North African Dance Workshops With Esraa Warda, December 1st 2019.
Project Aiwa & Khepri Productions are honored to present Internationally acclaimed dancer Esraa Warda. Esraa will teach 3 exciting workshops, One day only, Sunday, December 1st 2019. Please book early – spaces are limited!
Learn more about Esraa at esraawarda.com
Workshop 1: North African Movement: Chaâbi of Morocco.
This workshop will explore the movement of Chaâbi, the “peoples'” music of Morocco. Chaâbi is a dance style that reflects the voice and energy of community – it is high energy, celebratory, and pushes one to release without inhibitions. Commonly with the symbolism of “horses” in its movement, Chaâbi also connects dancers to dance with strength, groundedness, and force – such as a horse.
Students will familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of movement and establish/continue a relationship with Moroccan rhythm on the path of becoming musically centered social dancers.
Please come dressed comfortably. Bring regular fashion scarf or Moroccan mozuna belt.
Workshop 2: North African Movement: Algéroise from Algeria.
This workshop will explore the movement of Algéroise, the Andalusian influenced music style from Algeria. Algéroise is a classic traditional style representing the essence of “Alger La Blanche” or “El Behdja” – the port city of Algiers that is distinct in its white colonial architecture bedded across the blue Mediterranean. This dance is feminine, while heavily rhythmic and meditative. Students will learn to dance with thoughtful intention and coordination of “les mouchoirs” in their hands.
Students will familiarize themselves with footwork, fundamental movements and establish/continue a relationship with Algéroise rhythms and aesthetic.
Please come dressed comfortably. Bring regular fashion scarf and two small handkerchiefs or tissues.
Workshop 3: North African Movement: Chaoui from Algeria.
This workshop will explore a folkloric dance from one tribe of the indigenous people (Amazigh) of North Africa, known as the Chaouiya. This group is home to the region of the Aures mountains in East Algeria. Chaoui dance is maternal and grounded, truly symbolic of this tribe’s respect to the divine energy of nature and agriculture. Famously known by the “bounce” of the belly, this style is danced with strong isolations in the pelvis/womb area.
Students will learn the core isolation of the “belly bounce”, fundamental footwork, and create/continue a relationship with Chaoui rhythmic heartbeat.
Please come dressed comfortably. Bring two regular fashion scarf
PAYMENT AND LOGISTICS
Dates: Sunday, December 1st, 2019.
Location: Symbolic Dance & Fitness: 672 South Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94110.
1 workshop $70 early bird (ends October 8th), $85 after early bird.
2 workshops $140 early bird, $170 after early bird.
3 workshops $195 early bird, $225 after early bird.
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Nadia (3hrs) Intermediate/Advanced
An exquisite opening number that incorporates the use of a veil and athletic floor work. This piece is the perfect combination of strength, beauty, and skill. * Please bring a veil *additional floor veil workshop available upon request to cover floor and veil technique.
Foundations (3hrs) Intermediate
This drum solo starts slow and builds with intensity. It is a perfect finale for either a cabaret or tribal style set. Advanced finger cymbal accompaniment is available for groups looking for an additional challenge.
Variations (3hrs) Intermediate/advanced
This drum solo is a show stopper that audiences love. Each section of the music is a surprise with virtuosic drumming that the dancer can meet beat for beat. Advanced layers and musicality make this a perfect choreography for dancers to show the strength and power of belly dance.
Alf Leila Wi Leila (3hrs) Intermediate
A timeless classic with a modern approach this choreography is to Oum Kalthoum’s legendary song Alf Leila Wi Leila. Chasses, turns, musicality, and emotional content make this a rich addition to any dancer’s repertoire.
Building Blocks of Belly Dance (3-6hrs)
Building Blocks of Belly Dance (3-6hrs)This workshop is perfect for absolute beginners and advanced dancers looking to have a deeper understanding of belly dance technique. Dancers learn the basics of belly dance in a highly personalized and non-intimidating atmosphere. Body placement, terminology, musicality and which muscles assist with which movements will be a particular emphasis in this course. In addition, students will learn strengthening exercises specific to belly dance. Dancers leave with a firm foundation for continuing to improve their dance.
Dancers learn simple cymbal patterns while incorporating arms, belly dance steps, and full body movements across the floor. Cymbal patterns get progressively more complex as class continues.
I Got Rhythm (3hrs)
Percussive drills tailor made to match the most popular drum rhythms played in belly dance music. This is a great workshop for dancers who are interested in exploring musicality and how to incorporate it into their dance practice.
East meets West (2-3hrs)
This workshop takes classic belly dance steps and combines them with basic ballet and jazz moves to create fun combinations that are fresh, interesting, and dynamic. Dancers will turn, twist, and chasse across the floor like a pro.
Dancing Taqsim (3hrs)
This Workshop uses the art of taqsim to help dancers become educated music listeners. Dancers will learn how to approach improvisation, movement concepts that can be applied to each instrument, technical breakdowns, layering concepts, and the different ways taqusim is found throughout Arabic music.
Dancing Drum Solo (3hrs)
This Workshop dissects the framework of the drum solo helping dancers better prepare to improvise and choreograph to this exciting section of performance. Dancers will learn common rhythms, licks, and breaks used in drum solos as well as technical breakdowns, layering concepts, and making movement musical.