Photo of Artemis by Najmat of Boston

Tempest is elated to bring the amazing dance legend Artemis E. Mourat to Seattle for June 13th-15th! The weekend will feature over 10 hours of workshops, and a fabulous show with TWO live bands (House of Tarab + The Nathaniel Johnstone Band).

Schedule | Workshop Descriptions | Show | Registration | About Artemis

Event Schedule
2-4pm -The 14 Rhythms every dancer should know -boutique workshop, limited to 12 students - lecture-style workshop with tea & tapas at OwlkeyMe Arts

7pm - Columbia City Theater (doors at 7pm, show starts 8pm promptly) BUY TICKETS HERE!

11:00am-4:00pm: Turkish Oriental AND Turkish Romany (Gypsy) Intensive (4 hours with break)

11:00am-12:30pm: Floor Work Technique and History
1:00-3pm: Understand the Songs We Dance to

(Sat & Sun workshops take place at Room 32 at Phinney Center - 6532 Phinney Ave. N Seattle, WA  98103 - second/brick building, ample free parking)

Workshop Descriptions

The 14 Rhythms every dancer should know: We will cover the 14 essential rhythms that every dancer should know and you will learn fun and easy techniques to help you to remember each of these rhythms. Regardless of what type of learner you are....all rhythms will be taught in terms of dums and teks, counting with “1 e & as,” and with funny pneumonic sayings that will stick in your mind forever. Once you know these rhythms, you will be able to create the perfect show for each population. The 14 rhythms we will cover are:  Ayoub, Masmoudi sagir (Belady), Masmoudi kabir, Ciftitelli (two versions), Saidi, Maqsoum, the universal 6/8, Saudi, Malfouf, Rhumba, Cabaret 9/8 Karsilama, Romany 9/8 (Agir Roman slow), Tulum 9/8, Zuffa. This is a theory not a movement class.

Turkish Oriental AND Turkish Romany (Gypsy): In this workshop, we compare and contrast the Turkish Oreintal and the Turkish Romany (Gypsy) dance forms. I teach the same combinations in both the Oriental styles and in the Romany styles. Students will get a clear understanding of how Turkish Romany dance is the mother of Turkish Oriental dance and how and why the two differ and merge. DVD footage of both styles will be presented.

Floor Work Technique and History: This elegant art form dates back to ancient times in Egypt.  It has been banned since 1952, but it continues to thrive in Turkey and is being resurrected in the US today. The dancers elegantly descend to the floor and showcase their beautiful arm and hand movements. While dancing on the floor, we will incorporate dramatic acrobatic elements (but there are easy and yet exciting knee lover’s versions so that you can still include floor work into your show at any age or fitness level).

Understand the Songs We Dance to: This workshop is essential to all dancers of all styles. It teaches you how to approach a new song and how to “chart” that song by breaking it down into its parts.  Included will be easy to follow methods for accessing your dance vocabulary, how to choose the steps and movements for the music in an exciting and appropriate way and how to know when it is time to transition from one movement or step to another.  We will also cover how to hear the melodic lines and how to count those 8s.


A La Carte:

"14 Rhythms" Workshop: $45.00
(limited to 12 students, includes tea & tapas, 2 hours)

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"Turkish Oriental & Romany" Workshop: $75.00
(limited to 25 students, 4 hours)

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"Floorwork" Workshop: $45.00
(limited to 25 students, 1.5 hours)

"Understand the Songs" Workshop: $45.00
(limited to 25 students, 2 hours)

There are NO refunds on workshops, unless the event is cancelled. You may transfer or sell your spot if you are unable to attend a workshop. Workshop packages do NOT include show tickets.

Questions? E-mail Tempest

Friday, June 13th, doors at 7:30pm, show starts promptly at 8:00pm. - Tempest's Birthday Bash with Artemis! TWO live bands (The Nathaniel Johnstone Band & The House of Tarab) with performances by Artemis, Tempest, Delilah, Kitiera, Kat Ross, Carol Thuy Thanh Bui, Rebecca Wolf-Nail, and Carrie Meyer (St. Louis, MO!) : Tickets are available through the Columbia City Theater website - buy them now b/c seating is limited! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

About Artemis:
Artemis has been dancing, teaching and researching dance history in the United States and abroad for her entire adult life. Artemis is of Greek and Turkish descent. She fuses her love of these cultures with strong academic knowledge and excellent dance technique. She brings her spirited and articulate technique to workshops which include information on the history and cultures that generate the dances she teaches. She believes that we can all use art to build bridges across cultures.

Artemis has contributed to many publications. Extensive travel to 33 countries and intensive research into the idioms of the East, women's issues, psychology, ancient history, oriental dance, Romany (Gypsy) dance and dance ethnology have yielded many manuscripts and articles.

She continues to produce new articles every year. Artemis has an M.A. in psychology, an M.S.W. in social work (with specialized studies in cross cultural awareness) and has done postgraduate work in dance movement therapy. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Her research is used by Egyptian universities, the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Library for the Performing Arts in New York. She has lectured, taught and/or performed for Cornell University and Princeton University, National Public Radio (NPR), Voice of America and in Spain, England, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Canada, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Australia and in 33 states within the United States. She uses her writing and her dance and history lectures to fight the racism which exists against the Roma. Her humanitarian interests extended to helping the survivors of hurricane Katrina and she received the key to the city of Lafayette for these efforts. She also continues in her efforts to have Middle Eastern dance receive the recognition and respect that every other legitimate dance form enjoys.

Artemis has done field research in ancient dance, Middle Eastern dance and Romany (Gypsy) dance in Turkey, Romania, Czech Republic, Spain, France, England, Morocco, Tunisia, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Egypt and Greece. She has attended Rromany Festivals in France, Turkey and Romania. She has collected wonderful video footage of Roma people in which they are dancing, celebrating and experiencing everyday life. Artemis continues to collect antique pictures of women and dancers from North Africa and the Middle East and of the Roma throughout the world. Her collection is one of the largest in the United States and some illustrations have been used by the International Encyclopedia of Dance, the Smithsonian Institution, the largest Romany Museum in the world (in the Czech Republic), the Romany archives at the University of Texas collected by Ian Hancock, all the major Middle Eastern Dance publications and in several books.

Artemis is listed in the International Dance Council (CID) Who's Who of Dance. Her photograph can be found in the International Encyclopedia of Dance under the listing for "danse du ventre" (translates to "belly dance") which is produced by the Oxford University Press. She has won the "Ethnic Dancer of the Year Award" presented by the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED) and has won the "Most Popular Ethnic Dancer Award" from Zaghareet Magazine twice. Artemis has also won their "Lifetime Achievement Award."

Artemis teaches regular classes, private lessons, workshops on the dance form commonly referred to as "Belly Dance" which, after 40 years of experience, she can cover from A to Z. She is best known for her specialized workshops on the Turkish Oriental and Turkish Romany dance genres. Artemis is constantly creating new workshops and she is presenting a series of workshops of all new Turkish material.

Website: artemis/artemis.htm