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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

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Guys! So I’m late to the game with this one – but tomorrow  Ahmed Hussien is having a workshop in NYC  –   FACEBOOK PAGE !!!!!

ALSO his 3rd annual Spring Immersion is coming up in March! If you want to take class with a fantastic teacher and hang out in Southern California (like I do btw) then you should definitely mark your calendar!

Want to learn more about Ahmed? Read this short interview he did with The Belly Blog! 🙂

TBB: Being that you started dancing so young, what is your first dance memory?

AH: My first memory is dancing on the old Opera House in Cairo Egypt that was built in 1886. And I danced as the only child in the Don Juan ballet representing the Cairo National Ballet.

TBB: When did you know that dance was something you wanted to pursue as a career?

AH: Being that young, you don’t make a decision. I started the academy when I was 8 years old.  So it’s not a decision that I made but was a decision was put in front of me. I was guided and encouraged by an older cousin. He saw something in me. He noticed that I was very talented and active. He suggested that I needed to be placed in a program with either in music or dance, something. So I went and applied to the Higher Institute of Ballet and was accepted.

TBB: How has your ballet background influenced your classical oriental style? From where else do you draw inspiration?

AH: All formal dances relates to each other. And they all also have the basic form from ballet. It gives you grace, lines, flexibility and provides you with musical interpretation. Grace is the most important quality that ballet training can provide dancers. Music gives me the inspiration. There is nothing to draw inspiration from without the music.

TBB: What is the most difficult challenge you’ve had to overcome as a dancer? How did you grow from it?

AH: Maybe not finding the right music, the right venue, the right stage, poor lighting and/or sound. You learn by adapting to different situations. The show must go on. I came from Egypt and I adapted to life in the US. Adaptation is what you do in dance.

TBB: What has been your favorite moment in your dance career?

AH: Being on Broadway. I learned a lot about how things work. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity  to experience the processes of auditioning, planning, creating choreography, costuming. It’s amazing to see your final work on stage.

TBB: What is your favorite song right now?

I don’t have a favorite song. There is so many pieces of beautiful music and I like them all. I feel like it’s not fair to select one over the other.

 

Fair enough Ahmed! 

 

Learn more about this great dancer on his website!

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS IN ORDER OF DATE:

*Want to add an event to The Belly Blog’s calendar + What’s Coming Up Wednesday? Email me at thebellyblog13@gmail.com

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30TH 2015

Anahid Dance party

ANAHID SOFIAN MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE PARTY FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 2015

If you’re in the NYC area, you don’t want to miss this party! I always have a great time at Anahid’s!

FEBRUARY 22ND, 2015

sira sword master class feb 22

SIRA’S DRAMATIC SWORD 2 HOUR MASTER CLASS. FEBRUARY 22ND

I have taken many classes with Sira and she is THE BEST! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from a master!

MARCH 16-21ST, 2015

Ahmed Workshop March 16

AHMED HUSSIEN MASTER CLASSES – 2ND ANNUAL SPRING IMMERSION 2015 WITH LIVE MUSIC

Jealous of everyone in California! This should be amazing! In case you don’t know my feelings on Ahmed see two posts ago lol 🙂

xoxo

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L to R: Torkom, Kay, Ahmed, Me

 

Wow! I think I lost 5 pounds after Ahmed Hussien‘s Egyptian style workshop last night!

Ahmed started out with some pretty intense warm ups, during which he was cheering us on and making us laugh – his positive energy is completely contagious!

Then he moved into some combinations followed by a choreo which we worked on for the rest of the night. He was warm, encouraging, gave helpful corrections and made us all feel at ease as he interspersed his teaching with funny anecdotes.

I will be totally honest with you guys, there were basically 3 sections of the choreography – even though we did this a billion times I still messed up the second section single every time – but it didn’t matter at all – that’s how much fun I was having. I’m telling you all right now if Ahmed comes to your neck of the woods you don’t want to miss his class!

Here is an older video of him – how can you not smile watching this? 😀

Happy dancing guys!

