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Al- Bahira Dance Theater & Afsana present

TC Raks! 2012

Dance Festival
November 30-December 2

Michelle Joyce & Lady Fred at TC Raks! 2012

Workshops and Performances at

Old Arizona Studios & Theater

Important Announcement: We are sorry to announce that one of our artists, The Lady Fred, will not be joining us this weekend. This has forced us to scale back the event which includes cancelling the Friday night TC Raks! Cabaret. However, is Michelle Joyce is coming, the Saturday night Gala Show will proceed, and we are now able to re-open registration for Michelle's workshops.

Dancers who were registered for Lady Fred workshops can choose to transfering to any other workshop or be refunded for the workshop or appropriate package portion. We are very sorry for the inconvenience, and hope to bring her back at a later date. Dancers who still wish to register for Michelle Joyce--as a thank you for your patience this inconvenience, if you register this week or at the door, you may do so at the reduced "Early Bird" rate.

For one weekend only, join the fabulous Michelle Joyce--producer of the Cheeky Girl instructional videos, the For Dancers By Dancers performance series, and the Internet reality show, Project Belly Dance.


Online workshop registration & show tickets (PayPal)

Mail-in registration & ticket order form - "Early Bird" discount


Note: As of November 28, we've brought back the discounted rate for the remainder of the period. Therefore, if you register online, select the Early Bird pricing, regardless of the date on the button, to receive your discount.




Workshop Schedule


Friday November 30, 2012  
TC Raks! Cabaret join us for a show featuring regional dancers and a variety of performance styles as we transform the Old Arizona theater into the TC Raks! Speakeasy CANCELLED
Saturday December 1  
Registration and shopping - doors open 9:00 a.m.
Workshop 1: Stage Presence and Improvisation with Michelle Joyce 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch break 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Workshop 2: Creative Combinations with Michelle Joyce

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

TC Raks! Stars' Gala Show featuring our star Michelle Joyce, with new works and epic favorits Mirah Ammal & Al-Bahira Dance Theater and Afsana fusion dancers, plus the Turkish American Association of Minnesota, Julianna, and those doctors of drumology, Dr. D. and Khaldoun.

8:00 p.m.

Tickets $20, $7 kids (aged 3-13). Available in advance or at the door.

Sunday December 2, 2012  
Registration and shopping - doors open 9:00 a.m.
Workshop 3: Advanced Drum Solo with Michelle Joyce

10:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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Workshop Descriptions

Please note, this is preliminary information--some details may be subject to change as details are finalized with the instructor.

Stage Presence & Improvisation with Michelle Joyce Saturday 10:00 - 12:00
This workshop is all about maximizing your performance skills! Good technique is vital but it is only half the story. Michelle discusses connecting with the audience and stage presence - tricks that will set you and/or your troupe apart and make you shine. Learn the dynamics of a stage show and explore methods of adding polish and professionalism to your dance. We will also address issues of nervousness, stage fright, improvisation and accident recovery. This workshop has an emphasis on learning techniques for attaining relaxation and calmness before and while we dance - vital skills for you and your students! **This workshop is explicitly intended for both Orientale and Tribal style dancers. Please bring a veil.

Creative Combinations with Michelle Joyce Saturday 1:30 - 4:30
Flex your choreography muscle while learning tons of versatile and creative moves that will add unpredictability and pizzazz to your dance. This workshop will expose you to a variety of techniques, interpretations, and styles including classical, jazzy, taksim, saidi, and even floorwork. We will explore ways to adapt these combinations to different situations and discuss methods for absorbing and retaining choreography. Perfect for those looking for inspiration to help put the zing into their dance.

Advanced Drum Solo with Michelle Joyce Sunday 10:00 - 1:00
This advanced level drum solo choreography is not for the faint hearted! We will be using layered shimmies, freezes and lots of tight isolations to put together a show-stopping drum solo with an exciting climax. (Music: Balady Malfuf by Tony Mouzayek)



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Instructor Bios

Michelle Joyce

Michelle Joyce is currently a working dancer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly a social worker, she has used her counseling skills to develop workshops that help dancers to overcome stage fright, body image issues and and creative blockages. In 2007, she edited and produced her first belly dance performance DVD, By Dancers For Dancers, a collaborative project by local dancers who had decided to stop waiting for someone else to "discover them" and took matters into their own hands. The success of this DVD launched Cheeky Girls Productions, a company that produces and distributes belly dance instructional and performance DVDs internationally. She generously donates back to the belly dance world. Every holiday season she creates a $2,000 scholarship fund for dancers who are struggling with serious illness or caring for a sick loved one. http://arabicdance.net


The Lady Fred

From Oakland, CA; Lady Fred’s avant-garde performances are theatrical vignettes based on echoes from the past, to thundering bass from the future. Inspired by the silent film era and ‘talkies’, Lady Fred shares her interpretations of the past and future through themed narratives transporting viewers to a place that is timeless. http://theladyfred.com

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Event Location

Old Arizona Studios and Theater
2821 S. Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, 55413


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Don't Miss TC Raks!

Just announced 11/28 we're bringing back the discounted Early Bird rate for all additional registrations received online or at the door!


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