April Rose

    An internationally sought-after performer, April Rose has been invited to teach dance in over 20 countries, where she shares movement and research highlighting the timeless beauty and modern versatility of bellydance. April holds a Masters degree in Dance Studies from UCLA, where she investigated bellydance history and was trained in choreographic method. Since her studies in bellydance began at age 11, she has been a principal performer with UNMATA and Bellydance Superstars, and was the first certified teacher of Amy Sigil’s I.T.S. A dynamic and encouraging teacher, April takes a thoughtful, rigorous, and playful approach to teaching. Passionate movers study with April Rose at her dance studio in Austin Texas, Rose Movement Studio, and online at Rachel Brice’s DaturaOnline.com

    For more information, visit: aprilrosedance.com


    Cues & Tattoos 2018 Workshops


    Friday April 6th, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm- Lecture: Cultural Appropriation & Issues of Authenticity


    A crash course in Orientalism, cultural appropriation, and the importance of historicity in bellydance. We complicate the idea of an “authentic” dance and discover the difference between appropriation and citation. We discuss strategies for practicing an informed and innovative bellydance that pays tribute to the dance’s history while embracing the creative experimentation that keeps this form alive.


    Saturday April 7th, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm- Dancing With History : Serpentine Salome


    Learn a Serpentine style choreography inspired by Early Modern dancers of the 1900’s such as Ruth St. Denis and Isadora Duncan who looked to the mythology of the Middle East in their concert performances. This theatrically dramatic dance is inspired by a scene in Oscar Wilde’s play, Salome, that fascinated many performers of the early 20th century and weaves bellydance into the tale of a young woman’s resistance to patriarchy.


    Sunday April 8th, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm- Elegant Precision


    Cleverly concise. Effective. Admirably succinct. Consistent and restrained. Refined and minimal. In this movement workshop, April Rose applies pleasingly ingenious simplicity to dance technique and choreographic composition. Using a release technique approach to bellydance, participants engage with exercises designed to increase neuromuscular efficiency and build phrases characterized by graceful ease, apparent effortlessness, and luxurious timing.