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The 11th Annual Yellowstone Valley Bellydance Festival!
We're changing things up for this amazing opportunity to train and dance with Amy Sigil and Ashley Lopez! Different weekend, performance intensives, workshops and more!
The Yellowstone Valley Belly Dance Festival is the heart and soul of Spiral Skies Bellydance Troupe. As a group, we volunteer countless hours of hard work all year long to bring popular, professional dancers to Billings, host a gala showcase and provide abundant shopping opportunities. Spiral Skies’ ultimate goal is to create a full weekend celebrating our love of bellydance! Dancers from across the U.S. and Canada travel to attend this event, which is the largest festival in the region. Spiral Skies Belly Dance is pleased to announce this year’s headliners: Amy Sigil and Ashley Lopez!
WORKSHOPS: Located at Montana Dance Center
NEW and UNIQUE opportunity for us! Dancers will attend a performance intensive on Friday and Saturday, working together to create and polish a choreo to be performed that Saturday night at the show. Sunday workshops will focus on topics on fun and sweat with Amy, and a technique class by Ashley!
(For workshop information, please visit our Shopping page.)
VENDING: Located at Montana Dance Center
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BELLYDANCE SHOW! 11th Annual Yellowstone Valley Bellydance Festival's Gala Showcase: 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7th, at Nova Theater: an evening of exquisite, innovative, and entertaining belly dance! Headliners Amy and Ashley, along with an awe-inspiring collection of regional dancers will showcase the various cultural styles, music, and costumes of belly dance in the "Bellydance Spectacular!" gala showcase. This family-friendly showcase is an exciting one-night-only opportunity to enter the dazzling and glamourous world of belly dance! This gala show caps off the 11th Annual Yellowstone Valley Bellydance Festival hosted by Spiral Skies Bellydance.
(Tickets available on our website, at Barjon's or from a Spiral Sister!)
THE ALL IMPORTANT DETAILS!
WORKSHOPS (All workshops located at Montana Dance Center, 701 Daniel Street, Billings, Montana)
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JULY 6-7TH
Fri: 6-9pm, Sat: 9:30-Noon, 1-3:30pm
Directed by Amy Sigil and Ashley Lopez
This two-day mini-intensive features 8 hours of experimentation, body preparation, spirit preparation, movement sourcing, choreography and a final performance product. Sigil and Lopez are putting their loves of training and creating together to make something BIG with YOU! Warm-ups, strength training and vocabulary brought to you by Ashley. Group dynamics, movement sourcing and choreography creation by Amy. We will be defining movements, finding movements and choreographing this piece together. So this will be a one time, unique piece representing our time of creation. Come with no expectations and a spirit of YES. Costuming will be discussed closer to workshop dates. ($145 for 8 hours of performance intensive.)
**LUNCH TALK w/AMY** 12:15-1:00pm
"Giving Your Best" Have a healthy lunch all while listening to Amy's pep talk "Giving Your Best!" (You choose your menu selection upon checkout on our shopping page. $12 includes lunch and the talk.)
"I am passionate about group work, inclusivity and fitness. I am moved by music and work ethic, by Art and expression. Dance is all of these things for me. It is a way to further my relationship with my body and share these findings with others. What's beautiful about dance is that it is "me". It is "you". It is "us". What a beautiful thing to express yourself with yourself. Is there anything more authentic?" - Amy Sigil
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th 10:00am-12:00pm
DANCE CLASS w/ Amy!
A good 'ole fashion dance class! Great music, great friends and great (hopefully you think so too) choreography! Come pour your heart out on the dance floor! ($25)
**LUNCH TALK w/ASHLEY** 12:15-1:00pm
"Anatomy for Bellydancers" Have a healthy lunch all while listening to Ashley's summary of her workshop "Anatomy for Bellydancers!" (You choose your menu selection upon checkout on our shopping page. $12 includes lunch and the talk.)
