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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

The number of participants and length of the workshop can be customized to your needs--one day to 10 days is possible.

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Experience the healing power
of the Tarantella rhythms and dance
with
Internationally renowned singer, 
percussionist, teacher
Alessandra Belloni , Remo Artist,
 
As seen in the film  Living Shamanism - The Tarantella Trance Trailer shot in Italy last summer by French/American film maker Manex Ibar https://vimeo.com/59786628about Alessandra Belloni, as artist/healer    
as she proudly announces her
 
Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy  
RHYTHM IS THE CURE
  
 AUGUST 17  to 24 2019
 in a splendid Renaissance Villa in the magic hills of Tuscany, Italy    

Alessandra's summer workshop in Tuscany featuring Tarot puppet-making classes
led by Puppet Artist Gaia Pescetti    
About:
Rhythm is the Cure is a 7-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
 
Location: 
La Chiara di Prumiano, a beautiful 17th century villa
set high in the rural hills of Tuscany's Chianti Classico vineyards, hosts our group of about twenty-five women and men who come from all over the world. As their guest, you'll stay in a spacious and comfortable room that boasts windows with shutters that open onto the surrounding shimmering olive groves.  More pictures and information available here: http://www.prumiano.it 
 
The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, and break the  imaginary "spiderweb" of the subconscious mind.

Through this work, Alessandra has helped transform many people's lives through the years. The objectives of the workshop are:
 
--To introduce the participants to an ancient form of music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.
 
--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna bringing women back in touch with their drumming tradition.
  
--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.     
Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:
 
TAMMORRIATA - This is a beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele. 
 
THE PIZZICA TARANTATA - The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as traumas and blocked emotions.  
 
 
RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) - This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.
 
Alessandra ends the sessions ends using the ocean drum creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water. Using also ancient chants used as an invocation to the healing energy of the sun, the Black Madonna  and the Goddess of Water and Love (Yemanja/Madonna del Mare). 
 
Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.
 
Cultural Excursion:
An excursion will also take place to the nearby medieval walled city of Siena where we'll visit the Black Madonna in the Duomo, followed by a pilgrimage to one of Tuscany's little-known treasures, the Abbey of San Galgano, a spectacular ruined Cistercian gothic abbey, where the participants will experience a special drumming ceremony. At sunset we will drum while walking up the hill to the extraordinary Hermitage Montesiepi, which has another powerful Black Madonna.
 
 
 
A Game Within the Game
 
 
 
 See a glimpse of past year's Rhythm is the Cure in Tuscany, Italy:
Russian TV Travel Channel Dancing Planet:     
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKuHhkTehNQ&feature=youtu.be
 
 
Alessandra Belloni  tarantella Interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQj30s71Zy0
 
 
 
 See a glimpse of past year's Rhythm is the Cure in Tuscany, Italy:
Russian TV Travel Channel Dancing Planet:     
 
 
Alessandra Belloni  tarantella Interview
of depression and repression. 
PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Upon registration: $150 Registration Fee (Non Refundable)
 
Due July 30th: $550 Workshop Tuition
 
 
EU 500 for triple room
EU 560 for double room
EU 650 for single room
Must be made on site at La Chiara di Prumiano upon arrival
  
****PLEASE REGISTER EARLY - Workshop is limited to 22 students****
  
Payment may be made by check, credit card or paypal.  Checks or money orders must be made payable to Alessandra Belloni and should be sent to:
  
Alessandra Belloni
1111 River Road, G-33
Edgewater, NJ 07020  
Any questions? Contact us at: ABelloni@aol.com or Tuscanyworkshop@aol.com  
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