Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January Preview

Happy New Year from Yalla Y'all! Things are picking up again in January in the metro Atlanta/north Georgia raqs community. If your resolutions include getting out to participate in more workshops or see more shows, get ready for some fun events this month!

Tuesday, January 5

Last Chance to Support Lotus SEEDs

Tribal Belly Dance Center of Atlanta

The SEEDs program is changing lives for girls all over America, and now there's a group for intown Atlanta: Lotus SEEDs. To ensure that every girl who wants to participate can get involved, regardless of her family's ability to pay, Lotus SEEDs is running a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with C4 Atlanta, a non-profit arts service organization. January 5 is the closing day of this campaign, so don't miss your chance to help build this program! Click here to learn more.

Dakoma, Trichelle & Debra of
Perry Belly Dance
Photo: Penny Kojak

Friday, January 8

Perry Belly Dance Open House

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Perry Belly Dance
736 Carroll Street, Suite 12, Perry, GA 31069
Free

Yes, there's more to Perry than just the Georgia state fair. The ladies of Perry Belly Dance, led by Trichelle Hutton, invite you to check out their latest class schedule, meet their instructors, and enjoy dance demonstrations and light refreshments at this open house. Specials on classes will be offered, as well as a drawing for a free eight-week session. Visit the Facebook event for more details.


Saturday, January 9

Open House at Nazeem Allayl Little 5 Points Studio

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Studio, 1394 McLendon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
Free

Check out a free mini-class at 2:00, plus a big sale on merchandise, performance demonstrations, refreshments, and more at the original Nazeem Allayl location in Candler Park. 

Sunday, January 10

Jules Downum at TribalCon 2015
Photo: Kismet Photography

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

$8 in advance; $10 at the door

The inaugural Tribal Cafe in December was a huge success! This month's guests include Jules Downum (formerly of Heather Stants' Urban Tribal) and Tribe Zanzibar of Chattanooga; local favorites the Salimpour Collective; and members of Awalim Dance Company.

Enjoy tasty Iraqi food and talented performers in a unique lunchtime setting. Babylon Cafe is opening early for the event, and they are prepared to welcome a full house.  Click here to pre-order tickets. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest information.


January 16-21

Suhaila Salimpour Intensive (Jamila Format & Suhaila Level 2 Certification)

Atlanta Fusion Bellydance, 1015-B Collier Road, Atlanta, GA 30318

Hone your skills in a series of workshops with world-renowned instructor and performer Suhaila! Atlanta Fusion Bellydance welcomes her back to Atlanta for six days of workshops, including classes in the Jamila Salimpour format as well as Level 2 Suhaila format certification. There will also be a recital at AFBD Sunday evening.
Suhaila Salimpour
Photo: Pixie Vision

Visit the Facebook event for more information. Click here to pre-register for workshops or buy recital tickets.

Class schedule and prerequisites:

Saturday, January 16
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Jamila Salimpour Format Technique (3 hours) and Jamila Choreography (3 hours)
Open to all dancers -- no certification required

Sunday, January 17
"Simply Salimpour" Recital

Sunday, January 17 - Thursday, January 21
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
Suhaila Format Level 2 Weeklong (30 hours)
Must be Suhaila Level 1 format certified

Optional Suhaila Level 2 certification testing is available for additional fee of $250.


Sunday, January 24

Karmelita Performs at Nicola's
Photo: Kismet Photography

Floorwork 101 with Karmelita

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Bellydance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$25 in advance; $35 at the door

Learn how to perform graceful, tasteful, captivating floorwork with one of metro Atlanta's most talented American Cabaret-style performers. Check out the Facebook event for more details; click here for advance tickets.






Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Friday, November 20, 2015

December Preview

Happy holidays from Yalla Y'all! However you celebrate, enjoy the best the season has to offer. And what's better than sharing good times with your dance family?!? Don't miss these great events coming your way in December.

Hana of Awalim
Photo: Kismet Photography

Saturday, December 5

Tribal Belly Dance Center of Atlanta &
Lotus SEEDs Open House

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tribal Belly Dance Center of Atlanta
2861 Henderson Mill Road

Free

Ziah and the Tribal Belly Dance Center of Atlanta will launch their new Lotus SEEDs program for girls 5-17 while also welcoming dancers and students who want to check out the studio and the classes offered there. Free demo classes for kids at 10:00, 11:00, and noon; adult demo class at 1:00. RSVP to the Facebook event for more info.


Costuming Workshop: Headdresses

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tribal Belly Dance Center of Atlanta
2861 Henderson Mill Road

$55 in advance (limited to 10 students)

Headdresses have become an essential component of costuming for all belly dance styles. Learn two different headdress types that you can embellish in any way you choose! Ziah will teach both styles; follow along with both or work on your own project. Visit the Facebook event for more details and a materials list. Click here to pre-register.

