Summer Workshop – Bumps and Grinds

We’re so excited about the Summer Workshops we’ll be running in Camden. The first one, on the 22nd July is going to be taught by the gorgeous Rosie Kohl.

Here’s what you can expect:

There is a huge crossover in the bellydance and burlesque movement venn diagram and we need to harness its power! Get more grind out of your grind and oomph into your bump using solid technique from belly dance.  This workshop features clear breakdowns, repetition, and analysis of movement to really lock it into your muscles, give you better body awareness and take your bumps and grinds all the way up to 11. This workshop will feature conditioning for the lower body for strong foundations and posture, a few movement drills and a flexibility-based cool down to keep your hips nice and loose after all that work. This is going to get a little sweaty so dress for the gym and bring water!

There are full details here


You can get to know Rosie a little better here.

1. Tell us a bit about why you decided to start performing.

To be honest, I don’t really remember ever not performing – even when I worked in theatre as a stage manager, director and writer I was still dancing and playing the violin in a band in my spare time. I’m a performer through and through – anyone who’s heard my shower repertoire will tell you that 😉

2. Do you remember your first time on stage? How did that go?

Kind of? I was 6 and played the violin in a school recital. It went well I think, I remember my mum seeming impressed. Probably she was relieved that I was getting over the ‘yowling cat’ scratchy phase of musicianship.

3. Any memorable audience members that you’ve encountered throughout your career?

Hands down the couple in Edinburgh that came back to see our show multiple times and then asked for a CD of the music. They were a really odd pair and kept talking through the show but clearly enjoyed it!

4. We’ve all had those days when we feel like doing nothing. What motivates you to be productive on a daily basis?

Fear of mortality and our inevitable end.

5. What do you think is people’s first impression of you?

Onstage: she is very wiggly. In life: she is really goofy and clumsy.

6. What is your biggest asset and your biggest flaw as a performer?

I’d have to say my biggest asset would be my… eyes. I get a lot of comments about them and the fact that they are technically quite large means it’s easier to connect with an audience. Science, look it up. Biggest flaw – I’m super bad at self-promotion. It makes me cringe so hard.

7. Tell us how you’d spend an ideal day off.

On the beach with a good book and a cold cocktail. With a massage thrown in because my muscles are always sore from training and I never seem to have time to get it sorted out.

8. Favourite drink?

Surprise me! Anything except beer. Be creative…