at 1:30 pm at the Children of the World stage and again at 3:30 pm on the main stage
The NICE Festival - Norwalk’s leading multi-cultural summer festival celebrating world cultures.
Suggested donation $5.00 per person, children under 12 Free; All are welcome regardless of ability to donate! Bring your blankets and chairs. More Info: https://www.norwalknice.org/
Thursday July 11th 6pm-8pm
NYC Bellydance Workshop with Athena Najat & Carmine
Hosted by Athena Najat - Oriental Dance
Hosted by Layla Mary and Zenaide Join international bellydancer and instructor: Carmine Guida
In this workshop,
This will be a very important dance workshop which will take you far beyond just copying a choreography. We go in another direction entirely. We are going INTO the music...and into our bodies. email@example.com $45 $50 so please consider Pre-registration or speak to Layla Mary or Zenaide if you are in contact. Who is Athena Najat? Born in the USA and trained in NYC, Athena lived for nearly a decade in Athens, Greece, where she continues to co-organize a successful International Bellydance Festival, Habibi Tsiggana Festival, and is also a founding member of Kazafy Troupe Greece, founded by Reda-Style dancer from Egypt, Mohammed Kazafy.
She currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey, dancing nightly on popular Bosphorus dinner cruises and special events.
Carmine has instructional videos and recently started offering Skype lessons.
Additionally, sheet music and recordings of Carmine's are being used for Carnegie Hall's Citi Global Encounters program which introduces high school students to music styles from around the world. https://www.facebook.com/Baharatband Adam Maalouf - Percussion
Teresa "Te" Perez Ceccon
WHERE: SCHEDULE: 8:00-10:00pm Show COST: SHOW: $25 At the door
ADAM MAALOUF Adam holds a BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and MBA in Music Business from Berklee School of Music. After school, curiosity drew Adam to India and the Middle East to study under renowned hand-percussion masters Anindo Chatterjee, Rohan Krishnamurthy, River Guerguerian, Glen Velez.
BEN SUTIN JANELLE ISSIS is a talented, fun loving, full blooded Palestinian American born national touring artist, choreographer, performer, certified Yogini and nutritionist. She is best known for her contagious laugh and her sultry elegance on the hit U.S. show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 9 as the top 6th female finalist and the only classically & fusion trained bellydancer ever to hit the stage!
10,000 DANCERS, DJS AND LIVE BANDS WILL LIGHT UP NEW YORK CITY! 80+ Unique styles of dance - The World's largest display of cultural diversity!
DanceFest 2019 in Tompkins Square Park, the destination of the parade at Avenue A and Saint Marks Place, comes alive with choreographed performances, dance lessons, aerial and social dance –on five stages, all free to the public.
Workshops and Gala Show Schedule of Events: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (3 hours) 2:30 - 4:00 (90 minutes) *Note: Knee pads or a yoga mat required. SUNDAY, MAY 26 Slow, sensual , gooey, fluid, powerful, earthy, and feminine, baladi progression technique and choreography. Flutter Butter 90 minute workshops: $25 before Feb 16th / $30 after Feb. 17th / $35 at the door Weekend: $170 before Feb 16th / $190 after Feb. 17th / $210 at the door $5 Seniors, Children 5-12 & Students with valid Student ID Location: SALTspace 103 Wyoming Street Syracuse NY
Cost is $55 in advance/$60 day of. Special one week early bird price of $45!!!! Good until Midnight Monday May 6th. Cash (cash is king)! PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WHAT: Back by popular demand! Isolations Bootcamp 3.0! In this 5-week session, we will focus on strengthening and flexibility drills, that will prepare you to work with any type of balancing props. Strength is key to being able to do a lot of the most interesting tricks and clean isolations are necessary for creating a truly boneless, smooth aesthetic. Please bring a yoga mat or a towel, because we will spend a significant portion of the class on the floor, working on core, glute and back-strengthening exercises, that are guaranteed to help you gain strength and stamina. Bring your choice of a balancing prop - be that sword, tray or a basket, and prepare to sweat and have fun! *If you don’t have a balancing prop, please bring a roll of toilet paper an easy alternative. **This course is ideal for intermediate to advanced level belly dancers. Must have some belly dance experience. *There will be some new exercises to help us sweat and brand new short choreography to help us enjoy our wins!
WHEN: Thursdays 6.00-7.30pm, January 24th - February 21st
LOCATION: Bellyqueen School, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4C, New York, NY 10003
WHO: Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as drawing. Since 2001, Irina explored Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance, Flamenco and Classical Indian dances (focusing mainly on Odissi) and now enjoys fusing these styles as well as everything in between. Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist and as member of various stellar projects. She released three instructional DVDs with World Dance New York and has two instructional series of videos with the popular website “Howcast.com”. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and has a strong interest in women's issues and visual arts. www.DanceIrina.com
Saturday February 9th
Aszmara & Mal Stein, Robert & Nick at Cuppping Room
Aszmara Joins Mal Stein, Robert Boghosian and Nick Mandoukos for a night of wonderful dancing music! Join us for the Celebration and Dance to LIVE Music!
