Join us for a weekend of workshops featuring top names in geek bellydance and performance! From sword dancing to geeky ATS, this year we've got something delightfully geeky for every style of bellydance. Learn more about our workshop instructors here.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Durham Arts Council

Room One

9 - 11 AM: Tira Kira - "Fantastic Faces and Where to Find Them"

11 -1 PM: Free time/Lunch

1 PM - 3 PM: Twila Jane Sikorsky - "Character Sketch Room"

Room Two

9 - 11 AM: Belladonna -"Sword Kata and Short Choreography"

11 -1 PM: Free time/Lunch 

1 PM - 3PM: Dana Beaufait - "Veil Poi for Cosplay Powers"

 

SUNDAY, MAY 6

World In Motion Dance Studio

10 AM - 12 PM: Belladonna - "Lord of the Rings ITS"

12 -1 PM: Free time/Lunch 

1 PM - 3 PM: Lacy Perry - "GTS: Geeky Tribal Style"


SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

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"FANTASTIC FACES AND WHERE TO FIND THEM"

Tira Kira

9 - 11 AM

Learn how to transform in to the creature of your dreams in this fantastic makeup workshop! From merfolk to dragons, Tira's magical makeup case of wonders has hundreds of magical creatures safely stowed away. She can teach you to summon the hidden fantasy creature of your dreams!

You'll use theatrical makeup techniques and special effects to transform into magical creatures during this hands-on workshop. After summoning your magical creature, you'll explore embodying your magical self to bring your character to life!

Please bring your own supplies. If you'd like help preparing the "ingredients" for your summoning magic, Tira will be happy to provide pre-workshop guidance on where to find your supplies. No experience needed for this workshop. 

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"CONAN SWORD"

Belladonna

9 -11 AM

Everyone remembers the famous scene of Conan standing atop the hill and performing his powerful and unique sequence of swinging his sword. Belladonna—as a master of sword belly dance—has studied, learned and perfected this famous sword kata just for you. This specialty workshop focuses on the idea and premise of sword Kata and teaches you the Conan sequence. We all have warriors within, this workshop helps you bring that to the surface in a fun and geeky way.

Please bring your own sword. This class is suitable for all levels of sword mastery, from beginners to experienced sword dancers.

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"CHARACTER SKETCH ROOM"

Twila Jane Sikorsky

1 - 3 PM

Have you ever wanted to be a dancing creature, something from nature, or embody something completely new? This class is all about bringing fantasy to life, through movement and facial expression. Students will learn how to include bellydance into their fusion ideas with integrity and a reference to source where appropriate, while bringing their unique ideas to life. Twila will also teach an exciting theatrical dance combination, and explain how a performance would be addressed with lights, music, and props.

This workshop is appropriate for intermediate to advanced dancers, with adventerous beginners welcome.

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"VEILPOI POWERS!"

Dana Beaufait

1 - 3 PM

Learn how to water bend, transform like a Sailor Scout and make the weather obey your every command like Storm--all with the power of Veilpoi! Veilpoi is a flow prop that creates mystical power-like bellows of silk. In this workshop. Dana will teach you how to create your own Voi to match your dance or cosplay theme and a few combos in different 'bending styles' that will help you get those perfect character power effects for your performances or cosplay photos.

Bring your own veils or poi. If you don't have your own, Dana will have loaner Veilpoi for the class as well as sets for purchase. This workshop is suitable for all levels of dancer, as well as cosplayers looking to incorporate a dynamic prop into their looks.


SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

 
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"LORD OF THE RINGS ITS"

Belladonna

10 AM - 12 PM

Inspired by the elves of Middle Earth, Belladonna has created a series of short choreographed combinations great for all levels of dancer! This workshop focuses on the elves of Rivendell and the elves of Lothlorien. Each unique fragment of choreography is created with an emphasis on technique and a goal to help you add new tools to your dancer's tool box. Belladonna's "Fusion Fragments" are a series of short combinations of technique that have a cueing system for applying them to Bohemian ITS (Improvisational tribal Style) or they can be used in your own choreography or solo improvisation.

This class is perfect for all styles of bellydance!

 
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"GTS - GEEKY TRIBAL STYLE"

Lacy Perry

1 - 3 PM

Learn to incorporate geeky theatricality into your American Tribal Style® performances! Topics include musicality for maximum impact (discussion & interactive exercise on choosing & using slow or fast vocabulary, transitions, & song choice), structuring your improvisational choreography to tell a story (planning your piece, working with different group sizes & formations), & costuming considerations. Once the foundation is laid, students will pick a song & work in groups to plan out a quick piece & perform for the class.

Best for intermediate ATS® dancers and up but an ATS® beginner will also benefit greatly!

 

SATURDAY WORKSHOP LOCATION

Durham Arts Council

Wachovia Dance Studio (2nd Floor)

120 Morris Street Durham, NC

 

SUNDAY WORKSHOP LOCATION

World In Motion Dance Studio

10269-500 Chapel Hill Road

Morrisville, NC