Wednesday, July 24, 2013

August Preview

Lisa Zahiya
Photography by Pixie Vision
Saturday, August 10
Shimmy Mini-Workshop with Lisa Zahiya - "“I’ve Got 99 Problems but a Shimmy Ain’t One″
2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
AFBD's summer mini-workshop series continues with guest instructor Lisa Zahiya of Asheville, NC's Studio Zahiya. Lisa will cover a variety of shimmy techniques, proper usage, creating variety, level change, layering and more!  Admission is $30 -- click here to register.

Sunday, August 11
Awalim Apprentice Dinner Show
7:30 p.m., Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant
Awalim Dance Company and student troupe Banat Almeh will present an evening of fun and dance, with range of tribal, classic, and fusion performances with a special focus on soloists and performances by the Awalim Dance Company. Ticket price is $20.00 and includes a full Lebanese dinner with dessert -- click here to get your tickets. Bring your hip scarves for a hafla after the show with Nicola himself!

August 16-18
South East Mosaic
Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
This new weekend-long festival, produced by Mina of Dalloua Dance, combines belly dance, burlesque, and flow arts. Workshops, performances, and a gala show Saturday evening will offer a true mosaic of popular art forms. Instructors and performers who may be familiar to raqs enthusiasts include Mavi, Valizan, Naima Sultana, Heidi Hernandez, Lady Morrighan, Shoshanna Estell, and Miss Mongoose.  Click here for more info on the workshops being offered... click here for showcase tickets.

Saturday, August 17
TURKU in Concert (Savannah)
Banat Almeh at TribalCon 2013
3:00 p.m., Jepson Center for The Arts
If you're in the Savannah area (or up for a road trip), here's an unusual chance to see a band that's become very popular among Tribal dancers in particular:  TURKU, Nomads of the Silk Road. This
performance is part of the Jepson Center's opening of a new exhibition, “Allure of the Near East: Treasures from the Huntington Museum of Art’s Touma Collection.”  Visit the Facebook event for more info.

Maddie with Fire Fans
Photo by Anderson Smith Photography

Saturday, August 24
Intro to Belly Dance with Fire with Maddie
2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance 
A newcomer to the metro Atlanta scene, Maddie, a specialist in performing with fire, will share technique and safety tips for candles, candle tray, shemadan, fire sword and fire fans. Participants will be able to “try out” all fire props in order to get a feel for them. Maddie will also have candles available for you to use in class and teach a fun “double candle” choreography to get your started on your belly dance fire journey. Admission is $30 -- click here to register.

West African ITS Workshop with Wendellyn Lodapo (Augusta area)
5:30 p.m., 929 Hunting Horn Way, Evans GA 30809
Evadne Medina will host South Carolina's Wendellyn Lodapo, who will explore the evolution and interpretation of dance as it performed within the West African diaspora. Wendellyn will teach in a improv style, creating a vocabulary that can also be used in choreography.Visit the Facebook event for details.

Sunday, August 25
Hot Egyptian Combos - Master Class with Amani Jabril (Athens) (SOLD OUT)
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Floorspace Studio
Sulukele Dance welcomes Atlanta's Amani Jabril in her first teaching appearance in Athens! This session in advanced Egyptian technique will cover technique and combinations grounded in Amani's deep understanding of both contemporary and ancient Middle Eastern culture.

August 30 - September 2
Dragon Con
Downtown Atlanta
Belly dancers, costuming enthusiasts, and geeks of all flavors flock to Atlanta every year for this science fiction and fantasy convention.  The Silk Road track offers workshops in belly dance and classical Persian dance; the Silk Road Expo performance event (this year it's Saturday at 4:00); costuming classes; and many other sessions devoted to Asian arts, crafts, and culture. Click here for the 2013 Silk Road track schedule, and join the Facebook group for all the latest news.

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