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Abigail Keyes in Edmonton

  • Move Studios #208, 4935-55 Ave Edmonton Canada (map)

The incomparable Abigail Keyes (Asharah) is coming to Edmonton October 27-29, 2017. 

Workshops are open to dancers of all levels and styles of bellydance. 

Workshop and Show Schedule:

Friday, October 27th, 2017 (7:30pm)

A Night at the Casbah- Workshop Showcase Featuring Abigail at Studio96. Facebook event hereTickets on sale now through Eventbrite or at Bedouin Beats and School Of Raq. Ticket price. $30 plus GST

Eventbrite - A Night At The Casbah


Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Move Studios- #208, 4935-55 Ave

Folkloric Fusion (10AM to Noon):
This fun workshop will take you across the floor with combinations based in classic belly dance, stylizations, and maybe a little bit of jazz and street dance.

Lunch Break (Noon to 1:30PM)

Classical Choreography (1:30PM to 4:30PM):
This is a brand new choreography by Abby, making its premiere in Edmonton! Song details coming soon but you don't want to miss this beautiful piece! Check out Abby performing one of her choreos at Rakkasah

Saturday Evening: Lecture and Discussion

Bedouin Beats- 11805-94 Street NW

Every belly dancer should know about the history and cultures of the Middle East, the region from which our dance comes. But it's easy to feel overwhelmed when researching this vast topic. This lecture is a fantastic overview of the political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped the region and influenced the development of professional belly dance. Please bring your notebook. Treats and drinks will be provided.

Sunday, October 29th, 2017 (Move Studios)

To the Core: Pilates for Bellydancers (9AM to 10AM):
We've all heard of having a strong core, but what does that mean? And why do we need it? We'll focus on exercises that can help build inner strength, greater range of movement that you can take with you into your daily life and dance practice. Please bring a mat.

Jazzy Funky Fresh (10AM to Noon):
Mix it up and fuse belly dance with street dance, old school hip hop, jazz, and more! We'll move and groove, exploring syncopated movement, unexpected musical accents, and challenging footwork. We'll also talk about some of the origins of movements that we're fusing, always staying respectful to the source.

Lunch Break (Noon to 1:30PM)

Three Hour Special - each section is 1.5 hours but is considered one workshop:

Space Travel (1:30-3pm): 
Free your feet and get creative! In this workshop, you'll discover how to break out of the belly dance box and make unexpected traveling movements that you can use in your next performance.

Magical Musicality (3-4:30pm): 
Music is at the heart of belly dance, and in this workshop, we'll explore creative ways to embody rhythm, instrumentation, and tone color. This is a movement workshop, but also bring a big notebook and some drawing utensils so that we can experience music in multiple modalities.

Workshop Payment Details:

Options for full weekend, one day, or individual workshops:

  • Normal Full Weekend: $390.00 (Plus GST) paid in full after September 11th, 2017.
  • Saturday All Day- 5 hours- (No lecture): $160.00 (plus GST).
  • Sunday All day- 6 hours: $190.00 (plus GST).

Individual Workshops-mix and match the topics you are most interested in!:

  • Folkloric Fusion and/or Jazzy Funky Fresh (2 hours): $75.00 each (plus GST)
  • Classic Choreography and/or Three Hour Creative Special: $110 each (plus GST)
  • Pilates for Bellydancers: $35.00 (plus GST)
  • Lecture: $40.00 (plus GST)

How to Pay:

Starting June 1, 2017, you can use the following methods to pay.

  • Etransfer to please include GST in your transfer and explanation of what you are registering for.
  • Cheque made out to Leslie Holmes- please include GST and what you are registering for.
  • Paypal (paypal fees and GST are included in buttons below):
  • Payment plans are available- you are welcome to put down a deposit to secure your spot for the whole weekend (paying in 2-3 instalments).  
  • Please note that payments are non-refundable. Workshops may be transferred to another dancer based on registration (ie- full weekend workshop registration must transfer in full, not by individual workshop). Please notify Leslie if transferring registration. 
Full Weekend Options
1 Day Options
Individual Workshops

Remember there is limited space in these workshops, so register early to secure your spot for this amazing weekend!!

***CECs available for dancers in the Salimpour Certification Program- whole weekend totals 13 CECs.***

Coming from out of town and have questions? Email me at Connect with other participants through the facebook event:

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A big thank you to the Alberta Dance Alliance for your support through the Community Workshop Grant.

About Abigail:

Abigail Keyes (Asharah) is internationally renowned for her strong technique, contemporary stylization, tough but compassionate teaching style, and insightful writings on trends and topics in the field of belly dance.

In 2016 she earned her M.A. in Dance Studies at Mills College in Oakland, with focus on history and pedagogy. She is certified Level 5 in both the Suhaila Salimpour Format—the first ever tiered certification program in belly dance—and the Jamila Salimpour Format, and she is one of only two dancers in the world to hold this distinction. Additionally, she holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies, and has studied the Arabic language at both Georgetown University and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She is a staff instructor at the Salimpour School of Belly Dance, is a member of the Suhaila Dance Company, has appeared with Zoe Jakes’ Bhoomi Project and Beats Antique to audiences of over 3,000 people, and performs regularly with Bal Anat, the longest-running belly dance company in the world.

She has taught throughout the Americas, Canada, Europe, and Asia; and her 2008 instructional DVD, Modern Tribal Bellydance with Asharah, is still considered by many dancers to be one of the best instructional DVDs on the market for belly dancers of all styles and levels. She has also written The Salimpour Compendium, Vol. 1, a study guide and survey of topics related to belly dance history and theory, including a biography of innovative instructor Jamila Salimpour. She is currently writing a historical biography of the four early American “barefoot” dancers who shaped the beginnings of the modern dance genre.

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