March 13, 2017

Workshops

Workshops at ATS Reunion

Tips for Registration

Whether you are purchasing a Weekend Package or making decisions about A La Carte Registration later this year, you will need to decide which workshops you will enroll in. Select your workshop choices for:

  • Friday 1-3 PM
  • Friday 3:30-5 PM
  • Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
  • Saturday 1-3 PM
  • Saturday 3:30-5 PM
  • Sunday 9-11 AM
  • Sunday 12:30-2:30 PM

The class limits are indicated on the schedule, so that [50] means only 50 dancers can sign up for that workshop. If a class qualifies for Sister Studio Continuing Education credits, it is marked as [SSCE] (for those dancers enrolled in the SSCE program).

(Click the image to see the classes in a visual schedule)
(version 5, updated 3/30/2017)

PDF of the workshop schedules

Workshop Descriptions

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(see the descriptions of the ATS Props Intensives)

Workshops

Sorted Alphabetically by Instructor Name

Angie Never

Every Last Drop

In our rush to learn the newest steps, we sometimes forget to use our old favorites to their maximum potential. Other times, our minds go blank on stage and our bodies default to the same three or four moves with no end in sight. In this workshop, we’ll work on squeezing every last drop of elegance, beauty, and excitement out of some of the most loved Classic and Modern ATS® steps. Using a simple written shorthand, you’ll learn to highlight the true versatility of your movements and make the most of any stage you dance on.
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic/Modern
* All Levels

Practice Like a Pro

ATS® can be a hard dance to practice on your own. It’s easy to jump into a formation and practice with your tribe, but what do you do when it’s just you, your music, and your living room? In this workshop, you’ll learn to plan your week to include practices that don’t get skipped, create focused drills to create improvement in your personal technique, and use the intelligence of yoga and strength training to support the frequency of dancing you want to do. Participants should bring their calendars and a journal or notebook to create a plan that can enacted as soon as Reunion is over!
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

Anita Lalwani

Art of the Assist

Practice handing off the lead at the right time in the music so that everyone gets a chance to express the dramatic points in the music. All levels.
* Sunday 1-3 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* All Levels

Girdles for Goddesses

In ATS posture, we keep the rib cage lifted and the lower back long. In this mostly lecture workshop, we’ll look at what this means, in anatomical terms. We’ll study the bones, joints and muscles that comprise the two major girdles of the body–the shoulder girdle and the pelvic girdle. We’ll discuss some common skeletal variations that we see in dancers, and we’ll talk about how variations can affect our dancing. All levels.
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* All Levels

Anita Lalwani and DeAnna Freeman

Pranify and Execute

We do not often think about our breathing patterns as we dance. Our prana, or life force energy, can be controlled to create a more powerful, energetic performance while also keeping us calm and increasing our stamina. We’ll learn the physical and mental aspects of prana and most importantly, the positive impact it can have on our ATS® practice and performance. This workshop is half breathing exercises with lecture and half drills and combinations to help you “pranify” your practice!
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* All Levels

ATS Sisters Collective

Kaleidoscope Concept

The Circle is one of the most magical moments of ATS® dancing. Discover how two circles dancing and interacting together can be used as a powerful formation for ATS® Bellydance! It relies on a strong connection between dancers and is a beautiful formation which weaves in and out of the two circles. In this workshop, Gudrun, Isabel, and Philippa of the ATS® Sisters Collective will lead you towards the Kaleidoscope Concept using exercises to connect with your fellow dancers and enhance your peripheral receptiveness, and plenty of practice time to play in this beautiful formation.
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced

Carrie Meyer

Pose and Panache: A Guide to Preparing for Your Photo Shoot

I am often asked by dancers “What do I need to do to be prepared for a photo shoot?” There are lots of little things that seriously add up to getting the most out of your time with a photographer! We will cover all of the following: Identifying what you want and NEED from your photo shoot; Communicating with your photographer; Planning costuming, props and details; What you should have with you at a shoot; What happens at the shoot itself; Action shots vs. “posed” shots; Finding the best angles and poses for you and your body. We will end the session with a brief opportunity to put what you’ve learned into action in front of the camera with Carrie as your guide!
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman

Picky Technique: Keep it 100%  (Friday Plenary Session)

Sometimes in our huge ATS® family, learning vocabulary can often feel like a game of telephone!  Despite our best intentions, sometimes a step can get lost in translation as it passes from instructors to students.  This plenary session will break down steps that are challenging to “get just right”.  We will review each with an attention to posture, dance angle, and the little details that help make the move feel natural to the body and allow the mind to reach a state of flow.
* Friday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic/Modern
* All Levels

Dawn Ruckert

Creating an ATS® Set: Dayanisma Style!

This workshop will take you down the path of creating an ATS® set from the ground up. We will discuss music options, use of props, fast vs. slow, formations and much more! This workshop will be part discussion and part dance and will have you ready to perform an amazing set for your next event.
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Classic/Modern
* All Levels

Sensational Sassy Switch and Signature Movement Dialect for ATS®!

During this movement dialect workshop, Dawn introduces new options for their well known Sassy Switch, Dayanisma’s dynamic sideways switch, using a variety of ATS® moves such as: Arabic, ASWAT, TSWAT, Dragonfly, Barrel Turn, Camel and more! Participants will also work on the Turkish Traveler and Shazella, two of Dayanisma’s signature steps. All together, these Movement Dialect options will add to your already amazing ATS® performance! This is geared toward intermediate to advanced dancers.
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced

DeAnna Freeman

From the Heart

So much of what makes ATS® stunning is the isolation and uplifted ribcage in our dance. In this workshop you will gain a deeper understanding behind the body mechanics and technique in our torso movements. Learn how to safely and effectively increase your range of motion and control for deeper torso movements including slow turns, rotations, undulations, laybacks, and more. We’ll also discuss the emotional aspects behind many of these movements and why they conjure certain feelings and passion in our dance. This workshop is suitable for all level ATS® dancers. (SSCE eligible)
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* All Levels

Shape Up Your Shimmies

A beautiful shimmy relies on contrasting elements throughout the body. Knowing which muscles to control and release throughout the lower body and how to make the move look big and bouncy, but remain isolated from the torso is key to a fabulous shimmy. We’ll review the anatomy behind what drives the shimmy and how to get the most out of your movement while maintaining the isolation for layering that makes this move so magical. Class will begin with a short anatomy lecture followed by a hip healthy warmup that prepares us for a variety of exciting and challenging shimmy drills using our favorite classic and modern ATS® movements.
* Sunday 9-11 AM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* All Levels

Helm

Drum Solo Rhythms – Sajat or Percussion

Come and learn the six rhythms that make up 80% of most drum solos. Ling Shien will teach them on Sajat, Mark on percussion. By class end you will have a working knowledge of maqsoum, masmoudi kabir, malfouf, ayoub, and two haggala patterns. Highly recommended if you plan to take the Sajat-Percussion Duet workshop.
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

Sajat – Percussion Duet

Come learn this dynamic duet to hone your performance skills. With a basic choreography included, you will play finger cymbals to six typical rhythms with variations in a trade off with the percussionist. (You can also have two dancers playing cymbals and trading.) A working knowledge of the rhythms maqsoum, masmoudi kabir, malfouf, and ayoub is highly recommended and can be learned in Drum Solo Rhythms class.
* Sunday 9-11 AM
* Lecture
* All Levels

Jen McDonald

Dueling Duets Made Easy

No really! Dueling Duets is a challenging formation for dancers to execute, with unique visuals to entice and excite the audience. By working within defined boundaries we become comfortable and confident in these dynamic concepts so we can then push the limits of co-creation into new and exciting movement art. Starting with Classic ATS, Dueling Duets Made Easy teaches how to cue into and out of Dueling Duets, how to transition from synchronized to delayed movements, how to execute clean lead and partner changes, and the practical applications of “can” and “should” in our vocabulary choices. (You can see a YouTube clip of a completely improvised Dueling Duet in 2012 (starting at 9:00-11:18): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxMdwhUrFmM)
* Sunday 1-3 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* Intermediate to Advanced

Zipper for Diagonals: Zip It, Zip It Good!

