2019 Schedule of Events and Workshops

Vixen Variety & Raven’s Night Present

TOMB OF THE QUEEN

Pre-Sale: $10 (plus fees) / Door: $15
Kids are welcome to attend and be in the building until 10 pm

WELCOME:
Enter the world of Dungeons & Dragons as we embark on an adventure in the sands of Egypt. Join our campaigners and their foes as they explore, and battle their way into, the Tomb of the Queen. This one of a kind show includes audience participation as each roll of the dice helps our story unfold.

PLAY ALONG:
Our Dungeon Master Belladonna who will take you on a journey where the performers entertain you as the game comes alive. Each table will be equipped with dice and character sheets as audience members are chosen to play along. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran, it is sure to be a good time!

DRESS UP:
What makes an adventure even more fun?? The outfit!
Intermission will present a costume contest and the participants can win big prizes!! We encourage you to dress up as your favorite D&D character (hero or monster) or you can dress to the Egyptian theme! We’d love to see your imagination go wild! Our Grand Prize includes 2 Tickets to Raven’s Night “Creature Feature” on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 2019.

ARE YOU NEW TO D&D?
Never played D&D? No worries, we have designed this game for everyone! From beginners to advanced players, everyone will have fun. Bring your friends and family along as we embark on an all-new adventure and enter the Tomb of the Queen. From foes to puzzles and traps to battles… we ensure you an action-packed evening of entertainment.

A FUNDRAISER SHOW:
This show will be one of two fundraiser shows for the annual Raven’s Night Soiree’. Our fundraisers are a fun way to get together throughout the year, to highlight local talent and to raise funds for the big annual event.
For more info, please visit: http://ravensnight.com/

ALL-STAR CAST:
We are very excited to bring you local and guest fusion belly dancers and drag king legend, Ken Vegas!

Belladonna – Host (Dungeon Master)
Berna
Boudica & Kacy 
Crystal
Farah Abi
Kalistra
Kimala Nar
Ken Vegas
Lindsey
Malije
Mika

Are you brave enough to enter the Tomb of the Queen?
Join us, if you dare!

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Level 1 – Apprentice Sword Intensive

Friday, June 21st – Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Bohemian Belly Dance Studio • Washington, DC

Enter the world of Belladonna’s unique, ground breaking and well respected sword training. Dancers will be introduced to Belladonna’s theories, the history of sword dancing, body conditioning and the introductory Bohemian Blade vocabulary of movements. Saturday night features the Sea of Swords Hafla and Sunday offers optional certification testing. Spend a fun and informative weekend delving into the the only comprehensive belly dance sword training of it’s kind.

Friday:
7pm-9pm History of swords and dancing with them.

Saturday: 
10-5 yoga, conditioning & sword training

7:30-10 Sea of Swords (performance opportunities available)

Sunday:
11-2:20pm – Sword Training

2:30-3:30 Optional Apprentice Certification Test

*open to everyone

LEVEL 1 – REGISTRATION – WASHINGTON, DC

Level 1 – Apprentice Sword Intensive

Friday, July 5th – Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Bohemian Belly Dance Studio • Washington, DC

Belladonna THE Baroness of Blades will be in Pittsburgh for her Bohemian Sword Dance Level 1 Intensive July 5-7, 2019!

Enter the world of Belladonna’s unique, ground breaking and well respected sword training. Dancers will be introduced to Belladonna’s theories, the history of sword dancing, body conditioning and the introductory Bohemian Blade vocabulary of movements. Saturday night features the Sea of Swords Hafla and Sunday offers optional certification testing. Spend a fun and informative weekend delving into the the only comprehensive belly dance sword training of it’s kind.

Friday-Held at Steel Shimmy Belly Dance Studio (address to be provided to registered attendees)
7-9 No sword necessary but bring notebook

Saturday-Held at Bodiography in the Black Studio
10-1 Training
1-2 Lunch
3-5 Training

7-9 Sea of Swords Hafla

Sunday-Held at Bodiography in the Black Studio
11-2:30 Training
2:30 Optional Certification Test

4:00 Optional dinner with group at local restaurant

**Participants must provide their own Belly Dancing Sword/ Scimitar (Open handled Cas Hanwei or Baladay Sword recommended)

** Please bring a yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, a yoga strap and your note book

** Please bring knee pads (soft volley ball knee pads recommended), athletic pre wrap/ foam wrap and toe-less/ heel-less socks suggested.
Please contact Belladonna if you have any questions.
http://bohemianbellydance.com/sword-ceritification/

Certification Information:
All dancers begin at Level 1 and proceed consecutively tough the program. Completion of the previous level is required in order to take any level higher than level 1. Certification of the previous level is required in order to certify in any other level.
With certification you receive:
-An official Bohemian Blade Balancing certificate.
-A specialty tank top with your level of achievement on the back
(you can’t purchase these… you must earn them!)
– A listing on Belladonna’s website.
– Discounts on future Blade Balancing workshops, merchandise and private online coaching.

**Pricing and Payment Plans are LIVE! Visit http://steelshimmybellydance.com/Events.html to reserve your spot!! Don’t miss your opportunity to bring your sword dancing to the next level!

Please contact Anela with any questions/concerns at aneladancer@gmail.com

LEVEL 1 – REGISTRATION – PITTSBURGH, PA

Level 3 – Warrior Sword Intensive**

Saturday, July 20th – Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Bohemian Belly Dance Studio • Washington, DC

Move beyond the basics and up the ladder of progress, difficulty and badasserie. The Warrior level is the toughest level of training yet. Belladonna will push your body and your mind in this exciting and technically challenging weekend. Break though what is holding you back and begin your work with the Boho tribe on an entirely new playing field. Level III gets you in the action and initiates you into the world of combinations, improvisation, group improvisation and more!


