Workshop Descriptions

Lacey Sanchez

Classes with Lacey

Sunny Side Up: Florida Tribal Dance’s ATS Dialect

Join Lacey for a fun American Tribal Style workshop exploring some fun and earthy steps that she has incorporated into her school in Orlando,Fl. The key to creating dialect steps is maintaining the essence of ATS and folding them into your group smoothly. Lacey has managed to do just that with some very special combinations that she can’t wait to share with you!
Basic knowledge of ATS is helpful but not required.

Let’s Dance Together!

Fun and innovative ways to interact in group improv  Whether you are an ATS dancer looking for fun new options or a tribal fusion troupe needing some new inspiration this workshop will give dancers some new formations and ways to interact that are sure to get your creative juices going! Duets, trios, 10 or more we’ll explore ideas for everyone!

American Tribal Style From the Roots to the Leaves

Join Lacey for a beginner friendly look at ATS. We’ll take a nice long look at it’s fundamental steps, formations, and overall presentation. Be ready to take an in depth look at all the parts that make American Tribal Style the beautiful world phenomenon it is! Perfect for new ATS dancers or dancers looking to brush up their skills.

Arlechina Verdigris

Classes with Arlechina

Mediterranean Drumming: Using Hypnotic Anchors

Learn how to create rhythmic hypnotic triggers and anchors that will encourage deeper and deeper trances for those who are just listening or dancing. We will also touch on reading the body language of the entranced and how to respond musically. *Cell phones encouraged so that you can take pictures of the notes and record sounds as you may desire.

Mediterranean Drum & Chant for Trancework

This is the easiest drum and chant workshop you will ever take. Bring any kind of frame drum you like and Arlechina will show you how to play it like an ancient tranced-out maenad. *Bring recording equipment if you like and take the songs, rhythms, techniques, and notes with you so you can practice at home.


Classes with Ebony

The Belly Dance Wildcard

Got versatility? Express your varied dance roots by exploring the delicate art of unexpected fusion in a way that is tasteful, respectful and fun. Learn how strong technique and fluidity can create a harmonious balance between genres. Drill combos that introduce samba, popping or other styles into belly dance. Practice reacting to music and embracing contrasts: graceful vs. clunky, speedy vs. slow. Dance shoes recommended, but not required.

Layer Cake: Advanced Fusion Layering and Choreography

Get ready to multitask! We’ll start by drilling basic undulations, accents and shimmies with an emphasis on isolating these movements. Then, we’ll embellish those basics by layering them one piece at a time. Kick it up a notch with traveling steps to create clean layers along with strong and controlled movement. Learn powerful, yet graceful combinations that can be used in choreography or improvisation. Dance shoes recommended, but not required.

Jaia Mara

Classes with Jaia

Sacred Movement : Mandala Dance

Group dancing is one way we can tap into the life-sustaining source or consciousness, once again, giving the individual a sense of belonging. It is by the body, in the body, and through the body that Being manifests itself. Dance integrates both meditation and action, dissolving the barrier between the mundane and waking worlds. In sacred dance, one is found and used by the soul of nature. Like a key, Sacred Movement can open the doorway between the consciousness and the psyche, and can encourage the two rooms to become one.

This weekend, over the course of two classes, we will learn a simple but powerful dynamic movement series based on these concepts to be performed in the show! We will use the body as prayer in a puja or ritual group dance, to express the divine ideal through geometry, flow, and connection with self, one another, and the divine.

The class is open to all, performance in the show is not mandatory. This movement series can be taken home to be used in solo trance work, shared with others, or performed at Triboriginal. To participate in the Mandala performance, please wear white, red or black, with an emphasis on white. The colors will invoke different energies in the performance. Together, these energies weave the Triguna, the 3 various states of being for existance-

White- Sattva- the sustaining, purifying, uplifting energy.

Red- Rajas- the active principle, raw, creation energy.

Black- Tamas- Matter, mass, the stillness of inertia.

Vinyasa Yoga with Jaia

Join us each morning to greet the day in this Vinyasa Yoga class. We will follow a gentle flow of yoga movements led by the breath to deepen our  connection with the body. Connection between breath and body leads us to greater awareness, and fine tunes the subtle messages we receive from the body in our movement practices, and our daily lives. Learning to nurture this re-union expands our physical capabilities, strengthens our muscular system, aligns the skeletal system and reminds us to listen before we act.  The organic movement sequences of Vinyasa allow us to play in the practice, and invite Prana, vital life force, to seep into the nooks and crannies of our bodies, our consciousness, and our life. This yoga flow will warm the body, and give us sustaining energy to tackle the amazing classes waiting for us at Triboriginal.

Ziah Ali

Classes with Ziah

OTS Group Improv- Orientale Tribal Style

Created by Ziah and the Awalim Dance Co based on the ATS® Format. Are you an Orientale/Cabaret style dancer and always wanted the same group improvisational tools and fun that ATS® dancers have? This language is great for group restaurant and live band performances. Now you can explore the music and dance on the fly with your Cabaret buddies. Also great for integrating into your ATS® dialect! For this workshop, Ziah and Awalim will share both ATS® related and original OTS moves developed by Awalim.

Paolo Garbanzo

Classes with Paolo

Fire Safety and Juggling

Interested in fire performance, or have pals who are? Then Fire Safety needs to be your first concern. Paolo has performed with fire continuously for twenty years and will explain Fire Safety 101. Afterwards, class will open back up for juggling and circus arts.

