DFTH continues the Second Sunday workshops with Austin's own Z-Helene. This three hour workshop, from 1 to 4 p.m., is broken down into three sections.
Start with belly and modern dance warm-up combinations. With standard belly dance vocabulary, Z-Helene will explore modern concepts that can be incorporated into dance. The workshop continues with improvisation through the five elements — earth, air, water, fire, spirit— which uses veils as an option. The workshop ends with theatrical improvisation using the elements as a central theme.
Middle Eastern dance performance artist Z-Helene believes that art should transform. She draws upon her expansive movement vocabulary and unbridled creativity to forge transcendent experiences for her audiences. Besides being renowned for zills, Z-Helene has a reputation for being fearlessly explorative and out-of-the-box. Her love of belly dance performance art has included reciting poetry, singing, chanting and extemporaneous prose.
Holding a BA in Theater Arts from Franklin & Marshall College, Z-Helene is a professor in the Kinesiology Department at Austin Community College, where she teaches courses in Middle Eastern dance, yoga, aerobics and stretch/flex/conditioning.