World Cultures Dance and Arts Festival
May 26th & 27th, 2018

Guest Tribal Dance Instructor – Aepril Schaile

Aepril Schaile is a Bellydancer, Performance Artist, and Poet. It has been said that her performances project a “world” in which the audience lives with her for a moment in time; her work shamanistically invokes aspects of the dark feminine. She is the owner of Aepril’s Astrology (soon to be Aepril’s Arcana) and publishes The Nuit Report, a weekly astrology video oracle and esoteric teaching. She has been a featured Bellydance Artist/Teacher in Paris, London, Rome, New York, L.A., and throughout Europe and the US. She has recently moved to Ireland from the United States. Aepril holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art.
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INSPIRATION AND BACKGROUND
With Raqs Sharqi and American Cabaret as her foundation, her training expanded into Tribal Fusion and a bit of ballet. Her work developed toward ritual-theatre and performance art, informed by her experiences of mysticism and practice of the occult sciences.

Aepril’s lifelong immersion in Jungian psychology informs an artistic impetus toward creating pieces with both personal meaning and transpersonal reach. She is interactive and intimate with audiences, blending showmanship and mediumship. Via the use of archetype and godform, she endeavors to bring psychological and spiritual transformation and signification to her audiences. She sees her creation of Art in part as a revelation of the subconscious and the synchronistic.

Aepril’s “ancestors” of dance include Ruth St Denis, Josephine Baker, and Isadora Duncan. She has also been encouraged and influenced by such performance artists as Diamond Galas and Rachel Rosenthal, and Butoh artist Ohno Kazuo. She draws from artistic images from many eras of the powerful Feminine.

Aepril is a professional Astrologer and resident of Salem, MA (aka “Witch City”) but is bi-located in Leitrim, Ireland. Aepril’s work has contributed to giving a generation of bellydancers example and “permission” and inspiration to explore well outside bellydance norms.

Aepril’s Workshops at SHAKEFEST 2018

Eerie Glamour and Ethereal Grace: The Art of Shapeshifting

AEPRIL PP2In this workshop you will learn the magic of shapeshifting via bellydance-based movement. You’ll learn floating traveling steps and combinations to create an eerie and spectral stylization. You will learn to combine stillness with precise isolations, seemingly slowing and speeding up time to appear beautiful, strange, and powerful all at once! This workshop begins with a meditative warm up and ends with a short cool down.

Saturday, May 26th, 12-1:30pm  Morning Room, Charleville Castle

View a sample of Aepril’s work HERE

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Lilith: The Bad Girl of Astrology

2886423_orig.jpgIn this workshop you will learn about the dark feminine archetype of Lilith through the zodiac. Lilith is a complex, diverse, shapeshifting figure with roots in ancient Goddess times; she later become a demoness, and then a Femme Fatale, and more recently a figure of female empowerment. In our personal chart, Black Moon Lilith shows us where our most compelling and magnetic attributes lie, but also where we may experience exile, rejection, or alienation. Like the complex nature of the divine feminine, she defies definition, yet to know her is to know out own true, essential power. This workshop will include a short meditation.

Sunday, May 27th, 1-2:30pm  Morning Room, Charleville Castle

 View more information on the Myth of Lilith in Astrology HERE

To Book Aepril’s Workshops, Please contact info@shakefest.net or

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