Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May Preview

Sabeeya at TribalCon 2014
Photo by Kismet Photography
May is going to be a busy month in the metro Atlanta raqs community! Get out there and support your sisters (and brothers) at some of these exciting dance and music events.

Saturday, May 3

GLOW Dance Grand Opening Open House & Hafla

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
GLOW Dance & Fitness Studio
1800 Water Place, Suite 150, Atlanta GA 3033

GLOW's Sabeeya Sun has set up shop near Windy Hill Road and I-75, just outside I-285. Visit metro Atlanta's newest belly dance studio and enjoy refreshments as well family-friendly performances by Sabeeya, the GLOW Troupe, and other local talent throughout the afternoon. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

"Inter-Continental Cultivation": Global Dance Annual SEEDS Fundraiser

6:00 p.m. cocktail reception; show starts at 7:00
Bridge to Grace Church, 2385 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, Georgia 30076


Performers from the SEEDS Program
Photo by Studio Jaki
Come out and support the SEEDS program at Global Dance. This unique local youth mentoring initiative's mission is to create healthy and strong young women who are socially and fiscally responsible to themselves and their community. Global Dance accomplishes this through not just dance, but also talking circles, journal writing, and presentations. The event will feature performances by lots of local talent, as well as the SEEDS themselves. Check out the Facebook event for more details, or click here to buy your tickets.

Sunday, May 4

Mother-Daughter Day at Nazeem Allayl 

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Peachtree Corners Studio,
5770 Peachtree Industrial Blvd #100 Norcross, GA 30071 

Adults $5, kids free (females only)

Spend the afternoon celebrating motherhood at Nazeem Allayl. Bring your daughter for a fun workshop, followed by refreshments, henna tattoos, and shopping. Click here to learn more.

May Day 2014 with Inara

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Elm Street Cultural Arts Village 8534 Main St, Woodstock, Georgia 30188

Adults $12, kids $5

Don't miss Inara's annual May Day belly dance show, featuring performances by Sandtrance, Northside Tribe with Lacy Perry, Aziza Nawal with Troupe Mumtaz, and much more. Click here to buy tickets and check out the Facebook event for all the latest news.

(photo by Studio Jaki)

Belly Dance by Samora 6th Anniversary Showcase

6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)
Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant, 1602 LaVista Road NE
Adults $22; seniors and current students $18; kids 4-12 $15 (all include dinner)

Samora will be celebrating six years of teaching and leadership with a showcase at Nicola's featuring lots of special guests. In addition to Samora, scheduled perfomers include members of Amoraat Dance Ensemble; Samora's students; Diana and her dance company Zeina Dance; Dahne; Adrina; Amirah Bey; Maiea; Na'ilah; Sabia and Basimah of Nayeli Dance Troupe; Ashley; and Justin! Click here to get your tickets. Visit the Facebook event for all the latest news.

Thursday, May 8

Beats Antique and Zoe Jakes

9:00 p.m.
Buckhead Theater, 3110 Roswell Road 
$19 ($25.05 total with fees)

Zoe's back in town! Don't miss yet another unforgettable performance by Atlanta favorite Zoe Jakes and her band, Beats Antique in support of their latest album, "A Thousand Faces," released in two separate "acts." Beats Antique always puts on a great show, with mesmerizing visuals and -- of course -- Zoe's amazing dancing. Click here for a video preview. Click here to get your tickets! Opening act will be Sean Hayes.

There will also be an afterparty at Vinyl, featuring Dirtwire. Click here for more info and to buy tickets.
Zoe Jakes
(wish I could credit the photographer)

Friday, May 9

Workshop with Zoe Jakes (note updated date and time!)

