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Middle Eastern DanceMiddle Eastern Dance is one of the oldest known dance forms. This tradition is an ancient art that has lasted throughout the centuries.The captivating music, the sensuous movement, the elaborate costumes, will lure you into a world of foreign intrigue and delight. In the Middle East, dance has played an important role in celebrating and depicting important events. From villages to urban areas, culture is celebrated through dance. Below are some of the forms we will explore in camp.

2012 DANCE TEACHER TOPICS:-- working on these......

NOURHAN SHARIF will hold a Rhythm Training & Drills Workshop! Bellydance Bootcamp!

Utilizing her 4 Cds for training with Rhythms (co-produced with Karim Nagi a professional musican).  Learn rhythms while learning combinations, one of her signatures when teaching as she drills technique into your body!  Be prepared to sweat and learn Middle Eastern Rhythms!  Nourhan will apply some of the rhythms we focus on to a piece of music or two time permitting! Nourhan is known for organized classes and has developed a method of teaching that works ! Many of her students are top dancers in NYC today because of her training !

Suggestion that you purchase the  4 rhythm CDs in advance to get more out of the workshop

 Nourhan Sharif ~ Veils and combinations for the Bellydancer
Dancing with air - the art and mystery of veil work - mesmerize your audience with the poetry of swirling silk and the promise of lands long forgotten. Nourhan teaches how to make it look easy, natural, and feminine.

The spirit of every dancer is unique-- the truly creative dancer calls all the elements into the realm of her performance-- the excitement of fire, beauty of air, wateriness of emotion, and grounding to the earth. Nourhan Sharif invites you to explore your own relationship to the elements and your own creative spirit through the magnificient experience of Middle Eastern Dance.


--Funky Tribal Fusion with Finger Cymbals

--Slow and Slinky - Moving with Intention and Power

--Daily warm-up, which will include a bit of yoga, breathing exercises and exercises specific for belly dance.

--Wings class-- for everyone curious about wings (I will have practice wings to use or bring your own)-- we will learn how to make the wings move like part of your body and work with some useful movements that you can use in any show.


1) SATURDAY, 10-11:30 "CHIFTI-TELLI with and without VEIL" The beautiful and haunting rhythm of the chifti-telli inspires exploration of movements in the space within and around the dancer.  Feel the Chifti-telli with the whole body then expand the space around us with The Passionate Veil as we work with this soul searching rhythm.

2)  SUNDAY, 3:15-4:45 "Be The Music - Improv Class" (Accompanied by Master Musician Souren Baronian)--- Dancers praise Aszmara's signature workshop stating that it has changed how they view and feel their connection to dancing. With Insights into Music and Movement, Aszmara never fails to lead dancers into finding new nuances in the Mind, Body and Spirit of Dance. With Master Musician Souren Baronian joining Aszmara, we ?nd new ways of listening and understanding the taxim form, work on improvisational skills, connect with the musician’s voice, and to express ourselves in the emotional notes of the music.

3) SATURDAY, 1:30-3:00 "Zil Dance" Aszmara is most known for her amazing Zil playing - she plays like a musician and her dancing is "in" the music.  Illuminate the rhythm inside the music and yourself as we connect rhythm and dancer with drills, musical dynamics, games and improvisational playing.  Don't just Play the cymbals, Play the Music of the dance.


Turkish Oriental Combos with Alexia

Come learn fun and sassy Turkish oriental combos with Alexia!   We’ll explore 9/8 rhythms and chiftitelli.  Mucho combos, mucho fun!  Bring a large skirt and a sassy attitude!

Turkish 9/8 Drum Solo with Alexia

Experience the fiery temperament of a blend of Turkish Oriental and Romany (Gypsy) dances that represent personal skill, interpretation of the music and movements mimicking everyday life.  Learn TEN fun and exciting combos using a 9/8 time signature within a drum solo.


--create a dynamic and entertaining show using the Serena technique, developed by legendary pioneer Serena.
--Spanish Arabic fusion technique and choreography
--learn to choreograph using the Laban based analysis of dance. Create a unique structured improv using this technique.


Turkish Folk Dance, from different regions of Turkey for women and man


Turkish Romany (Gypsy) Dance, History and Culture. Turkish Romany karsilama Romany 9/8 rhythms, and steps for dancing to both slow and fast versions, information, Turkish Romany rhythms and dance combinations and finger snaps. Also some choreography to entire songs.

