Middle Eastern Activities

Friday, January 27:

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Casual Hafla in “Birkastan” (Pierce)

Saturday, January 28: (All Classes & Performances in Pierce)

10:00 am – 10:45 am Dance Teachers Roundtable. Dance teachers, bring your tips, tricks, pet peeves, questions to discuss

11:00 am – 11:45 am Middle Eastern Line Dances for All Ages with Lady Kassandra. We’ll dance the Kalamantious and the Syrtos, two of the oldest and most popular Greek line dances. If there’s time, we’ll also discover how the Syrtos can be used as a social dance. We can dance them together at the Hafla.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Drum Rhythms with Lord Jerryd. Leave 4/4 behind and learn Middle Eastern rhythms in 6, 7, 9 and 10!

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Middle Eastern Dance with Lady Serene. Improvisation made easy! Steps and tips to isolations and movement that will elevate your dance style. We will cover technique, isolations, travel and poses. Welcome to all levels. 

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Middle Eastern Performances

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm  Group Improv (American Tribal Style®) with Lady Leyli. Group improvisation isn’t magic, it’s learning a common dance vocabulary and how to communicate non-verbally with other dancers. In this workshop, we’ll go over some basics from the ATS® format, with a special focus on concepts you can transfer into any group dance situation.

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm Drum Riffs with Lord Jerryd. Learn drum patterns used in belly dance show drum solo!

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Middle Eastern Live Music Performances

8:30 pm – 12:00 am Birkastan Hafla (Pierce and outside of Pierce)

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Band / Open Dance

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Band Break / Performances to iPod

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Band / Open Dance