Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Preview

September kicks off with one of the biggest events of the year in metro Atlanta's raqs community, Essence of Belly Dance... featuring the cast of Bellydance Evolution and two big shows. Later in the month you'll find workshops and haflas all over town! Get out there and support your community.

September 11-14

Essence of Belly Dance 4

Twelve Atlantic Station Hotel, 361 17th Street NW, Atlanta
Jillina in "Alice in Wonderland"
This event, brought to us by Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance and now in its fourth year, brings both Oriental and Tribal Fusion performers and instructors to metro Atlanta. This year's Essence of Belly Dance is centered around the Bellydance Evolution production, starring Jillina, Sharon Kihara, Issam Houshan, and more. Enjoy a variety of workshops with cast members Jillina, Sharon, and Issam, as well as Louchia, Heather Aued, Lauren Boldt, and Danielo Mendes. There will also be two shows, including a performance of "Belly Dance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland" featuring local raqs talent in guest spots!

Friday, September 12
Cabaret Meets Tribal Fusion Gala and Fashion Show
8:30 p.m., Twelve Atlantic Station Hotel 
Performances by some of the hottest local and out-of-town talent, including Rafi’ah Dance Company of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance. Click here for tickets.

Saturday, September 13
Bellydance Evolution's "Alice in Wonderland"
8:00 p.m., Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta
Bellydance Evolution reimagines this magical tale through the lens of world fusion dance, at the historic Rialto Theater. Folks who have traveled to see this production declared it "an incredible mix of belly dance and Broadway." Click here for tickets.

Saturday, September 20

Yoga & ATS Workshops and Hafla with DeAnna of Devyani
DeAnna of Devyani
Photo: Floating World Images Photography

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA

Most ATS enthusiasts in the Southeast are familiar with Birmingham's Devyani dance company, who work very closely with Carolena and FatChance on ATS vocabulary, instruction, and performance. DeAnna is a very familiar face to any follower of the troupe... and she's also an accomplished yoga instructor. She brings both skill sets to a day of workshops at Global Dance:
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- Intro to Yoga for Dancers (limited to 10 students)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- Discover YOUR ATS® Discover how you can improve technique by having a better understanding of your own unique anatomy. Suitable for all levels.
6:30 p.m. -- Casual Hafla at Global Dance

Click here to learn more and get advance tickets! Visit the Facebook event for all the latest news.


Friday, September 26

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

8:00 p.m.
Steve's Live Music, Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs
Come on our for another informal, fun night of performances at Steve's Live Music, presented by World Belly Dance Alliance. This event will feature live music from Black Sheep Ensemble. Visit the Facebook event for details!

September 27-28

Haflanta at Nazeem Allayl

Nazeem Allayl Little 5 Points, Peachtree Corners, Brookhaven Studios, and Allure Studios in Vinings
Saturday night hafla, 7:00 p.m. at Peachtree Corners studio
A weekend of workshops at all three Nazeem Allayl locations. Learn troupe choreographies, finger tutting, prop technique, abdominal isolations, stage presence, and much more with the studio's instructors. Visit the web site for more details and tickets.

Saturday, September 27

"Dancing Through the Skirt" Workshop with Evadne Medina 

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, Georgia 30076
Add flair to any style of belly dance with a beautiful skirt. Vany will be coming from August to share her techniques for moving your skirt with true Spanish flair. Bring a 25-yard skirt. RSVP to the Facebook event for more information.

Your Community Calendar

Whether you're planning an event or planning for the shows and workshops you want to attend, keep an eye on the calendar! And if you see something missing or incorrect, please let us know.