Zafira & Darbuka Dave @ Tribal Carnivale!

Tribal Carnivale

East Coast Style Belly Dance Workshops with Maria and Olivia of Zafira and Darbuka Dave

April 17th and 18th

Pera Dance Studio

registration limited to 30 people!

Register early and get the entire weekend for $120, catered lunch from Nicola's optional for $12
Make checks payable to Lisa McKinney, PO Box 831, Pine Lake, GA 30083

Event will sell out!

Tribal Carnivale- East Coast Style!

April 17th

Red Light Cafe
9pm, doors open at 8
$12 at door
404 581 0199

Tribal Carnivale East Coast Style Belly Dance Workshopswith Maria and Olivia of Zafira and Darbuka Dave

Saturday April 17th

10am-noon $35

Space: The Final Frontier
Zafira Dance Company is known for gliding movement and maximizing the use of space on stage. In this class we will develop our movement vocabulary with drills and combinations that are magnified with travelling steps, spins and changes in orientation.  Skills that will be addressed: developing grace through strength, alignment, and coordination; travelling steps, spatial awareness, and timing.  This workshop will help you break the ‘glued-to-the-floor’ habit and allow you to move energy around for a more dynamic dance experience.

1-3pm $20

Basic Darbuka/Doumbek
This class covers proper Arabic and Turkishtechnique, with a focus on proper hand placement, posture, cleanexecution for optimal sound, and subdivision of tempo. This class willfocus on the Saidi rhythm and variations.

3-5pm $35

Classics with a Twist
This workshop is designed using some of bellydance's most classic moves including Samihas, Hagallas, Algerians, Raqia Hassan’s ‘Jewel’ (as taught by Zhaleh Fereshtah of the Southeast), the sideways “Goosh” and others. We will also cover more unknown classics like Zafira’s version of the Washer Woman, Ghawazee kicks, and the Hip ‘J’.  We will drill twists Egyptian shimmies and choo-choos, so be prepared to sweat! These moves are taught as interpreted by Maria and will be ‘twisted’ to fit more the more contemporary form of Zafira’s Unique Bellydance Style.


Sunday April 18th

11-2pm $45
Supah’ Saucy 2 (Tribal Boogaloo)
Zafira’s most popular workshop is back by popular demmand: bigger, badder and with more sauce! Kicks, spins, long extensions and locks are the signature of Zafira’s current repertoire.  This workshop presents some fancy footwork and spins within several dance combinations.  Couple these saucy moves with evocative music and emotion, and you are at the core of Zafira’s “steal-your-heart” style of bellydance.

Olivia Kissel of Zafira

Raised the daughter of a Slovak Steel Worker and a German Go-Go dancer deep in the Rust Belt of Western Pennsylvania, Olivia Kissel’s love of bizarre music and dance began at a tender age. Intrigued by the world-renowned Binewski’s Fabulon, Olivia turned her talents to the circus arts early on. At first, she performed wildly exotic Senegalese and Guinean ritual dances. Then she was seduced by the sultry art of Tribal Belly Dance, where she found a band of exotic and passionate dancers who would later become known as Zafira Dance Company. Together they drew standing room only crowds in performance after performance across the nation. With a powerful gypsy flare, Olivia incorporated fire into her dance, mimicking the curve and heat of the flame in her every movement. Olivia has traveled tirelessly to study, teach and perform her art all over the world, from intimate settings to theater performances, from elegant hotels to sticky bars, from beaches to raves. One of her favorite trips took her to Morocco, where she danced in the markets in Marrakech, Fez and Essouira with street musicians and Hennah girls, and drank Quilmes until dawn.Olivia continues to astound audiences with Zafira Dance Company and in solo performances. Known for a fiery passion and her smooth technique, Olivia milks every note of the music. Her mesmerizing style brings emotion and elegance to every turn.

Maria Hamer of Zafira

Maria Hamer has studied, taught, and performed as a belly dancer since the spring of 1992. Her main focus is on Turkish and Egyptian belly dance disciplines, but she fuses and blends stylization and gestures of other eastern dance forms and modern western culture to create a very complex and vibrant performance.She began her study of dance at a very young age with a variety of dance disciplines including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, gymnastics, character, with some experience in contact improv, Odissi Indian Dance, Northern Indian Gypsy Dance and West African. She was also lucky enough to study a Russian Gypsy inspired performance taught under the infamous master teacher of some of the most notable dancers in America, Mansur Kamaletdinov.Her study of Bellydance began with classes from her sister Christine Andrews, later having taken workshops and classes with some of the most famed bellydancers in America being mostly inspired by the works of Jill Parker and Ultra Gypsy as well a the teachings of Suhaila Salimpour.Not just a dynamic soloist, Maria is able to combine her unique style with dancers of similar backgrounds to form energetic and colorful troupes. She began her professional career as a bellydancer in 1995 with the Ghawazee Middle Eastern Music and Dance Ensemble. In 2000, she and her dance peers, Christine Andrews and Olivia Kissel, started Zafira Dance Company. Later adding, West Coast’s, Tamara Nelson and her sister Jennifer Imashev to collaborate. Their performances are recognized for highly disciplined movement and impeccable synchronicity. This results in leaving their audiences spellbound and wanting more.Maria teaches and performs throughout the United States. She has performed in a wide variety of events, from private parties to theater productions.

Darbuka Dave
Darbuka Dave has been studying the goblet drum for 9 years. He began as a hobbyist in the Society for Creative Anachronism, but quickly sought out instruction from some of the best teachers in the country, including Kevin "Nevik" Hartnell, Jeremiah Soto and Issam Houshan.
He is considered an excellent instructor and performer by his contemporaries, known for his technical precision and emotional expression.He has performed and taught at international festivals, workshops and shows throughout the country.He currently resides in Huntsville, Al but travels widely.

Name Sales End Price Fee
Entire Weekend! Ended $120 $3
Entire Weekend paying via PayPal Ended $124 $3.1
Zafira Supa-intensive Workshop if paying by PayPal Ended $124 $3.1
Nicola's catered lunch if paying check or cash-Beef option Ended $12 $0.99
Nicola's catered lunch if paying PayPal-Beef option Ended $12.67 $0.99
Nicola's catered lunch if paying check or cash-Chicken option Ended $12 $0.99
Nicola's catered lunch if paying PayPal-Chicken option Ended $12.67 $0.99
Nicola's catered lunch if paying check or cash-Veggie option Ended $12 $0.99
Nicola's catered lunch if paying PayPal-Veggie option Ended $12.67 $0.99
Space: the Final Frontier Ended $35 $0.99
Classics with a Twist Ended $35 $0.99
Supah’ Saucy 2 (Tribal Boogaloo) Ended $45 $1.12
Entire Weekend Ended $130 $3.25
Entire weekend paying with PayPal Ended $135 $3.38
Basic Darbuka/Doumbek Ended $20 $0.99

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