AFBD welcomes back internationally acclaimed Spanish Gypsy Flamenco Belly Dancer Silvia Salamanca for a weekend of workshops and incredible performances!
Workshops take place Saturday and Sunday March 21-22 at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, followed by 2 spectacular performances on Sunday evening March 22 at Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant for Atlanta's Got Talent: Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday March 21 12pm-2pm Filling Your Stage: Modern Dance Techniques to Creatively Embrace Your Space (all levels)
It has been said that traditional Belly Dance can be performed on a stage the size of a postage stamp. Gone are those days! In this workshop, you will learn some useful Modern Dance techniques to utilize any dance space, no matter what its size. Spinning, jumping, and gliding movements will be experimented with and experienced. The class will culminate with a few beautiful combinations to get you flowing through space.
Saturday March 21 2:30pm-4:30pm The most Spanish prop: learn to dance with a "Manton" (piano shawl)
Who has not been intrigued by the mystery that evokes watching a dancer unwrapping from a "manton"? In this workshop we will break down the proper technique, the steps and the combinations in the use of the “manton” (Spanish triangular shaped shawl) to build-up and entire routine full of feeling and intensity. Please bring a skirt and a manton (any triangular scarf big enough to wrap yourself in it will do, we will do the rest with attitude and a big ole!)
Sunday March 22 10am-12pm Creating a beautiful balancing act: an original sword routine
In this workshop we will learn a full choreography using a sword as the exciting element to mesmerize our audiences! The routine will include slow and sinuous movements, turns on the floor, and a fast and furious section with energy and fire!!! We will break down the most intricate steps so you can go home with a good foundation to master them!!
Sunday March 22 1pm-3pm Latino/Brazilian Drum Solo
Let’s add some flavor to that drum solo!! Learn the steps to some of Latin America and Brazil‘s most famous and contagious beats. Understand the similarities in rhythms in the music and apply them to an Arabic drum solo. Want something different to mesmerize your audiences with, this is it!!
About Silvia Salamanca:
Silvia Salamanca is an internationally acclaimed performer and instructor from Mallorca, Spain.
A life-long dancer, she graduated at the age of nineteen as a major in ballet and performed professionally as a modern dancer in major Europe festivals with the contemporary dance company of the University of Barcelona.
She started her career as a belly dancer in 2001, when realizing the enormous benefits that this art-form brings to women in both body and soul. In her own studio, she keeps observing how women can get closer to their self identity and discover oneself in a new level, increasing self-esteem, and getting deeply in touch with the feminine essence in their soul through belly dance.
As a natural evolution in her journey, Silvia discovered tribal fusion in the USA and combined it with a deep research into her own cultural roots: spanish gypsy and arabic. Hence with her work in the field of Zambra Mora (spanish gypsy-oriental dance fusion) Silvia gained international recognition and is currently invited to teach workshops and perform in major festivals world-wide, including being twice headliner for the Contest of the Bellydancer of the world in Germany, and being featured as the local talent for the Bellydance Superstars shows in October 2011 –Houston.
In order to reach as many students as possible, Silvia is proud to present 2 instructional Zambra Mora DVDs “Spanish gyspy passion” and “Fire of the Spanish Gypsies”
Silvia is also the director of Shunyata Belly Dance, a nationally awarded tribal fusion company and a proud member of Urban Gypsy, Houston’s premiere ATS troupe.