Kahreen & Kira
Proudly Present

"Belly Dance in Miami - 2020"

Kahreen & Kira's 34th Annual Spring Seminar
A Weekend of Middle Eastern Dance!
Featuring Renowned Dance Artist:

Artemis Mourat - Postponed due to Covid-19
Seminar 11:00 a.m - 4:00 P.M


Dancer - Teacher - Writer - Historian. Artemis has been dancing, teaching and researching dance history in the United States and abroad for 25 years. She brings her spirited and articulate technique to workshops which include a lecture on the history and/or culture that generates the dances she teaches.

Artemis has contributed to many publications. Extensive travel to 33 countries and intensive research into the idioms of the East, women's issues, psychology, ancient history, oriental dance and dance ethnology have yielded many manuscripts and articles. She has an M.A. in psychology, an MSW license in social work (with a specialization in cross cultural awareness), including a LCSW-C license in social work, and has done postgraduate work in dance movement therapy. Her research is used by Egyptian universities, the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Library for the Performing Arts in New York. Most recently, Artemis has done field research in Turkey, Romania, Czech Republic, Spain, France. London and Greece, and attended Romany Festivals in France, Turkey and Romania. She was able to get some wonderful video footage of Roma (Gypsies) dancing, celebrating and experiencing everyday life which will be folded into the new version of her video “Artemis Dances”. A video which shows Turkish style oriental dance, Turkish Rom fusion dance, "American style Belly dance," ancient dance and more! Artemis uses dance, history lectures and articles to educate others about the plight of the Roma and continues on in her efforts to have Middle Eastern dance receive the recognition and respect that every other legitimate dance form enjoys. She won the "Ethnic Dancer of the Year Award" presented by the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance and the "Most Popular Ethnic Dancer Award" from Zaghareet Magazine. For more information on this wonderful artist, please check out her website at www.serpentine.org. We are pleased to welcome this famous and knowledgeable artist back to South Florida. She will be covering the following topics: creating your own drum solo, veil dancing (carving shapes in space), and vintage oriental (why we should not call it American cabaret). Dancers, teachers, students alike don’t miss this chance to study under this wonderful artist!

Description of Workshops:

CREATING YOUR OWN AMAZING DRUM SOLO: This workshop teaches the musical structure of a good drum solo, the elements of an exciting drum solo performance and how to find the right moves for the different drum solo patterns. Anybody can teach you to memorize THEIR drum solo but this workshop will teach you to create your own unique and exciting drum solo to music of your own choosing. This is suitable for all levels from the beginner to the polished professional (Saturday).

VEIL DANCING, THE ART OF CARVING SHAPES IN SPACE: There are some ancient roots but also many misconceptions about the origins of this beautiful art form. It is the Vintage Oriental (Am Cab) dancers who took veil dancing to its highest level. We will separate fact from fiction and we will learn how to perform this lovely dance form. Included will be information on the different types of veils, different veil wraps, veil dancing steps, how to choose the right music, the myth of "the dance of the 7 veils" and about how Egyptian veil dancing differs from the other versions (Saturday).

VINTAGE ORIENTAL AND WHY WE SHOULD NOT CALL IT AM CAB: This is the exciting dance that made America fall in love with belly dancing and it is making a big comeback. Vintage Oriental is a more accurate name for this vivacious and legitimate style of belly dance which is commonly referred to as "American Cabaret." There is very little about it that is American except for the pizzazz and some of the dramatic elements. It is made up of Middle Eastern dances and combines Pan-Arabic,Turkish and Greek techniques to many different forms of Arabic, Turkish and Greek music. It includes a 5 to 8 part show, many props, extended veil work, floor work, audience participation and more. This workshop will teach you all about the history of Vintage Oriental dance and the multi-part show concept, the elements of a typical show and lots of steps that typify this style of dance. We will include a special section on the slow and lovely Taksims that accompany this style and how to apply the Vintage Oriental movements to this beautiful and incomparable music (Sunday).

All events are postponed due to Covid-19. Stay tuned for more detsils. .

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Saturday 11:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Creating your own amazing drum solo.
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Veil dancing, the art of carving shapes in space.

Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

12:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Vintage Oriental and why we should not call it American Cabaret
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Vintage Oriental and why we should not call it American Cabaret