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MARIZA BIO: Mariza is a belly dance artist based in Ellicott City, MD. She has over 15 years in belly dance experience: performing as a soloist and with groups; teaching classes and directing troupes; and producing dance events.  She believes every body has the right to movement and creative expression and is passionate about creating spaces for dancers to grow, learn, and have fun.

Friday, March 19, 2021    2:45-4:45 EST
A Taste of Turkish
Asymmetrical Rhythms, Fiery Footwork, and Flair
Fiery, passionate and unapologetic in its delivery, Turkish Oryantal pulls flavors from it's folkloric dances as well as Arabic Dance & more. Known for its asymmetrical rhythms, finger cymbal playing, floorwork and super sass, this style is a crowd-pleaser. In addition to learning rhythms and combinations, students in this workshop will also view footage of notable Turkish dancers such as Nesrin Topkapi and Tulay as well Romani style dancing to identify the similarities and distinctions.

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TAVA BIO: Tava Naiyin is a lifelong dancer but considers MENAHT dance/bellydance her true passion. Her style is Vintae Oriental with Turkish flair.  She has taught and performed throughout the East Coast from Maryland to Montreal (Canada) and has provided lectures on cultural context/historical information about the dance for women's groupes, universities, historical societies, libraries, and for MENAT Dance Geeks (international Lecture series). She is the author of "The Little Book of Big Advie: Enlightening Ideas for Bellydance Professionals" which reached Amazon's best-seller list for dance reference. During this time, Tava has switched her teaching format to offer classes online and has enjoyed connecting with dancers around the world.


Friday, March 19, 2021 9:00 -10:30 EST

Rhythm Mirror Combinations

We will learn the basic structure of some Middle Eastern rhythms and then “play” them with our bodies through dance combinations that are crafted to mirror the rhythm. We will also discuss how these combinations can be created and then make one of our own. Students are encouraged to play frame drum and/or finger cymbals along with the combinations drum/cymbal technique will not be taught in this workshop).