Friday, March 2, 2018


is in the 


Saturdays March 3rd- April 7th 11am-12:30 pm

Sharon Fit Belly Dance & Group Fitness Studio
29 Alden St, Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Welcome Naja to Sharon Fit Studio. For a six week ATS workshop and Choreography. With an extra 7th week for makeups! This routine will be performed in our annual showcase May 19th. This is for all levels even those with no ATS experience. Naja is Certified, General Skills (2009) and Teacher Training (2010), by Fat Chance Belly Dance® of San Francisco. 6 weeks $155. with option to take advantage of the 7th week for makeups. Registration has already started and space is limited. Come dance with us!! To post going click on each individual week.

Saturday March 3rd

Registrations are open!
Saturday, March 3rd 2018 will be our 3rd annual Spring Into Dance event, featuring:

> Saidi and Dabke workshops by Karim Nagi (3pm - 6pm)
$150 early bird price (before Jan 31)
($175 after Jan 31)

> A Gala Show where the first workshop participants to register will have a chance to perform (7pm - 8:30pm) 
$20 for guests
Free for workshop participants!

All at Shore Stars Dance Academy (SharqiDance headquarters) at 1985 Rt 34# 10, Wall NJ 07719

How to register:
1. PayPal your payment to (or email me asking for an alternative payment method)
2. Email me letting me know you paid, your best email and phone# for contact, and whether or not you will be performing
3. DONE!
Note: all payments are non-refundable!

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek, Riqq tambourine, Maqam & Taqsim, Drum Solo for Dance, and Arab Folk Dance. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and several Community Colleges. Additionally, Karim Nagi's Arabiqa program has conducted over 300 school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab traditional arts. His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.

Saturday March 3rd 3pm-6pm

Aszmara's Master Class - Zap! Pow! Pop! Wow!

Anahid Sofian Studio
29 W 15th St, New York, New York 10011

The rhythm, pulse and melody of music danced in different ways interpret your expression and create dynamic shadings that make certain moves "Pop" adding more power, passion and confidence into your dance. 

Anahid Sofian Studio
Must Pre-Register - $60 Registered one week prior - $65 at the Door
Registrations via or facebook Aszmara Sherry
Master Classes First Saturday of the Month

Aszmara takes you on our own internal dance journey so we can get deep within ourselves. 
A true artist does not imitate dance moves but becomes them and embodies the music

Thursday March 8th 5:15pm - 6:45pm

Every Friday

Sunday March 25th 3:45-10pm 

745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen, New Jersey 08812

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: 
Audie OS
Delphi Dance Ensemble
The Gerudo Vagrants

$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 Audie - "Veiled Drama"
For details see our website:

4-5:30 pm

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:

Starts Friday April 4th 6pm-7pm

7 week Improvisation Series with Farha

​Let yourself get swept away, and relax your mind, into the music and the moment. This class series will slowly build on each exercise, allowing you to see your improvement over the 7 weeks.

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 at Bellydance America
Does improvisation feel like you're jumping for a trapeze without a safety net? It doesn't have to! 

Improvisation is a skill that can be learned, by anyone! It is as different a skill from choreography as hip circles from chest bumps, and requires its own study. Farha's classes break down the sub-skills into digestible exercises, so you won't feel overwhelmed.

Improvisation is the soul of bellydance. Not only is it part of the native aesthetic, it allows a dancer to respond to his or her own feeling in the moment, to live music, and to interact with the audience. Even for dancers who prefer to perform choreography, improvisation is an essential skill for recovering from memory lapses, technical difficulties, or changes in your performance space (hello waiter with a flaming cheese tray!) and is useful for creating choreographies.
We'll be working on:
movement recall
creating contrast
avoiding over-dancing, and
staying in the music​

$22 drop in (cash or check at the door)
$105 for all 7 weeks paid in advance (paypal, check, or cash)

register at

Sunday April 15th 2pm-6pm

Spring Fling Bellydance Swap and Sell Bazaar
Hosted by Sonseeahray Sonsee
American Legion Post No 5; 581 Maple Ave, Rahway, NJ 07065

Have an excess of gently used bellydance costumes pieces, jewelry, accessories, CDs and props that you no longer have a need for? 

Are you a dancer who have limited funds and cannot afford brand new costumes, props, and/or accessories?

Well this is the swap and sell bazaar for you! 

THIS SWAP AND SELL BAZAAR IS NOT OPENED TO VENDORS! This even is intended for bellydancers who would like a space to swap and/sell their gently used goods to fellow dancers. 

6ft tables will be provided. 

Table prices are as follows:
1 table $30 until February 28th / $40 March 1st
2 tables $50 until February 28th / $60 March 1st

$2 Entrance fee for shoppers

For table rentals:
1. You can send payment via PayPal to Sonseeahray at (friends and family option)
2. Send email to me at notifying me of payment and number of tables you wish to rent

If you do not want to use PayPal, please contact me at and we will discuss alternatives.

