MARCH 19-22, 2020

ART OF THE BELLY

  • MARIYAH
  • ANGEL
  • DETAILED WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS & BIOS

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Angel Roman is a classically trained dancer of many styles including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin  Dance, Flamenco and Bellydance. She began her dance training in elementary school and was raised as a  competition Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Hip Hop dancer. She then began her professional dance, modeling and acting career at the age of 18 and has had the privilege of performing in various cities such as NYC, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Orlando, Denver, Los Angeles and The Greater DC Area. 

At the start of her career, Angel began working as a professional dancer in Puerto Rican tourism shows in hotels, resorts, casinos and cruise ships through the entire island. Angel was then introduced to Latin Dance and learned through extensive training by the choreographers and directors of the shows. However, the show which had the greatest influence on Angel’s cross-over (Ballet into Latin Dance and Flamenco) was with “Juan Carlos and His Latin Traditions”, which was (and still is) the longest running show in Latin America. She was honored to perform with them for 15 years. Throughout her performance career, she continued her dance training in Ballet, Jazz, and Latin Jazz in the Broadway Dance Center (NYC) where she was a faithful student of Jhesus Aponte and the late, world renowned Frank Hatchett. 

Angel's teaching experiences include teaching dance in numerous dance studios throughout NYC, Puerto Rico and Northern VA. These studios include The Bronx Dance Theater (Bronx, NY), Central Park Dance Studio (Scarsdale NY), The College of New Rochelle (Rochelle, NY), Studio Bleu Dance Center (Ashburn, VA), Creative Dance Center (Ashburn, VA), Terry’s School of Dance (Alexandria, VA), Saffron Dance (VA) and Dance and Arts Masters Inc. (Vega Alta, PR). She was the founder and former president of Dance and Arts Masters Inc. In 2003 she was named "Teacher of the Year" at The Bronx Dance Theater. 

During her time of teaching, Angel fell in love with Oriental Dance. She enjoyed taking bellydance classes in The Bronx Dance Theater (NY), Dance and Arts Masters Inc (PR) along with any workshop, master class or convention she could attend. She then added bellydancing to her list of dance skills. Currently, Angel is performing regularly in Orlando and the Greater DC Area as a Bellydancer in restaurants, weddings, and various other public venues, festivals and conventions. 

Angel’s performance career did not stop at dance. She has performed in countless international TV commercials for Budweiser, Dr. Pepper, Coors Light Beer, Sears, Goya, Pearl Vision, Vitamin Water, Ponderosa Restaurant, Don Q Crystal, Crysler, Medalla beer, Fist Bank of PR and many more. She experienced television working small parts and extra work on “Law and Order SVU, Sex and The City, Dead Line, and others. Her modeling career included JC Penny, Walmart, Sears, Cress Jeans, etc. Angel also enjoyed her time dancing and modeling in various Latin Music videos with major Latin vocal artists including Don Omar, Calle 13, Hector the Father, Zion y Lennox, Tito Nieves, Jerry Rivera, Fulanito, and Jose Nogueras.  

Angel has enjoyed every path of the performing arts which she has crossed. She is well known for utilizing her classical dance training with her cultural dance training. She has a special place in her heart to share her dance training with others (students and professionals). Not only does Angel Roman continue to teach dance, but she continues her own training and research to better herself. Most importantly, Angel’s goal is to always bring together students and pro dances of different genres and cultures to appreciate each other through the passion we ALL share…DANCE!

LATIN BELLY DANCE DRUM SOLO

FRIDAY 1PM - 2:30

Let Angel sprinkle a little Latin seasoning onto your usual drum solo recipe. Angel will teach you one of her favorite Latin-belly dance drum solo choreographies.  While sharing her choreography, she will break down the differences between the Latin Dance and Belly Dance transitional steps, styling details and posture.  Angel will also provide helpful tips on how to create your own Latin-Bellydance Choreography without letting one style override the other.

ANGEL BELLYDANCE

Mariyah is a dance artist/choreographer/instructor and one of NYC's most celebrated bellydancers. In addition to her performance of classic Oriental Dance, Mariyah is a theatrical artist drawing on her study of a variety of dance and movement forms and her passion for myth, mysticism and poetry to create dances which evoke archetypal figures and a journey of the Spirit. 

Distinguished by her graceful and evocative dance style, she has performed countless shows for weddings, events, cabaret and theater stages in the NYC area and internationally. She is a member of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective since 2001, a cofounder of Entelechy Dance Theater and Infinity Bellydance, a performer with project "Bella Gaia" and has collaborated in projects such as the Arabic music and dance ensemble, Zikrayat and Bellyqueen. 

A lifelong student, Mariyah's endless love for movement and music has led her to the continuing study of Vintage American-Cabaret, Turkish and Egyptian bellydance as well as Odissi, Persian, Contemporary and other dance forms. 

Mariyah is co-creator and a featured instructor of the DVD Belly Dance Dr

 

EXPRESSIVE VEIL

FRIDAY 9AM - 10:30AM

Mariyah teaches her signature style of languid, expressive and romantic veil work. Go beyond veil tricks and explore techniques and dimensions to really use the veil as an extension of body movement and a way to express different moods.


EARTHY AND ETHEREAL

FRIDAY 1PM - 2:30PM

Technique and combinations for combining rich, gooey and powerful hip and torso work with the airyness of graceful, flowing posture and upper body. This workshop will incorporate breathing and techniques for moving energy through the body for an integrated approach to movement and music.






MARIYAH