Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Raqs Sharqi Immersion & Shimmy Shakti Day Retreat (October 21)


Raqs Sharqi Immersion 
& Shimmy Shakti Day Retreat

DATE:
Saturday, October 21, 2017

TIME:
9:00am-3:45pm

LOCATION:
NOLA Spaces- 1719 Toledano St. New Orleans
& Live Oak Yoga Studio- 6113 Magazine St. New Orleans
There will be plenty of us driving. 
Please let me know if you would like a ride to lunch and the yoga studio. 
Happy to arrange transportation <3

We are filled to capacity.
Registration is now closed.


MORNING IMMERSION WORKSHOP
9:00am-12:30pm
  • Movement Focus: Arms, Hands, and Posture
  • Expression Focus: Connection, and Presentation
  • Centering on Technique & History
  • Choreography: We will learn the new 2017 Shimmy Shakti Oriental Drum Solo choreography, with strong folkloric elements
LUNCH OFF SITE (12:45pm-1:45pm)
Lunch will be at Mint (Freret St) 1.4 miles for the studio
(Prices range from $7-10 per entree)
We will close our retreat day at a beautiful yoga studio space on Magazine, just a 5 minute ride from our lunch location. If you need a ride from our morning session to lunch and studio, there will be several of us with cars that can help. Just give me a heads up so we can plan
CHOREOGRAPHY & ENERGY CLEARING and HEALING
2:00pm-3:45pm (Live Oak Yoga, 6113 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118)

We will have time to talk more in depth about the choreography we learned and discuss important pieces and elements to bring it to life. We will run through the choreography and then close our beautiful day with an Energy Clearing and Healing session.
About Energy Clearing and Healing:
In the fall, it’s natural to think about what’s transpired in the beginning months and prepare to welcome positive new energy to support your intentions in the months ahead.
I believe it is most important to bring awareness to what energy belongs to us and to allow this to flow within and be protected, while releasing all the energy that does not belong to us, releasing all those things that do not nourish us with forgiveness and compassion.
This time will be dedicated to clearing our energy centers, the most important space in our life, to create our “ultimate sanctuary” within ourselves, activating positive intentions, opening our energy centers and sealing our energy for protection.
We will do this through the powerful healing available through dance and movement. We will start with dancing, connecting to our body, and move through our energy centers, ending in a restorative therapeutic session.
* Restorative poses | Essential Oil Therapy
* Chakra Activation | Energy Clearing
* Meditation & Visualization Exercises

For the best experience, please bring the following items:

Yoga Mat
Water Bottle
2 pillows (or Bolster)
Fleece or throw- tends to get chilly during energy healing

REGISTRATION:

$50 Full Day (9:00am-3:30pm)
$25 Deposit (Reserves your spot, Balance due October 1, 2017)

DEADLINE TO REGISTER
Register via PayPal OR Check by October 1, 2017

* Shimmy Shakti Troupe Training
Space is limited. Registration will close once we are at full capacity.
Highly recommend early registration.

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New Schedule September-December

2017 Calendar of Events (AUGUST-DECEMBER

STUDIO CLASSES (NOLAS SPACES)
Thursdays 7pm-8pm
Saturdays 10:30am-11:30am

SUNSET SHIMMIES @THE PARK (CITY PARK)
Tuesdays @sunset


To register for class or for more information, please email
bellydanceneworleans@gmail.com


CLASSES ARE OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS
BEGINNERS WELCOME
DROP INS WELCOME
NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY




    AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
    • 8/31- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    SEPTEMBER
    • 9/2- Saturday Belly Dance Intensive (10:30am-11:30am)
    • 9/7- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 9/9- Saturday Belly Dance Intensive (10:30am-11:30am)
    • 9/12- Sunset Shimmies at the Park (6pm-7:00pm)
    • 9/14- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 9/16- NO CLASS (LABORATORIUM PIENSI WORKSHOP)
    • 9/19- Sunset Shimmies at the Park (6pm-7:00pm)
    • 9/21- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 9/23- Saturday Belly Dance Intensive (10:30am-11:30am)
    • 9/26- Sunset Shimmies at the Park (6pm-7:00pm)
    • 9/28- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 9/30- Saturday Belly Dance Intensive (10:30am-11:30am)
    DAY WORKSHOP/RETREAT

