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An instructional/performance Bellydance DVD focusing on dance technique, form, expression, energy and ritual. Beauty. Grace. Power.

Theatre of the Dark Goddess: Bellydance with Aepril Schaile

A Bellydance instructional/performance DVD focusing on dance technique, form, expression, energy and ritual.

Aepril is thrilled to announce her new self-produced DVD to bring you her unique approach to Bellydance! Help make it happen!

THE AEPRIL SCHAILE MYSTERIE SCHOOL OF DANCE
… is a holistic combination of elements, both ancient and contemporary, the integration of which comprises the Aepril Schaile Mysterie School of Dance. Aepril has taught hundreds of students internationally over the course of several years; her students are recognizable for their graceful and powerful stage presence, unique and dramatic creative expression, and ethereal yet precise and sharp form. Your own dance and creative power will be strengthened, refined and deepened by the method taught in this DVD.

*Image is a mock-up only, the actual DVD cover may look different. By Michael Mazzenga.

Features:

WARM-UP
Relaxing, centering, moving into a fiery activation and conditioning of muscles. Correct posture and carriage, working to create balance needed for excellent form. Emphasis on safety and strength.This part of the DVD can be used on its own as a short daily preactice or to prepare for the other instructional segments on this DVD.

RAQS DRAMATIQUE
Technique, form and stylization. Become acquainted with Aepril Schaile's vocabulary of movement. A clearly demonstrated and joyous execution of movements. Combinations and layers. Pauses and stops, locks and pops, energy hits. How to move with ethereal grace and float across a stage. Build a strong and graceful dance practice.

DARK GODDESS SHAMANIC JOURNEY
We'll embrace the beauty of our psychic shadows and dark angels through a dramatic, powerful, guided moving meditation and visualization, becoming aware of invisible energy and its presence and use in dance. You will attain greater awareness of archetypes, or timeless patterns in your personal mythology. Challenging yet gently guided and supportive.

RITUAL THEATRE
Aepril brings her personal spiritual path as a Witch to her instruction, demonstrating Bellydance within classical ritual structure. Learn to harness archetypal energy through movement, expressing your personal mythology through the ancient and modern blending of Bellydance, ritual, and theatre. Explore the creation of theatrical story arc, or the ebb and flow, and climax of a piece. Learn about character development in the context of Bellydance, touching on costuming and makeup.

CHOREOGRAPHY
Putting it all together! Learn a choreography that integrates layers and combinations, ethereal grace, fierce beauty; technical precision animated with life force.

PERFORMANCES
Aepril will perform two pieces for you!

Release date: Oct 2011

How can I help?

We have already raised a significant amount of the funding needed to create this DVD through the kindness of private donors. However, we still need your help! We are asking for $2700 in order to make sure that we meet our Kickstarter goal. We will, however, need funding beyond that goal so please donate what you can! Every little bit counts. Please donate now!

FAQ

  • Private lessons are one-on-one sessions with Aepril. They take place in Salem, Massachusetts. Private lessons can also happen at events that Aepril will be attending, or if Aepril happens to be in town at the same time that you are. Local bellydance students can also opt to receive a four-week session of weekly classes or a single private lesson option.

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  • Skype is a free online service that enables live video from computer to computer. With this option, you can “meet" with Aepril from faraway! The Skype session works much like a private lesson. Please note that Aepril lives in the Eastern (U.S.) Time zone so we will need to schedule accordingly. Aepril can give you instruction, feedback, work with you on your current projects and new ideas, critique video of your performance, assist with questions on the DVD material, and work with you on anything dance related.

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  • Yes! DVDs can be picked up at the DVD release party. Ongoing students with Aepril can also pick up their DVDs in class.

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  • Descent is a darkly romantic new fragrance made exclusively for Aepril Schaile, designed by J Viens Aromatics of Salem, MA. With erotic tones of Musks, sensual midtones of Leather and the forbidden underworld fruit of Pomegranate, and otherworldly notes of chthonic flowers such as ethereal Narcissus, bloody passionate red Rose, and the spiritual and dream-like scent of Lotus. Complex and utterly unique. Wear this only if you fully desire to be your sexiest, most compelling, most Dark Goddess self! Comes in a one ounce bottle.

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  • Aepril as "The Morrigan", the ancient Celtic Raven goddess of battle, women , sex, prophecy and death. Printed on 8 x 10 full-color, glossy, heavy stock and suitable for framing.

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  • You betcha! You can continue to pledge and recieve rewards until our time runs out. And we'd be very grateful to you for that!
    We set the goal "low" to meet the bare mininmum for making the DVD itself. (Kickstarter only allows for project funding if our stated goal is met.) HOWEVER, we will need additional funding for replication and distribution of the DVD, as well as advertising. Your continued help will still be incredibly valuable to us, helping to make this DVD the best it can be!

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  • OCT 2011

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  • Funding will go to studio fees, rehearsal space, costuming, professional filming and editing, photography, music rights, and other costs associated with making this DVD.

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