Thursday, October 3, 2019

It's Been Fun!

Hello, metro Atlanta belly dance enthusiasts! After eight years, I've decided that I will no longer be updating this website or calendar. When I started Yalla, Y'all! I was addressing a need in this community for a central source of information about raqs events in north Georgia. The belly dance community at that time was thriving and still growing, and there were workshops and shows several times a month. However, the community tended to be divided by geography (ITP/OTP is a big deal in Atlanta), style ("tribal people" tended to not know much about "cabaret" events and vice versa), and troupe/studio loyalty. Many event promoters did not have strong marketing skills and Facebook had not been fully adopted at the time.

Now, the community is smaller (for better or worse -- some would argue that it's for the better, but that's a different conversation), there are only a few major events per year, and the event organizers who are still in business are better at marketing.

I encourage anyone reading this to continue supporting the classes, workshops, shows, performances, haflas, and other events that are still happening in this community. I look forward to seeing you onstage or in the audience!

Thank you so much for your support for Yalla Y'all.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April Preview

Check out these events coming up in the metro Atlanta/north Georgia belly dance community in April!

Saturday, April 14

Ryan Yangouchao

Workshops with China's "Belly Dance King" Ryan Yangouchao

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
$60-80 (all workshops $200)

Maddie and Faaridah will bring Ryan Yangouchao to Atlanta for three workshops and a showcase at Nicola's.

Workshop offerings include:
  • 10:00 - 12:00: Ryan's Oriental Technique & Posturing
  • 12:00 - 2:00: Spins, Turns & Transitions
  • 2:00 - 5:00: Mejance Choregraphy

Learn more about Ryan and his teaching style here, or click here to buy tickets.


Sunday, April 15

Belly Dance Showcase & Hafla with Ryan Yangouchao

5:30 p.m. (doors 4:30)
Nicola's Restaurant
1602 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329
$20 (includes dinner; lamb shank $25)

Join China's belly dance king and an awesome lineup of local and regional performers at Nicola's! Ticket includes dinner plate (chicken, beef, vegetarian and gluten-free options available). For an additional $5.00 you can enjoy Nicola's signature lamb shank!  Click here to buy tickets.


Saturday, April 21

Nazeem Allayl Spring Studio Show

5:00 p.m.
Cafe Istanbul
4200 Wade Green Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144

$17.99 (includes 50% discount on food orders) 

Join the teachers, troupe members, and students of Nazeem Allayl Studios for their annual spring show at Cafe Istanbul in Kennesaw. Click here for tickets.



Wednesday, April 25

Mahsati and Samira (Photo: Studio Jaki)

"Rak the 40 Watt - Special Rock Edition" (Athens)

7:00 p.m.
40 Watt Club, 285 W Washington Street, Athens
Tickets $5 from a dancer in advance, $8 at the door ($2 surcharge for those under 21

Join Samira, Mahsati, and lots of local performers and students as they literally rock the legendary 40 Watt Club! This show will feature all rock music, with a wide variety of performances. Always a great time at these shows! Visit the Facebook event for more details.





Ziah of Awalim
(Photo: Kismet Photography)

Sunday, April 29

Atlanta Tribal Cafe: Improv Challenge

5:00 p.m. (doors 4:00)
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 Heidi Hernandez, Rajni and her troupe Qamar of Athens, and Awalim Dance Company! These performers all specialize in various types of improv, and they will be dancing to music they have not heard in advance!

Visit the Facebook event for more information or click here for advance tickets. 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.




Saturday, March 10, 2018

March Preview

Check out these events coming up in March!

Saturday, March 24

Belly Rave Dance Party

7:30 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points
1394 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
$10

Join Nazeem Allayl for a rave-style hafla with black lights, lasers  LED necklaces, and Western and Middle Eastern pop music. Women only, cuz that's how they roll at NA.


Sunday, March 25

Atlanta's Got Talent: Shamrocks & Shenanigans

5:30 p.m. (doors 4:30 - please arrive by 5:00)
Nicola's Restaurant
1602 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329
$20 (includes dinner; lamb shank $25)
Kids $10

Join Faaridah and Jenny for a magically delicious belly dance dinner showcase featuring performers from across the metro Atlanta area, plus special guests and those debut student performances we all love to support.

Ticket includes dinner plate (chicken, beef, vegetarian and gluten-free options available). For an additional $5.00 you can enjoy Nicola's signature Lamb shank! Check out the Facebook event for the performer lineup and other details, or get your tickets in advance.


Saturday, March 31

"A Night in the Oasis: Spring Fling"

8:00 p.m. (doors 7:30)
DDP YOGA Performance Center
1239 Concord Rd SE, Smyrna, GA 30080
$12

Join Mina as she revives this popular quarterly showcase for local performers. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details, or click here for tickets.



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.




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.





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.



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!




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.



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.