Friday, July 6, 2018


July 7th- July 8th

Yalla - Dance Folkloric!

White River Ballet Academy
52 Bridge Street
White River Jct. 
Vermont 05001

Join Raq-On Dance Studio and Origins Folkloric Dance Company for a weekend of folkloric dance! Learn more about the cultures, costuming, and performing folkloric dance socially and on stage. 

Teachers include Kay Campbell Hardy (Gulf/Khaleegy); Samantha Burnstein (Tunisian), and Morwenna Assaf!

This will be a small, intimate event, with only 35 spaces available. In lieu of a show and in traditional women's folkloric style, we'll have a dance party with guided steps!

Price for the entire weekend is only $225 by June 1. Payment plans available. Please email for more information. 
**Registration is non-refundable. However, you can sell your spot.**

Register for the weekend or single day options here:

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**Introduction to North African Dance with Samantha** 
An overview of popular dances from the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia). The goal of this workshop is to give dancers the tools to recognize the musics and rhythms of common dance styles from the region and essential movement vocabulary appropriate for each style. (Sat, 10 am - noon)

**Muwashahat/Samaii with Morwenna and Walid** 
The Samaii is a dance of elegance and simplicity, but it can be challenging to interpret. It is performed with the Muwashahat, a poetic form of music that originated in Muslim Spain. The Egyptian/Lebanese style of Muwashahat was first developed for the stage in 1979 by renowned choreographer Mahmoud Reda. Learn the basics of the rhythm, steps, and as time allows, a short choreography. (Sat, 1 - 3 pm)

**Introduction to Khaleeji Dance with Kay** 
This workshop focuses on the folkloric style of khaleeji dance as a social dance, as performed by people in their homes. Kay will also include a short discussion of modern-style khaleeji, and compare and contrast the two styles. (Sat, 3:30 - 5:30 pm)

**Dance party!** Everyone! Sat. 7:00 - 9:00 pm

**Debke! with Morwenna and Walid**
Debke is the national dance of Lebanon and the Levant. It is a line dance performed socially and on the stage. We will cover the basic steps and learn a choreography (Sun 10 am -noon)

**From Roots to Stage: A Discussion on Presenting Folkloric Dance. Led by Kay and Samantha, with participation by everyone! **
A panel discussion on the challenges of presenting the folkloric dances in public, including how best to present the dances for Western audiences, and how to get out of the solo dance mentality when it comes to folkloric styles. (Sun 1:00 - 3:00 pm)

Saturday July 7th

The NICE Festival

A Multi-Cultural Celebration with Food, LIVE Music & Dance, Arts & Crafts. All ages welcome.

Saturday, July 7th, 2018 from 11:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Oyster Shell Park, North Water Street
Norwalk, Connecticut

Free Admission

Please Note:
Bring your blankets and chairs.
NO Coolers or Glass containers permitted.

Saturday July 7th 

Saturday July 14th

4 S Chestnut St.
Beacon, NY 12508

Elizabeth Muise presents...Hafla in the Hudson Valley and Boom Boom Shake CD Release Party!

Please join us for a day of bellydance workshops, vendors, and yummy middle eastern food! Followed by an evening of bellydance performances and live music by Boom Boom Shake! Come celebrate the release of our new album-Mid Century Modern!

Workshops from 1:00-5:00
Dinner 5:00-7:00
Performance 7:30-10:00


Workshops will be held at Beacon of Light Wellness Center, 4 S Chestnut St, Beacon NY 12508.. 
Performances will be held at the Dennings Point Distillery, 10 N Chesnut St, Beacon NY 12508.
Parking is on street or in the Municipal lot across the street! 

Event begins at 1:00. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the workshop you are attending to sign in. I encourage you all to participate in the whole day to better connect with the Hudson Valley bellydance community. If you would like to perform during the evening, I request that you take at least one workshop, preferably both. If you are a troupe this applies to each member of the troupe. There are limited slots available for performance. Applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, and performance slots will fill up fast. 
Workshops are $20. Please pre-register and pre pay to reserve your spot. Online sales will end on July 14th at 10:00 am. Workshops will be $25.00/per workshop at the door. Details below. Dinner will be for an additional fee of 5$ payable at the studio (cash only) for a plate of middle eastern food. Non-alcoholic drinks and dessert will be additional.

