Welcome our 2019 instructors:

Teaching: Tasha Smegal, Arikah Peacock, Cyndi Cyreigna Elliot, Donna Falco Kajtsa, Amanda Shyama Garion (Shyama Belly Dance), and Heather Voight. 

More workshops to be added!  Please note that some workshops are held at the same time as others so choose your favorite!  This is hard to do, we know! What a great bunch of classes!
Workshop date and time: Friday, April 19, 2019 from 6:30-7:30pm
Ever get pre-show jitters? Dance should be joy and in this workshop Tasha is going to take the class on an exploration of the joy of dance. Use the mindset techniques and strategies to being a smile to your performance face!  This class is only 1 hour and you will get lifelong pointers for enjoying the dance.
About your instructor:
Dancing under the tutelage of Arikah Peacock as part of Ees’abella Bellydance has been a life changing experience for Tasha, which she loves to share with students.  Working in education for many years, she is able to combine her love of dance and skills as a teacher to bring fun and enlightenment to her classes
BlackSheep BellyDance Moves, Steps, and Combos plus rehearsal for evening showcase (optional):
Workshop date and time: Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10am-noon on the auditiorium stage
This class is for the students that took the BlackSheep training with Arikah Peacock Thursday and Friday if they are interested in performing in the evening showcase,  You are invited to join us! Flock! All of Ewe! BlackSheep BellyDance format experience is helpful.  If you wish to perform with us or take this workshop please have some knowledge.  You can get this from taking a teacher training course from a Professional Sheep, read the Tribal Bible, and own and study Kajira Djoumahna's videos.  Do your research and come ready to raq it out!  You do not have to perform to take the workshop.  Transitions are quick and though we may have different opinions and dialects we will still come together as one.

About your instructor please click on the link on this site about Arikah Peacock. 
 
Metal Fusion Combos
Workshop date and time: Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 3-5pm (room TBA)
Venture into the darkness with Shyama, director of the Stygian Sisters! In this workshop, we will blend traditional belly dance movements with metal music to showcase Shyama's signature style, Metal Fusion! Students will learn several combinations created with specific bands or genres in mind. Expect unique technique, drills, and layers, alongside a healthy serving of attitude, emotion, and a powerful surge of confidence!

About your instructor:

Metal music gets into your bones and, for Shyama, it went straight to her hips, belly dance style. She started out by being mesmerized by traditional belly dancers, but quickly innovated a style all her own. Enter the Stygian Sisters! Founded by Shyama, this dark fusion troupe focuses on using metal riffs to bring out the dark side of belly dance. They have quickly carved a niche in the belly dance community, becoming a crowd-wowing staple on the Tribal Revolution stage and at events across Illinois.

 Shyama leads the Stygian Sisters, conducts workshops out of her hometown in Central Illinois, creates and participates in large-scale events like the Boneyard Arts Festival, and inspires event-goers and participants everywhere she performs. She has studied extensively in the tribal fusion style with belly dance greats like Ariellah, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Ashley Lopez, April Rose, and many more! With a massive repertoire that includes creative choreography, the Stygian Sisters’ improvisational style, sword and veil dance, and more, Shyama is as versatile as she is deeply versed in the intricacies of each style of performance.

 For a small sampling of Shyama’s incredible work, you can visit her Facebook page or the Stygian Sisters Metal Belly Dance page, look them up on YouTube, or check out their Patreon page. Be prepared for a side of belly dance you’ve never seen before.

Hula and Tahitian Workshop:
Workshop date and time: Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 1-3pm (room TBA)
In this fun workshop, you will learn a complete Hula dance routine. You will learn traditional Hula dance steps and hand motions to tell the story of the mele (song). We'll also learn some basic Tahitian dance steps and learn a quick and sassy dance. Written notes and choreo provided. All levels. No prior experience necessary.

About your instructor:
Donna Kajtsa is a professional Middle Eastern (Belly Dance) and Polynesian Dance performer, instructor, and event sponsor. She has performed for over 40 years throughout the Midwest. She has studied Middle Eastern Dance and Hula with many of the leading master instructors in both dance forms throughout her career. Donna has been teaching weekly belly dance and hula classes for the past 18 years in the western suberbs of Chicago. She also teaches workshops in advanced skills and techniques in belly dancing and has been a featured instructor at the Great Lakes Belly Dance convention in Michigan for the past 12 years. She is a founding member of the Heart of Hawaii Hula Company, a professional Polynesian dance troupe, which performs a variety of venues in the Chicago area.

Power Ballads~ATS® Slow: 

Workshop date and time: Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1-3pm (Room TBA)

Making the most of your slow while portraying all the power and femininity that is ATS®.  This class will capture the grace and fluidity that our Slow ATS® movements are known for. Arm placement, the gradual lifts, gestures, and turns that create a sensual presentation that is not lacking in strength will be the main focus. Moving with purpose from start to finish, making each movement tell a story from slinky ooey gooey to the powerful and dramatic that is going to leave your audience riveted. 

Class is geared toward all levels as we will be learning and drilling movements that will truly flow.

About your instructor:

Cyndi Cyreigna Elliott, is the Director of Irie Tribal Dance Company, Kansas’s Premier Fatchance Bellydance® Sister Studio and Certified Advanced American Tribal Style Bellydance Instructor. She has traveled nationally teaching at festivals such as ATS® Homecoming, 3rd Coast Tribal Fest, Bayou Belly Festival, and many others. She is passionate for creating workshops and intensive that are based in Fundamental American Tribal Style® Bellydance as well as the training and technique that goes into movement and presentation needed for any Improvisational style. She shares her extensive knowledge for dance as well how to capture the pure joy, passion, and happiness in a style that is loved by so many. She is best known for her High Energy and Joyous ATS® Inspired Solos, that have been known to ignite audiences worldwide. Together with her background in Orthopedic nursing and Fitness, she takes you through safe and effective ways to take your dance to the next level!

Hot Flash Fan Veil

Workshop date and time: Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 3-5pm (room TBA)

Use the floating grace of the veil combined with the control of the fan to inject drama, flair, and variety to your dance. Two fan veils needed- right and a left handed one. All levels welcome. No experience necessary. Vendor, Ees'aBella BellyDance has some fan veils for sale and can order more if you do not own any.​

About your instructor:
Donna Kajtsa is a professional Middle Eastern (Belly Dance) and Polynesian Dance performer, instructor, and event sponsor. She has performed for over 40 years throughout the Midwest. She has studied Middle Eastern Dance and Hula with many of the leading master instructors in both dance forms throughout her career. Donna has been teaching weekly belly dance and hula classes for the past 18 years in the western suberbs of Chicago. She also teaches workshops in advanced skills and techniques in belly dancing and has been a featured instructor at the Great Lakes Belly Dance convention in Michigan for the past 12 years. She is a founding member of the Heart of Hawaii Hula Company, a professional Polynesian dance troupe, which performs a variety of venues in the Chicago area.