"Empowering the Skirt" Dancing Through the Skirt Workshop & Hafla with Vany (Augusta Area)


Workshop 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Hafla 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. James United Methodist Church, 512 St. James Ave, Goose Creek, SC
Workshop & Hafla $20 (rent a skirt for an additional $5)
Hafla Ticket Only $5

Join Vany for an intensive study of her trademark "DTTS" format. Learn how to use your 25-yard skirt for graceful combinations that can enhance solo or group performances. Bring two skirts, or skirts will be available for rental. Visit the Facebook event for more details. Click here to pre-register.

Sunday, December 6

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Babylon Cafe2257 Lenox Road
$8 in advance; $10 at the door

Experience the debut of a new monthly event featuring local and national Tribal style performers! This month's special guests will include Mavi, creator of the Tribal Cafe in Washington, DC. (which has been running for ten years); two members of the New York City-based Tribal Fusion troupe Maiden China, Lauren Jeanette and Mattie Waters; and members of the Awalim Repertory Dance Company. There will also be an ATS jam for anyone who knows the vocabulary and wants to participate. Enjoy some delicious food and great performances in a cozy atmosphere! Click here to purchase tickets. RSVP to the Facebook event for more info.


Wednesday, December 9

Rak the 40 Watt

Door at 7:00 p.m.; show starts at 7:30
40 Watt Club, 285 West Washington Street, Athens, GA
$5 in advance; $8 at the door

Talented performers from the Athens raqs scene and beyond take the stage at this legendary venue (okay, it's moved a few times over the years). Enjoy performances by instructors and students from UGA's Ramsey Center and the troupes Inti'sam, Harraka Thar, and Zuhairah from the Healing Arts Centre, as well as some surprise guests! Visit the Facebook event for more details.

Nahari of AFBD/Rafi'ah Dance Company
Photo: Kismet Photography

Sunday, December 13

AFBD's Got Talent & World Belly Dance Alliance Winter Celebration

Doors at 5:15 p.m.; show at 6:00 p.m.
Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant, 1602 LaVista Road NE
Kids $15; general admission with chicken, beef, or vegetable plate $20; with lamb shank $25

Join Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, World Belly Dance Alliance, Nicola, and of course pretty much everyone in the metro Atlanta belly dance community (and beyond) for an evening of dance, food, and fellowship. Click here to buy advance tickets, or check out the Facebook event.




Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

November Preview

November will be a pretty quiet month in our local raqs community. Enjoy the quiet but check out these events!

Sunday, November 8

Choreography Workshop with Aziza Nawal

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Road
$30 in advance, $45 at the door

Learn an exciting new choreography with Aziza Nawal! One you learn this number, you'll have an Click here to pre-register. RSVP to the Facebook event for more info!
opportunity to perform it in the "AFBD's Got Talent" show on December 13. This choreography is designed for intermediate to advanced dancers.

Nazeem Allayl Studio Show

6:00 p.m.
Dance Tonight (next to 5/3 Bank) 2000 Powers Ferry Rd. SE Marietta, GA
$15-30

Nazeem Allayl presents its annual fall studio show, with performances by instructors, troupes, and students. Click here to select your seats!

November 13-15

Lulu Sabongi

Marhaba Atlanta Festival with Lulu Sabongi and Chudney

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Road
Full weekend $278 (Early Bird)
Individual workshops $87/52
Show tickets $35 (includes Moroccan dinner)

Brought to us by local dancers Kalinka and Maiea and sponsored by Miss Belly Dance, this weekend includes three classes with Lulu Sabongi of Brazil and two with rising star Chudney Raks of Virginia Beach (you may have seen Chudney perform at this year's Essence of Belly Dance).

There will also be a show featuring the instructors and local talent, Friday, November 13 at 8:00 at Imperial Fez. Ticket price includes a five-course Moroccan meal (alcoholic beverages and tip not included).

Visit the web site to register, or RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest news.


Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

October Preview

Get out there and enjoy some spooky fun this October!

Saturday, October 3

Haunted Oasis - Final Fantasy

8:00 p.m., Kavarna, 707 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
$8.00 door fee. CASH ONLY! Children 12 and under free

Kick off the Halloween season with Mina and lots of local talent in Oakhurst. Visit the Facebook event to learn more.

October 17-18

Glow Dance Bhangra Workshop Weekend with Lavesh

Lavesh Performs at TribalCon 2015
Photo by Kismet Photography
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015-B Collier Road
Workshops $60 each, or all three for $150 
Show $15 in advance or $25 at the door; includes two drink tickets and light snacks

If you saw Lavesh perform with Kaitlyn at TribalCon in February, you know what an amazing performer he is. He's also the creator of the Learn Bhangra app. Learn the basics of Bhangra or delve deeper into this energetic style of Indian dance in a series of workshops. Plus, catch performances by Lavesh, the ladies of Glow, and many others at the show Saturday night! RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news; click here to get tickets.

Weekend schedule:
  • Introductory Workshop, Saturday, 2:00 - 4:00
  • Choreography Workshop, Saturday, 4:30 - 6:30
  • Show, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
  • Bhangra Intensive: Sunday October 18 11:00 - 1:00

Saturday, October 17

Little Five Points Halloween Parade with Awalim & Friends

Ziah in the L5P Halloween Parade
Photo by Larry Badke
Little Five Points neighborhood, 4:00 p.m.

