Monday, November 5, 2018


Friday November 2nd-4th & 9th-11th

Sahara Dance
4433 Wisconsin Ave
Washington D.C. 20016

Sahara Dance is pleased to host Sahra Saeeda’s Journey through Egypt Workshop Intensive / Certification Series!

Journey through Egypt (JtE) is a structured series of intensive workshops, providing an in-depth look at the various dance zones of Egypt. Each “Intensive” views Egypt’s Folkloric dance from a different perspective.

JtE-1 and JtE-2 are held in studios, classrooms and reception halls worldwide.

JtE-1 (Intensive/Certification 22-hr Workshop)
Draws upon films, lecture, study materials, map, and dance instruction. JtE-1 introduces the students to the wide variety of dance styles in Egypt with an overview of movement, costume, historical diffusion, and geographical location.

JtE-2 (Intensive/Certification 22-hr Workshop)
Provides an advanced overview, including the basis for future research, student specialization, dance ethnology concepts. Students investigate the dance differences between “home-style,” local professional dance, regional government troupes, Cairo-based Reda and Kowmeyya national troupes, and folkloric representation in night club shows.

Learn about the Dance of Egypt from a deeper perspective.
If you are not just a tourist, if you are hungry to understand,
if you don’t want to simply learn another choreography,
this may be the start of your journey.

Using dance ethnology concepts and a multi-media/experiential approach, Sahra C. Kent presents each region’s story of culture and dance, historical diffusion, costume and dress, posture and movement.

All intensives include a certificate upon completion. Certification is awarded to only those who complete all 22 hours of each course (44 hours total).

Friday Nov. 2, Saturday Nov. 3, Sunday Nov. 4, 2018 - JtE I (22 hours)
Friday Nov. 9, Saturday Nov. 10, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 - JtE II (22 hours

Thursday November 8th 7pm

Norwalk CT
The 1950s to the 80s was the "Nightclub Era" of belly dance. During this time you could see belly dancing and live music seven nights a week.

Because of the similarities in culture and cuisine, the Armenian, Greek, and Lebanese communities mingled at each others' clubs and restaurants Boston became a melting pot of eastern Mediterranean music and, ironically - considering its puritanical reputation - the city became a national hot spot for belly dance.

In this presentation, Amy Smith will share highlights of her research on this part of belly dance history centering around Boston.

Saturday November 10th

Paris Cabaret
49 Monk St.
Stoughton, MA

YALLA - LET'S GO TO PARIS CABARET! Join us for dinner, an artistic belly dance show inspired by the floor shows of Egypt's 5-star resorts, and open dancing for you and your friends who love live music. The energy you contribute will influence every turn of events as The George Maalouf Ensemble, the Alwan Dance Ensemble, a mystery dancer (you?), Aurel, and the Paris Cabaret bring you Yalla!


- Live music by the beloved George Maalouf Ensemble. 
Get to know this truly amazing music as played by George and John Maalouf, Mohammed Mejaour, Tony Chamoun, and Bill D'Agostino. 

- The Alwan Dance Ensemble. 
This lovely troupe is dedicated to folkloric dances of the Middle East, North Africa, and Anatolia. Carrying a legacy of folkloric dance to contemporary times Alwan is excited to dance with you!

- Surprise guest artists including... you!? Yes. Pro-level dancers bring a costume, put your name in the magic jug, and you may win a performance slot during the show with this incredible band!

These shows always sell out. Get your seat now. Make this night your party. Call to purchase seat. 781-297-7469. 

$55 includes dinner, desert, show, dancing, tax, tip. Just add your friends and it’s a party.

Let's go- Yalla!

Sunday November 11th 6:30-7:45pm

Bellydance Master Class

Hosted by Dalila Malave
D Fitness Studio
760 Mantoloking Rd.
Brick Township, NY

Bellydance Master Class with "VIN IYER"
A great chance to learn something new, with this talented and experienced Dancer, unique flavor, exquisite and graceful moves.
Open to everyone who wants to try and love Bellydancing!
Open to the public!
General Admission $20

Friday November 16th 7-8pm

Learn how to dance to live music with Aszmara and Souren Baronian. There is also a 6-7pm Beginner Belly Dance class taught by Gabriela Figueroa.

WHEN: Friday November 16th, 7-8pm

WHERE: Bellyqueen School, 440 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Studio 4C, New York, NY 10003

COST: Drop-in $20, $85 5 class card, $150 10 class card, $99 newcomer monthly pass, $115 monthly autopay

Suggested $5 musician tip in cash

Sign up now!

WHO: "Dance is Emotion in Motion" aptly describes Aszmara. For over 40 years, Aszmara has been inspiring dancers as a teacher and performer with International Tours, Workshops and Seminars across USA & Europe. As a Master Teacher, her deep love of the dance shines out to all she teaches, beginners through professionals, leading them to find their own expressive passion in the dance. 

In the 80's and 90's she was co-director of two dance companies; the award winning Middle Eastern dance company, Oriental Images and the ground breaking SaZ Dance Theater, creating themed concert events, folkloric and innovative dances. Aszmara's articles have appeared in The Gilded Serpent, Bhuz and Bennu magazines and her instructional DVD, Belly Dance... The Secret Desire has received high accolades.

