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.

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