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This year we have an intensive-style group of workshops with local teachers and performers in several pick-your-own adventure mini workshops.



Workshops will take place on

Sunday, August 13th, Friday, August 18th, and Sunday, August 20th

Location: Desert Journey School of Dance, 1367 South Major Street, Salt Lake City


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Workshop Prices

Friday Workshop
(3-hour workshop)

Sunday Workshops

$40.00 each


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Workshop #1: Brasilian Samba with Lorin of Samba Fogo

SUNDAY, August 13, 2023, 2:00pm-3:00pm 

Experience the sensual and percussive movements of Brasilian Samba with international Samba champion Lorin Hansen. Brasilian Samba is a “celebration of self” that helps us build confidence and feel good in our skin. This deeply-rooted artistic tradition encourages self-exploration and provides a space to connect with our own spirit and sensuality through movement. No previous dance or Samba experience is necessary. Class will cover basics of feet, hips and arms in Brasilian Samba, and care will be taken to break down complex movements and rhythms. Please note, this is not a partner dance class - ballroom samba is different than Brasilian Samba. No partner is necessary or required for this class. Come dance!

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Workshop #2: Belly Dance - With a Twist

FRIDAY, August 18, 2023, 6:00pm-9:00pm 

Let's Belly Dance ~ With a Twist!!!  Jamileh is so excited to be teaching a FUN, MODERN, ENERGETIC Cabaret Fusion choreography that will most definitely showcase everyone's love for this artform. Improving technique and stage presence, this short choreography will be one that workshop participants can use as a soloist or with a group!! We will perform the piece together the next day at this year's Utah Summer Dance Festival ~ Belly Dance with a Twist the night away on Friday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Nationally renowned, Jamileh, Director of the award winning Midnight Mirage School of Dance has been teaching and performing the beautiful art of belly dance for over two decades. Jamileh has had the pleasure of training with many wonderful dancers, both locally and across the country. Winner of Belly Dancer of the Universe 2004, Jamileh’s artistry is uniquely powerful and is well known for her entertaining, show-stopping group choreographies. Performances throughout the years by Midnight Mirage are recognized as bringing a "Fun Modern Fusion Flare", of which she has coined "Belly Dance with a Twist!" , essentially helping mold what belly dance is today!

3 Hours!

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Workshop #3: Slice & Dice Sword Workshop - Melody (Amina)

SUNDAY, August 20, 2023, 10:00am-11:00am 

In this workshop you will learn some of my favorite combos suitable for choreography and extended FCBD dialect. We will also work on sword stability with balance in various positions, inertia brakes, dexterity, and recovery. All skill levels are welcome as there will be something for everyone.

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Workshop #4: Flamenco with Katie Sheen-Abbott

SUNDAY, August 20, 2023, 11:30pm-12:30pm 

Flamenco is a dance form characterized by speedy and sharp footwork, beautiful hand flourishes and fast and dynamic turns. Join us for this workshop that will teach you a short, flirty Tangos choreography where we'll focus on zapateado (footwork), intricate hand movements (floreo), turns and marcajes (steps that mark the Tangos rhythm). This class is perfect for all levels and we'll have fun while exploring a bit of Flamenco technique, culture and history. Vamos! 


Katie Sheen-Abbott studied Flamenco dance, music and history in Sevilla, Spain and she brings that passion and knowledge to all of her classes. Her classes are stress-free and friendly, but she'll also give you enough new techniques to keep you engaged. Join her for this fun summer workshop and learn some new movements to incorporate into your own dance style.

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Workshop #5: Salsa Bachata Body Movement & Styling

SUNDAY, August 20, 2023, 1:00pm-2:00pm 

Spice up your dance with Bachata--a social dance style from the Dominican Republic!  In this workshop, Dale Parker will be teaching the bachata basic along with footwork patterns that emphasize this fun style of dance!  This workshop will teach the basic fundamentals of Bachata dancing and is open to all levels.

Workshop #6 has been canceled.  Contact Thia to take some classes directly from Bellydancing By Thia!


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Two Sunday Workshops

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Friday Workshop + 1

Belly Dance - With a Twist plus one additional workshop

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Three Sunday Workshops

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Friday Workshop + 2

Belly Dance - With a Twist plus two additional workshops

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By purchasing, you agree through electronic signature to waive all claims of any kind against the Utah Summer Dance Festival Committee, Desert Journey School of Dance, and all its agents, owners, teachers, contractors, or volunteers for personal injury, bodily injury or death, property loss or damage, or any other loss from any cause arising out of participation in these workshops.

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