Souren Baronian (Clarinet/Duduk/Riq) This unstoppable maestro is now in his eighties—the Armenian-American multi-reedman, percussionist and bandleader is absolutely undiminished as a soloist, one of the greatest and most soulful players in the history of jazz, let alone the Middle Eastern jazz he’s pioneered.

Friday November 16th 7:30-8:30

Belly Dancing Girls Nite Out

Forever art Fit
549 US Route 130 Suite 428
Hamilton, NJ

Discover this ancient art of dance in modern times. Find your inner goddess through these sensual moves designed to ignite the soul. This Belly Dance fitness class will affect your whole body to increase core strength and flexibility. Reveal yourself through Belly Dance!

20.00 preregister and 25.00 at the door

Saturday November 17th 6-9 pm

The Dance Space
100 Barber Avenue
Worcester, MA

Featuring the students of Baseema, Hayam, and Annette Marie.

Join the dancers of The Dance Space as we showcase what we've been working on!

Doors open at 6:00, show starts at 6:30.

$5 at the door.

Saturday November 17th 7-9 pm


The Drum and Dance Learning Center presents World Drum and Dance Showcase featuring Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble and the DDLC Ensemble. Join us for an exciting night of live music and dance!

Saturday November 17th 8-9:30pm

Movsesiyan, to show the varied, fascinating ethnic dances of the Middle East and North Africa to the general public, and give “a bit of home” to Middle Eastern immigrants in Harlem, NY. Because of recent rising anti-immigrant sentiments in the U.S., this project is necessary to help break down stereotypes, misunderstandings, and hostilities towards Arabic culture. This dance project also addresses the necessity of empowering men and women through dance as a way of self-expression, high self-esteem, and cultural expression.

Raqs Revolution is made possible in part with funding from the
Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

General Admission: $20 per ticket
Senior citizen and College student discount: $15 per ticket

Dance Artists:
Torkom Movsesiyan
Hanane El-ouadi
Petite Solei
Banat Alnahar dance troupe
Adelina Montayer
Carol Tandava

Sunday November 25th

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 -all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!

This month's performers are:
Elizabeth Mariyah
Naylon D. Larane
Persephone Rising

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

The amazing workshop before the show will be taught by Elizabeth Mariyah and details can be found here:

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:

November 30th-December 2nd

The Dalia Carella Dance Collective & DWebb Designs Present:
Menagerie d'Arte
November 30 - December 2, 2018, NYC

Drawn into the surreal, theatergoers become instant voyeurs of the macabre within the inspired cabaret and circus-like atmosphere of this immersive and interactive full-length dance theater production of Menagerie d’Arte. Created by Dalia Carella, international dance artist and Artistic Director of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective (DCDC), and Debbie D. Cartsos, stylist/designer/dancer and founder of D.Webb Designs, Menagerie d’Arte fuses theatrical dance styles from the 1920/30s cabarets of Berlin and Paris with contemporary and world dance, blending dark comedy with an avant garde flair. DCDC's collaboration with Ms. Cartsos, whose extensive design and styling artistry provides a sophisticated urban direction to the program, bringing human fashion installations to life, merging the worlds of couture and dance. 

DCDC presents world premieres of “Le Jardin”, (music by Andrew Bird) and “Game Show”, (music by Beats Antique), DCDC repertory works from 2009, and choreographies curated by Ms. Carella, from some of the finest world dance artists in New York City. 

Dancers: Dalia Carella, Debbie Despina Cartsos, Diego Aleixo, Shoko Batson, Han Chen, Brenna Crowley, Alice Giampieri, Diane Hutchinson, Elena Nayiri, Lauren Jeanette, Layla Isis, Lucia, David Machicado, Maki Moves, Mariyah Elizabeth, Anastasia Pridlides, Lauren Marie Robbiani, Nahoko Sugiyama, Romy Zamora

Where: Teatro LATEA, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC, located amid contemporary art galleries, funky/high end eateries and the robust nightlife of the Lower East Side.
(F train to Delancey Street/Essex Street)

Show Times:
Friday, November 30th -- 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 1 -- Two Shows -- 5:30 pm & 9:00 pm

Sunday, December 2 -- 3:00 pm

General Seating -- $45

Limited VIP Soirée Privé Tickets -- $100
Featuring priority seating, access to the private backstage salon, bubbly & light refreshments.

Photography: Monzeeki Photography

Saturday December 2nd

Early Bird Registration:
1:00 - 2:30 Intro to Moroccan Chaabi
2:45 - 4:15 Let's Dance More Advanced Beginner Moroccan Chaabi
$25 for one class
$45 for both
before November 20

$30 each after
No refunds

Introduction to Moroccan Chaabi:

What is chaabi maghribi? This class is about 1) connecting with the 6/8 rhythms of chaabi and understanding it's polyrhythmic heartbeat 2) introduction to basic footwork and muscle isolation to achieve the correct Moroccan aesthetic 3) learn, rinse, repeat, - absorbing the basic "body of knowledge" by muscle memory and repetition of common chaabi dance moves. Esraa's chaabi style is "Chikhat" inspired. 

