Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health - it rusts your spirit and your hips.
Terri Guillemets

10 - 23 January 2021

Online Registrations for Summer 2021 Workshops & Events are now closed.
If you would like to come along to any workshops with space - or to the Percussion Circle, or Hafla & Markets on the 23rd January - please send Sam a text on 0403020796 to register according to COVID-Safe guidelines.

Workshops for Summer 2022 will be announced during Term 4 2021.

Summer workshops are a great way for you to learn something new, give bellydancing a try, or just keep up your practice over the break. Everyone is welcome to register for Summer Workshops and Events - you don't need to be a regular Ghawazee Moon student to come along. Our teachers are drawn from Canberra bellydance teachers and musicians in recognition of the high quality of teaching and variety of expertise in our region - so if you're learning bellydance in Canberra, you'll likley see a teacher from your school in the line up!

The end of summer Hafla and Market is a great way to get in some social dancing, join the live music Jam, maybe even perform some combos or choreographies you have learnt during the workshops. You can also grab yourself some new or pre-loved bellydance costumes, props & accessories before Term 1 begins.

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Bling your Bellydance Bra: Covering, Decorating & Embellishment

with Merle

Sunday 10th January
1:30-3:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba.

Want to know how to hand sew decorations onto a bra? Do you need to learn how to cover a bra with fabric? Would you like to learn how to sew beads and coins to create a fringe? If you want to learn how to bling a bra, come along to this workshop!

A multi-award winning sewer, Merle began her adventures in sewing at the age of 8. Her passion led her to teaching Fashion Design and Textiles in ACT schools for 17 years as well as dressmaking for private clients.

As an experienced belly dancer, Merle knows what will look great, and what you need to feel secure and avoid a costume malfunction, on stage!

$20 ($15 EB) includes Crafternoon (2:30-4:40pm)

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Crafternoon

All Welcome

Sunday 10th January
2:30-4:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Many bellydancers learn to sew alongside learning to bellydance. There are so many fabulous costumes you can make yourself!

Our Crafternoons are a great way to get get started and pick up new skills. They're also a fun social event and an opportunity to meet dancers in other classes outside of performances and workshops. You can bring along your sewing machine or overlocker - there is room for cutting out, and costume patterns to copy.

$5 Entry or $Free with the Bling your Bellydance Bra Workshop.

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Assaya Exploration

with Jacqui

Monday 11th January
6:30-8:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

The asaya, cane, or stick, is a recognisable bellydance prop most commonly associated with the Egyptian folkloric style of Saidi dance. However, the asaya appears across multiple bellydance genres including Lebanese bellydance, particularly in conjunction with the dubke rhythm, and even balady.

This workshop explores the use of asaya across Saidi, Lebanese and balady styles and encourage you to challenge the way you think of and use this humble, traditional prop. You will learn core technique and unique characteristics for each style and how to apply your asaya, examining the similarities and difference of asaya application across each genre.

This workshop will include theory and technique as well as choreographed combination elements for you to take away and build on. Please bring a cane, water bottle and your smile.

Prior experience with asaya is not necessary.
If you need to borrow a cane, please check the box when you register.


$35 ($30 EB) (Individual Workshop)

WORKSHOP FULL
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Technique: Back to Basics

with Samina

Thursday 14th & 21st January
6:30-7:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Want to have a go at bellydancing, but aren't sure if it's actually your thing? In this progressive, two-sessions workshop you'll get a taste of core bellydance technique, bellydance postures, arm positions and travelling steps, with friendly support and lots of laughs along the way.

Continuing bellydancers and beyond will find this workshop useful for solidifying technique, with opportunities to explore expression, intention, and layering - or just loosen up after the Summer Break!

$40 ($30 EB) (Both Workshops)

WORKSHOP FULL
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Technique: Shimmies

with Samina

Thursday 14th January
7:45-9:00pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Get your shimmy under control and out in the world with this technique heavy workshop. You'll work on vertical, horizontal and sagittal hip shimmies, upper body shimmies, flutters, travelling shimmies, reclining shimmies and more!

