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2017 Final 3 Intensive

Zaina’s Zany ALL DAY Belly Dance Intensive

Zaina Hart with guest instructors Zarouhi and Michael Beach of
The Brother’s of the Beladi/Arabesque.

Travel with us and experience The Magic of the 70’s, Excitement of the 80’s and Passion of the 90’s.  Find out why these were enormously enriching years for us and how we studied, shared and ultimately performed this wonderful dance art we call “Belly Dance”. Learn moves you haven’t seen locally, hear music you may have never heard before, and enjoy this dance and music travel through time.


Brief Overview of the day!

During this all day “intensive”, the dancer will discover why we talk about the magic of the 70’s, excitement of the 80’s and passion of the 90’s – what is it that made those decades so awe inspiring? This 30 year stretch required intensive study of language, music, culture, cabaret and folkloric dance and so much more.

Zaina will start the day on Saturday with a sun blessing (even if it is raining) so that we may be open to the teachings of the day. Bring your drum if you have one.

9:00 – 12:00pm Three songs based on three decades. Zaina will present these songs in their various versions and offer options for entrance. This is your introduction to the audience. Find out how these songs have changed over time, whether to accommodate dancers, the band, the restaurant, or a younger generation with their own musical ideas. We will start with the orchestrated version and follow through to the shorter, newer versions. We will do the same with the exit and the in between will cover the changes in the music “attitude” and focus on how to reflect those changes from serious to playful, to sassy.

Do you want to burst onto the stage, or Twinkle Toe it out there? Do you want to charge to the audience, or hang out at the back of the stage? Do you want your audience to feel your excitement or let them be bored? Zaina will teach you how to take charge of the stage and love/adore your audience at the same time.

Lunch – Lite – 12:00 – 1:00pm

1:00 – 3:00 pm Back by request: Interpret your music selection. This time YOU can bring a song you are struggling with and Zaina will help you hear the music and interpret through movement. Learn how to hear what the music is saying, and what it suggests in the moment.

Break 3:00 – 3:15pm

3:15 – 5:00pm Dancers and Drummers; Instructed by Zarouhi and Michael Beach of Brother’s of the Baladi/Arabesque: Experience the magic between the dancer and drummer. Learn the five most common rhythms used in a dance routine. Incorporate these rhythms into your dance. Learn movements that work with these rhythms. And finally, have an opportunity to work with the drummer to a drum solo.

5:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner – Potluck/Barbeque, mingling and catching up with friends, massage therapist on duty to work out the kinks of the day. We will have a costume swap, sale, exchange and LulaRoe will be on site (see what all the hubbub is with this product).   We will also discuss the next intensive. It will not be where or what you think. Surprise!

7:00 – 9:00 Evening Show.

If you have ever considered competing, or are looking for feedback for your upcoming performance, bring your costume and music for our evening show. This show is only open to attendees. Zarouhi and Zaina will offer critiques of your performance offering what you do best, and what you might improve upon. These critiques are only shared with the individual performer and are upbeat, positive and offered in the most caring way. Both have performed, taught and judged at many of the competitions across the country as well as coach dancers in and outside of the US for performance and competition.  If you just want to dance the evening away with no critique you are welcome to do so.

You will be finished in enough time to be home for Mother’s Day celebrations.


Bios for this year’s fabulous Guest Instructors, Zarouhi and Michael Beach

Zarouhi and Michael have been performing together at festivals, concerts, night clubs, private events, TV shows and The Oregon Country Fair with Brothers of the Baladi since 1978. In 1994 they created the weekly dance show that evolved into the current Arabesque Middle Eastern Music & Dance Show at Hodas every Wednesday. After years of performing and teaching in the New York Metro area, Zarouhi has recently returned to Portland. They are excited to reunite and share their magic with everyone.

Zarouhi is a professional solo dancer and instructor of Raqs Sharki and has studied under the tutelage of renowned national and international dance masters. She has also trained, performed with and directed ensembles in New York, Hawaii and the west coast.

Michael is vocalist, drummer and founder of Brothers of the Baladi (1976) and Arabesque. He has performed and taught workshops extensively throughout North America and Europe. The Brothers have released 12 albums. Their 2008 and newest 2016 albums were nominated for a Grammy. (CDs will be available at the Intensive)


A Few Testimonials from past Intensives:

From Maia (Maggie Maia Cornelius) …. I’ve learned so much from Zaina’s intensives. I recommend this highly — she’s helped me grow so much as a dancer and as a performer (two different skills). Planning to be there. (Intermediate students and Eshta, this is a wonderful opportunity!). Looking forward to learning from Zarouhi Otchy and Michael Beach, too.