Internationally acclaimed tribal belly dancer, Silvia Salamanca, is coming to Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania for 4 incredible dance workshops! A native of Mallorca, Spain and living in Houston, TX, Silvia rarely teaches on the east coast so this is an opportunity not to be missed! In these 4 workshops, taking place over the weekend, we have something for everyone.
Classes will be held in the beautiful Stone and Key Cellars, one of Montgomery county's finest wineries featuring a great selection of award winning wines from around the world, as well as, several varieties of hard cider. All workshop participants will receive a coupon for 10% off a 2 bottle purchase or15%off a 4 bottle purchase plus a free tote!
Descriptions for each class and registration information can be found below:
Workshop 1 Saturday, February 16, 2019 11:00AM- 1:00PM Spanish Gypsy Combos: From the slow and intense to the fast and furious!
In this workshop, suitable for all levels, we will start breaking down the elements of the Zambra Mora (Spanish Gypsy Dance). We will do an extensive study of arm and hand work with dramatic postures and gestures to build up the slow combinations included. Then, get ready to speed up with passion: working with fast steps and turns, including skirt work. We will learn how to be precise and infuse emotion to the Spanish gypsy fast steps! Bring a skirt and be ready to feel proud, joyful and fiery!! Ole!!
Workshop 2 Saturday, February 16, 2019 2:00PM- 4:00PM Doum-tek....ka POW! A tribal drum solo
What do we get when we combine the ancient art of dancing to a drum solo with the sneakiness, precision and power of isolations, pops and locks, and layers of tribal fusion?....come get it! In this intermediate to advanced workshop, we will break down the steps and combos that will build into a very powerful routine...be ready to get challenged!!!
Workshop 3 Sunday, February 17, 2019 10:00AM-12:00PM The Fire of the Spanish Gypsies: A Spanish Skirt Routine
In this workshop, suitable for all levels, we will learn an ancient art with a modern twist. Have you ever wondered how the gitanas get to leave everyone speechless when they dance with their skirts? Now you have the chance to find out! In this class, we will break down the skirt work united with the arm movements, posture and expression to build up a brand new routine designed to catch the room on fire! Bring a skirt and your best ole!
Workshop 4 Sunday, February 17, 2019 1:00PM-3:00PM Creating a Beautiful Balancing Act: An Original Sword Routine
Let the power of dancing with a sword infuse your belly dance with strength! In this workshop, we will learn a full choreography using a sword as the exciting element to mesmerize our audiences! The routine will include slow and sinuous movements, turns on the floor, and a fast and furious section with energy and fire!!! We will break down the most intricate steps so you can go home with a good foundation to master them! All dancers must bring a sword appropriate for tribal belly dance. Swords will not be provided. Knee pads are also recommended.
Spaces are filling up fast! Do not delay! Reserve your spot now! All workshop fees are non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather and the winery decides to close, a refund will be issued to your PayPal account.
FUTURE COURSE Thursdays, 7.30-8.30pm Feb 21-Mar 21 - Ma'at Curriculum with Kaeshi Chai
COST: 5 Week Courses $85 for non-members, $70 for members (Bellyqueen unlimited pass holders)
No drop-ins. You must sign up for and commit to 5 consecutive weeks in advance. If you don't show up, you will lose a credit. (Please note that you can also enroll in this course with 5 or 10 class card credits. This must be done manually by Bellyqueen staff.)
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Kaeshi Chai is a world-fusion bellydancer and teacher trainer who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen. She also co-founded PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international community of artists dedicated to healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, and Jillina's Bellydance Evolution. She curates the Djam NYC event showcasing dancers and musicians, and teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance. Her mission is to develop bellydance as a stage art and explore it's powerful, healing properties. www.kaeshi.com
Sunday February 24th 2-5pm
WHAT: Struggling with false eyelashes? Come learn from veteran stage performer and award winning illustrator and designer, Kaeshi Chai. This workshop is useful for beginner to professional dancers who want to look their best during a special performance. Transform your face into a work of art so your expressions read from a distance and your natural beauty is enhanced using eye shadow, blush and much more. Witness Kaeshi Chai's stage makeup routine first hand and try some of her methods out under her guidance.
"Loved it! Left looking like a beauty queen!" - Dalia Carella
"As an absolute beginner to stage make-up, I found it overwhelming... Kaeshi's workshop eased my apprehension." - Qi Zhou
"I loved the handouts that had details of products used in class. Kaeshi teaches in such a clear, organized way that is easy to follow and understand. We are looking forward to the next makeup workshop." - Marie Richardson
"I recommend this workshop for anyone from novice to the expert. Kaeshi simplified the application techniques and took the intimidation out of it." - Nahla
WHEN: Sunday February 24th 2-5pm
WHERE: Woodside, NY (Message Kaeshi for the exact address) Closest Subways: LIRR to 61 St, 7 to 69 St, R to 65 St, F-E to Roosevelt 74 St
WHO: Kaeshi Chai is a dancer and teacher trainer based in NYC who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and also PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community of artists focused on empowerment and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught extensively internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William’s Bella Gaia. One of her all-time joys is dancing to live music.
She teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance, leads creative labs using Sprint methodology to create full-length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days and curates an annual PURE Conference.
............................................. Please bring your makeup supplies which could include:
· Skincare products (Cleanser or makeup remover and moisturizer) · Makeup brushes · Primer · Foundation or powder · Concealer · Eye Shadow (Light, medium, dark) · Eye liner (liquid or pencil) · Mascara · Blush · Eyelashes · Eyelash Glue (I like Revlon Precision Clear Adhesive) · Lip pencils · Lipstick
Note: Try to bring as much as you can from the above lists, however if you want to wait until you attend the workshop to be introduced or try out different products before you buy anything new, then it is fine if you don’t bring a specified item.
Please Facebook message, call (917)515-0168 or e-mail email@example.com to RSVP or with questions.
Workshop includes: Musicality for Dancers Live Drum Solo for Dancers
WORKSHOP NOON-3 p.m.
Musicality for Dancers (Dance Class) ~ Despite any mastery of technique and bodily dexterity, true dance exprssion requires musicality. The best dancers are those who embody the music in their movements. Several recurring themes in Arab music will be explained in emotive, non-musicl terms. The class will cover Taksim, Melodic Themes, Vocal vs Instrumental Songs, Rhythms & Rhythmic Changes, Melodic Modulation, Song Stucture, Orchestration and Instrumentation. Karim will guide the students through several songs and lead them in dancing to each of these themes. This movement class will help the dancer become the physical personification of the music.
Live Drum Solo for Dancers (Dance Class) ~ Everyone loves a drum solo where the rhythmic drums and accurate body lock together. Karim is a drummer and a dancer, so is uniquely qualified to effectively present this to dancers. Drum solos in Egyptian, Arabic or Cabaret style are systematic. They have predictable themes. Karim will teach the iconic Hagalla sequence, the simmy-to-roll relation, dum hips & tak shoulders, signaling, Masmudi's many dums, Wahda Kabira to Fellahi, Ayoub's momentary Zaar, and how to "Finale" together benevolently! This class teaches the dancer how to understand and communicate with the drummer, what to expect and how to be ready for improvisation.
Sahara Dance is pleased to host Sahra Saeeda’s Journey through Egypt Workshop Intensive / Certification Series!
Journey through Egypt (JtE) is a structured series of intensive workshops, providing an in-depth look at the various dance zones of Egypt. Each “Intensive” views Egypt’s Folkloric dance from a different perspective.
JtE-1 and JtE-2 are held in studios, classrooms and reception halls worldwide.
JtE-1 (Intensive/Certification 22-hr Workshop) Draws upon films, lecture, study materials, map, and dance instruction. JtE-1 introduces the students to the wide variety of dance styles in Egypt with an overview of movement, costume, historical diffusion, and geographical location.
JtE-2 (Intensive/Certification 22-hr Workshop) Provides an advanced overview, including the basis for future research, student specialization, dance ethnology concepts. Students investigate the dance differences between “home-style,” local professional dance, regional government troupes, Cairo-based Reda and Kowmeyya national troupes, and folkloric representation in night club shows.
Learn about the Dance of Egypt from a deeper perspective. If you are not just a tourist, if you are hungry to understand, if you don’t want to simply learn another choreography, this may be the start of your journey.
Using dance ethnology concepts and a multi-media/experiential approach, Sahra C. Kent presents each region’s story of culture and dance, historical diffusion, costume and dress, posture and movement.
All intensives include a certificate upon completion. Certification is awarded to only those who complete all 22 hours of each course (44 hours total).
The 1950s to the 80s was the "Nightclub Era" of belly dance. During this time you could see belly dancing and live music seven nights a week.
Because of the similarities in culture and cuisine, the Armenian, Greek, and Lebanese communities mingled at each others' clubs and restaurants Boston became a melting pot of eastern Mediterranean music and, ironically - considering its puritanical reputation - the city became a national hot spot for belly dance.
In this presentation, Amy Smith will share highlights of her research on this part of belly dance history centering around Boston.
Saturday November 10th
49 Monk St.
YALLA - LET'S GO TO PARIS CABARET! Join us for dinner, an artistic belly dance show inspired by the floor shows of Egypt's 5-star resorts, and open dancing for you and your friends who love live music. The energy you contribute will influence every turn of events as The George Maalouf Ensemble, the Alwan Dance Ensemble, a mystery dancer (you?), Aurel, and the Paris Cabaret bring you Yalla!
- Live music by the beloved George Maalouf Ensemble. Get to know this truly amazing music as played by George and John Maalouf, Mohammed Mejaour, Tony Chamoun, and Bill D'Agostino.
- The Alwan Dance Ensemble. This lovely troupe is dedicated to folkloric dances of the Middle East, North Africa, and Anatolia. Carrying a legacy of folkloric dance to contemporary times Alwan is excited to dance with you!
- Surprise guest artists including... you!? Yes. Pro-level dancers bring a costume, put your name in the magic jug, and you may win a performance slot during the show with this incredible band!
These shows always sell out. Get your seat now. Make this night your party. Call to purchase seat. 781-297-7469.
