Workshop Topic: In The Ears, Out The Hips - Strategies for Drum Solo Improvisation
Whether you are thinking on your feet for improv, or taking your time writing choreography, drum solos are all about translating the sounds and rhythms of the drum into articulate movement. In this workshop, we'll cover concepts that give you the tools to create a captivating drum solo. This workshop will have live drum accompaniment.  


An experienced and  professional belly dance instructor and performer,  Mahin is known worldwide as the author of the internationally acclaimed “Daily Bellydance Quickies.” A captivating performer, her deep love of Arabic music shows through her dance which is rich with musicality and classical technique. She is widely regarded as an exceptional zill (finger cymbal) player with a very musical and creative playing style.

As a dance educator, Mahin combines her training and experience in the art of Middle Eastern dance with a formal education in the science of body mechanics and movement. She holds a B.S. with Honors from Arizona State University in Exercise and Wellness and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. She blends art and science to provide high quality instruction to her students in workshops nationally and in weekly classes in Phoenix, Arizona where she is based.

Mahin’s dance career has been a lifetime in the making – she began her dance training at age 3 with the childhood standards of ballet and tap. She moved on to modern and lyrical styles as a teen and finally found her “perfect fit” in belly dance as adult. Her love affair with belly dance began long before she actually had the opportunity to study this gorgeous dance. She attended many performances growing up and was fond of taking the pink chiffon curtains off her canopy bed as a child, flitting around the living room to her mother’s “Eddie the Shiek” LP’s.

Mahin’s motto is “In the ears, out the hips” and she believes this is the soul of Arabic dance. The dancer is the channel through which the beauty of the music is made visible. Mahin’s life-long passion for belly dance  and the folkloric styles of the Middle East and her great joy in sharing it are the source that fuels her exquisite performances and drives her genuine and engaging teaching style.