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2018-2019 Schedule of Events and Workshops

Boho Brunch @ Meridian Pint

Saturday, Nov. 10th, 2018 • Cover $10 cash @ door

Join us on Saturday, November 10th at 11am!
Find a seat, order food and drink and get settled in for a fabulous show with performances by:
• The Salimpour Collective
• Farah Abi
• Jenna Shear
With music by the amazing: DJ MissGuided
Hosted by: Belladonna Boheme
This event will feature a variety of talented professional belly dancers each focusing on a different style of belly dance.
Showcasing belly dance forms from fusion to traditional and Egyptian to Tribal.
Each event will bring you an eclectic afternoon of entertainment.
ABOUT THE VENUE: Join us on the lower level.
Meridian Pint has a large selection of the best craft beer on tap along with one of most delicious brunch menus in town. Pair that with a great show of very talented Belly Dancers in a warm and inviting atmosphere full of really awesome people? You are in for a great time.
Columbia Heights Metro Stop (Green/Yellow line)
Meridian Pint is a 8 minute walk from the Columbia Heights Metro Station.
Colonial Parking
Tivoli Square
1345 Park Rd NW
Washington, DC 20010
3100 14th Street, NW
Washington DC 20010
Street Parking.
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Super Soul Armor Sunday
Trunk Sale @ Shimmy Sista

Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2018 • 2pm-4pm

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Bohemian Blade Level I – Apprentice in DC

Fri. November 30th – Sun. December 2nd, 2018

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.

7-9 No sword necessary but bring notebook

10-1 Training
1-2 Lunch
3-5 Training

7:30-10 Sea of Swords Hafla

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.


Registration Prices:
$245 weekend only
$295 weekend with test
$100 deposit to reserve spot

Boho Studio
Washington, DC

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Boho Holiday Hafla

Saturday, Dec. 15th, 2018 • 5pm-10pm

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Level 6 Sword Intensive

February 23-24, 2019

Info coming soon…

Level 1 Sword Intensive

March 15-17, 2019

Hot Pot Studio
Sacramento, CA

Info coming soon…

Art of the Belly

March 22-24, 2019

Ocean City, MD

Teaching, Performing and Vending Soul Armor

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April 5-7th, 2019

Fresno, CA

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Super Fun Dance Camp

June 7-9th, 2019

Cold Spring, NY

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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