Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November Preview

So many fun options coming up this month for metro Atlanta raqs enthusiasts! Come on out and support your community at these exciting events.

Saturday, November 1

Dia de los Muertos Hafla

Presented by Jahara Phoenix Dance Company

7:30 p.m., Dancing Goats Theater
$15 in advance, $20 at the door, children under 12 $5

Jahara Phoenix presents their annual spooky show, featuring guest performers Amani Jabril, Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, Evadne Medina, Global Dance, Jendayi Bellydance, Jenny Nichols, Lacy Perry, Sulukule & Christy Fricks Bellydance, and Oracle -- plus live music from Alla-Yustur and Tarabiya
World Music! Visit the Facebook event for more information.

Nazeem Allayl Fall Studio Show

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

Join Nazeem Allayl Studios for their biannual show, featuring a variety of student performances, as well as troupe performances from Nazeem Allayl, Nazeem Almassah, & Nazeem Alsabah. Click here for more information and tickets.

Saturday, November 8

SEEDS Fall Garage Sale Fundraiser

8:00 a.m., Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, Georgia 30076

Shop for a great cause at Global Dance as they hold their annual garage sale to raise money for their youth dance program, SEEDs. RSVP to the Facebook event for more info. Donations are also being accepted!

November 8-9

Shahrzad Raqs Georgia

Pera Dance and Event Studio, 1015-B Collier Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Local performers Kalinka and Maiea are bringing one of the Washington DC area's most accomplished Oriental dancers to metro Atlanta. Shahrzad will offer three workshops on Saturday, followed by a performance in the Belly Dance Time Capsule showcase. The workshops include two multi-level classes, "Shimmies and Isolations" and "Egyptian Spice," and Shahrzad will also teach an intermediate/advanced class devoted to performing to the music of Om Kalthoum. Private lessons are available on Sunday. Visit the Facebook event for all the latest news, and check out the web site for tickets.

If you haven't heard of Shahrzad before now, check out this video...

November 8-9

"Southern Girls Raq" with Moria Chappell and Petite Jamilla

Faaridah and Ziah present a weekend of workshops and performances with two of our own belly
dancing Southern belles!

Moria Chappell
Photo by The Dancer's Eye/Carrie Meyer
Moria Chappell launched her dance career with Atlanta's Awalim Dance Company in 2001. She has gone on to tour with the Belly Dance Superstars and perform and teach all over the world, and now spends time in Thailand and India studying Odissi dance and other classical forms.

Petite Jamilla grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and is the daughter of dancer and instructor Jamilla Rasa. "PJ" has also toured extensively with the Belly Dance Superstars and has become known all over the world for her work with multiple veils.

Both will be offering classes all day Saturday and Sunday, as well as performing in Saturday night's Belly Dance Time Capsule showcase and Sunday's Awalim 15th Anniversary show. Visit the Southern Girls Raq web site to learn more and buy advance tickets. Visit the Facebook page for more details.

Saturday, November 8

Belly Dance Time Capsule Showcase
8:00 p.m., Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree St NE #102

Petite Jamilla and Shahrzad will be featured performers in a show designed to depict multiple eras and styles of belly dance, produced by Faaridah, Kalinka and Maiea. Performers will include many of your local favorites, representing everything from Pharaonic dance to the Golden Era to contemporary fusion. Visit the Facebook event for more information. Click here to get your tickets.

Awalim Circa 2010
Photo by Derek Jackson

Sunday, November 9

Awalim's 15th Anniversary Show
7:00 p.m., Smith's Olde Bar (upstairs), 1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324
$15 in advance; $20 at the door

Join Atlanta's own Awalim Dance Company as they celebrate their 15th anniversary by reuniting "Awalumni" from over the years, including Moria. RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest news.

Saturday, November 15

Beanbag Bohemia at Global Dance

8:00 a.m., Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, Georgia 30076
Join Global Dance for their fourth casual performance showcase and hafla. Feel free to bring snacks and beverages. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, November 22

Shimmy. Shop. Swap. Fall Edition

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance 500 Bishop St. NW, Suite F6

Sabia, Jhavia, and Faaridah present another great opportunity to find great deals on belly dance costumes, props, and other stuff at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance. Vendor spots are open as well. Visit the Facebook event for more information!

Charity Belly Dance Event with Evadne Medina (Augusta)

7:30 p.m., location TBD
Canned Food Drive

Join "Vany" in her annual event to help the less fortunate with a canned food drive. Bring non-perishable food items and enjoy performances by local and regional talent. RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest details.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Preview

Fall is here, and there are lots of exciting events this October in metro Atlanta and beyond.

Saturday, October 11

"Haunted Oasis"

8:00 p.m., Kavarna, 707 East Lake Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30030
$5.00 cover; kids six and under free

Join Mina at Kavarna for another in her series of fun raqs showcases... this time with a spooky Halloween theme! RSVP to the Facebook event for more information.

Sunday, October 12

Samora Performs with Leyli at Nicola's
Photo by Studio Jaki

Belly Dance by Samora Open Floor Night at Nicola's

6:30 p.m., Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant (doors open 5:45)
$15.00 includes dinner ($18.00 for lamb shank)

Join Belly Dance by Samora for its annual showcase! This "open floor" format will feature Samora's students and a host of local artists. Ticket price includes the show, dinner and after-show hafla with Nicola! Check out the  Facebook event for more details. Click here to buy tickets.

October 17-18

Rajasthani Gypsy Caravan Workshops & Show (Athens)

A unique opportunity to see, hear, and learn authentic Indian dance and music. If you've seen "Latcho Drom," you've most likely marveled at Suva Devi, a master of Indian Kalbeliya and Rajasthani dance. Suva will be joined by the Ustad Arba Music Group (Rajasthani folk musicians) and Bollywood dance instructor Katrina Ji for a weekend of workshops and a performance Saturday evening. Click here to learn about this tour!
Suva Devi

Dance & Music Workshops
DanceFX Studio and
Christy Fricks' Home Studio

Gala Show Saturday 10/18
7:30 p.m., Seney Stovall Chapel, UGA
Adults $15
Students $13 (with ID) 
Under 16 years $10 (Children under 12 free)

Presented by Christy Fricks of Floorspace Sulukele Dance and co-sponsored by the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society. Workshops in Indian percussion, Ghoomar dance, and Kalbeliya dance, accompanied by live music!

Visit the Facebook event for the full schedule and all the latest news. Click here to buy tickets.

Saturday, October 18

Yours Truly in the Halloween Parade

Awalim Dance Company at Little Five Points Halloween Parade

4:00 p.m., Little Five Points

Awalim Dance Company continues the tradition of participating in the Little Five Points Halloween Parade!

Friday, October 31

Halloween Hafla (Augusta)

7:30 p.m., Joanie Lamb Hair Salon

Join Vany for a spooky, shimmylicious belly dance Halloween party in Augusta. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details.