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Let's Get Moving ...

At Migrations we look for instructors in all forms of dance and music to spread the love and make you fly. From Reggaeton to Drumming, you will find it at Migrations. 

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Angel

Shimmies...No Boundries! 

Friday 12:30-2:30 pm 

Are you ready?! Let's take a 2 hour tour of the NUMEROUS shimmies the Bellydance world has to offer us, as well as a few fusion style shimmies (*wink-wink*) we can add to our tool belt when we are tempted to push the boundaries. The boundaries don't stop there!....Let's layer more and more crispy clean isolations on top of those shimmies (like a tall delicious layered jello-cake)! Let's learn to utilize these new movements to WOW your audience!

Basic Latin Dance Introduction for the Bellydancer 

Sat 9-11 am 

This super informative workshop is also known as an introduction to the most common and basic Latin Dance steps such as Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Merengue, Rumba, Samba, and more. If a bellydancer is exploring the world of Latin Dance, Latin Culture (how it relates to dance) and Latin Dance history, this is the class for you!

Understanding the rhythms of Latin Dance is just as important as knowing and identifying rhythms in the world of raks sharki.

This is an open level workshop, and also serves as a great introduction workshop when hiring Angel for a weekend intensive of all Latin-bellydance.

Diva-Licious Sass Fusion

Sun 9-11 am 

Take this moment to allow Angel to pull out your inner pop sassy-diva and incorporate that into your bellydance world!

Angel, who’s been teaching jazz technique for over 27 years, will be utilizing her sassy-pop style of jazz into FIERCE Jazz-bellydance fusion technique and drills followed by a BOMB choreography!

Bring your water/towel and meet Angel at her open-level workshop where EVERYONE is transformed into a diva!!!

Bolero Belly Dance Fusion 

Sun 2:30-4:30 pm 

“Bolero Belly dance” style will take you on a beautiful journey ranging from romance, to sorrow, to other over-the-top emotions. We will explore graceful dance technique to execute lyrical movements, emotional suspensions of movements as well as connecting emotionally with the audience to fill THEIR hearts and souls as well as yours!…And of course, we will do this through bellydance! Get ready to elongate those limbs, stretch those toes and pour your heart out!

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Pixie Fordtears

Fireball and Honey (3 hours) 

Friday 12:30-2:30 pm 

 A dynamic choreography built for Migrations, slathered with gooey movement, crisp attacks, and delicious recoil. You will learn some of Pixie’s signature style from her cross training and how she integrates it into her dance, and will see how she hears music through movement! This choreography will be aimed for Intermediate, but beginners are more than welcome!

Perpetual Motion

Sat 12:30-2:30 pm 

Motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy. With an emphasis on fluidity throughout the body, this workshop will help you connect movement using your breath, play with sharp hits including the momentum they cause, and work with intentional movement in still moments. Building a small choreo with these movements will help show you how powerful they can be…you will take away something to bring into your own practice and choreography

Season of the Wolf

Sun 9-11 am 

 Predatory! Join Pixie for a journey into the woods where we will find 3 archetypes: the Bear, the Snake, and the Wolf! We will learn to subtly and intentionally use them in our dancing! We will learn combos relating to the 3 and improvising as our new animal selves! Get ready to scratch, strike, and howl!

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Anjuli

Beginner Bollywood: Introduction to the Nature and Origin of Bollywood

Sun 2:30-4:30 pm 

This will be an introduction class to Bollywood, or the North Indian film industry, what it is, the importance/ integral aspect of dance to these movies, and the various dance styles over the decades of Hindi cinema that have influenced the style of dance today. The initial part of class will be a quick powerpoint presentation with videos discussing the classical dances, folk/regional dances, and other dances outside of South Asia that comprise Bollywood dancing. She will also go over each decade (starting from the 50s) to show each moment in time of Bollywood dancing that helped form its identity and also to explain common cultural motifs in Bollywood dance. The workshop will then move into the hand gestures or mudras, formation, foot work and combinations of moves. The last hour will focus on a short piece of choreography in the style of semi-classical dance. Throughout the workshop, students will listen to a variety of Bollywood music that have become "standards"  in Bollywood dancing. Questions are welcomed throughout and at the end of class.

