Maryland Bellydance Convention -The official website - 4 Days of Performances, Vending, Fashion Show and Workshops
             Workshops
                       
Whole weekend workshops package-Whole workshop weekend package includes ALL warm up workshops,  ALL Intensive workshops  and non- intensive workshops  PLUS  1 performance spot. Please indicate what workshops you will be taking on Saturday and Sunday. FOR A LIMITED TIME . Payment plans are available $580.00 ($100.00 savings)
 
 

Troupe Package-( 4 or more dancers )- Troupe package includes  any 5 NON-intensive workshops PLUS 1 troupe performance spot, FOR A LIMITED TIME. $220.00
 
 

Intensive Package- Intensive package includes all intensive workshops for one instructor PLUS 1 performing spot. FOR A LIMITED TIME.
 
Petite Jamilla 5 hours total- $165.00
 


Stacey Lizette  6 hours total - 6 credits towards your Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour certification program- $185.00





Thursday workshops
10-12
  Petite Jamilla  -          Fire Tango                                 $68.00
 
 
1-3
  Petite Jamilla  -Simplified Spinning and Double Veil $68.00
 
 
4-5
  Petite Jamilla  -  Performance preparation                   $48.00
 
 
6-7:30
 Tiffani Ahdia   - Lebanese Pop Choreography             $48.00
 
 
 
Friday workshops
8-9
  Sue Schmitt             Yoga warm up                                 $13.00
 
 
10-1
 Stacey Lizette- Intro to Suhaila Salimpour Format - 3 credits$105.00
 
 
2-5
 Stacey Lizette- Intro to Jamila Salimpour Format - 3 credits   $105.00
 
 
 
Saturday workshops
8-9
  Billy Greer    -           Tai Chi warm up                             $13.00  
 
 
9:30-11
Akasha             -          Arm-a-geddon                                 $48.00
Tiffani Ahdia   -  Saidi Combo's & Choreography              $48.00
-Akasha
 
-Tiffani Ahdia
 
11:30-1 
Nilat  -       Modern Belly Fusion                                        $48.00
 Mary Nelson- Pua Lasana Hawaiian Hula Choreograph   $48.00
-Nilat
 
-Mary Nelson
 
 
1:30- 3
  Samira Shuruk- Bollywood Mujra Basics                                           $48.00


Sunday workshops
8:30-10
Nilat         -   How to Choreograph 101                               $48.00
Akasha     - Side winders, undulations, taqsims....Oh My!    $48.00
-Nilat
 
-Akasha
 
10:30-12
Samira Shuruk  -      Bollywood Mujra Part 2-Choreography   $48.00
Brett Zwerdling- How to find the rhythm in live Middle Eastern music                                                                                       $48.00
-Samira Shuruk
 
-Brett Zwerdling      
 
 
 
         Petite Jamilla-Intensive
Performance Preparation             
  in this lecture style class, Petite Jamilla will teach you tips on how to practice simple meditations to deepen your emotional connection through dance, gain inside tips on how to prepare for a performance (what to bring, how to rehearse, how to choreograph, how to costume, etc...) Come with a note book ready to learn about these steps to help you prepare for your next performance!!                             
DURATION OF CLASS: 1 hours                                 
CLASS LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced                                       
BRING NOTE BOOK AND PEN  
 
FIRE TANGO (Cabaret FusionChoreography)
Petite Jamilla breaks down a Jazz and Tango influenced cabaret fusion choreography original that contains layered shimmy's, lunges, turn's, and traveling footwork. Drilling the choreography as combinations first, repetition will ensure your confidence in the completion of this powerful and elegant piece at the end of the class!!!
 DURATION OF CLASS: 2 hours
CLASS LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
Bring ballet slippers, jazz shoes or socks in case the footwork bothers you
       
SIMPLIFIED SPINNING AND DOUBLE VEIL
Join Petite Jamilla in her simple instruction of Double Veil usage and simplified spinning techniques designed to give you impressive command of her famous bellydance prop! PJ breaks down the movements and combinations in an understandable way at an intermediate pace. Utilizing visualization and meditation techniques, you can expect to leave this workshop with the tools to put together YOUR OWN Double Veil choreography.
 DURATION OF CLASS: 2 hours
CLASS LEVEL: Open (beginner veil technique is required)
YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN SEMI-CIRCLE VEILS TO THIS CLASS.
 
       STACEY LIZETTE
 
Suhaila Salimpour Format
This 3 hour workshop will be the basics of Suhaila format. Stacey will take us through the basics plus drills to lock it in. No styles, yet all styles. Suhaila’s fundamental dance training is not a style; students are learning to be dancers, and a well trained dancer can perform any stylization she wishes. Cabaret dancers, gypsy dancers, tribal dancers and fusion dancers all meet in class to receive the same training . . . and. . . throughout their studies in Suhaila’s format, they learn one fundamental dance format and many stylizations.
 DURATION OF CLASS: 3 HOURS
CLASS LEVEL: Beginner to advance
receive - 3 credits

Jamila Salimpour Format
Take what you learned Format and put it to use while learning about what Jamila brought to Belly dance. Learn some of the stylization that has brought tribal to what it is today. We will be leaning about the format with combinations. This takes us back to old school tribal. You do not need to attend Suhaila Format to attend Jamila Format class .
DURATION OF CLASS: 3 HOURS
CLASS LEVEL: Beginner to advance
receive -3 credits
 
 
                AKASHA
"Arm-a-geddon"
  Learn poise, elegance, and articulation through movement and posturing drills.  You will leave this workshop with the tools and practice for graceful but strong arm patterns, arm rolls, waves and hits, hand articulation and shoulder mobility (key for awesome snake arms and poppin’ and lockin’).
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 minutes
CLASS LEVEL: Beginner to Advance
 
 
"Sidewinders,Undulations, Taqsims...Oh My!"
Ooey gooey snaky yumminess is beautiful to watch in belly dance.  And you don’t have to be boneless or RB to attain it!  Learn fluidity in motion through musculature aiding in each specific movement, and with specific technique drills.  Movements will be paired together to flow from one to another.  Class will begin with a yoga inspired warm up, with special focus on stretches to aid in fluidity of motion. 
 
