4-Day Belly Dance Musicality Intensive with Shahrzad in New England
October 24-27 - Portland, Maine

Bright Star World Dance - 108 High Street, Portland ME - Corner of High & Spring

REGISTRATION NOTE: Registration opens on Friday, November 23, 2018. Join Rosa's email newsletter to be notified!

October 24-27, 2019 Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10:00 AM-4:00 PM Intensive Workshops Intensive Workshops Intensive Workshops Intensive Workshops
6:00-8:00 PM Drumming Workshop with Marshall? Dance Workshop with Shahrzad?
7:00-9:00 PM Performance

REGISTRATION NOTE: Registration opens on Friday, November 23, 2018!

Workshop Rates & Installment Plans
Thu-Sun Pricing - Opens Nov. 23, 2018
  • $475 early bird / $525 regular - 4-day Thu-Sun intensive
  • $25 deposit - Reserves your spot starting 11/23
  • $65/month - Start your 7-month payment plan by January 15, 2019
  • Includes Thu-Sun intensive workshops 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, and participation in OR a ticket to the Sunday studio show.

Starting November 23, 2018, put down a $25 deposit to reserve your spot! Between January 1 and January 15, 2019, you can either pay the balance of $450 OR start a payment plan of $65/month for 7 months.

Fri-Sat Workshop Pricing - Opens in early 2019
  • Open to dancers and drummers!
  • $59 - Early bird, opens early 2019, expires date TBA
  • $69 - Regular, date TBA
  • $15 - Sunday show tickets available in September 2019
  • Installment plans available
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Bright Star World Dance, 108 High St, Portland ME

Our bright and sunny studio is located in the Arts District at the corner of High and Spring. Look for the dark green door set back from the street next to the Little Tap House Restaurant.
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About the Workshops with Shahrzad and Marshall
4-Day Belly Dance Musicality Intensive with Shahrzad

Join us for 4 days in beautiful Portland, Maine with international superstar Shahrzad, October 24-27, 2019.

  • 6 hours per day Thursday-Sunday
  • A show on Sunday evening + private feedback from Shahrzad
  • Optional evening activities

The focus of this unique intensive will be connecting technique and musicality. We will nerd out and dive deep into about:

  • Maqamat (melodic modes) and iqqat (rhythms)
  • Song interpretation from various eras
  • Transitioning between sections in a song and in a set
  • Shahrzad’s unique and extensive approach to belly dance technique
  • And more…
  • Plus we'll very likely have live drumming for our technique and rhythm drills!

All participants will have the option to perform in a show on Sun 10/27 to put their new skills into practice. Shahrzad will provide private feedback on your performance.

About the Percussion Workshop with Marshall Bodiker - Friday 6:00 PM

Details coming soon. This technique workshop will be open to the public.

About the Dance Workshop with Shahrzad - Saturday 6:00 PM

Details coming soon. This technique workshop will be open to the public.

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About Shahrzad

Shahrzad has been enchanting the stage since she discovered her passion for Arabic dance and music at the age of 11. Since then, she has immersed herself in a variety of dance disciplines–including Modern Egyptian belly dance and many regional and folkloric dance styles from North Africa and the Middle East. Her professional career started when she was 17, working full time as a performer at shows with live bands at top venues and events in the United States. Most of Shahrzad’s technique and choreography is influenced by her training in Egyptian dance.

Shahrzad has been mentored by some of the top Egyptian dance instructors in the world including Madame Raqia Hassan, Nourhan Sharif, Faten Salama, Habiba, and many more. She has traveled extensively to do in depth study about the music, dance, and cultural traditions surrounding both so that she can give students a deeper knowledge of the roots of belly dance as well as its modern uses.

Inspired by her interest in teaching, Shahrzad underwent a 2 year Pilates apprenticeship. Now as a fully certified Pilates instructor with extensive training in anatomy and movement she is able to bring a new level of education to her students by breaking down technique in detailed terms right down to what each muscle of the body is doing.

Shahrzad currently resides in Cairo and regularly travels internationally to teach and perform and continues to inspire students and audiences all over the world with her deep passion for dance.

About Marshall

Marshall was born in Baltimore, but spent most of his life in Washington, DC, USA. He has had an interest in musical traditions from all over the world since a very young age. His interest led him to master a wide variety of percussion instruments including West African, Afro-Cuban, Indian, North African, and Middle Eastern drums. Early on in his studies he found a special passion for Middle Eastern melodies and rhythms and has now devoted a decade of his life to studying and playing Arabic percussion instruments.

Within the realm of Middle Eastern music, Marshall plays tabla, duf, bendir, davul and more with passion and authentic style. His specialty is playing tabla and is able to execute and teach intricate techniques and rhythms from Morocco and Egypt to the Arabian Peninsula the Caucuses. Marshall is experienced with teaching and performing with Belly Dancers and Middle Eastern music and dance ensembles. He currently resides in Cairo where he regularly performs with Egyptian bands and orchestras in a variety of venues.

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