13th Annual MEDGE Fall Festival – Oct 15, 2016

In honor of our 25th Anniversary year, this year’s Fall Festival will feature workshops and performances by MEDGE instructors. Join us at WhirledPies/Cozmic on Saturday, October 15, 2016 for all-day dance performances, live music hour, Gala Evening Show, vendors and workshops. Also part of this year’s Festival are workshop offerings from our Featured Performer/Instructor, Cassandra Rose, and from MEDGE instructors Razia Star, Lindsey Rodrigues, and Regina Anne! See full workshop details and register below!

Featuring Cassandra Rose

Cassandra Rose

Photo by Zen Photography

Cassandra Rose is a multiple award winning, professional belly dance artist. Recently crowned Belly Dancer of the Year 2015, she is a highly sought-after performer and instructor in the Pacific Northwest. Cassandra is known for her high energy, elegant and creative performances and choreography. She has been dancing for over a decade and has been trained in American Cabaret, Egyptian and Turkish Belly Dance by many instructors on the West Coast, as well as additional training in fusion belly dance, jazz, hip hop, ballet and modern dance.

Cassandra just opened her very own dance studio, Bellywood, in Salem where she teaches beginning to advanced level classes, including both traditional and fusion styles. She is the director of her multi-award winning tribal fusion belly dance troupe, Belly Funk, and her cabaret troupe, Sirens, as well as directing her three student troupes.

Cassandra Rose is an ambitious dancer, continuing to educate herself about Middle Eastern Dance, encouraging her students and troupes to strive for excellence and to help build a stronger dance community around her.

Fall Festival Workshops

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, MEDGE will present two workshops with our featured instructor, Cassandra Rose – plus three additional workshops on Sunday from Razia Star, Regina Anne, and Kindred Tribal’s Lindsey Rodrigues! All workshops will be held at Staver Dance Sport, located at 41 East 6th Avenue in Eugene, Oregon.

Saturday Workshops with Cassandra Rose • October 15, 2016

  • 9:15am-11am • Modernize Your Am-Cab!

    “A new voice of the oldest dance.”

    The golden era of American Cabaret Belly Dance was a time of freedom, development and empowerment. Dancers performed everything:  floorwork, veil, zills, taqsim, drum solos and more! In this workshop, we will modernize some concepts of the American Cabaret style. From playing finger cymbals, with big hip movements, spins and backbends, to simple veil with a modern flare, but not before we have a brief discussion about American Cabaret past and present. Come learn the oldest dance from a new voice, and recreate the past with honor and passion.

    Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

    Level: All Levels

    Order Modernize Your Am-Cab! with Cassandra Rose
  • 11:15am-1pm • Funky Fusion Choreography

    Get ready for some hard core tribal fusion. Inspired by Belly Funk’s unique style, this choreography has been developed to challenge your strengths with both slow and quick movements. From slithering like a snake to hitting those accents like a tiger, this choreography has it all. Plus quick tricks, level changes, belly work and ooey-gooey transitions. Come get funky with some fusion, and get ready for some belly!

    Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

    Level: All Levels

    Order Funky Fusion Choreography with Cassandra Rose
  • Take both Saturday workshops at a discounted rate!
    Order Cassandra Rose Saturday Workshops Combo

*Or join the guild! Membership is only $20/year.

Sunday Workshops • October 16, 2016

  • 10am-1pm • Classic Choreography: Zay el Assal with Razia Star

    Razia will share her interpretation of Sabah’s classic song, Zay el Assal (Just Like Honey), full of earthy, juicy Egyptian-style technique and just a dash of sweetness. In addition to the choreography itself, students will gain valuable insight into Razia’s creative process– the “how” and “why” of making a dance! A translation of the song’s lyrics will be provided.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Order Classic Choreography: Zay el Assal with Razia Star
  • 9:15am-11am • Dynamite Duets! with Lindsey Rodrigues (Kindred Tribal)
    USA, Oregon, Eugene, Belly Dancers. MR

    Join Lindsey and Jenny, the dancers of Kindred Tribal Belly Dance in exploring the elements of dynamic partner work. Practice connection and communication, while learning fun and fancy ATS® steps and combos for duets.  We’ll also work with posture and aesthetic to give your dance a signature style.  Please have prior experience with group improvisational tribal belly dance formats.

    Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

    Level: Intermediate/Advanced

    Order Dynamite Duets! with Lindsey Rodrigues
  • 11:15am-1pm • Technical Fusion Bellydance with Regina Anne

    Regina Anne will lead you on an exploration of the rhythms and nuances in modern music for a practical application to the technique of fusion bellydance.  Be ready to learn an in-depth warm-up sequence for health and optimal dance practicing, snappy drills, and a lesson in exquisite serpentine slow movement.  You will receive a suggested weekly practice outline for your personal use. We will have a short discussion on costuming, makeup and how to access your own fusion persona.

    Please bring a yoga mat, water, and a notebook/pencil, and wear comfortable dance clothes.

    Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

    Level: All Levels

    Order Technical Fusion Bellydance with Regina Anne
  • Take both Sunday Tribal workshops at a discounted rate!

    Interested in taking both workshops from Lindsey Rodrigues and Regina Anne? Save with this combo pricing!

    Order Sunday Tribal Workshops Combo

*Or join the guild! Membership is only $20/year.

Festival Information


Cost of all-day admission for adults $10, includes admission to the Gala Evening Show (children 12 & under free, family-friendly event).

Festival Schedule

  • 12:00 noon Doors open
  • All-day Vendors including Photo Booth with Phoebus Foto
  • 1pm-6pm Festival Dancing on the Cozmic stage
  • 6:30pm-8pm Festival Dancing with Live Music by Americanistan!
  • 8:30pm Gala Evening Show with featured dancer Cassandra Rose, plus Razia Star, Regina Anne, Kindred Tribal, and more!

Performer and Volunteer Signup

Fall Festival is made great by dancers and volunteers! Please use the links below If you’re interested in signing up for a daytime Festival Dancing spot or volunteering to help us run the festival.


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