Payment can be made via MINDBODY at

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water!

1:30-3:00- Soft and Sweet, Deep and Juicy with Elizabeth Muise. This is an all levels class which is perfect for someone who wants to try bellydance for the first time or for the seasoned dancer who wants to go deeper with their practice! We will refine technique and play with movement qualities in our dancing. We will experiment with juxtaposing light and flowing movements with deep and juicy isolations. Class will culminate in a short combination.

3:00-3:30- Break. Feel free to bring a light snack and shop around!

3:30-5:00 Salimpour Grab Bag with Angelique! Heard a lot about the Salimpour format but not sure what it is all about? Or maybe you’ve taken a few classes and want to further your knowledge. In this workshop we will discuss the differences between the Suhaila and Jamila formats and how each apply to the belly dance world. We will touch on the importance of proper technique and how it is the baseline for personalized movement. We will talk about layering - but not your average combinations, and we will touch on finger cymbals concepts. The great thing about this workshop is it can be tailored to those in the room, which means all are welcome and all will leave with a new appreciation for why this format is taking over the world!

5:00-7:00 Dinner, shopping and mingling! Grab a plate of middle eastern food and check out the vendors! If you are performing in the show this is also your time to change into your costume! 
We cannot change at the performance location, so please make sure that you are performance ready before you leave Beacon of Light. We will need to collect all of our belongings and leave Beacon of Light by 7:00 so that we can be at the performance location ready to go by 7:10! 

We are not charging a ticket price for the show, but we are asking for a $10 suggested donation. This contribution will go towards the band. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM message Elizabeth on FB or email her at for a performer application! 

HEADLINING the show will be Angelique, Elizabeth Muise, and Ghost Siren who will be performing to live music by Boom Boom Shake!

Last but not least, please tell your family, friends, and fellow bellydancers to come on out to this event! :) Let’s all have a great time together! OPA

JULY 20-22

DCDC Summer Immersion
Dalia Carella & Dalia Carella Dance Collective Present: 
Annual Summer Immersion, July 20 - 22, 2018
Sharing the Love of Dance this Summer!

Teachers: Dalia Carella & Debbie Despina

Day passes & individual classes available!

Gala Summer Salon, Sunday July 22 - Save this date!
Featuring Seminar Teachers and Participants 
When: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Where: You Should Be Dancing, 412 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Cost: $15

We are looking for solos, duets and group pieces performed by the participants who attend at least one workshop

Class Location:
Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
440 Lafayette Street, NYC

Friday, July 20 - Dalia Carella - Dunyavi/Turkish Roman Gesturing & Skirts 6:30-9 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door

Created by Dalia in 1979, Dunyavi (meaning "world") is one of Dalia’s signature art forms. In this class we will be focusing on dancing with beautiful full skirts while learning Turkish Roman hand gesturing to enhance the movement. We will be dancing to traditional Turkish Roman 9/8 Karsilama rhythm. This rhythm is all about the organic feeling that is sometimes challenging for dancers to internalize. Dalia’s technique simplifies this dance to enable you to assimilate the skirt work, hand gesturing and foot work, and immerse yourself in a worldwind of movement! Please bring a full skirt with no slits.


Saturday, July 21 - Dalia Carella - Danse Orientale: The Luminous Veil 11 am-1:30 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door

Looking for different ways of expressing yourself? This class is geared towards helping dancers to create movement and shapes with fabric. Learn to become one with the veil, feel its intensity, feel its beauty, flow with it. Expressive combinations and air design movement will be explored while using a veil that can be used in night club and theatrical performances to rivet audiences. Experience Dalia’s unique approach to veil work through her invaluable dance experience throughout the years. Please bring a 3.5-4 yard veil. 


