Bellyqueen will be holding dance focused retreats in the near future…

In the meantime, join Kaeshi Chai July 6-9, 2012 at Raquy’s drum retreat in the Catskill Mountains. Master percussionist, Glen Velez will teach frame drum and Kaeshi will teach open level dance movement. (Pssst….. if you mention “Kaeshi” you will automatically get $25 off.)

One Month of Dumbek Retreats
June 29 -July 22nd 2012

Raquy Drum Store announces a series of weekend doumbek drumming retreats in upstate New York June 29 – July 22, 2012.

Join Raquy, Rami and other darbuka and frame drum enthusiasts in the Catskill Mountains near Goshen, NY for any or all of these workshops. By day, participants will learn drum compositions, technique, and accompaniment for music or dance on a beautiful organic farm, and night activities include fireside drumming.
Each retreat features a group piece which is performed in the final recital and optional yoga and meditation practice to hone focus and relaxation. Registration includes workshops, accommodation, and delicious vegetarian meals provided by a professional chef.

Friday June 29 – Monday July 2nd
Dumbek Basics

Reinforce your dumbek basics or begin your drumming journey!
• Participants will learn the basic technique of the drum and the traditional Middle Eastern rhythms.
• They will get to accompany the oud and kemenche on Middle Eastern songs with special guest the Amazing Carmine!
• The basic hits of the Arabic as well as Turkish styles will be taught.
• Introduction to frame drum and riq!

Price: $425 ($400 early registration)

Friday July 6 – Monday July 9
Open Level Retreat featuring Glen Velez

This retreat is open to all levels of Middle Eastern drummers.

• All participants will play in a Middle Eastern percussion ensemble and perform the last night of the retreat.
• Raquy will teach the Turkish Split Hand style on the dumbek.
• World renowned frame drummer Glen Velez will teach frame drum and riq and will also participate in the retreat recital.

Price: $460 ($440 early registration)

Thursday July 12 – Monday July 16th
Teacher Trainer Retreat

Even if you are not planning to be a dumbek teacher this retreat will give you skills essential to any professional drummer.

• Notation and transcription
• Time Exercises
• Improvisation
• Ensemble Playing
• Composition
• Leading a warm up
• Special Guest Marla Leigh teaching frame drum!

Price: $500 ($480 early registration)

Wednesday July 18 – Sunday July 22
Split Hand Boot Camp

This retreat is for all of you Turkish Split Hand addicts. The focus will be on technique – building strength and dexerity.

• Drills
• Using Split Hand in your Solos
• How to Climax, Turkish Style
• Odd Rhythms and Polyrhythms
• The use of Indian elements and Tee Hi’s in Turkish Drumming
• The Onur style one handed solo!

Price: $500 ($480 early registration)

Package Deals

Those coming to more than one retreat can stay at the center during the in between days for no additional charge.

Those who don’t need to stay in between but want to come to more than one retreat can have an $80 discount for each additional retreat they attend.

All of Raquy’s retreats focus on the Turkish split hand technique. Each retreat features a group piece which will be performed as a group on the last night. There will also be group yoga and meditation to hone focus and relaxation. Night time activities include drumming around a bonfire under the starts. Room and board are included in the fee and participants will be spoiled with incredible vegan/vegetarian food from the organic garden on the premises.

For anyone new to dumbek, it’s recommended that you work with Raquy’s instructional kits, Dumbek Fever I, II and III prior to coming to the retreat.

For info and registration, contact