Rhythm & Dance Workshops with Helm

We are thrilled to be hosting Helm again for a weekend extravaganza in London this September. Californian based Helm are two highly accomplished and world renowned musicians who have contributed to Middle Eastern music greatly, and been a huge inspiration to many great dancers around the globe. Helm’s close association with Carolena Nericcio of FCBD® and creator of American Tribal Style® dance, Mira Betz, Elizabeth Strong, Colleena Shakti and many other influential dancers, keeps them closely attuned to the dance world.

From original compositions that have become classics in Tribal Belly Dance, to traditional music from throughout the Mediterranean, Helm’s repertoire is far reaching and diverse. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share, providing a rich platform for expression for dancers, with music from France, the Balkans, and Russian “gypsy” traditions.

WHO SHOULD JOIN?
– Any dancers wishing to deepen and enrich their dance to a more professional level.
– Anyone wishing to have the exquisite and sensorary experience of dancing to Live Music.
– Anyone wishing to understand and intergrate Middle Eastern rhythms.
– Anyone wishing to immerse in the absolute joy and partnership of music and dance for a blissful weekend.

*Ideal for all styles of Belly dance, and anyone completely new through to intermediate, advanced and professional. Musicality and further knowledge is both accessible and is essential for all levels of dancer.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings are now open. Full details and booking options can be found below. Come join us. It’s going to be magical!

WORKSHOP DETAILS:
SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER
FINGER CYMBALS & TRADITIONAL STEPS WITH LING SHIEN
11-1pm
Ling Shien will lead us in a dance warm up, following which we’ll play along to accompany a 9/8 rhythm, using the cymbal patterns in a call and response mode, and learn how to dance while playing them.

RHYTHM & DRUMMING WORKSHOP WITH MARK BELL
2-4pm
In this beginners workshop you will learn how to strike the drum properly, add basic techniques for changing sounds (doums, teks, kas & pops); primary rhythms, including ones that will be used in the morning (such as the maqsoum, karachi, malfouf, baladi and ayoub). Tips will be given on how to engage your brain whilst playing; how to practice, self correct, and play musically.

SUNDAY 15th SEPTEMBER
THE ART OF DANCING TO LIVE MUSIC WITH HELM, HANNAH MI ANIS & PHILIPPA MOIRAI
11-2pm
The first half of the will be spent on musicality. We will learn how to listen to the content of a song, understand its nature, structure, traditional context, and journey of emotion so that you may be able to respond with confidence, clarity, and depth. We’ll look at the dancer’s interpretation of each instrument, the rhythm, the melody, and how to create the perfect ending in a situation! Mark and Ling Shien will play two of their well loved tracks,so that you will have the wonderful opportunity to improvise to live music, whilst experimenting wilth all that you have learnt. This workshop is open to ATS dancers, Tribal Fusion and Cabaret dancers alike; you will be encouraged and invited to use your own dance vocabulary to translate the music. Variety is what makes it so interesting!

LIVE MUSIC DANCE JAM

3:30-5pm
This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to dance your hearts out to live music from Ling Shien and Mark Bell! All are very welcome! ❤

There will also be a LIVE MUSIC & DANCE SHOW on Saturday the 14th of September.
Starring FireWater residents, Special guest dancers and Helm
Bookings are separate. Please follow the link for details: The FireWater Fanfaronade

WORKSHOP FEES:
*Advance Payment only*

Option 1

Full Weekend of Workshops & Live Music Dance Jam £150

Option 2

Saturday Rhythm & Dance Workshops £73

Option 3

Sunday Dancing to Live Music Workshop & Live Music Dance Jam £83

Option 4

Live Music & Dance Jam only £20

Option 5

Saturday Finger Cymbals & Traditional Steps Workshop with Ling Shien £38

Option 6

Saturday Rhythm & Drumming Workshop with Mark Bell £38

Please note: Payment can be made via PayPal or Bank Transfer. Payments are non-refundable. By clicking on the PayPal button above you are agreeing to these terms. Email: firewater.london@gmail.com to book via Bank Transfer.

WHERE:
All Saturday workshops take place at:
The Joint, upstairs in the Soundstage Studio, 1-6 Field Street, London WC1X 9DG

All Sunday workshops & Live Music Dance Jam take place at:
Clean Break, Studio 1, 2 Patshull Road, London, NW5 2LB

For directions & journey options visit: https://tfl.gov.uk

WHAT TO BRING:
Wear comfortable clothes to move in, come armed with finger cymbals for Ling’s Finger Cymbal Workshop, bring your own drum for Mark Bell’s Rhythm and Drumming workshop (darboukas, small djembes, frame drums or riqs), plus water, snacks, energy and your love to dance.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
LING SHIEN BELL
Ling Shien is the primary composer of Helm’s original music and lead vocalist. Her music studies began with the piano at the age of five and continued with formal training in western music at the Music Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence. She started playing Arabic music shortly after meeting Mark in Southern California in 1979 and has studied Arabic and Turkish disciplines “at the source” in Cairo and Istanbul. Her songs draw on her past and continuing studies of folkloric and classical Middle Eastern music. She plays nay, mizmar (zurna), kawala, accordion and zumara, plus is an expert with zils.

MARK BELL
Mark started playing Middle Eastern percussion in 1972. He performed for years with Bal Anat, played in both Arabic and Persian nightclubs in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, as well as numerous California Renaissance Faires. He worked fulltime in nightclubs including the Baghdad, the Casbah, Apadana’s, Cabaret Tehran and Delilah’s. Mark has traveled and studied percussion extensively throughout the Arab world and Iran. He has also performed with Armenian and Greek groups as well as Balkan ensembles. He won a Grammy in 2005 on the compilation album Beautiful Dreamer – Songs of Stephen Foster. Mark plays darbuka, toumbak, davul, cajon, and tambourine (riqq) and frame drums.

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