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Tarantella for the Fall Equinox

With Alessandra Belloni

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:: Join us at Daya Yoga Studio for THE FALL EQUINOX CELEBRATING THE EARTH MOTHER AND THE BLACK MADONNA WITH TARANTELLA RHYTHMS ::
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Experience the healing power of Southern Italian tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni author of the book HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA published by Inner traditions with foreword by best selling author Rev Dr Matthew Fox.
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.We’ will celebrate the FALL EQUINOX honoring the Earth Mother and the Black Madonna as it is traditionally done in Italy in the month of September .

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We’ll learn the traditional ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, in use for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. We’ll create a community healing ritual as our bodies move in ways that help us to open the energy points and stay grounded.
According to what Alessandra observed in her practice and personal experience in teaching healing workshops around the world, “tarantismo” may be defined as depression, suicide mania, hysteria, aggression, and sexual dysfunction resulting from sexual abuse. In modern day music therapy the tarantella rhythm targets especially women who have been abused and suffer from emotional and physical disorders, including cysts, displasia, irregular bleeding, early menopause.
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We will also learn a unique style of traditional Southern Italian tambourine playing, including variations of the 4/4 rhythm of the Taammorriata. These rhythms and movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration and expression of sound and dance, dating back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, and kept alive into the present. We will learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, traditionally done by women. Empowering women to get in touch with their ancient frame drumming traditions, achieve inner balance and relief of stress while restoring spiritual and physical energy is a major theme of this work.
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Tambourine and frame drum - Put into practice with frame drum technique. Alessandra as facilitator embraces the Tammorriata- 4/4 rhythm in honor of the Black Madonna with African origins– making a circle of frame drum players. The focus is to give the participants a practical tool to use in their practices, using small percussion instruments such as tambourines together with movement and exercises for grounding and opening the heart chakra.

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Alessandra will speak about her book:
growing up with the Black Madonna; the universal Mother is everywhere; the hidden continuity, from Cybele and Isis to the Black Madonna; sacred chants of the Divine Feminine; a life-changing vision of the Black Mother, feeling other’s people pain and the pain of the Earth; guided to the dancing and singing rituals of the Black Mother in Southern Italy; tammoriata, the wild communion with the Divine Mother; the sacred erotic; healing the trauma of sexual abuse with the communal spider dance; Mama Schiavona and the sacred mountain of Montevergine; the ancient tradition of the femminielli; the journey of grief into ecstasy; Black Madonna, revering Mother Earth as a Living Being; a prophetic dream calling to change our relationship with the Earth; joining inner and outer activism.
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We’ll learn the traditional ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, in use for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. We’ll create a community healing ritual as our bodies move in ways that help us to open the energy points and stay grounded.

**PLEASE WEAR WHITE OR LIGHT CLOTHING / NO BLACK**

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:: ABOUT ALESSANDRA BELLONI ::

Alessandra Belloni is author of the new book HEALING JOURNEYS WIT H THE BLACK MADONNA published by Inner Traditions Bear & Company rated 5 stars & No 1 n Folk Dancing by Amazon and author of RHYTHM IS THE CURE published by Mel Bay.
She is now collaborating on the Broadway Production of THE ROSE TATTOO starring Oscar Wiinning actress Marisa Tomei, presented by the ROUNDABOUT THEATER COMPANY, Opening September 19 at the American Airlines Theater.
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She studied this ancient healing ceremony, as well as drumming and dance techniques from many old Southern Italian peasants in Calabria, Campania and Puglia and has also studied shamanism in Brazil, Scotland, Hawaii and with Native American elders in North America for the last 20 years. She has worked at Mount Sinai Mental Division with out patients, and has been leading healing drumming sessions at United Hebrew Nursing home in New Rochelle for the last 2 and half years. Alessandra’s original opera The Voyage of the Black Madonna allowed her to be artist in residence at the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, where she leads workshops and performances inspired by the Black Madonna, an ancient form of the divine feminine harkening back to the cradle of humanity in Africa. Many of her students have felt the immense healing power of these dances and have reported feeling totally transformed, healed and liberated by the experience.

:: MORE INFORMATION ::

Observation on the tarantella. It has been used in Italy and the Mediterranean for centuries to cure people, mainly women, who suffered a form of mental depression known as tarantismo, attributed to the mythical bite of the tarantula. According to what Alessandra observed in her practice and personal experience in teaching healing workshops around the world, “tarantismo” may be defined as depression, suicide mania, hysteria, aggression, and sexual dysfunction resulting from sexual abuse. In modern day music therapy the tarantella rhythm targets especially women who have been abused and suffer from emotional and physical disorders, including cysts, displasia, irregular bleeding, early menopause .

Trance healing dance of San Rocco RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO or SPINNING DANCE – This dance originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages evokes the elegant and meditative movements of the Whirling Dervish ceremonies of the Sufis. This dance was used during the time of the plague to heal people and as a release from overpowering fears of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning many people enter ecstatic states during this dance.



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Earlier Event: September 20
Bushwick Open Studios at Daya!