Category: Workshop

L Martina Young will be hosting a dance lab in May that I am very excited about: 100 GESTURES: a poetics of the body, an ethics of compassion. Here’s the PDF flyer (click the image) with the deets, and links to Martina’s website and registration page at Yoga Loka:

🙂 :: Discover Martina here, and find the registration info @ Yoga Loka

Don’t Forget

The lovely Gina will be teaching a Tribal Fusion & zills workshop this Saturday!

Reserve your spot by calling Debby 775.720.3478

Unmata @ Reno’s Compression!

They are poetic and amazing! Amy’s workshops left me hungry for more, and that is exactly what I needed. Fascinating and mesmerizing.

Unmata in Reno!

Amy’s coming to Town! With UNMATA! Brining her very special brand of precision and style! Not only will we be honored to have them perform for us during Compression!, but we will also be graced with the opportunity of two workshops to sink our collective teefs into.

Head over to the Melting Pot, or visit to register!!

UPDATE: I found the Press Release with deets:

Tough Love Bellydance. Two workshops with Amy Sigil and troupe, Unmata.
Sunday July 24, 2011 “All Work and No Play”12:30 to 2PM and
“Sigil School” 3PM to 4:30PM
Achieve Fitness 600 S. Center Street # 300 Reno, NV 89501
Contact: Holly/ Asha World Dancers 775-848-7203,
Event Website Address:
Ticketed $44 per class, $75 for both. Register online at

Innovative choreographer will share her skills of Tough Love Bellydance, Hula and Hip Hop styles.
WORKSHOP #1: “ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES FOR A BORING DANCE CLASS” will introduce you to 5 dance and movement games designed to get you out of your box and possibly into someone else’s!
Learn about choreography and dance vocabulary such as : transitions, drills, counts, tempo, craft, and working backwards. See Amy and Unmata perform the day before at Compression Art & Fire on 7/23/11. ;

Amy Sigil and her troupe, Unmata, are described as “Bellydance Gone Strong”
Teaching and performing at events across the country and around the globe, tribal fusion power house Unmata’s high- energy brand of dance has packed the house and electrified audiences at venues of all sizes. Whether using fire, swords, or the sweat of their own bodies, Unmata always satisfies. Amy is the artistic director of Unmata, Verbatim, Blood Moon Regale and Sacramento’s Hot Pot Studios.
Tough Love Belly Dance Workshops with Amy Sigil and troupe, Unmata, is part of the 16th annual Artown festival, July 2011. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.

Ohad Naharin Introduces Gaga Technique

The idea of this concept is thrilling. I would so be interested in investigating the training further.


“Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin


🙂 :: Update: NYT-08.13.11- “Twisting Body And Mind


Gina Bruno Workshop Intensive

Gina’s Ba-aaack!!!! And it’s Summer, right!?
Coming to Reno this June…
2-hour intensive workshop with GINA. NOT to be missed!

Lightning in a Bottle Festival 2011

A new adventure begins at Southern California’s favorite independent festival, Lightning in a Bottle, this Memorial Day Weekend at Oak Canyon Ranch, Silverado, CA. Boasting acts like Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, MiM0SA, KRADDY, Beats Antique, and tons more – this is your vacation destination for the long weekend.


Lineup:  Pretty Lights, Thievery Corps DJ set, Lucent Dossier Experience, Beats Antique, Bonobo DJ Set, Random Rab, MiMOSAm Nick Warren, PANTyRAID, Kraddy, Eskmo, Love & Light, Desert Dwellers, Dub Kirtan Allstars, Claude VonStroke, and a whole bunch more!


Udate: Beyond Technique Workshop This Month

Dates are set, and we’re set to go!

Beyond Technique Workshop

Santa Fe: Invaders of the Heart

Leaving in a few weeks to visit lovely Santa Fe, and spend the week-end with two remarkable women: Myra Krien and Amy Sigil!

Gina Returns 03.26.11

Kosmos Music & Dance Camp 2011

🙂 :: June 1st – 5th, Sonoma County, CA under the glorious redwoods – Kosmos Camp.

