Elizabeth Ann teaches a variety of Middle Eastern, Hula, and international folkloric dance styles for all day or half day seminars. Her teaching method accommodates those attendees looking for only combination moves as well as those wishing structured choreographies. All of the choreographies she teaches are original. When you invite Elizabeth Ann as your featured instructor, you may specify what level attendee you would like her to address in the class, or, she can provide a workshop that will benefit students and professionals of mixed levels.
As a licensed professional with her Masters Degree in Science, Elizabeth Ann is most at ease in front of a class and teaching dance comes naturally for her. She is accustomed to teaching classes of more than two hundred at a time, and also with small groups. Her joy for teaching is demonstrated when she injects humor and amusing antidotes into her classes and smiles and laughter is common place during even the most strenuous of workshops.
At Elizabeth Annís seminars, she provides a copyrighted choreography handout for the students that is uniquely her format. The choreography handout consists of enough details that any student attending the seminar would be able to years later, pick up the handout and re-create the choreography. The handouts include such details as the title and artist of the music, detailed components of the movement and combinations, and the music count and time into the song.
Half or all day workshops are available. A standard format for an Elizabeth Ann full day seminar is unique and includes Elizabeth Annís Eleven Elements:
1. Historical perspectives of the dance style being taught including itís origins, music, and costuming.
2. Warm ups with non-strenuous movement with a lesson on playing finger cymbals following by gentle stretching warming.
3. The work of learning the combinations & choreography.
4. Brief cool down with review of the combinations & choreography up to that point.
5. Lunch break.
6. Warm ups using a brief review of the Combinations & choreography up to that point.
7. The work of learning the remainder of the combinations & choreography.
8. Review of the combinations & choreography learned that day.
9. More advanced stretching and cool downs.
10. Open discussion among the group.
11. Party at the evening show!
As a gift to her students, Elizabeth Ann performs for free in the evening show. She considers performing alongside with the seminar attendees to be an honor.
SEMINARS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
Scroll down to see a description of the following classes:
- AMERICAN CABARET
- CHILDREN'S DANCE WORKSHOPS
- CLASSICAL EGYPTIAN DANCE
- EGYPTIAN CANE DANCE
- GOTHIC BELLYDANCE
- HAPA HULAS!
- MODERN BELLYDANCE
- RAKS SHAMADAHN [CANDELABRA]
- SALOMEíS DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS
- SILK VEIL
- SILVER SCREEN BELLYDANCE
- SWORD DANCING
- AMERICAN GYPSY
North American audiences enjoy this entirely different flavor of bellydance and it is most popular when performed to modern Arabic, pop, new age, Afro-Euro fusion, or even American rock or pop music. The possibilities are infinitesimal for the creative dancer and Elizabeth Ann will help you explore innovative belly dance movement using unprecedented choreographies to modern music.
Elizabeth Ann has done research on the origins of French and Old West Cancan dance and discovered an ancient ancestry to Middle Eastern Dance. Although the French and American styles have many elements in common, Americans have created their own style of cancan seen on the Victorian stage, the dance halls of the American south west, the Barbary Coast, Alaska, Broadway and Hollywood. Elizabeth Ann teaches the origins of cancan incuding its rudimentary forms: The chahut and polka, and the moves we associate most with this lively and most fun of dances.
CHILDREN'S DANCE WORKSHOPS
Teaching children is a personal favorite of Elizabeth Ann as her nursing career focused on pediatric nursing. She does workshops taylored for the needs of your elementary school class, Girl Scout troop, mother-daughter event, or child's birthday party.
CLASSICAL EGYPTIAN DANCE
Eloquent and lyrical best describes Classical Egyptian bellydance. Elizabeth Ann explains how the elements of Classical Egyptian are the foundation for other types of belly dance genres and how to transpose them into your favorite dance style. She will help you refine your movement to Egyptian music so that you truly look like you can "dance like an Egyptian"!
EGYPTIAN CANE DANCE Elizabeth Ann teaches a cane workshop at Purdue University:
One of Elizabeth Annís favorites, the Egyptian cane dance, known in Arabic as the Raks Assaya, is a happy, playful, and energetic dance performed by the Saiidi in middle Egypt. Saiidi music is upbeat and just makes you want to hop! Elizabeth Ann's choreography is filled with dance manuevers she witnessed first hand in Egypt. You are guaranteed to laugh during this workshop.
Dark, mysterious, and even "spooky", Gothic Bellydance may include dancing with black veils, fire, swords, snakes, or spiritual trances. Elizabeth Ann is one of only a very few that are able to teach Gothic Bellydance. She created her first Gothic Bellydance choreography back in 1993 and began using the term to describe her dance creation long before it was popularized.
This easy style of hula dance is most popular with American mainlanders and perfect for your luau party. Elizabeth Ann teaches a variety of choreographies including the ever popular Lovely Hula Hands and Little Grass Shack, as well as dances featuring hula implements such as the pu'ili [bamboo rhythm sticks].
RAKS SHAMADAHN [CANDELABRA DANCE]
Elizabeth Ann was mesmerized when she first saw the candelabra dance in Egypt. She purchased her first dance candelabra at the Khan Khalili open market place in Cairo. (The "Khan" is the worldís oldest market, having been established in 1382.) Elizabeth Ann teaches how to safely perform this ethnic folk dance while balancing this heavy tower of fire.
SALOMEíS DANCE OF THE SEVEN VEILS
Elizabeth Ann provides students with the varied historical perspectives surrounding the myth of Salome and her Dance of the Seven Veils. She teaches her original choreography and how to maneuver the veils to seamlessly dance from veil to veil.
Nothing flows like silk! Elizabeth Ann has several silk veil choreographies and endless veil techniques that she shares with students. She teaches the aerodynamics that allows the silks to literally float on air then gently drape the dancer like a caressing mist. She even teaches how to make your own veil.
SILVER SCREEN BELLYDANCE
Elizabeth Ann was the first to coin the term "Silver Screen Bellydance" to describe Classical Bellydance of the early 20th century as seen in early cinematography and is the only performer teaching it. She helps students identify authentic performers from these early movies, and explores the inter-relationship between Hollywood and the Middle East to create a new style of entertainment that continues to evolve even today. She teaches how to create a truly retro feel for the historical era and teaches a choreography using music from this celluloid preserved art.
Elizabeth Ann is considered one of the best Middle Eastern sword dancers in America. She is the only known dancer able to balance seven swords on her head at once - and still dance! No one has come even close to this feat. In her sword workshop, Elizabeth Ann teaches the historical background of sword dancing, the basics of balance and movement, and progresses to the art of advance movement. Learn how to keep that sword on your head!