Friday, December 15, 2017



December 31st

Ring in the New Year

Curry House 
Carmel, NY

January 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd 

4 Week Series Deeply Exploring Aspects of this Beautiful Art Form
Perfect for All Styles of Belly Dance - Enhance and Add to Your Vocabulary
Invaluable as Teacher's Training - All levels welcome

Scarsdale Wellness Center
531 Central Park Ave, Ste. 304
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Tava's  January Events

January 6th & 7th
HOT POT in the City
with Jo Boring

This is Jo's first time teaching in NYC! She's bringing ITS (Improvisational Tribal Style) technique, combos and group improv and we're putting on a show! Let the Beast Coast roar!

ITS is a combination-based form of improvisational dance created by Amy Sigil of Hot Pot Studio. This energetic dance is all about teamwork, having fun and being actively engaged in the moment. ITS relies on a shared vocabulary of movements, each initiated by a distinct cue movement. The leader initiates the cue movement, then a short, choreographed combination, or combo, is performed. These combos can be done in any order, and none of the dancers know ahead of time which movements the leader will cue next.

The workshops:

Hot Pot in the City! Introduction to ITS
Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 10am-1pm
Explore some of the foundational material in both the slow and fast Level 1 vocabularies. Whether you are a first timer or someone looking refine their skills, this workshop is for everyone! Come and see what all the whooping is about - we'll sweat, laugh and have a grand ol' time together!

ITS Beast Mode
Sunday, January 7th, 2018, 10am-1pm
Let’s have some fun with some challenging material from Levels 1&2! We’ll explore exciting formation changes as well as challenge ourselves with some kick @$$ combinations and concepts. All are welcome, but familiarity with ITS is handy! Take the intro class to prepare yourself for BEAST MODE!

Single workshop: $55 until 12/15, $65 after
Both workshops: $100 until 12/15, $120 after
Payments via Paypal to:

Limited to 20 students

Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)
Studio 16K
New York, NY


BURN THIS! An Evening of Fusion Belly Dance featuring Jo Boring & Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance

Saturday, January 6th, 2018
7:30-9:00 pm

Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St, 2nd Floor, 
New York, NY 10002
(Elevator available behind the security desk)

$22 Advance, payments via Paypal to
$25, cash, at the door.

Let's start 2018 STRONG!

January 7th 2pm-4pm

Sultana's Wings and Turns

Bellydance America
365 W 37th Streey
New York, NY 10018

two hour workshop focused on turns and teqnique for using bellydance wings. Wings will be available for sale at the workshop if you do not have your own! The cost of the workshop is $35 in advance and $40 at the door, space permitting! To register in advance you can PM me or go to

January 12th and 13th
Aubry Hill

Bellydance Superstar Aubre Hill from Los Angeles teaches in NYC!

Fri Jan 12th, 7-9pm: Folkloric Roots
Sat Jan 13th, 2-4pm: Dancer's Body
Sat Jan 13th, 4-6pm: Layering Gone Wild

NOLA Studios, 244 W 54th St, 11th Floor, Studio B, New York, NY 10019

Single Workshop $45, $55 after Jan 5th
Full Package Deal (All 3 Workshops) $120, $130 after Jan 5th

Sign Up Now!

Folkloric Roots for Belly Dancers
Learn these essential folk dances of the Arab world used and referenced within bellydance. Explore the music and gain a greater cultural understanding of these dances. Including Saidi (Egypt), Ghawazee (Egypt), Debke (Levant), and Khaleegy (Gulf).

Dancer's Body: The Art of training (Lecture and workout)
Developing a self practice, importance of cross training, rehabilitation & how to best use your studio time to your advantage for efficient & effective progress. Aubre will lead this discuss providing essential information to build the best program for your dance training regardless of style as well as how to address weaknesses, injuries, and more. As a personal and group trainer for over 15 years, Aubre brings her experience of kinesiology & physiology, Pilates & yoga, fitness & wellness, and special population work to give students the tools necessary to open up their bodies for free expression. As dancers, our body is our tool. Don't let it hold you back. Please bring a mat or towel and notebook.

