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Belly Dance Trailblazers: Mish Mish

Oct 4, 2017 9:50:00 AM

Belly Dance Trailblazers

Belly Dance Trailblazers: Mish Mish

We all know belly dance trailblazers...dancers who created their own belly dance path and had many adventures along the way. So many wonderful dancers have graced theater stages, restaurants, clubs, and cabarets over the years and we want to share their stories with you!

In sharing their history and stories we hope you will feel a connection to the dancers who came before us, be inspired to continue on your amazing dance journey, and have many exciting adventures!

Our first spotlight dancer is the beautiful Mish Mish.

Mish Mish

From Mish Mish in her own words ~ 
 
"It was 1970 when some friends invited me to go with them to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. I had never heard of it but got soooo excited!!! Give me any reason to dress up and get into some kind of drag!
 
I already had the perfect dress (15 yds of Burgundy velvet skirt with under hoops, neck and waist edged in baby pearls and a 6 ft pink chiffon train at the neck) which I originally wore when portraying a Romeo & Juliet skit at our friends Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Robbins Circus Wedding at Glide Memorial Church. This was all back in the days when I was doing some performances at the Palace Theater/Midnight Movies and Cockette shows in North Beach.
 
When we arrived at the Fairgrounds (the old original site in Marin, not Blackpoint) after parking they had buses that drove us to the entrance. It seemed like we were on a Magical Mystery Tour, what with everyone in traditional English dress and speaking o...
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New Workshop: 12/7/16

Intermediate ATS Drill Game 1 - 4

Want to practice your ATS® skills right at home with some friends? Colette is here to dance with you!

 Intermediate ATS Drill Game 1 - 4Intermediate ATS® Drill Game: Classes 1 - 4

Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including levels, slow turns, Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turns (ASWAT), Spins and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 10/14/15

Oct 14, 2015 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 10/14/15

ATS® Intermediate Improv Drill Game: Classes 1

Colette's exiting first person ATS® Drill games continue with this class, where you'll get to practice intermediate ATS® movements and formations, and get to practice taking the lead.

Jump right in and get the closest experience to being there. Yip! This class draws from materials in her beginner's series and class 1 of her Intermediate ATS® series.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Imrpov Drill GameATS® Intermediate Improv Drill Game: Class 1

In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a virtual reality experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet and trio. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from class 1 of Colette's Intermediate ATS® series, including the Barrel Turn, Arabic 1-2-3, Turkish Shimmy Variations, and more. You'll get to practice taking the lead and work on transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 8/12/15

Aug 12, 2015 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 8/12/15

ATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-4

Photo: Casey Campbell Photography

Strap on your zils and jump right into formation with Colette in her newest ATS® Improv Drill Game Class.

Shot like a first person video game experience, you'll get to dance and drill ATS® movements in duets, trios, and quartets with zils! So. Much. Fun!

Practice the slow and fast movements from classes 1-3 of her beginner's series and gain experience with basic cues and formations.

American Tribal Style Imrpov Drill GameATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-4

Step right into an ATS® improvisation with a virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including taxeem, arm undulations, bodywaves, Ghawazee Shimmy, Arabic Hip Twist, and more. You'll get a chance to take the lead and practice some basic transitions with your fellow dancers. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 5/7/15

May 7, 2015 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 5/7/15

ATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-3

ATS® + first person video game experience = awesome! Colette invites you into formation with her dancers for this exciting first-person style ATS® Improv Drill Game!

Practice the slow and fast movements from classes 1-3 of her beginner's series and gain experience with basic cues and formations.

American Tribal Style Imrpov Drill ClassATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-3

In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a virtual reality experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1, 2 and 3 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including camel walk, torso twist, propeller turn, Turkish Shimmy, Shimmy Step, and more. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 3/19/15

Mar 19, 2015 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 3/19/15

ATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-2

ATS® + first person video game experience = awesome! Colette invites you into formation with her dancers for this exciting first-person style ATS® Improv Drill Game!

