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Anar Dana – Intro Weekend

Event Details

This event finished on 04 March 2018

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Learn Technique, Choreography, Dance Notation, Yoga, Music Analysis, Staging, Costuming, Stage Make-up, Historical and Cultural backgrounds for 7 different styles of women’s dance from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Anatolia, the Caucases, Iran and Central Asia. 

On this weekend we will pick our repertoire together and you can become acquainted with my work before deciding to take part in the whole 9-weekend project and show. The project will then begin in October. Cost: $185 per weekend with 10 participants.

In addition to the weekend dates I will offer in-depth cultural evenings Fridays before each project weekend. These evenings are designed to explore the cultures of our project’s dances in more depth, including costumes, films, music and more. The cultural evenings are open to the public and cost $15 for general public and included in the class fees for participants.

Training weekend dates Seattle:
Intro weekend 2-3 March, 2018
1) 7-8 April, 2018
2) 19-20 May, 2018
3) 7-8 July, 2018
4) 29-30 September, 2018
5) 13-14 October, 2018 
6) 10-11 November, 2018
7) 16-17 February, 2019
8) 6-7 April, 2019
9) 11-12 May, 2019
Dress rehearsal: Thursday, May 16, 2019 (6-10pm)
Recitals: 18 & 19 May, 2019
and possibly performances as NW Folklife, the Seattle Iranian Festival,Turkfest and the Kent International Festival. 

The introductory weekend in March is open to anyone who wants to come and acquaint themselves with my work and what I propose to do in the training program. We will try out many different dance styles, look at videos, see photos of previous training programs that I have led. You will have the chance to ask any and all questions about the work and together we will pick the 7 dance styles that we will work on over the following year. We generally choose one dance from each of the following regions; 1) North Africa, 2) Middle East, 3) Balkans, 4) Anatolia, 5) Caucasus & Russia, 6) Iran, 7) Central Asia & Northern Indian Subcontinent. Yes! Whoever comes to the introductory weekend helps to choose the repertoire! What we do is all up to you!

The project itself will then be a series of 9 intensive weekends of 12 hours each. We will have a repertoire of 7 dances…decided upon in the introductory weekend, after which one must decide to participate or not and commit by contract. 

We will learn the techniques of each of the dance styles decided upon, do dance training and yoga, learn about the cultural and historical backgrounds for the different dance styles, learn about choreography, staging, stage make-up and costumes. We learn 7 different group choreographies…each student will be in aprox. 4 choreographies, but is expected to be able to stand in for the other 3 if necessary. We will also make decisions about costuming at the introductory workshop…which will mostly come from my collection. At the end of the project we do a recital…I do solos in between the group choreographies so that we have a smooth running, full evening performance. There is a certificate of participation for all who complete the program.

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