MARCH 19-22, 2020





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 March 23 8:30-9:15am Ice Rink

Sunday March 24 9:00-9:45am Ice Rink

Kids Performance on Sunday March 24

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.

Get the best out of your AOTB experience by arriving to your workshops fully awakened, stretched and energized. Join Lyra for a vinyasa flow style class that links breath, fluidity and strength to each posture. Special emphasis is placed on key concepts necessary for bellydancers, including: standing posture, strengthening for laybacks, extension and balance, and being present in movement. This session is tailored for both the beginner and expert alike, with modifications, adjustments and modifications suited to all skill levels. Your own yoga mat is required.



Begintermediate Doumbek

Saturday March 23

9:30-11:00amICE RINK

You know a bunch of what? Let's get "Beyond Baladi". You will learn practical rhythm combinations useful for playing songs and making your drum circle more fun. You will also learn how to add fills and embellishments to make your playing more interesting. This workshop is perfect for anyone who already knows the basic hits and rhythms.



Saturday March 23 8:00-9:00amROOM PA

Sunday March 24 8:30-9:30am    ROOM PA

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