Practice the slow and fast movements from classes 1-2 of her beginner's series and gain experience with basic cues and formations.

American Tribal Style Imrpov Drill ClassATS® Improv Drill Game: Beginning Classes 1-2

In this ATS® workshop you get to step right into an ATS® improvisation, a first-person virtual experience of what it's like to be in an ATS® duet, trio, and quartet. Get ready to flex your improv skills by practicing both slow and fast movements from classes 1 and 2 of Colette's Beginning ATS® series, including taxeem, arm undulations, bodywaves, Egyptian, Arabic, and more. Don't forget to wear your zils for the fast songs. Jump in and be part of the game!

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New Class: 9/4/14

Sep 4, 2014 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 9/4/14

ATS® Intermediate Class #5 with Colette

We're so pleased to release class #5 in Colette's intermediate ATS Series!

This workshop is all about the beauty of ATS duets with formations, transitions, and movements that works especially well in duets. Drills and zils are icing on the cake. Enjoy!

If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here. Or you can begin the Intermediate Series with class #1 here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #4ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #5 - Duets

In ATS®, there are specialized movement variations that were developed particularly for duets. These include passing and crossing moves that work best, and are most effective, when executed by a pair of dancers. This Intermediate class celebrates Duets and movements developed for two dancers, including Camel Walk Crossing, Wrap-Around Turn Crossing, Arm Flourish Crossing. Each variation will be paired with slow or fast basic ATS® moves so grab a partner and get your zils ready!

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New Class: 8/1/14

Aug 1, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Class: 8/1/14

Intermediate Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series, Class 4 with Ashley Lopez

Complete Ashley Lopez's fun and challenging Intermediate Tribal Fusion Series with this newly released class 4!

This class is packed with fun drills and combinations featuring traveling with hip work, layering isolations, belly rolls, and flutters. If you want at the start of the series, you can find it here. Enjoy!

 Photo: Dark Fusion Boutique

 Online Intermediate Tribal Fusion Series, Class 4 with Ashley LopezIntermediate Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series : Class #4

This is the fourth class in a 4-class Intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. This class alternates between drills and combinations. Students will learn a combination of upper body movements to layer over hip shimmies and hip locks. We'll also drill and learn a combo for belly rolls and flutters, for traveling with hip twist shimmies and for traveling with the ¾ down shimmy.

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New Class: 6/18/14

Jun 18, 2014 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 6/18/14

ATS® Intermediate Class #4 with Colette

Presenting class #4 in Colette's intermediate / advanced ATS® series. This class is all about exciting and challenging spins and turns plus drills in formation with zils.

If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here. Or you can begin the Intermediate Series with class #1 here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #4ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #4 - Spins and Turns

This class includes favorite fast ATS® movements with a focus on exciting spins and turns. The Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turn (ASWAT) will be introduced, including a complete breakdown on how to cue this advanced move. Calibrated Spins will be explained and tips for practicing spinning will be given. Finally, Egyptian Full Turn will be added to the mix and we'll drill all these moves with other basic ATS® movements and our Zils. Class ends with a well deserved cool down.

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New Class: 6/6/14

Jun 6, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Class: 6/6/14

Intermediate Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series, Class 3 with Ashley Lopez

Hooray! Class #3 in Ashley Lopez's popular Intermediate Tribal Fusion series is now live.

Just as the other classes in this kickin' series, it's packed with layers, locks, shimmies, traveling steps, plus belly flutters, drills and combinations. Whew!

 If you're looking to start at the beginning, her popular Beginner's Tribal Fusion Series can be found here. Enjoy!

Photo : Taboo Media

 

 Online Intermediate Tribal Fusion Series, Class 3 with Ashley LopezIntermediate Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series : Class #3

This is the third class of a 4-class Intermediate tribal fusion belly dance series. In this class, we will practice layering chest slides and circles over hip shimmies and locks. Students will learn a short turn combo and will drill the belly flutter. In addition, we'll break down traveling with twist locks and mayas, and will have a drill session to practice the ¾ and learn a little combination with a few different ¾ steps.

