Myra Krien is available to teach the following workshops. Please contact Pomegranate Studios for booking inquiries.
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This workshop teaches you the mastery of veil work. Working with three different varieties of veil; silk, chiffon and organza, we cover the following: history of the veil, musical selection, veil wraps, beginnings and endings, veil technique, fluidity of movements, and over ten veil movements and turns: sail, cross-over and under, keyhole/butterfly, Arabesque, grapevine, poofs, thread the needle, chalkboard circle, chalkboard 1 1/2, and turns.
Veil: The Revelation of Intimacy
Beyond technique we must ask ourselves, 'What is our dance about?' 'What are we saying?' We are often taught that the veil dance is a 'conceal and reveal dance', a dance of mystery and seduction that can, as in the dance of the seven veils, lead a man to his death. What is the history and context of the veil? What is our story? What does the veil reveal about each of us?
Sexy Hip Circles:
Learn the signature hip circles of the greatest dancers in the history of our art: Samia Gamal, Nadia Gamal, Fifi Abdou, Sohair Zeiki, and others. This workshop covers the anatomy of a hip circle, teaching solid technique and providing an analytical tool to break down any hip circle. Twelve different hip circles will be taught:
- Silk Stockings
- Reach Infinity
- Hip Cat
- Turn Around Drop Down
- Half Moon Drop
- Infinite Umi
- Baby turn hip circle
- Traveling Record Player
- Travel the Clock
- The Cat
Combinations help the dancer to improvise or create a piece of choreography. Eight exciting combinations are taught in this routine, each from a different family of movement and in a different floor pattern:
- Undulation V
- Infinite Egyptian
- Traveling Tush push
- Undulation Step Back-Twist
- Chase Turns
- Undulation Turn
- Grapvine Infinity
S*O*U*L Signature Oriental Universal Language
Completely New! Get your oriental groove flowing w/ this new improve style! Arabic dance is the dance of the soul! These signature Oriental combinations can be used in both individual and group improvisation for Raks Sharqi.
Drill your shimmies to an articulate perfection with support exercises and an anatomical break down that leads to exquisite precision. The following Shimmies will be taught: Vibrational Shimmies and Layering, Traveling 3/4 Shimmy Down Up Down and Up Down Up, Tunisian Twisty Shimmies, Hagala, Ghawazee, Maya 3/4, Shimmy Shimmy Drop, Out Up Down.
Choreographies Lyrical Egyptian, Saiidi, Drum Solos, Rhythm for Dancers including: 9/8 and 10/8
Myra is available to teach choreographies to over twenty five different popular songs.
Delve into the passion of Entel Hob. This exquisite, heart felt love song hearkens back to the Golden Era of Egyptian Bellydance.
From Taxsim to Tarab: The Language of Love ~ Healing Through Ecstasy
Through the creation of sacred geometric symbols, such as circles, figure eights, spirals and vibrations, we will explore the opening of our hearts to the healing powers of love through ecstatic experience. No previous dance experience required. If you are a professional dancer, take your performance to knew depths and heights, by experiencing these techniques, to bring the love within, throughout.
Story Telling: Taxsim to Tarab ~The Language of Love~
This workshop explores emotional story telling through the musical stylings of Taxsim and Tarab. We will investigate the emotional landscape of different instrumentation, informed by storyline and layered with emotional context. (Advanced)
Beginning, Intermediate and/or Advanced vocabularies of movement, in the slow, medium and fast families. Partnering and formations with different numbers of dancers. Drum Rhythms and zils.
Tribal: A Winged Migration
The most profound experience in Tribal is the moment when we are all dancing together. Without words, without choreography, we move as one organism sharing the experience of union. This profound moment can take time to create through training and learning the language. Through a brief exercise we will create and share in this experience. Talking Circle: What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to share in an experience.
Tribal Fusion Choreographies
Try any of Myra's signature tribal fusion choreographies.
Belly Baile`: Flamenco Fusion or Tango Fusion
20 different choreographies are available, as well as skirt work, manton, and technique work with hands, arms, posture and turns from Flamenco and Tango. Belly Baile` is a fusion created by Myra Krien which combines movements from Flamenco, Tango, ATS®, Indian Temple Dance, Oriental, Jazz and Hip-Hop.
Learn any of Myra's signature Bollywood choreographies: Maya's Theme -a beautiful prayer about our connection to dance and it's sacred history. Punjab - a fun, exciting and energetic party piece! Ghanan Ghanan - a dance telling the story of celebration when the rains finally arrive.
Hip Hop Happenin' Tribal Fusion Combinations
Funkalicious and groovtastic these combos are FUN to add to your tribal repertoire. While still truly belly dance they "say it" with a syncopated edge!
Tribal Fusion 1920's Style
Made famous by the likes of Rachael Brice, Mardi Love and Zoe Jakes, this tribal fusion choreography harkens back to that slap dash era.
Musicality and Expression for Dancers
Dancers of any dance form can enjoy this workshop. As we are the "light expression of the sound," we will investigate and explore, through deep listening, the universal sacred geometry of dance language as it unites with instrumentation and lyricism.
V is for Vision Quest
You are a PHENOMENAL being. This workshop is an exploration through different exercises and modalities of sight, seeing and vision as it relates to dance, choreography and creation. Dancers of any dance form can enjoy this workshop.
TAKE IT OFF! The ART of Conceal and Reveal
This workshop will explore "taking it off!", from removing a glove, to exposing a knee, to going "all the way". In bellydance we often use the veil to express the Western Orientalism fantasy, conceal and reveal. We will discuss and play with this idea as well as any other you wish to, feel free to bring any prop you like (suggested props: veils, hats, gloves, shoes, or any other piece of clothing). We will create a fun and safe atmosphere in which to play!
From Earth to Sky
Each song is a poem, each dancer a story, both personal and universal. In this improvisational workshop we will employ exercises and prompts to open more deeply to the sounds we hear, in order to more fully express ourselves and the meaning our our human story.