Friday, February 7, 2020

 Early Spring

Saturday February 8th 2-4pm

BELLY DANCE FAN WORKSHOP, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020, 2-4 pm @ Ripley Grier Studios 939 8th Avenue (between 55 and 56th streets), Studio 3B, New York, NY. Studio to be announced or you can ask at the front desk. Fee: $45.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Beautiful and romantic, the fan dance will carry you away to love, intrigue, yearning and untapped emotions useful to your dance art. Your thoughts are transported through the movement of the fan and extension of your arms, retracted and then suddenly given away at will. You will fall into the music so entirely that you will feel the story of the music is yours. Come expose your heart and soul to another level. Bring your own fans. Any type fan will do except fan veils. If you don’t have a fan, you can make one of cardboard or a large piece of sturdy craft paper. Don’t let not having one stop you from expanding your dance! Please PM Amira Iriz on FB or email to RSVP.

Sunday February 9th 11-12:30

This is really a chance for me to share how I maintain softness in as much of my body as possible in order to achieve an ethereal movement quality. When movements are "big" they are still executed softly. When the silk is still, there's still energy in my arms to create a particular line or drape. Stillness doesn't equal non-engagement. I also want to share how I prepare for I adjust my weight and center of gravity. I plan to geek out here and load up 90 minutes with all the nuance I can fit. What I'd really like is three hours of your time but...even then, I'd still want more of your time. 😁
Tava Naiyin Veil Workshop 2/9/19
Feb 9th, 11-12:30 at REM Capoeira Norwalk
Save $10 by paying in advance

Saturday February 22nd 5pm-6:30

Greenwood Lake Yoga
89 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, New York 10925

Saturday, February 22nd at 5pm
w/ Andriel Hennessey-Hartwick

This workshop will introduce the fundimental steps inspired by Middle Eastern, Asian, and European dance techniques to name a few. I will also introduce some basic concepts you will need to begin dancing with this group based improvisational dance form. This something that you can do even if you've never danced before. The most important thing is having fun.

Andriel started belly dancing in 2008 with the amazing Aaliyah Jenny and it captured her heart immediately. Jenny pointed Andriel toward American Tribal Style and she couldn't get enough of it. Through self study and every workshop she could get to, she eventually made it to teacher training in order to share this amazing dance form with anyone inspired by it or just curious.

$20 Advanced Registration

Sunday February 23rd 12-3 pm

Hosted by Aszmara

Dance Connection
81 Centre Ave Loft 304/305, New Rochelle, New York 10801

Dancing With and For Each Other.
Dance in a low key, supportive atmosphere to feel how a choreography works, how a new costume feels and/or to gain strength being in front of an audience. So many reasons!
A place where we can try out choreographies that help us grow, wear that new costume before presenting it on a full stage, get in front of an audience for the first time and dance joyfully with each other and support our fellow artists as we hone our craft.
Entrance Fee: $10.00
Performing Groups of 3 or more: $30.00
Light refreshments will be serve

Sunday February 23rd 5-7 pm

The CT Bellydance Salons are back! Join co-hosts Elisheva and Joy for this incredible evening of dance performances by Connecticut dancers, and their students. Expect diverse bellydance genres from fusion and theatrical pieces, as well as folkloric, cabaret, Danse Orientale and Raqs Sharqi.

Refreshments by local pop-up restaurants are available for sale, as well as adult beverages and AF/ Mocktails to enjoy during the show!

Doors open at 4:30 pm, Show starts at 5 pm!

Door pricing as follows ~
Before Feb 23rd: $12.
At door: $15.

