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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, Schedule, Location, Cost, Registration.

CLASSES

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

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

Tempest will present TBD.

For more information on Tempest, visit darklydramatic.com.


 


 

Chelydra

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 TBD.


Dance Party

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.


SCHEDULE

Subject To Change
Time Activity
Friday, October 5
8:00-9:30 PM Welcome Wagon & Flea Market $5 per table space
Saturday, October 6
Subject to Change!
9:30-10:30 Registration
10:30-12:30 Tempest TBD
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 TBD
8:00-?? Dance Party Bring a snack to share!

LOCATION

Beach Blanket Beledi is held at the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront at milepost 17 on the Beach Road in Nags Head, NC. For reservations, call 1-252-441-6315.

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.

COST

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).

REGISTRATION

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 Evenbrite here. To obtain a registration form, email or write to the address in the footer, or download a PDF copy of the flyer. (Adobe Acroread is required. The download may take some time to complete even after the Acroread window opens.)


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