OCT 29-NOV 1, 2020 ONLINE




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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MINI-SHIMMY- Children's Program



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.


Belladonna is a modern fusion belly dance instructor, performer and show producer from Washington, DC. She is a pioneer of modern sword dancing and has paved the way for sword dancing around the globe. Belladonna is the founder and director of Bohemian Belly Dance LLC, is a certified Yoga Instructor (School of ISHTA - Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra & Ayurveda), fire dancer, costume maker, interior designer, and the founder and creator of her signature jewelry line, Soul Armor.  Belladonna is also the co-producer of the annual Raven's Night Soiree, theatrical belly dance weekend in Washington, DC.  Belladonna is continually inspired by art and the power of healing dance can evoke. She believes that self expression is essential for ones well being and hopes her classes and performances inspire others to find their creative voice and feel empowered.


 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




Start your weekend from a centered place. So much happens in such a short time at a dance festival. Often lack of sleep, travel fatigue, performance nerves and just the excitement of a festival can make you lose focus. Join Belladonna as she leads you through some of her student's favorite "rolling around the floor" movements to help prepare your body for a full day of new dance techniques, performances and photo shoots.  Bella will also use her unique approach to help you mentally set yourself up for a successful weekend.  We can absorb, learn and move with grace when we are subtle and mindful.  Great to help you feel refreshed, retain more of your workshops and for performance and photo shoot prep! No experience necessary. Yoga mat, blocks and strap recommended


SUNDAY 8:30AM - 9:30AM

Whether you need to recover from a late Sat night or your looking to kick start a fantastic Sunday, this class is for you!  Belladonna knows what Sunday morning can feel like when you have been over stimulated, overly stressed and super excited! This class will focus on taking a moment to activate your parasympathetic nervous system and reboot your adrenal system, meaning "rest and digest" and "refill your cup". One hour of restorative practice, stress relief and vitality restoration.  Great to help you feel refreshed, help retain more of your workshops and for performance & photo shoot prep! No experience necessary. Yoga mat, blocks and strap recommended