Daily Schedule 




US event music

We offer small, group instruction in many Middle Eastern instruments. Music classes include information about basic music theory, simple and advanced techniques, Arabic and Turkish styling and Middle Eastern rhythms. We also provide singing and maqam classes in Middle Eastern style music.


Ossama farourk: I will be teaching the darbuka (known also as tabla or doumbek).  topics to be covered: rhythm, technique and solo drumming for belly dancers.

Khaliji songs + maqam
Andalusian songs + maqam

Moroccan songs + maqam


Turkish rhythms explanations and time signature. Technique for playing Turkish DAVUL (hanging drum) will enable you to play in a relaxed. 

Turkish style oud and makam instructions:
I will be teaching basic Turkish music makams, and oud technique for all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced.
My lessons will be applicable to both Arabic and Turkish tunings.

Techniques for playing kanun.  This will also include becoming familiar with some basic, common makams and learning how to play them on kanun.  also, students will learn some Turkish songs.
Teaching tambourine, clarinete, and approaches to  improvization on any instrument. also, will be working with Aszmara helping students learn music listening skills.

ENSEMBLE CLASS: students learn Turkish classical music, semai, and folk music.  All instruments and levels are welcome.
CORAL CLASS: covers both Turkish classical and country style singing

SAMI ABU SHUMAYS: Arabic melody (maqam) class, open to dancers and musicians (no experience required).  Class will learn the basic melodies of one or two maqamat, through simple call-and-response imitation.  We will also look at songs to see how they use maqam.  We'll discuss improvisation, as well as interpretation for dancers.

ALL CLASSES teach Turkish Makam and on Sunday night students are welcome to participate in a short concert.


Singing Classes


musig and singing

We will have classes Saturday and Sunday. Class schedules will be handed out at camp upon registation.

Folk Dance


Turkish black sea dances

The Middle East has a rich tradition of folk dance. Every district has its own local tunes, songs and dances.There is some special song or dance for every event of rural life.

A birth or a wedding, the death of a loved one, sowing the field and harvesting the crops or leading the flocks to water. Some of the songs and dances have to do with a particular craft or work, some have fertility or good luck as a theme, while others express the timeless feelings of a man, joy and sadness, the longing of an exile for home and the homeland, love and affection for the beloved. Each year we will provide Turkish folk dance and an intro to Arabic folk dance.

Oriental Dance


altOriental dance (also known as bellydancing) has ancient roots and thriving international traditions that remain extraordinarily vital today. From the oldest ritual traditions of the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Mideast, belly dancing has spread throughout the world, finding many adherents not only in its areas of origin but also in such areas as the Balkans, India, and Central Asia.

The multitude of dance forms grouped in English as "belly dance" have a variety of names in the cultures that produced them. To Greeks, belly dance is the "cifte telli"; to Turks, "dans oryantal"; and to Egyptians, "raks sharki." Despite such variety, the belly dance traditions of different cultures share some generally recognized features. Each year we will provide you with excellent Oriental dance instructors from all regions of the world, representing the different styles from different countries. We welcome your requests for any specific type of dance you may be interested in. Each year we will offer Egyptian, Turkish style oriental dance and American Tribal Style Belly Dance.

Romani (Gypsy) Dance



The Roma (Gypsies) who now reside in every continent of the world, originally came from India. The Roma (Gypsies) have their own music, dance, costumes and ceremonies. Some of the most common dances are romanian, mastika, bir sari yilan, tulum, sirto, kampana, karsilama, roman, sulukule, agir roman and kaba roman. The dances can be performed as a solo or in a group.

The dances usually represent personal skills, daily life and love stories. Each year we will offer Turkish Romany (Gypsy) classes.

Warm-up and Yoga




 Explanation of the DAILY WARM-UP CLASS:

I want this to be a class to warm-up the students, and also to give them some new internal awareness of their bodies and help them feel more centered.  I want to give yoga stretches, curls and arches to wake up the muscles, as well as some yoga breathing exercises to innervate the core and diaphragm areas (will also show how this prepares students to do the Roma "belly throws"- gobek atmak).  I also want to include some unique exercises that will help students access the deep internal core muscles (particularly the psoas) of the abdomen that will relax them, center them, and help them to be able to move their pelvis' with more fluidity and strength.

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