Upcoming Classes and workshops at Amorticious Studio



uf0a2683-deSkirt Work Basics with Kelly Holder of Milwaukee, WI

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 10:30am – 12:30pm

at Amorticious Studio 2716 Cherokee St. St. Louis, MO 63118

Did you just buy one of those big skirts and now you want to know what to do with it? Then, this is the class for you. This workshop covers the basics of my skirt format and you will leave with a solid foundation for skirt work for choreography or improv and from sassy to the dramatic. You will need at least a 25 yard skirt.
Romany and Skirt Fusion
In this workshop tradition meets fusion. I will begin with an overview of Romany history and culture. You will learn several traditional Romany dances and learn how to fuse them into combos that can be used in choreography or improv formats.

Kelly is a Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer based in Milwaukee, WI. She began her belly dance career with the Improvisational Tribal Belly Dance Troupe, Barika Belly Dance in 2003. In 2007, she became a soloist and studied various forms of Belly Dance as well as Eastern European Romany (Gypsy) Folk Dance from her teacher Elaina Qureshi. The fusion of these elements allowed for Kelly to create her own unique style which is a combination of belly dance, folk dance and skirt work. In 2011, Kelly began learning traditional Russian Gypsy Dance from Viktoria Mitlyng and this further expanded Kelly’s dance repertoire.
Kelly is an instructor through the Belly Dance Business Academy and has taught and performed at events throughout the Midwest and in Seattle for the Waking Persephone event in 2014 and 2016.
She is known for her spirited performances and use of a big skirt. In her other life, she is a counselor and has taken additional coursework in Movement and Dance Therapy. Kelly incorporates therapeutics aspects of movement and dance into her performance, practice and teaching modalities. Kelly has also been featured in Fuse magazine and the book “I Bellydance Because”.

This awesome workshop is limited slots and just 30$ in advance and 40$ at the door. Limited to 14 dancers.


The Ghosts Project presents: The Art of Improv with Live Music.

Saturday, April 15, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Learn the art of improvisation and how to perform with a live band from The Ghosts Project. The percussion & violin duo will teach you how to adapt your belly dance moves to the spontaneity of live musician with an emphasis on communication between dancer and musician.

Cost 30$ in advance and 40$ at the door.

Formed in 2006, The Ghosts Project is comprised of Paul Mercer on violin and Davis Petterson on percussion. The band, which is located in Atlanta, features an ever changing lineup of special guest musicians from all over the country.

Paul Mercer began studying violin at age 8, and has performed professionally for over twenty years, His current and past projects include The Changlings, Jill Tracy’s Malcontent Orchestra, Faith and the Muse, DP3, Brass Knuckle Surfer and The Sweet Meat Love and Holy Cult.

Davis Petterson has been a percussionist for twenty years and has performed with bands such as The Nathaniel Johnstone Band, Juliana Finch & the Gentleman Scholars, The Changlings, The Hellblinki Sextet and Soriah.

Ghosts Project: Art of Improv


The Art of Sigil Witchery – The Power of Symbol & Line

By Laura Tempest Zakroff

Sunday, June 25th, 6-8pm; 35$ in advance (45$ at the door)

(an hour long potluck for workshop attendees will preceed the workshop from 5-6pm)

Are you intimidated by the idea of Sigil Magick? Do you think it’s only for Ceremonial Magicians? Afraid you may make a mistake or aren’t an artist? Fear not! Ancient civilizations from around the globe have harnessed the power of the drawn line to make their mark on the world. We’ll look at the basic elements that make up all symbols, what they can mean for you, and how to safely and respectfully incorporate them into your own personal practice.

About Laura:

Laura Tempest Zakroff can be described as a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, muse, mythpunk, teacher, and witch. She holds a BFA from RISD (The Rhode Island of Design) and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs. As Tempest, she has been a major pioneer of fusion bellydance for over fifteen years. Her fascination with sacred and ritual dance lead her to bellydance, and she strives to help others connect mind, body, and spirit through movement.

Laura has been a practicing Modern Traditional Witch for over two decades and revels in the intersection of her various paths with witchcraft. She blogs for Patheos as A Modern Traditional Witch, Witches & Pagans as Fine Art Witchery, and contributes to The Witches’ Almanac. The Witch’s Cauldron is her first book, with a second book on sigil witchery due out in 2018. Laura resides in Seattle, Washington, with her partner Nathaniel Johnstone and at least three cats.

Find out more at www.lauratempestzakroff.com