TEK ATTACK!!! CLASS OF DUM
Friday March 22
10:45-12:45

Ha! Couldn’t Help It. Oh where have the days of blue fingertips and bleeding eardrums gone? Mardi presents a pocketful of percussive sentences and movement to go with em.

Shiny New Combinations, Heavy On Hand Stylization
Friday March 22
2:45-4:45pm

Here is a combinations class focusing on stylization and nuance in the extremities. If dance is conversing through the body, the hands certainly provide punctuation.


New Choreography, Mardi's Choice
Saturday March 23
10:45-12:45

Just like it sounds, we're learning a new piece. Hooray! Movement will be presented in sentences, thoroughly broken down and drilled, while careful attention will be given to the hows and whys and the smaller details in the dance. Side note: When I teach a choreography class, it is my intention not to simply feed you a dance that you take home and repeat on your stage (though that’s certainly one option), but that you 1. may pick up a few movements/sentences of movements/transitions that resonate with you, and 2. that you may gain some insight as to how I like to build a dance; that is how I see the music and illustrate it in movement.


Slowly……New Sentences.
Sunday March 24
9:30-11:30am

Presenting a grouping of furling, rolling, sultry movements for the slow dances. Why, it’s Mardi’s favorite thing to do. Long and drawn, undulating and curving, movements will be drilled and executed in beautiful progression

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Improvisation
Friday March 22
10:45-12:45

Don't be afraid! Aziza will gently guide you to the art of improvisation with tricks and techniques you can use to "practice" improvising. Let the Games of Improv ease you into trusting your response to the music. You are enough, you know enough. Now let's coax it out of you! Master Level Conditioning: Aziza shares her current personal practice and the conditioning she uses to prepare her mind and body for dancing. Strength and flexibility to articulate movement, as well as finding will and motivation for your own practice will be covered in this intense work out and technique class. Let's train!


Quality of Movement Fluidity. Transitions.
Friday March 22
2:45-4:45
The undeniable quality that draws your attention to a performer. You can drill technique and isolation's, but how do you inject your personality? How do you move from one step to another with grace? Breath, tension, release, and possibility can all play a part in completing your presentation.In this class Aziza will use concepts, exercises, and combinations to find your fluidity and ultimate quality of movement.


Stagecraft
Saturday March 23
10:45-12:45

In this workshop Aziza draws on 30 years of experience to share her approach to all aspects of performing. Aziza will address manifesting opportunities to dance, cultivating creativity, finding meaning in your movement, how to use the stage, tips and tricks on completing choreography, ins and outs of dancing in restaurants and weddings, how to engage your audience, and, most importantly, letting go of your ideal and being in the moment. Part lecture and part movement, so be sure to bring a notebook and any questions about stagecraft!


I Love Saidi

Sunday March 24

9:30-11:30am

In this high energy class Aziza will share with you the Rhythm structure, cultural origins, and her favorite vocabulary of both folkloric and modern Saidi traveling steps and combinations. Come explore the fine funky flavor of earthy Saidi! No assaya required, just bring plenty of water and a sweat towel.

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MARCH 21-24, 2019

MARDI BIO:

Mardi Love has been around for some years now, influential in shaping the aesthetic of Tribal Fusion as it is known today. Mardi began dancing with The One and Only Heather Stants, director of the innovative Urban Tribal Dance Company, then partnered up with the illustrious Rachel Brice and later the notorious Zoe Jakes to enjoy a good run with The Indigo, touring extensively and producing their own damn show. Way to do it right. These days, Mardi continues to pal around with painfully charming and talented musicians and performers, including the likes of Brooklyn’s Lauren Jeanette and Lauren Robbiani, and Port Townsend’s diabolical jug band, The Crow Quill Night Owls. When she is not on the road, she is crafting jewelry and costuming. Her newest project is the renovation of an old farmhouse in upstate New York.

AZIZA

AZIZA BIO:

Aziza is one of the brightest, most in-demand stars of bellydance in the world today, recognized across the globe for her unparalleled ability to express the unique synergy of movement and sound that is the hallmark of this ancient art form. Her innate musicality, effortless creativity and lifelong training allow Aziza to fully inhabit the dance, simultaneously capturing a range of emotion and intensity of expressive movement - subtle yet intense, fluid yet strong, poetic and powerful. Aziza is of the rare and gifted breed of performer whose styling is instantly recognizable, yet always evolving and new.

Aziza’s exquisite and undeniable mastery of the stage is matched by her skill in the seminar classroom. An intuitive, concise and generous instructor, Aziza excels at inspiring dancers to reach the next level. Promoters and students alike appreciate her ability to present well-organized, relevant and useful bellydance material that is accessible and challenging to all levels of bellydancers from beginner to professional. A lifelong bellydance student herself, she continually seeks inspiration as she travels the world, discovering new and revisiting familiar movement forms, always presenting material that is fresh and exciting.

Aziza has now opened her home studio to the world. Bellydance students around the globe can now continue their studies with Aziza online. With her easily accessible group classes, one on one coaching, and streaming videos you can now take your bellydance to new heights. Aziza works with bellydancers from beginning to professional. Bring your dance to the next level with a renowned instructor from your hometown.

In 2010 Aziza started an intensive weeklong Dreamcamp. Now located in a beautiful renovated convent in the gorgeous Laurentians north of Montreal. Three times a year belly dancers from across the globe come together to train, eat, play, and dance together in a unique supportive environment. The success of Dreamcamp is measured by this high rate of returning dancers year after year!

To study with Aziza is to be moved by her genuine devotion to her beloved art and to each and every dancer that comes to learn with her

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