DURATION OF CLASS:  90 minutes
CLASS LEVEL: Beginner to Advance
 
              
                  BILLY GREER
Tai Chi/Qigong 
 Discover how this ancient and low-impact form of exercise promotes joint health, improves flexibility and strength; improves balance; increases body awareness; helps with arthritis, blood pressure, diabetes and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia; and increases bone density.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of fitness. Wear clothing suitable for movement, such as yoga/sweatpants and a t-shirt.
DURATION OF CLASS: 1 HOUR
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
             
         BRETT ZWERDLING
How To Find The Rhythm In Live Middle Eastern Music
Dancing to live music can be terrifying for both beginning and advanced dancers.  One of the most common fears is not being able to find the beat of a song, making for awkward dance maneuvers and nervous smiles.  Join Brett of MAHARAL in learning to decipher the rhythm code with real-time exercises and instruction.  Dance to live music with confidence!
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 MINUTES
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
          
            MARY NELSON
PUA LASANA HAWAIIAN HULA CHOREOGRAPHY
 Pua Lasana is a peppy, uptempo hula, written in the 1920's. It pays homage to a woman who is pretty to look at, but proud and sassy in personality. She is compared to the Lantana flower, which lovely to behold but pungent and irritating to smell!
Come feel the Hawaiian islands. Let your hips sway and immerse yourself into the culture. You will incorporate basic Hula steps, Hawaiian calls and graceful hands movements to form a complete Hawaiian Hula Choreography. You will also receive the written choreography. 
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 MINUTES
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
                   
                     Nilat
"How to Choreograph; 101"
Learn how to create shimmy-tastic choreographies!
In this class you will learn how to select music &dancers, engage the audience, utilize notation and experiment with techniques, to create the movement you have always wanted to start & finish dances.
Part lecture & part dance
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 MINUTES
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
 
"Modern Belly Fusion"
Fusing Modern & Belly dance techniques! Use combos to story tell, expressing your innermost emotions & mood and using your bodyweight to enhance movement; contact-release, floor work, partner work, fall& recovery & some improv.
Please bring yoga mat & knee pads & wear something very comfortable to move & roll around in.
Accommodations will be made for dancers who struggle from past injuries or have ongoing issues. Please contact in advance for awareness.nilat_fusionbellydancer@yahoo.com
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 MINUTES
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
        
          SAMIRA SHURUK
Bollywood Mujra Basics!
 Did you know there are different styles of Bollywood? Bollywood Mujra is based on Kathak, one of India's oldest classical forms of dance. Kathak means "story teller" in Sanskrit and in order to do Bollywood Mujra you learn some of the classical storytelling techniques. In this workshop, you will learn the structure of Bollywood Mujra songs and how to identify them, basic Kathak footwork, and lots of beautiful arms and expressions.  We will also enjoy some great videos along with the lyrics translations. The dancer who knows the story can tell the story beautifully. 
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 MINUTES
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE

Bollywood Mujra Part 2- Choreography 
 After Bollywood Mujra Basics you can learn a choreography to one of Samira’s favorite Bollywood songs. You must also do Mujra Basics in order to take this workshop. Building on basic techniques learned in Bollywood Mujra Basics, you will learn a simple and beautiful choreography to one of Samira's favorite Bollywood Mujra songs. Bollywood dance involves storytelling, graceful arms, lots of gestures, fancy footwork, as well as lots of energy and level changes. Be prepared to joyfully workout while you learn some gorgeous Bollywood Mujra
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 MINUTES
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
****MUST TAKE THE BOLLYWOOD MUJRA BASICS (TECHNIQUE) TO TAKE THIS WORKSHOP


            
               SUE SCHMITT
Morning Yoga Warm up
Join Sue for some early morning slow stretches , deep breathing and  get your muscles warmed and ready for a day of workshops.
DURATION OF CLASS: 1 HOUR
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
          
              TIFFANI AHDIA
Lebanese Pop Choreography
This workshop will cover a full choreography of one of Lebanon’s newest, most popular songs! We will begin with a full warm-up and overview of some of the more difficult combinations, followed by a breakdown of the songs rhythms and lyrics. By the end of the class, we will perform the choreography in small groups and learn how to add your own unique touch to the movements to make it your own!
Handouts, notes, and a translation of the song will be provided.
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 MINUTES
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
 
Saidi Combos & Choreography
Come learn one of the most popular and fun folkloric dances of Upper Egypt with Raqs Assaya! Get ready for a workshop that is packed full of information! We will cover a brief history of Saidi, basic technique, cool tricks, sassy combinations, and we’ll put it all together in a choreography to an exciting song!
Please bring your own cane! Handouts and notes will be provided.
DURATION OF CLASS: 90 MINUTES
CLASS LEVEL: BEGINNER TO ADVANCE
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