Workshops

ONLINE WORKSHOPS
WITH DEVI MAMAK
Series 2

Join me for the second edition of my online workshop series. These workshops are available as a link via Vimeo. The beauty of this is that you can grab the link in your own time, download and watch as often as you like, on or offline!

Thank you to everyone who supported me and jumped in with the first series. I’ve loved hearing all of your feedback. Big thanks to everyone who reached out to me. I’ve paid attention to all the lovely comments and based on the feedback, this series will be all about FCBD® style and my Flamenco inspirations.

There are another 10 hours of learning material in total! The cost is AU$20 per hour or buy the whole 10 hours for AU$180. The workshops vary in length.

To join me:

1. Email devimamak@ghawazicaravan.com or send a FaceBook message (prefereable) with your workshop order and payment method.

2. Make payment through direct debit (I’ll send you details) or PayPal, at devimamak@ghawazicaravan.com

3. Links will be sent to you once payment goes through.

Music used throughout: Devi Mamak and the Caravan Band off the album Ouroboros. AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! devimamak.com.au or ghawazicaravan.com

Workshop 1: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something FCBD® (ATS) – Slow.

2.5 hours  $50

The Slow Movements. In this workshop, Devi will present some of the slow FCBD® material that you are already familiar with (something old), then she’ll add some exciting and different ideas of what you can do with some of the steps (something new). She will introduce variations to add to other favourites FCBD® steps (something borrowed), then put it all together for some exciting new variations to add to your repertoire (something FCBD®)!
Level: Beginners to advanced.

Workshop 2: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something FCBD® (ATS) – Fast.

2.5 hours  $50

The Fast Movements. In this workshop, Devi will present some of the fast FCBD® material that you are already familiar with (something old), then she’ll add some exciting and different ideas of what you can do with some of the steps (something new). She will introduce variations to add to other favourites FCBD® steps (something borrowed), then put it all together for some exciting new variations to add to your repertoire (something FCBD®)!
Level: Beginners to advanced.

Workshop 3: FCBD® style Drum solo!

2 hours $40

Sounds like a contradiction in terms but it’s effective and fun if you know how. This workshop will be all about interpreting the music and having the freedom to change from one movement to the next without having to cue your steps or thinking of the group as a whole. We will also look at engaging with the audience and using your space differently as a soloist. We will then put this together in a short choreography to demonstrate each topic covered.

Level: Beyond Beginners to advanced.

 

Workshop 4: Devi’s Flamenco Inspirations and Manton Shawl

3 hours $60

The Manton Piano Shawl is a beautiful prop used in traditional Flamenco dance. In this workshop, Devi will share with you some of her most popular Flamenco inspired combinations as well as some brand new ones.

We will then look at the adding the Manton shawl to these combinations with particular attention to the transitions from one step to another with the Manton, as this can often be the most challenging part of using this dynamic prop.

Level: Intermediate to advanced.

ONLINE WORKSHOPS
WITH DEVI MAMAK
Series 1

For the first time ever and due to the strange times we are living in…

Devi has filmed five workshops, available as a link via Vimeo. Grab the link in your own time and watch as often as you like! Ten hours of learning material in total in a variety of styles and topics, see below to find out what is on offer.

The workshops are either 1, 2 or 3 hours in length. The cost is AU$20 per hour or buy the whole 10 hours for AU$180.

1. Email devimamak@ghawazicaravan.com or send her a FaceBook message with your workshop order and payment method.

2. Make payment through direct debit (preferable if you live in Australia) or PayPal, the address is devimamak@ghawazicaravan.com

3. Links will be emailed to you once payment goes through.

All workshops use music by Sydney artists. These truly talented musicians are Devi’s family, friends and colleagues. I hope you will help us support them in these uncertain times and check out their tunes!

Workshop 1: Arms and hands for slow FCBD® Style (ATS®)

1 hour
This workshop is available now!
In this 1 hour workshop Devi will share with you her technique for beautiful arms and hands which you can apply no matter the style. We will then apply this technique to some of our favourite classic and modern FCBD® slow steps. If you have just started dancing or are a seasoned professional looking to get more out of your arm movements this is a great workshop for you.
Level: Beginners to advanced.
Music used: Sydney classical pianist and composer Natasha Ivanovsky Perkins.
To purchase her music contact: natashaivanovsky@gmail.com
Website: http://natashaivanovsky.com/articles.html
FB: https://www.facebook.com/natasha.ivanovskyperkins

Workshop 2: Lyrical slow FCBD® Style (ATS®)

1 hour
This workshop is available now!
Devi will take you through some of our favourite FCBD® slow movements as well as giving you a taste of some of Ghawazi Caravan’s new movement dialect steps which will be available as a downloadable DVD, “Devi’s Inspired Combinations Volume 2” later in 2020.
The focus of this choreographed workshop will be to listen to the music and become the physical manifestation of the the sound. We will look at the quality of each step, using resistance and release and matching the movement to the sound. Get the most out of your dance and become the music!
Level: Beyond beginners to advanced. Must have at least 6 months experience in FCBD® style.
Music used: Level by Sydney Jazz fusion quartet Altered State.
To purchase their music: alteredstateband.bandcamp.com/releases
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Altered-State-1216733148452243/

Workshop 3: Modern Fusion Bellydance Choreography

3 hours
This workshop will be available by Monday 27th April the latest.
This fun and sensuous choreography will have all the sass you can muster! If you love neo-soul you will this brand new track by Sydney band, Kyoshi.
This workshop will be split into 3, one hour sections where we will learn some of Devi’s fun and slinky combinations which you can inject into your own creations. Either learn the combinations on their own or link them together in this exciting choreography with plenty of slink, locks and pops. There will be plenty of time to go over technique and to drill the combinations and choreography to your heart’s content.

