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BEACH BLANKET BELEDI 2018
Celebrating twenty-four years of oceanfront fun!
** Classes & Schedule Subject to Change **
Beach Blanket Beledi
is an annual seminar and dance party held in Nags Head, NC,
on Columbus Day weekend. The twenty-third annual event is on
October 5-6, 2018. The
focus of Beach Blanket Beledi is that dance is serious fun.
The emphasis is on
creativity, exploration, and innovation.
For more information, go to:
Classes, Dance Party,
Beach Blanket Beledi offers three instructors in three different, but often
complementary, subjects that are guaranteed to pique your interest
and expand your dance horizons.
Dalia Carella is a renowned world fusion artist, choreographer and master teacher. She is the Founder
and Artistic Director of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective (DCDC). Ms. Carella has delved deeply in
the studies of dances from the Near and Middle East including Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, as well as North
Africa including Morocco and Algeria, India and Spain. Her dance background also includes studies in
Flamenco, Indian, Bollywood/Bhangra, Afro-Haitian, Samba, Salsa, Bomba and Plena from Puerto Rico as
well as jazz and ballet.
Besides creating her own unique style in Danse Orientale, she created her "Dunyavi Gypsy (Roma) Dance",
a signature dance form, for which she is known throughout the world. The core of the Dunyavi work is
Dalia’s extensive research of the Romany trail, focusing primarily on the Roma dances of Spain, India,
Turkey and most recently, movements from North Africa. Dalia also performs and teaches a second style
of Gypsy Rom dance, “El Mundo”, that blends Middle Eastern, Andalusia and Latin dance influences.
Her rich background has lead her to make works utilizing both ethnic and contemporary movement, that are
ingrained with a deep spiritual and mystical essence. She is known for her explorations into cultural dance
forms, her precise and seamless blending of traditional and modern dance in the theatrical context, and for
her dark and sultry cabaret stylings, evocative of the European underground, circa the 1920s and 30s.
Dalia will present TBD.
For more information on Dalia Carella, visit daliacarella.com.
Tempest & Nathaniel Johnstone
Tempest is a world-renowned bellydance performer and instructor, focusing on sacred and darkly inspired
fusions that pull from the traditions of North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.
Her compellingly artful performances exemplify her distinctively theatrical, unique, and expressive
style that are rooted in oriental dance technique with a transcendent approach. She is also a professional
artist, author, and designer.
Nathaniel Johnstone is a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso (violin, viola, guitar, banjo, mandolin) whose
music pulls from myth, fantasy, and folklore with a vibrant sound crosses boundaries & borders, resulting in a
blend of multicultural folk rock. Tempest and Nathaniel live in Seattle with at least 3 cats.
Tempest and Nathaniel will present Anatomy of a Song and Dance.Are you hearing the music when you dance?
Are you REALLY listening? Most importantly, when you dance, does the audience see the music through you?
A key task of a dancer is to be a visual representation and interpretation of the music they are performing to.
To achieve this, you need to be able to recognize the layers present in your music, and choose what to work
with and how to translate it into movement. We will work with original music by Nathaniel Johnstone,
take it apart layer by layer, address the musicality of each part, how it translates into movement on stage,
and then put it back together into a solid dance. This workshop will aid you in learning to listen more effectively,
identify instrumentation, and make more fabulous choices about what to use as a foundation and what to accent in any
piece of music you wish to dance to.
For more information on Tempest, visit darklydramatic.com.
For more information on Nathaniel, visit www.nathanieljohnstone.com.
Chelydra has been a student of middle eastern dance since 1978,
and began performing professionally in 1981. She was the artistic director
of the Caravan East dance troupe from 1981-1997, and has performed and taught dances of
North Africa and the Middle East
at the award-winning Fields DanceStudio since
1985. A two-time featured cover artist and current contributing author to Zaghareet! magazine, she
is also the producer of the No Frills series of instructional
videos. In 2004, her Andalusian-Moroccan Romany choreography was one of the entries selected to be
featured in the Old Dominion University Local Choreographer's Showcase, and in 2006, a
ghawazee duet choreographed by both Chelydra and Aegela was chosen for showcase presentation.
Chelydra presents authentic folk dances of the Middle East and North Africa along with modern folkloric
fusion adaptations, including a tap-dancing melaya leff, a hip-hop khaleegy, and a techno ghawazee.
She considers dancing to be serious fun.
Chelydra will present Skirt Play, a lively variety of techniques for adding drama and depth to your
dance by partnering with your skirt.
The stars are out at the beach, and the stars are YOU! The evening dance party is a
great time to try out your latest & greatest costume
and choreography. Have you always wanted to try something just a little bit different -
but never had the right setting? This is it! Be experimental! Be daring! Be playful!
Time limit is seven minutes (but remember, less is sometimes more).
Performing slots for the dance party are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ten openings are served for returning performers, and six are reserved for new participants.
THE POLICY FOR RETURNING PERFORMERS HAS CHANGED. Returning performers who were wait-listed
at the last BBB are given priority through June 30th of the following year. Performers on the
wait list will receive performance slots as they become available. Openings have become available as
late as the day of BBB, so do not despair if you are wait-listed!
To be fair to everyone, performers may only dance once (group or solo).
You must register for the seminar to qualify for a place in the programme.
|Subject To Change||
|Friday, October 5
|8:00-9:30 PM ||Welcome Wagon & Flea Market
||$5 per table space
|Saturday, October 6
Subject to Change!
|10:30-12:30 ||Tempest & Nathaniel ||Anatomy of a Song & Dance
|12:30-1:30 ||Lunch (On your own; due to time constraints,
brown bag is recommended)
|1:30-3:30 ||Dalia Carella ||TBD
|3:45-4:45 ||Chelydra ||Skirt Play
|8:00-?? ||Dance Party ||Bring a snack to share!
Beach Blanket Beledi is held at the Comfort Inn South
Oceanfront at milepost 17 on the Beach Road in Nags Head, NC. For reservations,
Be sure to specify Beach Blanket Beledi when you call to get the special seminar rate!
Room rates are $85 bay view/$95 ocean view for 1-2 persons. A limited number of King rooms are
available for $105 (ocean view). Add $10 each for a
third or fourth person. At the current time, room tax is 12.75%.
Reservations must be cancelled
48 hours in advance, or a 1-night stay will be charged.
Check-in time is 4 PM; check-out is 11 AM. No more than
four persons per room are allowed by the local fire/safety code.
The hotel is usually full over the holiday weekend, so call early
to guarantee you get the room you want. Reserve rooms by
Friday, 9/07/2018, or rate and availability are not
guaranteed. The hotel frequently sells out over this weekend, so don't procrastinate.
The nearest airports to Nags Head are Norfolk International (ORF) and
Newport News/Williamsburg International (PHF). A rental car is required to
reach Nags Head.
The fee for the seminar and dance party is $70 if registration is received
by 09/07/2017, and $80 after that date. Groups of five registering together receive
a $5 per-registration discount.
Additional dance party guests are $5/$2 (adults/children).
Individual registration is available online or via check or money order. Group discount
registrations are only available via check or money order. To register online, visit
To obtain a registration form,
email or write to the address in the footer, or download a PDF copy of the
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