Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Ongoing classes 

*Please check with individual instructors for any changes


New session beginning in June

Folkloric Fusion Bellydance with Joy Herbst.
Starts JUNE 3rd, Monday evenings at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
8 week series $160, drop – in $25.

Location: Dance Center of Fairfield, 85 Mill Plain Rd, Suite R, Fairfield, CT 06824

This class is open to all levels of dancers. We will learn both basic and complex folkloric bellydance steps and combinations while enjoying this ancient dance with other women.

Finger cymbals/zils will be introduced in this class, and will be available for purchase if needed.

Email to with any questions to Joy@JoyHerbst.com.

REGISTER TO SAVE YOUR SPOT: https://www.paypal.me/joyherbst/160




Saturday May 18th

80+ Unique styles of dance - The World's largest display of cultural diversity!

Our 2019 theme "Movement of the People" counters negativity with walls and immigration by a perspective that we all can be equally regarded as immigrants. The ribbon will be cut at 1pm on Broadway and 21st Street, unleashing 10,000 dancers down through Union Square, University Place and across East 8th Street to our Grand Stand in Astor Plaza. Culminating at Avenue A, DanceFest runs from 3 to 7pm and caps the day off with 5 performance stages, dance teaser lessons and a dance party. Support this magnificent day of dance by joining the team, donating, sponsoring a float or dancing in the parade or presenting work at DanceFest!

The parade begins at 1pm at 21st & Broadway and features live bands, DJs and over 80 unique styles of dance, everything from ballet to break dance!

DanceFest 2019 in Tompkins Square Park, the destination of the parade at Avenue A and Saint Marks Place, comes alive with choreographed performances, dance lessons, aerial and social dance –on five stages, all free to the public.

As the parade ends at Avenue A and Saint Marks, DanceFest begins from 3-7pm on five stages and in site-specific location all around Tompkins Square Park!
Featuring choreographed performances, dance lessons, aerial and social dance – free to the public. There's something for everyone including performances by culturally diverse participants from the parade and an opportunity to learn dance from the city's best dance teachers!

Visit www.danceparade.org for more information
Follow us on Instagram @danceparadenyc

Sunday May 19th 5pm

Arabesque Restaurant and Lounge
4 East 36th Street
New York, NY 10016

Sunday May 19th

WHAT: World-famous Tamalyn Dallal returns to New York with two brand new workshops, "Follow Your Feet" and "Follow Your Heart".

WHEN: Sunday May 19th, 2019

5.30-7pm: Follow Your Feet workshop"
"Follow Your Feet" focuses on Beledi and being grounded, calm, and getting that gooey quality in your moves.

7-8.30pm: Follow Your Heart workshop
"Follow Your Heart" focuses on Oriental and interpretive Oriental dance, self expression and lots of hands and arms.

Single workshop: $35 adv, $45
Both workshops: $65 adv, $75
Register by May 5 for the advanced price!

Sign Up Now by registering on MindBody!

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

WHO: Tamalyn Dallal began her career in Middle Eastern dance (bellydance) 43 years ago. Through the non profit arts organization she founded in Miami and ran for 16 years, she has been the primary teacher of several internationally known dancers including Amar Gamal(MA) and Bozenka(Miami/Crete). She has danced and/or taught in 41 countries, and traveled extensively in the Middle East, North Africa and East Africa to spend time with women and learn about the cultures of the diaspora.
Ms. Dallal spent many years dancing for Arabic weddings and other gatherings throughout the US, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has written four books related to dance and culture, as well as filming three documentary films, and produced two music CD's in Zanzibar.
Ms. Dallal lives in New Orleans and teaches overseas part of the year.
Her recent project is a children's book for all ages called "The Bellydancing Kitties of Constantinople" which she will have for sale (along with Bellydancing Kitties clothing)

Sunday May 19th

Tava's Annual Evening of Bellydance returns for a night of inspired movement. This theme is all about 'Keeping it Real' Sometimes, as dancers, we just want to move in a way that feels pleasing, represents a culture or favors what the song calls for without the pressure of adding sparkly elements for entertainment value.

