Curious Verses presents Interconnected II: An Online Dance Festival, coming to you on Saturday 15th August!

Inspired by the awesomeness that was Infusion Emporium’s Operation Stay Home, we’ll be bringing you another day of dance, all from the comfort of your own home, starring Curious Verses teachers Nicola Wigfield and Catherine Taylor and very special guests Kimberly Larkspur and Esraa Warda!

Tickets are £30 for the full day which includes: four workshops, one lecture, the hafla and after-party.

The Timetable for the day (via Zoom) will be as follows.

11am – 12pm Nicola Wigfield – Movement & Flow

A Combination of movement flows to prepare the body and ease you into your dancing day. We will combine various dance styles to create an individual flows. Each flow will focus on the warming up and conditioning of various areas of the body, ending with some full form phrases. Please have a yoga, or some kind of mat to hand.

12.15pm – 1.15pm Catherine Taylor – Omi, Oh My!

Wait, did you say ‘omi’? Isn’t it ‘ami’? Or is it ‘umi’?

Let’s get into the nitty gritty with our beloved friend, the interior hip circle! Where does it come from? What’s the difference between a Polynesian one and a Belly dance one? What variations can we use? A little history, and a LOT of drilling. This is your chance to get up close and personal with your omi… ami?… umi?…

1.15pm – 2.15pm LUNCH

2.15pm – 3.15pm Esraa Warda (LECTURE) – Cultural Appropriation 101: Who gets to Participate in Culture?

3.30pm – 4.30pm Esraa Warda – Algerian Raï

This workshop will explore the movement of Raï, the rebel “groove” music of Algeria. Raï music is a genre from West Algeria, popularized in the city of Oran and means “opinion” as it is an outlet for marginalized Algerians to express their grievances with life. It is associated to being a genre of resistance given its history of being outlawed. Its dance is soulful, simple, with strong articulation on hip isolations (similarily to Kizomba). 

Students will learn footwork, movement, and the “groove” of dancing to Raï and establish/continue a relationship with its rhythm on the path of becoming musically centered social dancers.

Please come dressed comfortably. Bring regular fashion scarf.

5pm – 6pm Kimberly Larkspur – Lines in the Sand

Explore some fresh footwork patterns and floor pathways that’ll inspire you to infuse your dance with unusual layers and dramatic facing choices. We’ll start with short, simple phrases and build toward increased length and complexity. Combinations will feature optional layering, allowing dancers to scale the experience to their individual skill levels. –All Level

7.30pm Onwards Hafla & After Party