EAST COAST CLASS DANCE FESTIVAL
GALA SHOW & WORKSHOPS
Virginia Beach, VA
January 18 ~ 21 2018
The East Coast Classic Dance Festival & Competition
is a weekend of bellydance featuring...
coaching by internationally acclaimed judges,
fresh new workshop topics, and a
community collaborative vibe that will keep you staying
up late and getting up early so you don’t miss a thing.
The workshop begins with an introductory presentation designed to inform the dancer about specific shapes and the overarching proportions governing the unfolding universe.
Once you become aware of these geometric designs, you will be able to bring awareness to these naturally occurring lines, circles, and angles formed by your body during specific moves. These shapes also convey concomitant emotions, ones that can be transferred to observers simply through a visual connection.
In SACRED DANCE ~ SACRED GEOMETRY you will be trained to feel and experience these shapes in order to mold them into your traditional fusion or nouveau choreography so that by intentionally incorporating them into your dance, these primary movements will automatically affect the audience at a visceral level, thus amplifying their excitement and overall feeling of satisfaction.
From ancient temples to belly dance hips, "Court of the
Red Snake Queen" is an example of a moving puja (prayer) that incorporates sacred dance and sacred geometry
by using the divine architecture in the living body.
Classical Odissi dance is the oldest known continuous dance form in the world. Thus this workshop was designed for you to experience Odissi’s most fundamental combinations and exercises, and learn how they can be applied to your dance performances and practices to dynamically enhance your choreographies and stage presence.
"COBRA" is a basic Odissi Fusion piece Moria created
for a Bellydance Superstar's tour.
Performers include Moria Chappell, April Rose,
Sabrina Fox, and Colleen Anderson.
Moving forward, backward, and up and down, you will learn this intricate and exciting form of ethnic dance and its combinations as they apply to Tribal Fusion belly dance.
The focus will be on the muscle conditioning necessary for Tunisian fusion's twists, locks, drops, and shimmies, as well as the intensive drills of Tunisian combinations for moving as well as for stationary applications.
Folkloric and fresh, sweaty and unique,
TUNISIAN FUSION culminates in a
Tribal Fusion choreography.
Dance shoes are recommended.
This is an example of applying Tunisian Fusion.
Note the jars and baskets worn on the head, which were artifacts intrinsic to ancient Tunisian culture and remain hallmarks of their national folk dances.
Once learned from Moria, elements from "Yogini" can then be added to your dance repertoire to enhance current choreographies, or you can perform the dance in its entirety.
The character Moria portrays in "Yogini" is Matangi, a wild, tantric forest goddess of music, dance, art, and society's outcasts who especially loves elephants and birds.
The piece was inspired by the goddess Matangi and is dedicated to her as well as the many Yoginis who dwell in the trees, forests, and edges of society.
"Yogini" is a performance piece created for "Nocturnal,"
a theatrical show created & directed by Moria Chappell.
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