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South Florida Center for Percussive Arts
12600 SW 130th St, Unit 9-10, Miami, Florida 33186
Remo sponsored tambourine master Alessandra Belloni takes us on a percussive journey of Southern Italy where she will be teaching the chanting, dancing and drumming rituals and ancient shamanic traditions including the beautiful sensual dances in honor of the Black Madonna, the ancient Earth Mother Goddess, and the wild Spider Dance, Pizzica Tarantata, dating back to the rites of Dionysus.
Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
$50 includes dance, chants, and frame drum pre-registration:
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Objectives of the workshop are:
--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella.
--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.
--To put participants back in touch with the almost lost drumming tradition of the sacred feminine.
--To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals.
--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.
Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:
A beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.
THE PIZZICA TARANTATA — The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create «spider-like» movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras.
Alessandra ends the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water with chants to the Goddess of the Sea, the Sun and the Black Madonna.
Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts. Please bring your own frame drums and tambourines.
Join us for an evening of music and dance for her first South Florida appearance!