"Last year's Central Asian Dance Camp was a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Laurel Gray, assisted by Travis Jarrell, shared her vast knowledge of Central Asian dance. The artist colony at Synergia Ranch, was developed by a couple who have traveled in Central Asia and it is clear that they have been influenced by the culture and architecture of the region. We danced in splendid costumes, under a great arch in the courtyard, just as if we were performing in the ancient city of Bukhara. The camp was promoted as a "total immersion in Central Asian culture." It certainly lived up to this claim. Even when we weren't attending class, which was seldom, Laurel and Travis continued to share their personal experiences of the people and customs of the region. Evenings were spent watching videos, sharing in women's rituals and in costuming presentations. A shopping trip to Santa Fe's annual Indian Market was also included!" --Beatrice Rose
The Oasis Dance Camps are proud to offer their unique and exciting dance immersion to dancers across the country. Class sessions are arranged to provide the best instruction for everyone. Some classes are broken down into small groups by skill level to allow progress at a pace comfortable for you. Camp includes 4 nights lodging, meals, snacks, technique and choreography classes, "manual" and audio tape, and special activities (Specialty and Costuming Classes, Costume Fashion Show, Hafla, Dance Library, Performance Party, Video Show, Flea Market, Henna Party, etc.)
Cassandra (of MN, USA) is the mainstay of Oasis; her technique classes are the reason the camps were started 12 years ago. Additionally, each year Oasis Dance Camp offers an in-depth look at a non-Oriental dance form which is related to the Arab world. Previous such offerings have included Zahra Zuhair teaching Morrocan Guedra and Schikkatt (1996) and Artemis Mourat teaching the dance and culture of the Turkish Gypsies (1997). Check website for current pricing information.
To request a flyer and registration information (registration flyers will be ready to mail March/April), contact Vashti at the address, or phone # above, or see the Website. Note:"...book early for the Michigan camp; [Camp North books] up to maximum each year by July, if not earlier..."
"There were also lectures on the following: Suraya Hilal 'Ashra Baladi and the Mawwal', Karen Van Nieuwerk author of 'Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt', Ibrahim El Minyawi - Lecture on Rhythm, Judy Hammond Bodywork, Dance and the Alexander Technique, Juliana Brustik, Relaxation and stretch leading into dance based on Feldencrais technique." --Jeroen Lapre