Layering Gone Wild
Drills to boogle your mind and your body. Learn how to build multiple layers to create moves and steps of your own creation to more fully express your music and dynamic self.

Aubre Hill is an international dance artist based in Los Angeles. Her training includes extensive years in Raqs Sharqi, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hiphop, Musical Theatre, Pilates, and Folkdance. This training forged a unique style earning her Assistant Director of the Bellydance Superstars, guest artist for "Fuse the World”, and her own show on the Discovery channel. Aubre created the Lumina Dance Co after coming off tour in 2005. She has produced a wide range of performances bringing together artists from different genres and backgrounds to express and explore various themes of art & culture. In the fall of 2011, she founded one of the first all Arabic folkdance companies in the US, the Qabila Foundation, and she is commonly seen performing & teaching extreme fusion along side traditional folkdance. Her technical finesse and emotive soul bring together the elements to move and inspire audiences around the world.

January 21st 

Janurary 21st

During this amazing workshops Students will learn the style of belly dance performed by the legends of the Golden Era, What made Tahaia Carioca, Nagwa Fuad Samia Gamal and their contemporaries so captivating and inspiring even to today's dancers? Your Instructor Audie will breakdown the elements, music, techniques and style of this fascinating era of dance.

After the workshop there will be a showcase of local dancers. Refreshment will be served. If you would like to perform please email Audie.

About the Instructor: Audie is an Egyptian belly dancer who has been Performing and Teaching 1994. Although her training is in traditional style, her love for the dance led her to study many different styles including Berber and modern fusion. Audie's on-going classes in NJ, NY and workshops across the country are listed at

Workshop- $35
Show - $10

For more info:, 973-280-6386

January 24th

Bellydance Musicality Series

By Farha Dances

Bellydance America
365 W 37th Streey

New York, NY 10018

8 week workshop series: 6 weeks of exercises to improve your relationship to Middle Eastern music. You'll be able to remember choreographies better, make your own, and even improvise more easily. Bellydance is the music made visible, so make sure you understand what the music is telling you! Not only will your dancing improve, but so will your confidence, because you can relax knowing that if you just pick interesting music and follow it then your dancing will be interesting

1st class: we will build a foundation including distinguishing between the beat and the rhythms, understanding the divisions of a beat, finding the one in a count, and learning to hear the difference between tempo changes and rhythm decoration. We will also practice techniques for committing to your moves and keeping your step on the beat.

2nd class: we will apply what we learned in the first to recognizing rhythm patterns and get an introduction to matching our step choices to those rhythms.

3rd class: begins our focus on the melody with exploring how to get the most out of the moves you already know so that no matter what your body is set up for you will be able to make it work with the changes in the music.

4th class: we will explore the most common instruments in Arabic music and categorize our moves based on what fits their textures. At the end we will play a game to help your improvisation skills!

5th class: starts the foundation for song structure with learning to find the phrases in a piece. We will do exercises to help you naturally hear where a song makes a sentence, and practice aligning our transitions with the musicians'.

6th class: is all about music mapping. Using what we've learned about rhythm, instruments, and phrasing we will build a song from sentences to paragraphs and chapters, and learn how mapping is used differently depending on whether you are preparing a choreography or improvising.

7th & 8th class: students apply what they have learned to music of their choice, and get feedback from Farha and their classmates. Based on interest there can be an opportunity for students to perform their pieces in a show, but you can also prepare a piece in class even if you don't want to put it on stage.

The schedule is:
Rhythms and steps (Jan 24 & 31)
Instruments and textures (Feb 7 & 14)
Phrasing and song structure. Feb 21 & 28)
Applying class work to students' solos (performing is optional. Must have taken the whole series) (March 7 & 14)

Registration at
Before December 31st
Any 2 weeks (from the first 3 topics): $40
The first 6 weeks: $100
All 8 weeks: $ 140

After December 31st:
Drop in: $25
Any 2 weeks (from the first 3 topics): $45
The first 6 weeks: $125
All 8 weeks: $160

January 28th

Show follows 

Jump into ATS! with Maria Naja of Tribe Hamsa ATS Belly Dance
You’ve seen ATS® (American Tribal Style) with it’s beauty and precision and perhaps you’ve taken some classes. American Tribal Style is a universal language that allows you to dance with ATS Brothers and Sisters all over the world. Dialects provide the spice and flavor of individual troupes and regions.

Spend the afternoon with Maria Naja and shimmy the time away. Learn some new things and drill the classics, put it all together and you’ll be dancing in no time. She’ll start with basics and then take you beyond the basics and provide inspiration that can you can use in your own dance.

Afterwards, stay for the show and enjoy seeing Tribe Hamsa use those moves with their own kind of masala.

Workshop Cost: $30.00 Prepay / $40.00 at the door 
Advanced Purchase can be made here:

Information on the show afterward can be found here:

January 27th & 28th

Come join us for a weekend of Creative ATS® belly dance workshops!

Alice Giampieri and Debbie Despina have joined forces to bring you two Powerhouses from the ATS® Community.

Drum Roll please…………. Philippa Moirai (London, UK) and Gudrun Herold (Black Forest, D)!! Yes these two amazing inspiring powerhouses are certified ATS® Bellydance instructors, Sister Studios to FatChance BellyDance® and members of the of ATS® Sisters Collective.

Philippa and Gudrun will be flying into NYC after teaching at ATS® Reunion! 2018:

Saturday January 27th and Sunday January 28th; with a show on Saturday evening.****

The workshops will be advanced or intermediate. Please read the breakdown of the topics before registering and let us know if you have any questions.

New to this dance style?? Don’t sweat it, the Dynamo-Duet Despina and Kate Reid will be kicking off the intensive weekend with a beginner’s workshop. Great for newbies but also for people looking for a refresher workshop.

Workshops schedule:

SATURDAY Jan. 27th

11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beginners ATS® with Despina and Kate:.
Learn the basics of this beautiful dance format. Kate and Despina will be breaking down the basics with their signature style: "drills that thrill" and "Shake Your Brain" a finger cymbal breakdown. Bring your zills.

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Advanced ATS® with Philippa Moirai (2 hours):
Modern moves and combos created by FatChanceBellyDance®, Ghawazi Caravan, Devyani and Tamarind will be explored, delving into the finer details with the aim of gaining an indepth understanding of these steps and concepts. Thinking of lines, shapes and space, we’ll work on ways to smoothly transition in and out of them and add them to your repertoire. This workshop is most suited to those with a good knowledge of classic ATS®.
Experience Level: Intermediate -Advanced

SUNDAY Jan 28th
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
The ATS® Drum Solo – with Gudrun Herold (2 hours):
Percussive music with an emphasis on drums offer a lot of texture for the dancer. Let’s have a look at the percussive qualities of fast ATS® steps to make this texture visible, and enrichen your dance. Technique of some good old style ATS® advanced steps will be broken down and added to our vocabulary.
We will then put these concepts into practice and learn an original ATS® Drum Solo choreography which can be adapted for solo and group performances.
Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Please bring zills

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Tribal Skirts with Philippa and Gudrun (2 hours):
Not only do skirts look gorgeous, they can also add an element of playfulness or drama to your dance! Tribal movements, travelling steps, and spins will be taught with skirt work and drilled in combos that can be incorporated into your dance. Suitable for group and solo dancers.
Experience Level: Intermediate Props: Please bring a long full skirt (large enough to be held at the hem with arms at shoulder height)

Workshops and show location: TEATRO LATEA
107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
at the second floor

FULL PACK: 4 workshops, 8 hours, with EARLY BIRD by DEC. 15th $180 - after $220
1 WORKSHOP à la cart with early bird $55 - after $65 - at the door $70

Please send all payments via Paypal to specifying your full name and the workshops that you will be attending.

