Technique Drills to Skyrocket your Skills
$50 through 6/19, $55 after
Never be bored or confused about your dance practice again! In this technique workshop, April Rose guides you through her own drills practice, which can be scaled to any level of difficulty. You’ll integrate body posture awareness and elegant arm carriage with various torso-based isolations while traveling. The formalized exercises you will learn in this class can be taken home and reproduced to help you catapult your skills to new heights.
Finger Cymbals *SOLD OUT*
$50 through 6/19, $55 after
Finger cymbal like a musician by playing multi-tonal techniques, Middle Eastern rhythms, and unique fills. This advanced cymbal class will help you learn to respond to music with complimentary rhythms and know when to fill in or hold the auditory space so that you feel confident in your cymbal musicianship.
MINI INTENSIVE: Dance Cohesion Combinations with Zills (can be taken a la carte)
Saturday 9:00am - noon - Part one: Maqsum & Malfuf
Sunday 9:00am - noon - Part two: Saidi & Chifteiteli
Mini-intensive pricing: $130 through 6/19, $140 after for BOTH workshops
A la carte pricing: $75 through 6/19, $80 after for ONE workshop
Expand your repertoire of belly dance movements and combinations to use in your improvisations and choreographies. In this workshop you’ll learn one of April Rose's signature Dance Cohesion combos and several stall movements to thread everything together improvisationally. Because each of these movements and combos are associated with a specific Middle Eastern rhythm, they’ll help you better interpret music in the moment, whether it’s a classic or fusion song. Bring finger cymbals to learn the accompanying multi-tonal finger cymbal layers!
April Rose loves to dance, play frame drum, finger cymbals, and sing. She believes movement and rhythm are technologies that help humans access presence, connection, and liberation: tools for remembering our oneness with mother nature and the sacredness of all of life.
Known as bellydance and raqs sharqi, April Rose teaches and performs Middle Eastern, North African, Hellenic, Turkish, Central and South Asian inspired fusion dances. As an Italian-American, She is a grateful guest in the M.E.N.A.H.T. dance community living in Austin, Texas on the unceded territory of the Comanche, Lipan Apache, Coahuiltecan, and Tonkawa peoples.
Studied by thoughtful and creative dancers all over the world, April’s particular bellydance style and her Dance Cohesion format is known for elegant technical precision, incorporation of percussion, cued group improvisation, and meaningful choreography that highlights the timeless beauty and modern versatility of bellydance. She is humbled to have been invited to teach and perform in over 25 countries and she loves performing for special events and celebrations.
In addition to teaching weekly bellydance and frame drum classes in Austin, Texas April Rose is proud to offer the most comprehensive online teacher training and performance development program for aspiring and professional bellydancers, The Cohesion Collective, where she shares all the best practices and behind the scenes skills needed to become a successful professional bellydancer.
April earned a master’s degree in Culture and Performance, and a bachelor’s in Dance from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2012, where she investigated bellydance history and was trained in choreographic method as well as a variety of dance disciplines.
Since her raqs sharqi studies began in 1999 with Daleela Morad in Sacramento, California she has enjoyed touring with many classic and fusion artists, including Bellydance Superstars and UNMATA.
April directed Rose Movement Studio in Austin from 2013 to 2018 where she developed a passion for hand percussion, gained valuable lessons on teaching and leadership, and made many cherished memories.
With a thoughtful and playful approach, April Rose’s teaching style is shaped by her mentors and loved ones. They include her mother and studio director Ann DaPrato, her fusion dance teacher and friend Amy Sigil, the Egyptian dancers of the golden era, her raqs sharqi idol Aziza, Persian dance innovator Sharhzad Khorsandi, her yoga teacher Dixie Metz, frame drum teachers Miranda Rondeau and Marla Leigh, her graduate advisor Vic Marks, as well as friends, students, and colleagues from Rose Movement Studio and beyond.
April Rose thanks all the dancers who paved the way for her.
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