Friday, February 7, 2020

 Early Spring

Saturday February 8th 2-4pm

BELLY DANCE FAN WORKSHOP, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020, 2-4 pm @ Ripley Grier Studios 939 8th Avenue (between 55 and 56th streets), Studio 3B, New York, NY. Studio to be announced or you can ask at the front desk. Fee: $45.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Beautiful and romantic, the fan dance will carry you away to love, intrigue, yearning and untapped emotions useful to your dance art. Your thoughts are transported through the movement of the fan and extension of your arms, retracted and then suddenly given away at will. You will fall into the music so entirely that you will feel the story of the music is yours. Come expose your heart and soul to another level. Bring your own fans. Any type fan will do except fan veils. If you don’t have a fan, you can make one of cardboard or a large piece of sturdy craft paper. Don’t let not having one stop you from expanding your dance! Please PM Amira Iriz on FB or email to RSVP.

Sunday February 9th 11-12:30

This is really a chance for me to share how I maintain softness in as much of my body as possible in order to achieve an ethereal movement quality. When movements are "big" they are still executed softly. When the silk is still, there's still energy in my arms to create a particular line or drape. Stillness doesn't equal non-engagement. I also want to share how I prepare for I adjust my weight and center of gravity. I plan to geek out here and load up 90 minutes with all the nuance I can fit. What I'd really like is three hours of your time but...even then, I'd still want more of your time. 😁
Tava Naiyin Veil Workshop 2/9/19
Feb 9th, 11-12:30 at REM Capoeira Norwalk
Save $10 by paying in advance

Saturday February 22nd 5pm-6:30

Greenwood Lake Yoga
89 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, New York 10925

Saturday, February 22nd at 5pm
w/ Andriel Hennessey-Hartwick

This workshop will introduce the fundimental steps inspired by Middle Eastern, Asian, and European dance techniques to name a few. I will also introduce some basic concepts you will need to begin dancing with this group based improvisational dance form. This something that you can do even if you've never danced before. The most important thing is having fun.

Andriel started belly dancing in 2008 with the amazing Aaliyah Jenny and it captured her heart immediately. Jenny pointed Andriel toward American Tribal Style and she couldn't get enough of it. Through self study and every workshop she could get to, she eventually made it to teacher training in order to share this amazing dance form with anyone inspired by it or just curious.

$20 Advanced Registration

Sunday February 23rd 12-3 pm

Hosted by Aszmara

Dance Connection
81 Centre Ave Loft 304/305, New Rochelle, New York 10801

Dancing With and For Each Other.
Dance in a low key, supportive atmosphere to feel how a choreography works, how a new costume feels and/or to gain strength being in front of an audience. So many reasons!
A place where we can try out choreographies that help us grow, wear that new costume before presenting it on a full stage, get in front of an audience for the first time and dance joyfully with each other and support our fellow artists as we hone our craft.
Entrance Fee: $10.00
Performing Groups of 3 or more: $30.00
Light refreshments will be serve

Sunday February 23rd 5-7 pm

The CT Bellydance Salons are back! Join co-hosts Elisheva and Joy for this incredible evening of dance performances by Connecticut dancers, and their students. Expect diverse bellydance genres from fusion and theatrical pieces, as well as folkloric, cabaret, Danse Orientale and Raqs Sharqi.

Refreshments by local pop-up restaurants are available for sale, as well as adult beverages and AF/ Mocktails to enjoy during the show!

Doors open at 4:30 pm, Show starts at 5 pm!

Door pricing as follows ~
Before Feb 23rd: $12.
At door: $15.

Tuesday February 25th 7pm

Saturday March 7th 9:30 am

Kim Leary: Power & Grace - March 2020 CT Annual Seminar & Show

We are very pleased to have Kim Leary (Alexia) as our featured master teacher for our 20th year of dance events at Connecticut College. Kim is a world dance performer, choreographer and instructor in Central New Jersey. She is Co-Artistic Director of Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble and Co-Director of her school, The Drum & Dance Learning Center in residence at YWCA Princeton, New Jersey. 2019 marked Kim's 30th year involvement in the multi-cultural music and dance genre. Kim has performed at numerous venues (theaters, colleges/universities, festivals) as a soloist and with her own dance company including SaZ Dance Theatre, Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat and Dalia Carella's DNA Project. She has taught a variety of workshop topics at many events including Rakkasah East, Spring Caravan, The Austin Belly Dance Convention, Jewels of the Orient, The Art of the Belly, and Waking Persephone Dance festival. Her acclaimed dance company, Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble, has performed at venues nationally and their performances have been partially supported by funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts. We have known Kim and Groove Merchant for many years, and are super excited to bring her to Connecticut. Their annual performances at Art of the Belly are the epitome of Power and Grace. Even if you have played finger cymbals before, Kim’s approach is unique and the experience is unforgettable! If you stress about finger cymbals or just want to take your playing to the next level, this workshop is for you. Kim is well known for her ability to compassionately bring her students to a deeper place of learning and achieving....AND it's going to be fun! Bring your finger cymbals. Larger/heavier sets are recommended but not required. Some recommendations are: Turquoise Size C
Suhaila 3 inch cymbals

9:30 AM
Registration opens and shopping!
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Part 1 (Power): Finger Cymbal Musicality — 4 languages of learning finger cymbals and combinations.s
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch break and shopping
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Part 2 (Grace): Finger cymbal and dance combinations that are in one of Kim's Groove Merchant choreographies, "Rahat". 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Break before Show
6:00 PM
Doors open for Showcase featuring Kim (Alexia), Farasha, Su'ad, and workshop attendees.
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Showcase with Kim Leary (Alexis) -- Power & Grace!

Save the Date Saturday April 18th

Do you love drum solos? Do you feel your heart and feet bopping to dums and teks? Are you a dancer or drummer who is new to performing live drum solos and want to feel more confident rocking out?

Then join Kirah & Casey for Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Live Drum Solo. Limited to 16 students

11:00am - 12:30 pm Drumming for Dancers (for drum students)
1:00pm - 3:00pm Dancing with a Live Drummer

More Details TBA!

Saturday April 25th

Vanessa of Cairo returns to the
Middle Eastern Dance Academy of CT!!

Learn from one of the TOP and MOST respected working dancers presently in Egypt!

Vanessa will be teaching her POWERFUL and FUN Saidi signature techniques in this energetic class.

* Bring a dance cane or purchase one at our studio ($25)*

Location: VD& FC
243 Captain Thomas Blvd. West Haven, CT 06516

Time: 12pm-3pm

Workshop Rate:
$100 March 31st
$125 after ( door safe are space permitting)

Join us to watch Vanessa's performance as our guest artist at the "2020 CT PRO SHOW" following the workshop. This event is a fundraiser for our Young Girls Empowerment Dance Program.


Sunday April 26th

Join Riskallah as she celebrates a life of teaching and performing Middle-Eastern dance. The show features performances by Riskallah Riyad, her students, and special performances by a superstar lineup of these top professional guest dancers: Elena Lentini, Aszmara Sherry, Dalia, Morwenna & Walid Assaf, and Tava Naiyin.

Adult tickets - $30.00
Children under 12 - $10.00

5th Ave, Danbury, Connecticut 06810

Buy tix online
(Note: additional fees apply)

To avoid fees, send check made out to Dolores Matzen, along with an SASE, to:

P.O. Box 156
Southbury, CT 06488

Riskallah Riyad is a teacher, performer and choreographer whose lifetime devotion to Middle Eastern dance has been inspiring students and other dancers for many years. She maintains a teaching schedule in Danbury

Sunday April 26th 4-11pm

745 Bound Brook Rd
Dunellen, NJ 08812

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 (doors open at 6pm) -all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!

This month's performers are:
Danielle Hutton
Tapestry Tribal

There is a $10 cover charge at the door for the show and the doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

Before the show we have a workshop - a follow up to last years Ballet for Bellydancers with Zobeida! Workshop is $30 prepay/$40 at the door (cash only)
Details can be found here:
Advanced Purchase will open on about April 1st, 2020.

Stick around at the end of the night for live music jam and dancing - bring your drum, your oud, your guitar, or your dancing hips!

Don't forget to join our website and get details and updates directly to your inbox for our upcoming shows and workshops! Our site can be found here:

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Dance Away the Winter Blues

Saturday January 18th 12-3 pm

One of the most musical dancers of our time, the incomparable Aszmara shares her unique method of music mapping and understanding of music in an intimate setting.
With a minimum four people, maximum six, this 3 hour class we will learn to Map and dissect music (bring a piece to Map) and enjoy Tea and Cookies as we discuss this important growth as a musical dancer. $40

Please contact Aszmara for further details and location.

Sunday January 19th 6-8 pm

Wednesday February 5th- March 25th

Feel like an Egyptian movie star from the 1940's with this Golden Era of Bellydance workshop! 📽⭐💃
In this intensive 8 week bellydance course you will learn a full choreography and perform it at the SH.E.B.A showcase!
Space is limited so claim your spot now
✅ Brand new, unique choreography.
✅ Certificate of completion.
✅ Performance opportunity.
✅ 10% off regular weekly classes.
✅ Costumes provided for the show.
✅ Fun, welcoming community ❤.
Wednesdays, Feb 5th- March 25th
Only at
SHEBA Dance Programs (at Pearl Studios)
500 8th ave

Saturday February 8th-9th

Tribal Vortex Presents: The Night Sky

Get ready for a weekend of dance workshops! Tribal Vortex presents 4 dance workshops to accompany your showcase experience for a weekend to remember. Come and grow in your dance journey as you learn new skills from not 1, not 2, but 3 amazing dance teachers! Tribal Vortex presents dance workshops from Jo and Rose of the Lunachix and Tessa from Belly Set Go! all the way from Cortland, NY!

Workshop descriptions:
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Tribal Bellies Studio located in the Body Dynamics fitness Center
1810 County Line Rd. Huntington Valley, PA
10AM- 11:30AM
Across the Floor with Tessa
We all can imagine the quintessential Belly Dancer in a low light night club draped in silk and captivatingly dancing on a dime. But what about when you have a whole big beautiful stage to fill? Do you have to tools to move yourself across the floor, seamlessly get from point A to point B without just looking like your walking? Work with Tessa as she teaches you fun foot patterns, undulating traveling combinations and the sassiest strut that take you sweeping across the stage.

12:30PM- 2PM
BIG Juicy Combos! with Tessa
Want to take your dancing up a level of lushness? Join Tessa as she shares some of her signature combinations. Sure to be packed full of exaggerated 8's, gyrating locks, rolling undulations and some drop kicks! If you're feeling like you want some ready made combinations that ooze sensuality and gush, this is the class for you!

Both Saturday Workshops - $90

Sunday, February 9th, 2020
Pennsylvania Dance Institute
1458 County Line Rd. Unit G Huntingdon Valley, PA
10AM- 12PM
BellyEsque with Tessa
All that Shimmies & Shakes: The Unconventional Jiggle
Come rediscover some of your favorite conventional shimmies with a new twist and some not so conventional (think thigh giggling, Tata tornadoes, booty flicking love) After we get all nice and loose we'll put our new tricks to test featuring them in some of Tessa's most over the top combinations that shine a spotlight on the graceful sensuality of belly dance with showgirl sensibility and sauce.

Partner Play (AKA #dancewifelife)
With Jo and Rose of the Lunachix
It takes two to tango. Two heads are better than one. All that jazz - it's true tho! The only thing more fun than dancing alone is with somebody else! Even if you are a soloist, this workshop will address creative choreography generation and clean technique. All levels welcome to learn some combinations that will rock with one body, or two, or seven. Come on Sunday for a little #dancechurch with the sometimes honorable Rose and Jo!

Both Sunday workshops - $110

Registration opens December 1st. Workshop fees are to be paid to Melissa via PayPal only. Please follow the link
Please indicate in the PayPal comments which workshops you are registering for. Confirmation email will be sent when payment is received.

Spots are limited so reserve yours today!

Sunday February 23rd

The CT Bellydance Salons are back! Join co-hosts Elisheva and Joy for this incredible evening of dance performances by Connecticut dancers, and their students. Expect diverse bellydance genres from fusion and theatrical pieces, as well as folkloric, cabaret, Danse Orientale and Raqs Sharqi.

Refreshments by local pop-up restaurants are available for sale, as well as adult beverages and AF/ Mocktails to enjoy during the show!

At the State House, 310 State St, New Haven, CT
Doors 4:30 pm, Show starts 5:00 pm

Door pricing as follows ~ TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE
Before Day of Show: $12.
At door: $15

Saturday March 7th

Thursday March 19 - 22

We are proud to celebrate our 10th year anniversary of ”Art of the Belly” Belly Dance Festival in Ocean City, MD

4 days packed full of intensives, performances and workshops from dancers all around.

For your learning pleasure workshops have been announced along with Intensives by DALIA CARELLA and ASHLEY LOPEZ on Thursday, March 19, 2020

Feel free to join our group for the most up to date information on the event.

Art of the Belly 2020 will feature:

Dalia Carella
Ashley Lopez
Simon Sako
Kami Liddle
Princess Farhana
Artemis Mourat
Maria Hamer
Brenna Crowley
Angel Bellydance
Casey Bond
Carmine Guida!!!

As always there will be prom style photos taken by the fabulous Stereo Vision photography and video footage of your performance by Candle Light Productions!!

The festival is held every year at:
Carousel Hotel
11700 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842

Saturday April 4th 

Gathering of the Tribes Presents Bright Star in the Night

Hosted by Neylan
America Legion Post 312
437 Newport Ave- Rt 123
South Attleboro MA 02703

Welcome back to Gathering of the Tribes and Bright Star in the Night!

2020 is just around the corner so it’s time to plan another year of fun, community and raising awareness for Mental Healthcare.

We have some great plans in the works, but for now dust off your calendar and save the date.


