15th Annual Fall Festival!

This year’s Fall Festival will feature workshops and performances by the stunning Abigail Keyes!  Join us at WhirledPies Downtown on Saturday, October 13, 2018 for all-day dance performances, live music hour, Gala Evening Show, vendors and workshops.

Featuring Abigail Keyes

Abigail Keyes is a lifelong performer with a passion for education, cultural awareness, and the movement arts of the Middle East. She has taught on five continents and is also an esteemed and respected dance writer.

She began her studies of Middle Eastern, North African, and Anatolian dances with Kim Leary, continued her core studies with Artemis Mourat. She currently studies under the guidance of master instructor Suhaila Salimpour.

She holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, has studied the Arabic language at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Recently she earned an M.A. in Dance Studies from Mills College in Oakland, California, with a focus on the mind-body connection, creativity and composition, and teaching methodology. She is Assistant Director of the Salimpour Collective Berkeley, Suhaila Dance Company, and Bal Anat—the longest running Middle Eastern dance company in the world. Abby has Suhaila Level 5 and Jamila Level 5 certifications, and is a staff instructor at the Salimpour School in Berkeley, California. Visit her website and read her writings on dance at akeyesdance.com/blog


Fall Festival Workshops and Lecture

On Friday, October 12, Abigail will present a free lecture, “All in the Family:  The Salimpour Legacy”.  On Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, 2018, MEDGE will present two workshops with  Abigail Keyes.

Friday Free Lecture • October 12, 2018

ALL IN THE FAMILY: THE SALIMPOUR LEGACY

The Salimpours have truly shaped the face of belly dance in North America and beyond. Learn how, and you’ll probably discover that you have Salimpour roots too! (2 hours, general audience)

Location:  Eugene Public Library, Tykeson Room.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, lecture 6:30-8:30 pm.

Saturday Workshop with Abigail Keyes • October 13, 2018

  • 10am-12pm • Jamila Salimpour Format: Mini-Combos

    There’s more to the Jamila Salimpour Format than just 8 counts of this and 8 counts of that. Let’s mix it up, and add some fun combinations to your dance toolbox. Bring your finger cymbals! (2 hours, all levels)

    Order Jamila Salimpour Format: Mini-Combos

  • Take both workshops at a discounted rate!
    Order Abigail Keyes Workshops

All workshops held at Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga Studios, 1840 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon.

Early bird sign-up special until September 15.  Price goes up $15 after September 15.

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

Sunday Workshop • October 14, 2018

  • 10am-1pm • Turkish Oryantal Choreography

    Taught in the language of the Salimpour Formats, this choreography is fast, fun, and a great closing piece for your American Cabaret performances. For all levels. (3 hours, all levels)

    Order Turkish Oryantal Choreography

  • Take both workshops at a discounted rate!
    Order Abigail Keyes Workshops

All workshops held at Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga Studios, 1840 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon.

Early bird sign-up special until September 15.  Price goes up $15 after September 15.

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


Festival Information

Admission

  • $10 for daytime only (festival dancing and live music)
  • $10 for evening only (live music and gala show)
  • $15 VIP rate for full day (festival, live music, and gala show)

 

Festival Schedule

  • 12:00 noon Doors open
  • All-day Vendors including Photo Booth with Phoebus Foto
  • 1pm-6pm Festival Dancing
  • 6:30pm-8pm Festival Dancing with Live Music from KarsilamaLottery form – click here!
  • 8:30pm Gala Evening Show with featured dancer Abigail Keyes 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.