$55 includes dinner, desert, show, dancing, tax, tip. Just add your friends and it’s a party.
Let's go- Yalla!
Sunday November 11th 6:30-7:45pm
Bellydance Master Class
Hosted by Dalila Malave
D Fitness Studio
760 Mantoloking Rd.
Brick Township, NY
Bellydance Master Class with "VIN IYER" A great chance to learn something new, with this talented and experienced Dancer, unique flavor, exquisite and graceful moves. Open to everyone who wants to try and love Bellydancing! Open to the public! General Admission $20
Friday November 16th 7-8pm
Learn how to dance to live music with Aszmara and Souren Baronian. There is also a 6-7pm Beginner Belly Dance class taught by Gabriela Figueroa.
WHEN: Friday November 16th, 7-8pm
WHERE: Bellyqueen School, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4C, New York, NY 10003
COST: Drop-in $20, $85 5 class card, $150 10 class card, $99 newcomer monthly pass, $115 monthly autopay
WHO: "Dance is Emotion in Motion" aptly describes Aszmara. For over 40 years, Aszmara has been inspiring dancers as a teacher and performer with International Tours, Workshops and Seminars across USA & Europe. As a Master Teacher, her deep love of the dance shines out to all she teaches, beginners through professionals, leading them to find their own expressive passion in the dance.
In the 80's and 90's she was co-director of two dance companies; the award winning Middle Eastern dance company, Oriental Images and the ground breaking SaZ Dance Theater, creating themed concert events, folkloric and innovative dances. Aszmara's articles have appeared in The Gilded Serpent, Bhuz and Bennu magazines and her instructional DVD, Belly Dance... The Secret Desire has received high accolades.
Souren Baronian (Clarinet/Duduk/Riq) This unstoppable maestro is now in his eighties—the Armenian-American multi-reedman, percussionist and bandleader is absolutely undiminished as a soloist, one of the greatest and most soulful players in the history of jazz, let alone the Middle Eastern jazz he’s pioneered.
Friday November 16th 7:30-8:30
Belly Dancing Girls Nite Out
Forever art Fit
549 US Route 130 Suite 428
Discover this ancient art of dance in modern times. Find your inner goddess through these sensual moves designed to ignite the soul. This Belly Dance fitness class will affect your whole body to increase core strength and flexibility. Reveal yourself through Belly Dance!
20.00 preregister and 25.00 at the door
Saturday November 17th 6-9 pm
The Dance Space
100 Barber Avenue
Featuring the students of Baseema, Hayam, and Annette Marie.
Join the dancers of The Dance Space as we showcase what we've been working on!
The Drum and Dance Learning Center presents World Drum and Dance Showcase featuring Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble and the DDLC Ensemble. Join us for an exciting night of live music and dance! www.DrumDanceCenter.com
Saturday November 17th 8-9:30pm
Movsesiyan, to show the varied, fascinating ethnic dances of the Middle East and North Africa to the general public, and give “a bit of home” to Middle Eastern immigrants in Harlem, NY. Because of recent rising anti-immigrant sentiments in the U.S., this project is necessary to help break down stereotypes, misunderstandings, and hostilities towards Arabic culture. This dance project also addresses the necessity of empowering men and women through dance as a way of self-expression, high self-esteem, and cultural expression.
Raqs Revolution is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.
General Admission: $20 per ticket Senior citizen and College student discount: $15 per ticket
Dance Artists: Torkom Movsesiyan Joanna Nahara Hanane El-ouadi Petite Solei Banat Alnahar dance troupe Esmeralda Quayyum Adelina Montayer Carol Tandava
Sunday November 25th
Come on out and join us for a night filled with fantastic belly dance - First the workshop (4pm-5:30pm) and then an incredible show -all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!
The Dalia Carella Dance Collective & DWebb Designs Present: Menagerie d'Arte November 30 - December 2, 2018, NYC
Drawn into the surreal, theatergoers become instant voyeurs of the macabre within the inspired cabaret and circus-like atmosphere of this immersive and interactive full-length dance theater production of Menagerie d’Arte. Created by Dalia Carella, international dance artist and Artistic Director of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective (DCDC), and Debbie D. Cartsos, stylist/designer/dancer and founder of D.Webb Designs, Menagerie d’Arte fuses theatrical dance styles from the 1920/30s cabarets of Berlin and Paris with contemporary and world dance, blending dark comedy with an avant garde flair. DCDC's collaboration with Ms. Cartsos, whose extensive design and styling artistry provides a sophisticated urban direction to the program, bringing human fashion installations to life, merging the worlds of couture and dance.
DCDC presents world premieres of “Le Jardin”, (music by Andrew Bird) and “Game Show”, (music by Beats Antique), DCDC repertory works from 2009, and choreographies curated by Ms. Carella, from some of the finest world dance artists in New York City.
