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

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.
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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

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

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.

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.
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.