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Drums and Dances Of Illumination

Come and experience the healing power of tarantella rhythms on frame drum and ritual dances with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher and healer, Alessandra Belloni, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. 

This intensive healing workshop, featuring Southern Italian ritual dances and frame drum instruction, taps into a traditional healing modality used for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. We will also delve into the Sufi whirling ritual known as Sema, with Juliet Rabia Gentile, explore Sufi chants in Arabic.

Each day will begin with hands-on frame drum technique, followed by dance instruction, including the following healing trance dances and sacred song/percussion:

    -Drum technique for a deeper heart connection and expanded rhythmic language 

    -Dance techniques that ground and connect one to the earth

    -Black Madonna folk tradition/sacred songs from Southern Italy

     -The dance and music of "San Rocco"- an Italian trance dance related to Sufi whirling

     -Tarantella ritual trance dance and rhythm, a shamanic dance related to the Tarantula

      -Sufi whirling ritual (Sema) and sacred Sufi Chants in Arabic in honor of the Virgin Mary, known as Mariam.

Where: Woodstock, NY

When: November 12& 13th, 2016

Cost: $150 for workshop in advance / $ 170 at the door

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*Please wear white and red, the ritual colors of the Tarantate. Please do not wear black.( here is the background information)

Earlier Event: November 1
In The Tent Of Abraham
Later Event: December 17
Mevlana Rumi Urs Celebration