ATS® Reunion 2019: Dancing in the Desert - January 24-27, 2019

Workshops at ATS Reunion

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Workshops and Lectures in the Schedule

Participants who register for the Full Package will get to choose one workshop during each time slot (except during Carolena’s sessions, during which all full package participants are automatically enrolled). If you choose to participate A La Carte, you will be choosing and purchasing individual workshops.

  • Friday 9:30-11:30 AM – Opening Workshop with Carolena
    • Friday 12-1 PM – Lecture #1 – pick from two options [during Lunch Break]
    • Friday 1-3 PM – Workshop #1 – pick from five options
    • Friday 3:30-5 PM – Workshop #2 – pick from five options
    • Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM – Workshop #3 – pick from five options
    • Saturday 12-1 PM – Lecture #2 – pick from two [during Lunch Break]
    • Saturday 1-3 PM – Workshop #4 – pick from five options
    • Saturday 3:30-5 PM – Workshop #5 – pick from five options
    • Sunday 9:30-11:30 AM – Workshop #6 – pick from five options
    • Sunday 12-1 PM – Lecture #3 – pick from two [during Lunch Break]
  • Sunday 1-2 PM – Dancing in Flow™ with Carolena – Closing Workshop

Class limits will be indicated on the schedule, for example if a class is marked with [55] then this means only 55 dancers can sign up for that workshop. If a class qualifies for Sister Studio Continuing Education credits, it will be marked as [SSCE] (for those dancers enrolled in the SSCE program).

Also available are the three Warm-up Classes and two Cool-down Classes. The warm-up and cool-down classes are included in your full package and can be purchased individually for A La Carte.

  • Warm Up Class Friday – 8-9 AM
  • Cool Down Class Friday – 5-5:30 PM
  • Warm Up Class Saturday – 8-9 AM
  • Cool Down Class Saturday – 5-5:30 PM
  • Warm Up Class Sunday – 8-9 AM

Workshop and Lecture Titles

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Workshop and Lecture Descriptions

Here are the workshops and lectures that will be offered in 2019 (sorted Alphabetically by Instructor Name).

Angie Never

Flexible, Fluid, Graceful, Strong

Learning how to keep your body flexible and strong can be the difference between a long, happy dance career and giving away your tassel belts. This workshop will introduce you to concepts of bodyweight strength training to add bounce to your shimmies, fluidity to your undulations, that coveted length to your low back, and maybe a little oomph to your beautiful booty. Each participant will walk away with a template to begin a home strength-building program that honors individual ability levels and injuries while moving you towards a powerful, pain-free body experience. No equipment required.
* Angie Never‘s bio
Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Lecture with some movement
* All Levels

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Music is the Boss

Powerful, dynamic performances are created when dancers connect with the music and show it to the audience through their choice of steps. But making this happen in an improvisational setting can feel like a pinch of luck and a dash of magic. This workshop will demystify the connection between movement and music and teach you how to hear songs in a new way. Combining tools like song mapping, rhythm identification, phrasing, and the ever illusive ONE with the counted beats of some favorite ATS® combinations will give you skills to bring pizzazz to every performance you do. (Combos from volumes 7 and 9)
* Angie Never‘s bio
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate

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Anita Lalwani

Swirly Steps

In this workshop, we’ll review technique and craft interesting combos for those fast ATS steps that create spiraling swirls. Steps may include: Arabic Hip Twist + Variations (AHT + Half Turn, AHT+Flourish, AHT Fading, and Alabama Twister), Triangle Step + Variations (Triangle Step with Fade, Circling with Triangle), Egyptian Sevillanas + Variations (Circling and Duet Passing) and fan-favorite Double- Back + Variations (Half Turn; Circling in Double Back, and Passing Your Duet Partner in Double Back)
* Anita Lalwani‘s bio
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate to Advanced
* SSCE

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Anita Lalwani & DeAnna Freeman

Deep, Deeper, Deepest

Speaking of ‘deep,’ the psoas muscle is a deep hip stabilizer that has global connections to many parts of the body. Geek out with Anita and DeAnna as we look at the magic and the myth surrounding the psoas muscle, and its connection to your ATS dance posture and movements. Class will include: Psoas awareness, strengthening, and stretching. Moves addressed will include Bodywave, Laybacks, Egyptian, and Shimmies.
* Anita Lalwani‘s bio and DeAnna Freeman‘s bio
Friday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* All Levels
* SSCE

