Friday, March 21, 2014

April Preview

Ranya Renee
Photo by Lina Jang
Several fun events coming up during the month of April! Get out and support your local raqs community by attending a workshop or show.

Tuesday, April 1

Mahmoud Reda Technique & Combinations Workshop with Ranya Renee

Sponsored by Belly Dance by Samora and World Belly Dance Alliance

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Pera Dance Studio
1015 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

$60 Early Bird (March 26); $75 after March 26

Intermediate and advanced-level dancers, don't miss your chance to learn from one of the most popular and respected teachers of Oriental dance. Ranya Renee will lead a two-hour session covering new Reda technique and combinations.

Ranya will also be available for private coaching sessions before and after the workshop. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, April 5

"Serious Improvization": Turkish Zils with Carla Monnich of TURKU & African Dance with Wendellyn Ladapo (Athens)

Carla Monnich

12:30-3:30 p.m.
DanceFX Athens, 396 Foundry Street, Athens, Georgia 30601

$60 for both classes

Rajni and Qamar present an opportunity to study with a finger cymbal master, Carla Monnich of TURKU. In this multi-level session, Carla will bring a musician's perspective on this instrument (not a prop, remember?), designed to enhance the skills of anyone who plays zills as part of their performances. Later, Athens' own Wendellyn Ladapo will teach a class on her signature West African group improv vocabulary.

The day ends with a Dance & Music Jam and pot luck dinner at 5:30 p.m., at the home of Jackie Pierson. Donations will be accepted for local dancer Lucinda Bless and her family. Check out the Facebook event for details.

Jenny Nichols
Photo by Studio Jaki

Saturday, April 12

"Juice Box" with World Belly Dance Alliance & Amani Jabril

8:00 p.m.
The Art Place Black Box Theater
3330 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA 30066


"Juice Box" is a collaboration between a diverse group of metro Atlanta performers, led by Amani Jabril and Jenny Nichols of World Belly Dance Alliance. The producers promise a blend of traditional belly dance, fusion, and theatrical performances. Click here to buy tickets.

Schadia of Nazeem Allayl

Nazeem Allayl Spring Studio Show

7:00 p.m.
Cecil B. Day Hall at Mercer University

Schadia and Nazeem Allayl present their semi-annual studio show, featuring group and solo performances byClick here for more info and to buy advance tickets.
Schadia, Nazeem Alsabah, and a variety of students.

Aziza Nawal
Photo by Kismet Photography

Sunday, April 13

Aziza Nawal Special Showcase

7:00 p.m.
Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant
$20 includes Lebanese dinner

Enjoy performances by Atlanta's own Aziza Nawal, as well as solos and group performances by her intermediate and advanced students -- as well as Nicola himself!

Your $20 ticket includes a Lebanese dinner with (as many of us know well) your choice of chicken, beef, or vegetarian entree. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details. Click here to buy advance tickets.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Preview

Spring is in the air here in metro Atlanta! Get out and support some of the great events coming up in March.

Saturday, March 1

Egyptian Drum Solo Workshop with Schadia

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Nazeem Allayl Little Five Points Studio
$25 early bird, $35 walk-in, $15 refresher
Learn an Upper Egyptian drum solo. This choreography will be performed in the Spring studio show. Click here to register.

Sunday, March 2

"Öp!" Turkish Fusion Choreography Workshop at Nazeem Allayl

1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Nazeem Allayl Peachtree Corners Studio
$25 early bird, $35 walk-in, $15 refresher
Learn a sassy Turkish fusion choreography to a popular Tarkan song. This choreography will be performed in the Spring studio show. Click here to register.

Jaki Hawthorne with Jahara Phoenix
Photo by jbeardfoto

Saturday, March 8

Mini- Bollywood Workshop with Jaki Hawthorne

2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Global Dance
$35 in advance, $45 at the door
Learn a zesty Bollywood-style choreography with Jaki of Jahara Phoenix. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news. Click here to buy advance tickets.

Saturday, March 15

A Night in the Oasis: "The Ides of March"

8:00 – 11:00 p.m., Kavarna,707B East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
$5 cover at the door

Enjoy performances by a variety of local artists at Night in the Oasis, an open dance event hosted regularly by Mina of Dalloua Dance.  Kavarna is located in the middle of Decatur's Oakhurst district and offers wine, beer, and coffee. Lots of places for dinner nearby!  RSVP to the Facebook event for the show line-up and more details.

Sunday, March 16 

Sangha Dancers Day with Mahsati (Athens) 

12:00 - 6:00 p.m., Healing Arts Centre, 834 Prince Ave, Athens GA 30606
$20 per workshop or $50 for the whole day

Join Mahsati of Athens for an unusual event designed to enrich the dance community, featuring three workshops:
  • Music editing with Audacity, taught by Steven Lang
  • Two hours of dancer-focused yoga with Meghan Mahdavi Burke
  • Dancer's Games with Mahsati Aban, including moving meditation and exercises to inspire your creativity and build your connection to the community
Check out the Facebook event for more details and payment options.

Saturday, March 22

Photo by Courtney Gonzales

Turkish Delight Workshops with Karmelita &
Christy Fricks (Athens) 

1:00 – 5:30 p.m., DanceFX Studio
$50 for both workshops; $30 each

Christy and Karma are in Turkey as I write this post (I'm so jealous, aren't you?) and will share their knowledge of and passion for Turkish dance in two workshops, both featuring technique and cultural background along with choreography:

  • Turkish Romany dance with Christy, 1:00 - 3:00
  • Turkish Orientale with Karmelita, 3:00 - 5:00

Turkish Delight Show (Athens)

8:00 p.m., Hendershot's
$5 in advance, $7 at the door (free with Slingshot Festival wristband)

Enjoy performances by Christy and Karma, along with lots of other local talent.  Plus live music with Alla-Yustur and open dancing!

Photo by Emobie Photography

Thursday, March 27 - Sunday, March 30

Dangerous Sword Intensive with Sabine

Global Dance
1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd.,  Suite 179 Roswell GA 30076

Prices vary by workshop; $250 for full weekend

Global Dance welcomes Sabine for a weekend focused entirely on Raks al Sayf! This weekend-long intensive will include classes for every level of sword experience.

Click here for workshop details and registration. Check out the Facebook event for all the latest news.

Saturday, March 29, Dinner Hafla at Aqua Blue