Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February Preview

How much do you love belly dance?!  Let your love show by supporting one of the awesome events coming up in February!

Saturday, February 1

Romantic Valentine's Choreography Workshop with Schadia

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Little Five Points Studio
$25 Early Bird; $35 Walk-In
Learn a fun choreography and technique in Schadia's annual Valentine's Day workshop.  Click here to get more info and to pre-register.

Amani Jabril
Friday, February 7

World Belly Dance Alliance Presents Open Dance Night at Steve's Live Music

8:00 p.m.
Steve's Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs
Join special guests Amani Jabril and Black Sheep Ensemble for an evening of dance and music featuring talent from all over metro Atlanta and beyond!

Steve's Live Music is a great venue and very supportive of our raqs community.  They've also recently opened a little music store with instruments and supplies for guitarists, drummer, etc.  There's a full bar and menu that's a few notches above your typical bar food.  Visit the Facebook event for all the latest news.

Saturday, February 8

Jaki Hawthorne of Jahara Phoenix

ATS Intensive with Jaki and Frame Drum/Riq Workshop with Philip Mayer (Athens)

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Floorspace Studio/Sulukele Dance & Drum, Athens

Christy Fricks and Sulukele Dance present a day of dance and music with Atlanta's Jaki Hawthorne, director of Jahara Phoenix, and Philip Mayer of Athens. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the details.

Frame Drum and Riq Class 11:00-12:30, $20
This class with Philip Mayer is open to beginner or intermediate level frame drum and riq players. A few drums will be available to borrow, but be sure to reserve one in advance.

ATS® Foundations Workshop: 1:00-3:30
Learn the fundamentals of American Tribal Style® group improvisation, along with some very cool combinations, from Jaki of Jahara Phoenix.  Suitable for dancers who are new to ATS or want to polish their skills.

ATS® Combinations Workshop: 3:30-5:30
Suitable for intermediate-level ATS dancers or those who have taken the 1:00 workshop.  Jaki will cover more advanced moves/combos in the ATS Classic and New School vocabularies. Bring your zills!

Nayeli Belly Dance Troupe
Photo by Studio Jaki
Habibi: A "Grown & Sexy" Hafla

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The Goat Farm Arts Center
$15 in advance; $20 at door

Nayeli Belly Dance Troupe presents an event celebrating the sensual side of belly dance.  Food and drinks will be available, including a special selection of desserts. Visit the Facebook event for more info.  Click here to buy advance tickets.


Saturday, February 15

Global Dance "Beanbag Bohemia" Hafla

7:30 p.m.
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA

Bring your own food and drinks and prepare to get comfortable and enjoy casual performances during a Valentine's Day-themed hafla at the Global Dance studio.  There will be a small cover charge at the door.  Performance spots may still be available... visit the Facebook event for more info on how to perform or attend.
Photo by Skybreak Studios

Sunday, February 16

The Love Hafla & Variety Show

7:30 p.m.
Laziza Mediterranean, 113 North Park Square NE, Marietta, Georgia 30060
$25 in advance, $35 at the door (dinner buffet included)

Enjoy performances by some of the most talented soloists in the metro area at this event, a benefit for Laziza owners the Sanad family.  Performers will include Aziza Nawal, Madeline, Karmelita, Jessica, Bethsheba Almah, Tallita, Lady Morrighan, and more.  Visit the Facebook event for more details!


February 20-23

Mardi Love

TribalCon X

Holiday Inn Atlanta-Perimeter/Dunwoody
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd. Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Ziah and Awalim productions once again bring one of the cornerstone events of the raqs community in the Southeast, the tenth annual TribalCon.  The theme of this year's event is "The Mommas and Poppas of Tribal Bellydance," with workshops, lectures, and performances featuring:
  • Al Cofrin of Istanpitta and Terebus (and much more)
  • Carmine Guida of Djinn
  • Carolena Nericcio & Megha Gavin of FatChanceBellyDance and Devyani Dance Company
  • Christine Andrews of Zafira Dance Company and Ghawazee Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble, now an expert in Rajasthani Kalbelia dance
  • Denys Proteau, multi-instrumentalist and folk dance expert
  • Jeremiah Soto of Solace
  • Jeff Rees of Gyspy Caravan musicians Mizna
  • Mardi Love, co-founder of the Indigo and driving force behind the Tribal fusion aesthetic
  • Maria Hamer, co-founder of Zafira Dance Company and Ghawazee Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble
  • Mari Baker, accomplished dancer and noted expert in Japanese Bento cuisine and South Asian textiles
  • Mavi, the blue Maven of Mayhem, a progenitor of Dark Fusion dance and producer of DCTribal Cafe
  • Madam Onça, believed by many to be the hardest-working woman in show business 
  • Paulette Rees-Denis, founder of Gypsy Caravan Dance Company and creator of their unique group improv vocabulary
  • Megha & Carolena
  • Ziah Ali, director of Awalim Tribal Belly Dance Company and Banat Almeh (and producer of TribalCon, of course)
TribalCon features three days of dance and music workshops, two shows (with Saturday night's show set to live music), live music haflas Friday and Saturday night, and an opening discussion Thursday night with the Mommas and Poppas.  Don't miss it! 

Click here to view the full schedule; click here to purchase show tickets and dinner buffet passes.

Sunday, February 23

"Traveling in Style: Transitions, Turns and Layers!" Workshop with Samora at AFBD

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
$35.00 in advance, $43.00 day of workshop 
Join Samora in her monthly class for intermediate/advanced dancers and refine the art of moving across your dance space gracefully and skillfully with foot patterns, turns and other transition steps.Visit the Facebook event for details.