Introducing “Capturing Your Audience” by Tay Zavala

Learn more about this Spring Spectacular 2023 Workshop -
Saturday, March 25: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

An Interview with Tay

What is the inspiration for this workshop? Returning to in-person performances the last year and a half and how good it feels to dance in front of a crowd.

Why did you choose this topic?  The best way to reach people is through connection and that includes when you're performing! I want this workshop to truly paint the picture of how important it is to capture your audience.

Why is this topic important? Stage presence and keeping your audience's attention is the key to a good show. Mastering movement and memorizing choreography is amazing but keeping your audience allured and entertain is the cherry on top.

How do you anticipate this will assist your participants? This workshop will assist the participant by flexing their already polished fundamental moves and balancing them with character, body language, and sharpened technique.

How will they use it? Dancers can use the skills practiced in this workshop by incorporating them into an upcoming performance or simply by emphasizing their established personal dance practice.

What do you hope they will understand as a result? I hope the dancers understand that being loving, intentional, and committed to your movement is just as important as drills and technique.

What are two or three specific things they will be able to take away? Elevated/confident posture, movement commitment, and what it means to capture an audience.

Workshop Description:

Egyptian Choreography (Song: Saher Al Sharq Etneen) Egyptian-style Raq Sharqui is all about internalizing your movement and being confident, which produces a dramatic and compelling effect, even when applied to most subtle movements.

All levels workshop

You will learn: Suitable for all levels, this classic Egyptian style choreography will help you redefine the basics such as posture and movement execution, layer movements, and ultimately, build your stage presence so that you’ll always capture your audience.

Instructor Experience: I’ve been teaching for over ten years in multiple settings including fitness centers, haflas, private clients and dance studios. I also have a background in Dance Arts and Education from Stephens College as well as UTRGV (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley).

Get ready to register! Four SPECTACULAR! workshops

  • Tay Zavala – Saturday, March 25: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, Capturing Your Audience
  • Vanessa of Cairo – Saturday, March 25: 12:30 -2:30 pm, Turns, Transitions & Traveling Steps
  • Cassandra Shore – Sunday, March 26: 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm, Spectacular Shimmy Slam
  • Amina Beres – Sunday, March 26: 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Modern Turkish Oryantal Choreography

Workshop registration will open January 28 at 1 pm CT on the Shop page. You'll need to log in as an active Guild member to view the registration buttons.
Class size is limited to ensure participants have a fantastic experience!?
Cost of each two-hour workshop is $30 (plus the PayPal fee). This includes in-person attendance plus access to a recording that can be viewed for a limited time (it will not be downloadable).

REGISTER FOR ALL FOUR and you’ll have a chance to win!! If you register for all four workshops, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a free Guild membership renewal!!
You must be a Guild member to register. Annual dues are $28.

What to bring: water bottle, notebook and pen
What to wear: Dancewear. The studio has a lovely wooden floor; so plan to leave any outdoor footwear at the door.
When to arrive: 15 minutes before class begins. If there is bad weather: Check the Guild Facebook page for updates if the weather is a factor. When you arrive, we will ask you to complete a photo and liability release.

Workshop location: Jawaahir Studio, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN.
GPS and Parking address: 3035 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis, MN

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