Tamalyn Dallal

Middle Eastern Dance teacher, writer and film maker

Week Long Workshop- Dance and Culture... In New Orlean's famous Garden District! Sold out

June 20-27, 2018 

$700 (Paid before Feb. 15)

$800 (Paid before May 1)

$900 (Paid before June 1) 

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This intimate workshop is limited to six participants. Also, there are cats, so please advise if you have a cat allergy.

Please read Alia Thabit's review of the 2016 week long workshop:


Day 1, Wed., June 20: - 2-6pm. Orientation, basic technique and philosophy, films and mix and mingle...

PM: Optional crawfish dinner. Your evening is free to stroll the French Quarter.

Day 2, Thurs., June 21: 

10-1, Technique.

1-2, Lunch

2-3, Lecture and discussion; People and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana... Learn the difference between Cajuns, Creole people, Zydeco music, Cajun music, and more.

3-5 Choreography that you can use, alter and personalize.

PM: (Optional) Stroll Magazine St. and enjoy the boutiques and restaurants OR dance to the best Zydeco music in town at the "Rock N Bowl"

Day 3, Fri., June 22: 

10-1. Technique

1-2 Lunch

2-3,  Lecture and Discussion: Jazz, Blues, Second Line... Music of New Orleans and the Deep South

3-4, Traditional New Orleans Second Line dance class (Local guest instructor)

4-5,  Zils and combos 

PM: (Optional) Twilight Swamp Tour - Separate charge (Outside of New Orleans) 

Day 4, Sat., June 23:

10-1, Technique and veils

1-2, Lunch 

2-3 Lecture and Discussion: Evolution of traditional and folk dances: Exploration of how dances may be modern constructs or born of tradition from the people. 

3-4: Folk Dance lesson (Local guest instructor)

4-5: We create our own dance 

PM: There is no shortage of things to do in New Orleans on a Saturday night. 

Day 5, Sun., June 24: 

Free day to explore New Orleans

Optional daytime activity: Museum crawl: Mardi Gras, Hurricane Katrina, Back Street Museum of Treme (Learn about the Mardi Gras Indians) 

PM: (Optional) Gourmet French dinner at Degas Restaurant, then "Follow the Music"....Tamalyn will take you to her favorite Jazz clubs  

Day 6, Mon., June 25: 

10-1, Technique, Focus on hands and arms

1-2 Lunch

2-3 Lecture: "Middle Eastern music form an expert" (Guest lecturer)

3-5pm, Taksims...Dancing to the music.

PM: (Optional) Ethnic dinner on Magazine St. You decide: Arabic, Vietnamese, or Ethiopian?

Day 7, Tues., June 26:  

10-1, Technique and partial review

1-2, Lunch

2-3 Cemetery Tour (This is a local tour of the nearby Lafayette Cemetery, highlighting the cultural significance and history of New Orleans' above ground cemeteries. It's interesting. (Not spooky)

3:30-5 Zydeco dance class (Local instructor) 

PM: (Optional) Walking a local labyrinth (Meditation)

Listen to the renown "Rebirth Brass Band" at the historic Maple Leaf Club in Uptown, NOLA. 

Day 8, Wed., June 27

10-1: Review of all dances and techniques, and of all the lecture and discussions. Talking circle. 

1-3pm: Shared pot luck lunch, inviting back the local instructors and people we;ve met along the way.

Registration fees are non refundable unless there is a doctors not regarding health issue or unless there is a major natural disaster affecting either the Tamalyn Dallal or the home of the registree.
Please note that some of the evening events are subject to change, due to the possibility of musicians going on tour, or being open to the possibility of something even more interesting coming up.
Dinners, Swamp tour, drinks and tips are not included in the workshop price. 
There is no performance. This workshop is more about experiencing and enjoying New Orleans.

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