Wednesday, August 7, 2019


Monday August 5th- ongoing

Beginner Tribal Bellydance- August Session

Monday nights in August! This class is great for the absolute beginner or a dancer who would like to try a different style.

Improvisational Tribal Bellydance is a fusion of Middle Eastern, Indian, Central Asian, North African, and Spanish dance. It is performed in a lead and follow format, in which dancers communicate to each other through movement. The improvisational group dynamic builds a wonderful camaraderie between dancers.

Classes are $15 per person.

Kidz Gym & Dance
1326 State Highway 179
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Tricia is a member of Star City Tribal Bellydance Troupe, performing throughout the Lehigh Valley and Delaware Valley region

Tuesday August 6th -September 13th 4-5 pm PTD

Floorwork and Levels for ATS® - LIVE Online Series

Take your practice and performance to another level!
This series is designed to build strength, flexibility and proper technique for safe, beautiful and dramatic levels and floorwork!

Each class includes yoga, conditioning, creative and fun drills designed to work towards levels, berber walks, zippers, mermaid turns and more!

Whether you are experienced in floorwork, never tried or feel it's not attainable....then this series is for you! I'll guide you step by step to find the strength, flexibility and balance needed. Even the most experienced dancers will find this series fun and challenging.

Each week includes TWO LIVE classes! Plus weekly live Q&A!
Tuesdays 4pm PDT - LIVE conditioning class for strength and deep flexibility designed for that week's focus.
Fridays 4pm PDT- LIVE dance class consisting of warm up, detailed breakdown, drills and combinations incorporating prior weeks' drills.
Sundays 9am PDT - LIVE Q&A!

That's 12 LIVE classes plus Q&A!
Can't make them live? No problem! Classes are immediately posted to the group and you can watch them anytime or as many times as you'd like! Group and all content remains available for 6 months.
Week one – Levels
Week Two – Transitioning to and from floor (and pop ups)
Week Three – Slow vocabulary for floorwork
Week Four – Laybacks and Zippers
Week Five – Berber walks
Week Six – Mermaid Turns
*Bonus introduction to drops

How it works:
Register via Eventbrite and you'll immediately receive a confirmation email that contains a link to our private Facebook group.
The group serves as our online classroom. Live classes, discussions, etc will be posted within that group!

Facebook group, including all videos, will be available for six months!

**Legal disclaimer: Important read prior to beginning this series. I think this goes without saying, but I do need to remind you all that this is physical exercise and while I'll be guiding you through each and every step, it is an online course so I'm not able to physically see you to correct movements. I trust everyone to work to their own edge and take breaks or back off intensity as needed.
I recommend you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise.
If you engage in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge DeAnna Freeman from any and all claims or causes of action.**

August 16th-18th

Journey Through Egypt: Part 1
Taught by Sahra Saeeda

Workshop includes 20 mandatory In-Class Hours (3 days)
August 16, 2019 from 6pm-10pm
August 17, 2019 from 10am-10pm (2-1 hour meal breaks)
August 18, 2019 from 10am-4pm (1 hour lunch)

Early Bird Price until May 31, 2019: $260 +paypal fee ($40 savings)
(This price is for all 3 days and cannot be split)

Price as of June 1, 2019: $300 +paypal fee
(This price is for all 3 days and cannot be split)

This workshop cannot be split. All 20 hours (3 days) are required to take the next part(s). (The Journey Through Egypt course concludes Parts 3 & 4 in Egypt! The first 2 parts are required.)

Location: Creative Dance Arts Studio
2037 U.S. 9, Round Lake, NY 12151

Journey Through Egypt Part 1 is an overview on the movement, posture, clothing, history, and cultural diffusion in the different regions of Egypt. Sahra’s unique perspective follows how the dance transforms from the homes of the people to the sparkling stages of Cairo.

While the particularities of every dance, and every bit of culture cannot be conveyed in the 20 hours that make up JtE- 1, Sahra strives to present a factual and entertaining overview of the dances of Egypt.

Classroom time is divided between lecture, dance instruction and trying on clothing from each of the regions discussed.

The dances studied include:
Suez Canal

These dances are put into the context of the local culture and histories. Their transformation from homestyle to the stage is also covered in depth. For several of the dances the students break from lecture to stretch their muscles and learn the movements that can traditionally be found in these dances. The way that these dances have been interpreted and adapted for the stage is also discussed and shown.

