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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

bellydance workshop Aug. 29, Golden, CO

Zills, Veil and Shimmies

Hey everybody! Sure hope you can make my all level bellydance workshop being held at Studio 21 in Golden, CO on August 29 - 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

This workshop will focus on zill (finger cymbal) rhythms, veil work, shimmies and more. For people with bellydance experience I'll add layers on for you to challenge you.

If you happen to have a large piece of fabric that could pass for a veil or a veil please bring it, if not don't worry I have some extra veils.

I don't have any extra zills but you can still learn from listening and I'm happy to pass mine around. I will describe the various rhythms, demonstrate & we'll work through a few rhythmic exercises and you'll have handouts describing everything we've learned.

Zill rhythms are essential to know for the bellydancer, so even if you're not ready to add a zill rhythm to existing dance movements, understanding them will help the middle eastern music to really get into your blood! It is DIFFICULT and takes practice (it's basically playing an instrument while other body parts are shimmying or undulating at a different rhythm). We won't spend too long on zills but I want to give a very basic understanding & background.

We will also learn about all the different types of shimmies and learn exercises that isolate every part of our bodies so we can do those shimmies better :-)
This is the part that will get us sweating!
I'll make sure we have at least 30 min of bellydance workout so you get a little bit of everything.

If you'd like to RSVP via Facebook, here is the link (send me a friend request if you need to but message me and let me know why a total stranger is requesting my friendship :).

If you would like to know more about my dance history, please visit my bellydance website.

Please comment here to introduce yourself if we haven't met yet.

Hope to see you there and happy shimmying!



  1. update: I MIGHT get an extra pair of zills or two but that is uncertain at this point. You will get hand-outs on the rhythms so you can re-visit and practice in the future.

  2. additionally if you are an experienced bellydancer but want practice with zills, I could definitely used another skilled participant to help demonstrate rhythms with me!