2020-21 Dance4SWAY Virtual Workshops

Classes that will make you SWAY

Instructors are donating 10% of their proceeds to our chosen charity
Alternatives to Violence in Loveland

January - June 2021

2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12
10AM – 11AM Mountain Time

Sandi Shakti

From Planning to Performance

Workshop Details
Join Sandy Shakti in a choreographed dance journey empowering each of us in the art of personal and community development. Upon signing up and committing to this journey Sandy will meet you in the Zoom Room 1/16/21 10-11am for an initial practice session and to get a glimpse at our costuming, if you're unable to make this initial session you can still join us for the project. Videos breaking down the combos will be sent for you to practice with and there will be plenty of time to ask questions via email or our FaceBook group. As we get closer to SWAY 2021 we will have one Saturday practice and one Saturday crafternoon as needed to make sure we are all on the same costuming path and to snack together! The day of the performance we will spend blocking and tightening up our dance. Please reach out to Sandy with any questions or concerns .

Bio: As a maker and creator Sandy enjoys the challenge that lies within the subtle art of alchemy! She is a founding member of Tribe Sidysaan, a transcultural belly dance & performing art group located in Greeley, CO who are known for their unique and creative costumes and shows. Sandy has been exploring the art of belly dance for nearly fourteen years and enjoys dressing up, dancing, teaching and encouraging others along the way! In addition to training in dance, Sandy is a highly skilled and sought-after somatic yoga and mindfulness teacher with nearly 20 years of experience and is Physical Education faculty teaching yoga, dancing and mindfulness meditation.

Past Workshops

November 7, 2020


12PM – 1:30PM Mountain Time

Secrets of the Silk

Workshop Details
Fabulous Flying and Framing with essential technique to romance your VEIL while dancing! Combinations with clear details on timing and transitions including travel, turns, naughty-veil problem resolution and catching the Magic Moments! 3 Yard Rectangular Veil required, Zils to be added at the end!

Bio: Mesmera’s charisma is graced by spirited passion, articulate precision, dazzling costumes and her signature melodic cymbal artistry. Although known for fiery Belly Dance Fusion and Snakedance, it’s her mesmerizing Classic American Cabaret artistry that launched her success. A gifted instructor, she provides detail and clarity which has generated several Superstars, inspired dozens of teachers and decades on enthusiastic dancers.

Featured in “TIME”, “InStyle”, “People” magazines and “L.A. Weekly’s Best of LA”, Mesmera spun her veils through 5,000 Bellygrams for LiveWires, then began booking private parties, Hollywood Celebrity Events and entertaining the the world’s rich and famous. Her Film/TV credit, sponsored Seminars and 30 years as Premiere Dancer at the palace-like Dar Maghreb Moroccan Restaurant has made her a legend. Her FabFriday Dinner Showcases there, plus producing live music events, drum circles, her Award-Winning Vidoes, judging 25 years for BDUC and directing her troupes, has refiner her expertise. Extra exciting is her Belly Dance Travel Itineraries in Africa, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Morocco, Crete, Turkey, Argentina, Portugal and recently RX: Beauty in Costa Rica!

November 14, 2020

11AM – 12:30PM Mountain Time


Connect the Dots – Seamless Transitions for Taksim and Choreos

Workshop Details
It's those in between spaces, the little breaths, hyphens, commas, exclamation points....the moves between the moves.

Transitions are the connective tissue that bring it all together into a fluid and polished dance! It's the transitions that show that a dancer is connected to the music, not just going through the motions and hoping it lines up.

Do you sometimes feel stuck or out of ideas? Rafi'ah will show you how to really listen, feel the music and let your body to tell you what to do next.

Using specific combos and exercises, you will learn to fill the spaces and shift gears between the rhythm, melody and tempos with ease. Come away with new tools and combos, a deeper connection to the music and the confidence to create a smooth and flowing dance.

Bio: Rafi'ah combines the grace and sophistication of Egyptian dance with her background other dance forms to create a striking uniquely and creative style that touches your soul.

A sought after instructor with over 30 years of experience, she shares her wealth of knowledge in local, and national workshops, classes, and retreats. Her choreographies, performed by her beautiful and skilled dancers, are revered by audiences far and wide. She produces events and showcases for community dancers, with live music whenever possible.

Rafi'ah has an extraordinary menu of teachings derived from a lifetime of dancing, meditative movement, immersion in Sufi practices, whirling, and body centered healing arts.

As a performer, her presence and interpretation, whether to recorded or live music, takes you into the essence of this art form and the magic in her heart. "Rafi'ah translates music virtually to perfection, Her ability to mold to the music, convey all parts of it deeply and then finish with a look of ultimate lightness and liquidity is a visual treat"-Jareeda Magazine 2001.

She inspires, ignites, and believes that dance, music, and the arts bring healing to the world and connect us in ways that words cannot.

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