Moroccan Chaabi Advanced Beginners :

This workshop will review the basics and continue in building muscle memory of common chaabi movements. We will also build upon them by crafting the "gallop" and the aesthetic of playfulness, which are 2 critical components of chaabi. We will find a little more comfort in how these moves look on different bodies. Lastly we will end the class with a dance circle in order to practice our improvisation and social dancing. Beginners who missed the first part are more than welcome to come to this class.

Please wear something loose and comfortable and bring a scarf. 

Esraa Warda is a North African performance and teaching artist originally from Algeria. Having grown up between Brooklyn and Algeria, she was introduced to dance within informal women's spaces and weddings and was quickly acknowledged as a talented dancer within her community. Esraa represents the "neo-traditional" generation of artists who keep tradition alive with a new age spin. She now professionally teaches and performs Algerian/Moroccan styles such as Chaabi, Rai, Chaoui, Kabyle, and Reggada/Allaoui. Her dance style and teaching methods are non-commercial and focused on the "transmission" of body knowledge mirroring the same way she learned - through dance circles and muscle memory! She believes that her artistry must be valuable to the transformation and evolution of culture in the diaspora, while also retaining the spirit of her ancestors.

Esraa’s personal artistic pedagogy is centered around politicising cultural work to keep North African dance technique authentic (and African-centered!) in the face of cultural imperialism/appropriation. She continues to perform at dozens of local North African traditional gatherings and cultural festivals, such as the May Day Festival of Resistance, and at transnational feminist events such as the Havana Habibi Festival in Cuba. She routinely curates and coordinates cultural events highlighting the musical link between different African diasporic communities in effort to emphasize the global “African-ness” that underlines our cultures. Esraa will be hosting dance and music workshops in Morocco in Spring 2019 as her “Roots and Rhythms” initiative and continues to travel around the US and Europe to teach, perform, and share her pedagogy. She also runs grassroots political African centric and anti-colonialist artistic projects around New York, such as the North African Radical Education Project and The Chaâb Lab - an Algerian/Moroccan music ensemble that uses participatory performances to engage African diasporic communities in cultural solidarity.

Saturday December 2nd

Veil Class with Tashira Wadiya

Hosted by SharquiDance

1985 NJ-34 # 10
Wall NJ

1985 NJ-34 #10, Wall, New Jersey 07719
Master the beauty and magic of veil work! Using the music of boleros and taqsims, we’ll be exploring different ways to enhance your dance performance with veil during this 2-hour class with Tashira Wadiya. 

Prices will be announced and registration will open very soon. Contact to get on the mailing list for this event and be the first to know!

Tashira Wadiya brings over four decades of experience as an instructor, performer and choreographer of Middle Eastern Dance. She has brought her artistry to such prestigious venues as JFK Center in Washington DC, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the United Nations and Town Hall in NYC. She was a principle dancer at the internationally famous Ibis in NYC for over 10 years.Most recently, she was an instructor or Rakassah East and teaches at Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ.

Saturday December 2nd 3:30-6pm

Come join us for a casual afternoon of fun, dance and celebration of the diversity of belly dance. 

The hafla's main purpose is to create a supportive environment where student dancers can show off what they have been working so hard to learn under the study of different local & semi local teachers & to celebrate teachers that continue to pass on this art form. 

Daniela & Students (Daniela Bellydance
Georgeanna (Georgeanna Piazza
Karen (Karen Wahl
Kirah & Intrinsic Bellydance Ensemble (Kirah Intrinsic Bellydance
Kittarina & Raks Serpent (Jackie Kittarina
The Manipura Dance Collective (Manipura Dance Collective Tava Bellydancer CT & NY
Mystique & The Desert Wind (Mystique Bellydance Mystique's Desert Wind Dance Group
Raq Steady (Casey Bond
Shari (Shari Kamilah
Tribe Hamsa (Tribe Hamsa ATS Belly Dance
Winds of the Moon & Students (Winds of the Moon)
Zobieda (Zobeida Ghattas)

Seating starts at 3:30
Show runs from 3:45-6

Tickets open on 11/1

Saturday December 8th 7-10pm

Holiday Hafla

Hosted by Chadia AlRaqs

356 Broad Street, Suite 1
Bloomfield, NJ









Sunday December 16th 8pm

Bellyqueen School 2018 Winter Showcase

The Bellyqueen School 2018 Winter Showcase

WHEN: Sunday December 16th 8-9:30pm

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

WHAT: Celebrate winter with the Bellyqueen School!

Featuring belly dance by Bellyqueen Instructors:
(Listed alphabetically)

Brenna Crowley
Danielle Hutton
Kaeshi Chai
Irina Akulenko
Maki Moves

Plus the talented students of the Bellyqueen School
And Brad MacDonald who will MC

COST: $20 adv, $25 at the door
Buy Ticket Now!

Want to perform at the showcase? Take a class at the Bellyqueen school, and let the instructor and assistant know you are interested in dancing or e-mail

Illustration by Third Potato