Dancers: Dalia Carella, Debbie Despina Cartsos, Diego Aleixo, Shoko Batson, Han Chen, Brenna Crowley, Alice Giampieri, Diane Hutchinson, Elena Nayiri, Lauren Jeanette, Layla Isis, Lucia, David Machicado, Maki Moves, Mariyah Elizabeth, Anastasia Pridlides, Lauren Marie Robbiani, Nahoko Sugiyama, Romy Zamora
Where: Teatro LATEA, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC, located amid contemporary art galleries, funky/high end eateries and the robust nightlife of the Lower East Side. (F train to Delancey Street/Essex Street)
Show Times: Friday, November 30th -- 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 1 -- Two Shows -- 5:30 pm & 9:00 pm
What is chaabi maghribi? This class is about 1) connecting with the 6/8 rhythms of chaabi and understanding it's polyrhythmic heartbeat 2) introduction to basic footwork and muscle isolation to achieve the correct Moroccan aesthetic 3) learn, rinse, repeat, - absorbing the basic "body of knowledge" by muscle memory and repetition of common chaabi dance moves. Esraa's chaabi style is "Chikhat" inspired.
Moroccan Chaabi Advanced Beginners :
This workshop will review the basics and continue in building muscle memory of common chaabi movements. We will also build upon them by crafting the "gallop" and the aesthetic of playfulness, which are 2 critical components of chaabi. We will find a little more comfort in how these moves look on different bodies. Lastly we will end the class with a dance circle in order to practice our improvisation and social dancing. Beginners who missed the first part are more than welcome to come to this class.
Please wear something loose and comfortable and bring a scarf.
BIO: Esraa Warda is a North African performance and teaching artist originally from Algeria. Having grown up between Brooklyn and Algeria, she was introduced to dance within informal women's spaces and weddings and was quickly acknowledged as a talented dancer within her community. Esraa represents the "neo-traditional" generation of artists who keep tradition alive with a new age spin. She now professionally teaches and performs Algerian/Moroccan styles such as Chaabi, Rai, Chaoui, Kabyle, and Reggada/Allaoui. Her dance style and teaching methods are non-commercial and focused on the "transmission" of body knowledge mirroring the same way she learned - through dance circles and muscle memory! She believes that her artistry must be valuable to the transformation and evolution of culture in the diaspora, while also retaining the spirit of her ancestors.
Esraa’s personal artistic pedagogy is centered around politicising cultural work to keep North African dance technique authentic (and African-centered!) in the face of cultural imperialism/appropriation. She continues to perform at dozens of local North African traditional gatherings and cultural festivals, such as the May Day Festival of Resistance, and at transnational feminist events such as the Havana Habibi Festival in Cuba. She routinely curates and coordinates cultural events highlighting the musical link between different African diasporic communities in effort to emphasize the global “African-ness” that underlines our cultures. Esraa will be hosting dance and music workshops in Morocco in Spring 2019 as her “Roots and Rhythms” initiative and continues to travel around the US and Europe to teach, perform, and share her pedagogy. She also runs grassroots political African centric and anti-colonialist artistic projects around New York, such as the North African Radical Education Project and The Chaâb Lab - an Algerian/Moroccan music ensemble that uses participatory performances to engage African diasporic communities in cultural solidarity.
WHAT: Learn one of Kaeshi's all time favorite choreographies which is a fiery gypsy battle between two "gangs" fusing movement elements from Spain, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and New York, set to the wonderful music of "Ciganska" by Igor Cubrilovic. This dance was performed by the professional Bellyqueen company in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia and will be taught over 6 weeks and performed at the Rakkasah East Festival in NJ.
WHEN: 6 Wk Course: Tuesdays 7-8pm September 4th-October 9th Performance: Saturday October 13th, 7.00-7.24pm
WHERE: 6 Wk Course: Bellyqueen School of Dance, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4C, New York, NY 10003 Performance: Rakkasah East, Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave, Somerset NJ 08873
COST: $100, $85 for Bellyqueen School unlimited pass members (Dancers can wear their own "gypsy" costumes or rent one from Bellyqueen)
WHO: Kaeshi Chai is an artist and teacher who co-founded Bellyqueen, a professional dance company and school, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community focused on empowerment and social change through dance. She has performed and taught extensively internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William's Bella Gaia.
One of her all time joys is dancing to live music. In addition to years on stages from Las Vegas and beyond, from 2007-2017 she curated the weekly Djam Under Jebon event for dancers and musicians to create and play together in the East Village of NYC.
She teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance, leads creative labs using Sprint methodology to create full length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days and curates the annual PURE Conference. Her mission is to explore the transformative power of dance and theatre to cultivate deeper connections between people.
Friday September 21st
Come join the fun. Help support a wonderful cause.
Delphi Dance Ensemble will be performing at 7pm.
September 22nd 3-6pm
Aszmara Master Class 'Classsic Oriental Nightclub
Anahid Sofian Studio
29W 15th St.
