Tamalyn Dallal's 40 year Middle Eastern dance career has been eventful, to say the least. She has been a guest choreographer for the 1995 Superbowl Halftime Show in Miami, Fl., and has performed for stars such as Sean Connery, Michael Jackson and James Brown (to name a few), the president of El Salvador and the King of Jordan.
Directing the Mid Eastern Dance Exchange, a non profit organization, dance school and performing company in Miami Beach, she taught and mentored dancers such as Amar Gamal and Bozenka, Virginia and others. She organized the Orientalia dance festival and produced numerous theatrical productions.
Crowned "Miss America of the Bellydance" in 1995, she has performed and/or taught in 41 countries. She was one of the original "Bellydance Superstars", has written three books, produced two music CD's of Africa's oldest band, the "Ikhwan Safaa Musical Club of Zanzibar", and currently films ethnological dance documentaries; Zanzibar Dance, Trance and Devotion, was completed in 2011. "Ethiopia Dances for Joy", was released in 2013. "Pockets of Treasure", Dance and more in America's deep south is Ms. Dallal's current project, scheduled for completion in late 2016.
Tamalyn Dallal currently travels around the world to perform and teach dance workshops. Each fall she teaches a month long workshop in Shanghai, China, sponsored by the Isis Club. In addition, in the summer, she teaches a week long workshop at her former studio outside of Seattle, the "Zamani World Dance".
Join us for this Fantastic weekend with 4 Workshops & 2 Showcases
After dancing professionally for nearly three decades, Tamalyn began to explore the cultures that influenced our dance, behind closed doors and with the people. She realized that different places have different energies, which influence how the people dance. She observed how a feeling of gravity grounded some people's dance, and how dancing more elevated and skyward gave others a wide range of expression. When a dance comes from an area that is influenced by people from many lands, the dance, music and culture become rich and varied.
Tamalyn has found six points of the body, influenced by the people she met in her travels. These points unite earth and sky. Some of these points enhance movements. Some enhance expressiveness. All together, they become a practice that can enhance your dance and your life.
Workshop 2: Sparkle Mapping
Sat: 4/1 From: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Empires and trade routes have influenced our dance and the music that we dance to today. You will learn how to make a “Sparkle map”. With this map, it will be easy to tell your students and friends that this dance is from many places because the cultures that influenced one another are multiple and varied. Thousands of years of history have made our dance what it is today…a living and ever changing art.
Workshop 3: Hands, Arms & Shimmies, Oh My!
Sun: 4/2 From: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Tamalyn is known for her hands and arms. In this class, we will learn a variety of movements, perfecting each dancer's style with grace and self expression. Understanding where the focus of each one comes from and what the shape of the movement is helps give them definition. The other part of the class will include shimmy drills, aiming to slow down the shimmies and make them softer, more feminine and precise. We will also layer shimmies onto slow movements.
Workshop 4: What is "Tarab" & Multifaceted Cultural Appropriation (LECTURE)
Sun: 4/2 From: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
What is "Tarab?" (Lecture only) , plus a multifaceted view of cultural appropriation and how it applies to our dance.Tarab is an often used and also misunderstood term that translates roughly as being “in the zone”. This emotional component is one of the most important parts of Arabic music and dance. Tamalyn will talk about this as well as other uses for the term “Tarab” which may have caused confusion but also make it more fascinating.
Cultural appropriation is a term that we didn’t hear until recently. This talk helps understand what it is, how it is defined, and give you the tools to make your own decisions about your artistic expression.
7:00pm Doors, 7:30pm-9:00pm: Gala Performance Showcase featuring local and regional performance artists from across the MidWest, Delkash, Allspice Troupe, Sarah Mayne & More. Tickets available below.
SATURDAY APRIL 1st:
10am - 9:00pm: Vending by Dahlal: http://www.dahlal.com/
10am - 11am: Registration & Shopping
10:00am - 2:30pm: Workshop 1 & 2
7:00pm Doors, 7:30 - 9:00pm: Gala Performance featuring Tamalyn Dallah, Delkash & Allspice Dancers, Amanda Monjure or LA, Sarah Mayne & More: Join us for a completely enchanting evening, filled with historical and fictional MidEastern style performances. Tickets available below.
AMBROSIA is a Grand Rapids Theater located at the Center of the Universe, on the corner of Lake Drive & Diamond St. on the 2nd floor of the Blackport Building. Providing Grand Rapids with an affordable, professional Theater, allowing our community arts the opportunity to thrive!
Ambrosia Theater is a beautiful, 2000sq ft Performance space, located on the 2nd floor of the Blackport Building, in the East Hills / Uptown Business District. Ambrosia seats 72 and holds 95, with features like tiered audience seating, a lavish green room for performers and off street parking. Ambrosia is a traditional black box theater, with the ability to accommodate many different styles of events, from dance and theatrical performances, rehearsals, workshops, photo shoots, receptions, private functions and more!
For the comfort and safety of the dancers, are are limiting workshops to only 30 participants.
Spring Shimmies Gala Showcase Information
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