Customized One-on-One & Group Instruction
I am available to teach private and group lessons outside the classroom setting that focus on basics, solo technique, floor-work, props (such as finger cymbals, veil, feather fan, balancing props, etc), improvisation and choreography. I have studios to rent and am available to travel (travel fees apply).
For a single person private lesson, I charge $50/hr for sessions within the Tucson city limits with an hour minimum.
Please contact me via email or call 520-247-4276 for further information.
Workshops & Parties
In addition to teaching classes and private lessons in Chicago, I’ve traveled nationwide teaching longer format workshops and performing for other dance groups. I am available to teach full choreographies, drilling tailored to your needs, prop work, technique, and theatrics.
Hiring a bellydancer is a fun way to keep the party going and keep the dance-floor full! A perfect form of entertainment for wedding/engagement celebrations, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and girls’-nights-in, bellydancing is a community-based artform. When you hire me to teach at your next event, you will receive a 10 minute performance and 50 minutes of group instruction that includes ways to use the moves you will learn in a practical club setting. You may request a more traditional or contemporary music and performance style. My classes and performances are always family-friendly.
Do the Damn Thing: A Drills Workshop
This long-format drills session will jump start your personal practice by introducing exercises to help strengthen and tone, stretches to improve your flexibility, and breaking down movement to give you the most snake-like isolations. We’ll end the workshop with a long layering drill.
Just F$@#ing Commit! Workshop
This workshop is all about finding your own voice in belly dance. Using theater techniques as well as delving into some different movement styles, you will learn how to develop a character based dance as well as Jolie’s own methods for deconstructing a song in order to find less obvious musicality. You will learn some basic theater techniques as well as two completely stylistically different combinations.
From Little Egypt to Lili St. Cyr: Belly Dance & Burlesque
With the debut of Little Egypt in America in 1893, belly dance became the basis for modern burlesque technique, and Jolie Roberson brings her years of belly dance training to teach you the basic techniques used in both dances, as well as how to incorporate the removal of clothing into the act, as well responding to music in ways that make sense to the audience with a belly dance slant. Then she’ll both slow down these movements, sultry and snake-like, as well as discussing fast and exciting moves to rev up the audience.
Choreography to Cued Combinations
This workshop will give you the tools to create cued combinations from choreography based dances. The most challenging aspect of ITS is coming up with new and fresh combinations. In this class, you will learn a slow and fast choreography and we’ll discuss how to spot the best combinations in a choreography to turn into a cued combination for your improv vocabulary.
Stage Makeup for Belly Dancers
This workshop will focus on techniques to make your features pop during any show. We will discuss contouring, blending, types of makeup, different application techniques, working with false lashes, product recommendations, and brush use. During the first hour and a half, I will talk you through two basic looks I do on myself for belly dance gigs with tips and tricks on how to make the information applicable for day-time wear. For the next hour and a half, I will give one-on-one help with makeup applications, suggestions on what might look best with your face/coloring, and how to make the most of the products you’ve brought.
Combining Forces: Troupe Directing 101
You have a vision, and you have the dancers, but do you have what it takes to inspire them and keep them motivated? In this workshop, we’ll discuss communication methods and exercises that will keep your dancers working hard and feeling inspired. We will discuss organization techniques and how to avoid burnout along with best practices for creating a vision you can share with your dancers, not just force upon them. Bring a pen, paper, and your best stories and questions.
Seat of Your Pants Dance: Improvisation Tips & Tricks
This workshop will focus on practical information about different kinds of music, how to cultivate strong transition movement, and connecting with music through movement meditation exercises. If you find improvising stressful, this is the workshop for you. You will work familiar songs as well as unfamiliar material to test your ability to improvise with poise and commitment.