In addition to her weekly classes Amani is also available to teach a variety of technique & speciality workshops for all levels. Workshops can be scheduled in Tampa or you can bring Amani to you! Contact Amani for workshop rates or to request a workshop topic, Amani is happy to help create a memorable workshop/event experience for you & your students.
ATS® Basics & Fundamentals: (2-4 hours) ATS®, or American Tribal Style®, is a synchronized group improvisation bellydance created by Carolena Nericcio & FatChanceBellyDance® (FCBD®) 26 years ago in San Francisco, CA. This workshop is designed to take you through the basic moves & concepts at the heart of FCBD® format ATS®. We will break down & drill steps from both the slow & fast movement vocabularies, as well as review basic posture, arm positions & formations of ATS®. Whether you are new to ATS® or a seasoned tribal dancer this workshop will help you refine & perfect your group improv skills.
Evolution of Tribal: (2 hours) From Bal Anat to the Bellydance Superstars, tribal & fusion bellydance has come a long way since it began. In this workshop we will touch on some of the major innovators of tribal bellydance & learn some of their signature styles. Will we start with Jamila Salimpour & the roots of tribal style, move through Carolena Nericcio & FatChanceBellyDance® style ATS®, onto Jill Parker & the beginnings of tribal fusion, & end with Rachel Brice & where tribal bellydance is today.
Introduction to Finger Cymbals: (2 hours) In this workshop you will get a crash course in how to make your own music while you dance. We will start at level 1, learning some of the basic finger cymbal rhythms & how to incorporate them into your dancing. You will learn the correct technique for zilling & then drill them in combination with both stationary isolations, traveling steps, & even combinations. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced dancer, cabaret or tribal, this workshop is for you! Bring your dancing to a new level. No previous finger cymbal playing required. There will be several sets of finger cymbals available to borrow but dancers are encouraged to bring their own. If needed, contact Amani to purchase a set prior to the workshop.
Finger Cymbal Choreography: (2 hours) We will be thrillin' & zillin' in this fun fast paced choreography class. You will learn the basics of finger cymbal technique while learning an award winning original funky fusion choreography to the Turkish song "Cakkidi". This choreography features some of Amani's signature zill combos & is sure to challenge & please beginners & advanced dancers alike.
Improving your Improv: (2 hours) Improvisation can be frightening no matter what style you dance; but with practice, a safe environment & some top tips anyone can conquer the improv beast. First we will look at what makes improvisation so daunting & discuss some tricks of the trade. Then using several theater games you will practice putting yourself out there & taking chances. This workshop will leave you feeling confident. & better then ever about your improv skills. This workshop is part lecture & part dance.
Physics For Bellydancers: (2 hours) It's time to channel your inner geek! In this workshop we will explore some of the basic laws of physics & how they relate to our bellydance movements.We will first work with the laws of physics then try to see if we can defy physics, particularly vNewton's laws of motion & universal gravitation. The last 1/2 hour we will cover the topic that led to the creation of this workshop, spins & the conservation of angular momentum. So come with your lab coats on & be ready to experiment. This workshop is part lecture & part dance.
Anatomy for Dancers: (2 hours) Just like a painter would know the fibers of their paintbrush bristles or a sculpter would know the origin of his clay, as dancers we should be able to know what muscles or structures are used to create a movement. Everything in our bodies works together, so in order to understand how to make that maya extra gooey we have to look at what is moving, why it is moving & how we are making it move. We will explore the basic skeletal structure & how our joints function along with identifying & understanding the muscles that surround them in order to execute our bellydance movements with precision & safety. We will also use the anatomical planes of the body & directions of movement to translate "bellydance lingo" into medical jargon thereby making it easier to research & continue your further education in body mechanics. This workshop is part lecture & part dance.
Music Theory for Dancers: Understanding & Interpreting (2 hours) Do counts confuse you? Are you always the one clapping off-beat? Do you feel like you're fighting your music instead of dancing to it? Don't worry, you aren't alone. No matter what your dance style or experience level learning the basics of music theory will help make you a well-rounded dancer & let you move fluently through choreography or improv. In this workshop we will learn the basic units of music & how they are put together, look at basic song structure, how to identify & dance with both Middle Eastern & Popular music, & map out a song for choreography or improvisation. This workshop is mostly lecture with some dancing.
Dark Fusion: Gothic Bellydance (2 hours) Mix the serpentine isolations of bellydance & the theatrics of contemporary dance with the drama of the gothic subculture & you have got the recipe for dark fusion, or gothic bellydance. From it’s roots in Tribal Fusion & modern cabaret, gothic bellydance has grown into a style of it’s own by fusing & pulling from horror movies, art, literature, Victorian fashion, club dancing & the occult. This workshop will explore the some of the signature movements & combinations found in this style of bellydance made famous by dancers like Ariellah, Tempest & Sashi. Come in your best goth attire & ready to dance, with a diverse playlist & lots of room for creativity we are sure to have lots of dark spooky fun. ***please note that some songs may contain some strong language***
ATS ® Basics Remixed: (2 hours) ATS®, or American Tribal Style®, is a synchronized group improvisation bellydance created by Carolena Nericcio & FatChanceBellyDance® (FCBD®) 26 years ago in San Francisco, CA. This workshop is designed to refresh the basic moves & concepts at the heart of FCBD® format ATS® & incorporate a couple newer additions to the FCBD® vocabulary all with a fun mix of classic Middle Eastern music & Popular music. We will begin by reviewing & drilling steps from both the slow & fast movement vocabularies, as well as the basic posture, arm positions & formations of ATS®. Then we will breakdown a few of the newer steps in the FCBD vocabulary (including Egyptian Sevillana, The Roundhouse & one of my favorites the Sahra Turn) & put it all together with some drills to Top 40 hits that will really get you grooving. By the end of the workshop you will have some new moves to bust out at the club or hafla & cueing the basics like a pro. Whether you are new to ATS® or a seasoned tribal dancer this workshop will help you refine & perfect your group improv skills. ***Please bring zills (finger cymbals) if you have them.
Essential Oils & Yoga: Using Aromatherapy to Enhance Your Yoga Practice: (2 hours) Essential oils have been around for thousands of years & have many positive attributes, the most well-known being their use in aromatherapy. Yoga is the union of the mind & the body through mindful breathing, controlling the combined techniques of inhale & exhale. By incorporating aromatherapy into our yoga practice we further enhance the mind body connection by using scent to ease us from sun salutation all the way through to savasana. In this workshop we will use 3 aromas: 1 energizing, 1 focusing & 1 relaxing. As a bonus we will also discuss using essential oils to create a healthy & good smelling yoga mat cleaning spray.
Oil Essentials For Dancers: (2 hours) Description coming soon...
Slow & Steady, Dancing With Intention: (2 hours) Description coming soon...