You'll learn a variety of techniques, variations and applications for this signature layering movement in bellydance.

$25 ($20 EB) (Individual Workshop)

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Sword Technique

with Bronwyn

Saturday 16th January
10:30-12:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Like the cane dance, Raqs al-Saïf probably developed out of a playful and feminine interpretation of a men’s martial dance. Transnational fusion styling has transformed it again from a feminine ‘trick’ into a powerful expression of womanhood.

Open to dancers from all styles of belly dance, from intrepid continuing beginners to advanced, this two-hour workshop will introduce you to the exciting and impressive Raqs al-Saïf, or extend your existing sword skills through a series of manipulations and combinations that can be used independently or as a sequence that can be adapted to your favourite track.

Bring your sword and kneepads, a yoga mat, water bottle and notebook. If you haven’t got a sword, a limited number are available for loan―please advise if you need to borrow one when enrolling.
Note: The workshop contains a floor-work component. Students who do not wish to participate in this component will be catered to.

Canberra-based Bronwyn has more than two decades of experience in transnational fusion (FatChanceBellyDance® Style) and folkloric belly dance, captivating audiences with her powerful and elegant stage presence and Mona Lisa smile. Bronwyn is especially known for her proficiency in Raqs al-saïf―the dangerous and hypnotic sword dance.

$35 ($30 EB) (Individual Workshop)

WORKSHOP FULL
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Double Dare: Double Sword Choreography

with Bronwyn

Saturday 16th January
1:00-3:00pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Looking to amp up your sword dance? Two is better than one! Suitable for dancers in all styles, in this two-hour workshop you will tap into your inner drama queen, building on the movements covered in the earlier workshop and learning a double sword choreography that will add a majestic intensity to your set.

Suitable for intermediate dancers and beyond, with some experience in sword-balancing, bring two swords, a head band or scarf and kneepads, as well as a yoga mat, water bottle and notebook. A limited number of swords are available for loan―please advise if you need to borrow one (or two!) when enrolling.

Note: The workshop contains a floor-work component. Students who do not wish to participate in this component will be catered to.

Canberra-based Bronwyn has more than two decades of experience in transnational fusion (FatChanceBellyDance® Style) and folkloric belly dance, captivating audiences with her powerful and elegant stage presence and Mona Lisa smile. Bronwyn is especially known for her proficiency in Raqs al-saïf―the dangerous and hypnotic sword dance.

$35 ($30 EB) (Individual Workshop)

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Introduction to Middle-Eastern Rhythms

with Samina

Sunday 17th January
11:30-12:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

For percussionists and dancers alike, this workshop will cover the most common rhythms used in bellydance. Understanding common rhythms from the Middle-East is an essential step in your bellydance journey.

You can use a Drum*, Finger Cymbals, or just your hands to get a sense of rhythm patterns. We will also have brief discussions on the history of each rhythm - where they are from and when they are commonly used.

A small number of instruments will be available for use during the workshop. Let us know if you will need to borrow one and your preferred instrument when you register - first in, best dressed!

$15 ($10 EB) (Individual Workshop)
Includes FREE entry to the Percussion Circle on Saturday 23 January 2:00-3:00pm - make sure you register!

WORKSHOP FULL
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Rhythm & Zills

with Samina

Sunday 17th January
1:00-3:00pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Understanding the Rhythms of Middle-Eastern music is an essential step to interpreting and connecting to the music that inspires you. You'll be learning finger cymbal patterns that complement a variety of rhythms, along with movement combinations and improvisations to help build your musicality and increase your confidence when dancing with finger cymbals.

What to bring: Finger Cymbals (Zills/Sagat).
If you need to borrow a set of Zills, please check the box when you register.