Gina Bruno Workshop

Gina’s back! with a new workshop at the River School, Saturday, February 5th, 2011 from 1-3 pm.  If you don’t know Gina yet, you’ve been ASLEEP!!

Santa Fe Here I come

Myra Krien just released the announcement for the upcoming annual “Invaders of the Heart” showcase concert presented by Pomegranate Sudios and Mosaic Dance Co! The show will be held at the James A Little Theatre March 18th and 19th @ 7pm.

I traveled to see this extravaganza last year and it was phenomenal with Arish Lam, and so well worth the effort to get there.  They just seem to get better and better!  All of Myra’s troupes perform, so there are nearly 100 talented dancers onstage throughout, and the production an amazing creative spectacle.

This year’s featured guest artist is the incomparable Amy Sigil & UNMATA for the show, and who will conduct two 2-hour workshops:

“Fast like a Nascar” – Saturday, March 19 from 1:30 – 3:30pm
“Hi, my name is Improvisational Tribal Style, ITS nice to meet you!” – Sunday, March 20, 11am – 1pm

Am SO looking forward to this one!

TribalCon VII

🙂 :: TribalCon

December Doings

Well okay, here is a recap of the last few weeks that have been amazing:

Gina’s workshop at the beginning of the month was fantastic!  True to her mentor’s – Suhaila Salimpour’s form, the class moved, moved, moved, and was really quite a workout.  Lot of aerobic strengthening, and a lot of floor work with traveling moves that I also really, really enjoy.  My leg and arm muscles got a pretty good workout, but I was amply prepared having taken Debby’s class [ Gina’s mom ] earlier in the week.

Could not stay too long at the workshop as our SEEDlings were preparing for their very first recital for their families that very same afternoon.  OMG!  They looked and performed amazingly!  They were poised and in control, and although they were extremely nervous – they rallied like little troopers.  Grateful thanks to Lee Ann, Gemini, Margie, Nicole, and Mona for helping the girls get dressed and ready!

There were close to 30 in our studio audience, invited friends and family which gave us an opportunity to talk again about the program, and run through a very short mini class where the girls displayed what and how they are learning.  We even got our zills out to demonstrate their budding skills.  Am so very proud!

Taxed my hip [again] after injuring it this past summer, so when Monday rolled around I was back at the Chiropractor’s to get some relief and real bodywork done.  Went to see a specialist and he was amazing!!!  Cannot recommend him enough.  Felt so well that by Wednesday, Gemini and I made plans to travel over the Sierra’s to take two classes with UNMATA.

Wow! is all that I can say.  It was cool just seeing everyone again – Amy, Shelly, Anastasia, Lorenzo, and to have the wonderful experience at Hot Pot.  Shelly taught Intro to Hot Pot Fusion class; and Amy taught Beginning Fusion.  So worth the drive; and so worth the effort to reach outside our box.  The learning was incredible.

Last night, hipSwitch and the SEEDlings performed before a very grateful and welcoming audience – my company’s annual Holiday Fete for all of our volunteers, staff, and Board of Directors.  They ate it up!  This marked the first request of, and the very first public display for our SEED teens.  Great dinner, great company, and great entertainment value for all involved.  Video camera didn’t work out again, although I had preplanned and thought I had all kinks worked out, the tech-gods saw otherwise.  Fortunately one of the mom’s had a video camera, so we may have the event documented yet.

Case of the appropriated hip scarf solved! Thanks LAMmy!!

Annie, Emily, Jenny, and Karla

Da Crue: Lisa, Nicole, ?, Margie, Gemini, Mona, Caroline, and the SEEDlings

Master Class with Gina

Gina is back! And she’ll be holding a Drills and Technique Master Class on December 4th at the River School. The studio is not huge, so I’d reserve your spot now.

There will even be live drumming by musicians from the Ivory Coast! How often do we have that opportunity?

Meditation Workshop

Samantha, who is an instructor with YogaDesires is teaching two Learn to Meditate Workshops – part a & b over two consecutive Sundays this month at Achieve Fitness.

