ART OF THE BELLY
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Innovative instructor and virtuoso performer Debbie Despina Cartsos is obsessed with belly dance. The rich sounds of her childhood and the tantalizing movements of the dancers in the Greek night clubs awakened a passion within her to study the dance. Her connection to the dance fuels her deep dedication to both education and exploration throughout the art.
Despina’s belly dance adventure started 14 years ago when she began studying American Tribal Style® belly dance with Mimi Fontana and became a founding member of Manhattan Tribal. Under the mentorship of Irina Bellyrina, she gained an appreciation for the legacy of the Salimpour family and the formats taught through the Salimpour™ School. The certification program has been an important tool in her growth as dancer: she is Jamila Level 1 and Suhaila 1 certified and plans to continue studying both the Suhaila and Jamila formats. She also studies under renowned world fusion artist, choreographer, and master teacher Dalia Carella. Mentor and design muse Dalia is Despina’s co-producer for Menagerie d'Arte, "a surreal and immersive dance experience" presented by The Dalia Carella Dance Collective & D. Webb Designs, Despina’s NYC based fashion design house.
An ATS® Belly Dance Certified Teacher and FatChanceBellyDance® sister studio, Despina currently teaches ATS® in NYC and also teaches workshops alongside her ATS® dance sisters Kate Reid and Naja Richardson.; ATS® Unlimited. She is the director of the belly dance program at Sol Dance Center in Astoria where she teaches folkloric / tribal fusion belly dance. She dances as a soloist, with her dance company, The Mati Dance Tribe, Kate Reid, and under Corpus Callosum directed byLauren J Casper and Lauren Robbiani. Her authentic love for music and movements is contagious. She has a weakness for finger cymbals, swords and pushing boundaries on stage. What kind of journey will she take you on next?
MARCH 19-22, 2020
Brenna Crowley is an eclectic dance artist, choreographer, instructor and producer based in NYC, performing and teaching locally and across the country over the past twelve years.
Rooted in various bellydance styles, her movement is blended with her background and continued training in vogue with Cesar Valentino, hip hop, street jazz, contemporary and flamenco. She has performed as a featured soloist, as a member of Sera Solstice's Solstice Ensemble, as part of many collaborations including Mirapiece Theater, The Pop- Up Project, and companies directed by Dalia Carella, Altagracia and Ayshe as well as her own collective, Zilla Dance Ensemble.
As an instructor she has taught at Serena Studios, Solstice Studio, Bellyqueen and Ailey Extension, including dance events such as Art of the Belly, Raven’s Night and Lumen Obscura. Partnering with founder Giselle BellydanceNYC, they co-produce the theatrical dance events, the Witching Hour Boo-tique and Baile Noir. She is also an ambassador for the dance clothing company D. Webb Designs. www.brennadance.com
DESPINA'S ATS INSPIRED ADVANCE COMBOS WITH FINGER CYMBALS
FRIDAY 1PM - 2:30PM
Fabulous combos with complex finger cymbal patterns that can be performed in a group formations or as a soloist. This is a fast pace workshop that requires experience in Tribal Belly Dance and finger cymbals. Combinations will include some vocabulary from Volume 9. This class will spice up your group performances and keep your audience excited. ***Extra bonus Despina's spin technique break down and her very own fast barrel turn and gears of the clock combos.
DESPINA'S ATS INSPIRED ADVANCE COMBOS FOR TRIBAL FUSION BELLY DANCERS
FRIDAY 5PM - 6:30PM
Super fun spicy slow and fast combos that can be performed in groups or as a soloist. This workshop is for ALL LEVELS. Tribal Fusion Dance is a branch of the American Tribal Style Belly Dance movement. Despina's fusion solo and group projects are heavily influenced from her ATS background. This class is great for fusion belly dance lovers, it will amp up your group performances and keep your audience enthralled. ***Extra bonus Despina's drills that thrill. Bring water and a notebook
INTRODUCTION TO VOGUE
Bring it to the runway! Learn the fundamentals of classic old way vogue dancing and runway with special attention paid to vogue's rich history and ballroom culture. After the warmup where the focus is on balance, core strength, clean lines and extensions, students will learn how to incorporate graceful hand and body movements with popping, dipping and spinning. Students are encouraged to bring high heels but it's not mandatory. Prepare to sweat! Some side effects may include increased confidence, better posture and definitely a good time! This dance is a celebration of self expression. All Are Welcome.