Once again, Awalim Dance Company will bring music and dance to the infamous Little Five Points Halloween Parade. Check out the parade and the colorful neighborhood festival! Learn more at the Facebook event.

Sunday, October 25

Halloween Carnivale with Awalim & Friends

7:00 p.m. (doors 6:30)
Famous Pub (back room), 2947 North Druid Hills Road (Toco Hill shopping center)
$15 in advance, $20 at the door 

Awalim brings back its spooky and/or silly celebration of Halloween! Enjoy performances by the Awalim Repertory Dance company, along with many of your local favorites. Check out the Facebook event for more information (or if you'd like to perform)! Click here for tickets.

Tuesday, October 27

"Dancing Darkly" Workshop with Tempest (Athens)

Tempest
Photo by Jim Ferreira
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Healing Arts Centre 834 Prince Ave, Athens, Georgia 30606 Saturday, October 31
$40 pre-paid before October 20; $50 at the door

Known for her gorgeous costuming and as a leader in Gothic-style belly dance, Tempest comes to Athens for one evening to share her secrets in a workshop billed as "THE Introduction to the Art of Gothic Bellydance." RSVP to the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, October 31

Halloween Hafla (Augusta)

7:00 p.m.
Joanie Lamb Hair Salon, 720 Broad St, Augusta, Georgia 30901 

Join Vany and the Augusta-area belly dance community for their annual Halloween Hafla. More details to come on the Facebook event.

Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade (Athens)

8:00 p.m.
Downtown Athens

Join the Athens raqs community at the annual Wild Rumpus parade and Halloween festival in downtown Athens. This year's theme is "MONSTER." Athens, I love you crazy, just keep on! Check out the Facebook event for the full schedule.


Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

September Preview

September is mostly about Essence of Belly Dance, an annual festival that will be celebrating its sixth year. There are lots of workshops, shows, shopping, a fashion show, and a competition... so come out and enjoy Essence! Then join your local favorites at Steve's Live Music on the 25th.

September 17-20

Kami Liddle
Photo by Sequoia Emmanuelle

Essence of Belly Dance

Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station

This year's Essence event features classes with Jill Parker, Kami Liddle, Tjarda, Soraya Zayed, Luna
of Cairo, Petite Jamilla, Aziza Nawal, Leila Farid, and drummer Issam Houshan. Enjoy performances by all of them, plus local and regional talent (some of whom will be competing for cash prizes), in shows Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Visit the Essence web site for full details, and be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest news.

Thursday, September 17
Competition Preliminaries, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, September 18
All-Star Gala & Fashion Show

Saturday, September 19
Competition Finals & Performances (local and regional talent)

Friday, September 25

World Belly Dance Alliance Presents Open Dance Night

8:00 p.m., Steve's Live Music
$10 at the door

Join Jenny Nichols in welcoming lots of local talent in an informal setting.


Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

August Preview

The dog days of summer have arrived in metro Atlanta... and the raqs event calendar is heating up in August with some unconventional guest instructors and performers. Put some variety in your dance with these workshops and shows!
Andrus Ramir
Photo by Cindy Farache

August 1-2

AFBD, World Belly Dance Alliance, and Miss Belly Dance Present Andrus Ramir

Workshops Saturday 2:00-4:00 and
Sunday 10:30-12:30/2:00-4:00, Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance

Show Sunday at 6:30, Steve's Live Music, $15

One of the most prominent male belly dancers on the East Coast, Miami's Andrus Ramir is an audience favorite wherever he goes. He'll be teaching three workshops and performing Sunday night with other local and regional favorites at Steve's Live Music. Visit the Facebook event for the workshops or the show for more details. Click here to get your workshop pass; click here to buy advance show tickets via PayPal.

August 7-9

"Ekele Kua" Afro-Cuban Intensive with Kati Hernandez

Produced by Heidi Hernandez of Heidi Baila
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance

If you haven't noticed, Heidi Hernandez has branched out from Jahara Phoenix and -- along with belly dance -- is bringing modern and Latin dance to the area. Her salsa troupe, the Salsa Belles, wowed the crowd at Nicola's recently. And her new dance studio, Heidi Baila, brings Kati Hernandez to town for a series of Afro-Cuban dance workshops. Visit the web site or the Facebook event for more info. (Note: Heidi's web site has some  great introductory information about Afro-Cuban dance, including videos representing some of the styles Kati will be teaching)

August 22-23

Ebony Qualls
Photo by Stereo Vision

Urban Fusion Workshops with Ebony Qualls

Saturday 2:00-4:00/4:30-6:30 and Sunday 10:30-12:30
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance

If you caught Ebony's classes or performances here last June, you know that she's quite amazing. She returns this summer for three workshops, including a two-part class in which she'll teach a choreography to be performed at Essence of Belly Dance in September. Visit the Facebook event for the latest details.

Sunday, August 23

AFBD Block Party and Swap, Shop & Shimmy

4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance

Join AFBD for a cookout and get-together with performances by AFBD students, instructors, and special guest Ebony Qualls. Shop while you shimmy or sell some of your stuff! Visit the web site for more details.

