Art School for Bellydancers
3 Day Intensive with Tempest &
February 7th-9th, 2014
to demand, MQ returns to Indy for a 3rd year!
This intensive will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants
to ensure an adequate level of personal attention from Tempest &
Click here for pricing & registration
Museum Quality is a unique kind of
workshop intensive experience that combines visual/fine arts concepts,
processes, and techniques with bellydance; training dancers to focus
their development beyond just the physical, incorporating mental,
visual, and emotional elements as well, and working to elevate the
dance personally and professionally. This intensive is accessible
to all styles of bellydance and is especially geared towards dancers
who wish to advance the artistic quality of their dancing.
A common debate in the bellydance community is the dance entertainment
or art? No matter which side you may lean towards or what style
of bellydance you do, the dance itself can benefit from a fine arts-minded
approach. This intensive will aid you in developing a critical eye
and constructive mind, help deepen creativity, and give you the
tools to construct and combine movement, sound, emotion, and aesthetic
Part of the goal of this intensive is for
the attendees to consider their performances as they were constructing
works of art, focusing on creating art in motion that is the best
quality you can produce at your ability and experience. Museums
don't only house the best examples of an artist's work - they also
collect their early and middle pieces, sketches, illustrations -
and modern museums and galleries showcase what's being produced
NOW and how it relates to society. So it's not all about the end
result at the end of the line, but the journey of the artist - the
same is true with dance.
Material Outline (Over the 3 Day Intensive):
1. Introduction to Art Concepts & Terms,
Art & Dance History
2. Presentation of Self-Portrait Project Performance
3. Constructive Critique
4. Goal Setting & Discussion
5. Right Brain Activation
6. Transferring from 3D to 2D:
from Symbol to Reality, Audio to Visual
7. Lines & Perspective, Shape & Form - Movement Quality
8. Shading and Depth: Strong vs. Subtle - Musicality
9. Concept & Design: Translating Ideas into Art
10. Composition & Communication
11. Craftsmanship: Quality, Not Quantity
12. Choosing Your Media: Costuming Elements
13. Framing Your Work & Hanging It Up On the Wall
will be homework (reading, writing, and concept/movement-based projects)
assigned prior to the start of the intensive, and
a list of materials for each attendee to bring.
Each day of the intensive is approximately 6-8 hours of activities
involving media exercises, concept exploration, and studio application.
Essentially, the whole body will be addressed and exercised every
day to take it to the next level - mind, body, and spirit. There
will be small assignments each evening for students to complete
for the next day (about 1/2 an hour of time to complete).
Tempest: While there are other instructors
who reference "art" in their workshops or classes, Tempest
is a life-long, fully trained professional visual artist and designer.
Tempest received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the top art school
in the US - the Rhode Island School of Design, and has been attending
art and design programs since the age of 3, including Perkins Center
for the Arts in Moorestown, NJ, Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia,
PA, and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts. She has
taught high school through college/adult classes & workshops
in the visual arts, and over a hundred workshops on bellydance.
pulls from her visual arts background, literary tendencies, and
global inspirations to create dance that crosses the boundaries
of time and culture. Tempest began her journey into dance in 2000,
and has traveled the country to study traditional, folkloric, and
fusion forms of bellydance. She is the premiere instructor of Gothic
and Steampunk Bellydance in North America, and her extensive work
in these genres has helped to define and develop these movements
across the world. Her compelling performances exemplify her distinctively
theatrical and expressive style, and are rooted in oriental dance
technique with a transcendent approach. Her costume designs have
revolutionized the look of modern bellydance, and continue to inspire
new and old generations of dancers alike.
About Nathaniel: Nathaniel Johnstone loves music of all shapes
and sizes. He is perpetually tinkering with tunes on a multitude
of instruments: guitar, violin, viola, mandolin, and banjo. Surrounding
himself with an ever-changing roster of like-minded souls, he creates
music for his many friends in the dancing world. Joining him on
these recordings are bassist Jean-Paul Mayden, singer Mel, drummer
Jes Brown, violinist Paul Mercer, and percussionist Davis Petterson.
From 2006-2011, Johnstone was been recording and touring with the
steampunk band Abney Park, but has moved on to focusing on his solo
work and other projects. He has also sat in with a number of other
ensembles: The Ghosts Project, Jill Tracys Malcontent Orchestra,
Ego Likeness, The Last Dance, The Hellblinki Sextet, and others.
To hear more of his work, check out this link: www.nathanieljohnstone.com
Pricing, Registration, and more details:
'Belle Dance Studio (inside the Stutz Building)
1060 N Capitol Ave, Suite C-375
Indianapolis IN 46204
The intensive will start at 1pm on Friday, and run until approximately
8pm. Saturday: 9am-6pm + Studiowerx in the evening (an informal
live music/dance event at the studio from 8-11pm) and Sunday: 10am-6pm.
Hours may fluctuate slightly due to the needs of the students and
flow of the intensive.
total (cash, check, money order) or $334.75 (Paypal) if
paid in full by September 13th, 2013
$350 total (cash, check, money order) if you
put down a deposit by September 13th, 2013.
$375 (cash, check, money order) or $386.25 (Paypal) after
September 13th, 2013
$100 (cash, check, money order) or $103 (Paypal) deposit and $250
(cash, check, money order) or $257.50 (Paypal) balance. Payment
plan needs to be completed before January 1, 2014. Other payment
plan options may be available - please contact Celeste
There are no refunds of any kind unless the event is completely
Payment in full – early bird:
Button for payment after September 13th, 2013: