Nina Amaya will be teaching performance skills in a workshop entitled Enchant with Your Dance. This workshop is for all levels! What others have to say: Olivia from Pittsburgh's 'Enchant' workshop in November: "
...The skills were great for a more experienced dancer to add a little oomph to their performing skills, but I think there was also a lot there for newer dancers to gain - you talked a lot about taking what moves you really have down in your repertoire and using them in all different ways, making them look awesome, and coming up with plenty of variations, so I think someone newer to dancing would really gain a lot from that in being able to go out and just dance without worrying about not knowing enough moves. For me, I know that after the show when the band played and everyone could just go dance, I felt waaaaay more confident about just going out on the dance floor and having a good time. Another favorite thing from the workshop was the focus on eye contact and connection with the audience - and holding that connection for greater effect (as opposed to getting shy or awkward about it and looking away quickly). I use what I learned from that for performing, but also just in life or performing in a non-dance context (such as speaking to a group of people) and find it incredibly effective, not to mention empowering because I feel in control of the situation and confident. Tying off of that, a great thing I learned from the workshop was to act super confident and that by acting confident you would actually become confident. Things like standing on stage and breathing and starting when you feel ready, sweeping around the stage to claim it as your space, greeting the band and audience, taking any mistakes in stride, and just generally putting forth a confident persona were incredibly valuable things for me to learn. And again, I see these skills transferring way beyond dancing to much more in my life. For example, going into a situation that makes me a little nervous, I can remind myself to act confident (stand up straight, make eye contact, speak clearly, etc) and eventually people, including myself, believe I am confident. So, as I said, this was an amazing workshop, completely saturated with valuable skills and ideas. Thinking about interaction (with other performers and the audience), eye contact, confidence, breathing, etc have made me feel so much stronger as a dancer/performer/person."
From Amy Fae, Teacher EMC Performing Arts Studio in New Freedom, PA:
"Nina's workshop, Enchant with your Dance, is a great workshop for all levels. My EMC students - if you're interested in approaching the dance from a different angle, Nina does a great job of teaching how to bring drama to your dance and engage your audience, no matter who they are or how many "moves" you know!"
Right after Nina's workshop, Roxanne Bruscha will teach How to Be a Ren Faire Performer!
If you would like to use your new performance techniques in a show, we have 2 bands playing for dancers that night: Wine and Alchemy, and opening for them, the Brinjal Band. Your $25 ($35 after February 27) workshop fee includes entry to the show. Nina is your Meetup organizer, leader of the Aubergine Dancers and the Brinjal Band. More information here: http://www.ninaamaya.com/wine-and-alchemy-in-baltimore.html
Each workshop $25 in advance, $35 after February 27th.
Both workshops for $50/$60 and INCLUDES entrance to the show that night. Dancers signing up for the workshops can apply to perform to one of the bands at the show.