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 

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 
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 

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.

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