Saturday, July 21 - Debbie Despina - The Artistry of Dancing with Your Sword

2:30-5 pm, Playwrights Downtown Rehearsal Studios
$65 pre-registration, $80 at door

Learn the artistry of dancing/performing with a sword. This workshop is geared towards all level dancers. Despina will discuss the importance of dancing with your sword as if it were an actual dance partner rather than just a prop. You will learn a short choreography that will break down technique, showing you how to handle this beautiful yet powerful blade while dancing with it. This is not a balancing act, this is about dancing creating shapes, framing, using musicality, power and fluidity. Come with an open mind and with an appetite to dance a lot. Please bring a sword and a hair scarf.


Saturday Pass
$120 for both Saturday workshops, pre-registration only


Sunday July 22nd


412 8th Avenue, 4th floor
New York, NY 10001

 A fun evening of dance at our Gala Salon on Sunday, July 22! Performances by (hopefully) Dalia, Debbie DespinaDanielle Hutton & workshop participants! Sign up soon to secure your spot for these awesome workshops 

For full class descriptions, pricing and to sign up, go to:

You can also check out the Facebook event page:

July 27th - 28th

Belly Dance Workshop Weekend with Faelan (Chandala) Shiva

 · Hosted by Jo Boring and Bethany Forsythe

~2 Workshops and a Show with Faelan Shiva~

- Fancy Footwork and The Serpents Secret
- Raq City Belly Dance Night featuring Faelan Shiva

~Fancy Footwork~
Friday, July 27 
5:30pm - 7:30pm
$35 early bird price until July 1, $40 thereafter.

What are your feet doing while you dance? From intention to fancy footwork, we'll be sure to bring our dance to the next level from the ground up. We'll also get some time to focus on balance, layers, and ways to move across the stage.

~The Serpent's Secret~
Saturday, July 28
10am - 12pm
$35 early bird price until July 1, $40 thereafter.

Discover the inner workings of those beautiful, sophisticated serpentine movements that have become a favorite of Tribal Fusion belly dance. We'll break down the mechanics of these isolations and then add the fluidity that gives the audience a magical experience of
strength and grace. We'll also talk about properly warming up the spine to prepare for these strong movements.

Register by emailing, and paypal the same address with a memo about which workshop(s) you are purchasing. Purchases are non-refundable.

~Raq City Belly Dance Night~ 
A Night Of Open Belly Dance For Local Dancers, Troupes, Students, Musicians And Any Lover Of Middle-Eastern Performance Art. 
Butapub $5/ 315 Gregory St, Rochester, New York 14620

July 27th-29th

Antonia's Studio 4
925 South Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

A full weekend (FRI-SAT-SUN) of Arabic Dancing & Drumming with Ramzi:
ARABIC PERCUSSION: Technique & Drills for Derbekkeh (Tabla), Riq (Tambourine), Frame Drum, Zils, Drumming Technique for Dancers
ARABIC DANCE: (Egyptian Raqs Sharqi) Belly Dance & Folkloric Dances (Sagat, Tambourine, Muwashahat, Moroccan, Khaligi, Debke, Stick)
SATURDAY EVENING: Home-Cooked Lebanese Dinner & Live Show

Saturday August 4th-Sunday August 5th

I'm so thrilled to announce a Tribal Fusion Intensive Weekend and Performance Project in NYC with  
Patrizia Pin (IT) and Alice Giampieri (IT/US)
Live music by Simone d'Eusanio (IT) and Pete List (US)
4th and 5th of August 2018

Patrizia Pin is teaching in NYC for the second time so some of you have already experienced her talent. She is one of the most beautiful and renowned dancers in Europe. Simone d'Eusanio is an Italian amazing violinist player. He is touring with the most famous Italian singers. 

Pete, Patrizia, Simone and I are inviting you to attend a creative, fantastic weekend of dance, music and great fun! The Saturday workshops, entirely with live music, are open to all levels, so everybody is welcome to join us. Just 10 lucky girls will have the chance to perform with us at the Tuesday show at the Slipper Room, 5 for each teacher. (This number is based on the limited space at the theatre).

If you have any interest in the performance project please send us a.s.a.p. your CV and a video of you dancing to

Note: To participate in the performance project dancers will have to book the full pack.

