Friday, September 21, 2018

Fall 2018

Beginning September 18th

 WHAT: Learn one of Kaeshi's all time favorite choreographies which is a fiery gypsy battle between two "gangs" fusing movement elements from Spain, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and New York, set to the wonderful music of "Ciganska" by Igor Cubrilovic. This dance was performed by the professional Bellyqueen company in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia and will be taught over 6 weeks and performed at the Rakkasah East Festival in NJ.

6 Wk Course: Tuesdays 7-8pm September 4th-October 9th
Performance: Saturday October 13th, 7.00-7.24pm

6 Wk Course: Bellyqueen School of Dance, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4C, New York, NY 10003
Performance: Rakkasah East, Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave, Somerset NJ 08873

$100, $85 for Bellyqueen School unlimited pass members
(Dancers can wear their own "gypsy" costumes or rent one from Bellyqueen)


WHO: Kaeshi Chai is an artist and teacher who co-founded Bellyqueen, a professional dance company and school, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community focused on empowerment and social change through dance. She has performed and taught extensively internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William's Bella Gaia.

One of her all time joys is dancing to live music. In addition to years on stages from Las Vegas and beyond, from 2007-2017 she curated the weekly Djam Under Jebon event for dancers and musicians to create and play together in the East Village of NYC.

She teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance, leads creative labs using Sprint methodology to create full length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days and curates the annual PURE Conference. Her mission is to explore the transformative power of dance and theatre to cultivate deeper connections between people.

Friday September 21st

Come join the fun.  Help support a wonderful cause.

Delphi Dance Ensemble will be performing at 7pm.

September 22nd  3-6pm

Aszmara Master Class 'Classsic Oriental Nightclub

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

Classic Oriental Nightclub’s ‘Mach Mach’
A favorite song from the golden days of night club scene, 
this exciting Moroccan 6/8 is still one of my favorites!
Add Thrilling Zilling and it’s a winner!
Must Pre-Register - Workshop Limited to 15 Participants
$50 Pre-Registered one week prior to Master Class
$55 at the Door
Register with Aszmara via facebook or

Beginning September 22nd

Andrea's Dance Essence Class, Open Level

 Focus on the essence of dance using Middle Eastern & Indian folklore, belly dance, yoga & more. Bring fan veils if you have them (Andrea will have extras too). Focus will not only be on choreography but also on pure dance
WHAT: Andrea's Dance Essence Class, Open Level
WHEN: 4 Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm
15, 22 & 29 September & 6 October
WHERE: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, between 35th & 36th Streets, Studio 310
HOW MUCH: $68 for the 4 class series (you must come to all classes--no makeups) OR drop-in for $20

September 23rd

Cafe Raqs Sixth Anniversary!

191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

September 23rd is Cafe Raqs' sixth birthday and we're going to celebrate! If you've never been, Cafe Raqs is a place for New England's belly dancers of all styles and levels to perform in a fun, professional, and supportive environment! Our line-up this month includes veterans from the New England belly dance community and up-and-coming stars performing American Cabaret, fusion, tribal, and more! And as always the Arts at the Armory Cafe will be open selling food and drinks!

Doors at 7 PM, show at 7:30 PM. Admission is by $5-10 suggested donation (all admission and tips get distributed evenly among the dancers).

Esther Rahel
Eliza Luminara

September 30th

745 Bound brook Rd
Dunellen, NJ

Come on out and join us for a night filled with fantastic belly dance - 

First the workshop - 4pm-5:30pm, info below 

Then an incredible show -all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!

This month's performers are:
Alice Giampieri with Pete List
Morracca Haniya
Helewa (Diane C Schroller-Tortorello)

For the show portion there is a $10 cover charge at the door for the show - Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

The amazing workshop before the show will be taught by Alice and Pete and is "Drum Solo Fever!" For details please see:

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:

October 6th NYC - October 7th PA

Pierre brings with him more than 30 years of choreography work and dance experience in Middle Eastern Folklore and Oriental dance.
He has worked with legendary Lebanese icon Faeyrouz, Salwah el Katrib and managed the Nadia Gamal dance company for over 12 years.
His extensive dance training includes 6 years of classic ballet with the Georgette Gebara Lebanese National School of Ballet, where he met his first instructor Nadia Gamal.
He is the founder of the Pierre Haddad Dancing School in Lebanon and currently gives regular classes at many schools and dance studios in Lebanon.
He is by far, the most sought out instructor of Oriental dance in Lebanon.

Early Bird Price by October 1st
$100.00 NYC Workshop Oct. 6th

$100.00 Bethlehem Workshop Oct 7th

October 12-14

Rakkasah East 2018
Workshops - October Friday 12  - Sunday October 14
The dance schedule is now full.  If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email me at
Please include your name, dance name troupe or solo 7 or 15 min, and phone number
Let me know if there is a day or time that you can not make it.

All Workshops willl be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center!
Instructors:  Aneena, Novoto, CA - Belladonna, Washtington DC - Casey Bond, NY, NY - Fahtiem,  CA - June Seaney, Ithica, NY - Leila Haddad, Paris, France - Natica, Richmond, CA - Saqra, Kent, WA - Scott Wilson, NY, NY - Tasaha, Phillipsburg, NJ - Vikki Gale, PA
The festival will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center 135 Davidson Ave, Somerset, New Jersey 08873

Friday, October 12, 7pm-11pm - $15
Saturday, October 13 , 12noon - 10pm - $18
Sunday, October 14, 12noon -  7pm $18
Seniors and children 10 & under are half price
Only Cash and checks excepted at the door – no credit cards or bank cards – Thank you.