Introducing another way to change leads without using a circle up: The Zipper! This fun and dynamic twist on the Diagonal will challenge your brain and body, opening up new realms of creation within the ATS system. This workshop will include fun cues in and out of the diagonal, how to cue the zippers, and integrating this dialect into our overall vocabulary. Fast Zippers include Turkish Shimmy, ASWAAT, Arabic Hip Twist, and Dragonfly. Slow Zippers include Camel Walk, Sahra Turn, and Pulse Turn.
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced

Jesse Stanbridge

Keep ’em Guessing! Tessera Tribal ATS® Movement Dialect

How can you gracefully and efficiently transition between groups without a chorus? This high-concept workshop will introduce you to Tessera Tribal’s experimental answer to this question. You will learn how to create dynamic transitions that blend choreography and improvisation to keep your audience — and your dancers! — on their toes.
* Sunday 9-11 AM
* Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced

ATS® Transitions

You know the movements, now let’s look at transitions! We’ll concentrate on the pathways of the arms and feet that will make for flawless cueing to make your troupe look great.
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* Intermediate to Advanced

Jesse Stanbridge and Philippa Moirai

ATS® Mind-meld!

ATS® is built around subtle cues, connection and trust. Like an every day conversation, it is both collaborative and improvisational – everyone dancing is involved in the the conversational flow and no one knows exactly which way it will go. On the other hand, performing in front of an audience requires confidence and drive! In this workshop we’ll work on switching from lead and follow in standard formations, to a neutral lead when facing in, looking at ways to connect with both the audience and the group. We’ll play with those amazing moments when you are totally in sync with your partners, and establish how to adapt when you are not. Collectively, you’ll be thinking on your feet and going with the flow in no time!
* Sunday 1-3 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* All Levels

Kae Montgomery

Bounce Back From Mistakes!

No matter how good you are mistakes in front of an audience are bound to happen. Acquiring quick and efficient recovery from mistakes is one of the most important skills an ATS® dancer should have. Learn vital techniques trough various drills and exercises and you will stay cool and confident when s… happens!
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic/Modern
* All Levels

What’s Up Chorus?

Let’s not forget about Chorus! The importance of Chorus is often over looked by dancers but it is noticed by audiences. Great Chorus work that adds to but doesn’t distract helps tie the whole performance together. Learn to pick the right movements at the right time and understand the importance of support in this formation. The participants should have basic understanding for Taxeem, Hand Floreo, Arm Undulations, Bodywave, Torso Twist, Circle Step, Reverse Turn, and Egyptian Step, Arabic Step, Pivot Bump and Choo Choo, and Shimmy Step Technique and drills.
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic/Modern
* All Levels

Kelley Beeston

Cracking the Da Vinci Code – The Golden Ratio: Spirals in ATS

The spiral has been found in art, science and nature since time immemorial. As a symbol it represents the Goddess, constant motion, balance and awareness and in mathematics it is found in the Golden Ratio used by Renaissance artists to create great beauty and perfection. So it should come as no surprise that it is also found within our bodies and our dance. We’ll explore the many spirals we create within ATS®, in the rotations around our spine using exercises and drills to improve and enhance our technique in both fast steps and slow turns to really show off the beauty of our dance.
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* Intermediate to Advanced

“When You’re Smiling the Whole World Smiles with You” Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong

Our dance is about joyful celebration but when learning new steps, drilling or rehearsing we all too often forget to include our face as part of our practice. How often have you heard your teacher say ‘don’t forget to smile”? Dancing makes us feel good, it brings us joy and that’s exactly what we want to convey to the audience but our face sometimes lets us down. What we practise in the classroom is what we will take on stage. We’ll be exploring our smiles and pleasant facial expressions to create a lasting ‘performance face’ for great stage presence using lots of drills, hints and tips, fun games and exercises to make your Zygomaticus Major and Orbicularis Oculi muscles ache. Absolutely guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
* Sunday 9-11 AM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* All Levels

