Visionary Salon Workshop: Rhythm is the Cure


  • $40.00




Visionary Salon Workshop: Rhythm is the Cure  
  Led by, Alessandra Belloni

Sunday,  November 2nd, 2014  3pm Workshop - 8:00 Performance (doors open 7:30)

Workshop -  $40 online/ $50 at the door

Evening Performance - $15 online/ $20 at the door

2:30 - Doors Open
3pm - 5:30 - Rhythm is the Cure Workshop
5:30 - 7:30 - Break
7:30 - 10:00 - Tarantata Performance

A Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop led by Alessandra Belloni, REMO Signature Series Artist


Workshop filmed by BAREFEET Traveling TV

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this  workshop for Women around the world from the New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, and more, always transforming  the lives of many women.

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

Students Should Expect to Learn the Following Dances:

This workshop will focus on the tarantella fast 6/8 rhythms and its many variations. Alessandra will also teach chants and songs, sung as devotion to the Black Madonna (Montevergine near Naples the Sun (Jesce Sole), Pugliese, Calabrese and Sicilian chants.

Participants will also learn:

* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna (originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele)


Alessandra Belloni is the only woman in America (and in Italy) who uses this powerful tambourine style combined with the singing and dancing, and she’s very proud to be able to bring this ancient healing women tradition back to life.  She’s also a REMO Artist, with her own line of signature series tambourines made by REMO.

Alessandra Belloni Lesson 1:  Pizzica srhythm and lesson on tambourine

Alessandra Belloni Lesson 2:  Tammorriata Rhythm for the Black Madonna


Celebrate the ancient night of the Tarantula!

This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy, and crossing over to Brazil, will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTA or the Spider Dance.

This erotic and dynamic ritual dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate) in Southern Italy. The wild rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance was performed as an exorcism ritual which produced a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by her magic  tambourine 6/8 rhythm and singing. During the ritual each student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which means “ bite,” building up to a culmination where each student will enter the circle and lay down upon a white sheet, surrounded by red ribbons, and emulate "Spider" like movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. The dance comes to completion as each participant dances their way out of an imaginary “Spider Web.”

Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honor Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition. Guest speakers will present the myth of the spider, and the ecstatic Dionysus. DJ set by DJ Cloüd to follow the performances.


Alessandra Belloni - vocals, ritual dance, tambourines, frame drums,

Wilson Montuori - Electric/acoustic guitar 

Steve Gorn - Bansuri Flute

Peter Abazia - Drummer


Peter de Geronimo, Francesca Silvano, Jillian Guinta, Lindsay Poulis,



Alessandra Belloni Televisiom appearances:

ABC-TV7 Chicago

CNN Worldbeat

"Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic

Performance Reviews:

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

The CoSM Store and the Mushroom Cafe will be open.

Rooms are available  for rent  in Grey House, CoSM's fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.

The artwork of Alex Grey & Allyson Grey plus many other visionary artists are on display in the guest house.

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 click here for directions



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