This event, formaly known as Linzer Landes-Ritterfest, offered us the chance to perform in front of an audience in our own home town. An opportunity we were very happy about. Anam Damhsa, supported by Anam Chara and Julia’s student Christina performed classic FCBD®Style, skirt dialect and sword dialect in 3 sets. 2 of the performances took place directly at the Main Square (Linzer Hauptplatz). The middle one at Alter Markt.

Even though we had to shorten our first set due to the heat in order not to keep the horses waiting any longer, we had a lot of fun. And of course we promoted Julia’s classes – with success!

There was also time to relax together, to stroll around and even to take a trip to Little Dancer to finalise details for our upcoming event.

Thank you so much to Max from rhiannon for the trust and great organisation!

Photos by Anam Damhsa & Johann Lackner

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For the third year in a row we made the trip to Vienna. Well, Julia and Tina went there. The bot of them were able to take part in several great workshops at this year´s edition of CarVie, or Caravanseray Vienna. And they finally got to meet some familiar faces in person for the very first time.

At the Restaurant Show “Feast of Desire” our duo got the chance to perform two times. In the first half they danced to NEFFEX – Free Me and after the break to Betty Booom – Puttin’ on the Ritz. The skirts decided to misbehave here and there, but the audience was amazing. What a night!

We had an amazing time and we are looking forward to our next meeting in Linz at Skills `n’ Zills!

Video by Dani Niemietz <3
Video by Dani Niemietz <3
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In mid-May, the “Anam Ladies” headed to Rome for the absolutely brilliant Roma Tribal Meeting. Workshops, performances, shopping, sightseeing, great conversations and hugs…. so many wonderful memories in such a short time!

For Julia and Tina in particular, things got really busy on the very first day. As soon as they got off the train, they had to get to the studio right away to take part in the preparations for the Performance Intensives. At the Dreams Show they helped to bring the Dance Sisters Collective´s vision to life as part of a “school of fish”. Julia was also part of the Open Stage Show in the “Flock of Birds” performance led by Taisa Jah Surya.

The selection of workshops was really great and we were able to take away many new and deepen other things. We did manage to squeeze in some time for sightseeing before heading back home.

We already miss this amazing city and most of all the wonderful dancers, teachers, friends and dance sisters we met at Roma Tribal Meeting. 🥰

A huge thank you to everyone who shared this weekend with us and made it special…. And of course to Isabel De Lorenzo and her team for this amazing event!

Damhsa Pics:

Photos by @roberto_radimir:

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On Saturday April 22, 2023, we had the pleasure to be invited to perform on stage at Linz’s very own Spirit of the Orient’s show in Mittertreffling. We took part in three performances. Firstly, a skirt performance to Puttin on the Ritz by Betty Booom. This was coincidently Tina’s first time on stage with us and our first stage performance together as Anam Damhsa! We are so proud of her, and she did brilliantly.

Then Anam Chara performed a slow piece to Tavern in the Mist, wearing beautiful flowing green and blue costumes especially for the piece.

Julia and Tina performed as a duet to Drumspyder’s version of Ya El Moulayitin. We were able to perform duet passings as well as the DoSiDo and the Orbit! Whoop whoop! The atmosphere backstage was incredible with everyone working together seamlessly to make sure all the costume changes happened.

Next, our own Elisabeth who also moderated the show, explained some FCBD® Style history to the audience and Julia and Tina did a short demonstration. It was huge fun and the audience really enjoyed it.

At last, it was time for the big finale! Anam Damhsa were joined by Anam Chara and Julia’s student Christina, so we had a group of six of us on stage. We danced to the Bay City Shimmy by Phil Thornton. We began with our gratitude meditation and moved into a chorus and duets formation, moving into a stagger to finish. The audience smiling and clapping is always a joy, and this was also Christina’s first time with us on stage dancing FCBD® Style, so it was a hugely successful evening.

One lady enjoyed it so much she asked about learning and has since begun with Julia. Watch this space!

Other groups that performed were local bellydance groups from Altenberg and the Mühlviertel as well as SOTO themselves. The whole evening was delightful, and we would like to thank SOTO for inviting us to perform!

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Every year, an event takes place that unites the community dancing to one song and also makes it visible to the outside world. The “ATS®/FCBD®Flash Mob World Wide“.

