Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February Preview


Has anyone else noticed that there have not been nearly as many belly dance workshops or shows in metro Atlanta recently? We might have been a bit saturated for a while, but with the shuttering of several studios and troupes, our community seems to be shrinking. February 2018 is all about TribalCon, but this will be the last TribalCon. The good news is that even if you don't attend the workshops, you can attend the haflas and the show... so get out and support this event before it becomes a part of Atlanta raqs history!


Donna Mejia

February 23-25

TribalCon

Join Ziah for the "last hurrah" of TribalCon, featuring Donna Mejia, Aziz, Portugal's Piny Orchidaceae, Na'la, and Madame Onça. This year's event will take place in several locations in and near Decatur. The opening lecture, all classes, and the Friday night live music hafla will be at CORE Studios on the Decatur Square; the Saturday night live music show and after-party will be at the Avondale Towne Cinema.

Check out the website for lots more detail about this year's event and to buy passes. The Tribal Con-Nect Facebook group is a great place to communicate with the organizers or fellow attendees.





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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

January Preview

Happy New Year from Yalla Y'all! Just a few events coming up in January... get out there and support our awesome raqs community!


January 12-16

Jamila Level 2 Certification Workshop with Suhaila Salimpour

The Late Jamila Salimpour

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
Workshops each day (Friday-Tuesday) 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(with one-hour lunch break, timing TBD) 

Students of the belly dance format created by Jamila Salimpour will enjoy over 21 hours of instruction on Jamila Level 2 movements with Suhaila Salimpour. Current Jamila Level 1 certification is required to attend, and students are strongly encouraged to have a strong working knowledge of Suhaila Format Level 1 material. 

Optional Jamila Level 2 certification testing is also available, for an additional fee of $250. Test sections will be distributed throughout the week, so testers will need to arrive with an intent to test on Day 1 of the workshop. All testers will be required to submit/record their choreographies and receive approval prior to the workshop.

Visit the web site to purchase passes. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details.

Sunday, January 21

Benefit Hafla for Inara and Dave

Doors at 5:30 p.m.; performances begin at 6:00
Taverna Plaka, 2196 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Inara
Photo: Daniel R. Moore Photography
$21.83

Last November, a beloved member of our community, Victoria "Inara" Logan, and her husband David Goodner were in a motorcycle accident that left them with serious injuries. They face a long and painful recovery. If you've partied at Plaka, chances are you've partied with Inara -- she is a teacher, mentor, performer, and source of constant laughs and inspiration for everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing her.

On the 21st, the community will come together to support Inara and Dave with a benefit hafla featuring many of our most talented local performers. Scott, the owner of Taverna Plaka Atlanta, has graciously offered his restaurant as the location for this event and will be donating a portion of food and drink sales; all ticket sales proceeds go directly to Victoria and David. Additional donations will also be welcomed. If you can't come but still want to help, just purchase a ticket!

RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news. Click here to get your tickets!




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Friday, November 24, 2017

December Preview

Happy Holidays from Yalla Y'all! I'm so grateful to the metro Atlanta raqs community for your support and engagement.

Check out these events happening in December!


Wednesday, December 6

Raq the 40 Watt (Athens)

7:00 p.m.
40 Watt Club, 285 W Washington Street, Athens, GA 30601
$5 in advance (from local dancers); $8 at the door

This twice-yearly event is always worth the drive to Athens! Enjoy performances by the students of Samira and Mahsati from both the Healing Arts Centre and UGA's Ramsey Center. You'll see dancers of all levels from Athens and around north Georgia; belly dance styles from fokloric to fusion, cabaret to tribal, and a few surprises from special guests in between. It all takes place in the historic 40 Watt Club, with a full bar available and of course lots of great restaurants nearby. Check out the Facebook event for more information!


Saturday, December 9

Atlanta SEEDs
Photo: Visually Unlimited Photography

Global Dance 2017 Holiday Show: "Voices of Social Change" Featuring Carmine Guida

7:00 p.m.
Global Dance Studio and Theatre, 2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd Suite 309, Roswell, GA 30076
Tickets $8-25

Join performers from Atlanta SEEDs and 3D Boys to celebrate the holidays with dance. This show is inspired by the potential for performers to be voices of social change through the performing arts. Special guest Carmine Guida will lead the second act with a live music show. RSVP to the  Facebook event for the latest news; click here to buy tickets.



"Aurora" - Persica Dance Holiday Show

7:00 p.m.
TADA - The Atlanta Dance Academy
2335 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324
$20 in advance; $25 at the door

Persica Dance Company
Photo: Kismet Photography
Experience the magic and warmth of a professional holiday dance show featuring dance styles from around the world including belly dance, Bollywood, fusion modern, and ballet. This show is produced by Atlanta's newest professional troupe, Persica, and will feature many local favorites.

All ticket sale profits will go toward Cool Girls, an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to the self-empowerment of girls.

The show will take place at The Atlanta Dance Academy's box performance space, with plenty of free parking and several restaurants within walking distance.

Check out the Facebook event, or go to the web site to buy tickets.


