Saturday, February 9, 2019


❄Late Winter❄

Early Spring

Thursday February 7th


WHAT: Back by popular demand! Isolations Bootcamp 3.0! In this 5-week session, we will focus on strengthening and flexibility drills, that will prepare you to work with any type of balancing props. Strength is key to being able to do a lot of the most interesting tricks and clean isolations are necessary for creating a truly boneless, smooth aesthetic. Please bring a yoga mat or a towel, because we will spend a significant portion of the class on the floor, working on core, glute and back-strengthening exercises, that are guaranteed to help you gain strength and stamina. Bring your choice of a balancing prop - be that sword, tray or a basket, and prepare to sweat and have fun! *If you don’t have a balancing prop, please bring a roll of toilet paper an easy alternative. **This course is ideal for intermediate to advanced level belly dancers. Must have some belly dance experience. *There will be some new exercises to help us sweat and brand new short choreography to help us enjoy our wins!

WHEN: Thursdays 6.00-7.30pm, January 24th - February 21st

COST: $125, $100 unlimited pass holder

Sign Up Now by registering on MindBody!

More info:

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

WHO: Irina Akulenko is a New York City-based performer, teacher and choreographer with a burning passion for arts of all genres. Although she discovered Middle Eastern dance purely by chance, her interest in expression started at an early age and was channeled into ballet training, in addition to piano and voice lessons as well as drawing. Since 2001, Irina explored Egyptian Cabaret and American Tribal style belly dance, Flamenco and Classical Indian dances (focusing mainly on Odissi) and now enjoys fusing these styles as well as everything in between. Today, Irina performs on various New York stages and tours nationally and internationally as a soloist and as member of various stellar projects. She released three instructional DVDs with World Dance New York and has two instructional series of videos with the popular website “”. Furthermore, she holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science, and has a strong interest in women's issues and visual arts.

Saturday February 9th

Aszmara & Mal Stein, Robert & Nick at Cuppping Room

8PM -12

Aszmara Joins Mal Stein, Robert Boghosian and Nick Mandoukos for a night of wonderful dancing music! Join us for the Celebration and Dance to LIVE Music!

The Cupping room Cafe
359 West Broadway
New York, NY

February 16th & 17th

Vortex Workshops with Silvia Salamanca

 Hosted by Melissa Wlodarczyk

Internationally acclaimed tribal belly dancer, Silvia Salamanca, is coming to Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania for 4 incredible dance workshops! A native of Mallorca, Spain and living in Houston, TX, Silvia rarely teaches on the east coast so this is an opportunity not to be missed! In these 4 workshops, taking place over the weekend, we have something for everyone.

Classes will be held in the beautiful Stone and Key Cellars, one of Montgomery county's finest wineries featuring a great selection of award winning wines from around the world, as well as, several varieties of hard cider. All workshop participants will receive a coupon for 10% off a 2 bottle purchase or15%off a 4 bottle purchase plus a free tote!

Descriptions for each class and registration information can be found below:

Workshop 1
Saturday, February 16, 2019 11:00AM- 1:00PM
Spanish Gypsy Combos: From the slow and intense to the fast and furious!

In this workshop, suitable for all levels, we will start breaking down the elements of the Zambra Mora (Spanish Gypsy Dance). We will do an extensive study of arm and hand work with dramatic postures and gestures to build up the slow combinations included. Then, get ready to speed up with passion: working with fast steps and turns, including skirt work. We will learn how to be precise and infuse emotion to the Spanish gypsy fast steps! Bring a skirt and be ready to feel proud, joyful and fiery!! Ole!!

Workshop 2
Saturday, February 16, 2019 2:00PM- 4:00PM
Doum-tek....ka POW! A tribal drum solo

What do we get when we combine the ancient art of dancing to a drum solo with the sneakiness, precision and power of isolations, pops and locks, and layers of tribal fusion?....come get it! In this intermediate to advanced workshop, we will break down the steps and combos that will build into a very powerful ready to get challenged!!!

Workshop 3
Sunday, February 17, 2019 10:00AM-12:00PM
The Fire of the Spanish Gypsies: A Spanish Skirt Routine

In this workshop, suitable for all levels, we will learn an ancient art with a modern twist. Have you ever wondered how the gitanas get to leave everyone speechless when they dance with their skirts? Now you have the chance to find out! In this class, we will break down the skirt work united with the arm movements, posture and expression to build up a brand new routine designed to catch the room on fire! Bring a skirt and your best ole!