    Raqs Sharki Immersion Retreat
    October 21 (9am-3:30pm)

    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER CLASS SCHEDULE
    Thursdays 10/19-11/9
    Saturdays 10/21-11/11
    • 10/3- Troupe Class (Time and Location TBD)
    • 10/5- Troupe-ONLY Class 7pm-8pm
    • No Class 10/7-10/12
    • 10/14- Shimmy Shakti Choreography Class (Int/Adv) 10:30am-11:30am
    • 10/19- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 10/21- Raqs Sharqi Immersion & Shimmy Shakti Day Retreat (9am-3:45pm)
    • 10/26- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 10/28- Saturday Belly Dance Intensive (10:30am-11:30am)
    • 11/2- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 11/4- Saturday Belly Dance Intensive (10:30am-11:30am)
    • 11/9- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 11/11- Saturday Belly Dance Intensive 10:30am
    • 11/16- Thursday Basic Elements (7pm-8pm)
    • 11/18- Shimmy Shakti Choreography Class (Int/Adv) 10:30am-11:30am
    • 11/25- Troupe-ONLY Class (Shimmy Soul Rehearsal) 10:30am-11:30am
    • 12/2- Troupe-ONLY Class (Shimmy Soul Rehearsal) 10:30am-11:30am
    • 12/5- Troupe-ONLY Class (Shimmy Soul Rehearsal) 6pm-8pm
    • 12/7- Troupe-ONLY Class (Shimmy Soul Rehearsal) 6pm-8pm
    • 12/8 to 12/10- Shimmy Soul: A New Orleans Belly Dance Experience
    • 12/16- Open House Class 10:00am-11:30am (Special $5 Drop in with Invitation Coupon, email for more info)
    OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 
    (TROUPE CLASSES)
    NOLA Spaces
    10/3- Tuesday (6pm-8pm Location TBD)
    10/5- Thursday 7pm-8pm
    10/14- Saturday 10:30am-11:30am
    11/25- Saturday 10:30am-11:30am
    12/2 Saturday 10am-11:30am
    12/5 Tuesday 6pm-8pm
    12/7 Thursday 6pm-8pm

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Registration is now open!



    Schedule & Registration

    WORKSHOP & SHOW SCHEDULE


    December 9, 2017
    TimeWorkshopInstructorDescription
    9:00 AMRegistration
    9:15am-11:15amTantalizing Drum SoloSandra (Mexico | Houston, TX) Featured Instructor (Click here for bio)Learn an exciting and high energy drum solo choreography with Sandra! In this workshop, we’ll break down a new choreography that includes juicy shimmies, basic to intermediate isolation patterns, sassy hip work, and a little attitude on top! We’ll go over the construction of the drum solo choreography and discuss the arrangements of patterns and the selection of specific movements according to the various rhythms played within the song.

    This choreography is perfect for any performance setting or stage -we’ll even go over staging and how perform this choreography in duet or troupe setting! Bring your hip scarves and get ready to dance, shimmy, and discover your inner diva!
    11:30am-1:30pm"Art of Balancing" (Candle Tray: Dance & Floorwork)Amae (Austin, TX) Featured Instructor (Click here for bio)"THE ART OF BALANCING- CANDLE TRAY DANCE & FOOTWORK"

    “The Tricks of the Tray" We will take time to learn about different styles of tray, the best way to prep your prop, materials, and safety.
    “The Balancing Act” We will focus on technique, posture, and the best way to isolate your upper body for your prop. From there, we will take basic belly dance moves and learn how to incorporate levels and layers. This really adds to the depth of your performance while using balancing props .
    “Floor work Technique” We will then focus on descending (the proper way to get to the floor) and variations, as well ascending from the floor. We will then learn floor work movements and combinations best for balancing props.