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New Class: 4/11/14

Apr 11, 2014 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 4/11/14

ATS® Intermediate Class #3 with Colette

A big zaghareet for the newest addition to Colette Todorov's Intermediate and Advanced ATS® Series, Class #3: Half Turns and Variations.

If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here. Or you can begin the Intermediate Series with class #1 here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #3ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #3

This Intermediate level class introduces a slow Flamenco inspired move called the Barrel Turn, a variation on Turkish Shimmy which adds arms and a ½ turn, and a fun undulation with accented chest drops called Arabic 1-2-3. Each movement will be broken down and the cues for group improvisation explained, then they will be drilled with ATS® basic moves to demonstrate and practice transitions. Zils will be used with the fast moves.

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New Class: 4/4/14

Apr 4, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Class: 4/4/14

Intermediate Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series, Class 2 with Ashley Lopez

Presenting the second class in Ashley Lopez's new Intermediate Tribal Fusion series! 

This class is packed with layering, traveling, belly rolls, spins, drills and more all with Ashley's fitness-grounded approach to keep you moving, warm, and stretchy.

 If you're looking to start at the beginning, her popular Beginner's Tribal Fusion Series can be found here. Enjoy!

Photo : Taboo Media

 

 Online Intermediate Tribal Fusion Series, Class 2 with Ashley LopezIntermediate Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series : Class #2

This is the second class of a 4-class Intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. Class begins with a brief warm up which focuses on leg strength and balance and then moves into layering and traveling with a hip shimmy. Students will drill the reverse belly roll, reverse Arabic step, chest figure 8s, paddle turns, and a few ways to travel with a taxim.

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New Class: 2/14/14

Feb 14, 2014 10:13:00 AM

New Class: 2/14/14

Intermediate Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series, Class 1 with Ashley Lopez

Here it is, the first class in Ashley Lopez's new 4 class Intermediate Tribal Fusion series! If you're looking to start at the beginning, her popular Beginner's Tribal Fusion Series can be found here. Enjoy!

 

 Online Intermediate Tribal Fusion Series, Class 1 with Ashley LopezIntermediate Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series : Class #1

This is the first class in a 4-class intermediate Tribal Fusion belly dance series. In this class, dancers begin with a leg-strengthening warm up, followed by drills which include layers over hip shimmies and hip locks, a few simple turns, traveling with hip locks, the Arabic step, and the Sidewinder.

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New Class: 1/17/14

Jan 17, 2014 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 1/17/14

ATS® Intermediate Class #2 with Colette

Announcing the second class in Colette's new Intermediate ATS Series! She presents new slow and fast moves with variations, drills and zils. You will also be invited into formation to drill the moves and transitions. Enjoy!

 If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #2ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #2

Circle Step with third Turns, Chico Four Corners and Arabic Hip-Twist with Flourish are the stars of this Intermediate level American Tribal Style class. Beginning with slow ATS® movements, we'll review the elegant Circle Step, explain the best transition out of this move, then add a third turn. Put your Zils on as we introduce Chico Four Corners and Arabic Hip-Twist with Flourish and drill these movements facing the front and also facing your partner. Each new movement will be matched with basic ATS® vocabulary to practice transitions and flow.

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New Class: 11/6/13

Nov 6, 2013 11:13:00 AM

New Class: 11/6/13

ATS® Intermediate Class #1 with Colette

We're thrilled to release the first class in Colette's new Intermediate ATS Series! She presents new slow and fast moves with variations, drills and zils. You will also be invited into formation to drill the moves and transitions. Enjoy!

 If you're new to ATS®, you can get started with her beginner's series here.

American Tribal Style Intermediate Class #1ATS® Intermediate Series: Class #1

This Intermediate level class introduces a slow Flamenco inspired move called the Barrel Turn, a variation on Turkish Shimmy which adds arms and a ½ turn, and a fun undulation with accented chest drops called Arabic 1-2-3. Each movement will be broken down and the cues for group improvisation explained, then they will be drilled with ATS® basic moves to demonstrate and practice transitions. Zils will be used with the fast moves.

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