It's these performances, usually done in our living rooms alone or with family/close friends, that can feel the most satisfying. Of course we draw from these concepts in every show, but this event is what happens when we stop "gigging" and keep it real.

This year's lineup is pure heart & soul:
Danielle Hutton (NYC)
Kirah - Intrinsic Bellydance (Long Island)
Nahara (NY)
Stephanie Vartanian (CT/NY)
Tava (CT/NY)
group and solo performances by Manipura Dance Collective members: Aleathea, Debra, Dongmei and Tava
+ a few surprises!

Ticket link coming soon. Doors open 6:30 (Please respect the performers private access to the space until doors open for rehearsing and set-up).

We hope to see you there at our favorite spot- Factory Underground in Norwalk, CT.

Saturday May 25th-Sunday May 26th

Cassandra Fox comes to Syracuse for the 3 Early Girls' Annual Memorial Day Weekend Event!
Award-winning Cassandra is a professional Belly Dance and Caribbean Fusion dance instructor and performer from Ontario, Canada. Inspired by her Jamaican heritage, she is known for her Caribbean fusion & powerful, technical, fun drum solos. Her effortless shimmies, bellywork, & grace have been experienced worldwide: she has taught & performed internationally & has built a
strong following with her one of her drum solo videos garnering over 100 million views. You can follow all of her work (including her custom costuming) & fall in love with her as the 3 Early Girls have on ​Facebook, Instagram, & YouTube!
Workshops and Gala Show Schedule of Events:

10:00 am - 1:00 pm (3 hours)
Drum Solo
Learn an entire drum solo choreography filled with strength, technique, & creating power & fluidity in movements while keeping them clean and sharp!
2:30 - 4:00 (90 minutes)
Shimmy While you Twerk!
Shimmies, shimmies, & more shimmies! Layers and some booty movements to add a unique and cheeky element to your dancing! Also learn Cassandra some twerking movements to help strengthen your dance, get a great workout and increase stamina. This is a fun high energy workshop.
*Note: Knee pads or a yoga mat required.
Gala Show Doors open at 7/ Show starts at 7:30 pm
Limited performance slots available to workshop participants on a first-come/first-serve basis.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm (3 hours)
Baladi Progression
Slow, sensual , gooey, fluid, powerful, earthy, and feminine, baladi progression technique and choreography.
2:30 - 4:00 (90 minutes)
Flutter Butter
Tune into your tummy and fine tune abdominal isolation. Learn the anatomy and technique of fluttering and exercises and practice techniques to help develop and strengthen abdominal moves in your dance. **Please Note: Knee pads or a yoga mat required.
Workshop Pricing:
90 minute workshops: $25 before Feb 16th / $30 after Feb. 17th / $35 at the door
3 hour workshops: $70 before Feb 16th / $80 after Feb. 17th / $90 at the door
Day: $90 before Feb 16th / $100 after Feb. 17th / $115 at the door
Weekend: $170 before Feb 16th / $190 after Feb. 17th / $210 at the door
Show Pricing:
$10 General Admission
$5 Seniors, Children 5-12 & Students with valid Student ID
FREE for Full weekend participants, performers, & Children under 5
Register: www.ionahraqs.com
Location: SALTspace 103 Wyoming Street Syracuse NY
Vendors: Interested in being a part of the bazaar?
Email 3EarlyGirls@gmail.com to reserve a vending table

Sunday May 26th 4-5:30 pm

May 2019 Workshop - Belly Dance Night at Roxy & Dukes
Ballet for Belly Dancers - with Zobeida
Roxy & Dukes 
745 Bound Brook Road
Dunellen, NY 08812

In this workshop we will explore the basic fundamentals of ballet and apply them to a modern style belly dance choreography.

We will go through proper arm positions and relevant foot patterns as they relate to belly dance. Small combos will be linked into a short choreography that you can pick apart and include in your own dancing!

