Sunday, December 29, 2013

January Preview

Happy New Year from Yalla Y'all!  I'd like to wish all the raqs enthusiasts in metro Atlanta and beyond a very happy and healthy 2014.

The first month of the new year brings us a few very exciting events! If you don't have the time or money to do the workshops that are coming up in January, definitely try to make it to the shows.  We have so much talent here in the Southeast; you're sure to be entertained and perhaps inspired.

Friday, January 3

Majda Anwar
Photo by Charlie Smith

World Belly Dance Alliance Presents "Open Mic Night" for Dancers
8:00 p.m., Steve's Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328

Join World Belly Dance Alliance for an evening of performances in many styles. Jenny Nichols has pulled this one together quickly, and it sounds pretty awesome.  Don't miss Aziza Nawal, Majda Anwar, Leena of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, Qamar of Athens, and many more. Steve's is a fun, laid-back venue with plenty of parking, and owner Steve Grossman has been very supportive of our community.  Full bar and menu will be available. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details!

Saturday, January 11

Abdominal Combinations Workshop with Schadia

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Peachtree Corners Studio
In this workshop, you'll learn exercises to help you define, isolate, and strengthen your abdominal muscles, as well as how to control and contrast your upper and lower abdominal muscles for moves such as undulations, (aka belly rolls) stomach flutters, and more.  Click here to learn more and register.

January 16-19

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance presents their annual Suhaila Salimpour Workshops and Suhaila Live!

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 500 Bishop St. NW, Atlanta, GA
Workshops Thursday through Sunday
Show Sunday at 8:00

Suhaila Salimpour
Photo by Pixie Vision
Once again, Faaridah and Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance bring the legendary Suhaila Salimpour to Atlanta for workshops in several formats, including certification in Jamila Salimpour Technique Level 1, as well as Suhaila Format and a drum solo choreography.  But this weekend is mostly focused on the revolutionary technique and dance vocabulary developed by Jamila Salimpour -- a progenitor of American belly dance, founder of Bal Anat, and the initial driving force behind Tribal Style belly dance.  But Jamila sent her troupe to work both the renaissance fairs and the nightclubs; her technique is foundational to all styles of belly dance.

Sunday night, Suhaila brings the Salimpour Band to 14th Street Playhouse for what's sure to be an epic solo show -- an unusual opportunity to experience this world-renowned performer presenting American belly dance the way it's meant to be, with a live Middle Eastern band.  Click here for tickets.

Visit the AFBD web site or the Facebook event for more details.

In 2013, Jamila was honored with an event called "Reverence," a surprise performance paying tribute to her work and influence. Performers included members of Bal Anat, as well as Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Unmata, Suhaila and Isabella Salimpour, and many more.  Check out this video of photos by Pixie Vision.