    What you will need to bring:
    If you have sensitive knees, I would suggest bringing knees pads and or a yoga mat.
    If you don't have a tray, I will be able to supply small prop trays
    1:45pm-3:30pmFlash Mob WorkshopKarla Marie (New Orleans | Honduras) Featured Instructor & Shimmy Soul Host (Click here for Bio)In this workshop we will learn a basic Latin Fusion Choreography specifically designed for a Flash Mob setting with lots of yummy moves, directional turns and changes, and a beautiful fusion of Latin Dance styles (Salsa, Bachata, Flamenco, and Kizomba) and Oriental Dance! Shimmy Soul Participants along with local Belly Dance Goddess Hour students will have the opportunity to perform in a Flash Mob on Sunday, December 10 at 5pm (French Quarter, New Orleans)
    7:30pm-10pmShimmy Soul ShowShimmy Soul PerformersDoors Open 7:30pm ~ Show starts 8:00pm Location: NOLA Spaces
    December 10, 2017
    TimeWorkshopInstructorDescription
    9:00am-11:00am"Anahata: Dancing from Your Heart Chakra" (Energy Healing & Choreography / Modern Oriental)Karla Marie (New Orleans | Honduras) Featured Instructor & Shimmy Soul Host (Click here for Bio)In this workshop you will Learn practices that will enhance your Dance With Connection, With Intention, with Heart! We will activate and open our Heart chakra through powerful exercises, learning to unlock and balance energy through dance. Karla Marie is a Middle Eastern Dance Instructor and energy light worker, trained in Reiki and energy reading and healing, she also serves as a professional Communications Specialist trained in body language.

    During this workshop, you will learn energy clearing techniques and chakra activating practices and incorporate them into your belly dancing. We will go through specific footwork, technique, isolations and drills, incorporating breath and visualization focused on the heart chakra, as a tool to enhance our dancing. Learn to connect with your energy and body to express authenticity and sincerity in your dance. Learn to connect with the audience during performance through specific communication techniques and movements that allow your dancing to come alive with intention and a deeper connection for stronger, more powerful presentation. Open Your Heart to the Power that is YOU and Learn to Dance with Joy, With Connection, With Intention, with Heart! 
    Choreography: "Yearning" (Modern Oriental)
    11:30am-2pm"Dancing to Oum Kalthoum" (Technique and Choreography / Egyptian Oriental)Alexandra Molina (Miami|Cuba/CR) Featured Instructors (Click here for bio)From technique to story-telling, Alexandra's "Dancing to Oum Kalthoum" Workshop will intrigue and dazzle your senses! Participants will work on dancing with expression using silky arms, juicy hip-work and level changes as well as how to interpret lyrical music of Oum Kalthoum. The workshop will focus on a choreography to "We Daret el Ayam (The Days Went On)."

    Oum Kalthoum was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actress that strongly impacted the Middle East during times of war and peace in the late 20th century. A highly influential cultural and political figure, she was given the honorary title of "Start of the East."
    2:00pm-2:30pmFlash Mob Rehearsal
    Rehearse for Sunday, December 10th Flash Mob (Taking place at 5:00pm in the French Quarter)
    5:00pm-5:15pmFlash Mob PerformanceShimmy Soul Participants & Belly Dance Goddess Hour StudentsFrench Quarter, New Orleans
    5:30pm-8:30pmPrivate Party & HaflaTickets must be purchased
    Details TBA
    Closing Reception (Food included- Cash Bar) French Quarter New Orleans