The course also covers many of the rights and rituals that can be found throughout Egypt, such as zeffah, zars, and moulids. Whenever possible, these rituals are described and explained with video Sahra has taken on one of her own research journeys to Egypt. Here you’ll find a play by play of what you’re seeing and how it is affected by culture and people’s perceptions.

About Sahra Saeeda:
While Sahra had always been interested in the intersection of culture and dance (her Bachelors was in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology), a need to grow as a dancer sent her to the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) where she pursued a Masters degree in Dance Ethnology.
Through the course of her study, she had the amazing good fortune to find a great friend and mentor in her program, Farida Fahmy. When the time came to begin research for her thesis on the Zeffat al’Arusah, Farida encouraged her to come to Cairo and pursue that research in person.

While in Egypt she received a contract with the Meridian-Heliopolis 5-star hotel, which she held for nearly 6 years. Her position as a local dancer gave her an amazing springboard to learn about the zeffah, and so much more.

Journey Through Egypt is the brainchild of Sahra. After studying Dance Ethnology at UCLA and studying Egyptian Folkloric dance under Farida Fahmy, Sahra moved to Egypt to conduct research for her master’s thesis on the Zeffat al’Arusah.

During this research she discovered more and more about the culture & dances of Egypt. Applying her learning of Dance Ethnology and the advice of many of her local resources in Egypt the idea for Journey Through Egypt was born.

Sahra now teaches and dances around the world, sharing her theories on dance in Egypt, the regions, the “tables”, and the way everything fits together. She is constantly conducting more research with two trips to Egypt each year, every time hunting for that next “puzzle piece” that will reveal ever more about the dance, and the culture, that she fell in love with over 30 years ago.

August 24th-25th

RAQS WITHOUT BORDERS supports dance artists in a dynamic, inclusive and intellectually engaging environment, contributing to community and a thriving, sustainable New York City.

Fourth Annual Middle Eastern and North African Dance Festival, RAQS WITHOUT BORDERS in New York City: dance workshops with inspiring instructors, a dance show with spectacular performers, lectures, and certificates of completion. For more information, visit

Workshop schedule:
August 24, 2019:
11am-1pm: shimmylicious tabla solo dance workshop, taught by Sal Elsayed.
1:30pm-3:30pm: Tunisian jug dance, taught by Habiba (an hour and a half Tunisian dance +half hour lecture).
4:00pm-6:00pm: modern oriental choreography with veil dance workshop, taught by Sal Elsayed.

August 25, 2019:
11am-1pm: Egyptian Ghawazee dance workshop, taught by Habiba (an hour and a half Ghawazee dance +half hour lecture).
1:30pm-3:30pm: Classical Egyptian workshop with music by Abdel Halim Hafez, taught by Torkom Movsesiyan. Students will learn a choreography from Abdel Halim Hafez' song, "Zay Elhawa."

Our dance show will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7:30pm at the following location:
The Lucid Body House
230 Lexington Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016
(between 33rd and 34th street)
Take the 6 train to 33rd Street and Park Avenue

For dance show tickets, go to
For dance workshop registration, go to

VIP package is only $200, and it includes five dance workshops, a performance in our Saturday night dance show, two mini lectures, and a certificate of completion. With VIP package you save more versus registering for individual workshops.
Individual workshops are $70 each, and do not include your performance and a certificate of completion.

August 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 (doors open at 6pm) -all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!

This month's performers are:
Amity Alize
Troupe SYN Belly Dance
Delphi Dance Ensemble

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

Before the show we have a workshop - "Dance Dynamics and Improvisation" taught by Amity Alize! Details can be found here:
Advanced Purchase will open on August 1st, 2019

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:

745 Bound Brook Rd.
Dunellen, NJ 08812

September 7th

Aszmara Master Class "Choreographic Hammer"

Anahid Safian Studio
26 W 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

mportant tools for every dancer in every style
It's been my joke for years - whenever I would get a new step, I would make it fit to whatever music I was working on, like hammering a square peg into a round hole. Ergo, "Wielding the Choreographic Hammer!”
Using the Choreographic Hammer we make movements and steps fit your music and intention.
One choreography, three completely different
rhythms, feelings and styles.
$60 Pre Paid Registration one week prior
$65 at the Door
Contact Aszmara via orFacebook Aszmara Sherry

September 8th 11am-5pm

City Hall New Rochelle
515 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY

Delphi Dance Ensamble will be performing.
details to follow.

