LIVE EVENT -  MARCH 31-April 3, 2022 VIRTUAL APRIL 8-10, 2022




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Friday April 1 9:00- 10:30
Stage Craft

Want to know what makes a performer go from “good” to “great”?  Often, it’s knowledge of stagecraft. For this lecture based workshop, Maia Alexandra pulls from her unique experience as both a lifetime performer and as the second half of Candlelight Productions, a video company that specializes in theater. Stagecraft is the art of everything ELSE that goes on in a performance: the lighting, sound, sets, and story! Learn how to make the stage work for you and not against you. Your performances will never be the same old, same old again! This workshop is useful for everybody, from beginners to seasoned professionals.  Please bring a notebook and something to write with,

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Kim Leary

Maia Alexandra

Maia Alexandra is a multi-award winning Belly Dance performer and teacher based in Buffalo, New York.  A dynamic dancer with a flair for fun, Maia is best known for her on stage charisma and technical ability. She has been a featured perfomer, instructor, and adjudicator for many prestigious festivals and events including AOTB, Rakkasah Festivals, the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive, Raven's Night, Unmata’s Blood Moon Regale, and more. Maia began to study dance at the age of four.  In her career, she has been a member of several professional dance troupes and embraces styles as divergent as Jazz, Modern, Ballet, and even Hula Hoop as well as her love of Bellydance.  A natural stage performer, and her enchanting style is beloved by audiences everywhere she entertains. 

Friday 5:00-6:30   5:00-6:300pm  EST

Fun(ky) Groove Merchant Combos with Finger Cymbals with Kim Leary – 

Get your groove on with Kim Leary in this funk inspired dance party!  Learn sassy moves and combinations that’ll make you glad you got up this morning!  Get in touch with your inner pulse with fun and easy polyrhythmic infused movements.   If you’ve ever wanted to experience the funky fun that Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble has on stage, you won’t want to miss this class.  Some experience recommended.

Kim Leary is a world dance performer, choreographer and dance educator.  She is Co-Artistic Director of Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble and of The Drum & Dance Learning Center.  Kim has been involved in the multi-cultural music and dance genre since 1989 and has performed at select venues such as Lincoln Center, The Ohio Theatre (SOHO), CAMI Hall (NYC), DanceSpace (NYC), FIT (NYC), The Evolving Arts Theatre (NYC), The Birchmere (DC), as a soloist and with SaZ Dance Theatre, Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat and Dalia Carella's DNA Project.  Her acclaimed dance company, Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble has performed at festivals and theatres nationally and their performances have been supported by funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts. 

Kim holds a certification in Training & Development in Multiple Intelligences and the Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kean University and has earned her 200 RYT Yoga certification through Honor Yoga Princeton.