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Baila Pacifica 

Tahitian 

Sat 12:30-2:30 pm 

Description coming soon

Islands Style Poi

Friday 3- 5 pm 

Description coming soon 

Belladonna

Double Trouble (Sword) 

Sat 9-11 am 

Solo dancing practice and performance can be fun but it can be even more fun and fulfilling to share the experience. After all, what is better than one sword, but two! In this special edition workshop Belladonna will introduce a variety of Boho Blade technique that is even more exciting and rewarding when done by two. Dancers will learn signature moves, combinations and staging created for dynamic partner work. Please bring a sword appropriate for bellydance

Benjamin Alderson

Arabic Tabla, Intermediate or Thereabouts

Sat 12:30-2:30 pm 

Bring your tabla and let's play! Intermediate-ish tabla instruction to help you be more confident and capable in a jam, on stage, wherever you might want to play. All questions and topics welcome, I just want you to walk away excited to go practice and play more!

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Dawn Xiana Moon

Creating Magnetic Performances (By Doing Less!)

Sat 3-5 pm

Mesmerize your audience while standing still, and leave them hanging on your every look. As dancers, we often feel like we have to do difficult technical moves to keep an audience's attention. But what if you could get your loudest cheers by just walking with attitude? What if you could fascinate a hundred people by moving a single hand? You can! Learn how to move across a stage with intention and how to convey personality. Learn how to work with the music to create dynamics. Learn how to direct an audience's focus. And learn how to find moments of stillness. This workshop focuses on acting, movement, and music, and pairs nicely with Storytelling and Crafting Characters. At the end of the day what audiences remember is how you made them feel. Let's leave an impression they won't forget!

Drake Von Trapp

Men and Masculinity in American Belly Dance

Sun 9-11 am 

In this lecture, we will explore excavated histories of men in belly dance in the United States using a transfeminist theoretical framework. We will discuss topics such as male dancer privilege, gender politics, heterosexism, and femmephobia

Divine Chaos

Divine Chaos Fusion's Skirt Combos Workshop (25 Yard Skirt) 

Sat 3-5 pm

A workshop for all levels that will focus on technique and making the skirt an extension of the performer. Get ready to swish, swoop and be sassy with DC Fusion's unique and trademarked skirt format! Suitable for all, skirt technique can offer a fun way to liven up your dance. This class includes steps and combinations designed to fit any style with layered movements, spins, and beautiful lines to emphasize grace and precision. 25-yard skirts are recommended. A general understanding of group format dance is helpful for this class, but otherwise, beginners through advanced are welcome. Please bring your own 25-yard skirt to class. All dance levels & styles welcome!

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Doholla Boheme

Afro-KE Energy

Sat 9-11 am 

This you won’t wanna’ miss. This class will help you explore your inner warrior. You will not only feel the energy, you will become it. Using Afro-beats, African inspired dance techniques, you will unlock your BEASTMODE. Afro beats dance style is a fusion of traditional & modern African-derived movements. This class will challenge you to accept your WHOLE SELF by fueling the beast hidden within.

Irina Akulenko

Unconventional Veil: Make the Fabric Scream

Friday 3- 5 pm 

Are you tired of your veil work? Do you find its presentation on stage predictable? Let's think about all the usual rules applied to this beautiful prop, and break them! In this workshop you will learn Irina's most unconventional and surprising veil combinations. Looking at the veil through a more fusion and theater-focused lens, let's explore new details, textures and concepts. Aside from it singing beautifully in the air, we can make it scream with meaning. This workshop requires a standard length veil, silk is preferred (don't bring your favorite veil, because we will not be gentle

Elegant Warrior:  Strong and Fluid Fusion Belly Dance Combinations

Sat 3-5 pm

 In this workshop we will focus on combining elements of strength and elegance, within the context of Cross-cultural fusion vocabulary and beyond. “Strong” elements of dance often have masculine qualities, while “elegance” is more feminine in nature. We will examine both types of movement and play with creating dynamic fusion combinations that share both qualities. The technique in this class can be applied to both Oriental and Tribal Fusion styles, and is aimed for improving performances on larger stages, by tapping deep into authentic power and motivation.

Lily Tsai 

I’m A Fan! (Fan Veil) 

Friday 12:30-2:30 pm 

Here’s your chance to try out fan veils from the ground up. We’ll cover fundamental fan veil technique, working the fan and the tail, and explore clever and extraordinary uses for this prop.

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Kamrah

You Want Me to Do What? 

Friday 3- 5 pm 

Challenging layers, foot patterns, super fast movements - learn Kamrah's signature approach to achieving the Hard Stuff fast - without hating yourself or your teacher - as well as his favorite drills, layers, and combos. Bring water. And a towel. And maybe a emotional support friend.