Download the PDF: meditation_nov2010

It Was A Feast!

I can’t begin to express what an honor and privilege it was to host and showcase Myra Krien a few weekends ago! What an amazing wealth of gifts on so many levels that I think it took my breath away. Her talents abound, and we were lucky enough to partake and have her with us for two and a half days.

Each one of us in our troupe got a wee bit of one-on-one – a precious gift from a truly remarkable artist.

Thank you Myra!!

🙂 :: Pomegranate Studios, Santa Fe, NM

Myra Krien is coming to Reno!

In honor of Hathor, Mistess of Heaven, Goddess of Love, Music, and Dance we bring to you the Founder Director of Pomegranate Studios and the Mother of the Pomegranate SEEDs Program {Self-Esteem, Empowerment, & Education through Dance}.

Please join us for a Solstice Festival feast for the eyes, as Myra is a beauty to behold!

Layering & Taqseem with Gina

Belly Dance workshop with Gina Bruno on Saturday, October 2. It will be held at Transformations Gym in South Reno, from 1:00-3:00 and will be $30 at the door, $25 in advance. She will be teaching layering and taqseem – fun, hot choreography – don’t miss it!

Hafla Lineup





Got this exciting notice in my email this evening:

Diavolo Dance Theater will be offering a Master Class in Reno as part of their contribution to this month’s Artown Festivities.

Class will be held Thursday July 29, 2010 at
Fascinating Rhythm School of Performing Arts
9736 S Virginia Street,  #E,  Reno, NV  89511

Time: Noon – 1:30 pm
$10 registration fee or free with purchased performance ticket
[ class size will be limited to 30 dancers ]


Through a combination of physical and trust exercises, partnering and movement combinations, and flying lessons, Diavolo classes challenge and enhance individual physical and emotional limits and emphasize the values of trust, teamwork, collaboration, physicality and artistry.  We call it “Learning to Fly.”

Diavolo is founded upon trust and teamwork. As Artistic Director Jacques Heim states: “Building a team that allows for complete trust has been essential to creating a kind of work where dancers are inspired to leap, fly and fall”. The Education and Community Outreach Program has two goals which directly serve the Mission and the Artistic Director’s vision:

1. To generate a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art of dance.

2. To use the kinesthetic power of dance to develop trust, teamwork and collaborative skills, to encourage creative thinking and personal growth, and, where applicable, to enhance students’ understanding of history, social studies, math, sciences, and the language arts.

In order to achieve these goals, Diavolo has developed numerous educational workshops, residencies, and interactive school concert performances, that have reached over 100,000 students and adults in communities nationwide and in the Los Angeles Area. The workshops and residencies use specific techniques and exercises to develop trust and teamwork skills. In school settings, students can learn to apply these skills towards curricula based goals.

🙂 :: Diavolo Dance Theater

UNMATA por primera vez en MĂ©xico

Amy Sigil and Shelly DeCant of UNMATA

Last year’s recap, but I just now discovered its hiding place!

SF Mecca Immersion

The BIGGEST Bay Area Tribal Fusion Belly Dance urban retreat – SF Mecca Immersion!

It’s called SF Mecca Immersion because San Francisco is the heartland of American Tribal belly dance and of Tribal Fusion belly dance, and the Mecca of where it all began. It is also home to some of the world’s most sought-after talent spanning the mediums of dance, music, costumery, stage production, and fusion creation, who are coming together for one big blow-out event to bring you the most cutting-edge, ‘next-level’ immersion experience.

Zoe Jakes *Kami Liddle *Jill Parker *Carolena Nericcio* Jamila Salimpour* Deb Rubin * Cera Byer*Damange Control Dance Theater *Lee Kobus *Faisel Zedan *Dena Martinez *Medina Maitreya*RUPA & THE APRIL FISHES *MWE *L’anonyme Collective *DJ Dragonfly*and Tobias of the YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW! for all info, tickets to the show, and workshop registration.

