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Alessandra Belloni

Tammorriata Drumming Rhythms for Earth Goddess Cybele

TAMMORRIATA –Intro and practice

Shamanic Trance Drumming

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 in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele.
DRUMMING WORKSHOP 2 $250

Objectives of the workshop are:
–To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella,
–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 and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.
–To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.
–To make the participants feel part of community-healing rituals
–To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression.

This class is part of the Rhythm is the Cure Experience:

Rhythm is the Cure is a transformative week filled with intensive study, play, and joy. It’s a time shared with new friends you’ll cherish for years to come all while you are learning the thrilling powers of the Tarantellas of Southern Italy. 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 using the ocean drum, creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water with chants to the Goddess of the Sea, the Sun and the Black Madonna.

Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts.

Alessandra Belloni