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Hey guys! I decided to make a list of the workshops I wish I could take from different studios across the country. Hope you find it useful!

NYC

Aszmara’s Master Class: Drum Solo Imrpovisation with Live Drums

INSTRUCTOR: Aszmara

WHEN: February 7th/ 1:30-4:30 PM

WHERE: Anahid Sofian Studios 29 West 15th Street

COST: $55 pre-paid by Feb 1rst – $60 at the Door

 

The Dalia Carella Dance Collective Presents: Dance Elements Intensive Mastering Critical Dance Skills, from Fundamentals to Performance

INSTRUCTOR: Dalia Carella, Ramzi El-Edlibi and Diane Hutchinson

WHEN: February 7th /11-12PM, 12-2PM, 3-5PM

WHERE:Nola Studios, 250 W. 54th Street, 10th Floor, Studio 1

COST: All Three Workshops – $135 preregistration, $155 at door $20 Savings!

 

WASHINGTON D.C.

Hula Hoop Dance

INSTRUCTOR:  Debora Jackson

WHEN: February 6th/1:30-3:30PM

WHERE: Sahara Dance: 4433 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

COST: $35

 

Cabaret-Dabke Fusion

INSTRUCTOR: Omoladun

WHEN: February 20th/1:30-3:30PM

WHERE: Sahara Dance: 4433 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

COST: $35

 

MIAMI

Passport to Africa with Kukuwa

INSTRUCTOR: Kukuwa

WHEN: February 13th/2:30-4:30PM

WHERE: Belly Motions Studio 8235 South Dixie Highway

COST: $30 in advance/ $40 day of

 

Belly Dance Stage Makeup 101 Workshop with Siufer!

INSTRUCTOR: Siufer

WHEN: February 27th/2:30-5:30PM

WHERE: Belly Motions Studio 8235 South Dixie Highway

COST: $55 in advance/ $60 day of

 

CHICAGO

How to Turn Your Audience into Friends (and Minions) with Dawn

INSTRUCTOR: Dawn Xiana Moon

WHEN: February 7th/2:30-4:30PM

WHERE: Arabesque Studio 3120 W. Belmont

COST: $35 in advance/ $40 at the door

 

BOULDER

Lebanese Cane (presented by Sadie)

INSTRUCTOR: Simon Sarkis

WHEN: February 27th/11-12:30PM

WHERE: Kinesi Studio 5603 Arapahoe Rd. Unit 6

COST: $45

 

 

SO HERE’S THE DEAL:

Samara was born as Tahira in Baghdad, Iraq, 1963. She was born into a traditional Muslim family that wanted her to study engineering in Lebanon. They were not to pleased when she decided to do something more…creative. After moving to Lebanon, Tahira took the stage name, Samara, and became very inspired by Nadia Gamal, whom she asked for lessons. Nadia taught Samara three dances and advised that she develop a unique style.

Samara took that advice to heart and man did she come up with some unique stuff! She incorporated Polynesian, Greek and Indian and Spanish dance inspiration into her routines. She was also influenced by nature, for her NYE show in 1995, her concept was – the sea. “Her show opened with a huge clam shell on stage. As the music started, the lid was raised, and Samara slowly emerged, representing a pearl. Her costume was of the elaborate Lebanese variety, all in pearls,” (Samara: Sayyida Raks Sharqi, Best of Habibi). Even beyond incorporating different forms of dance, Samara had music written just for her (she also had her own band), and even used some American New Age fusion in her sets.

Samara’s distinct style gained her popularity and the name “Sayyida Raks Sharqi”(*) from the Lebanese press meaning, “Mistress of Oriental Dance.” After her first three years dancing in Lebanon (1981-1984), she began traveling and dancing around the world, ushering in her golden age from the mid 80’s-early 2000’s. She started out traveling to the cities of  Kano and Lagos in Nigeria and Abidjan in the Cote d’Ivoire. She later traveled to Europe and Arab countries as well.

Being so popular Samara had to regularly switch up her show, she would do this every 4-6 months, adding in new inspirations and music. She wanted to keep her fans on their toes and felt it was necessary for her to keep growing as an artist. She always wanted to out do herself, which in my opinion, is the best form of competition.

Learn more about Samara here.

Why I <3 HER:

You’ll see when you watch the videos! She is completely mesmerizing, I couldn’t stop watching video after video and I tried really hard to not make the longest youtube playlist of all time lol 😛 She’s very lively, incredibly creative and on top of that she has amazing technique. I’m also fascinated by her fusion of different styles, especially with all this talk I’ve been seeing recently about styles/categories of belly dance.

I hope you all enjoy the playlist!

xoxo

N

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjrrLz1h329-zpqReULnJZZd7m61raLOc]

*I don’t know why Raks has a K and Sharqi has a Q…anybody?