Back from Kosmos Music & Dance Camp

Back from Kosmos!  This year’s experience was saWeet!  Many new and wonderful faces and some amazing moments connecting and re-connecting with great folk from all over the region. Am so glad that I decided to go again this year – it was a break that was sorely needed.  Great instructors, good food, amazing rustic accommodations made for an overall immensely fantastic retreat.  Of course I didn’t manage to do all that I had hoped; took a drum for a class with Faisal – didn’t unpack it once; took a camera but only managed this parting shot on departure day…  What?!Back from Kosmos!  This year’s experience was saWeet!  Many new and wonderful faces and some amazing moments connecting and re-connecting with great folk from all over the region. Am so glad that I decided to go again this year – it was a break that was sorely needed.  Great instructors, good food, amazing rustic accommodations made for an overall immensely fantastic retreat.  Of course I didn’t manage to do all that I had hoped; took a drum for a class with Faisal – didn’t unpack it once; took a camera but only managed this parting shot on departure day…  What?!

Shelly DeCant of Unmata was awe-inspiring! La Fibi, pure grace and poetry; loved Paco Gomes Afro-Brazilian class, as I did Joti Singh’s Bollywood, Jordan Wilson’s Salsa Rueda, and Rafaella Falchi’s Samba classes!  I also give grateful thanks to Brendan Furey’s Morning Yoga classes for keeping me grounded.  6 dance classes per day, plus some very choice and wonderful performances each evening made the whole event worth a million dollars! particularly enjoyed it when students from each training class joined the performances of the instructors in displaying their new found skills. Amazing talents all around.

It was amazing and well worth it.

🙂  ::  Kosmos Music & Dance – Full Staff

Kosmos Dance Camp

The warm summer days at Kosmos Camp are filled with music and dance. Our inspiring open-air venues host both Dancers and Musicians, as they learn and perform with authentic world-class professional teachers in a wide variety of styles from different cultures around the world. Kosmos is more than a camp; It’s a celebration where friends bond their passions and talents.

Dance Classes include:
West African
Bhangra and Bollywood
Modern Brazilian
Morrocan Berber
World Fusion
Salsa Rueda

Music Classes include:
Arabic Drumming
Flamenco Rhythms
West African Drumming
Persian Ensemble
Latin Percussion
Morrocan Ensemble

2010 Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive & Festival promotional video!

Join Las Vegas Septem­ber 9-12, 2010 for the largest bel­ly dance event in Neva­da! This year we are proud to be mov­ing to the historic Flamin­go Ho­tel & Casi­no and adding a new con­test and a track of class­es for drum­mers! Ad­di­tion­al­ly, we are ex­cit­ed to have more than 35 in­struc­tors including Princess Farhana, John Compton, Asharah, Fahtiem, Aradia of Las Vegas, and Moria Chappell of the Bellydance Superstars. It’s all the FUN you’ve grown to love: cocktail parties, shopping, shows, contests, live music, Elvis, festival performances, and more!!

🙂 :: Bellydance Intensive

Asha to host Kami during Artown Festival

The PR Announcements begin.

Great News!  Slow Djinn Fez has just signed on to perform at the Artown 07/30 Hafla!

more about “Asha to host Kami during Artown Festival“, posted with vodpod


Friday, July 30, 2010 – 7:00 PM – 10 PM
Laxalt Auditorium
Warren Nelson Building – Map
401 W Second Street, Reno
Cost: Suggested donation $10 per person

Join the Reno Bellydance Community for an evening of exotic and mesmerizing tribal dance magic; live music from Reno’s own Slow Djinn Fez;
Featuring the HIP-notic superstar styling of Kami Liddle.

~ * ~

Saturday, July 31, 2010
Evelyn Mount North East Community Center – Map
1301 Valley Road, Reno
Cost: $44 per 2-hour workshop, or  $75 for both

~ Feline Inspired Combos – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
These combinations are inspired by the slow, deliberate, sneaky, and playful nature of cats.  This workshop asks you to step out of your comfort zone and try a new avenue of isolations to create a sinuous feline-esque look.

~ Turn Up The Drama – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Stand out and capture your audience’s attention with these sharp contrasting dramatic combos.

Asha main page has the ticket deets: