Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Preview

Lots of exciting events happening this month, including the first belly dance competition metro Atlanta has seen in quite some time.  Get out there and support your raqs community this April!

Saturday, April 6 2:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Jaki & Jahara Phoenix
Nazeem Allayl Spring Studio Show
King Plow Arts Center
Tickets $15 - 35
Enjoy teachers, troupe members, and students from Nazeem Allayl studios in their annual spring show!  Click to purchase tickets for Saturday or Sunday.

Saturday, April 6
10:30 - 12:30
Tribal Inspired Workshop with Jaki of Jahara Phoenix
Amani Jabril Middle Eastern & World Dance
$20 ($15 for Amani's students registered for class)
In this workshop, Jaki will break down some of the stylistic elements of contemporary Tribal style belly dance, including posture, arm positioning, shimmies, and turns. Participants are sure to gain some new tools for Tribal or any style of dance performance. Check out the Facebook event for more info.

Saturday, April 6
6:30 - 8:00
Bollywood Girls' Night Out in Athens
Floorspace Dance
$25 in advance (limited to 10 students)
Enjoy a fun Bollywood class with Jaki Hawthorne of Jahara Phoenix. No experience required. Be prepared to sweat and bring good dancing shoes. Hang out after class for snacks and wine! Limited to 10 students. Tickets are $25 in advance via cash, check or paypal. ($2 fee for credit cards).  Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Saturday, April 6
7:00 - 10:00
"The Happening" 
Hodgepodge Coffee House & Gallery
Local performers Kira and Balefire will perform at this "three-hour experience of art, friends, coffee, dance, fire, drumming, wine, reconnecting, spirit and ART!!!  Kerri Hirsch and Jon Skoglund are the featured artists.  Coffee and pastries available at the venue, Hodgepodge Coffeehouse & Gallery in East Atlanta.   Find out more at the Facebook event.

Saturday, April 20 - Sunday, April 21
Gems of the South Belly Dance Competition
Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta - Marietta

Gems of the South, presented by Mina and Dalloua Dance Company, celebrates performers of all types with multiple competitive categories.  Competition events and workshops will take place throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday, with a gala show on Saturday night.  

Judges, instructors, and performers include Atlanta's Amani Jabril and Faaridah of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance and Amoraat; North Carolina's Naima Sultana; Angel of San Francisco; Shakira al Fanninah of Columbus, OH; and Shoshanna, all the way from Arcata, CA. Visit the Gems web site for full details and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, April 20
Live Music & Dance with Suzanne
Laziza Mediterranean Restaurant

9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Suzanne
Experience live music brought to life by one of Atlanta's most talented performers, Suzanne, at Laziza Mediterranean in Marietta.  Keyboard player Nabil El Anmari from DC and singer Youssef Chakrani will provide the music.  Ticket includes dinner buffet, dessert, and soft drink. Full bar and drink specials.  Regularly-priced tickets are $50, but Laziza is offering a $20 discount for dancers!  E-mail Suzanne at bellydancersuzanne@live.com for the coupon code... then click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Faaridah
Sunday, April 21
Jahara Phoenix at Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park, International Stage
3:20 p.m. (approximately)
Come out and see Jahara Phoenix at the Dogwood Festival!

Saturday, April 27 Bollywood Mashup Choreography Workshop with Faaridah
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
2:30 - 5:00, $30
In this mixed-level workshop, Faaridah will teach a brand new choreography to a “mashup” of some of the hottest Indian dance hits.  This “Bellywood” performance piece will blend elements of Bollywood with classical Egyptian style belly dance! Bollywood Dance incorporates Hip Hop, Jazz, Salsa, East Indian Classical, Folk, and Bhangra dancing.  The end result is a dramatic, fun and lively choreography workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Click here to purchase tickets.

Saturday, April 27
Live Music & Dancing in Oakhurst
Awalim Dance Company, Students & Friends
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Harmony Park
Awalim Dance Company, Banat Almeh, and a group of excellent musicians will be performing as part of Sidewalk Saturdays, happening this spring in downtown Decatur and Harmony Park in Oakhurst. 
 
Saturday, April 27
Beats Antique (SOLD OUT)
With Zoe Jakes, Russ Liquid, and opening act Awalim Dance Company
Terminal West

Doors at 9:00; show starts at 10:00
Lucky folks who bought tickets to this show will experience Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique in their new Animale Mechanique" production.  Awalim Dance Company will open the show, along with members of Banat Almeh!

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