Int’l Dance Day 2008 featuring Zweena bint Asya

In Celebration of International Dance Day 2008, The Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene presented Zweena bint Asya and MEDGE performers Annette, Asya, Bijou Project, Elena Villa, JaLaNour, Luminessah, Marah, Tribalation! and more in a Gala Evening Show Friday, April 11, 8:30 p.m. at The Strand/Cozmic Pizza, 199 W. 8th Ave., $6-$10 sliding scale.

On Saturday, April 12, 2008, Zweena taught workshops “Slow Power” and “Dancing Together” at TaDa Dance Studio, 1007 Oak Alley, Eugene.

Slow Power workshop
10:00am – 12:00pm. Bored by dancing chifti, taxim, or veil? With emotional expression, connection to the music and rhythms, effective composition, and attention to technical details, even simple, slow dances can become even more mind blowing than our drum solos. Participants will experience a series of exercises designed to add flow, intensity, and polish to slow movements. Workshop includes an “old style” isolation warm-up series. Please bring veils (may or may not be used depending on how workshop progresses), your creativity, and a willingness to give and receive positive feedback.
“Zweena bint Asya is an instructor and performer of the highest caliber. Riveting performances combined with clear, concise instruction make Zweena a versatile workshop instructor for all levels.” – Sahara, Director of Sahara’s Dream, BDUSA Troupe 2006

Dancing Together workshop
1:00-3:00pm. This is one of the most unusual dance workshops you’ll ever attend! Instead of honing technique or teaching choreography, this workshop builds community among belly dancers. Communities that can support each other in positive ways are more effective promoting belly dance as a legitimate art form. Through a series of exercises that use Middle Eastern movements to help dancers build effective relationships and positive group dynamics, participants will get to know each other better, learn guidelines for giving and receiving feedback, and might even create a rough version of a group choreography. Exercises learned can also be applied to troupes and classes. Wear whatever you like to wear when you dance and leave your politics at the door.
“… (Zweena) demonstrated her ability to facilitate deep discussion and build an effective team of  dancers who were able to connect on a personal level, resolve conflicts, and allow their creativity to emerge both individually and as a group.” – Stanley Pollack, Executive Director, Center for Teen Empowerment