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact Alice or Debbie at: or

January 27th 

Alica Giampieri and Debbue Desphin Cartsos present

Urban Shimmies

Alice Giampieri and Debbie Despina Cartsos present:

"Urban Shimmies"
Saturday, January 27th at 8p.m. - Doors open at 7:30p.m.
LATEA Theater
107 Suffolk St # 200, New York, NY 10002

A dance theater soiree presenting tribal & fusion belly dancers from all over the world!

We are really excited to be hosting international guest artists : Philippa Moirai (UK) and Gudrun Herold (D) who will not only be preforming, but also teaching workshops

We have performers coming from all over the area. Our amazing list of performers include:
Dalia Carella (NYC)
Kaeshi Chai (NYC)
Kim Leary & Groove Merchant (NJ)
Debbie Despina & Kate Reidof ATS® Unlimited (NYC&CT)
Lauren Marie Robbiani & Lauren Jeanette (Brooklyn, NYC)
Alice & Marea project featuring Bellyqueen School (NYC & Italy)
Sabeela Tribal BellyDance (PA)
Belly Sol (Astoria, NY)
Bright Ribbons (Brooklyn, NY)
Delphi Dance Ensemble (Westchester Cty, NY)

Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 at the door.
buy your ticket here:

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

What not to miss:

Mini Bazaar: Come on early to enjoy our mini bazaar featuring designs made your by your co-hosts Debbie Despina: D.Webb Designs , Alice: Dicentra Store: All product is made in NYC with ♥
Guest jewelry vendor Carola Apsara Amuletic Creations. (New York/ Australia)

Bar: Yes. Teatro LATEA will have a bar providing you with adult refreshments such as wine and beer at the splendid price of $5. The bar will be up and running when doors open and during intermission.

After-party: January 27th Kate Reid's birthday so we will be heading out for post-show fun to celebrate! Details TBD 

January 28th
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Come on out and join us for a night filled with fantastic belly dance - all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!

This month's performers are:
Tribe Hamsa ATS Belly Dance
Linette LaTurka
Hillary Coniglio Lit with The Anka Kusu Band

$10 cover charge at the door for the show
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

Join us before the show for an amazing workshop taught by Maria Naja of Tribe Hamsa called "Jump into ATS", for details see our website:

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:

February 4th

DIY Costume Workshop

Some of you have expressed interest in learning how to make your own bellydance costume pieces. This 6 hour workshop will give you the skills to begin crafting your own looks. 

The class will run Sunday Feb 4 from 10a.m- 4 p.m and will focus on making a costume belt. 

6 hours of instruction on hand and machine sewing techniques, cutting, applique making and belt covering. 

$120 per student, includes most costume materials. Participants must bring their own fabric scissors, pinking shears, and measuring tape. 

Inbox Zuri Dance or contact Zuri for more information.

February 17th

Music Mapping Sleepover

Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - Noon
Location: Wainwright House, Rye, NY
Registration Deadline January 31, 2018

Taught in an intimate setting, with Music Mapping Weekend we garner tools to hear, chart and find new ways to feel the music along with it’s emotional nuances. With Intensive Instruction, Application Exercises & Choreography Outlines, enjoy Tea and Cookies as we discuss this important growth as a musical dancer.

Music Mapping - "Becoming a Musical Dancer."
Put a new Tool in your Dancer's Toolbox! 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.
An important way to connect with music and learn/create choreography faster is to Map your music choice. We find the heart of the piece as well as nuances in the instrumentation leading us to understand not only the piece we choose, but music in general.
* Basic Music Theory every dancer should know
* Musical Structure
* Recognizing Instruments - Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Levantine
* Identifying Musical Themes
* Musical Arrangements
* Hearing/Thinking like a musician
* Is it a Taxim or Melody?
* What are we listening for/to

Learn to Map and dissect music as we discuss & utilize this important growth as a musical dancer.
Bring a notebook, pen and a 3 minute piece to Map as we will outline a choreography to your music choice!
Looking forward to sharing this wonderful way of helping our connection with music and dance!

Register: Aszmara via facebook Aszmara Sherry, or