Workshop 4
Sunday, February 17, 2019 1:00PM-3:00PM
Creating a Beautiful Balancing Act: An Original Sword Routine

Let the power of dancing with a sword infuse your belly dance with strength! In this workshop, we will learn a full choreography using a sword as the exciting element to mesmerize our audiences! The routine will include slow and sinuous movements, turns on the floor, and a fast and furious section with energy and fire!!! We will break down the most intricate steps so you can go home with a good foundation to master them! All dancers must bring a sword appropriate for tribal belly dance. Swords will not be provided. Knee pads are also recommended.

1 workshop- $80
2 workshops- $150
3 workshops- $ 200
4 workshops- $250

Spaces are filling up fast! Do not delay! Reserve your spot now!
All workshop fees are non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather and the winery decides to close, a refund will be issued to your PayPal account.

Please send payment to:

In the comments, please indicate the workshops you are signing up for by number. For example: Workshop 2 and 4
If you have any questions, please email them to

Sunday February 17th 

2019 Master Teacher Workshops

It's That time of year again!!!

Tribal Dance Long Island Presents...

Our Annual Master Teacher Workshops!!

2019 Master Class Series III

Join Tribal Dance Long Island as they Host the Third in a series of annual Master Teacher Workshops.

Ring in the New Year with Master teachers from across NY for an afternoon of Fun, exciting, inovative Belly Dance expression and Instruction.

SIX workshops,
Choose THREE!!

Master Teacher Workshop Line Up:


Workshops are $40.00 per workshop, or purchase a 3 Pack for $100.00

Light refreshemnts will be on hand all afternoon, served with fresh, fruited waters.

Please call TDLI to make your reservations.
Space is limited to 15 stuents per class.
MUST have paid reservation to hold space.


Instructors So Far:

Cienna Rizza-Deep Isolation for Belly Fusion
Amira Iriz- Sword & Beyond
Victoria Malika -TBA



1pm-1:30: Light Luncheon


*Studios Subject to change
Please Indicate which Workshops you will be attending when calling to register.
OPEN to Dancers 12 and up*

Thursday February 21st

WHAT: Learn bellydance step by step with other absolute beginner adults in a nurturing environment with Bellyqueen instructor, Kaeshi Chai. No previous dance experience necessary.

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

Thursdays, 7.30-8.30pm Feb 21-Mar 21 - Ma'at Curriculum with Kaeshi Chai

Sign Up Now!

Thursdays, 7.30-8.30pm Feb 21-Mar 21 - Ma'at Curriculum with Kaeshi Chai

COST: 5 Week Courses $85 for non-members, $70 for members (Bellyqueen unlimited pass holders)

No drop-ins. You must sign up for and commit to 5 consecutive weeks in advance. If you don't show up, you will lose a credit. (Please note that you can also enroll in this course with 5 or 10 class card credits. This must be done manually by Bellyqueen staff.)

Kaeshi Chai is a world-fusion bellydancer and teacher trainer who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen. She also co-founded PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international community of artists dedicated to healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, and Jillina's Bellydance Evolution. She curates the Djam NYC event showcasing dancers and musicians, and teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance. Her mission is to develop bellydance as a stage art and explore it's powerful, healing properties.

Sunday February 24th 2-5pm

WHAT: Struggling with false eyelashes? Come learn from veteran stage performer and award winning illustrator and designer, Kaeshi Chai. This workshop is useful for beginner to professional dancers who want to look their best during a special performance. Transform your face into a work of art so your expressions read from a distance and your natural beauty is enhanced using eye shadow, blush and much more. Witness Kaeshi Chai's stage makeup routine first hand and try some of her methods out under her guidance.

"Loved it! Left looking like a beauty queen!" - Dalia Carella

"As an absolute beginner to stage make-up, I found it overwhelming... Kaeshi's workshop eased my apprehension." - Qi Zhou

"I loved the handouts that had details of products used in class. Kaeshi teaches in such a clear, organized way that is easy to follow and understand. We are looking forward to the next makeup workshop." - Marie Richardson

"I recommend this workshop for anyone from novice to the expert. Kaeshi simplified the application techniques and took the intimidation out of it." - Nahla

WHEN: Sunday February 24th 2-5pm

WHERE: Woodside, NY (Message Kaeshi for the exact address)
Closest Subways: LIRR to 61 St, 7 to 69 St, R to 65 St, F-E to Roosevelt 74 St

COST: $45 adv / $55 after Feb 10

Sign Up Now!