Don't drive but still would like to come? The hall is a 10-15 minute walk from Rahway train station and walking distance from the bus stops. Go for more info on public transportation.

Saturday May 5th Sunday May 6th

Michelle Sorensen Long Island Intensive

 Michelle Sorensen is coming to play with us out on Long Island!! 

She is such a multi-faceted artist and I personally find her to be an awesome blend of cabaret and fusion concepts, which is what this weekend will be all about…but more on that when I post the topics (which I cannot stop squealing about and are not just bellydance!) 

If you have not seen her work please check out these two videos:

Location info: Normas School of Dance Bethpage, Long Island

Sat 5/5:

1:00pm - 3:00pm
“Press Pause: The Art of Silence”

Emily Dickinson said, “Saying nothing…sometimes says the most.” How often do we take opportunities for stillness in our dance? This workshop will focus on the breath between the “words” of our movement. We will learn a few unique combinations and then challenge our brains (and bodies) by adding silence and pause in different places throughout the combo, creating a sort of “musical chairs” game with dance!

3:30pm - 5:30pm
“Belly Work & Backbends” (SOLD OUT, PM for Waitlist)
Wanting to increase flexibility in your spine? Having a hard time making belly work smoooooth? If so, this class is for you! The focus in this workshop will be on conditioning the core, and learning to make those muscles work together seamlessly to create fluidity and dexterity in stomach isolations. We will then stretch those muscles out with a long focus on back flexibility based on contortion style training. Come prepared to work hard and sweat!

Sunday 5/6 -

11:00am -1:00 pm

“Creature Calisthenics”
Learn creative combos inspired by mythical and fairy tale creatures (think mermaids,monsters etc) complete with appropriate music for each! Use all or part of each combo to create a dance that is truly unique! We will also discuss how to tastefully convey “characters” without being melodramatic or overly literal.

2:00 - 4:00
“Kotch It If You Can”
Come twerk it with me! In this workshop you will learn a fast-paced Jamaican Dancehall inspired fusion choreography. We’ll be moving and sweating a LOT, so dress comfortably!

Who is Michelle?

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with nearly a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Phases 1 &2, Initiation and Cultivation Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian). She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene.

Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore!

Saturday May 5th Sunday May 6th

Sword Dance Intensive with Sabine

 Hosted by The Dance Space

Green Street Studios
185 Green St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
10-hour Sword Intensive with Sabine

- 5 sword dance workshops to choose
- From beginner to advanced
- Including a double sword dance workshop!

Register at:

Saturday, May 5
10:00-12:00 Belly and the Blade 
1:00-3:00 Drop Dead Sword Dancing

Sunday, May 6
10:00-12:00 The Curve of the Scimitar
1:00-3:00 Not Your Average Sword Dance
3:30-5:30 Forays into Double Sword Dance

Workshop Descriptions:
“BELLY and the BLADE”
Belly dancing and sword dance go hand-in-blade! We’ll work with the sword to frame and enhance belly dance movements, layer belly and core moves with balancing, shimmy with it, travel with it and more. Suitable for beginners to advanced dancers: we’ll start slow, with optional layers for advanced dancers, and build to a beautiful crescendo!
All levels welcome.

Move beyond just head balancing! Intermediate single sword presentation including thigh and hip balance, arm & hand balance, flips and grabs, and sword manipulations like “tornado” and “scoop doubleback” to make for a sword dance that’s anything but routine.
Some previous sword recommended (such as "Belly and the Blade").

“THE CURVE of the SCIMITAR” (a.k.a, The Sword is Not a Hat)What do you do with the sword when you are not balancing it on your head? In belly dance, the arched blade of the scimitar echoes the curves of the body and the rounded movements of the hips. This workshop focuses on using that curve to the max in sword manipulations, frames and shapes that we create with the sword before, after, and between balance points. Learn one-and two-handed manipulations, tricks for traveling with the sword, and creating beautiful shapes that make your dance stand out from the crowd.
All levels welcome.

Moves and cues for improvisational sword dance to fill your troupe sword dance with energy--and you can apply them to your solo sword performances as well. This class focuses on cued improvisational group sword dance, using multiple balance points, clean isolations, and Sabine's own Dangerous Group Sword moves, like "Red Sonya” "Kayak Switch" and “Raj Wave,” using lead-and-follow format for improv. Attendees should bring a sword and a cotton head wrap. No battle-ready swords, please. Some previous sword recommended (such as "Belly and the Blade").
You know how to work one sword, but what the heck do you do with two? Introduce a second sword into your performance and you will have the crowd in the palm of your hand! This workshop shows how to start a performance with one sword and then add a second sword (including ideas for how to even pick it up if you already have one balanced), then how to manipulate and balance a second sword using isolations, travelling movements, and even a little floorwork. Appropriate for intermediate and up dancers with some experience balancing a sword. Attendees should bring one or two swords (we’ll trade and share!), a head wrap, and kneepads. No battle-ready swords, please.
Prerequisite: The four workshops presented here. This will ensure a good grounding in combos to carry forward with the double sword instruction more readily.