2019 Schedule of Events and Workshops
Level 6 Sword Intensive
February 23-24, 2019
Bohemian Belly Dance Studio • Washington, DC
Level 6 is the first of 3 Master Levels.
The weekend’s focus will be on polishing & precision.
Now that you have been introduced to concepts, moves, combinations, floor work, grip changes, an extensive held and balanced vocabulary, group improv and choreography.. it is time for us to make it all as sharp and precise as possible!
Also: in addition to the level 3 & higher group improv Boho performance on Sat at AOTB.
Level 6 participants will have the opportunity to present the piece that we build during the intensive.
**Participants will be required to prepare 2 combinations (1-3 counts of 8) with a clear cue. These combinations must keep in mind planes, transitions and tricks.
10-12 yoga & conditioning
12-1 staging & expression
2-5 sharing your combo & group practice
7:30-10 sea of swords
11-1 yoga & mindfulness
1-3 practice & combining combos
3-4 proficiency test with focus on execution, precision and presentation
*must be level 5 certified to participate
Level 6 Sword Intensive Only
Level 6 Sword Intensive w/Test
Level 6 Sword Intensive
Down Payment to Hold Spot
Level 1 Sword Intensive
March 15-17, 2019
Hot Pot Studio
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, Saturday 10am-5pm, Hafla Saturday night 7pm-10pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.
11.5 hours of instruction at $245.00. Certification test available for an additional fee on Sunday after 3pm.
April 5-7th, 2019
Dark Art for the Dark At Heart
“Requiem: A Gathering of Souls” is a Gothic/Dark Fusion Festival hosted by Goth Girl and Bird Productions owned by the one and only, Marjhani BellaMorte! This will be the first year of the festival and will be held in Fresno, CA April 5-7, 2019.
The festival will focus on providing closure to many who need to grieve the loss of great people and events in our community. The purpose is to allow us all to say “good-bye” to the past and look toward the future of our dance community. Therefore this event will be done in a Victorian Funeral Theme. During the festival we will pay homage to festivals and events that have come and gone, along with paying tribute to some of the biggest names in the belly dance community that have crossed over from this realm to the next.
The Festival will be held at the Historic Tower Theatre and is surrounded by many restaurants and quaint shops. The venue will also be advertising for us among their 20,000+ members and we are anticipating a very positive local response.
The official festival hotel is The Radisson in Downtown Fresno. We will be hosting our workshops and after party here. They are offering participants discounted rates, simply let them know you are booking for Requiem! This beautiful hotel offers shuttle service to the Historic Tower District, a full bar, an onsite restaurant, a business center and heated pool! You can make reservations here https://www.radisson.com/requiemagatheringofsouls
If you have not registered to receive updates on our website yet, please sign up now at www.requiemdarkfusionfestival.com
Super Fun Dance Camp
June 7-9th, 2019
Cold Spring, NY
“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