***See Delphi Dance Ensemble*** Saturday 10/19 9:48 pm

October 13th

Fabulous Floor Workshop

26 Vernon Valley Road 
East Northport, NY 11731

Welcome to Monthly Workshops with Tribal Dance Long Island, and your Host, Award Winning Master-Teacher, Cienna Azzir

Each Month, these workshops will Focus on a particular topic, focused on fun, learning, exiting comfort zones and camaraderie. 
Each Workshop will be an over view class designed to give the student a taste of the topic with the understanding that more advanced ( Part II) workshops will be held in the future.
Classes are open to ALL Students, inside and outside the TDLI student base, and every level will be welcomed.

Saturday October 13th:

Fabulous Floor Work.
This workshop will explore different floor based techniques, including the head to floor layout, leg extensions, back bend technique and transitions to and from the floor, the fundamentals of incorporating it into your practice and the enjoyment of floor expression.
So short basic choreography will be included.
we HIGHLY recommend knee pads for personal protection of the joints.

A PAID reservation will secure your place.
No Walk ins.
Call the Studio for your reservation.

$20.00 for TDLI Studio Members & students
$25.00 non studio members.*
(* $5.00 donation from each entry will be donated to the Beauty Through You Foundation.)

October 14th 10:30- 1:30

Doumbek Drumming and Belly Dancing Workshop
 · Hosted by Dragonfly Wellness Center
176 Jackson Rd
Devens, MA 01434

Drum Workshop description:The first hour students will work with professional musician and percussionist, Mike Gregian on the drumming. He has played the doumbek, flute, clarinet, soprano sax and has been singing for 35 years performing for numerous clubs, with belly dancers, on recordings and at private parties. Doumbek drums will be used but if you have an African drum you can use this in the workshop. You can bring your own drum or you may rent a drum from Mike for the class. Call ahead to see what is available. For more information on drum rental contact Mike:

After a short break, you will move into the dancing piece of the workshop with Baseema and the drummers will continue drumming for the dancers.

Belly Dance Workshop description: American Tribal Style® Belly Dance (ATS®) is a trans-national fusion dance style that has the look and feel of an ancient tribal gathering of women. An eclectic blend of movements from traditional Middle Eastern dance, flavored with a little Spanish Flamenco, African, Romany, and Indian dances, ATS® is improvised with dancers knowing cues and combinations to create the dance. The result is beauty in motion, as dancers react to the music, connect with their fellow dancers, creating art in the moment.

During this workshop, Baseema will share some of her favorite ATS® movements. Focus will be on dance posture, connecting to the music, and having fun.

This is a great opportunity and promises to be a fun learning experience! You’ll be dancing and drumming before you know it! Mature teens and Adults welcome!

Cost: $35 for drum workshop only (extra cost for drum rental), $45 drop in (if space)

$35 for dance workshop only, $45 drop in (if space)

$65 for both workshops. Pre-registration recommended as there is a minimum number needed to run this workshop

October 20th & 21st

9th Annual Shimmyathon Festival!

9th Annual Shimmyathon Festival!
Saturday & Sunday, October 20th & 21st, 2018
Raq-On Dance Studio (track 1) & White River Ballet Academy (track 2), 58 Bridge St, White River Junction, VT 

To Register:
Cost: $200 for the entire weekend (including show ticket)

Monthly auto-payment plans available! Cost is $22 per month for 10 months. Sign by emailing on January 1st at 10 a.m. with your name, email, and day of month you would like the withdrawal. 

Full Workshop Registration opens January 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Track 1 and 2 are decided by date timestamp (track 1 is a smaller studio, limited to 10 dancers, track 2 is the larger group). First 8 registered workshop attendees receive a performance slot in the Shimmyathon Showcase.

Single Class & One Day Workshop registrations open June 1st, 2018, space permitting 

To register: Link will magically appear here at 10:00 A.M.!

Raq-On Dance Studio opens Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM for registration, shopping, and stretching.

October 27th 12pm-6pm

Fall Fantasia 7: Fall For Dance

Save the Date!! Farasha & Su'ad and the Mystic Moonlight Dancers are proud to present Fall Fantasia 7: Fall For Dance! on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 featuring a workshop with Su'ad plus a fabulous Hafla – to benefit the Laurelton Fire Company # 1 Ladies Auxiliary.

From noon to 1:30 p.m. Su'ad will be teaching Staging for One or Many. Expand your artistic expression through the utilization of your stage space. This is an invaluable class for solo performers or dance troupes of all levels! We will work with a popular song by Mustafa Amar "Monaya" from the CD of the same name. 

Su'ad's workshop will be followed by our annual Fall Fantasia hafla - a Fall-themed party celebrating our wonderful Dance community - and YOU'RE invited to Dance! PM Farasha (Marisa Pierson) if you'd like to join the party, or email: 

Workshop - $35, includes show ticket
Hafla Tickets $20 ($15 for performers)

Enjoy A fabulous afternoon workshop with Su’ad, a fabulous afternoon-evening of dance performances, plus fabulous Shopping with Farasha & Su'ad Dance & Designs and - of course -Refreshments!