Saturday 7 September 2019
Sat 9/07 to Sun 9/08, 9-10 pm. Gainesville. Belly Dance with Leela - [website][events]
Najmah and Oralia will be hosting the stunning Vanessa Cerallo September 7th and 8th. Save the Date. More details coming soon.
Vanessa Cerallo is originally from Caracas, Venezuela . She started dancing Flamenco at a very young age at the El Rocio Flamenco School with the famous dancer—Diana Patricia “La Macarena”.
After moving to the United States, Vanessa took a break from dancing while she worked on her educational pursuits, earning a bachelor's degree in International Business and a Master in Business Administration.
Even though Vanessa took a break from dancing to further her education, Flamenco was a passion that Vanessa never let go. So, after finishing her studies, Vanessa was pulled back into dancing and started taking classes at the Frank Rey Studio in Tampa.
Since her return to dance, Vanessa has performed at various locations and events, including weekly shows at Ceviche in downtown Saint Petersburg with Sombras Flamencas, monthly shows at Spain Restaurant in downtown Tampa, and she was part of the dance company that performed at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor city.
In addition to public venues, Vanessa also performs at private galas and special occasion shows like weddings and parties. Other amazing one-of-a-kind performances include performing at the Dalí Museum and at the Palladium theater with the group Kafkasso!
In order to keep up to date and further her training, Vanessa has taken Flamenco workshops with renown artists from Spain like Nella Madarro and La Truco. In addition, she hosts Flamenco workshops in her area, including hosting the famously talented Anita Loynaz. Currently Vanessa teaches Flamenco dance at Hip Expression.
Egyptian Technique and Combinations
Luna will teach some typical Egyptian-styled movements, as well as some of her signature ones that she invented over the course of her dance career in Cairo. She will explain how they differ in emphasis, genesis, and meaning to American-flavored movements, as well as demonstrate how to string them together into unique and intelligent combinations. Luna will also break down the movements into "families" according to their qualities and explain how to use that categorization to develop your own unique technique.
Um Kulthoum Choreography
In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret a well known Um Kulthoum song. Emphasis will be on the relationship between lyrics and tarab, and on how to express the song without over-dancing.
Shaabi is a dance form originating from the lower class neighborhoods of Cairo that has become extremely popular in the workshop circuit. But did you know that it's at least as old as some of the classics we're used to dancing to? In this workshop, Luna will choose a more classical piece of shaabi music and explore the relationship between the lyrics, the instrumentation, and tarab. She will demonstrate how to adjust posture, gestures, and expression to capture the feeling of this genre of shaabi music.