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Courageous Conversations in the Midst of Cultural Collision

DONNA MEJIA * 90min LECTURE CLASS, ALL

Thursday Aug 1, 6-7:30p

By popular demand!

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Despite the media’s portrayal of the world as a very polarized and damaged place, there are many extraordinary people quietly building a society that prizes inclusiveness. There is always room for more additions to this global family of healers, so please come join the conversation. We’ll be reviewing recent developments in anti-bias work and scholarship, and examining what we can do as individuals and a community to increase peaceful coexistence. Fusion dance was just the beginning of the important work we’ve started in the world as artists.

Ally-ship takes many forms and is never a one-size-fits-all solution. Yet each courageous act of fellowship, no matter how large or small, is meaningful. Please don’t underestimate how your choices disrupt social bias and can tip the scales for a fellow human whom may feel demoralized and disenfranchised. Interestingly, you may find that you always get back more than you give. This workshop will explore definitive steps to move beyond “paralyzed empathy;” becoming effective as a listener, and act thoughtfully in our support of comrades.

The inevitability of our global citizenship mandates we set a seat at our table for other world-views and voices. Do you really wish to make a difference? Please come join a conversation that is already in progress on an international level. Your contributions and thoughts will make it better for all.

  • This is a seated lecture class, open to anyone and everyone!
  • Please bring: A pad and pen for notes, any questions you have for the instructor.
  • Stay for the free preparty on the lawn , directly after this class!

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Generating Through Inspiration!

AMY SIGIL * 3 hr, INT/ADV

Friday Aug 2, 10:30a-1:30p

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This workshop begins with prompts that are designed to generate dance pieces quickly! We will begin with thoughtful direction through innovative movement games, then use these found movements to concrete choreographic ideas. This workshop will take us from new ideas to finalized choreography. Bring your YES spirit!

  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hour class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.
  • This class is capped at 25 students, to give students a chance to really sink into learning from our Master instructors.
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, knee pads, exercise towel, pad and pen for notes

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Adventures in Hardcore/Parkour/Dance Floors

DONNA MEJIA * 3 hr, INT/ADV

Friday Aug 2, 10:30a-1:30p

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This class is an experiment in ballistic movement and transnational fusion dance! Donna Mejia will provide a vigorous warm up and progress to an exploration of power moves through space. Let’s re-vision hip work, torso undulations, and micro-articulation beyond stationery practice, and play with full-blown movements such as running, jumping, rolling and sliding across the floor.

This workshop is not about proficiency or mastery of movement, but it is most certainly about play! As usual, you can expect Donna to bring her dirties beats and juiciest playlists for this session of vigorous movement.

  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hour class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.
  • This class is capped at 25 students, to give students a chance to really sink into learning from our Master instructors.
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, knee pads, exercise towel, pad and pen for notes

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Zilicious!: Finger Cymbal Sounds, Patterns & Combos

MORGAN FAY * 2 hr, ALL

Friday Aug 2, 4:30-6:30p

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Let’s get ready to play! In this Finger Cymbal focused workshop, we’ll be taking some of the most common belly dance cymbal patterns and experimenting with them in dynamic ways. We’ll build strength and endurance for awesome cymbal playing in a variety of drills and apply these concepts to super fun, zilicious combos!

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome!
  • Please bring: Finger Cymbals, workout clothes that you feel comfy and happy moving around in, and your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, and a pad and pen for notes.

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Dramatic Transitions for Group Improvisation

COLETTE OF SCARLET THISTLE BELLY DANCE * 2 hr, ALL

Friday Aug 2, 4:30-6:30p

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This workshop focuses on speedy transitions and quick changes that allow a group of dancers to respond to music in dramatic ways. Using fast and slow Scarlet Thistle movements and ATS® variations, we'll drill the movements in duets and trios and explore turning, circling and crossing your partners.

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome!
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, yoga mat, exercise towel, pad and pen for notes.

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Peaceful Coexistence of the Sacred and the Profane

DONNA MEJIA * 3 hr, INT/ADV

Saturday Aug 3, 9:30a-12:30p

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What is the role of the body in the development of an inner life or spirituality? Donna Mejia facilitates this workshop not as a teacher, but as a fellow explorer in what embodied consciousness means to each of us.

Dancers have a vital contribution to make to our understanding of embodiment, evolution, and utilizing more of ourselves in all that we do. My larger agenda as a dance professor is not to create cookie cutter clones for successful stage careers. Rather, I aim to create more ambassadors in the world whom are integrated humans: emotionally brave and intellectually clear folks whom understand the body is not the obstruction to spiritual and intellectual growth Western history and religion would have us believe.

This dance workshop involves movement, discussion and reflection/contemplation time. Donna will summarize a collection of cultural paradigms about the role of physicality in our emotional, mental and spiritual evolution, and provide prompts for you to examine your own assumptions, indoctrinations and biases around working with YOUR body. This workshop provides the potential to excavate down to new levels of honesty with ourselves, fortify our spiritual bravery for the resistance we may experience, and embrace opportunities for maturation.