September 18th 7-8pm

Chiftitelli Rhythm and Combinations

Belly Set Go
75 East Court Street 3rd Fl.
Cortland, NY 13045

LEARN to DANCE to LIVE MUSIC - Chiftitelli with Taksim
Wednesday September 18th 7:00-8:00
$15 or use your class card
Join Tessa and Taksim as they explore dancing live to the Chiftitelli rhythm. We will break down the rhythm and then Tessa will teach you a few combos that highlight its beauty. You will spend the last part of class trying your hand out at improvising to live Music!
Taksim is a Belly Dance and Middle Eastern music band born out of the Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble. They play all over the CNY area and are especially fond of playing for dancers. Don't miss this opportunity to get a chance to explore dancing with live music. And then stay for a show from Taksim at the Belly, Set, Go studio 8:00-9:00

Come to the Belly, Set Go Hafla Saturday June 15th for the first chance at registering for our Summer Series. Online Registrations will go up on Monday June 17th.

September 20th

Aszmara's Intensive Dance Retreat Weekend

Every year I say how it’s the best ever and every year it is true.
I feel the beauty of each dancer shine with playfulness and willingness to explore, learn and experiment within the beautiful support of our community.
New Location: New Dawn Foundation, New Rochelle, NY
Limited to 18 House Places - Day Trippers welcome
Now Accepting Reservations: Contact

Dance Intensive Retreat Weekend Fee: $400.00
Early Bird Paid by August 1st: $375.00
Early Early Bird Paid by March 15th: $350.00
Retreat Housing for the Weekend:
Please Add $150.00
Retreat Housing for Saturday Night Only Please Add $100.00

Day Tripper Rates
Fri. Only Rate: $80.00
3 Hour Workshop + Decorate & Dance Party (Dinner included)
Fri./Sat. Rate: $235.00
Sat. Only Rate: $180.00
6 Hours Workshop + Hafla (Lunch & Dinner)
Sat./Sun. Rate: $300.00
Sun. Only Rate: $155.00
6 Hours of Workshop (Lunch included)

Intensive Fee is non-refundable -
(you may sell your unused spot if necessary)

September 21st

Troupe Moirae is Fusionista Di’Ahna, Raks Sharki beauty Kaylin, and Tribal gal Baseema.

We met in a belly dance class in 2007.
And immediately became friends.
We were a student troupe. Then a semi-professional troupe.

We started with ITS and Tribal Fusion. Dance took us in separate directions with Orientale, American Tribal Style, and Fusion. But, we’ve always remained good friends. Since then, we have lived and breathed dance, and we have grown and made great connections with each other and with this amazing community.

We’re coming together, again, to share our collective knowledge with each other and with you!

In addition to Troupe Moirae, the anniversary gala will showcase some of the good friends we’ve met along the way!
Trade Route Tribal Dance
The Accaliae
Blue Moon Caravan
… more to be announced …

Join us for this special night!

$20 prepay or email
$25 at the door


September 21st

On this National Day of Dance, Farasha & Su'ad and the Mystic Moonlight Dancers are proud to present Fall Fantasia 8: Forever Dance! on Saturday, September 21, 2019 featuring a fabulous Hafla. New location: The American Legion Post 455 in New Egypt (yes!) New Jersey!

Come join us for our annual Fall Fantasia hafla - celebrating our marvelous Dance community - and YOU'RE invited to Dance! Troupes and soloists and all styles of dance are welcome. We’ll have fabulous shopping with Farasha & Su’ad Dance & Designs, lots of delicious refreshments and loads of wonderful Dancing! Bring your family & friends! PM Farasha (Marisa Pierson) now or email: if you’d like to perform. (The Dance program fills up fast!)

Hafla Tickets: Still only $15 ($20 for Family & Friends)
Enjoy a dance-filled afternoon-evening of performances, plus shopping with Farasha & Su'ad Dance & Designs and lots more! See you in September!

September 29th

745 Bound Brook Rd.
Dunellen, NY 08812

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 (doors open at 6pm) -all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!

This month's performers are:
Belladonna Boheme
Debbie Despina and the MATI Dance Tribe
Tatyana DancingFire

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

Before the show we have a workshop - "Cutting Edge Sword Combinations" taught by Belladonna! Details can be found here:
Advanced Purchase will open on about September 1st, 2019

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:

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