Friday, November 29, 2013

December Preview

Come out and share the spirit of the holiday season with the north Georgia raqs community this December!  There are several showcases and workshops to choose from, as well as a unique opportunity to celebrate the Persian Winter Solstice holiday of Shab-e-Yalda.  Don't miss your last chance to see Aziza Nawal performing as a member of Awalim on the 8th!

Wednesday, December 4

Raq the 40 Watt (Athens)

Samira & Friends Perform at the 40 Watt Club
Photo by Celeste Dixon
Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show at 7:30
The 40 Watt Club, 285 W. Washington Street, Athens, Georgia 30601
$5 in advance, $8 at the door

Join some of the most talented performers from across north Georgia for a belly dance show at the historic 40 Watt Club.  The Athens community will come together as your hostess Samira welcomes local troupes Sulukele and Qamar, special guests from Atlanta (including Banat Almeh), and students from the Healing Arts Centre, UGA's Ramsey Center, and Inti'sam.  Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. See a dancer for tickets or contact

Saturday, December 7

"Carol of the Bells" Workshop with Sabeeya

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$30 in advance, $40 after December 5 or at the door
Glow Dance Studio, 4246 S Main Street, Acworth, GA 30101
Sabeeya Sun, director of Glow Dance Studio, will teach an intermediate-level choreography with lots of layering, quick body movements & transition, shimmies, and hair twirls, set to Trans Siberian Orchestra's version of "Carol of the Bells."  E-mail Sabeeya at for more information.

"AFBD's Got Talent: Winter Edition"

Doors at 7:00; show at 8:00 p.m.
Fanoos Persian Cuisine, 6125 Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs, GA
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance presents their winter showcase, featuring performances by members of Rafi'ah Dance Company, AFBD's talented students, and some of metro Atlanta's most talented performers.  Show tickets are $10; for $18, your ticket includes a delicious Persian meal (vegetarian options will be available).  Full-service cash bar with drink specials.  Hookah specials too!  Click here to get your tickets.

Sunday, December 8
Aziza & Ziah of Awalim Dance Company

Awalim Winter Showcase at Smith's Olde Bar

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show at 7:30
$15 in advance, $20 at the door
Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30324
Come and bid farewell to Atlanta's own Aziza Nawal as she performs for the final time as a member of Awalim Dance CompanyAnd enjoy a special guest appearance from Majda Anwar!  Along with Ziah, Aziza, and Majda, you'll see performances in a broad array of styles from the Awalim Apprentices and Banat Almeh student troupe.  Smith's Olde Bar is a great venue with a full bar and dining downstairs.  Get your tickets here!

Inara's Jingle Shimmy at Laziza
6:00 p.m.
Laziza Egyptian & Lebanese Restaurant, 113 North Park Square NE, Marietta, GA  30060
$20 includes dinner (chicken, beef or vegetarian); children $8 (kids under three free)  Join Inara, Sandtrance, Lum'a as-Sahara, Northside Tribe, and Dancers of the Harem for a belly dance celebration.  To purchase tickets, contact Inara at or 678-523-3532

Saturday, December 14

Veil Work for the Modern Dancer with -- Workshop & Hafla (Augusta)

Zaia Hadiyyah of Global Dance
Workshop 2:00 p.m.; Hafla 6:00 p.m. 
Joanie Lamb Hair Salon, 720 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901
Polish your veil technique in this mixed-level workshop hosted by Evadne Medina.

Global Dance Holiday Hafla & Show

6:30 p.m.
$30 includes dinner; children under 8 and performing students free

Aqua Blue,1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, Georgia 30076
Join Global Dance, Heidi Hernandez, Jahara Phoenix, Lacy Perry and Northside Tribe, Teejei, ROK Irish Dance, Luis Damian, and Atlanta SEEDs for a festive holiday hafla.  Get your tickets here.

Saturday, December 21

Shab-e-Yalda Celebration at Fanoos

7:00 p.m. 
$10 + $15 food/drink purchase
Fanoos Persian Cuisine, 6125 Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs, GA
Miss Belly Dance presents a celebration of the Persian Winter Solstice holiday of Shab-e-Yalda.  This event celebrates the longest and darkest night of the year, and it has come to symbolise many things in Persian poetry: separation from a loved one, loneliness, and waiting. After Shab-e Yalda a transformation takes place -- the waiting is over, light shines and goodness prevails.

This event will feature performances by by Les Raissat, Beth Mendez, Amani Jabril, and Faaridah of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance.  You'll also enjoy Persian poetry with Tara of the African-Asian Business and Cultural Exchange.  Click here to buy advance tickets.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sufi Workshops in November & December with Adnan Sarhan

There's a fair amount of crossover between Sufism and the belly dance community, so I thought I'd make sure everyone is aware of these upcoming concerts and workshops with International Master Adnan Sarhan.  The schedule is almost too complex for me to accurately capture in the calendar, so I'd suggest contacting Danny Stern for details if you would like to attend one of these events.  You can reach Danny (a longtime student of Mr. Sarhan's) at

Of particular interest to belly dancers are particularly are the drum concerts on Friday, November 29 and Thursday, December 5.  Please feel free to come in costume and dance!  Veils are always especially welcome.

Drum Concerts
Friday, Nov. 29, 7:00-9:30 p.m. (followed by a Sufi workshop)
Location: Muse for Life, 205 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs, GA

Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Unity North Church, 4255 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA

At these concerts, Adnan will do intricate rhythm that will brings a new orientation to the mind and various centers in the body. Participant involvement will bring depth of consciousness and the spirit. How to get into the moment of the time and to extract the healing from the moment through action. Dancers are welcome to come & dance.

Sufi Workshops
Adnan will also offer Sufi workshops during both of these weekends.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1, 11:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
I believe these workshops will be at Muse for Life

Friday, Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m.      
I believe the location is Unity North Church

Cost; $10 for Fri.,$100 for Sat. & Sun., $60 for single day
Wear comfortable clothing.  Bring a towel or blanket.
For info, call 678-596-8396 or visit