MARCH 21-24, 2019

ART OF THE BELLY

  • COURTNEY DUCHARDT
  • HEATHER POWERS
  • DETAILED WORKSHOP

        DESCRIPTIONS

  • BIOGRAPHY

Workshop Descriptions:

CHOREOGRAPHY PLANNING AND MUSIC THEORY FOR BELLY DANCERS- All Levels

FRIDAY MARCH 23   5:00-6:30pm          Room TBA

If your starting to work on your own choreography, it's hard to know where to begin.

Courtney will teach dancers basic music theory, which will help dancers interpret the music to assign and teach steps.


WEST COAST ORIENTAL With VEIL - ALL LEVELS 

SATURDAY MARCH 24  9:00-10:30am   Room TBA

In this choreography based workshop, Courtney will introduce the elements of a classic American Cabaret Intro popular on the West Coast. Due to the influence of immigration patterns of people from the Middle East and from local dance styles, the West Coast of the US has a style of raks sharki with a flavor all its own! We’ll dig into the West Coast signature styling including dynamic accents, crisp isolations, and swirling veil! 

 This workshop is for all levels of dancer! Bring your veil (or Courtney will have a couple to borrow)!


Courtney's Bio:

Courtney is a Los Angeles based multi award-winning belly dance artist. She travels nationally and internationally performing and instructing.

A lifelong student of dance and music, Courtney found Middle Eastern Dance while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Courtney draws on her previous classical ballet training as a foundation for her training and technique. Courtney has studied extensively with Sandra of San Francisco, Aziza of Canada, and other internationally renowned belly dance artists to further develop her elegant style.

Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. She is a classically trained pianist, flutist, and vocalist, lending natural musicality to every performance. Courtney’s extensive study of music theory, ear training, and music’s cultural context drive her passion for Middle Eastern Dance not only as art, but also for its roots as folk dance.

Heather Powers

Workshop Descriptions:

PURE ELEGANCE

FRIDAY MARCH 23     9:00-10:30am      ROOM TBA

There is magnetism in a dancer who can ooze elegance in their dance. My hope is impart a better hold on your inner grace and bring it forward in combination geared toward making an emotional connection that the viewer can't take their eyes off. This workshop will start off with a warm up that will prepare us for strong posture and fluidity in the arms. We will focus on a deeper awareness of the line and shapes our bodies make in movement.


ARTISTIC EXTENSION

FRIDAY MARCH 23       1:00-2:30pm        ROOM TBA

Let's step away from technique training of micro movements, and push ourselves out of the everyday stance and into exploring our kinesphere. Our focus will be on angular relationships in space. Simple shapes will be highlighted that create a dynamic visual experience. A short combination will be introduced utilizing the presented principles and then the group will be guided through an improvisational piece to let people find their own approach to artistic extension. All levels of dance welcome!


DROP IT, LOCK IT, TWIST IT

FRIDAY MARCH 23         5:00-6:30pm        ROOM TBA

Have you ever payed Bop it? This is Bop it Belly Dance Style! By teaching a few simple movements that are "drop it", "lock it", "twist it" we will make all the different combinations by playing with patterns, tempo, shapes and staging all through group work. This workshop's goal is to encourage new innovative ways to create choreography while having a ton of fun!


HEATHER'S BIO:

Heather Powers, originally from Portland, Maine, is a belly dance teacher and performer based out of Portland, Oregon.  
Her style is heavily influenced by her experience as a visual artist. Heather's desire is to create a transformative experience by filling space with strong, clean graceful movements captivating audiences.
She has diligently trained with world renowned belly dancers such as, Mira Betz, Rachel Brice, Ashley Lopez and Donna Mejia. 
Heather has cross trained in other movement disciplines becoming a personal trainer through N.A.S.M. and a certified Pilates and yoga instructor. Through these studies Heather has found a style of teaching that encourages self awareness and creative growth.
Currently, Heather is focusing her study in ballet, contemporary and hip hop. She is proud to be a principle dancer and assistant artistic director of Ashley Lopez' Portland, Oregon based Allegro Dance Company.