Participants of all belief systems, experience levels, sexual and gender expression are warmly welcomed. An open mind, a discerning and diplomatic tongue, and a generous sense of humor will make it a positive experience for all as a community.

  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hour class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.
  • This class is capped at 25 students, to give students a chance to really sink into learning from our Master instructors.
  • Please bring: A yoga mat, your capture materials of choice (a journal or computer for harvesting your insights and thoughts), and your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE. Please dress in layers that can be added or shed as our activity level changes your bodily temperature.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, and an optional folded blanket (may be helpful as additional cushioning for some activities.)

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Moroccan Chaabi

ESRAA WARDA * 3 hr, INT/ADV

Sat Aug 3, 9:30a-12:30p

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Explore one of North Africa's popular traditional dances, Moroccan Chaabi. Chaabi means ‘of people’ and represents the culture, voice and spirit of the common person. Chaabi is the crossroads of Arab and African influence - with similarities to Middle Eastern belly dance movements like shimmying the hips and waist and African style climactic tempo increase. Chaabi is decidedly unique.

Esraa Warda will teach students the fundamentals to start their relationship to chaabi rhythms and movement vocabulary - and be on their journey in being independent social dancers. An intermediate-advanced dancer will learn to keep "stamina" and build up tempo increase.

  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hour class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.
  • This class is capped at 25 students, to give students a chance to really sink into learning from our Master instructors.
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, exercise towel, pad and pen for notes

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Rhythm and Blues/Bump and Groove

DONNA MEJIA * 2 hr, ALL

Saturday Aug 3, 2:30-4:30p

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With great affection, Donna Mejia offers this workshop as a tribute to the Rhythm and Blues music of her Creole Culture. This experience will be part dance class, and part ethnomusicology!

We will explore the common denominators of blues music (the roots of contemporary R&B) as it was imported and transformed by North and West African slaves in the American South. You will be delighted to learn that some popular rhythms, instruments, and musical flavors in the U.S.A. have an unbroken lineage of influence over hundreds of years from the North African and Arabian cultures of antiquity. Fusion is as old as contact between cultures, and this workshop will address some frequent gaps of information in our own understanding of North American popular music. Our dancing will be as varied as our sonic landscape, so please come ready to explore the movement history behind our love of gritty, funky, soul-searing and syncopated music!

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome
  • Please bring: Your capture materials of choice (a journal or computer for harvesting your insights and thoughts), and your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, knee pads, exercise towel, 

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Flexibility: Jaw-Dropping Trickster

ASHLEY LOPEZ * 2 hr, ALL

Saturday Aug 2, 2:30-4:30p

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This class is designed to help you train for those spectacular pivotal moments that require athleticism and grace. Interested in sizzling floorwork? You’re in the right place! You will be taken through a thorough full-body cardiovascular warm-up and proceed with exercises designed to help you develop front splits, side splits, and backbends.

As class progresses, you’ll be given options for various beautiful poses (both on the floor and standing balance poses) that you can insert into your dance. We will discuss how to train safely and most effectively, and how to play to your strengths on stage. As time allows, you will be taken through transition techniques, to help you get into and out of these beauties seamlessly.

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome! A multitude of modifications will be offered to accomodate all levels and abilities.
  • Please bring: Yoga mat, and your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, and yoga blocks or other stretching assistants. Pad and pen for notes.

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Baladi Moves

HENNA* 2 hr, ALL

Sataturday Aug 3, 5-7p

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Earthy, relaxed, juicy movement quality characterize Egyptian baladi dance. In this workshop you’ll learn some classic baladi moves, and the Egyptian dance principles that make them distinctively baladi. These principles can be applied to any movement to deepen the movement pathway and allow space for your individual musicality. This workshop concludes with a juicy combination to a traditional baladi song.

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome, though this will be a slightly more fast-paced class so at least one year of experience/familiarity with the fundamental movements of bellydance is suggested.
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, and a pad and pen for notes.

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Zoe's Book of Shimmies

ZOE JAKES * 2hr, ALL

Saturday Aug 3rd, 5-7p

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Non-Stop Shimmies!!! Lets work on huge hips and loose shimmies. We are going to explore lots of different styles of shimmies, and new ways of doing them.

So whether you are new to Belly Dance, or looking for something to add to your repertoire, this is the workshop for you. It’s all here, 3/4 shimmies, 4/4 shimmies, sharp and smooth shimmies, traveling shimmies, layered shimmies, timed shimmies and non-timed shimmies…WHEW! So..lets dance!

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome!
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, and a pad and pen for notes.

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Multi-level ITS Workshop

AMY SIGIL * 2 hr, ALL

Saturday Aug 3, 5-7p

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Here's your chance to get everything you love about ITS! We will be working with new vocabulary, new concepts and new friends to dance with! This intensive will include vocabulary and concepts from Level 1,2,3,4 and new work that I am excited and inspired to share! I plan on doing all the things that I love!

