An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

"The discovery of these “tools” and the workshop sessions throughout the weekend on how to maximize their utilization is a gift of a lifetime I will cherish forever..."
----J. Haeleigh Sun, Jareeda Magazine

LaurieLos Angeles, CA Laurie
Sept. 28 - 29 and Oct. 5 - 6

X-MED with Amara and Djahari

and Guest Instructor:
Mihrimah Ghaziya

Workshops and EEMED Performances
Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

For Tickets, Please go HERE

Advanced prices good until Sept. 13, 2013

$20/Individual Workshop

$55/All Day Saturday (3 Workshops)

$35/All Day Sunday (2 Workshops)
(not including service charges)

Prices good after Sept. 13, 2013 and at the door

$25/Individual Workshop

$60/All Day Saturday (3 Workshops)

$40/All Day Sunday (2 Workshops)
(not including service charges)

Workshop registrants who cancel will not be refunded. We reserve the right to cancel or change a workshop, in which case all workshop fees will be refunded to registrants or transferred to another workshop

Workshop Descriptions

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Acting Thru Dance with DJAHARI
Discover fun techniques to push past your comfort zone.  Learn how to communicate effectively with an audience and expand your facial vocabulary.  Study techniques for stage performance with characters as well as aiming at therapeutic processes and self-exploration.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Creative Staging and Lighting with AMARA and DJAHARI
Illuminate and adorn your dance space. Understand how to build and occupy a dancescape with props, sets, and dancers in order to convey your vision. Learn to communicate emotional subtleties by delving into symbolism of location, illumination, and color.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fusing Dance with MIHRIMAH

Many belly dancers today are readily fusing their dance with other forms. But the question is, what is fusion besides just adding elements together? Explore the concepts behind technique and aesthetics in order to develop strong and powerful fusion.

Sunday, Sept. 29 , 2013

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Storytelling Thru Dance
Learn how to construct strong and focused dance narratives. Explore character development through various forms such as autobiography, history, and myth.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bali Bellydance - Veil choreography with MIHRIMAH
Something for those of you who are curious for something different! Learn a vibrant choreography that introduces basic Balinese dance movements and combines them with belly dance and veil moves.

Please bring a rectangular 3 yard veil.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
How Slow Can You Go? with AMARA
Knowing how to produce strong, fluid, taffy movements is essential for any dancer. Learn my “Points in Space,” a comprehensive approach to understanding easy and hard transitions. Use it in order to refine and strengthen existing movement pathways and create unique and entrancing combinations that flow throughout the body.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Contemporary and Bellydance Dance Fusion Choreography
Although contemporary and folk dances take very different approaches to dance, fusing them brings out beautiful and interesting creations. Learn an expressive choreography that takes Middle Eastern dance out of its traditional boundaries.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Embracing the Grotesque with DJAHARI
A meditative journey that safely guides us towards purging and healing as an art form. Partake in a therapeutic exploration in which we manifest physical creations of our inner demons, and then embrace their grotesqueness by giving them shape, sound, and movement. Let’s make art out of Ugly!

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Shh... Don’t Tell Anyone, But This is What I am Working on
with AMARA
Do you want to learn the cool new moves and techniques that I am experimenting with in my latest dances? Things such as: on and off balances and unusual postures with belly dance moves, abrupt timing changes, and unconventional veil? Then joins us and bring your A game!
Please bring a rectangular 3 yard veil. Split sole dance shoes are recommended.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Young Lotus - Fan Veil Choreography with MIHRIMAH
In Buddhism, the Lotus is the symbol of spiritual elevation, as it grows from mud to the water’s surface. Learn a graceful choreography that depicts this divine development through the use of Chinese and Middle Eastern dance elements.
Please bring two fan veils (left hand and right hand)

Mihrimah will have some fan veils for sale