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Colette Todorov

FCBD Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes: Stories, Legends, and Life with FatChanceBellyDance
Join Colette as she lifts the veil to share anecdotes and traditions from her time with FatChanceBellyDance. This lecture style workshop includes photos from Colette’s personal collection and video clips of classic performances, including Student Salons at the Noe Valley Ministry. Learn about the weekly Amira Restaurant routine, hear stories about memorable FCBD gigs, and discover what it was really like behind the scenes of San Francisco Beledi and to teach at the FCBD studio.
* Colette Todorov‘s bio
Friday 12-1 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

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Playing in Space

This workshop introduces Scarlet Thistle’s favorite ways to play on stage to maximum effect. Starting with Classic ATS® formations, we’ll add Modern ATS® vocabulary and Scarlet Thistle Movement Dialect and signature transitions to create new and exciting combos that make the most of any performance space. Moves can include Classic ATS®, as well as ASWAT and Turkish Shimmy Quarter Turns. (Movements and formations are covered in this video: https://youtu.be/A9a1lWwrhQA)
* Colette Todorov‘s bio
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced

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Dawn Ruckert

Turning the Wheel

A crucial element of any ATS® performance is turning the wheel; rotating the formation to allow for a new leader. As dancers, we can make this process as simple or as complex as we like! During this workshop, dancers will explore fun and creative ways in which to use our fast and slow vocabulary to rotate, keeping your dance exciting for both you and the audience. We will go beyond the already fabulous shimmy step and arm sweep and share new options for turning the wheel such as the Water Pot, Arabic Double Turn, Loco Camel, and much more! (Dancers should be familiar with the FCBD® DVDs including volume 7)
* Dawn Ruckert‘s bio
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate to Advanced

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DeAnna Freeman

Up in Arms

​Exquisite. Strong. Graceful. Arm movements in ATS® are a thing of beauty and wonder! From the powerful, yet fluid transitions between movements to the distinct way arm placement compliments each move, proper ATS® arm technique can take your dance from mediocre to magical! In this workshop, DeAnna will teach you the science (anatomy and kinesiology) and art to maintaining those perfectly lifted elbows and provide picky technique for the major arm positions, movements and transitions in both slow and fast ATS® vocabulary. Lastly, the ultimate drill session is designed to quickly change muscle memory and provide you with the tools you need to arm yourself with your best technique! (Class includes Classic and Modern movements from volumes 1-7 and is suitable for dancers from level one to seasoned instructor.)
* DeAnna Freeman‘s bio
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* All Levels
* SSCE

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Elizabeth “Super Beth” Fish

Spirit of Seville

Whether you are looking for a challenge in your improv or new movements to add to your choreography, this workshop has something for everyone. Using existing tribal movements and concepts, Super Beth will teach you how to move beautifully with a flutter fan and skirt. Topics include tucking, picking up and holding the skirt in a graceful manner, and using the skirt to frame and enhance your movements while accenting those movements with a flutter fan. Super Beth will then lead you through a series of steps that work best to showcase these magnificent props, and allow you to drill them alone and in groups. Accessories Needed: 1 Flutter Fan (right handed) and a 25 yard skirt. The fan can be a flamenco or flutter silk bamboo. One source for flutter silk fans can be found at http://www.silkfans.com/Dance-Fans.aspx
* Super Beth‘s bio
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Props/Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced
* Props: Flutter fan and 25 yard skirt

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Erin Lanus & Jorden Kolding

The Ramsey Method

The Ramsey Method: Improvisational Dancer-Drummer Communication
Does the fear of impossibly fast tempos or tricky rhythms scare you away from performing to live music? Would you love to tell the drummers to speed up, slow down, or change the rhythm without spoiling the mystery of the performance? The Ramsey Method is a simple, universal mechanism for improv “on-the-spot” communication between dancers and drummers based on the principles of improvisational tribal belly dance and practices of improvisational drum circles. The method allows dancers to send suggestions for tempo and rhythm changes to the lead drummer using a set of simple zil patterns and a defined sequence of non-verbal communication. Drummers experienced in the Ramsey Method will be assisting the teachers to support instruction and drills throughout the workshop! Attendees should be familiar with the basics of zil playing, such as how to play a 3/4 or “gallop” pattern. (Dancers should be familiar with volumes 1, 4, 7, and 9.)
* Erin Lanus‘s bio and Jorden Kolding‘s bio
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Dialect
* Intermediate to Advanced

