Sunday, December 8th, 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
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Instructor Bios & Workshop Descriptions
Miriam is a Portland native, but spent half her career in Miami, Florida, working as a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for production and photography sets. She is a former MAC makeup artist who yearned for independence, and sought out her own agent and was signed by FORD Artists. Miriam’s work has been seen nationally and internationally. She has been performing as a dancer for many years. Miriam currently practices the art of makeup artistry and eyelash enhancements at Wink Lash Parlor in SE Portland. She pleased and honored to be invited once again by The Portland Bellydance Guild, to share her knowledge and experience with our dance community.
Workshop: Makeup for Dancers
FIRST 5 people to sign up receive a complimentary pair of strip lashes to take home!
In this fun workshop, Miriam will prepare you to put your "best face forward" both in life, and onstage! She will break down the principles of highlight and contour in a comprehensive way, discuss skincare basics, how to find your ideal brow shape, brushes, color theory, and recommend some of her tried-and-true favorite products with serious staying power!
Please bring to the workshop:
- TWO foundations (liquid or cream) or concealers: ONE two shades darker, AND one two shades lighter than you skin tone, plus your usual foundation that matches your skin tone.
- One shade of highlighter
- 2 Blending sponges (Real Techniques (TM) makes a great orange one and can be found at the drug store!)
- Cleansing wipes for the face.
- Your favorite light moisturizer.
(Optional additional: lip color, mascara, brow color, loose setting powder)
Morgan Fay is a Raqs Sharki and Fusion belly dancer based in Portland. She is a member of the Portland Salimpour Collective, as well as Baksana. She is currently studying with Claudia, Henna, and Suhaila Salimpour. Morgan is also studying darbuka and riq.
Workshop: Go with the Flow: Finger Cymbal Compositions & Improv
Let's dive deep into finger cymbal skills! We'll discuss concepts for creating finger cymbal compositions and how to support and connect with your music, whether the music is recorded or live. We'll also take a moment to discuss finger cymbal improvisation and play some games to get you exploring new patterns and sounds with your cymbals.
With over 25 years of substantial dance adventures under her belt, Darshan has come to enjoy a truly multidimensional relationship with Dance. From theater, to parade, to education space, to ritual, to activism, to exercise, to physical and energetic rehabilitation - Darshan has guided thousands on different parts of their dance paths. Her creative and engaging approach has helped expand horizons for many dancers who have gone on to various forms of success and love in dance, as well as those who have taken their dance to empower internal processes, not to mention those who’ve wanted to use their love of dance in service to global and local causes, and those who just wanted to feel their bodies move. Everyone receives the gift they need from Dance.
Darshan credits her most influential mentors in Middle Eastern dance forms: Dalia Carella in NYC, with global and theatrical tendencies; Paulette Rees-Denis in Portland OR, with stylized Tribal; Aurelia in Portland with joyful charismatic American Cabaret. Other studies include Flamenco, Latin, Capoeira, Samba, Afro-Cuban and African diaspora, Kathak, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Swing, aerial, and more, plus movements of martial arts and yoga.
Currently working as a chiropractic physician specialized in movement as medicine, and teaching hot yoga a few times a month, Darshan continues her research deep into the nuances of facilitating the movement of energy, and brings the distilled juices of that work to you, in a tall curved glass, to drink your fill.
Workshop:“Kinesthesiophilia: For love of the feeling of Dance”
Join Darshan for a combo-driven foray into authentic movement that feels right and tells a story.
Elinore Eaton has been dancing her entire life. As a teen, she saw Rossah Bendahman's Hand of Fatima Dance Tribe perform in Santa Cruz, California and fell in love with the magic, illusion, and energy that is unique to bellydance. She has since studied many styles of bellydance with world-renowned teachers through the years in AmCab, Egyptian, folkloric, tribal fusion, ATS, and is most influenced by Salimpour Formats. Elinore is currently Level 2 certified in both Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour Formats, and has several other dance certifications under her belt. She has always loved dancing with props and it is a part of her dance passion to excel at the drama and creativity that props can bring to a performance, and sword dancing has been one of her favorites.
Workshop: Sword Secrets
Would you love to bellydance with a sword but are nervous that it will hinder your performance, or that it just won't be enjoyable or right for you? I will share sword secrets and fundamentals to help improve your confidence and bring that next level beauty and excitement of the sword to your dance. We will learn how to make sword balancing easier and more fun, performance do's and don'ts, transitions, and balance practices, as well as a few sword specific dance combos to mix and match into your shows. Come ready to move, explore, and have fun!
This class is focused on sword technique, performance, and dance combos rather than bellydance movement breakdowns, so at least one year of bellydance is recommended.
I will have several wooden mock swords on hand, but the real thing will help to really understand weight and control, so please bring your favorite balanced scimitar to class if you have one. Here is a link for a great sword supplier: https://www.atlantabellydance.com/store/SwordsCanes.html. You may find some options on Amazon.com as well.