"As a belly dance teacher you’ll have heard all the yoga and Pilates terms used by those teachers, but how do they really apply to belly dance? What is the stuff you need to know to make you a better teacher? From the perspective of a dedicated yoga, Pilates, rehab, dance and fitness instructor with 15 years experience, Ashley will give you a grounding in the basic anatomy of belly dance, and help you learn how to use this information in your training or in the classroom." - Ashley
**TECHNIQUE CLASS w/ASHLEY** Topic TBD soon!
________________BELLYDANCE SHOW! _______________
11th Annual Yellowstone Valley Bellydance Festival's Gala Showcase: 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7th, at Nova Theater: an evening of exquisite, innovative, and entertaining belly dance! Headliners Amy and Ashley, along with an awe-inspiring collection of regional dancers will showcase the various cultural styles, music, and costumes of belly dance in the "Bellydance Spectacular!" gala showcase. This family-friendly showcase is an exciting one-night-only opportunity to enter the dazzling and glamourous world of belly dance! This gala show caps off the 11th Annual Yellowstone Valley Bellydance Festival hosted by Spiral Skies Bellydance.
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
AMY SIGIL ~ I've always been inspired by movement.
My first conscious movements were found around the neck of a quarter horse. When I was a young girl I fell in love with a horse named Biscuit. We were both very young together, her 7 months old and myself 7 years old. It was the first time I cared about how strong my legs were, my arms...my will. Biscuit and I were left alone on 40 acres to develop our relationship. She spent years trying to kill me. She ran me under low tree branches, scraped my legs against barbed wire fences, kicked me, bit me and tried to drown me in the pond numerous times. Here's what I learned; lay to the side of the saddle with your head lower then her back when approaching a low branch, throw both legs opposite the fence side, stay close to her body so she can only push you and not extend her leg for a full force kick, bite her back, and learn to swim as fast as a quarter horse. She was my best friend.
Who knows if it was Biscuit that built my love of working with large mammals, but it has resonated with me my entire life. I am passionate about group work, inclusivity and fitness. I am moved by music and work ethic, by Art and expression. Dance is all of these things for me. It is a way to further my relationship with my body and share these findings with others. What's beautiful about dance is that it is "me". It is "you". It is "us". What a beautiful thing to express yourself with yourself. Is there anything more authentic?"
Amy Sigil is an international instructor in dance and team building, director of UNMATA, owner of Hot Pot Studios and the creator of Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS). She has been studying dance for over 20 years with training in Bellydance, American Tribal Style, Hula, Tahitian, Volleyball, Basketball and Track.
For more information, please visit: www.amysigil.com
ASHELY LOPEZ - Ashley López is a Bay Area native currently residing in Portland, Oregon. Her love affair with belly dance began as she was completing her Bachelor's Degree in Music as an opera singer in 2005. As an instructor, she pulls from her education in yoga, Pilates, and fitness, teaching with an emphasis on physical conditioning for dance and injury prevention. She has an eclectic education in belly dance which includes training in Egyptian and Cabaret styles with Ishara Gamal from Illinois and Sandra from the Bay Area, as well as some basic ATS® and extensive Fusion training with Rachel Brice, Mira Betz, and Zoe Jakes.
A certified yoga, fitness and Pilates instructor, Ashley holds certifications through the American Council on Exercise, the American Fitness Association of America, Stott Pilates, Balanced Body University, Yoga Alliance, TRX, and Johnny G. Spinning. Her rehab training includes the Injuries and Special Populations course through Stott, and she is currently in the process of Viniyoga teacher training.
Her professional performance background includes working as an opera singer with Opera San José and in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing as a Polynesian dancer with SF Hula, collaborating with the Mona Khan Bollywood dance company, founding and directing her award-winning belly dance company Orchid Belly Dance, participating in Rachel Brice’s Datura Belly Dance project, touring with the Vagabond Opera, working with Zoe Jakes’ Bhoomi Project, House of Tarot and touring with Beats Antique. Ashley has performed and taught in over 20 different countries and continues touring nationally and internationally.
For more information please visit www.ashleylopez.com.