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ISAMETD'S WINTER BAZAAR has been rescheduled!  Come join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 to enjoy classes, shopping, stage shows and the joy of sharing the love of our dance!



      The 2014 ISAMETD WINTER BAZAAR will be held at the Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 E 29th St,     Indianapolis, IN 46205, on Saturday, January 25th! Don't miss this exciting annual event!

Join us for a full day of one-hour classes, 3 half-hour shows, and shopping and networking galore!

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and classes start at 9:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE to ISAMETD Members! $5 to non-members. This event is open to the public.

If you would like to vend at the event or have a shop&swap area, contact Conny at

  If you want to perform in one of the stage shows contact Kat Lebo at or on Facebook. (Note --   the shows are technically filled.  Contact Kat if you'd like to be put on a waiting list in case we have more time available or if someone withdraws from performing.)

We need volunteers for setting up and tearing down the Bazaar, as well as to man the registration table, help with the food, and other general tasks at the event itself. To volunteer, contact Conny at

If you plan on coming, remember to bring a covered dish to share for our POT-LUCK LUNCH! It's so much fun to be  able to eat and network on our lunch hour. Ideas include soups, casseroles, meat dishes, and salads. Contact an officer or post what you will bring for the lunch on the Facebook event page so we can better plan for what is needed.

ISAMETD will provide plates, bowls, cups, tableware, soft drinks and water for lunch. Please put ingredients for your dish on a 3X5 index card to be displayed with the dish, so those with special dietary needs can be sure the stick to those diets!

Our Schedule looks like this:
9-9:30 a.m.  Registration and shopping
9:30-10:30 a.m.  Fast Transitions a la American Tribal Style®   with Jeana Jorgensen  (Main Room)
10:30-11:30-a.m.  Poi and Veil Poi with Lisa Warner  (Main Room)
11:30-12noon  First 1/2-hour show  (Main Room Stage)
12-1p.m.  Carry In Lunch, Networking & Shopping!
1-2 p.m.  Beyond Doum and Tek with Jennifer Laemmer  (Main Room)
2-2:30 p.m.  Second 1/2-hour show (Main Room Stage)
2:30-3:30 p.m.  Walk Like An Egyptian with Jenny Smithson (Main Room)
2:30-3:30 p.m.  Playing The Riq with Andy Smith (Drum Room)
3:30-4:30 p.m.  Dancing To Live Drumming with Jennifer Laemmer and Kelly Marshall (Drum Room)
3:30-4:30 p.m.  Shopping and networking (Main Room)
4:30-5 p.m.  Last show of the day!  (Main Room Stage)
5-5:30 p.m.  Open Dance and Shoppng in Main Room
5:30-6-  Wrap up/Vendor pack up -- so we can all be out by 6 p.m.!

Here's a list of the descriptions for the classes that will be available at the Bazaar:

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Jeana Jorgensen
Fast Transitions, a la American Tribal Style Belly Dance®
Tribal styles are all the rage in belly dance circles.  Come learn about the original Tribal style, American Tribal Style, from an instructor certified by Fat Chance Belly Dance?s Carolena Nericcio.  You?ll learn combinations and cues that you can use in your improvisational dancing, no matter what the style.  This class will be held in the Main Room.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lisa Warner
Poi and Veil Poi (Voi)
Poi and veil poi (voi) is a dynamic prop which can be used with bellydance for a dramatic effect. This is a beginner?s class to learn basic poi terminology and moves, and how combining those moves with veil can add a unique flair to your performance. Bring poi if you have any, or make your own simple sock poi with knee high socks, and balloons filled with rice. A limited number of sock poi and voi will be available to use. Sock poi will be for sale as well. Want to try voi? Bring an old lightweight veil you don?t mind being cut up, or lightweight scarves. This class will take place in the Main Room. 

1-2 p.m.
Jennifer Laemmer
Beyond Doum and Tek
Join Jennifer and drummers from ISAMETD, Indy Doumbek, and more for a fun hour of drumming Middle Eastern rhythms on the hour-glassed drum called doumbek or derbecki or tabla. Feel free to bring zils, riqs or frame drums to add flair and texture.  Everyone is welcome to play a percussion instrument or just join the fun and dance to the wonderful rhythm combos produced in this amazing drum circle! There will be a few extra drums available for use, but if you have one, bring it with you! This class will take place in the Main Room.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Jenny Smithson
Walk Like an Egyptian
Sometimes the simple act of walking or simple traveling steps can make the difference between a good performance and a great performance. Learn to move with grace, strength, and confidence.  This class will take place in the Main Room.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Andy Smith
Playing the Riq
Not a dancer? Or maybe you are a dancer who just wants a break from dance classes. If so, join Andy to learn the basics of playing the riq (Middle Eastern tambourine). Bring your riq along to the Winter Bazaar and learn how to be a riq master from a riq master, or feel free to bring zils if you're intrigued by the riq or don't own one yet! This class will take place in the Drum Room. 

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Jennifer Laemmer, Kelly (Gabriela) Marshall
Dancing to live drumming
There?s nothing more exciting than dancing to the hypnotic rhythm of live drumming!  Come to this interactive session to discuss what dancers look for from drummers and what drummers look for from dancers ? and while we?re at it, we?ll create an on-the-spot drum/dance set that will be performed in the last show of the afternoon! This class will be held in the Drum Room.

More details on vendors who will be at the event will be forthcoming.


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