Iceland's first bellydance festival! 1001 night started out as a yearly bellydance showcase but now it is time to broaden the idea adding workshops, hafla and a photoshoot tour to the mix. Bellydance legend Cassandra Fox will be our special guest.
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1001 nótt - Festival

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  • Throw thee yearly bellydance showcases
  • Book a guest star for 2020
  • Book other teachers
  • Book locations
  • Set up time table
  • Introduce the concept within the Icelandic bellydance community
  • Apply for grants
  • Make a crowdfunding site on Karolina Fund with early bird prices
  • March: Start official sales for workshops and for the show
  • April: Book acts for the show
  • May: 1001 nótt Festival 2020!

Further Information

The festival will be held May 30th and 31st - with a photoshoot tour on June 1st. During this crowdfunding you can get merch, tickets to the show and of course workshops for a special early price.

Workshops are taught in Listdansskóli Íslands, Engjateigur 1.
The showcase will be in Tjarnarbíó, May 30th at 9PM.
Final party, hafla, will be in Kramhúsið dance studio, Skólavörðustígur 12 (walk in from Bergstaðastræti - a colorful alleyway beside the red cross store), on May 31st at 7PM.
Photo shoot tour will be on Monday June 1st - take off from Listdansskólinn, Engjateigur 1 at 1PM, we will be back to the city at approx 7PM. (This is Monday after Whitsunday, a holiday in Iceland)

The festival is sponsored by Kramhúsið Dance Studio.

Bellydance legend Cassandra Fox is our special guest. She will teach four workshops during the festival and dance in the showcase.

The showcase features advanced students and professional dancers of Iceland. If you want to participate in the showcase as a solo or with your group, contact 1001 nótt via facebook.

This is the time table for the festival. Students are responsible to not book two workshops that happen at the same time. We also trust students to evaluate their own level. Workshops bought in this crowdfunding cannot be reimbursed unless they are canceled or we have to change the schedule.
If you are buying a workshop make sure to choose that workshop, not just pledge the money. We need you to do this as every workshop has limited space.

The Workshops

Cassandra Fox teaches four workshops at the festival.

ORIENTAL PIECE WITH VEIL ENTRANCE
120 minutes
Mid-level and advanced
Saturday, May 30th 10:30am-12:30pm
Laugardagur 30. maí kl. 10:30-12:30
Learn a beautiful choreography with veil entrance to a oriental piece. Great for entrances for shorter sets. Students should bring their own veil. If you don't have a veil - you can buy a hand dyed veil from our very own Kristína Berman through this site!

TUNE INTO TECHNIQUE
60 minutes
Mixed level
Saturday, May 30th at 3pm-4pm
Technique break down and strengthening. Layering, level changes, travelling steps, flourishes, accents, nuances, expression. Projecting movements with strength, power, or softness. No choreography, just an in depth look at movement and mechanics and the musicality to make them shine. Improvisational techniques covered as well.

SHIMMY SHENANIGANS
90 minutes
Mixed level
Sunday May 31st 11AM-12:30PM
Like Shimmies? Like shenanigans? If you answered yes to both those questions then you should probably come to this workshop. We're going to look at the techniques of various Shimmies, understand these Shimmies, and practice these Shimmies so that you can go out into the universe after and create shenanigans via Shimmies.

IMPROVING IMPROVISATION
90 minutes
Mid-level and advanced
Sunday May 31st at 3PM-4PM
This workshop covers various exercises and techniques to help build confidence and skills for improvising. Improvising can be intimidating and we can find ourselves stressing about repeating the same movements and overthinking instead of enjoying the music and sincerely reacting to it. This workshop is designed to help get past these mental blocks and work through our concerns and generate that anxious energy into energy we can utilize in our dance.

THE DIVA PACKAGE
If you want to book all the workshops with Cassandra you can buy the diva package - with a 10% discount. Only 5 of those available!

THE DIVA PACKAGE+
All of Cassandra's workshops AND a photo shoot tour on the Monday. You save 15% of the presale price. Only 3 available!

Beginner workshops

One of our goals is to introduce bellydance to new dancers. We will have two beginner workshops:

BACK TO BASICS WITH ÍRIS STEFANÍA
60 minutes
Saturday May 30th 2PM-3PM
Íris Stefanía is a magnificent teacher who has specialized in teaching beginners. The workshop is great for those that either have never danced before, or want to strengthen their basic knowledge. The workshop is also great for those who teach bellydance or want to start teaching.