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pera Dance & Event Studio
1015 Collier Road, Atlanta, GA

While she's in town for Thursday night's show, Zoe will be teaching a workshop Friday morning, brought to us by Ziah and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta. (Note: the workshop has been rescheduled from Thursday due to Zoe's travel schedule, and she has offered her sincere apologies.) Those who have studied with Zoe at TribalCon know how valuable he instruction can be! Check out the Facebook event for more details. Click here to buy tickets for this workshop and other upcoming Tribal Bellydance Center events.

Saturday, May 10

It's almost time for World Bellydance Day, and that means another year of Shimmy Mob! This worldwide project, launched in 2011, supports women's and children's shelters in local communities. In North Georgia, a variety of Shimmy Mob events will be happening.
Atlanta Shimmy Mob Dancers, 2013

Shimmy Mob (Atlanta)

12:00 p.m. Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, Chastain Park

In Atlanta, the Shimmy Mob gang will stage a flash mob performance at the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news.

Shimmy Mob (Roswell)

2:00 p.m.
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076

In Roswell, Zaia Haddiyah of Global Dance will lead a flash mob at the Global Dance studio to benefit the Drake House. Check out the Facebook event for more details.
Athens Shimmy Mob Dancers, 2013

Shimmy Mob (Athens)

In Athens, Rajni of Qamar is organizing events throughout the day and evening, including at least three flash mobs:
  • Athens Farmer's Market at 10:00 a.m.
  • Iris Place at 11:00 a.m.
  • UGA Arch - specific time TBD, but most likely around noon
RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news about Shimmy Mob in Athens.

Shimmy Mob Hafla to Benefit Project SAFE (Athens)

7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens
780 Timothy Road, Athens, Georgia 30606
$5 in advance; $8 at the door; kids under five free

The Shimmy Mob celebrations continue in Athens with a hafla to benefit Project Safe. Confirmed dancers and musicians include JA Firebelly, Jezibell Anat, Whitney Barfield, Evadne Medina, Clara Mongoose, Shimmy Mob Athens dancers, Annette Hynes, Qamar, Susie Saint Charles, Sonya Elaine Finlay, and Omega. Light refreshments will be served. Check out the Facebook event for more details!

Wednesday, May 14

Balkan Beat Box 

9:00 p.m. (doors 8:00)
Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St. Studio C, Atlanta, GA
$17 (18 and over)

Liezel Lane of Global Dance
(photo by Studio Jaki)
Another favorite among belly dancers, the Israeli band Balkan Beat Box will perform at Terminal West. Opening act will be Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band. Does this sound like a fun weeknight show or what?! Click here for tickets.

Saturday, May 17

Global Dance "Beanbag Bohemia"

(Check with organizer for time)
Global Dance1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, Georgia 30076

Local dancers perform in a casual setting at the Global Dance studio.Check out the Facebook event for more details and if you would like to perform

May 23-25

The Third Dancers' Intensive

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Pera Dance & Event Studio
1015 Collier Road, Atlanta, GA
Click here for workshop schedule and descriptions

Live Music Show
Friday at Steve's Live Music,234 Hilderbrand Drive Sandy Springs, GA 30328
7:00 p.m.
Amani Jabril
(photo by Studio Jaki)
$15 (included in full weekend pass)
Rosa Noreen
(photo by Jon Reece)
May goes out with a bang as Amani Jabril presents a weekend of workshops and performances featuring live music and top-shelf instructors, including dancers Amani and Rosa Noreen and musician Jonatan Gomes Derbaq. This is a great opportunity to study with local star Amani as well as Rosa Noreen, an accomplished dancer based in Portland, Maine. Visit the Facebook event for more information about the workshops.

Friday night, come out to Steve's Live Music for performances by Amani and Rosa, as well as lots of local and regional talent, along with live music by Jonatan and Mazaag, plus open dancing for everyone.

Amani says, "Over this weekend-long event, we will explore our artistic connections with our bodies, the rhythms of the Dance and our interconnected and interdependent expressions of art through a series of intermediate/advanced level workshops, forums and shows designed to help Middle Eastern dance-artists refine their craft in a unique and conscientious way."