Tuesday February 25th 7pm

Saturday March 7th 9:30 am

Kim Leary: Power & Grace - March 2020 CT Annual Seminar & Show

We are very pleased to have Kim Leary (Alexia) as our featured master teacher for our 20th year of dance events at Connecticut College. Kim is a world dance performer, choreographer and instructor in Central New Jersey. She is Co-Artistic Director of Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble and Co-Director of her school, The Drum & Dance Learning Center in residence at YWCA Princeton, New Jersey. 2019 marked Kim's 30th year involvement in the multi-cultural music and dance genre. Kim has performed at numerous venues (theaters, colleges/universities, festivals) as a soloist and with her own dance company including SaZ Dance Theatre, Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat and Dalia Carella's DNA Project. She has taught a variety of workshop topics at many events including Rakkasah East, Spring Caravan, The Austin Belly Dance Convention, Jewels of the Orient, The Art of the Belly, and Waking Persephone Dance festival. Her acclaimed dance company, Groove Merchant Drum & Dance Ensemble, has performed at venues nationally and their performances have been partially supported by funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts. We have known Kim and Groove Merchant for many years, and are super excited to bring her to Connecticut. Their annual performances at Art of the Belly are the epitome of Power and Grace. Even if you have played finger cymbals before, Kim’s approach is unique and the experience is unforgettable! If you stress about finger cymbals or just want to take your playing to the next level, this workshop is for you. Kim is well known for her ability to compassionately bring her students to a deeper place of learning and achieving....AND it's going to be fun! Bring your finger cymbals. Larger/heavier sets are recommended but not required. Some recommendations are: Turquoise Size C
Suhaila 3 inch cymbals

9:30 AM
Registration opens and shopping!
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Part 1 (Power): Finger Cymbal Musicality — 4 languages of learning finger cymbals and combinations.s
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch break and shopping
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Part 2 (Grace): Finger cymbal and dance combinations that are in one of Kim's Groove Merchant choreographies, "Rahat". 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Break before Show
6:00 PM
Doors open for Showcase featuring Kim (Alexia), Farasha, Su'ad, and workshop attendees.
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Showcase with Kim Leary (Alexis) -- Power & Grace!

Save the Date Saturday April 18th

Do you love drum solos? Do you feel your heart and feet bopping to dums and teks? Are you a dancer or drummer who is new to performing live drum solos and want to feel more confident rocking out?

Then join Kirah & Casey for Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Live Drum Solo. Limited to 16 students

11:00am - 12:30 pm Drumming for Dancers (for drum students)
1:00pm - 3:00pm Dancing with a Live Drummer

More Details TBA!

Saturday April 25th

Vanessa of Cairo returns to the
Middle Eastern Dance Academy of CT!!

Learn from one of the TOP and MOST respected working dancers presently in Egypt!

Vanessa will be teaching her POWERFUL and FUN Saidi signature techniques in this energetic class.

* Bring a dance cane or purchase one at our studio ($25)*

Location: VD& FC
243 Captain Thomas Blvd. West Haven, CT 06516

Time: 12pm-3pm

Workshop Rate:
$100 March 31st
$125 after ( door safe are space permitting)

Join us to watch Vanessa's performance as our guest artist at the "2020 CT PRO SHOW" following the workshop. This event is a fundraiser for our Young Girls Empowerment Dance Program.


Sunday April 26th

Join Riskallah as she celebrates a life of teaching and performing Middle-Eastern dance. The show features performances by Riskallah Riyad, her students, and special performances by a superstar lineup of these top professional guest dancers: Elena Lentini, Aszmara Sherry, Dalia, Morwenna & Walid Assaf, and Tava Naiyin.

Adult tickets - $30.00
Children under 12 - $10.00

5th Ave, Danbury, Connecticut 06810

Buy tix online
(Note: additional fees apply)

To avoid fees, send check made out to Dolores Matzen, along with an SASE, to:

P.O. Box 156
Southbury, CT 06488

Riskallah Riyad is a teacher, performer and choreographer whose lifetime devotion to Middle Eastern dance has been inspiring students and other dancers for many years. She maintains a teaching schedule in Danbury

Sunday April 26th 4-11pm

745 Bound Brook Rd
Dunellen, NJ 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:
Danielle Hutton
Tapestry Tribal

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 - a follow up to last years Ballet for Bellydancers with Zobeida! Workshop is $30 prepay/$40 at the door (cash only)
Details can be found here:
Advanced Purchase will open on about April 1st, 2020.

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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