Muwashahat: Join us on a journey into Andalusian style dance! Muwashahat is genre of music that originated during Muslims rule of Spain from 711-1492. It is a romantic style that combines poetry in classical Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish with music. It provides a rolling rhythm that brings a graceful and free flowing style to the dancer. In this workshop we cover movement with dance combinations, and we’ll also discuss costuming and musicality. Wear yoga style pants and comfortable top. Bring a hip scarf or we have some to purchase and/ or borrow. Bare feet or dance shoes.
Rhythms: How to Dance to Live Music- In this workshop we’ll listen to a variety of music, discover how to move to any rhythm and learn how to create dance combinations for any occasion including live music. Wear yoga style pants and comfortable top. Bring a hip scarf and finger cymbals, or we have some to purchase and/ or borrow. Bare feet or dance shoes.
Georgia Michelle is a multi award winning performer, instructor, and choreographer currently living in Boulder, CO. She is classically trained in several genres of dance with a lifetime of dance education and experience allowing her to create an array of authentic and evolutionary styles of dance. Having played 3 instruments, Georgia has a solid comprehension of music, providing her with precision and clarity in her teaching and choreography skills. Her childhood years were filled with rehearsals, performances and competitions nationwide. She has won many awards and scholarships in dance and has accepted many invitations to study and perform worldwide with several dance companies and schools.
Zikr Dance Soloist "Runes" Tour
As Soloist with Chicago's cocodaco dance, Ballet Taos, Denver Ballet Theatre and David Taylor's Zikr Dance Company, Zac has performed on stages world wide.
He wowed us in 2018 with his solo performance of Runes by Choreographer David Taylor.
We are thrilled to have him on staff at Tarab Retreat 2019 as instructor as well.
Zac Bigbee was born in Taos, New Mexico where he exhibited oil paintings at several galleries and openings, studied Wing Chung style Kung Fu, and competed slam poetry. He began training in classical ballet with Amber Vasques of New York City Ballet and Megan Yackovich of Colorado Ballet at the end of his senior year. He went on to study mathematics and Russian language and culture at the University of Arizona. During this time he continued his training in dance as a scholarship student at LINES Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory, and Netherlands Dance Theater. He has also attended the Royal Danish Ballet’s Summer Course, and spent several months in Israel researching Gaga at the Suzanne Dallal Center. Beyond dance he is also a self taught Cyr wheel practitioner and has trained in aerial acrobatics in Russia under Viktoriya Zhukotzova of the Moscow State Circus.
He currently dances for cocodāco in Chicago and Zikr Dance Ensemble in Denver and serves as guest teaching faculty at Denver Ballet Theater, Tarab Retreat International and Ballet Taos. He has performed as a guest artist with Cañon Concert Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Convergence Ballet in Phoenix. Under seasonal contracts with the Russian American Foundation he provides oral and textual translation services for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy's summer schools and teacher certification program. As co-producer on the Inertia and Mechanical Nature: Movement VII projects with Ballet Taos he set original choreography, contributed to styling, marketing and visual effects while also performing.
As an artist he is captivated and enlightened by the continuously evolving mechanical and neurological perfection of classical ballet. His initial infatuation with classical dance, having now given way to a deeper, smoldering passion, has led him into a search for the essence of classicism. This search is informed by his western education in mathematics as well as visual art and recently, by exposure to classical traditions, especially movement techniques, foundational to great the civilizations from across time. There is something profoundly universal about the human experience that defies it's specificity even as it creates it. This is what he seeks to better know and share in his work with students, collaborators, and viewers in hopes that we may all become more deeply human.
Zac's classes will feature live improvised music to match movement -- be prepared to think outside the box!
Deborah Newberg is the founder, director and lead choreographer of Saltanah Studios, a center for teaching Middle Eastern Dance in Santa Fe, NM, since 2005. She has been on the faculty of the Dance department of Santa Fe Community College since 2008. Her dance company, the Saltanah Dancers, has presented over 500 performances in New Mexico, at venues including the Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand, Lensic Theatre, Cleopatra's Cafe,Taos Inn, and the Scottish Rite Temple. Her apprentice and student troupes also perform regularly with the Saltanah Dancers.
She has been on staff at Mendocino Music and Dance Camp for many years leading Yoga for Dancers. We welcome Deborah to our Tarab Retreat Staff.
Travis Fontaine Jarrell's dance background includes extensive Western
classical and modern training, North Indian Kathak, American clogging,
Flamenco, and classical and folkloric Central Asian dance from Uzbekistan. She
began her study of Middle Eastern dance in 1971, and during her 45 + years of
teaching and performing, she was privileged to study briefly with such excellent
artists as Jamila Salimpour, Serena Wilson, Morocco, Bert Balladine, Dahlena,
Ibrahim Farrah, and many others.
