Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Preview

Get ready for another amazing year of belly dance in metro Atlanta and beyond! The year kicks off in January with some great events.

Saturday, January 3

Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta Open House
Photo by Kismet Photography

Free Classes with Ziah

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Dance & Arts Showcase, 2861 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta

Come and sample free classes with Ziah, founder of Awalim Dance Company, at the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta. New students who register at the event will receive $10 off a full class session. All ages welcome!

10:00 - Beginner Bellydance
11:00 - American Tribal Style (ATS)®
12:00 - Tribal Fusion

Each class will include about 10 minutes of introduction, 40 minutes of movement, and 10 minutes of Q&A. Refreshments will also be served.

New Year's Glow Show

8:00 p.m. (doors at 7:00), Smith's Olde Bar (Atlanta Room)
$20 in advance; $25 at the door

Sabeeya and Glow Dance bring their own talents and some special guests to Smith's Older Bar. Click here to buy tickets. Visit the Facebook event for the latest updates.

Friday, January 9

"Takin' It Back to the 80s" with Jendayi Bellydance and World Bellydance Alliance

8:00 p.m., Steve's Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs

Performers from throughout the metro Atlanta raqs community get together to celebrate the music and dance (including belly dance, of course) of the awesome Eighties. Plus live music and dancing with an Eighties cover band! RSVP to the Facebook event. Click here to get your tickets in advance.

Sunday, January 11

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance "New Year New Look" Open House

4:00 - 6:00 p.m., 1015 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Come and visit the good people of AFBD in their new home (formerly Pera Dance)! Enjoy class demos, performances, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres, plus shopping and giveaways. Click here for more info about the move and the event.

January 16-19

Annual Intensive with Suhaila Salimpour
Suhaila Salimpour
Photo by Pixie Vision Photography

Featuring Issam Houshan and Aziza Nawal

The legendary Suhaila returns to Atlanta for a series of workshops and shows. Joining Suhaila will be drummer Issam Houshan and Atlanta's own Aziza Nawal. Click here to order advance passes.

January 16-19:  Workshops
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Classes with Suhaila, Issam, and Aziza Nawal. Click here for passes.

Saturday, January 17:  Belly Dance Raqs Showcase
8:30 p.m., Fabrefaction Theater, 999 Brady Street, Atlanta
A tribute to the original works of the Salimpour family, plus special performances by Aziza Nawal, Issam Houshan, and friends! Click here for advance tickets.

Saturday, January 17

Absolutely Fabulous Abs Workshop

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Nazeem Allayl Studio at Peachtree Corners
5770 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite 100, Norcross GA
$18.99 Early Bird; $24.99 at the door

Learn tips for toning your abdominal muscles and perfecting your belly rolls, pops, and flutters in this popular workshop. Click here to learn more and get your advance ticket.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Have a Raq'in New Year's Eve!

Aziza Nawal
Photo by Kismet Photography
What better way to celebrate the new year than with great music, dancing, and sequins?! Join in the fun and welcome 2015 with some of metro Atlanta's finest performers (and tastiest food) at these local venues:

Taverna Plaka

Party Greek-style with Aziza Nawal and Inara at Plaka! Music by DJ Amix. Two seatings: Early Birds (6:30 PM) can enjoy an a la carte menu and dancing; Night Owls (9:30 PM) get a three-course dinner, a glass of Champagne, and entertainment for $40 per person. Make your reservation online, or call 404-636-2284. Visit the Facebook event for more details.

Cafe Istanbul

Party Turkish-style at all three Cafe Istanbul locations! Fixed-price menu for $25. RSVP to the Facebook event to see if there are any seats left -- or call Cafe Istanbul Decatur at 404-320-0054, Cafe Istanbul Kenessaw at 770-424-4856, Cafe Istanbul Alpharetta (sold out, per their Facebook page) at 770-640-0501.

Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant

Celebrate with Nicola, Samora, and lots of fun people at Nicola's! Just $40 per person for a family-style all-you can-eat dinner, champagne toast, party favors, belly dance show, and dance party. Belly dancing starts around 8:30, with performances throughout the night. Call the restaurant for reservations at 404-325-2524.

Imperial Fez

Ring in 2015 at Imperial Fez! Make your reservations online or at 404-351-0870. Visit Imperial Fez on Facebook for updates.

Haven Hookah Lounge

Join a Bollywood-style celebration at Haven! Tickets are $65 in advance or $75 at the door, and include heavy appetizers, champagne, party favors, and breakfast at 2:00 a.m.  Click here for tickets.

Cafe Bombay

Cafe Bombay relocates the party to the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North for a Bollywood bash. Premium open bar, champagne, multi-course dinner, and of course lots of belly dancing for $99. Visit Cafe Bombay's Facebook page for more info.