Xoxo

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Nisreen

Attention NYC dancers! Nisreen will be teaching a Saidi series at the Ripley- Grier Studios ( 520 8th Ave. 16th floor), Mondays from 7:30- 9:00 p.m. October- November.
Info from Nisreen:
This eight-week course will introduce Saidi dance and cane work from the ground up. Classes will include an Egyptian technique warmup, cane technique and drills, and Mahmoud Reda-inspired combinations. We’ll discuss the cultural and performance contexts for the dance and typical characteristics of Saidi music. We’ll also work on movement techniques to capture the Saidi flavor. Finally, you’ll learn the mechanics and philosophy of twirling with confidence, ways to use the cane to frame your movements, and also a few nifty cane tricks. 😉

The series is $200 if paid in advance by Friday, Sept. 26. You can pay via Paypal to nisreendance@gmail.com or contact me to make other payment arrangements. We need a minimum number of people for the series to run, so please sign up by Sept. 26, and encourage your friends to join in. If you’re interested in the series but have a schedule conflict with any of the Mondays, please let me know. Please note that payments are nonrefundable.

Sounds like it’s going to be a great workshop!

For more on Nisreen visit her website here!

It’s not everyday Anahid posts a video of herself dancing! How lucky are we !?!? Check out her crazy floor work moves below 🙂 #chills

WATCH ANAHID HERE!!! 🙂

And take a look at the incredible Eva Cernik! Don’t miss her veil class!

WATCH EVA HERE!!!! 🙂

click HERE for more info on her workshop!

 

 

Clear your calendars for the end of the month, because it’s time for Anahid Sofian’s annual intensive in NYC! Anahid Sofians intensive will include workshops on Zills and Rhythms with Anahid and Richard Khuzami an awesome dumber player, Chifte Telli, Karshilama, The Art of Flying Silk with Eva Cernik  Signature Moves with Eva Cernik, and Floorwork! This is a once in a life time opportunity to study with LEGENDS!!!!! See below flyer for contact info etc. and get your booties over to 15th street Aug. 28th- 31st!!!! #YOLO

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see event page on FACEBOOK

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ATTENTION DANCERS IN THE NYC AREA: Uza Mitra (click here to read her interview on The Belly Blog) is teaching a workshop next weekendIraqi “Raqs El Kawliya” with Uza  on Saturday, July 26 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT WITH AN AMAZING TEACHER! 

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Register for the workshops here

About Assala:

From early in Assala’s childhood in Iraq, she was surrounded by the rich traditions of Iraqi culture and Oriental dance. She spent many evenings accompanying her mother to work, where she assisted in the preparation of weddings and henna parties. Assala would watch in awe how the women danced at these parties. These past experiences played a major role of her interest of dance, and helped influence her art.

Assala studied at the University of Baghdad, graduating with a degree in Education. In 1993 she moved to Switzerland, and was determined to preserve the rich traditions of her heritage through furthering her studies in oriental dance. She turned to the shaabi people (people from the countryside and working class) who keep their traditional way of dance and music. Assala believes that learning authentic traditions is where wisdom in dance comes from. This is why Assala has found the shaabi people have transcended a highly refined school of dance. She also furthered her studies with the addition of pilates, yoga and breathing techniques. Her ultimate goal is to combine traditional folk dance with proper technique.

With an immense repertoire of dance styles, Assala is trained in shaabi (Nubi, Saidi and Gezwazi), classical and modern Egyptian Sharqi, Baladi, Sufi dance, Zar, Tribal Fusion, Iraqi Gypsy and El Kawliya dance. Assala pays particular attention to dance forms that are at risk of becoming lost like Zar and El Kawliya dance. She has helped to preserve these dance forms by reintroducing them in her teachings and performances.  Through her many years of research, performance, and teachings, Assala has developed her dance into a recognized and highly appreciated art form. Currently, Assala performs and teaches internationally in Middle Eastern countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Syria, and also Switzerland and now in the U.S.

Buy tickets here!

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Iraqi born Assala Ibrahim will be teaching two workshops in New York City February 20-23, 2014. Iraqi dance and Zar. Please keep checking the event and tumblr pages for updates. http://assalainnyc.tumblr.com/