Folkloric to Flamenco

Born in France to French and Sephardic-Moroccan parents Pauline Maudy teaches Jewish Sephardic songs with influences from Turkey, Greece and the Balkans reflecting the widespread geography of the diaspora. John, a Flamenco guitarist, will accompany the songs and teach ‘palmas’, the clapping that is a common accompaniment to Flamenco music. This program can be tailored to Spanish language students.

Middle Eastern Belly Dance and Rhythm with Belyssa

Belyssa presents traditional and contemporary costuming and embroideries from Egypt, Jordan and Morocco and instruments of the Middle East. She uses props like assaya, swords, baskets and sagat to demonstrate regional styles of Bellydance and music from Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Iran. Students participate by practicing different rhythms with clapping, footwork, arm movements and improvisation.

Assyrian-Iraqi Band Azadoota

Azadoota’s front man Robin Zirwanda comes from Iraq, where the Assyrians trace their ancestors back 7000 years. Recognised throughout the diaspora as a goodwill ambassador for his little-known nation, Robin sings catchy originals in his native Assyrian Aramaic language. Azadoota’s goal is to break down stereotypes and promote tolerance and harmony. Azadoota means “Freedom”.

Rhythm Empire

Rhythm Empire is a theatrical multicultural music and dance extravaganza featuring rhythms, dances, instruments, language and costumes from across the ancient world. The colourful history and cultures of the Silk Road come to life when audiences join the performance, to barter, trade, and perform in a rollicking world music jam!

Fire of Flamenco

Flamenco incorporates dance, music and singing and has a rich, multicultural history influenced by Roma, Arab, West African and Spanish cultures. The music is created with instrumental guitar, uniquevocals, clapping rhythms and other percussion. Students will have to opportunity to try the accompanying ‘palmas’ and learn some of the dance moves for themselves.

Iranian Voices

This program features the voices of women from Iran and the Iranian diaspora. Iranian-Australian musician Gelareh Pour will present stories and cultures of musicians in Iran through the exploration of Iranian women singers before and after the 1979 Revolution in Iran. Throughout the storytelling Gelareh plays the Kamancheh, a fascinating and ancient Iranian string instrument which is an ancestor of the European violin.

Middle Eastern Drumming

Drumming and rhythm are an integral part of Middle Eastern Cultures and the foundation of Belly Dance. In this program students will experience vibrant and unique Middle Eastern rhythms and learn about their origin and influences. Atman will present several types of drums and instruments and students will try playing themselves.

Middle Eastern Belly Dance

Introduce your students to Arabic cultures through stories and movement. The traditional meaning behind a belly dance routine is taught to students in this engaging and high-energy program! From classical music to modern pop and dance styles from Egypt to the Arabian Gulf.