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Jesse Stanbridge

ATS® Basics for Advanced Dancers

You’re never too advanced for the basics! In this workshop, we’ll work on strengthening the core movements of American Tribal Style®, deepening your dance. (Intermediate/Advanced – will only work on Level 1 movements, but it will be catered to the advanced dancer who already has working knowledge of the movements)
* Jesse Stanbridge‘s bio
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate to Advanced
* SSCE

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

In this workshop, we’ll examine specific placement of hands, arms, head, and feet. Breaking movements down piece by piece, we’ll learn where we can improve and strengthen our ATS® technique. (Intermediate: Volumes 1 & 4)
* Jesse Stanbridge‘s bio
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate
* SSCE

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Kae Montgomery

Hips Don’t Lie

Take your moves to the next level. Bring out the full beauty, and strength of each step. Learn Kae’s pro tips to make your dance explode with energy and command attention on stage. We will examine where positive energy comes form and how to translate it into the bounciest tassels, biggest smiles and vigorous hip movements. You will sweat and burn while you absorb important skills to make your hips move peppier and bolder! It’s not only about working harder, it’s about working smarter!
* Kae Montgomery‘s bio
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* All Levels

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Lead, Follow, Or…

Strengthen your group improv communication skills and better connect with your dance partners. Delve into the fine points of the basic formations of Duet, Trio, and Quartet, and learn the nuances that will make you a fluent communicator on stage. Lead, follow or get out of the way, but whatever you do, do it with grace!
 Dancers should have basic understanding for Taxeem, Hand Floreo, Arm Undulations, Bodywave, Torso Twist, Circle Step, Reverse Turn, and Egyptian Step, Arabic Step, Pivot Bump & Choo Choo, and Shimmy Step.
* Kae Montgomery‘s bio
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* All Levels

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Kelley Beeston

Dancing to the Power of Three

Three is the Number of Magic and we’ll be creating exactly that. The power of three is universal, it is all around us in art and architecture, fairy tales and sacred geometry, in many religions and, of course, in ATS®. Using the 3 groups of steps—classic, modern, and dialect—we’ll explore our ATS® vocabulary looking for the Threes. Then we’ll combine and layer Threes over even more Threes, creating a powerful and magical presentation. You will need zils! We will be using material from DVD volumes 1, 4, 7, and 9.
* Kelley Beeston‘s bio
Sunday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate and up
* SSCE

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Turbans and Tassels

Take a trip back in time and tune in to classic ATS®. In recent years, there has been a steady influx of new moves, combinations, and formations known as dialect, with many of the classic ATS® steps being forgotten or seldom used. But to truly dance in flow with any other ATS® dancer in the world, we all need to be on the same page. Using the classic ATS® steps we’ll dissect a couple of tracks, work on musicality and phrasing to create a dynamic “old school” performance.
Kelley Beeston‘s bio
* Saturday 1-3 PM
* Classic
* Intermediate and up
* SSCE

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Kristine Adams

Manipulating the Motif

Simple ways to bring continuity and grace to your dance. Learn to take the recurring subject, theme, and idea of ATS and bring new life to your dance by manipulating the movements with ease.
* Kristine Adams‘s bio
* Sunday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* All Levels

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Topsy Turvey

Bringing Balance to Your Dance with quick changes, level changes, turns and spins, this workshop will focus on keeping your cool and your feet.
* Kristine Adams‘s bio
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* All Levels

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Lisa Allred

Drills and Doughnuts

This workshop is for regular, everyday dancers who have non-dance jobs, families, and occasionally eat doughnuts before heading to dance class. We will learn ways to build strength, stamina, and flexibility as well as improve technique through Bellydance drills that can be incorporated into your busy schedule. The drills will also help even out strength differences between the muscles on your right (ATS® dominant) and left side. While we are practicing the drills, Lisa will teach science-based strategies for maintaining motivation, sustaining habits, and using “cues” in in your everyday routine to help these new strategies become second nature. (Vocabulary: Level one moves, focused on breaking down and drilling movements, such as taxeem, isolating oblique muscles, 4/4 shimmy)
* Lisa Allred‘s bio
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic & Modern
* All Levels

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Energy Management

Whether you just want to learn how to make it through a dance event with sustained energy or you want to learn how to transform your life, this workshop will teach you how to manage your energy to achieve improved performance and productivity, improved happiness, and improved health. By applying this energy management model used in “corporate athlete” programs, you will learn how to successfully manage your energy through sleep, nutrition, exercise, emotional regulation, and identifying a sense of purpose.
* Lisa Allred‘s bio
* Saturday 12-1 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