BELLYDANCE 40+ WITH KRISTÍNA BERMAN
60 minutes
Saturday May 30th 1PM-2PM
Beauty and flow! It is never too late to start getting to know your body in a different way. A positive and empowering workshop and particularly good for those that thought they were too late to start. Join the fun of bellydance!

Props and technique

Two classes to trach prop work:

VEIL FANS WITH JÓHANNA JÓNAS
60 minutes
For people with basic knowledge of bellydance
Saturday may 30th 2PM-3PM
Veil fans are a great prop to play with - they can act as flames or as flowing water. You have two options here on the side bar:
You can buy the workshop and we can lend you fans/ou bring your own
or you can buy the workshop + a pair of fans.

SAIDI WITH CAINE WITH RÓSALIND HANSEN
60 minutes
For people with basic knowledge of bellydance
Saturday May 30th 3PM-4PM
The cane dance, also called “raqs al assaya”, dance of the stick/cane, is a folkloric dance very popular in an Arabic Oriental dancer’s set. Usually somewhere in the middle or towards the end of a performance, a cane dance will often include audience participation. Many Oriental dancers have taken the use of the assaya in a Saidi tableau quite far, combining dance movements from the Saidi folkloric women’s dancing and skillfully manipulating an assaya in imitation of the men’s style tahtib. The Oriental dancer often uses a crooked cane or smaller sized stick than those used by the men for Tahtib.
Please bring your own cane to the workshop.

Bollywood og Jallabina

BOLLYWOOD WITH ELIZABETH
90 minutes
Sunday, May 31st 2PM-3:30PM
Mixed level
Elizabeth is a fully qualified teacher and performer of Arabic Dance based in Ely, Cambridgeshire in England. Bollywood dance moves are now a familiar sight on Western TV and cinema screens. Classical danceforms such as Bharatnatyam and Kathak , and folk dances such as Bhangra, each have their own unique styles, but they often share signs and meanings that are combined to create modern Bollywood dances.

JALLABINA WITH RÓSANA
60 minutes
Sunday May 31st 1PM-2PM
Mixed level
Jallabina is a pre-choreographed dance workout that fuses all kinds of Middle Eastern music and dance styles. The mix between upbeat and low tempo sultry Middle Eastern rhythms creates the perfect setting for a balanced workout where cardio and muscle toning movements are combined.

More hip moves! Beyoncé and Hips Don't Lie

Bellydancers Margrét Maack and Þórdís Nadia Semichat have used their bellydance technique as a gateway to two different styles and we will offer two classes that get bellydancers to use their technique in new ways:

BEYONCÉ / POP CHOREOGRAPHY WITH MARGRÉT MAACK
60 minutes
Sunday May 31st 1PM-2PM
Mixed Level
Empowering music and moves! Shimmies, twerks and ondulations. Please wear indoor sneakers or heels that are gentle on our dance floor.

HIPS DON'T LIE WITH NADIA
60 minutes
Sunday May 31st 2PM-3PM
Mixed level
A mix of dance styles where we mix bellydance with afro, afrobeat and dancehall. The class is made up of dance, cardio and deep stretches that open up your hips.

HAFLA - FINAL PARTY

Kramhúsið dance studio will host our final party where we will eat, dance and party. Please note that the final party is intended for people who did attend the workshops or are a part of the local bellydance scene.

Hand dyed silk veil

Bellydancer and textile desgigner Kristína Berman makes amazing silk veils. A beautiful flowing silk veil is a must have item for every bellydancer. When you make your pledge you will get questions on how you want your veil, in terms of color and if you want it ombré or batic.

A photo tour around Suðurnes peninsula

Pack your costumes! We're going on a photo tour with photographer Leifur Wilberg Orrason. A small group has the chance to get very special bellydance photos in the dramatic landscapes of Suðurnes. Only ten spots are available. You do your own hair and make up. We take off at 1PM on Monday June 1st from Listdansskólinn (where we had the workshops) and we assume to be back in town at 7PM.
Don't forget:
- Pack snacks!
- Costumes
- A good coat and blanket
- Make up and hair products

The Team

Bellydancers Kristína R. Berman and Margrét Erla Maack are the producers of the festival. Both of them have been active in the Icelandic bellydance scene for almost 20 years, as dancers and teachers. Two managers will join the team in the heat of the festival, bellydancers Sigga Nanna Gunnarsdóttir and Jóhanna Jónas.

1001 nótt translates to 1001 night - the Icelandic title of Arabian Nights - started out as a yearly bellydance showcase where Iceland's bellydancers gathered for one night to show their best moves and choreographies. In 2020 we are celebrating 1001 nótt for the fourth time and we decided to add to the show and make a two day festival with workshops. Our mission is to do a festival every other year.

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