$35 ($30 EB) (Individual Workshop)
Includes FREE entry to the Percussion Circle on Saturday 23 January 2:00-3:00pm - make sure you register!

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Improvisation: Transitions, Structure & Variations

with Samina

Sunday 17th January
3:30-5:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Fine tune your improvisational skills. Learn how to structure your performance on the fly, add variations and texture to your movements and seamlessly transition from one movement to another.

You'll learn to hear where changes happen in the music and anticipate them for a clean transition and set yourself up, ready for the next movement. You'll learn where to place variations in common rhythm patterns, and what type of variations will work to help you become a visual representation of what you hear. You'll also learn how to use a loose structure when improvising to give yourself some breathing space and relax into the music and movements.

$35 ($30 EB) (Individual Workshop)

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Veil Technique

with Renee

Monday 18th January
6:30-8:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Focusing on one of the most well known props in bellydancing, this workshop will look at how the veil can be incorporated into your dance, whether it's for a few moments of an entrance, or an entire routine.

From single to double veil, from the floaty romantic to dramatic flair, you'll walk away with technique, combinations and plenty of inspiration!

What to bring: 2 Veils.
If you need to borrow a set of veils, or just an extra one, please check the box when you register.


$35 ($30 EB) (Individual Workshop)

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Technique: Arms & Hands

with Samina

Thursday 21st January
7:45-9:00pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

Improve and enhance your arm and hand movements in this workshop with exercises, techniques and combinations that will help you create graceful movements, smooth transitions and gain confidence in using your arms and hands to express emotion, connect with your audience, and extend and highlight your hip work, turns and travelling steps.

$25 ($20 EB) (Individual Workshop)

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Percussion Circle

All Welcome

Saturday 23rd January
2:00-3:00pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

All levels of percussionists - including beginners - are welcome to join the circle. This is not a class, but a lightly facilitated session giving you the opportunity to practice with others, gain confidence in your abilities and expand on your knowledge through peer-to-peer learning.

If you have your own percussive instrument, please bring it along. This can include drums, hand drums, finger cymbals, riqq, tambourine, your hands! :) If you need to borrow an instrument, please let us know when you register.

$5 Entry or $Free with the Introduction to Middle-Eastern Rhythms or Rhythm and Zills Workshops.

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you would like to register to attend.
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Summer Hafla & Markets

Free Entry. Social Dancing. Live Music Jam.
Shopping pre-loved fabrics, costuming & props!

Saturday 23rd January
3:30-5:30pm
Nellie Hall, Melba

With classes just around the corner, get together with your bellydance family for some fun socialising, shopping, music making and social dancing. Practice your new moves or give your new percussion skills a workout. Celebrate the end of summer and the start of a new year of bellydance and music!

Stallholders & Sellers
If you have a small amount (max 10) of pre-loved costuming or props, you can add it to the pre-loved stall. Make sure all items have your name and a price on them, and bring an inventory with you. If you can help out for half an hour on the Pre-Loved stall, there is no fee.

If you need your own table to sell your new or pre-loved items, you can book your own Market Stall Space. Tables are available, but you are welcome to bring a clothing rack.

PRICING & DETAILS FOR SELLERS
Stall Set Up from 3:00pm.
Pack Down 5:15-5:30pm.

$Free Per person with assistance on the Pre-Loved Stall
$2.00 Per person for up to 10 items on the Pre-Loved stall.
$5.00 Per table space for stall holders.

Website Registrations are now closed. Please text Sam on 0403020796 if you have items to sell or would like to register to attend.
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Celebrate your beautiful, creative & expressive self through the joy of Bellydance!

Ghawazee Moon Bellydance
ABN: 18 624 094 824
| Phone: 0403020796
'Nellie Hall', Chinner Crescent, Melba
| 'Ellycienne' Home Studio, Macgregor
Image Credits to Stephen Kaak Photography unless otherwise stated.