New York, NY 10011
Classic Oriental Nightclub’s ‘Mach Mach’ A favorite song from the golden days of night club scene, this exciting Moroccan 6/8 is still one of my favorites! Add Thrilling Zilling and it’s a winner! Must Pre-Register - Workshop Limited to 15 Participants $50 Pre-Registered one week prior to Master Class $55 at the Door Register with Aszmara via facebook or Aszmara@Aszmara.com
Beginning September 22nd
Andrea's Dance Essence Class, Open Level
Focus on the essence of dance using Middle Eastern & Indian folklore, belly dance, yoga & more. Bring fan veils if you have them (Andrea will have extras too). Focus will not only be on choreography but also on pure dance
WHAT: Andrea's Dance Essence Class, Open Level WHEN: 4 Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm 15, 22 & 29 September & 6 October WHERE: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, between 35th & 36th Streets, Studio 310 HOW MUCH: $68 for the 4 class series (you must come to all classes--no makeups) OR drop-in for $20
Cafe Raqs Sixth Anniversary!
191 Highland Avenue
September 23rd is Cafe Raqs' sixth birthday and we're going to celebrate! If you've never been, Cafe Raqs is a place for New England's belly dancers of all styles and levels to perform in a fun, professional, and supportive environment! Our line-up this month includes veterans from the New England belly dance community and up-and-coming stars performing American Cabaret, fusion, tribal, and more! And as always the Arts at the Armory Cafe will be open selling food and drinks!
Doors at 7 PM, show at 7:30 PM. Admission is by $5-10 suggested donation (all admission and tips get distributed evenly among the dancers).
Featuring: Mathura Juniper Esther Rahel Natassia Eliza Luminara
745 Bound brook Rd
Come on out and join us for a night filled with fantastic belly dance -
First the workshop - 4pm-5:30pm, info below
Then an incredible show -all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!
Rakkasah East 2018 Workshops - October Friday 12 - Sunday October 14 The dance schedule is now full. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email me at Rakkasah@att.net Please include your name, dance name troupe or solo 7 or 15 min, and phone number Let me know if there is a day or time that you can not make it.
All Workshops willl be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center! Instructors: Aneena, Novoto, CA - Belladonna, Washtington DC - Casey Bond, NY, NY - Fahtiem, CA - June Seaney, Ithica, NY - Leila Haddad, Paris, France - Natica, Richmond, CA - Saqra, Kent, WA - Scott Wilson, NY, NY - Tasaha, Phillipsburg, NJ - Vikki Gale, PA The festival will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center 135 Davidson Ave, Somerset, New Jersey 08873
Friday, October 12, 7pm-11pm - $15 Saturday, October 13 , 12noon - 10pm - $18 Sunday, October 14, 12noon - 7pm $18 Seniors and children 10 & under are half price Only Cash and checks excepted at the door – no credit cards or bank cards – Thank you.
Welcome to Monthly Workshops with Tribal Dance Long Island, and your Host, Award Winning Master-Teacher, Cienna Azzir
Each Month, these workshops will Focus on a particular topic, focused on fun, learning, exiting comfort zones and camaraderie. Each Workshop will be an over view class designed to give the student a taste of the topic with the understanding that more advanced ( Part II) workshops will be held in the future. Classes are open to ALL Students, inside and outside the TDLI student base, and every level will be welcomed.
Saturday October 13th:
Fabulous Floor Work. This workshop will explore different floor based techniques, including the head to floor layout, leg extensions, back bend technique and transitions to and from the floor, the fundamentals of incorporating it into your practice and the enjoyment of floor expression. So short basic choreography will be included. we HIGHLY recommend knee pads for personal protection of the joints.
A PAID reservation will secure your place. No Walk ins. Call the Studio for your reservation. 631-754-0385
$20.00 for TDLI Studio Members & students $25.00 non studio members.* (* $5.00 donation from each entry will be donated to the Beauty Through You Foundation.)
Drum Workshop description:The first hour students will work with professional musician and percussionist, Mike Gregian on the drumming. He has played the doumbek, flute, clarinet, soprano sax and has been singing for 35 years performing for numerous clubs, with belly dancers, on recordings and at private parties. Doumbek drums will be used but if you have an African drum you can use this in the workshop. You can bring your own drum or you may rent a drum from Mike for the class. Call ahead to see what is available. For more information on drum rental contact Mike: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a short break, you will move into the dancing piece of the workshop with Baseema and the drummers will continue drumming for the dancers.
Belly Dance Workshop description: American Tribal Style® Belly Dance (ATS®) is a trans-national fusion dance style that has the look and feel of an ancient tribal gathering of women. An eclectic blend of movements from traditional Middle Eastern dance, flavored with a little Spanish Flamenco, African, Romany, and Indian dances, ATS® is improvised with dancers knowing cues and combinations to create the dance. The result is beauty in motion, as dancers react to the music, connect with their fellow dancers, creating art in the moment.
During this workshop, Baseema will share some of her favorite ATS® movements. Focus will be on dance posture, connecting to the music, and having fun.
This is a great opportunity and promises to be a fun learning experience! You’ll be dancing and drumming before you know it! Mature teens and Adults welcome!
Cost: $35 for drum workshop only (extra cost for drum rental), $45 drop in (if space)
$35 for dance workshop only, $45 drop in (if space)
$65 for both workshops. Pre-registration recommended as there is a minimum number needed to run this workshop
Monthly auto-payment plans available! Cost is $22 per month for 10 months. Sign by emailing email@example.com on January 1st at 10 a.m. with your name, email, and day of month you would like the withdrawal.
