Saturday, March 30, 2013

Get Ready for Shimmy Mob 2013 (Register before April 5)!

Lacy Perry lays down the law at Shimmy Mob 2010
(photo by Josh D. Weiss)
On Saturday, May 11, metro Atlanta dancers will once again combine forces to participate in the worldwide Shimmy Mob, a flash mob event now in its third year.

Developed by Canadian dancer Sabeya, Shimmy Mob brings raqs communities together to support local women's and children's shelters, celebrate World Belly Dance Day, and help bring our art form to the general public. Atlanta's Shimmy Mob will be at the Buckhead Arts Festival this year - a bustling, welcoming site.

Participants must register online before April 5 at Once you register, you'll receive a “Shimmy Mob Kit,” which includes links to online videos of the choreography breakdown and a Shimmy Mob T-shirt to wear on the day of the event. You'll need to learn the choreography (this year's choreography is by Bozenka!), either on your own with the videos or at a free class -- there are several local instructors offering classes.

Atlanta Shimmy Mob team leader Lacy Perry will be teaching the choreography in free classes to registered throughout April in Johns Creek/Alpharetta. The final rehearsal (required) will be held in Sandy Springs on Saturday, May 4. E-mail Lacy at for more information!

The Athens Shimmy Mob will take place at the Athens Farmer's Market, with a hafla to follow, all benefiting Project Safe.  Team leader is Rajni.  Click here to learn more about how to participate in Athens!

Check out the videos of Shimmy Mob 2010 and 2011!

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Preview

Spring has pretty much sprung here in metro Atlanta, and things are heating up in the belly dance world as well! Don't miss the exciting events coming up in March, including workshops and performances by both established local talent and newcomers to the scene!

Saturday, March 2
Yoga for Bellydancers Workshop with Jendayi Dance Company
Jendayi Bellydance Studio
Many performers have experienced the close connections between yoga and belly dance. Most teachers use at least a few yoga postures in their warm-up or cool-down phases. This workshop will focus on improving flexibility and balance while helping you get to know your body. You will learn about the flow of energy and how to begin to take command over your body. Space is limited to six participants. Click here to learn more.

March 8-10
Workshops & Show with Anasma & Beatbox Guitar
"Collaboration & Creation: The Edge of Music & Dance"

Presented by World Belly Dance Alliance
Workshops and lecture at Pera Dance & Event Studio
Performance at Steve's Live Music
A weekend of dance and music with the talented Anasma, joined by Pete List and Rob Mastrianni of Beatbox Guitar. The weekend will include dance workshops (some with live music!), a lunch discussion lecture, and a Saturday night CD release party, show, and hafla. Click here to learn more, or RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest updates (workshops and show).

Saturday, March 16
Fast & Fun ATS Combos Workshop with Jaki of Jahara Phoenix
10:00 - 12:30
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
$30 in advance, $40 at the door
Learn some cool new fast ATS® combos to add to your group improv repertoire! This workshop is suitable for all levels. RSVP to the Facebook event for more info!

AFBD's Got Talent!
8:00 p.m.
Fanoos Persian Cuisine
Enjoy performances by Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance students, plus a special appearance by Jahara Phoenix!  Fanoos offers a delightful atmosphere and fabulous food.  RSVP to the Facebook event for more info and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, March 17
Nayeli Belly Dance Presents "Genesis"
6:30 p.m.
Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant
Join one of Atlanta's newest troupes for their first show, featuring many local performers, plus live drumming during intermission and of course Nicola himself.  For more details and online tickets, visit the Facebook event.  

Mina at Kavarna
(as featured in the Gilded Serpent)
Saturday, March 23
A Night at the Oasis Presents "Glam Oasis"
8:00 p.m.
Kavarna Coffee House
Join Mina and Mariana of Dalloua Dance Company as they celebrate their first year of Oasis events at Kavarna.  See the Facebook event for the full line-up and some important tips about the venue, located in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur.

Sunday, March 24
Master Class with Sarai (SOLD OUT)
Hosted by Jendayi Belly Dance Studio
11:00 - 1:00
Some of metro Atlanta's leading performers credit Sarai as one of their most important teachers and influences.  Here's an unusual chance to spend two hours with this graceful, delightful, experienced dancer -- for only $10.  This challenging two-hour class will start with "An Hour of Bellydance," including isolations, traveling steps, descents and ascents, with the focus of maintaining constant movement. In the second hour, Sarai will share fun isolation and traveling combinations.Check out the Facebook event for more info!