Workshop Cost: $30.00 Prepay / $40 (cash only) at the door
Advanced purchase is open now! Please go here to make your purchase and secure your spot: https://bellydanceroxydukes.webs.com/monthlyworkshops.htm

Stay after the workshop for our incredible show! Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/294099671267873

Saturday June 1st 12-2 pm

Sira and Tava are baaaack!

And they are as excited as ever to co-teach another workshop in Norwalk, CT. This will be an afternoon of (three) combinations/short choreographies inspired by music from previous decades. Please join us at Dance Dimensions for some bellydance duo fun!

Cost is $55 in advance/$60 day of. Special one week early bird price of $45!!!! Good until Midnight Monday May 6th.

Ways to pay:
Cash (cash is king)!
Check (I mean, it is a retro workshop)
Venmo (venmo.com/Tava-Naiyin)
PayPal (bellydancernyc@gmail.com)

Additional info at https://bellydancebytava.com/bellydance-classes

Sunday June 2nd 3-5pm

Save the Date - Vintage Orientale 2019!

 Hosted by Layla Mary

Ripley Grier Studio
939 8th Avenue
New York, NY 

Friday June 7th-Sunday June 9th

Super Fun Dance Camp - Tribal Belly Dance & Music Upstate NY


Join us for a weekend retreat of Tribal Style Belly Dance and Music workshops, haflas, shows and camping fun. Dress up and get your drum and dance jam on! Participate in our swap meet. Shop our Vendors and bust out your new gear at our Gala Show Night.
Enjoy hiking along the lake or on various trails surrounding the camp, bonfire night with s'mores, BBQ night, and general camp shenanigans with your hosts Mimi & Carmine

Pricing includes, meals, lodging*, all classes, parties, and shows

$320 Early Bird - register and pay in full by April 7th 2019

$390 April 9th and after

Want more camp? Add on Thursday evening and Friday morning for only $120 additional (includes dinner Thursday, lodging, breakfast Friday and extra classes that are not included in the regular weekend price)

Register to reserve spot and preferred lodging NOW at https://www.superfundancecamp.com/registration.aspx

*lodging includes shared quads and lodges, upgraded lodging is available

Sunday June 9th 7-8:30 pm

New Haven Green
An essential component of wedding celebrations and the nine-day fall Hindu festival Navratri, garba is an intoxicating, high-energy folk style marked by hand claps and twirls and non-stop folk music. Join us on the New Haven Green for Garba360 and dance the night away to music by Kashyap Jani and Friends. Dance instructors will be on hand all night to teach you the steps and show you how it's done. Feel free to wear a long, flared skirt, kurta top, or other Indian clothing.

Saturday June 15th 7-9pm

The Dance Space is having a summer student show!
Join Baseema's students for an evening of dance, fun, and friendships!

We're excited that some of our good friends will be joining us for the evening!
Baseema, Hayam, Riena, Kaylin, Annette Marie, Kisaya Rayne, and Dave Curry!

Show starts at 7:00.
Doors open at 6:30.

$10 at the door.

Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd

Hot Pot ITS with Jo Boring: 2019 Hosted by Francesca Avani

Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation
403 Warren Street
Husdon, NY 12534

Year three of Hot Pot ITS with Jo Boring's Hot Pot ITS workshops and Bridge Street Belly Dance is comin’ for us! Jo is bringing us unique workshops in 2019 with new material that are specifically for this weekend, all focusing on Amy Sigil’s Hot Pot ITS vocabulary.

REGISTER HERE: 👉 https://www.francescaavani.com/workshops/


✦ Review & Refine

Saturday, June 22: 11am-2pm

Rate before May 1: $45 ✧ Rate after May 1: $50 ✧ (+PayPal fee)

This workshop will focus on the introduction of Level 1 Hot Pot ITS. Come as a complete stranger to the Hot Pot style and leave with new friends. Though perfect for beginners, this class will still have something for everyone - whether it is your first or your tenth time learning Level 1!

