Special Event - Amity Alize in Portland, ME - Sun 9/24

Belly Dance Workshops with Amity Alize of VT in Portland, ME

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 24, 2017 - 1:15-4:30 PM - TWO Workshops!

HOW MUCH: Early bird special available now!
- $50/both or $30/each only until 9/15
- $70/both or $40/each starting 9/16

WHERE: Bright Star World Dance, 108 High Street, Portland, ME

WHAT: In these workshops with Amity, you will learn rhythms, traveling steps, body lines, floor patterns, and social dance styles.

WHO: Dancers with at least one prior session of belly dance classes welome. Experienced dancers and new students will all benefit from Amity’s research and insights.


Beauty and the Beat (1.5 hours)

Sunday 9/24, 1:15-2:45 PM
Make your dance shine by aligning travelling steps, floor patterns, body lines, and arms to the various rhythms of the Middle East. As dancers, we must let the music come in our ears and out our bodies. We are most happy when we are connected to the music. It is common for dancers to find themselves dancing over the music in response of their personal fear of being boring or feeling like they are not “doing enough.” What happens is that we end up overloading performances with technique to compensate. This leaves us feeling unfulfilled or unhappy with our pieces. This class will help simplify and ground your dancing to common Egyptian/North African and Middle Eastern Rhythms Belly Dancers often dance to. We’ll add body lines, arm paths, hand exercises, and put it all together (even while breathing and smiling too!) This workshop will have live music by drummer Stephen Carpenter.

Introduction to Beledi and Shaabi Styles (1.5 hours)

Sunday 9/24, 3:00-4:30 PM
Belly Dancers often spend a lot of time focusing on clean, long, lines and perfecting performances to fit the traditional mold. It can be stressful, and we can forget what it feels like to just dance like an average person. Adding the human response of just dancing for joy and earthiness can actually connect you to your audience more. Nothing compares to the feeling dancing Balady (Country) or Shaabi (Street) styles. In this class, we’ll cover the basic concepts of what is Beledi vs. Shaabi styles, and even where they cross. We’ll play with everything from smooth rhythmic Beledi progressions to techno hip hop street music of today.

About Amity Alize

Amity Alize takes an honest, sincere, and engaged approach in teaching Middle Eastern Dance and its Westernized styles. Understanding that everyone learns differently, she teaches each technique visually, while explaining through verbal and hands on application. Amity teaches beyond technique, including lessons on history, musicality, and theory in every class.

Amity Alize has studied Middle Eastern Folkloric and Oriental Dance since 2001. Focusing on tying the folkloric and modern styles together through her own research, she travels internationally studying dance ongoing basis. Her dance studio, Raq-On Dance in White River Junction, VT, has won multiple arts and educational awards for programming in the Northeast. She has written three ebooks for dancers on the business side for dancers and entertainers. Amity Alize has performed internationally and recently taught and performed at Camp Negum in Cairo, Egypt. She performs at weddings, celebrations, in theatre shows, and with Middle Eastern Bands.

"Amity, awesome thank you. I’ve never met anyone who makes me feel good about things that need improvement on anything in my life."

Sign Up Today!

  • Early bird rates expire Friday 9/15!
  • All levels of belly dancers are welcome! Students need to have at least one prior session of belly dance classes to understand the movements.
  • Newer dancers will have the opportunity to gain an overview of these varied styles.
  • More experienced dancers will gain a deeper understanding thanks to Amity's research and dedication to this art.

PLEASE NOTE: Refunds are not available. Registration may be transferred to another student with written notice via email from the original student.

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