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

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