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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.
* Megha Gavin‘s bio
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate to Advanced
* SSCE

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Use Your Inspiration Wisely

Steps developed by Megha to fit with the FCBD® format and how to make it work: Resham-ka, Sunanda, Water Pot and Double Back. Dancers should know the basics of Shimmy, Arabic Basic, Egyptian Basic, Pivot Bumps and Choo-choos.
* Megha Gavin‘s bio
* Sunday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate and up
* SSCE

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Melody Bustillos

Crafting Your Sword Performance from A to Z

ATS® improvisational sword performances, now that you have worked on your ATS® sword technique, how does your group put it all together? In this workshop, we will review fundamental sword moves. Revisit the basics for beginners, fine tune advanced dancers, and drills. We will work on crafting the performance including entrance/exit, flowing combinations, transitions, building the set/suspense. We will dance both as one group following the instructor and in quads or smaller formations. Towards the end, an introduction to fast moves with sword, including handling your swords with zils and four fundamental fast vocabulary moves + drill.
* Melody Bustillos‘s bio
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Props: Sword
* Intermediate to Advanced

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Michiyo Salisbury

Dancing to Multiple Directions

Performance space is different depend on the venue or the situation. Sometime we have audience on two sides or all around us. In this workshop, you will learn the structure of facing multiple directions, including both how to set up and switch direction in formation. (Dancers need to be familiar with all Level 1 & 2 moves and concepts)
* Michiyo Salisbury‘s bio
* Sunday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate and up
* SSCE

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Formation Magic in Trio

In this workshop, learn how to get in and out of formations that you can do in trios, including: Regular Trio, Facing in (Circling), and Diagonal. We’ll also talk about the rules of fading and the Shell Game. Come explore all the fun things that trios can do! (Dancers need to be familiar with all Level 1 & 2 moves and concepts)
* Michiyo Salisbury‘s bio
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate and up
* SSCE

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Philippa Moirai

Happy Feet

Just like the roots to a tree, the body’s foundation is the feet! Acting as anchors, assisting with travelling, level changes, turns, hip work and finding the beat; foot placement can improve stability and balance, enabling you to stay grounded whilst executing movements with fluidity and speed. Strengthening exercises, practical drills, plus fast and slow technique will be covered, with the aim of helping you discover ways to move from the feet up, bringing more energy and control to your dance. (Movements from FCBD® Tribal Basics DVD Volumes 1, 4, and 7)
* Philippa Moirai‘s bio
* Friday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate and up
* SSCE

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Rebecca “Becka Bomb” Mayher

Tribal Costuming 101

This workshop goes over what a dancer needs to create the basic costume for any ATS® or ITS tribal dancer will need for performance. We will go over foundation pieces, adornments, and those finishing touches that each dancer will need to create a complete costume while also finding their own unique style within those basics. We will go over costume vs. Costume-ish, considering your audience / venue / music / story, what pieces to invest in, color / movement /t exture within the costume, and of course it wouldn’t be a Becka Bomb workshop if we didn’t talk about Sparkle and Glitter.
* Rebecca “Becka Bomb” Mayher‘s bio
* Sunday 12-1 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

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Sandi Ball & Wendy Allen

The Devil is in the Details: Spins and Turns

Focusing on ATS® spins and turns, we will break down, drill, and refine technique. Get ready to find your happy place within Calibrated Spins and drama within your slow turns, such as, Reverse Turn, Corkscrew and Propeller Turns, Wrap Around Turn, Sahra Turn, Barrel Turn. Must have good technique in the Fundamentals material: Taxeem, Hand Floreo, Arm Undulations, Bodywave, Torso Rotation, and Circle Step; Egyptian, Arabic, Pivot Bump/Choo Choo, and Shimmy.
* Sandi Ball‘s bio and Wendy Allen‘s bio
* Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate and up

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The Intent of the Eye

To get really good at improvisation, you need to be able to read a person’s body language within an instant and react accordingly. Eye contact can also communicate a plethora of information. In this workshop, we will work on some old FCBD® warm-ups, drills and concepts in ATS® that will hone our non-verbal communication even more so than we do now. Get ready for the exciting Salamat Style drill, to help us work up to the 1-2-3 Pick-Up concept for creating variety within a song, or even a set! The beginner can benefit from this class, but is best utilized by the intermediate to advanced dancer who is approaching performance level.
* Sandi Ball‘s bio and Wendy Allen‘s bio
* Friday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate and up