✦ Combo Platter

Sunday, June 23: 11:30am-2pm

Rate before May 1: $45 ✧ Rate after May 1: $50 ✧ (+PayPal fee)

Hot Pot ITS is made up of stall movements, concepts, and you guessed it - combinations! Let's take some of Unmata's fast and slow combos and serve them up on a fabulous platter! There are many types of platters...just like there are many types of ways to cue an ITS combo. With ITS the dance is never the same twice!
✦ Beast Mode

Sunday, June 23: 3pm-5:15pm

Rate before May 1: $45 ✧ Rate after May 1: $50 ✧ (+PayPal fee)

We all have an inner dance beast and Hot Pot will bring it right out! Let's rise to the occasion as a team. In this workshop Jo will take some of the ITS concept material that she found the most challenging and exciting and show you some of the beasty magic that can happen when we are ALL IN!

Got finger cymbals? Bring em! (Though, not required)


Rate for entire weekend before May 1: $120 (+PayPal fee)
Rate for entire weekend after May 1: $135 (+PayPal fee)

Sunday June 23rd 1-3 pm

Every Slow Turn Tells a Story with Diana Saylor

The Dance Space
100 Barber Avenue
Worcester, MA 01606
Every Slow Turn Tells a Story
aka Finish Your Moves
aka Finish Your Moves More
aka Finish Your Moves More and Also Please Start Them

Join Diana of Elm City Shimmy for a 2 hour workshop on beautiful arms.

Story telling is one of the first forms of improvisation that most of us practice, and like group improv belly dance, it thrives within a structure. A good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. If you skip one element, your audience is left wanting.

The same theory applies to your ATS® slow turns! The beginnings and the finishes are as important as the turny parts. In this workshop, we will break down the segments of select slow turns in order to enhance your communication skills and create a more cohesive piece for your audience.
Please bring your zills and be familiar with:
body wave
hand floreos

Experience with the following turns is ideal but not required:
reverse turn
wrap-around turn
corkscrew turn
propeller turn
barrel turn
loco camel
Medusa turn (ATS® version)
pulse turn

Learn more about Diana at www.elmcityshimmy.com.

Registration information:
www.the-dance-space.com/arms-diana baseemadance@gmail.com

Sunday June 30th 12-2:30 pm

Amity Alize teaches Dancing Through the Eras (Lecture & Workshop)

Have you ever noticed differences in dancers among generations? Egyptian and American Belly Dance stylizations have morphed due to a variety of reasons including pop culture, music, and societal changes. In this class we'll explore weight changes, body carriage, and popular moves by decade starting with the Golden Era of Egyptian Cinema through today's popularity of Shaabi and street dances.

Cost: one week $50 early bird rate through Wed May 8th /$55 in advance/$65 at door (space permitting)

Ways to pay:
Cash (cash is king)!
PayPal (dancingtava(at)yahoo.com)

Sunday June 30th 4pm

June 2019 - Belly Dance Night at Roxy & Dukes

745 Bound Brook Road
Dunellen, NJ 08812


June is our Student Showcase!

Workshop will be:
"Etiquette, Stage Fright and Negativity - Making Sure YOU have a Positive Experience"

Whether you're a brand new beginner, or a seasoned professional these are important subjects - and frankly, subjects there is no escaping from, so let's talk about them!

Understanding the expected etiquette of the local community, type of show or performance space can really help alleviate worry, remove possible pitfalls, and make everyone's experience better. We'll spend some time talking about what expectations might be, how to be a considerate participant and how to handle things that might come up.

When performing, even the most seasoned performers experience stage fright - really! Do not think that you are alone in experiencing this sensation for one more second. But more importantly, why does it happen and what can you DO about it! Let's share some stories, and some pointers - let's look at minimizing this so we can get on with DANCING!

Some times negativity comes from inside our own heads, and sometimes it comes from an outside source. But either source can really wreck a great performance experience, and so we need to shut them up! How do we handle those moments and turn them around?

Panel discussion appropriate for all levels of performers
Participation encouraged (but not required!)
Panel Members: Kim Nyx Astéria, Yame Abdo and Paula Phillips
Moderated by Miriam Berger