American Classic belly dance and performance artist, instructor, writer, producer and lecturer, Delilah is one of the most visible dancers in the world. She has 8 (3 hour) instructional DVD’s on the market today and 3 more to be released this year, totaling 39 titles of documentary, performance and instructional to her credit. She has produced music CD’s events, retreats tours and is the genius behind the Power Belly Weight belt engineering. Her creativity is endless and in all respects, Delilah is a forward thinker, dedicated to the artistic rewards of the individual and their personal growth.
Elisa Gamal is entering the third decade of her love affair with Middle Eastern dance! She took her first belly dance class in 1987, and made her professional debut to the stages of Seattle in 1994 after being hand picked by the MB Orchestra to join them as a house dancer. Highlights of her career include winning numerous solo and group awards including the 1999 Bellydance USA and 2006 Seven Veils Champion titles, being featured on the cover of Jareeda magazine, and performing as a guest with the Bellydance Superstars on their first US tour.
Elisa enjoys an active performance schedule, appearing at several Seattle area venues, dance festivals, and cultural events including the Northwest Folklife Festival and bi-annual Seattle Arab Festival.
A sought-after instructor and intuitive, supportive and effective coach, Elisa has watched several of her current and past students gain national recognition and win trophies and titles in nearly every major US belly dance competition. "Bellydance is my passion and my inspiration, my solace and my release, my source of renewal and profound joy." www.elisagamal.com
Alimah was introduced to belly dance in 2001 and since has won many awards, including Belly Dance Nationals National Champion 2009, Shimmilicious Soloist Champion 2009, Lillies of the Valley Professional as well as Professional Challenge Winner 2008, Belly Dancer USA 2005, and Double Crown Performing Artist 2004. She now performs arabic music as the violinist in House of Tarab, and a mix of world music with Avaaza. Before her obsession with dance began, Alimah spent years playing violin in professional orchestras across the country. She holds a Masters in Music from Yale University, and has taught violin workshops around the northwest. She draws on her background as a musician to develop practice and performance strategies, as well as to understand phrasing and compositional technique. It gives her great joy to share her passion for middle eastern dance and music with audiences across the country. www.alimahdances.com
Erik began serious study of Arabic percussion in 2003 after a ground breaking lesson with master percussionist Souhail Kaspar. As an eternal student he has continued to study with many master percussionists including Faisel Zedan, Said el Artist, Issam Houshan Karim Nagi, Uncle Mafufo , and Tobias Roberson to name a few. Today, Erik is one of the most sought after player in the northwest, and he’s renowned for his ability to connect with dancers during live performances. As the Tabla player for the “House of Tarab” ensemble Erik strives to represent an authentic sound in Arabic music. www.houseoftarab.com
In this intermediate/advanced intensive we will explore many aspects of playing Zimbabwean style marimba in a large ensemble format. Specifically we will focus on various styles of interactive playing, including: advanced variation concepts and techniques, responding to lead, lead development, improvisation, and piece arrangement.
About the Facilitator(s)
Michael is the director of Rufaro School of Marimba and Musasa Marimba Ensemble brings 31 years of performance and teaching experience to this intensive. He has developed a style of interactive playing that is deeply rooted in the teachings of his mentor and friend, the late Dr. Dumisani Abraham Maraire, master musician and teacher from Zimbabwe, Africa.
Osha is artistic director of Rufaro and Musasa began playing Zimbabwean music 22 years ago, studying and performing with both Dumi and Michael. She teaches from her love and respect for this amazing music, with emphasis on inspiration and joy.
Together Michael and Osha create a bright, dynamic teaching environment, assisting their students to have a successful and deep experience!
Become a certified Spiritual Sexual &/or Divine Feminine-Awakened Masculine Educator or simply learn how to embody your own ecstasy in discovering the mystery of the Sacred Feminine united with the Awakened Masculine.
About the Facilitator(s)
Caroline Muir is co-author of Tantra. The Art of Conscious Loving and produced the DVD Secrets of Female Sexual Ecstasy. Caroline dispels myths around sexuality and love.
Joan Heartfield, PhD
Joan and her husband Tomas are innovators in the Art of Relationship. They are the creators of Conversations That Matter, Opening to Love Ceremonies and Romancing the Beloved.
Tomas is the creator and teacher of Awakened Masculine workshops for men, which gives men precious insight into the conundrum of sexuality, spirituality and life purpose.
The cost of our workshop is $1950 plus the cost of the room of your choice which includes food. We have some partial scholarships available for those in need, and we support young people 18-24 by offering our trainings at cost only, which is $1000, plus room/food.
Join Arthur Johnsen and friends along the spectacular south-east coast of Hawai'i Island, where native jungle, sea cliffs, crashing waves and distant lava plumes will inspire our art experiments and masterpieces. We'll review oil-painting basics and compositional approaches, and explore techniques for achieving the jewel tones, vibrant light and expressive atmosphere so special to this region.
About the Facilitator(s)
Arthur Johnsen is a well known painter on the Big Island of Hawai'i, with numerous works in private collections and public venues throughout the state. He brings a deep understanding of the islands to his work and teaching, having grown up in Honolulu and having lived for many years in the Puna district of Hawai'i Island. His most famous work is "The Goddess Pele" which hangs at the Kilauea Visitors Center in the Volcanoes National Park.