Haflanta Dance Company Showcase at Nazeem Allayl

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl East Cobb Studio, 2000 Powers Ferry Rd, #3210 Marietta, GA 30067

$12 in advance; $15 at the door

A reception at 6:00 will be followed by performances from troupes Nazeem Allayl, Nazeem Almassah, and Nazeem Alsabah. Check the web site for more information.

Sunday, August 30

Salimpour Master Class with Yvonne

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
11:00-1:00, Level 1 / Introduction to the Suhaila Salimpour Format 
2:00-4:00, Salimpour Format Class level 2 and Beyond 
Both classes $60 in advance/$80 at the door

Once again, Yvonne will visit from Florida to teach the Salimpour format to newbies and veterans alike. Visit the web site for more details and reserve your spot.


Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

July Preview

Except for the fireworks and a few exciting events, July will be a pretty quiet month in the metro Atlanta raqs community. Stay cool and shimmy on!

July 9-12

National SEEDs Teacher Certification Training with Myra Krien

Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
SEEDs Founder Myra Krien
2861 Henderson Mill Road, Chamblee, Georgia 30341
$800 ($200 nonrefundable deposit required)

Sponsored by Ziah and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, SEEDs program developer Myra Krien offers certification training for SEEDs (Self Esteem, Empowerment, and Education Through Dance) instructors. Teachers and studio owners who want to engage young students more effectively have found great success with this program, which is all about providing meaningful support to girls 13-18. Visit the Tribal Bellydance Center's web site to learn more and reserve your pass. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news.




Samira of Athens Shimmy Mob

Thursday, July 16

Shimmy Mob Benefit for Project SAFE (Athens)

Cali n Tito's East at La Puerta del Sol
1245 Cedar Shoal Dr, Athens, Georgia 30605

7:00 p.m.
$5 (or more) suggested donation

The Athens belly dance community unites under the umbrella of Shimmy Mob to raise funds for a worthwhile organization. Visit the Facebook event for more info!


Yanis Marshall

July 17-19

Workshops with Yanis Marshall

Glow Dance and Fitness Studios
1800 Water Place, Suite 150, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
Various price levels/packages available 

At some point in the past year, you've probably seen a video of Yanis Marshall in your Facebook news feed. He's that fabulous guy who dances in high heels! And you can do it, too, because GLOW is bringing him to town for three jazz fusion workshops (including one with heels!).

The weekend kicks off with another of Glow's "Grown-Ass Woman" workshop with Sabeeya on Friday night.

RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest info.


Saturday, July 18

Night in the Oasis

8:00 p.m.
Kavarna, 707B East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 
$5 cover at the door 

Enjoy performances by a variety of local artists at Night in the Oasis, an open dance event hosted regularly by Mina of Dalloua Dance. Kavarna is located in the middle of Decatur's Oakhurst district and offers wine, beer, and coffee. Lots of places for dinner nearby!


Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

June Preview

Okay, raqs enthusiasts, get ready for a very busy month! There are lots of cool events coming up in metro Atlanta this June... get out there and support our vibrant dance community.

Saturday, June 6

Tribal Belt Decoration Costuming Workshop with Ziah 

1:00  – 4:00 p.m. 
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, 2861 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30341 
$55

What Tribal belly dancer doesn't have a box of coins, buttons, and other "bits" waiting to adorn a jingly belt? Bring all that stuff to the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta! Learn how to decorate a Tribal belt and how to make Tribal belt decorations that are flexible and interchangeable. Check out the Facebook event for more information, including a materials list; click here to pre-register.

Amani Jabril performs with the Atlanta Phoenicians

Belly Dance and Live Music Hafla with Amani Jabril

8:00 p.m.
Steve's Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
$10 at the door

Join Amani and many of North Georgia's most talented performers as they perform to the music of the Atlanta Phoenicians Group and Jonatan Derbaq. This is going to be a fabulous show (full disclosure; I'll be performing)! Visit the Facebook event for more details. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 7

Atlanta SEEDs Annual Fundraiser, "From East to West"

Members of Atlanta SEEDs Perform at TribalCon
5:00 p.m.
Roswell Historic & Cultural Affairs, 38 Hill St Suite 100, Roswell, GA 30075
$20; children under 12 $10

Come out and support the good work done by Zaia and Liezel at Global Dance to benefit girls in theirFacebook event for more info; click here to buy advance tickets.
community. Along with dance, they have big plans to provide resources for young women who need all kinds of support. Lots of regional favorites will be performing, including Diane Adams, Aziza Nawal, Karmelita, Shoshannah Estell, Jendayi, Jenny Nichols, Laura Gosnell, Susan Poloski, Heidi Hernandez, and more. Refreshments will be available. RSVP to the

Saturday, June 13

Self-Defense Workshop with Victoria Logan

1:00  – 3:00 p.m. 
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, 2861 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30341
$55

Gain confidence with self-defense skills you can use, taught by one of metro Atlanta's most badass belly dancers, Victoria Logan (aka Inara). Victoria has extensive experience in several martial arts disciplines, including Taekwondo (Black Belt), Krav Maga, and Jiujitsu.