Full Workshop Registration opens January 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Track 1 and 2 are decided by date timestamp (track 1 is a smaller studio, limited to 10 dancers, track 2 is the larger group). First 8 registered workshop attendees receive a performance slot in the Shimmyathon Showcase.
Single Class & One Day Workshop registrations open June 1st, 2018, space permitting
To register: Link will magically appear here at 10:00 A.M.!
Raq-On Dance Studio opens Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM for registration, shopping, and stretching.
Save the Date!! Farasha & Su'ad and the Mystic Moonlight Dancers are proud to present Fall Fantasia 7: Fall For Dance! on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 featuring a workshop with Su'ad plus a fabulous Hafla – to benefit the Laurelton Fire Company # 1 Ladies Auxiliary.
From noon to 1:30 p.m. Su'ad will be teaching Staging for One or Many. Expand your artistic expression through the utilization of your stage space. This is an invaluable class for solo performers or dance troupes of all levels! We will work with a popular song by Mustafa Amar "Monaya" from the CD of the same name.
Su'ad's workshop will be followed by our annual Fall Fantasia hafla - a Fall-themed party celebrating our wonderful Dance community - and YOU'RE invited to Dance! PM Farasha (Marisa Pierson) if you'd like to join the party, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop - $35, includes show ticket Hafla Tickets $20 ($15 for performers)
Enjoy A fabulous afternoon workshop with Su’ad, a fabulous afternoon-evening of dance performances, plus fabulous Shopping with Farasha & Su'ad Dance & Designs and - of course -Refreshments!
Come connect! Mini Shayna Maydela Project performance, and workshop on developing signature belly dance moves based on personal gestural movement! The best dancers connect with their audience because their dance speaks what is in their soul. We will tap into our experiences to create personal gestures and develop them. Let's connect with our past, each other, and the audience! 40$ at the door. 30$ through paypal: Ladylane_76@yahoo.com
Friday August 17th-Saturday August 18th
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Group improvisation via non-verbal communication is the core of American Tribal Style®'s dynamic presentation. Because our lower bodies are covered in full skirts and pantaloons, the majority of our communication happens using the arms and upper body. This workshop will focus on arm positions for several popular fast moves, and fine tune your placement for more efficient and intentional communication. As a happy side effect, be prepared to up your elegance game considerably!
Please bring your zils, and be familiar with: Egyptian basic reach and sit Arabic basic Arabic hip twist 3/4 shimmy box step Chico four corners
*we may not get to all these moves in one session, but we shall try!
About Diana: Diana Saylor, instructor and artistic director, took her first belly dance classes in Syracuse, NY, in 1999, and was hooked on the music immediately.
Diana was certified to teach ATS® in October 2011, and became a Sister Studio in 2012. She is delighted to share the joy of improvisational tribal style dance with her students and community. Diana's dance education continues via the Sister Studio Continuing Education program, as well as workshops and classes in other dance styles. She's currently learning more about the folkloric dances from which ATS® draws a great deal of its inspiration. Diana is an AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor, and recertified her Sister Studio status in 2017. Diana also performs as part of Trade Route Tribal Dance, New England's first regional ATS® troupe, and is part of the ATS® Reunion leadership team. She loves to collaborate with other ATS® dancers.
Tunisia has a richly mixed cultural heritage that includes Phoenician, Berber, Roman, early Christian, Arabic and Jewish elements. The folkloric Tunisian style is earthy and features horizontal twisting of the hips and pelvic movements. Habiba will teach basic movements of Tunisian folkloric dance and a short choreograph.
This workshop is appropriate for students of all styles of belly dance.
The music used for the workshop will be available for purchase from Habiba.
Please Note: Tunisian dance is hard on the balls of the feet -- you may want to wear a dance shoe or ballet slipper.
The 3 Early Girls are taking over all your Holiday Weekends! Presenting: Elizabeth Strong September 1 & 2
Sign up for the entire weekend and dive in deep!
Elizabeth Strong is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose work focuses on the integrity and spirit of traditional dance forms inside of a contemporary framework. Elizabeth was a touring member of Bellydance Superstars, and was a founding member of Bellydance Evolution and of Beats Antique’s dance company with Zoe Jakes. A former principal member of Katarina Burda’s Aywah! Ethnic Dance Company, Elizabeth has traveled to Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and Bulgaria to study closely at the source and is now considered one of the leading experts in the form. She performs with live music groups including Kugelplex, MWE, Brass Menazeri, and Fishtank Ensemble, and renowned world musicians including Faisal Zeidan and Rumen Sali Shopov.
Elizabeth has had original choreographies commissioned by Jill Parker and Jillina Carlano, and has received grants from Zellerbach Foundation and from Bill Graham Presents Foundation. Her Turkish Roman instructional DVD was released in 2011. Elizabeth currently teaches and performs internationally. Find Elizabeth (and her DVD) at www.strongdancer.com
Elizabeth Strong Dance Teacher Elizabeth’s teaching specialties include Turkish Roman, Bellydance, finger cymbals, musicality, floorwork, isolation, balancing with props, D.I.Y. Fusion, and strengthening. Elizabeth’s education as a dancer has been unique in that she has been trained through both Western, formal technique, and in the Old World style of following by simply watching and imitating. She tries to use both methods in her teaching, allowing the feel of the form to
become familiar to her students, while guiding with explainations about important details, from muscle control to cultural background.