    REGISTER BELOW


    Workshop DescriptionKick-off SpecialVIP All Weekend PassEarly BirdJust In TimeLateSame Day
    8/16/17 through 9/4/179/4/17 through 10/31/179/5/17 through 9/30/1710/1/17 through 10/31/1711/1/17 through 11/24/1712/2/17
    AND
    12/3/17
    All Weekend Pass (5 workshops)$125
    Not Available
    $175$160$175$190Not Available
    Flash Mob Workshop + RehearsalIncluded in Kick-Off SpecialIncluded in VIP Pass$20$20$20$20
    Single WorkshopIncludedIncluded$40$45$50$55
    VIP PartyNot Included in Kick-Off SpecialIncluded in VIPNot Available
    Saturday Pass
    Included
    All 5 workshops included ($180 Value)
    $100$110$120Not Available
    Sunday Pass$80$90$100Not Available
    Individual Show Ticket
    Not Included in Kick-Off Special
    One Show Ticket Included ($20 Value)$20$20$20$30
    Sunday Private Party & Hafla (Dinner Included) beautiful French Quarter Location 5:30pm-8:30pmOne Ticket Included in VIP pass for workshop participant ($20 Value) All guests must purchase a ticket$20$25$25$30
    VIP ALL WEEKEND PASS Includes All Weekend Workshop Pass (5 workshops), Closing Reception (Private Party & Hafla) Dinner included. This is a great package for those planning to be available Friday evening and/or depart Sunday evening. It will give you access to scheduled events to kick-off and close the weekend. Our VIP party* will allow you to experience the New Orleans Night Life without the hassle, and our closing reception will be a more intimate/casual setting- A Private Party & Hafla. Your pass includes dinner at this event. It will allow another opportunity to enjoy the city and build a sense of community with the dancers, performers, and Instructors you meet this weekend. For local New Orleans participants, this event is open to your guests as well, with tickets available for purchase. VIP Party details TBA.

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Meet your Host: Karla Marie





    It is my honor and privilege to share in this beautiful space of art, creativity, soul, and dance. 

    Join us this year, and welcome to your new home. 

    We will have a wonderful opportunity to dance, to flash mob, to party, and to become one big happy #ShimmySoul Family.



    Registration Opens 
    Wednesday, 
    August 16th

    Don’t miss it!


    Karla Marie
    Shimmy Soul: A New Orleans Belly Dance Experience, Founder/Creative Director/Host


    Belly Dance Goddess Hour, Instructor


    Shimmy Shakti Troupe, Creator/Director






    This year's Shimmy Soul: A New Orleans Belly Dance Experience promises to be an amazing opportunity for continuing education and training for dancers! It will also be a great place to start your #OrientalDance training with the perfect balance of workshops offering some of the belly dance must-haves. From an energizing and Tantalizing Drum Solo, to Learning to Dance with a Prop, from the most classical (Dancing to Oum Kalthoum), to the most intimate (Dancing From Your Heart Chakra). Also, this year, the opportunity to continue to share this beautiful dance with our community through a Flash mob choreography that you can bring back to your studio home or students, and perform with us here in New Orleans. I just cannot wait for this beautiful weekend and to welcome you.

    recently shared my thoughts and hopes for this year’s event. To read more, click here

    My bio will tell you a little bit about my personal experience in dance and how and where I first fell in love with this art form. In 2005, at MidEastern Dance Exchange in Miami Beach, a studio under the direction of Tamalyn Dallal and then Bozenka…. I would have never dreamed I would end up dancing for this long, much less teaching, and never imagine I would host such a beautiful group of dancers in my own city. Nevertheless, here we are. I am honored, excited, and so eager to share everything that has been shared with me by my teachers. With much love, a lot of soul, and every bit of passion, I created a workshop to share with students. My first opportunity to share this workshop was at Bayou Belly in July of 2017, I am happy to share it with you at this year’s Shimmy Soul. This time, to a new choreography. I hope you will join me. 

