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The Austin Belly Dance Convention 2017

Amara Dances, PhD

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

The Austin Belly Dance Convention 2017

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Friday Gala Show: Keep Austin Shimmying ---- TICKETS Available on site for $25 after 5 pm.. Show may be sold out. On Site purchase w/Cash has no fee, Credit Card has small fee.   more info 82 Tickets Ended $20.00 $1.49
Saturday Gala Show: Austin Raqs ---- TICKETS Available on site for $25 after 5 pm.. Show may be sold out. On Site purchase w/Cash has no fee, Credit Card has small fee.   more info 69 Tickets 18h 11m $20.00 $1.49
The ABDC Package - 7 Workshops and 2 Gala Shows.   more info 4 Tickets Ended $300.00 $8.49
Sat 8:00 - 8:45 am: Morning Yoga Session   more info 33 Tickets Ended Free $0.00
Sun 8:30 -9:15 am: Morning Yoga Sessions   more info 32 Tickets 1h 11m Free $0.00
Fri 1:00-4:00pm: DONNA MEJIA: An Introduction to Transnational Fusion Dance   more info 32 Tickets Ended $80.00 $2.99
Fri 1:30-3:30pm: NADIRA JAMAL: Lace: How to Make Your Zils Interesting, Not Overwhelming   more info 17 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Fri 1:30-3:30pm: AMARA: Choreographic Processes - Two Fold   more info 21 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Fri 4:00-6:00pm: RUBY BEH: Layering Technique   more info Sold Out Ended $60.00 $2.49
Fri 4:00-6:00pm: KATAYOUN: Folkloric Flair   more info 13 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Fri 4:00-6:00pm: NAJLA: Tips and Techniques to Become a Focused and Grounded Dancer (and Overcome Performance Anxiety Along the Way)   more info 20 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat 9:00am-12:00pm: OZZY & AMARA: Drum Solo   more info 49 Tickets Ended $80.00 $2.99
Sat 9:00-11:00am: CYNDI CYREIGNA ELLIOTT: Work that Skirt! ~ ATS® Embellishments/Props   more info 13 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat 9:00-11:00am: MAGDELENA FUSARO: Using Your Head – Building and Balancing Candle Trays & Fire Trays   more info 21 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat 9:30-11:30am: DALIDA: Mejance - Eye Catching Entrance Choreography   more info 7 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat 9:30-11:30am: WINTER STAR: Welcome to the Art of Henna   more info 20 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat 11:30am-1:30pm: DONNA MEJIA: Impulse, Momentum, and Fluidity   more info Sold Out Ended $60.00 $2.49
Sat 12:00-2:00pm: KARMA KARMELITA: Unleash the Beast   more info 8 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat:1:00-3:00pm: LILY TSAI: Choreography to Cleopatra in New York   more info 6 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat 3:30-5:30pm: RUBY BEH: Feedback Forum: Lecture and Discussion   more info 26 Tickets Ended $60.00 $2.49
Sat 3:30-5:30pm: STACEY LIZETTE: Undulation Nation   more info Sold Out Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat 4:00-6:00pm: KATAYOUN: Bandari - Iranian Folkloric Dance   more info 18 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sat 4:00-6:00pm: MICHELLE SORENSEN: Press Pause: The Art of Silence   more info 2 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sun 9:30am-12:30pm RUBY BEH: Modern Turkish Oriental Choreography   more info 39 Tickets Ended $80.00 $2.99
Sun 9:00-11:00am: ANNA: The Soul of Egypt: Baladi and the Baladi Progression   more info 18 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sun 9:30-11:30am: BAHAIA: Krazy about Khaleegy   more info 16 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sun 10:00am-12:00pm: TOTEM: All About ATS   more info 3 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sun 11:00am-1:00pm: OZZY: Evolution of the Drum Solo   more info 20 Tickets Ended $60.00 $2.49
Sun 10:00am-12:00pm: JAMIE LYNN: Creative Costume Construction   more info 21 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sun 12:00-2:00pm: NADIRA JAMAL: Full Routine Basics   more info 12 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sun 12:30-2:30pm: DONNA MEJIA: Pedagogical Considerations in Teaching and Learning Dance   more info 18 Tickets Ended $60.00 $2.49
Sun 12:30-2:30pm: KARMA KARMELITA: Floorwork 101   more info 15 Tickets Ended $40.00 $1.99
Sun 1:00-3:00pm: MICHELLE SORENSEN: Semi-Automatic Shimmies   more info Sold Out Ended $40.00 $1.99

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The Austin Belly Dance Convention (ABDC)

Central Texas’ Premier Belly Dance Event

A weekend of inspiring performances, instruction, and remarkable products from the international and domestic belly dance community. Increase your professional and personal development by networking, educating, or learning more about the belly dancing world. It’s your world. Now thrive!

The ABDC 2017 includes:

Featured Artists: Donna Mejia, Ruby Beh, and Ozzy

Guests Artists:  Amara, Anna, Bahaia, Cyndi, Dalida, Jamie Lynn, Karma Karmelita, Katayoun, Lily, Magdelena Fusaro, Michelle Sorensen, Nadira Jamal, Stacey Lizette, Totem, and Winter Star!

Guest Bands: Badrawn and Atlas Maior.

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  • Over 50 hours of Belly Dance, Music Classes and Presentations with a variety of offerings to please all levels and styles! 
  • Spectacular Evening Performance Programs: Friday evening's "Keep Austin Shimmying" Gala and Saturday evening's "Austin Raqs" Gala.
  • The ABDC Showcase on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
  • Live music daily
  • FREE admission for the public to the ballroom during the ABDC Showcase.
  • Shopping with a hand-picked collection of high quality vendors.
Have questions about The Austin Belly Dance Convention 2017? Contact Amara Dances, PhD

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When & Where

Holiday Inn - Midtown
6000 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

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Amara Dances, PhD

Amara is one of the most versatile dancers in the United States and Australia as her repertory includes traditional and experimental improvisations and choreographies.


She has trained in numerous dance and movement forms, including belly dance, various Middle Eastern folk dances, Modern improvisation, Post-modern dance, Pilates, Yoga, Tango, Bharata Natyam, and Ballet.


Amara has been the head dancer at many nightclubs and restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Austin and has been featured in over 15 commercial Middle Eastern dance videos.


She has taught accredited courses at UCLA, UCR, and Cal Poly Pomona and currently teaches on-going Beginning through Professional level Middle Eastern dance classes and workshops. She is the Director of Training 4 Dance Teachers.


In addition to teaching and performing, Amara is the Executive Producer of the Austin Belly Dance Convention, Producer of EEMED shows, the Director of Ya Helewa! Dance Company, and Co-Producer of X-MED workshops.


Amara has a PhD in Dance History and Theory (UCR), a BA in Ethnomusicology (FSU), and worked towards an MA and MFA in Dance (UCLA).



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