Yoga for Belly Dancers (Saturday)

Yoga is of particular benefit for belly dancers for compensation for the wear and tear on low back and hips, and for improving articulation of the spine for movements like undulations. This class will use Viniyoga approach to asana, a gentle practice that uses breath to create movement in yoga postures. This practice will prepare the body for a day of dance by warming up all the major muscles and joints, with particular attention to hips and back, and help dancers get into a focused state of mind.

Adaptations will be provided to meet students' individual needs. Beginners welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. You may also like to bring a towel or blanket to use as an extra cushion.

Gentle Yoga (Sunday)

This gentle yoga practice will focus on recovery, and will address common areas of stress for dancers including low back, hips, and knees as well as managing overall fatigue. Enjoy a slow-paced practice that will include gentle dynamic movement to alleviate stiffness and improve circulation, as well as longer held stretches to relieve sore muscles and relax the body and mind.

Adaptations will be provided to meet students' individual needs. Beginners welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat. You may also like to bring a towel or blanket to use as an extra cushion.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

YOGA FOR BELLY DANCERS!

SATURDAY 8AM - 9AM

SUNDAY 8:30AM - 9:30AM


ARTEMIS & CARMINE WORKSHOP - HOW TO DANCE TO LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY 1PM - 4PM ICE RINK



CASEY BOND WORKSHOP- DOUMBEK FUNDAMENTALS w/CASEY

SATURDAY 9:30AM - 11AM ICE RINK
Let's put the "FUN" in doumbek FUNdamentals! Casey's fun, funky, super- friendly workshop is ideal for beginning drummers and drum-curious dancers, as well as intermediate-level drummers looking to brush up their foundation skills. Doumbek FUNdamentals is geared to absolute beginner drummers and dancers who will learn basic techniques in a safe, non-competitive environment. These skills include basic hand technique, rhythm basics and basic ensemble skills. Intermediate drummers will refresh technique, drill basic doumbek rhythms and patterns and play cooperatively with ensemble members of various skill levels. Pre- registered participants are guaranteed a complete AOTB 2020 Workshop Packet, including an outline, printed rhythm notation hand-outs and contact info. All participants will receive a surprise bonus belly dance music CD upon completion of the workshop!

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CARMINE T GUIDA & CASEY BOND

Farida

CARMINE BIO:

Carmine LOVES teaching. Carmine mostly teaches drum workshops for the Middle Eastern hand-drum known as the doumbek (also known as the darbuka and tabla). He feels so fortunate to be able to give others the gift of music. Often, someone who has never played a musical instrument in their life, will be able to play several rhythms after just one class! He  travels  all over the country (and world) teaching workshops. Carmine has  instructional videos and recently started offering Skype lessons.
Carmine has  had the joy of teaching and performing in several Bellydance Festivals. Here is a list of states where I have taught: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington 

List of countries where I have taught: Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico

Additionally, sheet music and recordings of mine are being used for Carnegie Hall's Citi Global Encounters program which introduces high school students to music styles from around the world. 

Carmine performs several times a week here in New York City with a different ensembles as well as at several Bellydance Festivals around the country. When traveling, it's a lot of fun to quickly put together a house band and play music for dancers. I also like to organize jams and encourage everyone to play music with me regardless of their skill level or experience.

MINI-SHIMMY- Children's Program

SATURDAY 8AM - 9:15AM ICE RINK

SUNDAY 9AM - 9:45AM ICE RINK

Farida's Bio:

Farida was given her name at the Middle Eastern School of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.  Her Lebanese instructor took one look at her red hair and dubbed her “Farida” which means “unique.”  She spent the next year and a half living as Farida and learning about the Arabic language, culture, food, and music.  Back in the early 90’s she couldn’t have predicted how she would use that education later in life.

When her time in the military concluded, Farida left the Army and her Arabic name behind.  As Valerie McParland she attended West Virginia University where she earned her degree in Elementary Education. Eventually her life and travels brought her and her family to Maryland.  While living in the Baltimore-Washington area she took her first belly dance class at Slayton House in Columbia with Mia Naja al Saphira.  That one class turned into years of obsessive study with Mia Naja, Naimah, and Piper.  These amazing instructors gave her the privilege of dancing with M.O.D.E, Amandari, and the Daughters of Rhea. Farida was Farida once more!

Farida has inherited the program where she began as a student 14 years ago.  She teaches Beginning and Intermediate students at Slayton House in Columbia.  She runs an accelerated class from her home studio as well as adult and children’s programs at Passport Homeschool Co-op.  It was in the Passport children’s class that she developed the games and techniques she uses to teach the Mini Shimmy program.   Farida directs the Al Safaar student troupe.  With Naimah’s help, she has recently taken the reigns and organizes the annual Moments of Magic Hafla that is held each spring in Columbia, MD.

Flissy specializes in adapting practices to meet an individual’s needs and goals, and empowering students to develop their own personal practice. Her classes emphasize collaboration and growth mindset.

A practitioner of yoga since 1999, Flissy is a 500-hour certified Viniyoga teacher with ten years and thousands of hours experience teaching a variety of styles of yoga to all levels of experience of students. She is also an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Flissy’s area of expertise in belly dance performance and instruction is in group improvisational and fusion belly dance. She is a Certified Datura Style Teacher and FatChance BellyDance sister studio. She also performs traditional belly dance as a soloist and with Latifa’s Banat al-Beled.

Flissy is based in Columbia, MD. More about her performance and teaching at www.omchantress.com

FLISSY

 Casey Bond  BIO: “Bringing the doum to the room!”

Casey Bond is a percussionist who really has fun with a drum....and she wants you to have fun too! Over the years she's appeared on dozens of festival stages, including Art of the Belly 2018 & 2019 with Carmine & Friends; Golden Fest; the Atlantic Antic; the Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMCafe, NYC Dance Parade Main Stage, Baltimore Rhythm Festival; Maryland Fairy Fest and many more. She's appeared as guest artist with the Fez Tones at the New Deal Cafe and with Roumana at the National Aquarium. She's taught a wide range of festival percussion classes at SuperFunDanceCamp; NEATS Camp; Rakkasah East and Spring Caravan; Spring Thing (Philadelphia Folk Song Society camping weekend); Festival of the East and more.

Casey loves teaching, and has maintained a weekly doumbek class on Long Island for over a decade, currently offering Beginner and Intermediate doumbek classes at the prestigious Momentum School of Music in West Islip, NY. As founder/artistic director of the Raq Steady student ensemble, her original percussion compositions are featured on “Raq Steady: Greatest Hits Volume One.” which is available at www.cdbaby.com/raqsteady. Casey brings "real life" experience to her drum classes, as a professional percussionist with some of NYC's coolest bands, including Carmine & Friends, Scott Wilson & Efendi and The Elias Ladino Ensemble. Contact her at caseybond@aol.com

  • FARIDA-CHILDRENS PROGRAM
  • FLISSY-YOGA
  • CARMINE T GUIDA-MUSICIAN
  • CASEY BOND-DOUMBEK WS

MARCH 19-22, 2020

ART OF THE BELLY