    WORKSHOPS

    Anahata: Dancing from your Heart Chakra
    Choreography: Yearning (Modern Oriental)
    In this workshop you will Learn practices that will enhance your Dance With Connection, With Intention, with Heart! We will activate and open our Heart chakra through powerful exercises, learning to unlock and balance energy through dance. Karla Marie is a Middle Eastern Dance Instructor and energy light worker, trained in Reiki and energy reading and healing, she also serves as a professional Communications Specialist trained in body language. 
    During this workshop, you will learn energy clearing techniques and chakra activating practices and incorporate them into your belly dancing. We will go through specific footwork, technique, isolations and drills, incorporating breath and visualization focused on the heart chakra, as a tool to enhance our dancing. Learn to connect with your energy and body to express authenticity and sincerity in your dance. Learn to connect with the audience during performance through specific communication techniques and movements that allow your dancing to come alive with intention and a deeper connection for stronger, more powerful presentation. Open Your Heart to the Power that is YOU and Learn to Dance with Joy, With Connection, With Intention, with Heart! 
    FLASH MOB: Latin/Oriental Fusion
    To add to your New Orleans Experience, we will close our weekend with a Flash Mob in the French Quarter, New Orleans performed by Shimmy Soul Flash Mob Workshop Participants along with local Belly Dance Goddess Hour students. 
    I will be teaching a workshop where we will learn a basic Latin Fusion Choreography specifically designed for a Flash Mob setting with lots of yummy moves, directional turns and changes, and a beautiful fusion of Latin Dance styles (Salsa, Bachata, Flamenco, and Kizomba) and Oriental Dance! 
    Students signed up for the Flash Mob Workshop will receive a video of the choreography ahead of time, in case you want to get a head start.  

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Shimmy Soul: Registration



    Schedule & Registration

    WORKSHOP & SHOW SCHEDULE


    December 9, 2017
    TimeWorkshopInstructorDescription
    9:00 AMRegistration
    9:15am-11:15amTantalizing Drum SoloSandra (Mexico | Houston, TX) Featured Instructor (Click here for bio)Learn an exciting and high energy drum solo choreography with Sandra! In this workshop, we’ll break down a new choreography that includes juicy shimmies, basic to intermediate isolation patterns, sassy hip work, and a little attitude on top! We’ll go over the construction of the drum solo choreography and discuss the arrangements of patterns and the selection of specific movements according to the various rhythms played within the song.

    This choreography is perfect for any performance setting or stage -we’ll even go over staging and how perform this choreography in duet or troupe setting! Bring your hip scarves and get ready to dance, shimmy, and discover your inner diva!
    11:30am-1:30pm"Art of Balancing" (Candle Tray: Dance & Floorwork)Amae (Austin, TX) Featured Instructor (Click here for bio)"THE ART OF BALANCING- CANDLE TRAY DANCE & FOOTWORK"

    “The Tricks of the Tray" We will take time to learn about different styles of tray, the best way to prep your prop, materials, and safety.
    “The Balancing Act” We will focus on technique, posture, and the best way to isolate your upper body for your prop. From there, we will take basic belly dance moves and learn how to incorporate levels and layers. This really adds to the depth of your performance while using balancing props .
    “Floor work Technique” We will then focus on descending (the proper way to get to the floor) and variations, as well ascending from the floor. We will then learn floor work movements and combinations best for balancing props.

    What you will need to bring:
    If you have sensitive knees, I would suggest bringing knees pads and or a yoga mat.
    If you don't have a tray, I will be able to supply small prop trays
    1:45pm-3:30pmFlash Mob WorkshopKarla Marie (New Orleans | Honduras) Featured Instructor & Shimmy Soul Host (Click here for Bio)In this workshop we will learn a basic Latin Fusion Choreography specifically designed for a Flash Mob setting with lots of yummy moves, directional turns and changes, and a beautiful fusion of Latin Dance styles (Salsa, Bachata, Flamenco, and Kizomba) and Oriental Dance! Shimmy Soul Participants along with local Belly Dance Goddess Hour students will have the opportunity to perform in a Flash Mob on Sunday, December 10 at 5pm (French Quarter, New Orleans)
    7:30pm-10pmShimmy Soul ShowShimmy Soul PerformersNOLA Spaces
    December 10, 2017
    TimeWorkshopInstructorDescription
    9:00am-11:00am"Anahata: Dancing from Your Heart Chakra" (Energy Healing & Choreography / Modern Oriental)Karla Marie (New Orleans | Honduras) Featured Instructor & Shimmy Soul Host (Click here for Bio)In this workshop you will Learn practices that will enhance your Dance With Connection, With Intention, with Heart! We will activate and open our Heart chakra through powerful exercises, learning to unlock and balance energy through dance. Karla Marie is a Middle Eastern Dance Instructor and energy light worker, trained in Reiki and energy reading and healing, she also serves as a professional Communications Specialist trained in body language.