Kristine Adams

Combinations

Combinations is a good time had by all. In the first half of the class we will look at some traditional FCBD® combinations and in the second I’ll teach you some personal favorites of my own! This is a great class for the determined beginner to advanced student.
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* Intermediate to Advanced

Stop, Drop, and Roll (Floor work)

Floor work can be a fun and fabulous way to mix up your set and add a flare of the dramatic. Are you a beginner to floor work, not sure if this class is for you? If you can get on and off your knees with ease then you too can take this class. In this class we will go through all three levels of floor work. Mixed levels means work to your level, listen to your body and have fun. Make sure to bring your knee pads.
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Dialect
* All Levels

Kristine Adams and Kae Montgomery

The Power of Two: Power Duets

What is a power duet, how does it differ from a regular duet? In this fun, fast paced class Kristine and Kae will explain it, break down their creative process and pass it on to you. This class is fast, and hard, ADVANCED STUDENTS ONLY.
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* Advanced only

Lacey Sanchez

Showtime: How to Prepare, Produce, and Put on an Amazing and Profitable Bellydance Show

Join Lacey as she shares her experience with putting on Tribal Bellydance performances for the last 11 years! Frequently selling out venues, learning how to bring in the “average Joe/Jane” and make them a new fan, and creating performances that add joy to the community! Lacey will share her knowledge on how to do all this as well as how to stretch your budget, where to invest your money and how to cut your energy and time in half in prepping! Bring a notebook and your questions.
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Lecture
* Intermediate to Advanced dancers, Instructors, and Event Producers

Lisa Allred and Dawn Grey

ATS Lead and Follow Relationship

The lead/follow dynamic describes the challenging non-verbal communication that plays out on the stage amidst nerves, technique idiosyncrasies, and egos. When it goes well, the audience is treated to a moving and engaging performance. Join Dawn Grey and Lisa Allred to explore: the role of leader (conscientiousness, servant leadership, the role of ego), the role of follower (attention, support, expecting the unexpected), establishing troupe values to support the lead/follow relationships, and disaster recovery!
* Sunday 1-3 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

Liz Malcom

Face Value: The Captivating ATS® Face

Join Liz Malcom, director of Dala Tribal Dance Company, for a master class in ATS® performance makeup. Take your skills to the next level with this class which will cover fierce foundation with highlighting and contouring, enchanting eyes and brows, luscious lashes, luminous lips, and glitter glamor! This two-hour workshop is great for those new to stage makeup as well as those looking to refine their technique. Please bring your own makeup, lashes, brushes, and mirror. A list of recommended supplies will be provided to workshop attendees.
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Lecture
* All Levels

Presto Change-o! Fabulous Formation Changes

Formation changes are an exciting way to keep dancers engaged and audiences captivated. Power up your performance by utilizing fades, circles, and the shell game. Join Liz Malcom, director of Dala Tribal Dance Company as she explores ATS® movements and combinations that inspire fun and dynamic changes and learn which movements work best for each formation. Remember your zils!
This workshop is for intermediate to advanced ATS® dancers.
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic/Modern
* Intermediate to Advanced

Megha Gavin

Phrasing Is Your Friend

Knowing the steps and formations is the vocabulary we use for dancing ATS®, but what about the music? Learn how to connect with the phrasing of the music in order to place your movements where they will have the most impact on the audience and ultimately give you the most satisfaction as a dancer. This is an intermediate to advanced level class. Participants should have a good foundation of Level 1 and Level 2 moves from the FCBD® curriculum in order to keep up in this workshop.
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* Intermediate to Advanced

Spectacular Spins

Spins can be so exciting to watch, and sometimes tricky to master. This class will focus on techniques for achieving spectacular spins using tricks for balance, centering and spotting. Bring dance shoes that will allow to pivot easily if you aren’t comfortable spinning barefoot.
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* Intermediate to Advanced