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The Power of Two

The addition of a power duet in an ATS® set is not only a thrill for you as dancers, but for the audience as well! It adds great contrast to other parts of the set and can create a focal point for the whole presentation. A successful power duet starts with choosing the right music and having both dancers know their music inside and out. Learn to distinguish the difference between a standard duet and a power duet for slow and fast tempos, including exercises to help with connecting with your partner. This is designed for the intermediate and advanced dancer.
* Sandi Ball‘s bio and Wendy Allen‘s bio
Saturday 1-3 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Intermediate to Advanced

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Wrap It Up

In the early days of FatChanceBellyDance®, the requisite and unique part of the costume was the head wrap. Join us for a fun workshop on how to create a beautiful, classic FCBD® style head wrap! Great workshop for all levels. What to bring: (1) a length of 3+ yards (2.75 meters)/standard width of cotton fabric (black is most common), (2) a decorative scarf or two long enough to wrap once or more around the head, (3) a fabric flower or two, (4) jewels that are ready to pin in, such as brooches, chains, necklaces/bracelets, pendants, earrings, anything with holes, (5) lots of hat and/or long corsage pins.
* Sandi Ball‘s bio and Wendy Allen‘s bio
* Sunday 9:30-11:30 AM
* Lecture
* All Levels
* Accessories: Bring head wrap components

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Sofia Salazar-Rubio

Rhythm is a Dancer: Practical Applications for Zills

Put rhythm into motion with practical and ready-to-use applications for zill variations that will enrich your personal practice and performance. These methods are commonly used by FatChanceBellyDance® in classes and on stage. Topics include: drilling to improve and refine technique; dancing with different patterns and contrasting zills to accentuate the music; passing the Moroccan 6 in chorus; and riffing. Movements: Basic knowledge of Volumes 1, 3 & 4.
* Sofia Salazar-Rubio‘s bio
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Classic & Modern
* Beginner to Intermediate
* SSCE

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Sooz Hall

Stage Fright?! Who? Me?!

Let Sooz get you out of your own head space and into your performance space through a series of improvisational games, relaxation techniques, mnemonic rituals, and good old fashioned theatre tips. Whether a bashful budding baby dancer or a veteran of the footlights, performance anxiety can strike when you least expect it. Take back your joy and leave the heart palpitations where they belong: in your audience! Sooz has extensive experience in all performing disciplines while having toured throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico in every venue from small dance studios to popular amusement parks such as Knotts and Disneyland and major theatres in between. Let her energy imbue you!
* Sooz Hall‘s bio
* Friday 12-1 PM
* Lecture with some movement
* All Levels

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Terri Allred

Find Your Superpower

Learn how to identify, package, and market your unique superpower to the world. Whether you are a professional dancer or a hobbyist looking to build classes in your local community, you will learn how to identify and package your unique brand for your target audience. This workshop will take you through specific steps to create your message, identify your niche, identify your target markets, and create a plan to reach those markets. You will leave this workshop with a definite plan in place to reach your marketing goals.
* Terri Allred‘s bio
* Sunday 12-1 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

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Terri Allred & Dawn Grey

ATS with Veil

Adding veil to your ATS® improvisation creates a new dimension of movement and texture. Terri and Dawn will teach you how to choose the right veil for you, how to make friends with your veil and how to trouble shoot common veil performance problems. We will adapt several ATS® movements for use with veil and will learn a few new movements that are beautiful for highlighting the veil. You will leave the workshop with the ability to integrate veil into your ATS® slow and fast performance sets. This class is appropriate for beginning veil students, but students must be familiar with level 1-4 ATS Movements.
* Terri Allred‘s bio and Dawn Grey‘s bio
* Saturday 3:30-5 PM
* Intermediate
* Props: Veil

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WildCard

Herding Cats

As we all know, getting several women to all agree on the same thing can be a bit like herding cats. So how does a troupe manage to not only come together, and work together, but stay together? As a troupe that’s been happily dancing together for over a decade, in this workshop we will share with you the techniques we use to communicate both on and off the dance floor. We’ll cover how we work as a collective, as well as what different structures can work for different troupes. We’ll also share with you our guidelines for not only managing multiple student troupes, but getting them to grow and thrive. We’ll learn to navigate the occasionally bumpy road that all sisterhoods travel, and emerge with the tools to come out even stronger on the other side. Bring your notebook, troupe mates, and any questions you may have!
* WildCard‘s bio
* Saturday 12-1 PM
* Lecture
* All Levels

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