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

Saturday August 4
From 3pm to 5pm

Patrizia Pin with live music of Simone d'Eusanio 
“Hear the dance, See the music”
How many sounds can be done by just one instrument? As many as the moves made by just one body...the peculiar sound of electric violin is leading us in a journey inside the music where we’re going to find new landscapes and views using our body to tell what we see and feel and learning how to listen the music in a proficient and creative way for choreography as well as improvisation.

All live music is composed and played exclusively for this workshop by Simone D’Eusanio, electric violin player and composer of Tribal Nova project.

From 5pm to 7pm
Alice Giampieri with live music of Pete List

“Built your castle of magic spheres”

Focusing on upper body and arms movements, we will work in group formations to slowly create immaginative shape . New original fluid combos will be explored and danced .Secret props will assist us, and the original melodic songs of Pete List will guide us to use our bodies in the creation of this poetic composition. 

Sunday August 5 (open just to the performers)
From 3pm to 4.30pm Rehearsal with Patrizia and Simone
From 4.30 pm to 6pm Rehearsal with Alice and Pete

Costs and booking:

$55 1 workshop (2 hours) - AFTER JULY 23 $ 65

$100 2 workshops (4 hours) - AFTER JULY 23 $115 

Performance project full pack only 10 spots (total 5.30 hours) $130 - AFTER 23 JULY $145 

To register via PayPal: (send using the ‘friends and family’ option please!)

For more info and booking:

Patrizia Pin is a Tribal Fusion and ATS® dancer, largely known in Italian and European tribal scene.

With a over 10 years career and a deep knowledge of many other dance styles, she regularly travels Italy and other European countries as performer and instructor, appreciated for her unique style as well as high level projects and collaborations like Tribal Nova project with the musician Simone D’Eusanio and “La Divina Commedia Project” by Francesca Pedretti.

Patrizia is artistic director of MoonFlower Bellydance: a project for tribal and fusion dances spread in the Italian North East, her native area.

Patrizia, besides Francesca Pedretti, is organizer of the very first Italian only-ATS® festival “200%ATS”

She is over 10 years Vinyasa Yoga practitioner and Pilates and Stretching instructor.

Tuesday August 7th

Stay tuned for more info
Come to discover your future at The Night of The Magic Sphere. 
Musicians and performers will be announced soon. 
Special guests from Europe!!!!
Slipper Room
390 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010

August 10th-12th

Ananda Ashram - Yoga Society of New York, Inc.
13 Sapphire Rd, Monroe, New York 10950

There is beauty in the rhythm. There is beauty in the spirit of the dance.
- Discover the Rhythms used in Egyptian Belly Dance
- Hike and Dance in glorious Nature.
- Learn folkloric Circle Dances that build connection and community.
- Explore the ancient symbols and meanings in the dance.
- Get crafty making dance accessories
- Dine on gourmet vegetarian meals
- Enjoy the company of kindred spirits

Come explore the power and beauty of belly dance in the stunning natural beauty of the Hudson valley of New York. 

Location: the fabulous Ananda Ashram. 100 acres of beautifully scenic country side in the Hudson Valley. Just 1 hour's drive from NYC. After workshops students are free to explore the walking trails, canoe in the lake or splash in the pool.  

Our adventure begins on Friday (Aug 10th) with a 2PM Check In time and lasts until Sunday (Aug 12th) at 2PM.

*** Be sure to choose "Registration" AND your "Accommodations" 

* Super Early Registration BellyRhythm ends (4/30) $360.00
* Semi Private Accommodations $115.00
* Dorm Accommodations $95.00
* Early Registration ends (5/1 - 5/31) $400.00
* Discounted Price (6/1 - 7/15) $425.00
* Regular Price (7/16 - 8/10) $460.00


* Just Friday at BellyRhythm Retreat $100.00
* Just Saturday at BellyRhythm Retreat $185.00
* Just Sunday at BellyRhythm Retreat $85.00
Includes classes. activities and meals

Space is limited for this event. Reserve your place for just $110.00. When you make your final payment the scheduled discount price is what you pay.

For more information please contact Audie at, 973-280-6386