Sword Dance Intensive

Sabine’s  15-hour “Dangerous Sword Belly Dance Intensive”

in Eugene, OR


For all those who love sword dance! Immerse yourself  in sword dance with Sabine’s weekend intensive format.


Dangerous Sword Intensive 1 plus Double Sword: June 8-10 2018 (15 hours total)


Email sabinedance@gmail.com  for registration information.  Space is very limited, so reserve your space soon. $50 deposit is required to reserve your space.


June 8-10, the 15-hour Dangerous Sword Intensive 1! 10 hours of single sword, 5 hours double sword, over 3 days.

Sabine leads a small group in 15 hours of instruction, including 10 hours of solo and group single sword dance. Topics range from balancing, sword manipulations, and isolations, to floorwork, spins, musicality and staging; plus 5 hours of work with double swords. Intensive work in isolations, original sword combinations and dramatic changes, using multiple balance points, spins and stops, blocking a sword performance, recovering a fumbled sword, troupe sword combinations for lead-and-follow or choreography,  using multiple balance points, practice both easy and complex floorwork (optional), plus fancy combinations & fast moves, flow, musicality, performance focus for sword, and practicing a full sword dance. Double sword work includes adding a second sword, using multiple balance points, two-sword manipulations, combos, and even a little floorwork.

Instruction times: Friday June 8, 3-7pm (4 hours)

Sat June 9th: 9:30am-12:30pm, 2pm-5pm (6 hours)  

Sunday June10th 9:30am-12, 1-3:30pm (5 hours)

Our weekend also includes a lot of group bonding and fun time! Friday group dinner at a local restaurant (pay your own way), Saturday lunchtime visit to Eugene’s outdoor “Saturday Market.” On Saturday evening we get to attend a belly dance performance and dinner with the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene! (7pm, $7 cover; food at additional cost) Www.medge.org

The Sword Dance Intensive is intended for intermediate-level to advanced dancers with some experience balancing; a minimum of one year belly dance classes and some experience with sword dance is required. (If you’re brand new to sword, you should start with one of Sabine’s sword basics workshops. Email sabinedance@gmail.com for more information.)

Total cost: $315 for 15 hours of instruction & class time, single and double sword, or take 10 hours of single sword only for $250. Limited to 14 dancers for maximum personal attention!
Wooden practice swords will be provided to use for each class. Participants can also bring a dance sword; some are available to borrow,and some swords are available for purchase as well.  (No battle-ready swords, please.) Email sabinedance@gmail.com  for registration information.  Space is very limited, so reserve your space soon. $50 deposit is required to reserve your space.

$315 for all 15 hours, or $250 for 10 hours single sword only.



Q& A:

I’m a beginner, but I love to watch sword dance! Can I sign up?

The Dangerous Sword Intensive is geared for intermediate (and advanced!) belly dancers who already have some sword dance experience (at least the basics!). It’s recommended that you have a minimum of 1 year of belly dance lessons, and that you have some experience balancing a sword on your head while moving–at least a beginner workshop or two. If you are totally new to sword, you’d benefit from taking some “sword basics” workshops or classes first, so that you don’t get frustrated with the fast pace of the Intensive.

Can I fly in?  

Yes. You can fly in to Eugene or to Portland.

The closest Airport: Eugene Mahlon Sweet Airport. You can also fly into Portland, Oregon take the HUT shuttle or Bolt Bus (or a car) to Eugene, 2 hrs drive south. Need help getting from the airport to your lodging?  Just ask! I have several student helpers who can give rides!

Where can I stay?

There are lots of options, from home-stay to B&B’s to Air B&B to cheap hotels to fancy ones! A friend of mine has a neat vrbo rental, too. Click here for some links. I have a  couple of home-stay spaces, too. Email sabinedance@gmail.com.

I’m flying in, and I don’t want to travel with a sword. Can I borrow one?

Sure, I have many swords to loan. And, we will also be using wooden prop swords that I provide for practice  of the movements and manipulations, so we can survive many hours of sword without our arms falling off!

H0w do I sign up?

To hold a spot, or if you have questions, please email a message to sabinedance@gmail.com. You can print the registration form here: SwordInt1flyerJune2018   and mail it back, or email sabinedance@gmail.com. A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot. Paypal to sabinedance@gmail.com or mail to Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga, 1840 Willamette St, suite 206, Eugene OR 97401. The balance is due 3 weeks before your selected intensive.

Can I take Dangerous Sword Intensive 1 more than once? 

Absolutely. I’ve had many people take the intensive more than once (I’ve had several dancers take it 3-4 times!).  The intensive is never the same twice, and dancers tell me they learn something new every time.

More questions? Email sabinedance@gmail.com 


Need a taster? Check out some of these sword dance videos:



Group sword cued improvisation:



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