Travis was introduced to Central Asian dance in 1989 by Laurel Victoria Gray,
and in 1992 was invited to Bukhara, Uzbekistan, to live and perform with Mohy-
Sitora Folklore Ensemble, and to study classical Uzbek dance in Tashkent with
the acclaimed Akilov family. In 1996 Travis and Laurel Gray collaborated to
produce Central Asian Dance Camp, a summer dance program for the study of
Uzbek and Persian dance.
Travis' solo dance concerts, presented in the US and in Europe, have included
classical and folkloric Uzbek and Middle Eastern dance, as well as her own
original creative works.
Travis currently lives and teaches dance in Cookeville and Nashville, Tennessee.
Introduction to Armenian/Persian Style Performance Dance.
Lyrical and elegant, delicate and majestic, these “sister’ dance forms embody
the graciousness and poetic depth of the cultures from which they arise.
This class will introduce some basic positions, steps, and movements,
utilizing a classic Armenian choreography.
2. Zils and Odd times! Learn a simple patterning system for improvising
with your finger cymbals. Deepen your understanding of 2s and 3s, and
how to play with them. We will specifically explore odd time signatures,
7/8, 5/8, and 9/8.
3. Basic Eastern Folk Line Dance. We will learn to catch the drift of a few
favorite Balkan, Greek, and Turkish dances so we can party with the best of them!
Rajasthani Kalbelia Dance
The Kalbelia people are the Gypsies of Rajasthan, India, known for snake charming. Their dance is upbeat and celebratory, with rhythmic stomps, hip work, spinning, and ever-changing hand movements. We will dance as individuals, as well as with partners and as a group. Please wear a long, full skirt. My path to becoming a belly dancer began as a young girl, when I knew I wanted to be a belly dancer, despite having never seen one, or even having heard Middle Eastern music. When I began belly dance lessons in 1991, I was instantly hooked on the beautiful movements, vibrant music, exotic costuming, and the discovery of Middle Eastern cultures from which this dance comes. Belly dance is such a diverse, deep, and fascinating topic, that I haven’t stopped learning since!
My other dance studies began with Jazz and Ballet when I was a teenager and evolved to encompass Haitian, West African, and Cuban Orisha dances, Butoh, and Contact Improvisation, among others. I have also studied Rajasthani Gypsy dance of the Kalbelia people and Ghoomar Ladies dance in Rajasthan, India, and Turkish Roman (Gypsy) dance in Turkey.
I have a wide background in movement, energy training, and physical body studies. I have studied a variety of dance and movement forms for over 35 years, including yoga (in India and the US), and tai chi and qigong (in the US and China). I have a Qigong Instructor Certification and a Tai Chi Teacher certification from Qigong Academy. I am also a trained massage therapist, Level 2 Reiki practitioner, licensed minister, and have been trained as a licensed Art of Feminine Presence® teacher. I am certified in Level 1 of Sadie Marquant’s Raqs Flow Bellydance Training Program.
I teach belly dance, Qigong, and Tai Chi in Taos.
Julia Moon began her bellydance career in 1990 after many years of theatrical training. She performed with the award winning Ananka Dance Company at Renaissance Faires, for historical reenactment groups and stage shows performing traditional cabaret and folkloric styles. After college, she traveled around several states working and dancing. She was a member of Dancers Supporting Dancers in Albuquerque, NM, then joined a band and moved to the Denver area. Julia spent a few years dancing at night clubs & restaurants in Colorado with the fondest memories of the former Mataam Fez in Boulder, CO. She moved to Las Vegas, NV and was the feature dancer at Habib's Persian Cuisine for several years.
In 2006 she returned to Colorado with a strong desire to learn ATS (American Tribal Style). She started her tribal training with Elizabeth Ashner, then joined Tribe Nawaar under the direction of Jennifer Secrist Goran and developed a deep appreciation for the sisterhood of tribal bellydance. Just after 2012 she lovingly departed from the tribe to refresh some of her traditional cabaret roots, but has continued to study and enjoys fusing the styles. Julia Moon Embry is the owner of Unicorn Belly Dance Supplies which can be seen at local events and found online at www.unicorn-bds.com. Julia teaches ongoing classes at the Buchanan Recreation Center in Evergreen, CO and leads her student troupe, Moonjulz Bellydance. For more information visit www.juliamoonbellydance.com and www.unicorn-bds.com