N.E.A.T.S. Camp
North East American Tribal Style® Dance and Music Camp
Schedule
This is a tentative schedule, it can change at anytime!!

Please bring your own Zills, Drums, Swords, and any extras you can to share. Mimi and I can only keep so much in our New York apartments :)

Some classes might be outside - weather permitting!

Camp Map
A map of the cabins, lodges and other buildings: download the camp map pdf

Download the Schedule!

Here's the schedule for 2016. You can download and print.
Keep in mind it can change anytime. Class descriptions are below.

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Wendy Allen

Spins and Turns
Strengthen your spotting with drills, and hone in on the finest details of slow turns, to create powerful ATS® presence. Basic knowledge of Taxeem, Body Wave, Torso Twist, Circle Step, Egyptian, Arabic, Pivot Bump and Shimmy required.

Transitions 2
People often ask what the cue is for a step, when there isn't really a cue, but there is a transition. Learn to gracefully transition through some of the more complex steps in the ATS® vocabulary. Knowledge of the basic ATS® moves required: Basic knowledge of Taxeem, Body Wave, Torso Twist, Circle Step, Egyptian, Arabic, Pivot Bump and Shimmy required. Knowledge of the following will be helpful, as we will review the steps, but will spend more time drilling the transition than the step itself. Camel Step, Ribcage Rotation, Reverse Taxeem, Head Slide, Turkish Shimmy, ASWAAT, TSWAAT, Reach and Sit, Shoulder Shimmy/Hip Drop Combo, Arabic Hip Twist, Double and Single Bump, incl. Single Bump Half Turn Ghawazee Combo.

Unite Your Dance
There are so many elements that make a truly cohesive and artistic ATS® set. -Powerful Entrances and Exits -Using the space to its fullest -Variety in formation, movement and feel -Music, and how you use it, including arranging a set, repeating patterns and responding to phrasing -Movement, and how to build tension and progress movement Basic knowledge of Taxeem, Body Wave, Torso Twist, Circle Step, Egyptian, Arabic, Pivot Bump and Shimmy required.


Dawn Ruckert

Badass Baskets
ATS® improvisation is exciting enough, but when you add baskets it can become an AMAZING way to keep audiences captivated and to further inspire you as a dancer. We will begin by exploring helpful hints for holding and moving the baskets to achieve optimal improvisation results. Next, we’ll add baskets to the foundation moves we already know and love. Then we will practice improv with baskets using more advanced movements from the Vol. 4 Embellishments and Variations and Vol. 7 Creative Steps and Combinations DVDs, as well as a few from the Vol. 9 Anatomy of a Step DVD. Balancing options will be demonstrated as well as dramatic moves that work with the basket balanced. Finally, we’ll work through fading & transitions to create improvisation that is fabulous, fun, and brings the badass!
This workshop is geared toward students comfortable with classic ATS® and moves through volume 7. I have also included some volume 9 options for those looking for more advanced options. Bring a basket (we recommend at least 14’ across and 3-4’ deep) that can be balanced as well as a head covering if needed.

Badass Baskets for SLOW Improvisation
ATS® improvisation is exciting enough, but when you add baskets it can become an AMAZING way to keep audiences captivated and to further inspire you as a dancer. We will begin by exploring helpful hints for holding and moving the baskets to achieve optimal improvisation results. Next, we’ll add baskets to the foundation moves we already know and love. Then we will practice improv with baskets using more advanced movements from the Vol. 4 Embellishments and Variations and Vol. 7 Creative Steps and Combinations DVDs, as well as a few from the Vol. 9 Anatomy of a Step DVD. Balancing options will be demonstrated as well as dramatic moves that work with the basket balanced. Finally, we’ll work through fading & transitions to create improvisation that is fabulous, fun, and brings the badass!
This workshop is geared toward students comfortable with classic ATS® and moves through volume 7. I have also included some volume 9 options for those looking for more advanced options. Bring a basket (we recommend at least 14’ across and 3-4’ deep) that can be balanced as well as a head covering if needed.

Casey Bond

Drillin' like a Villain
Join Casey for fast-paced hour of doumbek drills to enhance your skills! Beginners will drill the "no frills" versions of common rhythms while intermediate drummers add pops, slaps, finger rolls, zarb rolls, "snail" pops, "bendy" doums and more. Drills will include Raq Steady class favorites like “Malfuf Mania” so we can practice drummer dynamics (soft, moderate and loud!) Then we’ll finish with "Rhythm Roulette" - because rhythm switching drills are FUN!
(Muhahahahaha….)

Say It & Play It: Basic Doumbek the "no frills percussion" Way
Are you a dancer who wants to play the drum but doesn’t know her ayub from her elbow? A novice or beginner drummer who wants to learn the basic "hits" (doum, tek and the elusive ka?) This is the workshop for you! Join Casey for a fun, user-friendly introduction to basic playing technique and common belly dance rhythms. No pressure, no drama…no kidding! Bring a hand drum and a smile!


  Dance classes - prior knowledge is recommended but not required as we will have some beginner classes.

Drum classes - We'll have drums to loan, but please BYOD (bring your own drums). Beginners are welcome, but knowledge of the basic hits and rhythms is needed for the more advanced classes.

Swap Meet - Items should be new or gently used, and belly dance related. This is not a vending opportunity, so please, no mass quantities of goods. One-of-a-kind items: flowers, jewelry, choli's, skirts, Melo's, DVDs, CDs, etc are all fine. You are responsible for your own goods and transactions - please bring small bills to make change. Please bring a tablecloth or veil to cover your space (optional), and please tag anything you'd like to swap or sell with a price, your name & your email or phone number (not optional ) If anything gets lost, we want to be able to locate you.






Dance classes are in a huge 10,000 sq. ft gorgeous gym!



Swap Meet!



Take a break with foosball, pool or games.


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