other in our Belly Dance world, has a prominent melody all its own embedded in the rhythm. It is a great for showcasing beautiful arms, isolations and undulations. 

The very name is multilayered because the Ciftetelli is an oriental dance, a folk dance, a rhythm and an instrument.  Artemis will teach you three versions of the rhythm and two styles dancing to it.  You will learn versatile combos that you can use for any version at any speed.  After this workshop, you will be ready for anything if the versatile and multifaceted Ciftetelli crosses your path.

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Artemis has been dancing, teaching and researching dance history in the United States and abroad for over 45 years. Artemis is of Greek and Turkish descent. She fuses her love of these cultures with strong academic knowledge and excellent dance technique. She brings her spirited and articulate technique to workshops which include information on the history and cultures that generate the dances she teaches. She believes that we can all use art to build bridges across cultures.

Artemis has contributed to many publications. Extensive travel to 33 countries and intensive research into the idioms of the East, women's issues, psychology, ancient history, oriental dance, Romany (Gypsy) dance and dance ethnology have yielded many manuscripts and articles.

She continues to produce new articles every year. Artemis has an M.A. in psychology, an M.S.W. in social work (with specialized studies in cross cultural awareness) and has done postgraduate work in dance movement therapy. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Her research is used by Egyptian universities, the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Library for the Performing Arts in New York. She has lectured, taught and/or performed for Cornell University and Princeton University, National Public Radio (NPR), Voice of America and in Spain, England, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Canada, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Australia and in 40 states within the United States. She uses her writing and her dance and history lectures to fight the racism which exists against the Roma. Her humanitarian interests extended to helping the survivors of hurricane Katrina and she received the key to the city of Lafayette for these efforts. She also continues in her efforts to have Middle Eastern dance receive the recognition and respect that every other legitimate dance form enjoys.

Artemis has done field research in ancient dance, Middle Eastern dance and Romany (Gypsy) dance in Turkey, Romania, Czech Republic, Spain, France, England, Morocco, Tunisia, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Egypt and Greece. She has attended Rromany Festivals in France, Turkey and Romania. She has collected wonderful video footage of Roma people in which they are dancing, celebrating and experiencing everyday life. Artemis continues to collect antique pictures of women and dancers from North Africa and the Middle East and of the Roma throughout the world. Her collection is one of the largest in the United States and some illustrations have been used by the International Encyclopedia of Dance, the Smithsonian Institution, the largest Romany Museum in the world (in the Czech Republic), the Romany archives at the University of Texas collected by Ian Hancock, all the major Middle Eastern Dance publications and in several books.

Artemis is listed in the International Dance Council (CID) Who's Who of Dance. Her photograph can be found in the International Encyclopedia of Dance under the listing for "danse du ventre" (translates to "belly dance") which is produced by the Oxford University Press. She has won the "Ethnic Dancer of the Year Award" presented by the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED) and has won the "Most Popular Ethnic Dancer Award" from Zaghareet Magazine twice. Artemis has also won their "Lifetime Achievement Award."

Artemis teaches regular classes in her home studio in Maryland. She also teaches private lessons and workshops throughout the world on the dance form commonly referred to as "Belly Dance" which, after over 45 years of experience, she can cover from A to Z. 

Khadijah, Is an Artist of Middle-Eastern dance and she is based out of Denver,Colorado. Khadijah is known for her upbeat and energetic style of various genres of Arabic modern and folk style dances. Khadijah has been featured in Bellydance magazine, Hafla TV, Univision spanish TV and other world wide Middle-Eastern publications. When Khadijah is not traveling she is teaching and performing across the world, she performs in many 5 star establishments all over Colorado. Khadijah comes from a musical family. Because of her culture and Gulf upbringing, this has led Khadijah to promote and teach the world about the Gulf region and beyond. When Khadijah isn't traveling and shaking around, she has a successful career in Veterinary Medicine and busy saving the lives of pets one by one! Some of her many hobbies include Mixed martial arts, Archery, raising chickens, gun collecting/shooting , organic gardening, horses, reading, cooking, running and heavily involved with Muslim community on interfaith sessions.

MARCH 19-22, 2020


FRIDAY 10:45AM-12:45

True culture and tradition: "Khaleeji" to refer to the style of dance, culture and music from the Persian Gulf or Arabian Gulf region, the "Khaleej," including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.  The dance is largely improvisational, peformed by pairs or groups of women for their own entertainment at special celebrations, such as weddings.  As this dance represents many countries of the Gulf region, Khadijah will instruct proper costuming, musicality, posture, history and background and much more!



Refers to an Egyptian dance style that evolved in the early part of the 20th century.  Come from the word Al-Balad "the country".  "Baladi" means "my country" or "from my country", and in the context of this dance, refers to its folkloric or country of origins.  The evolution of raqs al baladi coincided with waves of migration of rural people to the larger Egyptian towns and cities. They brought with them their traditional instruments, music and dance.  Many cities in Egypt were influenced by western music (in particular jazz and blues) and instruments (accordion saxophone, clarinet and trumpet). This merger of traditional Egyptian and modern western music gave birth to the distinctive baladi sound. It is often referred to as "urbanised folk music"


SATURDAY 10:45AM-12:45

A very popular Upper Egyptian folk style can be performed with or without "assaya" a cane or a Sagat "zills"!  Learn a sassy and modern yet traditionally grounded saidi technique.  Saidi technique and combinations will be taught and then strung together to create a longer full choreography.  Background and historical information will be gone over in order to give each dancer a frame of reference for current and past Saidi trends