Work is suitable for beginners, certified ITS teachers, or dancers working with other improvisational formats. All the things! (must play well with others)

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome.
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, knee pads, exercise towel, pad and pen for notes

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FINDERS KEEPERS

Performance Intensive: Part 1/2

Creating strong narrative and audience connection.

Zoe has requested this series be limited to only 20 participants.

Purchase Part 1 and Part 2 together and save!

ZOE JAKES * 3 hr, INT/ADV

Sun Aug 4, 9:30a-12:30p

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The secrets of performance (it’s all in you! shhhhh don’t tell anyone) and the authentic audience connection will be focused on in this workshop. Dancing with true intention comes from within, and can be a challenge to connect with, but with clear direction and a safe environment this workshop can aid dancers to open up to having a more honest and inspired experience with stage performance.

If you are ready to be inspired….let’s play! Performance dance games and a clear format for connecting with audience will be covered in this workshop. Bring a notepad!


  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hour class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.
  • This class is capped at only 20 students, to give students a chance to really sink into learning from our Master instructors.
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, yoga mat, and a pad and pen for notes.

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Algerian Chaoui: Berber Dance from East Algeria

ESRAA WARDA * 2hr, ALL

Sun August 4, 10a-12p

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North Africa is a complex multi-cultural region with Arab, Berber, Andalusian, and African influence. It is more than meets the eye. Berber culture, even though perceived by the outside world as just folklore, actually has a large presence in national culture. One prominent indigenous dance style in Algeria is from the Amazigh (Berber) group of Eastern Algeria called the "Chaouiya" (pronounced Sha-wee-ya). Recognized as a maternal dance - its primary muscle isolation resembles that. It is all about the literal belly. Learn traditional Chaoui rhythm and how to "bounce" your belly.

  • All levels welcome.
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: yoga mat, dance shoes, exercise towel, pad and pen for notes

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Where Rhythm Meets Expression

SWETA RAVISANKAR* 2 hr, ALL

Sunday Aug 4, 10a-12p

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Did you realize that rhythm and expression are interwoven? We will start with an introduction to Bharatanatyam, a south Indian classical dance, Mridangam, a double sided drum and the basic rhythmic syllables of this art form. In this session you will witness different rhythmic patterns that go hand in hand with different expressions in a variety of ways they can be portrayed. This will be a lecture-demonstration and also an interactive session.

There is something for everyone in this session, a beginner, an experienced artiste or a someone who passionate about performing arts. 

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome!
  • Please bring: A pad and pen or laptop for notes, and your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE. Please wear comfortable clothing.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel.

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The Soul of Cairo

CLAUDIA * 2 hr, ALL

Sunday Aug 4th, 1-3p

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Be the first to benefit from Claudia's extended adventures in Cairo, new combos, techniques and experiences!

Claudia will be fresh from an immersion study trip to Egypt, and has so much to share with you. Bask in the kindled passion of Claudia’s intensive work with Cairo Bellydance legends and amazing musicians, all while taking in the heartbeat of the bellydance motherland!

Already one of the Portland-areas leading experts in culture-specific styles of dance throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Claudia will share with you new techniques and new perspectives on old techniques through an entrancingly Egyptian lens. You will also combine these techniques in exciting combos and a mini choreography! In short, let’s explore our dance with and spark bit of the Soul of Cairo within us!!!

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome!
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, and a pad and pen for notes.

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Hip Hop
LOUIS HALLEY * 2hr ALL

Sunday Aug 4th, 1-3p

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Louis brings a fusion of hip hop and other styles which comes from growing up on the island of St.Maarten. Join the party! His class will be in the form of choreography with a balance between grooves and textures.

Louis Halley is Hip Hop dancer who grew up on the Island of St.Maarten. His exposure to multiple styles there such as Dancehall, African, Bachata, Merengue and more has influenced his style tremendously.

He dances for the Portland Trailblazers, and currently teaches at Steps Pdx and Vega Dance Lab.

  • Difficulty: All levels welcome!
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, and a pad and pen for notes.

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Yolo Solo

Performance Intensive: Part 2/2 Technical building blocks for dynamic improvisation.

Zoe has requested this series be limited to only 20 participants.

Purchase Part 1 and Part 2 together and save!

ZOE JAKES * 3 hr, INT/ADV

Sun Aug 4th, 1:30-4:30p

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The technical aspects of strong improvisation as a soloist. This workshop will present clear ways to develop your improvisational skills through musicality, phrasing, and take home practices. The dancer will learn ​how to utilize phrases of different lengths to bring variety to their solo, how to create a beginning, middle and end to an improvisation, and how to bring these techniques into your practice routine to help make improvisation second nature!

  • Difficulty: This is a 3-hour class geared towards intermediate/advanced level dancers, though all levels who want a challenge are welcome.
  • This class is capped at only 20 students, to give students a chance to really sink into learning from our Master instructors.
  • Please bring: Your favorite reusable water container. L&C DOES NOT ALLOW DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ONSITE.
  • Optional: Dance shoes, exercise towel, yoga mat, and a pad and pen for notes.

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