Karma Karmelita
Photo: Studio Jaki Photography

Sunday, December 10

"Sip & Slay: Holiday Makeup Class with Karma

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318

$25 through December 1; $35 after that date

Learn more makeup secrets from the multi-talented Karma Karmelita while you enjoy a glass or two of wine! This workshop will feature a glamorous winter-themed look in which luscious plums and frosty highlights are accentuated with just a hint of glitter. And as always, Karma will be full of tips and tricks for fabulous makeup! Visit the  Facebook event for details and a materials list. Get advance passes here.



Saturday, December 16

Sabeeya Sun
Photo: Kismet Photography

"'Santa Baby' Grown-Ass Woman Style" Choreography Workshop with Sabeeya

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$30

Join Sabeeya Sun for another in her series of workshops for grown-ass women! This holiday workshop will be a fun, sassy choreography to "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt, suitable for all levels of dance experience. And there will be wine and snacks! Click here to buy passes.





Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.



Monday, October 30, 2017

November Preview

Sabeeya Sun
Photo by Studio Jaki
November will be a pretty quiet month in the metro Atlanta raqs community... get out and support your local performers and event producers!



Sunday, November 5

"'Carol of the Bells' Grown-Ass Woman Style" Choreography Workshop with Sabeeya

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$40

Join local standout performer and choreographer Sabeeya Sun for an intermediate-level choreography with lots of layering, quick body movements & transition, shimmies, and hair twirls, set to Trans Siberian Orchestra's version of "Carol of the Bells." And there will be wine and snacks!

Visit the Facebook event for more information, or click here to buy passes.


November 11-12

"The Secrets of Egyptian Dance" with Joana Saahirah of Cairo

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance brings us Joana Saahira, international star and author of “The Secrets of Egypt – Dance, Life & Beyond." In two days of workshops, Joana will further her mission of "bringing back the soul of Oriental dance and the heart to the world: magical dance, writing, teaching and sharing in a global community of people who wish to remain human and live their best life."

Workshop offerings include:

Saturday, November 11
10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. The Secrets of Egyptian Dance (part 1)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch break
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Secrets of Egyptian Dance (part 2)

Sunday, November 12
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Om Kolthoum; Dancing the Voice of the Orient - The Art of Tarab
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Extraordinaire Mellaya (bring mellaya or heavy veil)

To reserve your place in these workshops, visit the Eventbrite page. For all the latest news, RSVP to the Facebook event.

Sunday, November 12

Dinner Showcase with Joana Saahirah

6:00 p.m.
Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant, 1602 LaVista Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 
$20 (lamb shank $24)

Don't miss performances by local soloists and troupes, as well as Joana Saahirah and, as always, Nicola himself! Visit the Eventbrite page for tickets,

Saturday, November 18

Dance Charity Event (Augusta)

7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta
3501 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, GA 30909
Free with Donation of Canned Foods

Augusta's Evadne "Vany" Medina hosts her annual event to collect food for the hungry and homeless, featuring local and regional performers. Admission is free with a canned food donation. Vendors will also be selling sparkly things! Visit the Facebook event for more information.




Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.



Monday, October 2, 2017

October Preview

Belly dance gets spooky this October in metro Atlanta! Come out and celebrate the cooler weather at these awesome events around town.

October 20-22

Issam Houshan

One on One with Issam Houshan

Global Dance, 2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, Georgia 30076

Global Dance welcomes everyone's favorite drummer, Issam Houshan, back to metro Atlanta for Facebook event or contact Global Dance for details and to purchase passes.
group classes and private lessons. Participants are invited to a hafla with Issam Sunday afternoon. A variety of classes are available; visit the


October 22

Atlanta's Got Talent: A Strange Menagerie!

5:30 p.m. (doors 4:30)
Nicola's Restaurant
1602 Lavista Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

$20 - 25 (includes Lebanese dinner)

Join lots of metro Atlanta's favorite performers for a spooky, fun Halloween show at Nicola's. Your choice of chicken, beef, or vegetarian dinner - or lamb shank for $5 more. Visit the Facebook event for more details; click here to buy tickets. See you there (you may or may not recognize me)!


Sunday, October 29

Coffee & Conversation - A Visit With Morocco

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Global Dance, 2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, Georgia 30076 
$25

Join Global Dance for a virtual visit with belly dance legend Morocco. Known fondly as "Aunt Rocky," she has been performing since she was a teenager, has witnessed many years of belly dance history, and has opinions about it! The author of The Fundamental Movement Vocabulary of Raqs Sharqi and You Asked Aunt Rocky: Answers & Advice About Raqs Sharqi & Raqs Shaabi will answer your questions live from New York City. Visit the Facebook event for more details; click here to buy tickets.
Sera Sahara
Photo: Studio Jaki


Tribal Cafe

5:00 p.m.
Taverna Plaka, 2196 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
$8 in advance; $10 at the door (bring tips for the performers!)

Enjoy dinner and performances by local and regional Tribal style dancers and troupes! This month's special Halloween edition will feature performances by Jamie Lewis, Sera Sahara of Browncoat Belydance, and Karma Karmelita. RSVP to the  Facebook event for updates, and join the Atlanta Tribal Cafe Community Facebook group for all the latest news about this monthly event.




Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

September Preview

Mira Betz
Photo: The Dancer's Eye
September brings us one of metro Atlanta's cornerstone events: Essence of Belly Dance. Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique will also be swinging through Atlanta and Athens on their "Shadowbox" tour. Get out and support your fellow dancers this month!

September 14-15

"The Way of the Queen" Intensive with Mira Betz 

Thursday 9/14 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9/15 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Road NW, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$200 (not included with Essence full weekend pass)

In conjunction with Essence of Belly Dance, AFBD offers an opportunity for intensive study with tribal fusion and theatrical belly dance artist Mira Betz. Visit the web site for more information and to buy passes.



September 14-17

Essence of Belly Dance

Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station
361 17th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30363

Randa Kamel
Essence returns for its seventh year, bringing legendary Orientale and tribal fusion instructors for a weekend of workshops, shows, competition, shopping, and more! This year's event will feature teaching and performances by, Randa Kamel, Suhaila Salimpour, Mira Betz, Mohamed Shahin, Colleena Shakti, Natalie Lovario, and Andrus Ramir. Gala shows Friday and Saturday night include solo and troupe competitions in Orientale and fusion styles (Friday: fusion troupes and Orientale solos; Saturday Orientale troupes and fusion solos). Visit the web site for full details and to purchase passes, and be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest updates.


Sunday, August 20

Nazeem Allayl Fall Studio Show

7:00 p.m.
Cafe Istanbul 2, 4200 Wade Green Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144 

Enjoy performances by Nazeem Allayl instructors, troupes, and students -- along with delicious Turkish food and drinks -- at this semi-annual show.


Sunday, September 24

Tribal Cafe

5:00 p.m.
Taverna Plaka, 2196 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
$8 in advance; $10 at the door (bring tips for the performers!)

Enjoy dinner and performances by local and regional Tribal style dancers and troupes! Join the Atlanta Tribal Cafe Community Facebook group for all the latest news about this monthly event.



September 28-29

Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique

Beats Antique

Athens - Thursday, September 28
Georgia Theater, 9:00 p.m. ($22.00)


Atlanta - Friday, September 29
Buckhead Theater, 9:00 p.m. ($35.50)


Catch tribal fusion legend Zoe Jakes and her band at one of these two performances!

Athens Facebook event and tickets
Atlanta Facebook event
(tickets via link in Facebook event)





Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

August Preview

Metro Atlanta is in a bit of a summer doldrums when it comes to belly dance events... but you can see an up-and-coming Indian dance troupe... learn a new choreography... lots of local dancers are heading to Chattanooga with Majda... and there's always Tribal Cafe!

Bianca and Proma of Moksha
Photo: Kismet Photography

Saturday, August 5

Moksha Performs at Zoo Atlanta's Wild Weekend

3:00 - 3:30 PM
Zoo Atlanta
Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Free with zoo admission ($22.99 adults, $16.99 kids)

If you haven't yet seen Moksha, metro Atlanta's Indian dance troupe headed by Proma Ray, here's a great opportunity to see a full set while enjoying a visit to Zoo Atlanta. Moksha will be performing Indian folk, Classical fusion, Bollywood, and Bhangra as part of the zoo's "Wild Weekend," featuring entertainment, crafts, and other activities celebrating the cultures and biodiversity of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas. Visit the Facebook event for more details. Click here for Atlanta Zoo ticket info.

Saturday, August 18

Arabic Musicality Workshop & "Raqs Top 40" Show with Majda Anwar (Chattanooga)

Workshop 10:00 AM - 3:15 PM (with lunch break)
Hamilton Family YMCA, 7430 Shallowford Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
$85
Majda Anwar
Photo: The Dancer's Eye

Show 8:00 PM
Barking Legs Theater
$12 in advance; $17 at the door

Get ready to get your belly dance nerd on! Holly "Alexandria" Prince of Chattanooga hosts Majda Anwar for a four-hour workshop covering tips and techniques to help dancers connect more intricately with Arabic music. In the evening, enjoy performances by local and regional favorites, including a number of dancers from metro Atlanta! Check out the Facebook event for the latest news, or get your passes here.

Saturday, August 12

"Shape of You" Fusion Choreography Workshop

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Nazeem Allayl Little Five Points Studio, 1394 McLendon Avenue, Atlanta
Contact Studio for Pricing

Learn an original fusion choreography to an Indian remix of Ed Sheeran's hit "Shape of You" from Schadia. Visit the web site for more information.

Sunday, August 20

Nazeem Allayl Level 3 Certification Test

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Nazeem Allayl Brookhaven Studio, 2664 Cove Circle, Brookhaven

Candidates for Nazeem Allayl Level 3 certification will undergo testing in this session. Visit the web site for details.

Sunday, August 27

Tribal Cafe

5:00 p.m.
Taverna Plaka, 2196 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
$8 in advance; $10 at the door (bring tips for the performers!)

Enjoy dinner and performances by local and regional Tribal style dancers and troupes! Join the Atlanta Tribal Cafe Community Facebook group for all the latest news about this monthly event.


Asheville's Charlotte Louise at July Tribal Cafe



Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.