Sunday, June 14

Modern Dance for Belly Dance: A Summer Series with Heidi Hernandez 

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Studio Baila, Snellville, Ga 30078 
$200 for five-session series (6/14, 6/28, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2)

Some of the most innovative performers in the raqs world have roots in modern dance. In this five-part movement exploration series, Heidi will share her own unique blend of Horton, Graham, and Dunham technique. Click here for more information and payment options, or visit the Facebook event.

Samora (aka "The Woman Who Made Me Fall in Love
with Belly Dance 15 Minutes Into My First Class")
and Nicola (aka "Uncle Nic")

Belly Dance Trifecta: AFBD, Belly Dance by Samora, and Nicola's Restaurant Anniversary Celebration

6:00 p.m. 
Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant, 1602 Lavista Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329
$20 (includes beef, chicken, or vegetarian dinner; lamb shank $25)

Celebrate the anniversaries of three metro Atlanta raqs institutions, with great food, good company -- and of course lots of dancing! Visit the Facebook event for more info; click here to buy tickets.

Friday, June 19

WBDA Presents Open Dance Night at Steve's Live Music 

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

Join Jenny Nichols and World Belly Dance Alliance for another fun night at a great venue! Expect performances by lots of local favorites, plus special guest Naima Sultana of Charlotte, NC, who will be teaching a workshop the next day. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news.

Saturday, June 20

"HELWA!" Workshop with Naima Sultana

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015-B Collier Rd., Atlanta, GA 30318
$60

Fresh off an Eastern European tour with Belly Dance Evolution, Charlotte's Naima Sultana brings a special three-hour, multi-level workshop to metro Atlanta. "Helwa" means "beautiful" in Arabic, but in Naima's workshop it stands for "Hips, Execution, Layering, Walking, and Attitude." She will share techniques for stronger body awareness, choreography, stage presence, and much more. Learn more at the Facebook event. Click here to pre-register.

Saturday, June 27

Jendayi Bellydance Presents "Fractured Fairy Tales"

7:00 p.m.
The Art Place - Mtn. View, 3330 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066
$20 VIP seating; $15 regular seating

Don't miss this chance to see your beloved childhood stories deconstructed using the language of raqs sharqi! Jendayi welcomes dancers from throughout the metro area showcasing some of the most creative theatrical belly dance you'll see this year. Click here to get your tickets; visit the Facebook event for more info.

Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Preview

The darling buds of May will be dancing all over metro Atlanta this month! Come out and join in the fun while supporting your local raqs community.

Saturday, May 2 

Ziah
Photo by Kismet Photography

Spring Costuming Workshops with Ziah Part 2: Tribal Bra (SOLD OUT)

1:00p.m., Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, 2861 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30341 
$55 pre-registered, $65 at the door 

Yes, this session is sold out... but it's part of an ongoing costuming workshop series that may include tribal belts, gomleks, flared pants, and more!

Sunday, May 3

Rhythms & Danceable Combinations with Amani & Amine 

2:00 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015-B Collier Road Atlanta, GA 30318 
$40
Polish your skills with Amani while dancing to live music! Amani and drummer Amine Amich of thr Atlanta Phoenicians will focus on 3-4 rhythms, pairing movement and styling... then combine all the rhythms and danceable combinations for a fun drum solo. RSVP to the Facebook event for more info.

Saturday, May 9 

Sabeeya
Photo by Kismet Photography

"Grown-Ass Woman" 80's Rock Workshop at Glow Dance 

12:00 p.m., Glow Dance & Fitness Studio
1800 Water Place, Suite 150
Wine tasting 12pm to 1pm
Dancing from 1pm - 3pm 
$35 pre-registered (through May 6th); $40 at the door

Enjoy a few glasses of wine and learn a cool choreography to "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi. Eighties attire is welcome!

Atlanta Shimmy Mob 

12:00 p.m. and throughout the afternoon

Global Dance leads the Atlanta team in this year's Shimmy Mob, which will benefit Drake House in Roswell. The group will meet at Global Dance at 11:00 and move around from there. Look for them in historical Roswell around 2:00. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for details about where the mob will appear this year!

Athens Shimmy Mob

Check out the Athens Shimmy Mob gang at the following locations and times:
10:00 Farmer's Market Bishop Park
11:00 UGA Arch
12:00 Iris Place

Mothers' Day Celebration at Nicola's with Live Music 

10:00 p.m.
$25 in advance; $30 at the door (includes dinner), or $15 without dinner

Enjoy a late-night Mothers' Day party with Nicola and Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, featuring live
music from the Atlanta Phoenicians. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

Sunday, May 10

Mother/Daughter Dance Workshop and Open House 

1:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Studio at Peachtree Corners, 5770 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross GA 30071
$10; children free

Schadia hosts the studio's annual Mother's Day open house event, with a big sale on costumes, props and accessories; henna tattoos; dance demonstrations at 1:30 3:30; and a mother-daughter belly dance workshop from 2:00 to 3:00, All ages are welcome.

