LIVE EVENT - MARCH 31-April 3, 2022
ART OF THE BELLY
Who is Catrice Fairuza
Catrice Fairuza, is a multi-awarding winning dancer, choreographer and, teacher located in Upstate New York. Catrice Fairuza has been able to travel the world learning dance from dancers of origin. As well as being student of all different types of dance, Catrice Fairuza truly enjoys immersing herself in Egypt's many different diverse and beautiful cultures while being respectful of the country’s beliefs, and history. Teaching since 2018, Catrice Fairuza specializes in the African Dance know as Egyptian Raqs Sharqi. Classes are open to anyone regardless of color, size, sexual orientation, age, fitness ability, or dance experience. Raqs Sharqi is an amazing way to connect with your body while also learning about new cultures and music. Classes are fun, upbeat, in a body positive environment where students are encouraged to learn this elegant cultural art form in a way that helps them express their best selves.
Catrice Fairuza, is also the co-owner and co-head designer of Mischief Maker Couture Costumes alongside Natasha Tripi. Mischief Maker Couture Costumes was started to because Catrice and Natasha saw the lack of diversity in the costuming world. The sheer lack of representation for all shapes, sizes and skin tones that were not catered to, or if they were occasionally featured those differences caused a significant upcharge. Mischief Maker does not believe that being Plus, Size or having a different skin tone should not be seen as a challenge. It is a part of who we are and should be celebrated loudly. Catrice Fairuza is truly living out her dreams when she sees her creations on dancer, brides and anyone who entrusts her to create across the globe. We at Mischief Maker Couture Design have a passion for creating uniquely beautiful designs that truly speak to the soul of the individual regardless of their color, shape, or size. Dreams are made to come true; you just have to add a little bit of Mischief.
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Friday, April 1 9:00am-10:30am EST
Who doesn’t love a good Baladi, right? Well, what do you love about Baladi? Is it the juicy fluidness, the intention, the effortlessness? For me it’s all of the above and then some. In my dance studies I have learned arm placement, hip moves, musical rhythms, etc, but something was missing. Where I learned the most is by approaching this dance with an open heart and mind and observing the people of the culture, learning from them, asking questions, and respecting their answers. In my workshop, “ Tell it to my Baladi Heart.” I want to talk about the real roots of this dance, the people, and their culture. Learning these things will change the way you approach and move in this dance. This dance style isn’t about being on point, it’s about the roots, the ground and the Earth. This workshop will include a lecture, song translations and yes, dancing. Not one lick of choreography will be taught in this workshop. I want you to walk away from my workshop with the confidence of who you are in this dance, and with your heart and soul full to overflowing. My workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced dancers because we always need a refresher to jog our memories and remind us of our love for this dance.
Phoenix Bio: Dynamic and dramatic, Phoenix is an acclaimed belly dance artist with a stage presence that is as unique as it is diverse. Based in Colorado, she performs and teaches nationally while directing the Sharaqa Shimmers Performance Troupe and teaching regular classes in Denver. A few of the festivals that you may have seen Phoenix are The Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive, Art of the Belly in Maryland, the Hawaii Bellydance Convention, the Arise Music Festival in Colorado and more sponsored events in various states.
Phoenix’s signature style is a pastiche of Egyptian and Turkish cabaret, spiritual dance, and fusion style. Known as a theatrical performer, she excels in presenting various types of performances, with styles ranging from progressive and modern belly dance to dark Gothic pieces, light-hearted comedy acts and show-stopping sword performances. A master at Isis Wings, in 2008 she produced and starred in her internationally acclaimed instructional DVD Isis Wings with Phoenix.
With a life-long passion for dance, Phoenix’s career in Middle Eastern styles began in 1997. She trained extensively for years with a number of internationally acclaimed dancers of many different styles before starting her own classes in 2002. Phoenix is an RN specializing in neurological and spinal injury rehabilitation and uses this knowledge in her teaching style. Her precise technique and rich musicality as well as her deep understanding of body mechanics have made her a superlative instructor. Phoenix is the creator and publisher of Dancing From Within, a popular and innovative deck of belly dance class cards. This deck, based on her holistic knowledge and teaching methods, focuses on physical and emotional development for dancers, using the chakras, elements, movement and technique, and has been lauded as a great tool for students, teachers or troupes. In addition to technique and choreography, Phoenix emphasizes the importance of musicality and presentation. Currently, she teaches and coaches groups and individual students in Denver, at nation-wide festivals and online.
Phoenix is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of belly dance by teaching, performing and sponsoring events. Her passion for this beautiful form of self-expression is evident in every move she makes.
Levels – Mixed level class (something for various levels)
Veil Technique & Combos:
Learn to work with the veil and make the tool a part of you. Work on grace and fluid veil work along with how to incorporate into your dance routines. Learn different ideas and unexpected surprises. The workshop includes 2-3 combos with fun transitions and movements. These combos can be incorporated into various choreographies.
Phoenix will also discuss how to use your veil to create beautiful lines, interesting images and highlight your body movement.
Join Phoenix in refining your veil work to become your partner in dance.
This workshop is mixed level with basic technique for beginners and added ideas for the returning dancer.
(Silk, Chiffon, Rectangle, Semi Circle Veils are all welcome)