Nikki Workshop Topics

Nikki has an extensive range of workshop topics she can offer.
For more information please email Nikki – enquiries@celebratingdance.com

Workshop Topics
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The” WOW” Factor –  A performance skills based workshop, incorporating psychology, stage presence, musical interpretation, energy, moods & Pizzaz .You’ve chosen the music, done the choreography, rehearsed the steps, got your costume, but still find that your dance is lacking in some vital elements…..Open the toolbox of tips, to add sparkle, Pizzaz, and the “WOW” factor to your performance. Includes: 1. The basics, 2. Creating energy, 3. Musical interpretation/3 Dimensional dancing, 4. Entrances/exits, 5. Poses & freezes, 6. Passion/ Focus points. No need to bring a choreography along.

Sharpen your skills – Edgy Sword Come out of your comfort zone, & learn how to “splice up” your dancing by adding the excitement of dancing with a sword, using playful, daring body balances, & powerful shimmies & spins! Includes: “turban-tying” technique to position your sword and some optional floorwork (alternatives given). Bring pads if you intend doing floorwork and a sword if you have one.

Dancing to Tabla with percussionist John Sleiman  – Learn 5 popular Arabic rhythms, understand when they are used, and try out suggested moves to each rhythm. Less is more, poses & freezes. Fun Playful and Interactive.

Funky Saiidi with or without a stick – Dance with confidence to the earthy moves of the Saiidi dance, learn authentic dropping and jumping steps, how to spin, twirl, balance and bash your stick!. Fast, Fun & furious!

Floorwork – Getting down with elegance, poise, and style! Try out Turkish knee sins, Cleopatra’s crawl, Cleopatra’s Press-up, Half-splits, fake backbends, Cleopatra’s shimmy and dangling 8s and circles!

Taqs, Pops, Hits and Locks – Add fast sharp, percussive moves and spice to your routine to contrast with your fluid undulations. Particularly suitable for those wanting to do a drum solo.

Veil techniques, single and double – Go from single simple veil techniques seamlessly to elegant advanced double veil

Bhangra Beats – A lively workshop with its roots in Southern India; incorporating Bollywood style, and some classical Indian moves, “Feel-good” dancing at its best!

Stretching for dancers – Maintain and develop your flexibility, strength and balance to improve the range & quality of your dance technique. Includes Breathing and the 7, 4, 8 and promotes relaxation.

Nubian style and choreography – Notes given with workshop which includes history & cultural components, as well as moves steps and short choreography.

North African Style with a scarf – A lively workshop, suitable for beginner upwards. It Includes some cultural discussion, notes given with workshop. Good for bonding groups and promoting emotional well being.

Shamelessly Shamadam! – The Zaffa, or wedding dance Learn the techniques of Shamadam, when to use it, and cheeky moves to make your dance spectacular!

 

 Nikki loves teaching technique workshops on many topics such as  Khaleegy, Saidi, Nubian, Burlesque, Dabke, Ghawazi, Bollywood ,Baladi, Oriental, Isolations in Arabic dance, Working with props. Nikki can teach choreographies on many topics including veil, stick, shamadam, Debke, tabla solo. Please contact her for  more information.Image may contain: 4 people, including Lynne Meryl Chapman and Maikki Fonneløp, people smiling, people standing and text


 

About

Celebrating Dance is an annual dance festival held each October at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay, Devon. It is the only belly dance festival in the UK that is held in a 3 Star hotel and has a strong reputation for its friendly & fun atmosphere, offering quality workshops from international stars and popular UK-based teachers. It was created and run for 16 years by International Teacher & Performer Afra al Kahira & John F Hancock. Although Afra & John remain on the team, from 2017 they have handed over the reins to new Group Organiser Nikki Livermore a well-respected Teacher & Performer.

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