Workshops

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We know how important for an efficient learning process a proper dance hall is. That is why we have made sure to provide for you on the Roses of the Orient Festival spacious bright dancing room, fully covered with mirrors. This way you will be able to catch every single small detail from every angle.

Hall The Land of Roses and hall Washington are the 2 workshop locations for the festival, where parallel classes will be held for 3 consecutive days. Both halls are in the city center and are only 3 minutes walking apart, which will allow you to visit workshops in both locations without a problem. Furthermore, our official hotel Light is on a walking distance from both halls.

In case you feel like having a sightseeing walk, capital city Sofia’s main attractions are just minutes away from the training halls, as well as Sofia’s main metro station “Serdika”, which can take you in no time to any part of the city.

The workshops of the festival are divided into three levels of difficulty:

  • Open Level – appropriate for students of any level, as long as they have good knowledge of the basis oriental technique
  • Intermediate Level – appropriate for students which have gained knowledge and experience through learning a couple of choreographies
  • Advanced Level – appropriate for students which have been actively learning belly dance for at least two years

Workshop 1: History of Oriental Dance

arabic belly dance sofiaTeacher: Maria Aya
Date: 16.03.2018
Place: Hall Washington
Time: 17:00 – 18:00
Description: This is an open level workshop, which is completely free, a gift for you from the master teacher of the 1st Roses of the Orient Belly Dance Festival – Maria Aya and The Land of Roses Belly Dance School. You are welcome to attend this workshop completely free of charge, as long as you have registered ☆here☆ and there were still free places. The workshop will be completely theoretical and will dive deep into the emergence, the spread and the traces Oriental dance has left in the culture and traditions of the different countries around the world. This class is part of Maria Aya’s educational program that leads to the obtaining of Hamsa International Oriental Knowledge Certificate. All participants will be provided with a signed document certifying their partaking in the workshop.

Workshop 2: Oriental Calligraphy

kuchek dance classes sofiaTeacher: Maria Aya
Date: 16.03.2018
Place: Hall Washington
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Description: This is an open level workshop, which is appropriate for both students with basic knowledge in oriental dance and experienced dancers. This class will cover the terminology and principles of movements in oriental dance. More than 100 movements will be systematically presented and explained within two hours – knowledge that is indispensable for any oriental dance enthusiast, any self-respecting professional dancer and qualified teacher. Students will learn new movements, and teachers will get ideas on how to systematize their approach to explaining oriental dance movements. This class is part of Maria Aya’s educational program that leads to the obtaining of Hamsa International Oriental Knowledge Certificate. All participants will be provided with a signed document certifying their partaking in the workshop.

Workshop 3: Oriental song

nevena tacheva - belly dance sofia, bulgariaTeacher: Nevena Tacheva
Date: 16.03.2018
Place: Hall Washington
Time: 20:00 – 22:00
Description: This is also an open level workshop, appropriate for students of any level. Participants in this class will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the technique needed to perform a pop baladi dance (meaning popular oriental song). A short choreography to a tender and emotional piece of music will also be taught. A dance from women to women!

Workshop 4: Pure Oriental

Classical oriental dance from EgyptTeacher: Maria Aya
Date: 17.03.2018
Place: Hall „Land of Roses“
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Description: In this advanced level workshop Maria Aya will teach a classical choreography in “Golden Era of Oriental Dance” style. Inspired by the Raqs Sharqi dance legends, this choreography will melt the heart of every “evergreen” classic lover. Please bring a veil along to this workshop, since it will be used as an accessory in the entrance of the music. This class is part of Maria Aya’s educational program that leads to the obtaining of Hamsa International Oriental Knowledge Certificate. All participants will be provided with a signed document certifying their partaking in the workshop.

Workshop 5: Baladi Improvisation

arabic dance sofiaTeacher: Izida
Date: 17.03.2018
Place: Hall Washington
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Description: This is an open level workshop. In this class Izida will acquaint you with the principles in preparing a baladi improvisation. No matter how random an improvised performance may seem, there are certain requirements to the dancer’s movements style and behaviour that make a baladi performance authentic. This and how to handle the difficult task of improvising you will learn during the Baladi improvisation workshop! A natural continuation of this class is Workshop 9: Baladi Choreography.

Workshop 6: Mejance

classical oriental belly dance with Vanya PetrovaTeacher: Vanya Petrova
Date: 17.03.2018
Place: Hall Washington
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Description: This is an intermediate level workshop, in which Vanya will teach an exquisite mejance for the big stage. With this solo performance you will be able to convincingly present yourself at any belly dance show. A demanding and rich choreography, containing all the important elements of classic oriental dance. Elegant, energetic, feminine – the queen of oriental performances – “Mejance”!

 

Workshop 7: Evolution of Shaabi

oriental dance workshops in Sofia, belly dance workshopsTeacher: Maria Aya
Date: 18.03.2018
Place: Hall „Land of Roses“
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Description: This workshop is appropriate for students of intermediate and advanced level. In this class Maria Aya will explain the evolution of the Shaabi style, will show typical movements and will teach a vibrant and energetic Shaabi choreography. This class is part of Maria Aya’s educational program that leads to the obtaining of Hamsa International Oriental Knowledge Certificate. All participants will be provided with a signed document certifying their partaking in the workshop.

Workshop 8: Saidi

belly dancing sofia bulgariaTeacher: Anjela Atanasova
Date: 18.03.2018
Place: Hall Washington
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Description: In this open level workshop you will be able to learn both technique and a short choreography in the folkloric style Saidi. Rhythmic, playful and earthy, this style will undoubtedly remain in the hearts of many of you! Guaranteed wake up on Sunday morning! Please bring a stick along. We will be able to provide several, but probably not for all participants. Please write to us in advance at festival@nevena.dance if you do not have a stick.

Workshop 9: Baladi Choreography

kucek classes sofiaTeacher: Izida
Date: 18.03.2018
Place: Hall Washington
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Description: This workshop is appropriate for students of intermediate level. In this class Izida will teach a coquettish and feminine baladi choreography with elements of improvisation as suggested by the style. A bouquet of emotions, a colorful palette of moods – a dance of the female soul – Baladi!

 

During the workshops in hall Washington you will be able to have a look at our bazaar with profession al and semi-professional belly dance costumes, training sets, accessories and jewelry.

belly dance costume for oriental dance

The exact addresses of the workshop locations as well as the whole program of the event can be found ☆here☆.

If you have any questions or you would like to subscribe for the festival, do not hesitate to write to us at festival@nevena.dance, join our Facebook event or leave a message on the Roses of the Orient Belly Dance Festival’s page on Facebook.