Sunday, May 17 

Aziza Nawal
Photo by Kismet Photography

Awalim & Aziza Nawal Spring Showcase 

7:30 p.m., Smith's Olde Bar (upstairs), 1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324
$15 in advance; $20 at the door

Two leading local teachers and troupes combine forces for a show full of excitement and variety in a great venue. Join Ziah, the Awalim Repertory Dance Company, Aziza Nawal, and their students in a full extravaganza of Middle Eastern and Tribal bellydance. Check out the Facebook event for more
details and performer profiles! Get your tickets here.

Saturday, May 30 

"For Us By Us" Hafla & Discussion (Augusta) 

7:00 p.m., 929 Hunting Horn Way, Evans, GA

Join Augusta's Vany for the launch of a new project exploring the history and diversity of belly dance. Vany writes, "first half of this event will be informational talks about belly dance and for the second half, I ask you to bring your music and wear an outfit representative of your bellydance style." RSVP to the Facebook event to learn more!

Sunday, May 31 

Salimpour Format Master Class with Yvonne

Experience the Salimpour approach to belly dance with two workshops taught by very accomplished instructor and performer Yvonne. Visit the AFBD web site for more details.

Level 1 / Introduction to the Suhaila Salimpour Format
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
$30 in advance/$40 day of workshop 

All students new to Suhaila’s format, whether brand new or advanced dancers looking for review, begin with Level 1. In this workshop you learn the needed skills and terminology to advance in this format.

Salimpour Format Class level 2 and Beyond
2:15 - 4:15 p.m  
$40 in advance/$50 day of workshop 
Students build on the knowledge and skills from Level 1 by focusing on precision, efficiency and fluidity of movement. More layering is addressed through the addition of finger cymbals as well as more intricate arm and foot patterns. Additional and more challenging layers will be given to student who are already level 2 & 3 certified.


Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

April Preview

Spring has arrived in metro Atlanta! Get out and support your local raqs community with some great shows and workshops coming up in April, including visits from two leading tribal fusion artists.

Saturday, April 4

"A Night in the Oasis: Glam Oasis"

8:00 p.m., Kavarna
$8 at the door; kids six and under free

Mina brings us another Oasis event, featuring a diverse lineup of local talent in a coffee house setting in the middle of Oakhurst. Visit the Facebook event for more details.

April 10-11

Sera Solstice Workshops

Sera Solstice
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
Workshops Friday 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 2:00 5:00 p.m.
$55 each or $100 for both if registered by April 1

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance presents six hours of study with New York City-based fusion artist Sera Solstice. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details, or click here to buy passes.

  • Friday 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Glitch-Heart-Seeker. In this workshop, dancers build awareness of body-lines and shapes through learning a choreography. Composed of sculptural forms, pops and locks, tension and release, this challenging choreo calls the dancer to be present and calm, building stage-presence and breath-work into each movement. 
  • Saturday 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Travel Moves. Expand performance by using your space. Sera shares techniques for graceful travel, and various creative ways to move across a stage using bellydance-inspired movement. Travel combinations draw from Sera's Lunar and Solar Movement vocabulary, with focus of footwork technique, turns, and multi-layered bellydance movements.

Saturday, April 11

Bollywood Workshop with Faaridah

10:00 a.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
$30 before April 1, $40 after

Join Faaridah for a new choreography fusing Bollywood, belly dance, hip-hop, and Bhangra to a mash up of Bollywood hits including the hit from the Hindi movie "Student of the Year," "Radha!" This class is open to all levels, and the choreography will be performed in AFBD's 6th Anniversary Show on June 14.

Sunday, April 12

Spring Costuming Workshop Series Part 1: Pantaloons

12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
$55 pre-registered, $65 at the door ($100 for pantaloons and bra workshop on May 2)

Learn to make your own pantaloons with Ziah, an experienced costumer and seamstress! Bring your sewing machine if you have one; if not, machines will be available. Visit the Facebook event for more details, materials list, and to pre-register.

April 16-17

Zoe Jakes

Zoe Jakes DanceCraft Format Mini Intensive

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, 2861 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta 30341

$275 in advance, paypal to ziah@awalim.com
ONLY 10 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Master fusion artist Zoe Jakes has developed a format all her own called DanceCraft. Get an introduction to Zoe's format with two full days of dance, presented by Ziah of Awalim Dance Facebook event for more info.
Company. Visit the

Friday, April 17

Beats Antique at Sweetwater 420 Fest

6:30 p.m., Centennial Olympic Park
Single-day pass $42

Zoe Jakes and Beats Antique perform on the main stage at 6:30 Friday night as part of this annual music festival at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. They'll be followed by Thievery Corporation and Snoop Dogg. Click here for more info and tickets.

Saturday, April 18

GLOW Anniversary Hafla

6:00 p.m., GLOW Dance & Fitness Studios, 1800 Water Place, Suite 150, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
$5.00

Celebrate GLOW's first anniversary with a hafla featuring GLOW instructors and students, plus lots of local dancers. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news. Click here to get your tickets -- just $5!