Take al la carte or packaged deals
Early Bird specials $35 per workshop or $90 for the day!

Workshop Listing (see Below for descriptions)
West African Dance with Shelby 1130 am-1pm
Fantastic Fans with Ameena 130pm-3pm
Dance the Heartbeat of Light and Shadow with Tempest 330pm-5pm
Flow Jam with Chad $15

Top it off with an incredible show Saturday April 4th were we bring light to Mental Health and Depression awareness. Raised funds will be donated to Butler County Hospital Outreach Program.

Doors open At
Show tba
Suggested Donation$15 at the door

West African Dance with Shelby

Shelby Jones Collett has been dancing her entire life. She’s studied many forms of dance as a young girl, but truly fell in love with the art of West African dance in 1998 in Montana! Since then, she has been living in Vermont where she’s studied with Sidiki Sylla and Seny Daffe of Burlington’s West African Dance troupe, Jeh Kulu. She owns her own dance and gymnastic school in Rutland, Vermont where she enjoys teaching all ages in gymnastics as well as Tribal Bellydance.

This workshop will be a journey of joy and storytelling as the style of West Africa Dance emotes all. Basic steps and isolations will be introduced, then a traditional dance from Guinea will be taught, danced and celebrated. Class will end with a circle of inclusion, honoring our connections to our drummer, ourselves and each other.

Fantastic Fans with Ameena :TBA

Dance the Heartbeat of Light and Shadow with Tempest

This workshop focuses on a balance between "light" and "dark" concepts - particularly sacred vs. daily movement, invigorating vs. calming - rooted in Arabic/folkloric dances from North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, etc) and the Mediterranean. In this workshop, you will not only deepen your understanding of the folkloric dances we will explore - especially their key movements and music, but you will also take home with you practices and exercises that will energize and renew your dance! Suitable for all levels and styles of dancers. Please bring a 3 yard rectangular veil and water.

Tempest pulls from her visual arts background, literary tendencies, and global inspirations to create dance that crosses the boundaries of time and culture. Her compellingly artful performances exemplify her distinctively theatrical, unique, and expressive style that are rooted in oriental dance technique with a transcendent approach. Tempest's fascination with sacred and ritual dance lead her to bellydance over 20 years ago, and the exploration of Myth is an important and recurring theme in her work.
For more about Tempest visit her webpage

April 4th - 10th

APRIL 4-10, 2020

Mira Betz is coming back to Catskill in April of 2020 to teach a Solo Performance Intensive!


About this intensive:
A unique, versatile approach to the bellydance intensive, a week-long designed for experienced dancers, who are looking for inspiration from an artistic standpoint and who are interested in honing their ability to express through dance on stage. This intimate group exploration will stretch your notions of how dance can be striking on stage, and allow you to unlock new areas of creativity in your bodies and your mind. The seminar brings together many of the styles and forms from dance to theater which Mira has carefully integrated into an exciting, powerful, liberating approach to creation, including: personal expression, musicality, historical and contemporary contextual analysis, structured improvisation and choreography making tools, focused writing exercises and more.

This exciting extended intensive offered in the beautiful Catskill, NY will include an additional workshop in a professional theater with Mira and a lighting technician. They will cover lighting terms, color play and costuming, and how to utilize the lighting you have available to you to enhance your presentation on stage. The final culmination will include an optional public performance and a video of your finished piece (regardless of participation in the final performance). Mira creates a warm, supportive environment focusing on growth potential and risk-taking. It is for those enthusiastic about performing, working towards performance or wanting to take their performance skills to the next level.

Schedule (Subject to change):
*Saturday, April 4, 10am-4pm - Studio
*Sunday, April 5, 10am-4pm - Studio
*Monday, April 6, 10am-4pm - Studio
*Tuesday, April 7, 10am-4pm - Studio
*Wednesday, April 8 - 'Day off', lighting lecture in the evening
*Thursday, April 9 - History Day - 9am-5pm
*Friday, April 10 - Performance/Theatre Day

Additional information:

✮ Space is limited to 15 spots.

Rates for 35 hours of training:
✮ Early bird (Oct 15-Dec 15) - $800
✮ Regular pricing - $850
✮ Payment plans will be offered at an additional fee. Details will be provided closer to registration date.
✮ Rates do not include PayPal fees.

✮ Please keep in mind that no refunds are provided for this intensive. In the case where a registrant is unable to attend, they may sell their spot and notify the event organizer via email communication with the new registrant's email and name. Registrants may contact the event organizer to obtain a contact from the waiting list and the organizer will assist to the best of their ability. Keep in mind, however, that no guarantees can be made. Registrations are non-transferable within 15 days prior to the event.

✮ Additional information will be sent via email upon registration. Please feel free to contact Francesca with any questions or concerns in the meantime!