Sher Rhein

Not Your Average Sword Workshop (Sword)

Friday 12:30-2:30 pm 

A Fat Chance Belly Dance Style Sword Dialect Workshop, Intermediate Level

This workshop will cover using a sword as a prop in the slow moves, FCBD style sword dialect. The main focus is on handling the sword with both hands and adding other balance points other than your head.

Sal Elsayed

Folklore Sampler 

Sun 9-11 am 

Introduction to three different folklore dance styles from three different regions of the Middle East - Saidi from Upper Egypt, Debke from the Levantine region, and Khaleegi from the Arab Gulf. First, learn about the rhythms and instruments that make each musical genre distinct. Then, dive right into the dances and movements that characterize each style. This is a great workshop to introduce students to the folklore dances from the different regions of the Middle East.

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Silvia Salamanca

Dance Like a Snake

Sun 12:30-2:30 pm

Silvia had the incredible opportunity to be cast as Kaa the snake in the production of The Jungle Book that Jillina curated for her Bellydance Evolution Tour. In this workshop, we will cover the technique details on how to create and execute snake-like movements that make transnational fusion unique. Muscle by muscle, step by step, upper body isolations to mesmerize any audience with fluidity and smoothness. Get ready to feel snakey!

Veronica Lynn

Rollercoaster: Improvisational Belly Dance

Sun 2:30-4:30 pm 

Improvisational dance is a rollercoaster in which you are both the rider AND the operator. The thrill, joy, and excitement of it all is both alluring and a little frightening. This workshop dives into tips and techniques for performing a polished, improvised belly dance piece. This class pulls from my personal experience learning to dance by performing in restaurants & hookah lounges and with live bands since the age of 18—and while many things in dance can only come with practice, there are plenty of tips I wish I’d known then! We’ll be dancing continuously throughout this workshop while we balance the tightrope of both surrendering to the music and staying focused in our dance. Improvisational dance is a gratifying experience both for you and for the audience, and is for absolutely everyone to enjoy. (Beginner to Advanced).

Walky Ardaat

GLOBAL CARAVAN® SLOW

Sat 9-11 am 

The Tribal Bellydance style is an uplifting and elegant eclectic fusion based on urban, folk, ritual, trance, bellydance and modern dance. Paulette Rees Denis has created a rich mix of movements, based on common non-verbal language and group improvisation, that is aesthetically pleasing, spiritually grounded, and physically rewarding. Gypsy Caravan's Tribal Bellydance is an eclectic, invigorating and elegant fusion of urban, folk, ritual, trance, belly and modern dance. With a classical dance background, Paulette has created this rich blend of contemporary improvisational movement, which is aesthetically pleasing, spiritually grounded and physically rewarding. Her style evokes a feeling of antiquity, family, personal freedom, team spirit and camaraderie, under which tribal women flow together in total acceptance, connection and conviction of being part of each other. In this workshop we will explore the slow language of the Global Caravan style, a language that is hypnotic while giving the idea of sacredness in your group performance. The intention of this workshop is that you take this information to your life in tribe and group interpretation. That you expand your vocabulary and general Tribal Bellydance culture to enrich your dance and that of your state.

FCBD Style® Ambidextrous

Sun 1230-230 pm

This is a workshop to help you translate to the left side all the practice of technique, language and group execution, manifesting a balanced dance practice on a physical, energetic and group level. In this workshop we will explore the basic slow and rhythmic language of FCBD Style® based on organic and simple transitions for the execution of an ambidextrous practice. 

*FCBD Style Ambidextrous genealogy. 

*Basic technique to translate FCBD to the left active side and perform an ambidextrous practice. *Slow and rhythmic language - transitions. 

*FCBD Style ambidextrous - formations and interactions. 

The intention of this workshop is that you take this information to your life in group interpretation, that you expand your vocabulary and general Tribal Bellydance culture to enrich your dance and that of your state.

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Heidi Baila

Choreography How Tos 

Sat 3-5 pm 

Learn fun and challenging creation exercises plus tips and tricks to help break through choreographer’s block. Watch and learn a new transcultural fusion choreography right as it’s being created by a professional choreographer who puts out about 65 new choreographies a year in a variety of styles. Participant input is highly encouraged but not required

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Sun 12:30-2:30 pm

Transitioning from one step to another can be tricky when we get fancy with our footwork. After a quick warm up designed to center and strengthen our alignment, we’ll drill footwork from different dance genres in order to get really comfortable with our transfer of weight. Fusion combos will be presented that smoothly change directions and/or levels and add turns and sustained movement.

Vida Ixchel 

Beginners Guide to Mexican Folklore, History, and Steps

Sun 12:30-2:30 pm

Description coming soon

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