Circus Arts and Juggling

Let world-travelled circus arts teacher Paolo open up the world of circus to you! From the easy to the tricky, from spinning plates and fans to juggling scarves, balls and the walking globe! All are welcome to this relaxed intro!

Carmine Guida

Classes with Carmine

Begintermediate Doumbek

You know a bunch of rhythms…now what? Let’s get “Beyond Baladi”. You will learn practical rhythm combinations useful for playing songs and making your drum circle more fun. You will also learn how to add fills and embellishments to make your playing more interesting. This workshop is perfect for anyone who already knows the basic hits and rhythms.

Folk Songs are for folks like you and me!

Middle Eastern music does not always have to be so complicated! Learn a bunch of really fun simple songs that work on any instrument including singing! The class will be taught entirely by ear, so it’s ok if you do not read music or have very little experience. Lyric sheets will be provided.

Mid-East Rhythms for Whatever You Have That Makes Noise

This class is for everyone! A gentle introduction to middle eastern rhythms. Great for dancers and musicians. Bring your doumbek, frame drum, zills, djembe, bongos, slide whistle, whatever! This is perfect for first-timers.

Claire Dima

Classes with Claire

Up-cycling for Cheap Fancy

Up-cycling, aka re-purposing existing garments, can save you lots of time, effort and cash in making costumes.  I will bring lots of examples on what is worth up-cycling and what is just a time pit.  How to examine thrift shop items for salvage value is key!

Bras that Fit

A well-fitting bra is essential to comfort and professional presentation for female- presenting dancers, Find here a useful guide in helping a ‘garden variety’ underwire foam cup bra do it’s job for stage. (It’s mostly about strap placement.)  Bring a padded underwire bra to sacrifice, and some sewing pins if you have them, and we wine on our way.

Sewing for Those Afraid of Needles

The most essential basics of hand sewing, starting with threading the needle and manipulating it.  At the end of class, you will be making stitches suitable to fix hems or small tears. I promise it doesn’t hurt.

Madame Onça

Classes with Onça

Tarot for Bellydancers

Tarot is an empowering, intuitive tool for self-awareness rich wth history! This light-hearted hands-on class imparts various card layouts for readings, as well as a salty all-levels overview of tarot structure and real-world history. It’ll be fun!

Dana Beaufait

Classes with Dana

Original Single Voi/Veil Poi Technique

A versatile prop for any belly dance style, Voi is now an international phenomenon and Dana Beaufait is where it all began. Its fun, addictive and powerful, used in cosplay, dance, and crafting WOW theatrical effects. Learn the basics of flow to get you from one move to the next seamlessly with a few combos to take home! If you want to blend spinning with your dance or take your veil work to the next level, this workshop will get you started. Students will learn a selection of Single Voi techniques in Dana’s signature style. This is an introductory 101 class into Dana’s Original Voi. Voi Kits and DVD’s available on site for purchase or you can reserve a limited loan set in advance by emailing

Up Close & Fabulous in All Weather!

How to put your make up on outdoors for festivals, camping events, photo shoots or just to dress up in Nature! Most of the time I would say camping is a break from the glam and time to get back into the natural clean face of things, But sometimes, circumstances require makeup in 100-degree weather to a Renn Faire, looking like a fairy princess all day without fail. Even better, getting ready while the sun is going down in the back of a tent! This class is designed to help you look your best in any weather, with tips on smear proofing, low lighting application, time reducing steps and no fuss touch-ups that will have everyone admiring your magical powers even in the forest! Bring the makeup you have with you and get ready for the rest of your day/performance.


Classes with Nadira

ATS Flow Jam

We are bringing the tribes together for a Flow Jam! Enjoy this all-fun, no-pressure environment with great energy and silly games to get us all dancing and creating together! All levels of dancers welcome. Hone your skills with your dance family or try something new.

Marginalized People in Performance

Are you ready to ask the uncomfortable questions? To hear the voices of your diverse community of artists? Be the change you want to see;  join Nadira Grubbs of Seven Cities World Dance Studio for this discussion exploring the experiences of marginalized people in performance. Learn about how it is for People of Color, LGBTQ+ and more.


Classes with Chudney

Flawless Footwork

Do you ever feel like you are always traveling around the stage the same way? Are you looking for new ways to diversify and add more depth to your dance? Then flawless footwork is for you! In this technique and combination based class, we will take classic footwork inspired by Mahmoud Reda and modern Egyptian style inspired footwork to build your repertoire of floor patterns. You will leave class with new footwork combinations to adapt into your own piece and the tools to create your own.

Combination Build Up

Get ready to learn some new, fresh and dynamic combinations that you can snag for your own choreographies or for practice. Chudney will then show you how to take the combinations and build them up into a choreography of your own. That’s right we are going to take nice, easy chunks and put them all together in this workshop. Chudney will also go over how she approaches choreography workshops and share tips on how to maximize what you gain and apply it to this workshop.


Classes with Sparrow

Singing With Sparrow

Learn to sing from your diaphragm, match pitches, find harmonies, and sing by yourself or with a group.  Just like your body, your voice requires practice and drills to make it do the things you want it to!   We will warm up, learn several songs, and get ready to participate in your live music community.

Party Music! Intro to Hafla Participation

Haflas (Arabic for party) are pretty dang fun, and participating in the music makes them even better! This class is for folks who play a melody instrument and are interested in learning Middle Eastern styles and songs. We will go through a few classic scales and learn several classic songs. Sheet music provided, but we will also learn the simple tunes by ear.