Saturday
10am – 5pm Badass Blade technique and Heroic Held combinations

7:30-10 SEA OF SWORDS HAFLA!
**Performance opportunities available to all participants

Sunday
11am – 2:30pm training

2:30- 4:30 pm Level 3 WARRIOR test
Dancers must certify in this level to move on to the next.

**Participants must be level 2 certified or higher

** Please bring your sword, a yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, a yoga strap and your notebook (3 ring notebook recommended).

LEVEL 3 – REGISTRATION – WASHINGTON, DC

Level 4 – Specialist Sword Intensive**

Saturday, August 17th – Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Bohemian Belly Dance Studio • Washington, DC

The Specialist level requires prowess and purpose in your blade dancing. Moving beyond mere technique, muscle memory and will power, Specialist training begins the polishing and application process. Level IV introduces the Bohemian moving sword meditation, reviews all of the combinations from level 3, a new set of moves and combinations and builds upon what you have learned by designating time for group dynamic practice.

Saturday
10am – 5pm Training

7:30-10 Sea of Swords Hafla
** Participants must perform in the hafla

Sunday
11-2:30 Training
2:30 Specalist Certification Test

**Participants must be level 3 certified or higher.

LEVEL 4 – REGISTRATION – WASHINGTON, DC

Level 5 – Artist Sword Intensive**

Saturday, September 21st – Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Bohemian Belly Dance Studio • Washington, DC

The Artist level takes your sword training to the next level. In level 5 we begin focusing on expression, musicality and creativity. Particpants must learn one of Belladonna’s signiture sword choregraphies from notes and videos before the weekend even begins. Dancers will work on goal setting, the development of individual combinations, discussion on personal development and performance review.

Saturday 10am-5pm training
7:30-10pm Sea of Swords Hafla – All dancers must perform a prepared piece with their sword

Sunday 11am-2:30pm training

2:30-4:30 Artist Test

**Participants must be level 4 certified or higher.
** Please bring your sword, a yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, a yoga strap and your note book
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** Please bring knee pads (soft volley ball knee pads recommended), athletic pre wrap/ foam wrap and toe-less/ heel-less socks suggested.

LEVEL 5 – REGISTRATION – WASHINGTON, DC

TESTIMONIALS:

Belladonna’s sword intensive is a must for any sword dancer, regardless of dance style. Her open approach to not only the hows but the whys behind what she does helps give a greater understanding to the moves and technique. She challenges you to think about the choices you make to create a cohesive story and purpose for your performance. Delving deeper than just teaching tricks (which alone are worth the weekend), Belladonna takes you on a journey of the sword that better helps you understand its significance and symbolism and creates a deeper connection between the dancer and the weapon. Her real-world examples and advice are invaluable, and her teaching style is open and approachable. It is clear she wants her students to excel and is willing to take the time needed to help them do so. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from her and am looking forward to continuing the journey. I highly recommend anyone interested in swords seize any occasion to take one of Belladonna’s classes or workshops. You won’t regret it.” ~ Nanette Blake

“The Bohemian Blade certification program is a great way to expand your dance technique and vocabulary as well as discover a new dance partner in your sword. Belladonna’a approach to sword training is thorough and well balanced. From the history of dancing with a sword, to building confidence, strength, and poise with your new partner, you will not be disappointed. In addition to technique and dance with your sword, Bella also covers strength training and centering through a specific yoga practice to help you condition your body and help prevent injury. I highly recommend this program for anyone wanting to truly enhance their craft.”~ Monica Troutman

“I cannot express enough how invaluable my experience in studying with Belladonna within her Bohemian Belly Dance Sword format and program has been. Belladonna is a teacher that welcomes you feel like dance family and also encourages you to, not only dance with your sword, but with your heart. In studying with her I have grown to love and develop both my relationship with my sword and with myself. Belladonna’s teachings are extremely experienced, well-rounded, restorative and challenging. I highly recommend this program to any dancer with a sincere interest in sword dance! Words cannot express all that I have gained in studying with Belladonna!” ~ Crissy Marie

“The Bohemian Blade Sword Program is awesome! It has completely changed my approach to sword; physically, mentally and spiritually. It has also created a bond with fellow sword enthusiasts through out the Bellydance community. I look forward to continuing the journey on this creative adventure.” ~ Kimala Nar

Bella’s Sword Intensives are extraordinarily empowering. I was afraid to even handle a sword, prior to taking her Apprentice Intensive, but under her expert guidance and desire to share what she has learned over the years, she made be feel safe, secure and, dare I say, graceful with my sword and accompanying movement. She gives you a thorough breakdown of the proper handling technique, teaching you how to handle your sword respectfully and safely. She has a strong understanding of how to condition your body so that you can expand your range of motion and not injure yourself. She begins each workshop with a targeted yoga practice to help open you up and receive the energy to make the most of the sword techniques you will learn. I felt very aware and centered before I even picked up my sword, which I am sure is by design. Bella leaves no detail out and is attentive to each student. You can clearly feel her passion and how much she loves to teach. I went from being afraid of handling a sword to wanting to choreograph a sword piece! I will forever be grateful for all she had done to improve my confidence. She’s amazing! ~ Donna Sullivan