2019 – 2020 Schedule of Events and Workshops

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Boho Solstice Hafla!

Saturday, December 21, 2019
Washington, DC
6:30 pm – 11 pm

Located at:
Kenyon Square
1390 Kenyon Street, NW • Washington, DC
(Columbia Heights – Green / Yellow Metro Line)

Celebrating the solstice in Bohemian style! Join us for a holiday hafla of epic portions!

Celebrate the season and reflect on the past year with good friends and fun times!
Contact Belladonna or performance opportunities.
Bring a drink or a snack to share.

Please bring a $15 gift to join in the annual (hilarious) white elephant gift exchange

LEVEL 1

Enter the world of Belladonna’s Bohemian Blade training.

A pioneer of modern sword dancing, Belladonna has been influencing the world of sword dancing with her unique and precise approach for nearly 20 years.

The Bohemian Blade training is the first of it’s kind. Infuse your practice and performance with power, purpose and precision. Move beyond dancing with a sword as a prop as Belladonna shares her approach, philosophy, technique and movement vocabulary to help you build proficiency with your weapon.

Swords are bad ass dance partners and Belladonna will help you build and foster your skills in order to help you put your best self forward.

A fun and comprehensive program designed to help each dancer nourish their warrior within.

The level 1 weekend includes the history of swords and sword dancing, warm up and conditioning for strength and flexibility, the philosophy behind Belladonna’s approach, exercises to help sharpen your skills, signature Boho Blade movement vocabulary, supporting details of how to put together a strong sword performance. What to do when things go wrong, tips, tricks, care and cleaning.

Dancers will leave feeling stronger, braver, grounded, centered and inspired.
What better way to spend a weekend but to play with swords!

LEVEL 2 – Technician

Friday, Jan. 24th – Sunday, Jan. 26th
Washington, DC

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

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.

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.

**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

Soul Armor Vending

ART OF THE BELLY

March 20-22, 2020
Ocean City, MD

LEVEL 2 & 3

February 28 – March 1st, 2020
Sacramento, CA

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

Level 2: The Technician

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.

Level 3: The Warrior

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!

**Participants must be Level 1 certified

**Participants must pass level 2 test inorder to test for level 3

** 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

Friday Feb 28 ,10am-7pm

Saturday Feb 29, 10am-5:30pm

Sea of Swords hafla 7:30-10pm

Sunday March 1, 10am- 6pm

LEVEL 3

APRIL 3-4, 2020
Washington, DC

A pioneer of modern sword dancing, Belladonna has been influencing the world of sword dancing with her unique and precise approach for nearly 20 years.

The Bohemian Blade training is the first of it’s kind. Infuse your practice and performance with power, purpose and precision. Move beyond dancing with a sword as a prop as Belladonna shares her approach, philosophy, technique and movement vocabulary to help you build proficiency with your weapon.

Swords are bad ass dance partners and Belladonna will help you build and foster your skills in order to help you put your best self forward.

A fun and comprehensive program designed to help each dancer nourish their warrior within.

The Warrior: Level 3

Journey assessment and program updates
Strength training and conditioning
Grips and grip changes
Intermediate Held moves
Intermediate Balanced drills
Comprehensive intro to BTST (Bohemian Sword Tribal Style) Held vocabulary
Comprehensive into to BTST Balanced vocabulary

LEVEL 1

Enter the world of Belladonna’s Bohemian Blade training.

A pioneer of modern sword dancing, Belladonna has been influencing the world of sword dancing with her unique and precise approach for nearly 20 years.

The Bohemian Blade training is the first of it’s kind. Infuse your practice and performance with power, purpose and precision. Move beyond dancing with a sword as a prop as Belladonna shares her approach, philosophy, technique and movement vocabulary to help you build proficiency with your weapon.

Swords are bad ass dance partners and Belladonna will help you build and foster your skills in order to help you put your best self forward.

A fun and comprehensive program designed to help each dancer nourish their warrior within.

The level 1 weekend includes the history of swords and sword dancing, warm up and conditioning for strength and flexibility, the philosophy behind Belladonna’s approach, exercises to help sharpen your skills, signature Boho Blade movement vocabulary, supporting details of how to put together a strong sword performance. What to do when things go wrong, tips, tricks, care and cleaning.

Dancers will leave feeling stronger, braver, grounded, centered and inspired.
What better way to spend a weekend but to play with swords!

LEVEL 1

May 22-24, 2020
Washington, DC

Enter the world of Belladonna’s Bohemian Blade training.

A pioneer of modern sword dancing, Belladonna has been influencing the world of sword dancing with her unique and precise approach for nearly 20 years.

The Bohemian Blade training is the first of it’s kind. Infuse your practice and performance with power, purpose and precision. Move beyond dancing with a sword as a prop as Belladonna shares her approach, philosophy, technique and movement vocabulary to help you build proficiency with your weapon.