    During this workshop, you will learn energy clearing techniques and chakra activating practices and incorporate them into your belly dancing. We will go through specific footwork, technique, isolations and drills, incorporating breath and visualization focused on the heart chakra, as a tool to enhance our dancing. Learn to connect with your energy and body to express authenticity and sincerity in your dance. Learn to connect with the audience during performance through specific communication techniques and movements that allow your dancing to come alive with intention and a deeper connection for stronger, more powerful presentation. Open Your Heart to the Power that is YOU and Learn to Dance with Joy, With Connection, With Intention, with Heart! 
    Choreography: "Yearning" (Modern Oriental)
    11:30am-2pm"Dancing to Oum Kalthoum" (Technique and Choreography / Egyptian Oriental)Alexandra Molina (Miami|Cuba/CR) Featured Instructors (Click here for bio)From technique to story-telling, Alexandra's "Dancing to Oum Kalthoum" Workshop will intrigue and dazzle your senses! Participants will work on dancing with expression using silky arms, juicy hip-work and level changes as well as how to interpret lyrical music of Oum Kalthoum. The workshop will focus on a choreography to "We Daret el Ayam (The Days Went On)."

    Oum Kalthoum was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actress that strongly impacted the Middle East during times of war and peace in the late 20th century. A highly influential cultural and political figure, she was given the honorary title of "Start of the East."
    2:00pm-2:30pmFlash Mob Rehearsal
    Rehearse for Sunday, December 10th Flash Mob (Taking place at 5:00pm in the French Quarter)
    5:00pm-5:15pmFlash Mob PerformanceShimmy Soul Participants & Belly Dance Goddess Hour StudentsFrench Quarter, New Orleans
    5:30pm-8:30pmPrivate Party & HaflaTickets must be purchased
    Details TBA
    Closing Reception (Food included- Cash Bar) French Quarter New Orleans

    REGISTER BELOW



    Workshop DescriptionKick-off SpecialVIP All Weekend PassEarly BirdJust In TimeLateSame Day
    8/16/17 through 9/4/179/4/17 through 10/31/179/5/17 through 10/31/1711/1/17 through 11/24/1711/25/17 through 11/3012/2/17
    AND
    12/3/17
    All Weekend Pass (5 workshops)$125
    Not Available
    $175$160$175$190Not Available
    Flash Mob Workshop + RehearsalIncluded in Kick-Off SpecialIncluded in VIP Pass$20$20$20$20
    Single WorkshopIncludedIncluded$40$45$50$55
    VIP PartyNot Included in Kick-Off SpecialIncluded in VIPNot Available
    Saturday Pass
    Included
    All 5 workshops included ($180 Value)
    $100$110$120Not Available
    Sunday Pass$80$90$100Not Available
    Individual Show Ticket
    Not Included in Kick-Off Special
    One Show Ticket Included ($20 Value)$20$20$20$30
    Sunday Private Party & Hafla (Dinner Included) beautiful French Quarter Location 5:30pm-8:30pmOne Ticket Included in VIP pass for workshop participant ($20 Value) All guests must purchase a ticket$20$25$25$30
    VIP ALL WEEKEND PASS Includes All Weekend Workshop Pass (5 workshops), Closing Reception (Private Party & Hafla) Dinner included. This is a great package for those planning to be available Friday evening and/or depart Sunday evening. It will give you access to scheduled events to kick-off and close the weekend. Our VIP party* will allow you to experience the New Orleans Night Life without the hassle, and our closing reception will be a more intimate/casual setting- A Private Party & Hafla. Your pass includes dinner at this event. It will allow another opportunity to enjoy the city and build a sense of community with the dancers, performers, and Instructors you meet this weekend. For local New Orleans participants, this event is open to your guests as well, with tickets available for purchase. VIP Party details TBA.