Sunday, April 26

"Habibi Tensany" Sword Dance Workshop w/Schadia

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Nazeem Allayl Studio at Peachtree Corners, 5770 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross GA 30071 
$29 online, $39 at the door

Learn a brand new sword choreography by Schadia. Music will be provided to participants. Bring your own sword, or rent ($5) or purchase ($15) a student sword; professional swords available for purchase as well. Click here to pre-register.

"Uptown Funk" Choreography Workshop with Leena

2:30 - 5:30 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance

Learn a choreography to be performed by interested students at AFBD’s 6th Anniversary Show on June 14. Click here for advance passes.

Keep up with everything that's happening in metro Atlanta and beyond with the Yalla Y'all Community Calendar! If you're planning a workshop, show, or hafla, please submit event details to yallayall@comcast.net.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Piedmont Park Drum Circles Start This Weekend

Local drummer Danny Stern once again invites percussionists and dancers to Piedmont Park on Sunday afternoons for free drumming and dancing!

This Sunday, March 15th, join Danny in welcoming Spring, 3:00 p.m. until dark at the curved wall on the top of the hill near 10th street, facing the meadow.

This drum circle should be happening every Sunday throughout the spring and summer!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Preview

Get out and support your community as we welcome spring in belly dance style!

Friday, March 6

Shimmy Mob Practice & Hafla at Global Dance

Practice 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Followed by Hafla
Hafla $5.00 and a dish to share

This year's Shimmy Mob will happen on May 9. Check out what Shimmy Mob is all about in this free practice session at Global Dance! Afterwards, enjoy a casual hafla/meet-and-greet with your fellow dancers and members of Atlanta SEEDs.

Sabeeya of GLOW Dance & Fitness
Photo: Kismet Photography

Saturday, March 7 

GLOW Dance Workshop: Inta al Ghaly (Student Performance Opportunity) 

1:00-4:00 p.m. 
$25 ($15 as refresher)

Learn a new choreography that will be performed at GLOW's April 18th Anniversary Hafla. Click here to learn more and buy advance passes.

Friday, March 13

Shimmy Mob Practice at Global Dance

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
$2.00

Shimmy Mob choreography practice followed by a belly dance video viewing party!

Sunday, March 22

Aziza Nawal Dinner Showcase

7:00 p.m. 
Nicola's Restaurant, 1602 LaVista Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329

Join local raqs star Aziza Nawal for her annual show at Nicola's. Enjoy performances by soloists from Troupe Mumtaz, group performances by Banat Nawal, and guaranteed fun with Aziza and Nicola. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest info.

Friday, March 27

Shimmy Mob Practice at Global Dance

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Shimmy Mob choreography practice followed by a sponsored "shimmy off" contest!

Jaki Performs with Fan Veils
Photo: Aela Badiana Productions

Saturday, March 28

Prop-tacular Bellydance Workshops w/Jaki of Tarabiya at Global Dance

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell
Advance purchase rates: $35 for each workshop, $60 for both'
$40 per workshop at the door

Learn new techniques for two popular props with metro Atlanta's own Jaki Hawthorne.
Double Fan Veils: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tahtib (stick): 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Beanbag Bohemia Hafla at Global Dance 

8:00 p.m.
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell
$10 at the door

Enjoy a glass of wine (to benefit the SEEDS program) and performances by lots of local favorites, including workshop instructor Jaki of Tarabiya. Visit the Facebook event for the full lineup and all the latest info. 

Sunday, March 29

Salimpour Format Master Class with Yvonne 

12:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Yvonne
Photo: Kismet Photography
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015-B Collier Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30318 

Polish up your Salimpour technique with two classes led by Yvonne, who wowed us at the Suhaila Raws Showcase in January. Visit the Facebook event to learn more, or click here to pre-register.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Level 1 / Introduction to the Suhaila Salimpour Format
$30 in advance/$40 day of workshop 
All students new to Suhaila’s format, whether brand new or advanced dancers looking for review, begin with Level 1. In this workshop you learn the needed skills and terminology to advance in this format.

2:15 - 4:15 p.m. 
Salimpour Format Class level 2 and Beyond
$40 in advance/$50 day of workshop
Students build on the knowledge and skills from Level 1 by focusing on precision, efficiency and fluidity of movement. More layering is addressed through the addition of finger cymbals as well as more intricate arm and foot patterns.

Nazeem Allayl Spring Studio Show 

Doors at 6:00 p.m.; show begins at 6:30 p.m.
Nicola's Restaurant, 1602 LaVista Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329
$20 includes dinner

Enjoy performances by students, troupe members, and instructors at Nazeem Allayl's semi-annual showcase. Plus great food and fun with Nicola! Click here to learn more and get advance tickets.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

February Preview

Show your love for belly dance and our amazing raqs community by getting out and attending one of the events coming up in February!