Most of all, Elizabeth strives to create a learning environment that is joyful, nurturing, and fun, as well as educational.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1st: Musicality: 4 hours 11:30-4:00 Join Elizabeth Strong, former Bellydance Superstar and Emmy Award winning musician, Dan Cantrell to get a deep dive into musicality. Learn how you can shape your dance, improvise more freely, and feel confident and comfortable dancing to live music. With their twenty years of professional experience teaching and performing all over the world, this generous and heartfelt artistic couple provide a safe and inviting space to nourish your love of music and dance.
If you've got some basics and you're ready to develop your artistry, then this is the workshop for you!
5:00ish - ? We will not be having a show this time around but we will be having a laid back dinner reservations for any workshop participant who is interested. Eat food, hang out and chat about all the dance! Details TBA
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd: Fancy 9/8 Footwork of the Turkish Roman: 4 hours 10:30 - 2:30
This introductory course to Turkish Roman Dance will cover everything from toes to head, arms to belly. Fiery, fun footwork, and story telling gestures make this dance totally unique and expressive. Elizabeth learned this dance among the Rom (or “Gypsy”) people in Turkey, and has taught and performed for almost two decades. She is sought out as one of the leading experts in the form and sited as an international bridge between cultures. The fancy, fun styling of Turkish Roman dance are at once familiar and foreign to many belly dancers. The material offered in this class is
challenging and deeply layered for all levels, offering sublime subtlety for advanced students and exciting overviews for beginners. Everyone will find a way to go deeper into their own practice while experiencing the rich and wonderfully colorful, traditionally improvisational movement of Turkish Roman dance. In this 4 hour intensive we will watch videos and learn a choreography!
9/8 footwork classes are a total workout that will make you feel great, and add depth to your own dance vocabulary, whatever your background.
-Every participant gets a bonus MP3 download of authentic Turkish Roman music to listen to at home!
PRICING AND PAYMENTS: Saturday OR Sunday workshop $90 (at the door $115) Both Days $165 (at the door $200)
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The Dance Space Oasis- Bringing a little bit of the Middle East to Central MA! Doors open at 6:30 PM and showtime is 7:00 PM. This event is open to the public and will be held in the auditorium of the historic old Higgins Armory Museum. Entry is $10.
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Workshops ------------- **Introduction to North African Dance with Samantha** An overview of popular dances from the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia). The goal of this workshop is to give dancers the tools to recognize the musics and rhythms of common dance styles from the region and essential movement vocabulary appropriate for each style. (Sat, 10 am - noon)
**Muwashahat/Samaii with Morwenna and Walid** The Samaii is a dance of elegance and simplicity, but it can be challenging to interpret. It is performed with the Muwashahat, a poetic form of music that originated in Muslim Spain. The Egyptian/Lebanese style of Muwashahat was first developed for the stage in 1979 by renowned choreographer Mahmoud Reda. Learn the basics of the rhythm, steps, and as time allows, a short choreography. (Sat, 1 - 3 pm)
**Introduction to Khaleeji Dance with Kay** This workshop focuses on the folkloric style of khaleeji dance as a social dance, as performed by people in their homes. Kay will also include a short discussion of modern-style khaleeji, and compare and contrast the two styles. (Sat, 3:30 - 5:30 pm)
**Dance party!** Everyone! Sat. 7:00 - 9:00 pm
**Debke! with Morwenna and Walid** Debke is the national dance of Lebanon and the Levant. It is a line dance performed socially and on the stage. We will cover the basic steps and learn a choreography (Sun 10 am -noon)
**From Roots to Stage: A Discussion on Presenting Folkloric Dance. Led by Kay and Samantha, with participation by everyone! ** A panel discussion on the challenges of presenting the folkloric dances in public, including how best to present the dances for Western audiences, and how to get out of the solo dance mentality when it comes to folkloric styles. (Sun 1:00 - 3:00 pm)
Saturday July 7th
3rd Annual NICE FESTIVAL
The NICE Festival
A Multi-Cultural Celebration with Food, LIVE Music & Dance, Arts & Crafts. All ages welcome.
Elizabeth Muise presents...Hafla in the Hudson Valley and Boom Boom Shake CD Release Party!
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Workshops: Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water!
3:30-5:00 Salimpour Grab Bag with Angelique! Heard a lot about the Salimpour format but not sure what it is all about? Or maybe you’ve taken a few classes and want to further your knowledge. In this workshop we will discuss the differences between the Suhaila and Jamila formats and how each apply to the belly dance world. We will touch on the importance of proper technique and how it is the baseline for personalized movement. We will talk about layering - but not your average combinations, and we will touch on finger cymbals concepts. The great thing about this workshop is it can be tailored to those in the room, which means all are welcome and all will leave with a new appreciation for why this format is taking over the world!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM message Elizabeth on FB or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for a performer application!