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Zils are in integral part of any belly dancer's performance repertoire. Learning to play them well means knowing not only about the dance, but the music and rhythms behind it.
This fun, friendly class includes an overview of rhythms that dancers are likely to encounter, along with easy zil patterns that can be played along with them, and each student will receive a rhythm sheet with the patterns written out for practicing at home!
Students will also learn exercises that help build rhythmic skill, tips for practicing at home, and afew tricks that will aid in zilling while actually dancing!
Total beginners welcome. This is a hands on class so bring your zils! Live music is provided by Stephen Carpenter.
Come learn about belly dance movements, rhythms, and cultural context while discovering new muscles and a world of fun! You don't need to lose or gain weight. You don't need to have rhythm or be flexible. Just bring your self and your sense of fun to learn something new in a warm and supportive environment.
This 1-hour class is FREE for everyone. People of all genders, backgrounds, and body types are welcome, ages 14+. Those who wish to join the 10-week class starting May 13 (Mon or Wed 5:30-6:45 PM 5/13-7/28) are offered $10 off the session rate!
Join us for a trunk sale and community gathering! Numerous vendors will have old and new items for sale of all kinds. We'll have Golden Era movies playing and music to dance to. Come peruse the wares and just hang out!
Join us at the Salsa, Bachata & Merengue dance party! All experience levels are welcome, no partner needed. We will start with an intro lesson for anyone new to the dance, and then Social!
Designed for students with little or no dance experience, this foundations workshop will introduce you to the world of ballroom dancing through the three of the most popular ballroom dances.
People of all genders and backgrounds are welcome. No partner needed, beginners encouraged. Click here to reserve your spot!
Join us for a zill walk on the Eastern Promenade--fun, free, outdoors!
Meet in front of Arabica Coffee at 9 Commercial Street at 2:00 PM. Bring your finger cymbals, comfy walking shoes, and wear clothes that will be comfortable for the weather and movement.
We'll walk (or dance) along the East End trail by the water and practice various finger cymbal patterns in unison. All are welcome! RSVP on Facebook here!
Join Kate and Rich for the 1st Annual Yoga Hootenany! Special classes at Bright Star and at Root Wild Kombuchery May 25-27. Learn more and sign up here!
Join us at the Salsa, Bachata & Merengue dance party! All experience levels are welcome, no partner needed. We will start with an intro lesson for anyone new to the dance, and then Social! This is the last dance of the season. We'll resume in the fall!
Portfringe theater festival returns! Details coming soon.
Join us for 4 days in beautiful Portland, Maine with international superstar Shahrzad, October 24-27, 2019. 6 hours per day in the studio Thursday-Sunday, a show on Sunday evening with private feedback from Shahrzad, plus optional evening activities. The focus of this unique intensive will be connecting technique and musicality. We will nerd out and dive deep into about maqamat (melodic modes) and iqqat (rhythms), song interpretation from various eras, transitioning between sections in a song and in a set, Shahrzad’s unique and extensive approach to belly dance technique, and more. Plus we'll very likely have live drumming for our technique and rhythm drills!
The intensive is SOLD OUT. Click here to learn more and join the waiting list!
Learn the basic technique for playing Egyptian style tabla (dumbek) including the base sounds and how they are combined into the most commonly played rhythms. This workshop is great for beginners as well as experienced drummers looking to brush up on basics.
This workshop delves into more advanced tabla technique including several accents as well as more detailed variations of basic rhythms and more complicated rhythms.
Registration opens soon!
Each style of belly dance has its own distinct movements, technique, and music. In this workshop Shahrzad will break down the defining steps and technique of Egyptian dance and how the movements are combined and used to both classic and modern styles of music from Cairo.
Registration opens soon!