What is fusion belly dance?

Fusion belly dance melds isolation movements and dance techniques from Raks Sharki “belly dance” and tribal belly dance together with other genres of dance like flamenco, Indian Classical dance, and Balinese Dance, and even non-traditional elements like hip-hop, breakdance, modern, jazz, and more. The dance is often interpreted to a wide variety of eclectic music, from Klezmer bands to punk rock to World Beat inspired pieces.


 Ann Shaffer leads a series on Datura Style Fusion Belly Dance!

Introduction to Datura Style Belly Dance
Workshop Series with Ann Shaffer
Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 9th 2-4pm

Datura Style is an emerging dance format developed by Rachel Brice. It is an umbrella term encompassing both a technique method and a dance vocabulary that can be used for both choreography and improvisation. The Datura Style format fosters a positive growth-oriented approach to learning, coupled with a deep practice that connects the mind and body. Its aesthetic blends American Cabaret and American Tribal Style belly dance, with a focus on musicality and connection between dancers and audience.

This 3-workshop series will introduce students to some of the fundamental techniques, vocabulary, concepts, and terminology of Datura Style. You may sign up for individual workshops, or all three as a series. These workshops are appropriate for dancers with at least 1 year of prior bellydance experience.

About the instructor: Ann Shaffer has studied a variety of styles of belly dance for over 16 years, with over 10 years of experience teaching American Tribal Style® and fusion belly dance. She performs throughout the Pacific Northwest as a soloist and as a member of Troupe Tribalation. She has completed all four phases of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements training program, and is a Certified Datura Style Teacher.

Workshop 1: Datura 101
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2-4 pm
This workshop will introduce foundations of Datura technique: the fundamental foot & arm positions, and the Hip Up Study. Bring a notebook & pen and a water bottle.

Workshop 2: Do You Speak Datura?
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2-4 pm
This workshop will introduce some of the steps and combinations of Datura vocabulary, which can be used in choreography or group improvisation. Bring finger cymbals, a notebook & pen, and a water bottle.

Workshop 3: Improvisation Framework & Flow
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2-4 pm
This workshop will explore a variety of approaches to improvisation for soloists and groups, utilizing structured cues and less structured authentic movement. Bring a notebook & pen and a water bottle.

Cost: $35 in advance / $40 at the door (single workshop)
$90 in advance (all three workshops)
Payment by cash, check or Paypal (to ashaffer@alumnae.smith.edu)

All workshops held at Celebration Belly Dance & Yoga – 1840 Willamette St., Eugene

Contact ashaffer@gmail.com with questions or to register in advance.
ashaffer@gmail.com for details

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