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 

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

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

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