From Gilana (Lynn Raines Parsley) … I just wanted to let you know how inspired I was when I left your Intensive. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I came away with so many new ideas and also the feeling that nothing could hold me back. I think I had been feeling the “less thans” for awhile and now I feel that I can do anything I put my mind to. It’s been two weeks and I am still newly energized, enthusiastic and positive about what I can do with this dance. Thanks so much for bringing us all together and being such a giving and generous teacher. Also for opening your home and letting me spend the night! I am definitely looking forward to the next one. Thanks again, Lynn

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“Dancing Outside the Box”
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So, You Think You Want to Compete! If you are considering entering the world of “Belly Dance Competitions” you won’t want to miss this class. Zaina gained much of her notoriety while on the competition circuit – – pushing the envelope. With a string of awards and titles (and just as many more unplaced events), Zaina brings the good, frustrating and crazy moments. In this session, Z will walk you through those “lessons” learned, the positive, confident (not arrogant) focus needed, and the win-win that is always there. From the score sheet and category descriptions, the judges, the rules and regulations to the moment you step on and off the stage – – learn the mind set as well as wonderful rewards of competition. Do you know why you want to enter competition/s – what is the draw? What are you hoping to gain – title, prizes, something else? Who are you challenging (you or the other dancers)? Zaina will help you find your answers and your way.

Zaina’s Hot Combinations – Smooth transitions between “specific steps” is the key to fabulous combinations. Zaina is an expert in the graceful, transitional movement that makes a combination series “flow, step to step”. Her exciting “out of the box” approach lends a unique styling to her movement. Zaina will teach various combination series – – that can blend into a solid choreography, then pieced together to work for the soloist and/or troupe. 2-3 hours

Va-va-voom Veil Technique and Elegance – Zaina, is well known for her graceful, elegant movement – which are essential elements of veil work. Her “carefree – not-to-worry” attitude will keep you working “with” your veil, rather than “against” it. She will teach trademark veil moves and unique handling techniques that can have anyone working masterfully with a veil in no time. 4 and 5 yard veils, capes and a brief overview of Isis Wings will all be covered. Bring your particularly difficult veil for a crash course on how to make it behave. Zaina will even offer suggestions for “troupe” veil work. 2-3 hours

“Z-H.Art of Graceful Movement” and stylization; angles, dimension, depth of movement and texture and the all important “Transitions” which are the glue that binds and finishes your performance. Learn beautiful leg placement not only for balance but style and Zaina’s all important “NO” position. Zaina is an expert at balancing the body while appearing elegant and powerful. Attendees are encouraged to offer two of their favorite steps, for which Zaina will present with a transition and styling. 2-4 hours

“Wings of the Phoenix” – arms, hands and upper torso styling are a Zaina Hart trademark; her sit down chair dance is an audience favorite. She will not only teach you how to elegantly and effortlessly incorporate your arms and hands into your repertoire of movement, but show you how to mesmerize your audience right from the soul/hart. This is far more than a “frame your step with your arms” session. Class will finish with everyone participating in Zaina’s famous sit down “Wings of the Phoenix” dance. 2-3 hours

Hip Articulation (Hippy Hippy Talk Talk), Let Your Hips do the Talking; articulated movement – put your hips exactly where you want them – drills and locks covered along with Z’s famous Tic Toc – Tic Loc and Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. 2-3 hours

“Z-Drill Instructor” – – the drills that will have your body executing movement without counting and eye rolling. This is one of those classes that will make “Sarge” run home to mama. 2-3 hours

The Triple “T” Effect – Terrific, Tantalizing Taksim. The taksim can be one of the most powerful pieces of a show stopping performance (can you say Lissa Fakir?). Learn how to caress the music with body styling and movement, breathing all that lovely, ooey gooey texture in and sharing with your audience – – and keeping that audience’s eyes glued to YOU and their bottom’s glued to their seats. 2-3 hours

Z Overlayed What? Everything! (Working with shimmy and vibration overlays and reveberation – at the right moment/s). Egyptian music is masterfully layered and full bodied, and so should the movement that compliments this music. Learn how to take basic movement and add that shimmy or vibration right over the top and then move out of your box with it dimensionally. 2 -3 hours

Tailoring Workshops:

Zaina will tailor combinations of workshops and create specialty workshops “just for you and your group”. Choreography work is also available for soloists and/or troupes.  Troupe movement patterning is a trade mark of Dancers from the Hart – – let Zaina know if you are interested in your troupe moving outside the box, and outside of the squared pattern so many troupes get stuck in.

Fees and Requirements:

$175.00 per hour, minimum of four hours. Fee drops to $150.00 per hour at six hour mark. $200 first performance, $100.00 for second. All travel expenses and lodging provided by promotor/organizer, and meals on days of performance and instruction. Dressing room at performance venue (please no changing in the ladies room), dressing room need not be private – but should be separate from public.

Fundraisers: Contact Zaina directly for your fundraiser, special needs, and fees.