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CHUDNEY BIO: Chudney is known for her grace, fluid Egyptian technique, and an effortless embodiment of her musical interpretation. She is a Virginia native who performs, teaches online and is also the proud Director of Raks Royale belly dance troupe. Chudney has had the honor to have been selected and featured in Virginia of Miami in her theater production "Reflections", Munique Neith of Spain's Ballet Internacional in Barcelona, and recently played the lead role of Dorothy in Jillina's BDExperience. She is mom to her fur baby Zayva, and arguably biggest fan.
Friday, March 19, 2021 1:00-2:30pm EST
All about Shabbi. Learn an exciting and dynamic choreography to a chart toping Shabbi hit. This grounded earthy style is full of energy and passion. Don’t forget to breathe! Your audience will thank you. Shabbi anyone?
Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:00-12:30pm EST
The Ultimate Guide to The Taqsim:
Taqsim, taqasim, taksim, however you spell it, what the heck is it? This workshop is all about the taqsim. We will explore what a taqsim is, familiarize ourselves with the different musical instruments, express the rich instrumentation with our bodies, and examine the emotive qualities that create an experience for both you and your audience. Chudney’s guidelines on how to approach the taqsim will leave you feeling refreshed, confident, and ready for the stage.
My-Asia \ n.: Performer, teacher, trainer and workshop instructor with over 2 decades of cabaret and folkloric Middle Eastern Dance experience dedicated to opening the doorway of dance to include all shapes, colors, sizes, shapes, ages and abilities. As a performer, she has captivated audiences all over the US and around the world, including Turkey and Egypt. As a teacher, she offers classes that are lively, fun and invigorating. Miasia helps each student get in touch with their natural rhythm and passion. Her repertoire includes both traditional and fusion Egyptian, Turkish and American styles of dance. In 2014 , Miasia was featured on Egypt's first televised Reality show/Dance competition, Al Rakesa, impressing the judges with her musicality, technique and knowledge of classical Egyptian dance.
Synonyms: Spellbinding, Sassy, Agile, Sensual, Tantalizing.
ONLINE MARCH 18-21, 2021
ART OF THE BELLY
LIZ AZI BIO: Liz Azi is an award winning dancer currently based in Denver, Colorado. Her movement specialties include several styles of Raqs Sharqi, theatrical and folk dances stemming from diasporas of the MENAHT region, and Transnational Fusion. Her dance background was founded upon a decade of theater and musical education, and includes dance mentors such as Lisa Zahiya, Aziza, Sadie, Khadijah, and Donna Mejia. She takes an anthropological approach to dance, with a focus on history, culture, and contextualization to inform her movement while also exploring modern archetypes, evocative presentations, and the liminal spaces between historical and contemporary dance aesthetics.
Friday, March 19, 2021 - 2:45-4:45PM EST
Cairo Shimmies: Classic to Modern
An Egyptian Raqasat’s signature is in the hips. Miasia will take you through a variety of shimmies used in Raqs Sharqui. Not an Egyptian style dancer? this workshop is still for you. Each dancer will learn techniques for making bigger and better shimmies that can be seen in the largest concert hall.
Sunday, March 21, 2021 11:30- 1:30 EST
Al Raqesa; Behind the scenes of Egypt’s first televised reality dance competition
This class will include dance techniques and stories from Miasia appearance on Egypt’s first reality dance competition. She won’t tell all, but she will tell some. If you’ve ever thought of pursuing a dance career in another country, this workshop is for you.
Friday, March 19, 2021 5:00-6:30 EST
Sugar and Spice!
Many feel that the glitzy style of American Cabaret and the dark, slinky genre of Fusion are worlds apart. In this workshop, Liz Azi will cover how American Cabaret and Fusion styles are different but also where there is stylistic or executional overlap. Based out her foundational dance training in American Cabaret and her unique Fusion style, Liz will teach fun combos that blur the line between these two genres of Raqs Sharqi. This workshop is perfect for dancers trained in one genre that are curious about the other, as well as dancers that have cross trained in multiple styles that are looking to seamlessly blend movement vocabularies.
Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:00 - 12:30pm EST
In this workshop we will explore all things belly! Starting with some of Liz’s favorite conditioning exercises to wake up and strengthen our core, we will then explore different abdominal isolations that can be added to your dance. To top it off, we will work on layering some of these abdominal isolations on other hip and core movements to create more dynamics and texture to our torso. Please have a yoga mat or blanket, as some exercises will be on the floor.