We are very proud to have participated twice this year. Once with our dance sisters from Anam Chara, only a few metres away from the studio where we train together. And once as a trio in Oberneukirchen and Bad Leonfelden, where we were able to drum up a bit of publicity for Julia’s beginners’ course.

This year the chosen song was “Solovey” by Go_A.

Here are our two videos and, as a special treat, a behind-the-scenes look thanks to Julia’s vlog:

To find videos of other groups, use the following hashtags:

#atsfmww #atsfmww2022 #fcbdsfmww #fcbdsfmww2022

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At the Hafla at the Geierbräu in Reisbach, Julia and Elisabeth had a chance to see many familiar faces again and also to try out what they had learned in Gudrun´s skirt dialect workshops in Linz.

It is always amazing to meet other members of the community. We are very grateful for the invitation and look forward to seeing Tingula Tribe and Danzerei Adabei again very soon!

You can find out more about how this weekend went in Julia’s vlog:

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Time is flying by and there really is a lot going on…. we want to share a few of the smaller, but no less important highlights of our summer with you here:

Christina gets her Level 1 certificate

If you’re wondering if our dance is fun for beginners, all you have to do is look at Christina’s smile when she was presented with her LVL 1 certificate, or listen to her talk about training with Julia. We are so proud of her and her progress!

Nora´s visit

One of the wonderful things about our dance is that people from all over the world can meet and dance together. Across all language barriers, the shared dance form unites us. That’s exactly why it immediately felt so familiar and secure when Nora from Peru danced with us.

How did it come about? Well, Nora, a wonderful dancer and a charming person, was in Europe for a wedding and was able to stay a bit longer afterwards to meet dancers she had previously only met online. During her time with Lisi Brümmer, the idea came up that she could maybe stay at Julia’s place as well. And this is exactly what happened. Not only did Nora join our weekly training, we also had a great time at Julia’s home and even made a trip to Krumau, where – completely surprisingly for us – the Festival of the Rose was taking place. This lead to us meeting even more other dancers there. After a spontaneous dance in front of a pub, we went back to Austria, where we used the remaining time for dancing together. It was really hard to say goodbye, but we are sure we will see each other again on- and offline.

Seing Nicole again

Nicole going back to America was not easy for any of us. Of course we are happy for her, for example when we see how much fun she has with her family. But we miss dancing together and just sitting down together, having a drink while chatting….

We were so happy that we at least got to meet up when she was here again for a little while this summer.

Julia´s first solo on a stage

Our friends Cordula and Max with their band Rhiannon are always part of the programme at the Linzer Landes-Ritterfest , and so it happened that Julia, who was actually only there as a visitor, was able to spontaneously dance her first solo. We would have loved to be there with her, but at least there are a few photos and videos.

The Anam-Mobile is ready

Finally, we Anams can be out and about in style when we travel to workshops or gigs together. And a bit of advertising does not hurt either, right?

Thanks to our friend Phil from the Printbusters, Julia’s car is now a proper Anam-Mobile!

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And the fun continues! After we already thought we would have to miss #CarVie22 this year, Julia and Tina were able to go to the absolutely 💕brilliant💕 workshop “Formations Micro- & Macrocosmos” by Agata Zakrzewska and Katarzyna Lidia Weichert from Hamsa Dance School and Siren Society last minute. It was so awesome, though unfortunately way too short!

A huge thank you to Nakari Dance Company for organizing this event. We are looking forward to returning next year… hopefully with a lot more time fore workshops and performances.

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Whenever the Ur-Ton Drummers invite us to join them we are right there with them– Anam Damhsa, Anam Chara or both!

This June we danced in the very Im Juni waren wir gemeinsam in the idyllic garden of the Horticultural College Ritzlhof, frog chattere included.

And then there was another meeting near Marchtrenk. An insider tip: the Stargate! Romantically located in the forest, it is a great setting for drumming, and of course we were part of the fun again!

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This year´s SOTO weekend trip took us to Hinterglemm for a weekend!

A fun mixture of dancers and Anam Damhsa right in the middle… We went hiking, enjoyed the beautiful weather and nice dinners in the evenings. And of course wedanced with Anam Chara. We can´t wait for next year!

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