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.

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