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Melina's Seminar Platter
The following is a list of Melina’s seminars and
They can be mixed, matched, or modified depending on the interests of the
dance group she is addressing.
All of Melina’s seminars emphasize
proper breathing, posture and body alignment to minimize injury and
promote a long dance career. Melina carefully explains and breaks down
all movements with an emphasis on proper weight placement so that
transitions from one move to the next are effortless, smooth and make
sense. As much as possible, Melina includes variations on how to adapt
the movements to best suit your dance style. Melina’s seminars are always
enhanced by colorful, inspiring and ultimately useful (she hopes!)
anecdotes of a bohemian childhood spent dancing professionally on Greek
taverna stages at her mother Rhea’s hip in the ancient city of Athens,
|TECHNIQUE, SPECIAL TOPICS AND COMBOS
||WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCE RATES
SLOW WORK, PROP BALANCING: An extravaganza of
information on the art of balancing a prop on your head while in front of
an audience. This seminar covers centering and balancing techniques, slow
moves and level changes. Melina reveals family secrets on how to maximize
stage presence with your prop, going over everything from how to introduce
and present your prop to the audience to how to place it on your head and
how to remove it. Melina is internationally known for her expert
balancing of a tray of burning candles while doing floorwork and while
dipping into a deep back bend. Please bring the prop of your choice to
the workshop – sword, cane, tray, basket, or book.
FINGER CYMBALS TO ENHANCE YOUR
DANCE: At their best, finger cymbals or zills are natural extensions
of a dancer’s arms, her fingers and her dancing personality. They are the
perfect accent to her lifting, flashing hips. They are empowering: with
cymbals and no other music, a dancer can accompany her own movements be
completely self-sufficient. In this seminar Melina goes over various zill
patterns and connects them to a variety of dance moves. Bring your finger
cymbals and get ready to work both sides of your body and brain.
What to do after your Turkish Drop or other descent to the floor? This
workshop covers how to move like a snake on the ground. It includes knee
walking, floor turns, isolations, and dramatic arms and poses. This
seminar challenges and builds your strength and flexibility.
STEPS, FAST COMBOS AND LAYERING: How can you
use your stage to its fullest? Melina will go over techniques for
covering a stage and teach a variety of fast combinations and a myriad of
hip movements and shimmies so that you can dance your best and most varied
improvisational dance. She will introduce how to layer movements, and
then show how to put all the steps you have learned into sequence with
MELINA’S FAST GYPSY COMBOS:
Melina will break down the bounces, leaps, hip lifts and spins that
characterize her gypsy-flamenco-fusion style to spike your spirits and
spice up your dance. For these
gypsy-fantasy moves, channel your wild, raw, new, restless, spontaneous
and fearless energy. Bring love to the moment. Be bold, saucy, dramatic
and enjoy yourself. Practice them to find ways to express your own
nature, and build strength and stamina to improve on the moves in the
future and prepare yourself for new adventures of body, mind and spirit.
BELLY DANCE BASICS FOR BEGINNERS
This dynamic dance full of spins,
drops and sassy moves is named for Melina’s Greek friend Aliki of Athens
known for her sparkling personality, sprightly dancing and generous
spirit. Music: Hakim’s “El Bi Hebeni El" from Yaho CD.
This 5 minute drum solo of wild
abandonment is energetic and playful, empowering and shimmy-rich. It
features the captivating drum rhythms of Susu Pampanin’s Cairo Cats CD.
Melina’s intricate and satisfying
array of moves ranging from fast Turkish hips and jazzy shoulder shimmies
to chest isolations with traveling steps and sassy gypsy walks! Performed
to Omar Faruk Tekbilek’s “Egyptian Song”.
I PUT A
SPELL ON YOU
Theatrical techno-belly dance with
jazz stylings. Danced to “I Put a Spell on You” by Natacha Atlas from her
Ayeshteni CD. With this choreography, you learn some of the basics of
belly dance in an atmosphere of frolic & fun, from step hips to snake arms
to pelvic clutches with level changes.
A male Iraqi Village folkdance
re-imagined for women. Folkloric Choreography by Rhea and embellished by
Melina. Music: “Chobi” by Ali Arsoy (CD available from Daughters of
BAADIMA & A
Slow and beautiful, these dances
celebrate taking your time and living from your heart. These belly
dance choreographies incorporate stylings from flamenco, tai-chi, hip hop,
jazz and modern dance.
Melina’s 3 ½ minute choreography to
the classic song “Warda” from the Asena CD. Dramatic arms swoops, tart
shoulder accents, this dance responds satisfying to the music.
This playful choreography is Melina's
campy homage to the wacky era that brought us high tops, ripped jeans,
spandex, the Rubik's cube, legwarmers, headbands, and the Moonwalk.
Melina's frisky dance complements Liam Sternberg's playful lyrics. It's
the 80's to the max, habibi! Performed to Walk Like an Egytpian by The
Imagine an ancient, hieroglyphic
priestess dance of the temple, then add precision snake hips, meticulous
gaze placement and controlled body undulations and you’ve got the idea.
Accompanied by the haunting and irresistible electronic music by Dimitri
from Paris ("Un World Mysteriouse"). Melina created this dance as a duet
with her sister Piper, and it is always met with quiet awe, then wild
cheering. It can be danced alone, or in a pair or group.
Depending on the event and scope of Melina's performance, Melina's
teaching as well as solo and troupe performance rates range from $300 -
$2500. Please contact
Melina with your specific inquiries and she will get back to you with
an precise estimate.
THE FOLLOWING RATES ARE DESIGNED TO
GIVE YOU A GENERAL PRICE RANGE IDEA BUT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
Generally, Melina's fee for a full-day of workshops begins at $500 and
goes up from there, with a 3 hour teaching minimum and 6 hour teaching
maximum in a single day. This price does not include travel time/expenses
to location and is subject to change depending on location of event or
Depending on the event, Melina's fee
is $300 for performance participation in a workshop show, either one long
dance, 2 separate dances with costume changes, or 3 different performances
with costume changes of 5-10 minutes each. Melina’s performance
specialties include: tray of burning candle balancing on the head, sword
balancing, wild Isis Wings, Turkish drop with floorwork, master zill
playing, veil work, gypsy-flamenco fusion, tribal fantasy, Turkish
nightclub, Arabic cabaret.
Travel expenses/housing negotiable.
Base rate for driving time is