Swords are bad ass dance partners and Belladonna will help you build and foster your skills in order to help you put your best self forward.

A fun and comprehensive program designed to help each dancer nourish their warrior within.

The level 1 weekend includes the history of swords and sword dancing, warm up and conditioning for strength and flexibility, the philosophy behind Belladonna’s approach, exercises to help sharpen your skills, signature Boho Blade movement vocabulary, supporting details of how to put together a strong sword performance. What to do when things go wrong, tips, tricks, care and cleaning.

Dancers will leave feeling stronger, braver, grounded, centered and inspired.
What better way to spend a weekend but to play with swords!

Belladonna Weekend

June 6-7, 2020
Columbus, OH

Join us at Sacred Shimmy Studio in June 2020 for two days of sword and tribal fusion bellydance workshops with the incomparable Belladonna Boheme of Washington, D.C.

Schedule for Saturday, June 6, 2020

10:00a – 12:00p – Scintillating Scimitar

12:00p – 1:30p – break for lunch

1:30p – 3:30p – Boho Blade Cues & Combos

3:30p – 7:00p – break for dinner

7:00p – Bellydance at Bossy Grrl’s

Schedule for Sunday, June 7, 2020

10:00a – 12:00p – Rattle Your Bones

12:00p – 1:00p – break for lunch

1:00p – 3:00p – Dancing With Ghosts

Belladonna’s Workshop Descriptions

  • Scintillating Scimitar: Join Belladonna in this specialty workshop featuring her signature Bohemian Bellydance balanced moves and more! Belladonna will introduce you to her unique style of body balancing and carving space before leading you through technique exercises and a few sword combinations. Guaranteed to spruce up your sword dance and bring your fierce forward! Previous sword dancing experience required.

  • Boho Blade Cues & Combos: A sword can be a powerful dance partner. And  group improvisational dance can be a fun and exciting adventure. In this workshop we will do both! Belladonna will introduce you to some of her signature Boho Blade combinations. Dancers will learn purposeful and powerful combos that incorporate a variety of grips, head and body balances, cues and transitions. No longer are you limited to a single head balance or only one way of holding your sword. A pioneer of modern sword technique, Belladonna will share tips and tricks to help you build dexterity, balance, focus and improv for your sword work and spatial awareness, all while having fun with in a community of other sword dancers.  Please bring a sword appropriate for belly dance.

  • Rattle Your Bones: Every shimmy, shiver, and shake in the book!  A workshop of shaking, quaking, shivering, and vibrating. Belladonna will lead you though over 20 shimmies with variations and layering combinations. Known for her ability to break down movements, Belladonna will deconstruct and reconstruct each shimmy in a way only she can, helping you gain confidence, endurance, and correct execution of movement. We will work on speed, accuracy, and timing, as well as layering shimmies over movements such as body waves, interior hip circles, vertical figure 8’s, and traveling foot patterns.  Open to all levels, some dance experience recommended.

  • Dancing with Ghosts: Exploring your inner demons, your past life experiences, and your connection to your ancestors through belly dance. Ghosts can come as memories, as energies, or as echoes of the accumulation of people it took to bring you here today. All of these can affect your sense of self. When we take the time to look into the ones that haunt us the most, we often can find out more about our true selves and our true natures.  We can use these findings to apply to our dance, in order to help us embrace both our true selves as well as the healing aspects that help with confidence, motivation, and goal-setting.

Location
All workshops will be held at Sacred Shimmy Studio, 4875 Hendron Rd #1, Groveport, OH 43125.
The Saturday night event will be held at Bossy Grrls’ Pin-Up Joint, 2598 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202.

Pricing

  • Super Early Bird: Full weekend pass, $185.  Available only in November 2019.​​

  • Early Bird: Full weekend pass, $205.  Available December 2019 through March 2020.

  • Procrastinators Special, or a la carte: Full weekend pass, $245, or $65 per workshop.  Available April & May 2020.

  • Admission to Bellydance at Bossy Grrl’s is free.

Boho Blade Ball

June 12-14, 2020
Washington, DC

Boho Blade Level 2 & 3

July 10-12, 2020
Pittsburgh, PA

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

Level 2: The Technician

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.

Level 3: The Warrior

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!

**Participants must be Level 1 certified

**Participants must pass level 2 test inorder to test for level 3

** 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

Bohemian Blade Level 4 – Specialist

September 11-13, 2020
Washington, DC

The Specialist

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
3:00pm Specalist Certification Test

**Participants must be level 3 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 2 – Technician

October 2-4, 2020
Washington, DC

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

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.

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.

**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 5 – The Artist

December 4-6, 2020
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