The Women of Selket Proudly Present Ranya Renee!
November 8 & 9, 2014
All events are located at the Nicholas Student Center at John Tyler Community College, Chester, VA. For a printable Registration Form please click here..
Saturday, November 8, 2014
“Technique Tidbits for Egyptian Oriental Dance”
Foundation and flair—hipwork, abdominal movements, graceful arms and hands, and step combinations. Ranya’s holistic approach to Egyptian technique works towards awakening a sense of postural, muscular, and energetic connections in the body. Designed to produce a healthy, centered, grounded way of dancing, to feel good, execute movements well, and protect the body from injury by using muscular support. We’ll work with some of Ranya’s favorite combinations and concepts, including “movement linking” to create a smooth flow between distinct steps, "original gesture" to bring creativity and a personal touch to your arm and hand movements, and applying breathwork to the combinations for a more relaxed look and feel.
"Embrace your Mistakes!"
Your performance can be compelling even when it isn’t “perfect”….and finding ways of accepting yourself while transforming your mistakes into opportunities for can create an even more interesting and personal performance. If we learn how to welcome our mistakes, they lose their embarrassing qualities and instead become vehicles for originality and passion, part of the seamless fabric of a dynamic show. Ranya will lead participants in exercises from her signature “Breathwork for Performance” method, including focused breathing techniques to shape the energy of the dance and of the performance space, relax yourself onstage, and build a rapport with the audience and with fellow dancers. We'll observe the natural "closing down" reaction we have to our mistakes or moments of low confidence, and instead learn how to stay open using the breathwork techniques. The result is that an audience might not be aware of your mistakes, and you finish your show seeming as confident as ever. We’ll apply the particular challenge of keeping the breathwork going even through difficult situations, like losing grip on your veil, tripping on a pile of dollar bills, or forgetting your choreography in a group number. You’ll come away with more tips and tricks on how to use your own breathing as a powerful tool for communication and connection, have more fun when dancing, and develop self-confidence and a sense of personal strength when you are doing your thing out there, even in the tough times.
9:00 – 10:00 Registration and Bazaar
10:00– 12:30 Class with Ranya
12:30– 1:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 – 4:00 Class continues
Saturday Night Show
Don’t miss our fabulous show featuring Ranya Renee, the Women of Selket, and guest artists. Vendors will be open for business.
DVDs of the Saturday night show will be available for purchase to workshop participants.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
"Finding Your Baladi Self"
Juicy and grounded technique for down-home divas! Secrets to developing that quintessential relaxed and strong Egyptian feeling in your dance with a focus on abdominal muscles, pelvic floor, initiation from the soles of your feet, and connection through the legs. Special attention to where the movements initiate from will enable you to achieve a more grounded look that is key for Baladi and Shaabi styling and to minimize the American accent in your Egyptian dance. These movements are really yummy and satisfying for the body and soul! Dig deep and enjoy! We'll work with Ranya's favorite Baladi music and classic Shaabi singers. Ranya will also address how the muscular and postural work differs between Oriental and Baladi styling as in pieces of music where you find both so you can have your cake and eat it too!
"Power Management for the Stage"
Want to work your fabulous diva self, but not sure how to convey it on a stage? Learn conscious ways to send your energy farther, to reach more people, and truly claim your space! You'll gain awareness in how to send and receive power onstage, whether you are working as a soloist or as a group member, and how to COMMIT to your bold choices! Using gesture, imagery, and Ranya’s signature “Breathwork for Performance” technique, we will explore how to give and take focus, develop our stage presence, and clarify movement and intention. Exercises will be applied to accents, snaky moves, shimmies, turns, arms/hands, and traveling with applied breathwork, expansive vs. contractive movements, using muscle resistance and oppositional stretching techniques, and engaging with different kinds of music and moods. This is a dynamic workshop with solo, partner and group work -- a fun and practical end to our weekend! ***Bring a veil.***
9:00 – 10:00 Registration and Bazaar
10:00 – 12:30 Class with Ranya
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:30 – 3:30 Class continues
Friday Night Welcome Hafla/Swap Meet - Same location as workshop and show!
Friday, November 7, 7-9 pm
Come showcase your talent with a short performance! Bring your odds and ends of dance related items and let’s have a swap meet. Your trash may be someone else’s treasure! One table perperson. No vendors please. You do not have to be registered for workshop to dance or take part in swap meet. For more information please email Fran at
Pay with PayPal online, credit cards/checks/cash at the door or mail completed registration form and a check payable to Women of Selket to PO Box 36806 Richmond, VA 23235.
No Refunds Unless Event Is Cancelled.
No videotaping of any kind during the workshops or show. Observers pay the same fees as registered participants. No children unless registered as participants.