Karmelita
Photo by Debaser Photography

Saturday, February 1 

Romantic Bellydance Workshop Plus Makeup & Merlot with Karmelita 

2:00 - 5:30 p.m., Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015-B Collier Road Atlanta, GA 30318

Choreography Workshop 2:00PM-4:00PM, $30 
Makeup and Merlot 4:00PM-5:30PM, $20
(includes brushes, lashes and cocktails)

Both events $40

One of metro Atlanta's most accomplished performers, Karmelita, shares several of her skills with us Click here for tickets. Visit the Facebook event for more info.
in these workshops! Learn an intermediate-level Orientale choreography (I've heard it will be to John Bilezikjian version of "Lamma Bada," and that you should bring a veil), then get some of Karmelita's pinup-style makeup secrets while enjoying an adult beverage or two!

February 6-7

Gulf Dance Weekend with Amani Jabril

Featuring Kay Hardy-Campbell and Uza of NYC

Friday: music class with Kay at 6:30, followed by Iraqi dance party at 8:00 -- at Babylon Cafe
Uza
Photo by Lauren Weissler

Saturday: dance workshops with Kay and Uza at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, followed by live music show at Steve's Live Music, 9:00 p.m.

Get ready to clap your hands, swing your hair, swish your thobe, and brandish your daggers with a weekend of Khaliji and Iraqi dance, featuring two instructors with deep knowledge of these dance forms, Kay Hardy-Campbell and Uza Mitra.

RSVP to the Facebook event for more details, or visit the web site for lots more info and to buy tickets.

Saturday, February 7

"Grown-Ass Woman" Workshop - Steamy Valentine's Day Edition

12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
GLOW Dance & Fitness Studios, 800 Water Place, Suite 150, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
$30 through February 4; $35 at the door

Enjoy a wine tasting at noon, then learn a choreography to a new version of "Crazy in Love" from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" soundtrack. Visit the Facebook event for more info.

Sassy Valentine's Day Workshop with Schadia

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Little Five Points Studio, 1394 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307
$25 in advance; $35 at the door

Learn a sassy choreography to "When You're Good to Mama" as performed by Queen Latifah in the movie version of "Chicago." Visit the web site for more details and to buy your pass.

Sunday, February 8

Nazeem Allayl Kairo Karaoke Dance Party

5:30 p.m., Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant
$12 minimum purchase

Request one of your favorite songs from the Nazeem Allayl class playlists and take the floor in a casual hafla setting. Visit the web site to learn more.
Kalinka
Photo by Studio Jaki

February 13-14

Valentine's Day at Imperial Fez

Friday and Saturday night at Imperial Fez, enjoy special menu selections, a fresh rose, and an awesome belly dance show featuring local favorites, including Zaina, Kalinka, Karmelita, and Omega. Visit the restaurant's  web site or Facebook page for more details and to make reservations.

Friday, February 20

Live Music & Dance at Steve's Live Music

Presented by World Belly Dance Alliance

8:00 p.m.
Steve's Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Come out and party with World Belly Dance Alliance at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs! This month's event will be more of a hafla featuring live music and and open dance floor. Experience the joy of dancing to live music and get warmed up for the parties at TribalCon!

Saturday, February 21

"Hop De" Turkish Workshop with Schadia 

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Little Five Points Studio, 1394 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307
$25 in advance; $35 at the door

Learn a brand-new Turkish-style choreography to a big hit by Tarkan. Visit the web site for more info and to pre-register.

Sunday, February 22

Mommy-to-Be Workshop at GLOW Dance & Fitness

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
GLOW Dance & Fitness Studios, 800 Water Place, Suite 150, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
$30 through February 4; $35 at the door

"London Thumakda" Choreography Workshop

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Peachtree Corners Studio
5770 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite 100, Norcross GA 30071
$25 in advance; $35 at the door

Learn a fun Bollywood-style choreography to a popular Indian song, and get ready to perform in Nazeem Allayl's spring student show. Click here for more information about the choreography. Visit the web site to pre-register.

February 26 - March 1

TRIBALCON

Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter/Dunwoody
4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd Atlanta, Georgia 30341 

It's back! The annual tribal belly dance convention produced by Ziah of Awalim returns for its 11th
Lacey Sanchez performs
with the band at TribalCon 10
Photo by Kismet Photography
year. This year's theme is "The Next Generation," featuring dance workshops with Donna Mejia, Heather Stants, Bagoas, Alyssum Pohl, and Lacey Sanchez... and music classes with Doug Adamz of Light Rain, Al Cofrin of Istanpitta Early Music Ensemble and Terebus; Carmine Guide of Djinn; and Majda Anwar of Alla-Yustur.

One of the distinctive elements of TribalCon is its focus on education as well as music and movement classes. This year's event will kick off with a lecture and discussion featuring Donna Mejia on Thursday evening, followed by classes with Madame Onca, Amanda Mahde of Ananda Dance Company, your hostess Ziah, and many of the music and dance instructors. Learn more about the business side of belly dance, stage management, choreography, and much more as these talented people share their knowledge.

Two shows, both featuring live music and followed by live music dance parties... visit the web site to learn more and get tickets.


Friday, February 27
Saturday, February 28

Buffet at 7:00
Doors at 7:30
Shows start at 8:00
$20 each; $36 for both
Buffet dinners available before each show

Visit the TribalCon web site for more details and to get your workshop passes or show tickets.