Monday, September 30, 2013

October Preview

Lots of spooky raqs fun to be had in metro Atlanta this October!!! 
Jenny Nichols of World Belly Dance Alliance
Photo by Studio Jaki


Saturday, October 5 

Juice Box: The Preview 
Hosted by World Belly Dance Alliance
7:00 p.m., Pera Dance & Event Studio (1015-B Collier Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Free Admission
World Belly Dance Alliance and Amani Jabril Middle Eastern and World Dance will present a special preview of featured choreographies to be included in the April 12, 2014 stage production of “Juice Box."  More details here.

Art Menage 
7:00 p.m., Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery
A performing and visual arts event featuring performances by Kira Lang and Balefire.  RSVP to the Facebook event for details.


Saturday, October 12 

Bollywood Workshop with Jaki & Halloween Hafla (Augusta)
Sponsored by Evadne Medina
Workshop 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.$35 to Paypal ( in advance or $40 at the door, if space is available
Halloween Hafla at 7:00 p.m.
Both events at 929 Hunting Horn Way, Evans, GA 30809
Evadne Medina presents a Bollywood workshop with Jaki Hawthorne of Jahara Phoenix, followed by a Halloween hafla.  Come in costume!  RSVP to the Facebook event for details.

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival Parade
Parade at 3:00 p.m., Harmony Park
Awalim Dance Company apprentices, students, and friends will be performing in the Oakhurst Festival parade (and most likely some impromptu street performances) with Balkan brass band Black Sheep Ensemble.

Samora with Leyli of Amoraat
Photo by Studio Jaki

Belly Dance by Samora Annual Showcase
6:30 p.m., Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant
An evening of dance with Samora, along with members of her troupe, Amoraat, as well as students, friends, and special guests -- plus Nicola!  Tickets are $23 and include a Lebanese dinner.  Tickets for Samora's current students, children under 12, and senior citizens 60+ are $18. Get advance tickets here.


Saturday, October 19 

Little Five Points Halloween Festival & Parade
2:00 p.m., Little Five Points
One of Atlanta's favorite fall events returns, featuring Awalim Dance Company with live music and the unique Tribal variation some call "parade ATS."  Don't miss all the costumes, fun, and food! Click here for more event info.

Nouveau Noir Workshop with Tempest
2:00 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
$25 Early Bird pricing
The legendary Tempest will be in town and is offering a workshop at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance.  In this class, Tempest will teach sassy combinations that capture the elegant form, fluid movement, and dramatic stylings of the early 20th century. Click here to register!  RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest details.

Nazeem Allayl Studio Show
7:00 p.m., Cecil B. Day Hall at Mercer University
Join teachers, troupe members, and students for the studio's twice-yearly showcase.  Check the Atlanta Belly Dance web site for ticket sales and more details.

A Night in the Oasis Presents: Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Gamer Oasis
8:00 p.m., Kavarna, 5:00 at door, kids six and under free
Get your geek on at the Halloween Oasis!  Join Mina, Mariana, friends, and special guests for an evening of performances inspired by fantasy, science fiction, and gaming!  Visit the Facebook event for more info.

Sunday, October 20 

Nazeem Allayl Studio Show
6:00 p.m., Cecil B. Day Hall at Mercer University
Join teachers, troupe members, and students for the studio's twice-yearly showcase.  Check the Atlanta Belly Dance web site for ticket sales and more details.

Saturday, October 26 

Qamar at Lickskillet Artists' Market in Athens
11:00 a.m., Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt Street, Athens
Free admission
Athens' Qamar Tribal Odyssey Belly Dance will perform at the Lickskillet Artists' Market, an indoor/outdoor festival featuring art, music, kids' activities, food trucks, and more. Come out and see Tribal Odyssey group improv, as well as group and solo choreography... plus live drumming!

Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade in Athens 
7:00 p.m., downtown Athens
Classic City belly dancers congregate for the fifth consecutive year for the Wild Rumpus, produced by the legendary 40 Watt Club.  Parade participants are to line up in costume at Clayton & Pulaski Streets at 7:00 p.m.

Aziza & Ziah of Awalim Dance Company

Sunday, October 27 

Awalim Halloween Carnivale
6:30 p.m., Sketchworks Theater
3041 North Decatur Rd., Scottdale, GA 30079

Tickets $15 before 10/19, $18 after that date 
After a three-year hiatus, the Awalim Dance Company's Halloween show is back by popular demand!

This year's extravaganza will feature silly and spooky performances by Awalim's company members and Banat Almeh troupe members... plus special guests including Inara, Rafi'a Dance Company, Jenny Nichols, Halleya, Lacy Perry and Oleandra, Northside Tribe, and more!  Click here to learn more and get your tickets.  Check out the Facebook event for all the latest updates.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September Preview (Better Late Than Never!)

Jill Parker
(Photo: Taboo Media)
Dragon Con has put your intrepid reporter a little behind on posting all the details about raqs events for September!  The month starts off with a huge bang when four superstars come to town for Essence of Belly Dance in Buckhead. For the remainder of the month, the fun will be happening mostly in Athens and Augusta, two communities that are growing quickly!

September 6-8
The Essence of Belly Dance
Atlanta Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
Don't miss this opportunity to study with and enjoy the performances of four raqs superstars!  Workshops with Amar Gamal, Sadie, Mira Betz, and Jill Parker Friday through Sunday.  Gala and fashion show Saturday evening -- doors at 7:00, show starts at 8:00. Click here to purchase tickets!

Saturday, September 7
Sword Workshop at Global Dance
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA  30076
Learn the basics of Raqs al Sayf with Zaia Haddiyah
See Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, September 14
Makeup Mini-Workshop with Rajni and Hafla (Augusta area)
Workshop at 5:00 p.m., Hafla starts at 7:00 p.m.
929 Hunting Horn Way, Evans, GA 30809
Get stage makeup tips from Athens' own Rajni (Jenny Kay-Williams) in a free workshop, with a party to follow.  Hosted by Evadne Medina.

Global Dance Opening Celebration Cocktail Party
6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA  30076
Contact Global Dance for details.

Sunday, September 22
Drumming Intro Workshop with Marcus Octavius (Athens)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Healing Arts Centre, 834 Prince Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30606
Learn the basics of Middle Eastern drumming with Greenville, SC's Marcus Octavius. Cost is $10, payable at the door.

Mabon Hafla (Athens)
6:30 p.m. 
Healing Arts Centre, 834 Prince Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30606
Following the drumming workshop, dance the night away at a hafla!

Aziza Nawal accompanied by Denys Proteau
(in fez; they're cool) at TribalCon 2013
Saturday, September 28
11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Floorspace Studio
A day of workshops with Atlanta's own Aziza Nawal and Denys "Musik Karadeniz" Proteau of Columbia, SC -- followed by a hafla with performances . Click here to order workshop passes, show tickets, and meals.

Hafla at Hendershots: A Night of Middle Eastern Dance & Music (Athens)
7:00 p.m. at Floorspace Studio
Performances by Aziza Nawal, Sulukele, Jenny Nichols, Pittsburgh's Hakan, Evadne Media, CA of Jahara Phoenix, and more... plus live music with Denys Proteau!