3 days of Festivities
July 7/8/9, 2023
WEST COAST BELLYDANCE SPECTACULAR
Katrina Ji- Friday - July 7th, 9:00am to 10:30am
Rajasthani Chari Dance
Chari Dance is a traditional dance from Rajasthan, India where women dance with beautiful copper
pots balanced on their heads.
The dance includes lovely steps both standing and seated along with twirling. The music is contagious
and we have so much fun while learning this dance. Most students are surprised they can do it on their
This dance is traditional performed with fire 🔥 blazing out of the pot. However, we will only dance with the pot without fire.
Jodi Waseca – Friday, July 7th, 11:00am to 12:30pm
Sassy Synthesis -
The intersection of Burlesque and Bellydance in the US has been a dirty little secret that has been buried
in the pages of select historical tomes, at least since the beginning of the 20th Century. With shared
costuming and movements, and with dancers either often doing both forms or being in the same shows
for decades, the shared experience has been around for longer than you think!
In this workshop, we'll discuss a little bit of the history and the influence that both Bellydance and
Burlesque has had on dancers and artists alike, and talk about undoing the stigma of being alive in your
body. Mostly, we will dance while we explore where the two styles intersect and how to make a piece
that is appropriate for a Burlesque or Fusion stage. This workshop is for all bodies and levels of experience!
Elizabeth Strong – Friday, July 7th, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Turkish Romani Dance
Elizabeth brings you an accessible and fun workshop of Turkish Roman Dance. This workshop
is a culmination of knowledge gathered through her intensive studies with the Roman people of
Turkey. Her unique teaching method will show you how to approach the dance from a technical,
cultural and rhythmic angle.
Raman Osman - Friday, July 7th, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Raman grew up dancing, singing and playing music in Al-Hasaka, Syria.
He will share his culture with you in this workshop on Kurdish dance.
He is not only a dancer, but a Kurdish composer and master tembûr/tambour (saz) musician
He has performed at a variety of venues, including the Damascus Opera House, and several cultural
centers. Raman currently lives in Northern California where he performs Kurdish music and music
from the Middle East as a solo artist as well as with artists from various world music traditions.
“Kurdish dance is not individualistic,” said Serbast Karwan, an expert in the field. “It is a community
or collective dance, and that reflects the Kurdish society; a collective society.”
Kurmanji and Sorani, two overarching types of Kurdish dance, come from both Kurmanji and Sorani dialects of the Kurdish language. Each dialect has its own specific music for its own special dance.
Shannon Burla- Friday, July 7th, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Sword Magick: Steel and Bone
Delve into Shannon's magical world of sword dance: Forge a deeper connection to your sword and
yourself as you learn to layer magick over solid sword technique and drills, and dance with your sword
as if it were an Athame.
Athame: A ceremonial blade used to direct energy and draw boundaries. Usually, a sword is seen as an
elemental tool of air or of fire, depending on one's system of beliefs.In Sword Magick, the sword is used
to represent all five elements:
- Earth: Steel and Bone - mastering the foundational movement of your practice
- Air: Wisdom, logic and thought - Strategically choosing movements to suit your goals
- Fire: Passion and creativity - Adding the unexpected, bringing the power, and learning to smoulder as well as ignite!
- Water: Carving of dreams, expression of emotion and liquid quick movement - smooth transitions linking the lyrics of your movement together.
- The final spark, the charge of electricity that is Spirit can come only from one place: You. The minute you pick up your sword with intention, You are the final element that brings the magic to life. You, and only you.
Jill Parker – Friday, July 7th, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Luscious Languid Stylizations - Deepening with Jill Parker
An exploration of sensuous serpentine combinations. In this workshop we will slow your dance into a
luscious and languid state ideal for expressing deep embodiment. We will explore movement pathways
in the body, undulations, arm/hand technique, stylized details, all of these will culminate into delicious
Susu Pampanin- Sunday, July 9th, 9:30am to 11am