NOV 29-DEC 7: 5th Annual Hawaii Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle

5th Annual Hawaii Retreat with Zoe Jakes & Kami Liddle

Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center

12-6860 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road, Pahoa, HI 96778

November 29th- December 7th. 2015

Embark on an experience of a lifetime at the world famous Kalani Honua Retreat Center with Belly Dance Super Stars, Zoe Jakes and Kami Liddle. Soak in the beauty of Hawaii and deepen your dance with a total of 40 hours of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance training! This retreat is designed to help you take your dance to the next level, by giving you the tools and techniques that will assist you in your growth as a dancer.  Receive personal attention from Kami and Zoe that will catapult you to your next level as a dancer. 
Join us for this amazing week of dance, inspiration, and adventure! Connect with dancers from around the world as you relax and enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer! Enjoy the healthy, local, and mostly organic meals that Kalani is famous for. This dance retreat is intended for Intermediate/Advanced dancers.  This retreat is open to 45 participants during the weeklong intensive and an additional 30 during the weekend intensive.

For reservations, visit




MEDAH presents…

Frame Drumming for Dancers and Drummers




WORKSHOP: AUGUST 16, 2015 4-7pm


*The drum circle is free, but tip donations would be appreciated.

Frame drums are a perfect instrument for belly dancers. Women have been dancing with these drums since ancient times. Frame drumming helps belly dancers learn and internalize different world rhythms, and they are fun to dance with! Learn Rowan’s unique symmetrical frame drumming technique that improves your drumming style while promoting physical and mental balance, wellness and creativity.

Participants must sign up by July 29th so Rowan can know the correct number of drums to bring. We need a minimum of six (6) participants and we must cap it at 15.

For those who do not already own a 10″ or 12″ Thinline Frame Drum* (required for the workshop) ~ these prices include its purchase:

MEDAH members ~ $60
Nonmembers ~ $70

For those who already own a 10″ or 12″ Thinline Frame Drum:

MEDAH members ~ $40
Nonmembers ~ $50


*Please note that the low price for the Thinlines is special for workshop participants. Rowan designed them. You may also pay by check. To register and pay by check, contact


Teahouse 1
Queen Emma Gardens
1511 Nu’uanu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96817

Parking is free, but participants must register their vehicle information at the security office in the “King Tower” building for a parking pass. So arriving by 3:45pm is urged.

About Rowan:
With more than 25 years of experience with cultures and drumming of the Middle East and Mediterranean, Rowan Storm is recognized internationally as a performer and educator. Rowan brings freshness to tradition with her teaching method and frame drum designs, including the Thinline Frame Drums by Remo and her signature Rowan Storm Dayereh by Cooperman, now also produced by Remo.

Throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, Rowan has studied and performed with some of the greatest masters of Middle Eastern music. Maintaining a full international concert and workshop schedule, Rowan plays and teaches a wide vocabulary of drumming styles, and sings in several languages.

The frame drum is the oldest documented instrument, used primarily by women for millennia in the Middle East and Mediterranean. In addition to its traditional use for rites of passage, singing accompaniment and musicality, Rowan Storm is pioneering a new approach to the frame drum. As the non-dominant hand (and corresponding feminine principle) is released from its supporting role and begins to share creative leadership with the dominant hand (and male principle), we summon and integrate dormant capacities of both brain hemispheres.

With the narrow frame and light weight of Rowan’s Thinline Frame Drum by Remo, Symmetrical Frame Drumming promotes balanced partnership between the rational and intuitive, feminine and masculine, linear and holistic perception. As a daily practice, we gradually open the door to vast untapped resources of wellness and creativity. You can view Rowan’s teaching method videos at


Spring Workshop series


Start the New Year off right with dance!  Deepen you dance, artistry, musicality, and approach to improvisation with Kalae’s Spring Workshop Series!

Join Kalae on the last weekend of the month for the next four months!
$25 per class at pre-registration rate
$30 at the door
$80 for the whole series
To pre-register send paypal payment to:
Payments can also be made in person in any of Kalae’s current classes.

January 25th 4-6pm
Manoa Dance Studio
Invoking Inspiration
In this workshop we will discuss several techniques that help to develop your point of view as a dancer. A how to guide to: injecting YOU in your dance! Lets take a journey of self discovery into finding your inner voice as an artist, what inspires you, what moves you, and what is it about dance that keeps you going? Treasuring the little bits of inspiration and learning what to do with it. Learn tips for nurturing habits that foster your creativity and the importance of developing a home practice. We will then transition into the movement section of the class in which we will learn how to create a basic structure for improvisation. Structured improvisation is a great tool for dancers new to solo work to feel supported on stage and eliminates the pressure to create a whole choreography for a solo. Please bring a notebook.

Time and Location TBA
Mastering Manipulations
In this workshop we will discuss the 16 ways to manipulate a motif as stated in the Intimate Act of Choreography by Lynne Anne Blom & L. Train Chaplin. We will then learn a short and simple choreography and explore the many ways to manipulate it! Be prepared to stretch time, play with force and tempo, add embellishments, and more! Most importantly this is a class for you to be creative and have fun adding your own ideas to the structure I give you. This is a great class for students who have worked with manipulations before and students new to the work. Please bring a notebook.

Time and Location TBA
Going Mental for Musicality
Musicality is the art of connecting your movements to the rhythm, melody, and mood of the music. In this class we will explore exercises to increase your awareness of music and analyze the many choices you have to interpret the music with your body. Participation in “Mastering Manipulations” would be helpful but not mandatory to take this class. Developing a good sense of musicality will help you build compelling, impressive, and attractive dances, adding variation to your movements and keeping your dance from looking flat. Please bring a note book.

Time and Location TBA
Immerse yourself in Improvisation
Description & Details TBA!


For more information, contact Kalae at
Ph: (808)358-2571