Saturday, May 24, 2014

June Preview

June is going to be an extra-busy, extra-exciting month in the metro Atlanta raqs community! A number of guest superstars not seen before in metro Atlanta (as far as I know) will be rolling through town, including Ebony, Virginia, Mohamed Shahin, and Deb Rubin. Plus, local favorites Awalim, Aziza Nawal, World Belly Dance Alliance, Karma Karmelita, Jendayi Bellydance will be performing and teaching. Get out and support your sisters (and brothers) at some of these shows and workshops!

June 4-8

Christine of Banat Almeh
Photo by Kismet Photography

Awalim Dance Company/Banat Almeh at Atlanta Fringe Festival 

Horizons School Gymnasium, 1900 DeKalb Avenue
$10 at the door, or weekend passes available 

Ziah and Banat Almeh will participate for the first time in the third annual Atlanta Fringe Festival, featuring dance, spoken word, and theatrical performances throughout the weekend in several venues. "Hours" will depict the hours in a woman's day through the art of tribal belly dance. Click here for a full description of all the Fringe Festival offerings, and come out and support belly dance taking its rightful place in the performing arts scene! Click here to read an interview with Ziah about her objectives for this performance. Visit the Facebook event for more details!

Wednesday, June 4, free opening party at 7 Stages Theater
Thursday, June 5, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, June 6, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 7, 5:00 & 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 8, 3:30 p.m.

June 6-8

Rak the Casbah: Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance 5th Anniversary Weekend

Photo by Stereo Vision
Congratulations to Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance on five successful years of bringing top-notch performances and instruction to metro Atlanta! I'm always amazed that this group of talented women -- whom I've known for 11 years, since I was a baby dancer -- continue to collaborate so effectively and bring us so much raqs goodness. This weekend is no exception, as they host two talented performers -- Virginia of Miami and Ebony Qualls from Washington, DC. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news.

Workshops with Ebony and Virginia
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 500 Bishop Street NW, Suite F-6 
Beginning Friday evening with Ebony's Urban Fusion workshop, AFBD has classes scheduled all weekend. Click here for descriptions and times. Click here to pre-register.

Gala Show Featuring Ebony and Virginia
Sunday, June 8, 5:00 p.m.
Woodruff Arts Center Rich Theater, 1280 Peachtree Street
VIP seating $25; general admission $20
AFBD presents their fifth annual Rak the Casbah show, featuring top local and regional talent as well as peformances from Ebony and Virginia. Click here to buy advance tickets, and be sure to check out the package deal, with a ticket for this show as well as the following week's show with Mohamed Shahin for workshop attendees. VIP as well as regular seating tickets are available.

June 13-15

Global Dance Folkloric & Modern Egyptian Style Dance Festival with Mohamed Shahin

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled.

Saturday, June 14

Atlanta Belly Dance at Red Light Cafe

8:00 p.m. (doors at 7:30), Red Light Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Avenue, Atlanta, GA
$12 in advance (two tickets for $20), $15 at the door

Join troupe members and students for a diverse presentation at Red Light Cafe! Click here for more info and to order tickets.

Sunday, June 15

"Skirting the Dance" with Evadne Medina

3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Joanie Lamb Dance Studio, 720 Broad Street, Augusta, GA
$10 at the door
Many dancers have discovered how much fun it is to work with a full skirt; it's essentially a wearable prop. Learn techniques and combinations for using your skirt to enhance your performances with "Vany" at this workshop in Augusta. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details.

Friday, June 20

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

8:00 p.m., Steve's Live Music, 234 Hildebrand Drive, Sandy Springs
$10 at the door

Join World Belly Dance alliance and special guests Jendayi Bellydance as they present another opportunity for dancers throughout the community to perform in a casual, welcoming environment. If you're interesting n performing, spots may still be available for dancers and musicians. See the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, June 21

"All About Abs & Cardio Belly Dance" Workshop with She'nez at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
Advance tickets: $20; $15 with AFBD All Access Pass
At the door: $35, $30 with AFBD All Access Pass
Many metro Atlanta dancers have studied with She'nez at some point (she was my second teacher ever, back in 2002), and she is loved and respected throughout the community. Join She'nez in her first AFBD workshop for a fun two-hour belly dance workout!

"Revenge of the Disney Villains" Show by Jendayi Bellydance

Basma of Zivah Saphira, appearing as Ursula
Photo by Photovisi, Courtesy Jendayi Bellydance
7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30)
The Art Place-Mt. View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, Georgia 30066

Jendayi Bellydance collaborates with a number of top local and regional dancers interpreting notorious Disney villains and other beloved Disney characters. At "press" time, performers (in addition to Jendayi's company) include Jenny Nichols, both Sabeeya and Sabia, Na'ilah, Birmingham's Ziva Saphira troupe as the cast of "The Little Mermaid," and many more. Sounds like fun, right? Click here to learn more. Click here to purchase advance tickets.

Sunday, June 22

Photo by Workman Reflections Photography

Intro to Turkish Cabaret with Karmelita

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 500 Bishop Street NW, Suite F-6
$20 in advance; $35 at the door

Discover the joy of Turkish style belly dance with Atlanta's own Karmelita. If you've experienced one of her performances, you know that Karmelita embodies the energy, passion, and sensuality of Turkish belly dance... something we have not seen much of in metro Atlanta recently. This performer has been a great addition to our community, and she is beginning to share her skills in private lessons and workshops.

This workshop is certain to be vigorous and challenging, and will incorporate some of the latest Turkish moves from Karmelita's recent trip to Turkey. If you've been wanting to add some zesty Turkish flavor to your repertoire, this is the workshop for you!

Deb Rubin
Photo Credit TBD

June 27-29

Beledi Boutique Weekend with Deb Rubin

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 500 Bishop Street NW, Suite F-6

Lacy Perry and Beledi Boutique Productions bring the "queen of slink," Deb Rubin, to metro Atlanta for a weekend of tribal fusion technique and dance therapeutics. Deb is a star of the West Coast tribal fusion scene, and exemplifies the strong connection to yoga seen in much of that region's tribal fusion performers.

Classes begin Friday evening at 7:00 with "Dance Therapeutics: Saving Your Belly Dance Body." Sessions continue Saturday and Sunday and include a wide variety of tribal fusion technique topics. Online registration ends Monday, May 26! Click here to buy workshop passes.

Sunday, June 29

Awalim Dance Co. & Aziza Nawal Present a Summer Showcase

Aziza & Ziah Performing Together at Smith's Olde Bar
Photo by Kismet Photography
7:30 p.m., Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta
$15 in advance, $20 at the show

Don't miss this show, featuring Ziah, Aziza, and their respective student troups and performance groups, with live music by Black Sheep Ensemble. You'll see a wide variety of styles, from ATS to modern Egyptian, and some great collaborations between the dancers and the band. Black Sheep Ensemble is a brass and percussion street band with a broad repertoire but focus on Balkan music. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest details!