Dancing, Drumming, and Make-Up

This Year's Workshops / What you'll learn

The science of ATS® Part 1: Foundational fast steps and combinations
Devi Mamak

In this workshop Devi will share with you the "Science of ATS®" and then using this science will go through the classic fundamental fast ATS® steps and some combinations. This class will start by demystifying the ATS® posture and bodyline. Devi will give you the tools to apply this science to your ATS® body. We will then put this into practise by going over and drilling the steps learnt paying attention to detail for a strong foundation.

  • Arabic
  • Shimmy
  • Pivot Bump
  • Egyptian Basic/ half turn
  • Turkish shimmy
  • Reach and sit
  • Arabic Hip twist
  • Single Bump
  • Double Bump
  • Arch arms
  • Up 2, Down 3
  • Arabic Shimmy
  • Shoulder Shimmy/Hip drop combo
  • Ghawazi shimmy

Breathtaking slow: Complex slow movements with focus on upper body and arm extension
Devi Mamak

In this workshop Devi will go over some of the core complex movements for ATS®. She will then share with you her method of mastering strong and graceful arm lines and an uplifted and open upper body. Starting from your core, we will look at using the larger and smaller muscle groups to create meaning and intention in your arm movements at each moment right through from the centre of your body to your finger tips.

  • Torso Twist/turning
  • Circle step
  • Camel step Arms 1 & 2
  • Wrap around turn
  • Sahara turn
  • Barrel turn
  • Belly rolls /flutters

Vol 9 Anatomy of a step: Steps and combinations by Ghawazi Caravan
Devi Mamak

In this workshop Devi will go over the steps and combinations create by her and members of Ghawazi Caravan and presented on the FCBD® Vol 9 Anatomy of a step. Devi will give you her personal insight into the creation and development of these steps with extra attention given to the nuances of each step and its variation.

  • Box step & turn
  • Arabic with a double turn
  • Push forward & back. Flower formation and duet.
  • Triangle step/ wheel and fade.
  • Egyptian Sevillana/ wheel and duet.
  • Pulse turn
  • The Rainbow
  • Loco Camel
  • Medusa ATS version
  • Medusa Indian version

Duets and Group Concepts by Ghawazi Caravan
Devi Mamak

In this workshop Devi and her assistant will share with you just a few variations and concepts by Ghawazi Caravan to add some spice to your Classic and modern ATS® steps and combinations.

  • Shoulder shimmy pass and trio
  • Single bump flourish
  • Double Back/wheel
  • Double back /Pass
  • Chico in a trio
  • Egyptian Sevillana pass
  • 8 spin combo
  • Turkish Shimmy pass and wheel combo
  • Loco camel wheel

Any Way You Slice It - Single Sword Basics
Melody Bustillos

Targeted Audience - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced In this workshop we will cover all slow vocabulary content from the Single Sword DVD "Any Way You Slice It" ATS® Sword Dialect with added embellishments for smooth and flowing performance results. We will cover proper angles, head alignment matching the slow ATS® vocabulary as intended. We will focus positions and transitions in the Hand, Arm, Free, Balanced positions and something new, Hand-guard manipulation for blender and military flip exchanges. This presentation is beneficial for all who have a clear understanding of the ATS® slow vocabulary. As a bonus with time permitting, we may delve into "Building Blocks for Duets and Trios" with a short combo to navigate transitions.

Dancing in Flow™

Dancing in Flow™ was created by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman with the class format of "all dance, no talk."

No verbal instruction, no partners or formations, just follow along and bliss out or you just want to dance without thinking.

Dancing in Flow® is a one hour class of ATS® Goodness divided into 4 fifteen minute segments with a silent water break every 15 min. Come dance. Come smile. Come Flow.

Watch Where You Step!

Do you lose the Shimmy part of the step when you do the Turkish Shimmy? Lose your balance in your Camel Walk? Lose your balance or can't get all the way around when you do turns? Upper body move too much when you do lower body movements or Lower body move too much when you do upper body movements? These issues and many more can be solved with something as simple as knowing where you should be stepping and where your weight focus should be centered. This workshop will teach you how to do those things in easy to implement ways that will have you taking your dance to the next level as soon as you walk in the door.

Here are two links from blog posts I made last year demonstrating this:

This workshop would be Classic/Modern track and SSCE eligible.

Appropriate for all levels of dancers.

Familiarity with the following steps is recommended: Shimmy, Arabic, Turkish Shimmy, Camel Walk, Slow Turns (through volume 7), Calibrated Spins

This class qualifies for ATS® SSCE Certification.

A Hair or Make-Up Class TBD
Richard Harper

We don’t yet know what Richard will teach, but we do know it will be an incredible, informative class that will help you look your best on stage and off. About 90 days before the event, we’ll send out a survey asking attendees to pick one of a variety of classes which might focus on hair, lips, eyes, cheeks, etc.

Beginning Middle Eastern Drumming
Rune Palland

This class will cover the basics of Middle Eastern drumming, including the basic sounds and playing techniques on the doumbek, two beginning rhythms, and some warm-ups and exercises. We will also go over some tips on getting the most out of practice time. Although this class is targeted at beginning drummers the class will be tailored for the skill levels of the drummers attending - drummers at all levels are encouraged to attend.

There will be several extra drums in the event some participants do not have a drum but everyone is strongly encouraged to bring a drum if they have one.

Intermediate / Advanced Middle Eastern Drumming
Rune Palland

This class will briefly review the basics of Middle Eastern drumming and will then introduce several new playing techniques on the doumbek, some new rhythms, and some variations on the rhythms covered in the beginning class. Time will also be spent covering additional drills and there will be a short discussion on the importance of good practice habits.

There will be several extra drums in the event some participants do not have a drum but everyone is strongly encouraged to bring a drum if they have one.

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Enhance your dancing, drumming, and make-up atistry!