Level: Beyond beginners to advanced. Must have at least 6 months dance experience.

Music used: Belly Up by Kyoshi
To purchase their music : https://kyoshiband.bandcamp.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/kyoshiband/

 

Workshop 4: Time Traveller!

2 hours

Take your dance combinations in 4 and manipulate them to go with other time signatures. It’s easy if you know how! Using her decades of experience as a pianist, teacher, composer, dancer and choreographer she will take you through a short choreography to Sydney based ethno Jazz band, The Zela Margossian quintet.

There will be plenty of time to go over the combinations in 4, talk about the time signatures we are in and how to change them slightly to fit or in some cases not at all! Devi will also take your through understanding the grouping of time signatures (not just the count) which will open up your music choices in the future.
Level: Beyond beginners to advanced. Must have at least 6 months experience in dance.
Music used: Triptych by Zela Margossian Quintet
To purchase their music: https://www.zelamargossian.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/zelamargossianquintet/

 

Workshop 5: Flamenco/FCBD® Fusion and New 6/8 Zill Patterns

3 hours

Devi and Ghawazi Caravan are known world wide for their flamenco stylisations for FCBD® Style. Learn direct from the source with some brand new additions. These steps are currently available on Devi’s Inspired Combinations DVD with a taster on many of the new combinations that will be available later in the year.
The first hour will go over Devi’s brand new zill patterns for 6/8 and 12/8 timing, which Flamenco music often uses. The second hour we will go over the steps and combinations and the third hour we will put it all together.
Level: Intermediate to advanced.
Music used: Just your zills! You can use your metal ones or wooden ones for more of a flamenco sound and feel.

Devi teaching

Regular ATS® and fusion workshops are scheduled in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Devi has also held workshops in all around Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the USA and other areas.

Devi Mamak and Ghawazi Caravan are also pleased to be able to host workshops with international guest teachers.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our workshops, or would like Devi to conduct a workshop in your area, then please email devimamak@ ghawazicaravan.com

See our Upcoming Events page for Devi Mamak and Ghawazi Caravan’s workshop schedule.

For a full workshop ‘menu’ to choose from, contact us! Devi’s latest intensive STAGECRAFT! is a new and exciting 3 or 4 day course. STAGECRAFT! gives dancers the tools to create for themselves. To understand movement and the music they are dancing to and how to get to the creative process right through to the stage, step by step.

“Through Stagecraft, Devi offers a wealth of meticulously clarified insights that she has gleaned from her many years of experience as a dance artist, performer, musician, and teacher. The content of Stagecraft is rich and invaluable, and Devi’s teaching is inspiring and refreshingly down-to-Earth. The concepts covered in Stagecraft are woven together in way that offers a holistic approach to performing, addressing both internal and external factors, and the exercises students undertake are extremely helpful for putting the new information to practical use in their own dancing. Devi is an exquisite dancer, and a very observant and present teacher who puts everything into helping her students to get the most out of the material she is sharing. Stagecraft has changed how I think about performance.” Jess Russell Davies. STAGECRAFT!. Sydney 2017

Devi offers workshops in ATS® (including the Appraisal Workshop Collection) as well as a variety of fusion styles unique to her.

“I really do want to thank both of you so much for the wonderful 3 days of Drills & Individual Appraisal course and for creating the opportunity for feedback….. I really did have several momentous realisations over the weekend which has helped me to slot things into place…. If anyone is considering studying with Devi, then stop thinking about it and just book – she’s worth every penny.” – Kelley Beeston, UK dancer at our Edinburgh 2013 workshops.

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Khalbelia Folk Dance Workshops with April

Khalbelia Folk Dance Workshops with April

Come to the Blue Mountains or sponsor workshops in your area.

As seen in the film Latcho Drom, this beautiful dance style is native to the semi-nomadic Snake Charming Caste of Rajasthan, the Khalbelia.

April spent four months in 2009 and three months in 2010 living in Rajasthan, India, studying and performing with the Khalbelia people on a regular basis.

Workshops contain a short information session about the Khalbelia people, then demonstrate their vivacious, colourful and energetic dance. This dance form features stamping, spins, mudras, skirt movements and expression of personality, it is full of fun and ‘gypsy’ flair! Khalbelia workshops can be tailored for beginner and advanced dancer alike.

April has studied ATS® since 2002 and been a member of Ghawazi Caravan since 2006 as well as taught ATS® for Ghawazi Caravan Studios and at the Shakti School of Dance in Pushkar, so is aware of how fascinating true tribal cultures are to bellydancers, and how beautifully Indian movement can be utilised in other styles. She would love to promote and share this dance in Australia.

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