Melody Bustillos

Getting to the Point

In this workshop, we will focus on ATS® slow vocabulary with single and double sword dialect. We will review content from the ATS® with an Edge DVD with expanded vocabulary, embellishments and smooth transitions, how to create flow between movements, hand/sword manipulation, turns and inertia management, with an emphasis on clean technique. We will be using music to block your performance for smooth improvisational troupe transitions with and without finger cymbals and perhaps spice up the finale with some fast vocabulary sword dancing. The content is tailored for the beginner to the more advance sword handler.
* Sunday 1-3 PM
* Props
* All Levels

Philippa Moirai

Expect the Unexpected

Ever struggle to lead or read cues? Find it hard to know what to do next while performing ATS®? This workshop will focus on creative and complex combinations; we will look at what it takes to smoothly transition between movements and communicate clearly as a leader. Fast and slow drills will be led for personal practice, followed by formation work to set you up for great group improvisational success. Be prepared to jump into the unknown and go with the flow! This workshop is geared towards dancers with a good knowledge of the ATS® basic steps and formations. Note: this is an intermediate/advanced level workshop which focuses mainly on pairing different movements up, looking at how to transitions between them.
* Sunday 9-11 AM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* Intermediate to Advanced

Tribal Stylisation and Exploration

This workshop focuses on the key concepts and stylisations of American Tribal Style® belly dance. Fun exercises and games will be explored, arming you with the tools to add some ATS® magic to your dance and enhance the connection with those you dance with. Note about this workshop: This is open to all levels and involves fun exercises as well as some technique, to get dancers to really think about all that comes into this dance form.
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic/Modern
* SSCE
* All Levels

Rita Simon

Dancing through the Ages: Healthy Habits for Ageless Dancing

This workshop is intended for ANY level of dancer. It falls into a “lecture” category, but is also experiential, and uses specific exercises to aid in participants’ ability to understand the concepts being presented. The workshop is designed to provide an anatomical and experiential approach to how the body works best in posture, breathing and movement. It is designed to help participants gain increased body awareness and understanding of fascial function, and recognition of ‘core’ and breath connectivity. The goal is that, through increased awareness of these principles, dancers will become more aware of how this all impacts their posture in their dance, AND in their everyday activities. This insight will help them to move more freely, be more wholly connected, and be less likely to experience injuries from habitually improper body mechanics.
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Lecture/Experiential
* All Levels

Super Beth

Courageous Concepts

Super Beth will teach you how to improv without a safety net with “setups” like the Rebel Egyptian, Rogue ReShamka, When Camels Attack!, Car Wash, and other courageous concepts. We will be working in groups of 3 and 4, so this is a great workshop for troupe or for dancers who like to make new friends! New for 2017 – Box Step Fade, Turkish Shimmy Diagonal Fade, and Water Pot circle up to name a few. *Best for dancers that have a firm knowledge of the FCBD® Classic and Modern ATS® movements.
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced

Tamarind Transformations

In this workshop, Super Beth will assist you with transforming your routine with some new movements that you can add to your ATS® set. Concepts taught in this exciting workshop include the Triple Sevillana, Shoulder Shimmy Level Drop, the CIC, the Double Back Spin, and others. Like what we had in 2014, you can choose from amongst these tried and true concepts as well: Egyptian Flip, Stella Luna, Happy Goat, and the Min Spin Combo. *Best for dancers that have firm knowledge of FCBD® Classic and Modern ATS® movements
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced

Terri Allred

Conflict Management for Belly Dancers

This workshop will be created by the participants. Terri will email participants in advance to generate examples of conflict that they have dealt with or are dealing with in their dance lives. We will use these situations anonymously to learn about our own conflict management styles, resolving conflict and handling difficult people. Whether you are conflict-avoidant or just want to brush up on your skills, this workshop will allow you to discuss real-life situations and learn from them.
* Sunday 9-11 AM
* Lecture
* All Levels