WHO: Kaeshi Chai is a dancer and teacher trainer based in NYC who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and also PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community of artists focused on empowerment and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi 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.

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 an annual PURE Conference. | |

Please bring your makeup supplies which could include:

· Skincare products (Cleanser or makeup remover and moisturizer)
· Makeup brushes
· Primer
· Foundation or powder
· Concealer
· Eye Shadow (Light, medium, dark)
· Eye liner (liquid or pencil)
· Mascara
· Blush
· Eyelashes
· Eyelash Glue (I like Revlon Precision Clear Adhesive)
· Lip pencils
· Lipstick

Note: Try to bring as much as you can from the above lists, however if you want to wait until you attend the workshop to be introduced or try out different products before you buy anything new, then it is fine if you don’t bring a specified item.

Please Facebook message, call (917)515-0168 or e-mail to RSVP or with questions.

February 24th 12-3pm

Karim Nagi Workshop

 Hosted by Riskallah Riyad

Workshop includes:
Musicality for Dancers
Live Drum Solo for Dancers

Musicality for Dancers (Dance Class) ~ Despite any mastery of technique and bodily dexterity, true dance exprssion requires musicality. The best dancers are those who embody the music in their movements. Several recurring themes in Arab music will be explained in emotive, non-musicl terms. The class will cover Taksim, Melodic Themes, Vocal vs Instrumental Songs, Rhythms & Rhythmic Changes, Melodic Modulation, Song Stucture, Orchestration and Instrumentation. Karim will guide the students through several songs and lead them in dancing to each of these themes. This movement class will help the dancer become the physical personification of the music.
Live Drum Solo for Dancers (Dance Class) ~ Everyone loves a drum solo where the rhythmic drums and accurate body lock together. Karim is a drummer and a dancer, so is uniquely qualified to effectively present this to dancers. Drum solos in Egyptian, Arabic or Cabaret style are systematic. They have predictable themes. Karim will teach the iconic Hagalla sequence, the simmy-to-roll relation, dum hips & tak shoulders, signaling, Masmudi's many dums, Wahda Kabira to Fellahi, Ayoub's momentary Zaar, and how to "Finale" together benevolently! This class teaches the dancer how to understand and communicate with the drummer, what to expect and how to be ready for improvisation.
PLACE: John Vitti’s Studio
10 Precision Rd.,
Danbury, CT

WORKSHOP FEE $90.00 or early rate by 1/26/2019 $75.00



Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is
the creator of Turbo Tabla.. 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
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. Karim teaches and performs all
over the world. In the USA. Karim is a true crossover artist, uniting the
Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.
His teaching skills are unparalleled.

Sunday February 24th 3:45-5:30pm


February 2019 Workshop - Belly Dance Night at Roxy & Dukes

Become a Musical Dancer! with Dorit Elena

The difference between a good dancer and a great dancer can be as simple as your connection to the music.

Learn to zone in and interpret the music through your body for improvisation, and choreography at ANY level. Every instrument and player has their own personality, and if you listen you can create an unforgettable visual masterpiece on the spot. Let your own particular soul shine through by connecting to the invisible.

I will give you some basic movements to Middle Eastern music sections and then you will improvise to the changes. We will also do a short section on the main rhythms of a basic drum solo.

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

Stick around after the workshop for an amazing show!
Details can be found here:

Thursday March 21st-24th

We are proud to announce the 9th year of ”Art of the Belly” Belly Dance Festival in Ocean City, MD

4 days packed full of intensives, performances and workshops from dancers all around.

For your learning pleasure workshops have been announced along with Intensives by SHAHRZAD and ZOE JAKES on Thursday, March 21, 2019

Feel free to join our group for the most up to date information on the event.

Art of the Belly 2019 will feature:

Zoe Jakes
Mardi Love
Irina Akulenko
Kim Leary
Leilah Moon
Jo Boring
Carmine Guida!!!

As always there will be prom style photos taken by the fabulous Stereo Vision photography and video footage of your performance by Candle Light Productions!!

The festival is held every year at:
Carousel Hotel
11700 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842