2019 Schedule of Events and Workshops

BITS & BATS
Belly Dance with Belladonna

Thursday evenings, April 25-16, 2019

Join Belladonna for some Tribal and Tribal Fusion Improvisation belly dance fun!
This 4 week series will run Thursday evenings, April 25- May 16, 2019. And will meet at the Bella’s Bohemian Belly Dance studio in Columbia Heights, NW, DC.

6:30- 7:45- Yoga/ Conditioning and Boho ATS (BATS)
7:45- 8:30pm Fusion Fragments ITS combinations (BITS)
8:30-9 open Jam

Bohemian Belly Dance Studio
Columbia Heights – Washington, DC

OPTIONS:

BATS only $100 / 4 weeks

BITS only $80/ 4 weeks

BATS & BITS $180/ 4 weeks


Register for April 25 – May 16



Level 2- Technician**

Friday, May 24th – Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Bohemian Belly Dance Studio • Washington, DC

Take the next step in your Bohemian Blade Dancing by getting technical.

In this Level II weekend Intensive we explore new transitions, level changes, floor work, non-dominant exercises and more! Belladonna keeps your skill building on track with over nine and half more hours of training!! This unique sword belly dance program has been systematically designed to help you improve your technique, confidence, and stage presence and to bring purpose and power to your practice and performances.

Friday
7pm-9pm: Intro to the concepts of Level 2
No sword necessary, but bring notebook

Saturday
10am- 5pm: Training
7:30pm-10pm: Sea of Swords Hafla

Sunday
11:00- 2:00 Training
2:30-4pm: Test

**Participants must be Level 1 certified
** Please bring your sword, 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

LEVEL 2 – REGISTRATION – WASHINGTON, DC

Super Fun Dance Camp

June 7-9th, 2019

Cold Spring, NY

Fierce & Flirty Fusion Fragments
Sunday 10am – 12pm
Gym

Bring your fierce forward and polish up your flirting with Belladonna’s Boho Fusion Fragments. Perfect for building technique, working into choreography or group improv and polishing up your nuance. These industrial strength fragments- Collision and Fusion Fuel.. go hand in hand and will be the perfect companion to your favorite 4/4 music with an edge!

– Date and time subject to change –
Please confirm with the website to make sure that the times and location are correct

Sword Drills
Saturday 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Gym

“Practice makes perfect” is how the saying goes… in this technique focused workshop Belladonna will lead you through a series of technical drills and combinations that will improve your sword dancing. From balanced combos to held techniques, you will sharpen your skills and solidify your style. Including isolations, combinations, traveling drills and foot work.

*please bring a sword.

– Date and time subject to change –
Please confirm with the website to make sure that the times and location are correct

REGISTRATION – COLD SPRING, NY

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