Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January Preview

Happy New Year from Yalla Y'all! Things are picking up again in January in the metro Atlanta/north Georgia raqs community. If your resolutions include getting out to participate in more workshops or see more shows, get ready for some fun events this month!

Tuesday, January 5

Last Chance to Support Lotus SEEDs

Tribal Belly Dance Center of Atlanta

The SEEDs program is changing lives for girls all over America, and now there's a group for intown Atlanta: Lotus SEEDs. To ensure that every girl who wants to participate can get involved, regardless of her family's ability to pay, Lotus SEEDs is running a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with C4 Atlanta, a non-profit arts service organization. January 5 is the closing day of this campaign, so don't miss your chance to help build this program! Click here to learn more.

Dakoma, Trichelle & Debra of
Perry Belly Dance
Photo: Penny Kojak

Friday, January 8

Perry Belly Dance Open House

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Perry Belly Dance
736 Carroll Street, Suite 12, Perry, GA 31069

Yes, there's more to Perry than just the Georgia state fair. The ladies of Perry Belly Dance, led by Trichelle Hutton, invite you to check out their latest class schedule, meet their instructors, and enjoy dance demonstrations and light refreshments at this open house. Specials on classes will be offered, as well as a drawing for a free eight-week session. Visit the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, January 9

Open House at Nazeem Allayl Little 5 Points Studio

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Studio, 1394 McLendon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Check out a free mini-class at 2:00, plus a big sale on merchandise, performance demonstrations, refreshments, and more at the original Nazeem Allayl location in Candler Park. 

Sunday, January 10

Jules Downum at TribalCon 2015
Photo: Kismet Photography

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

$8 in advance; $10 at the door

The inaugural Tribal Cafe in December was a huge success! This month's guests include Jules Downum (formerly of Heather Stants' Urban Tribal) and Tribe Zanzibar of Chattanooga; local favorites the Salimpour Collective; and members of Awalim Dance Company.

Enjoy tasty Iraqi food and talented performers in a unique lunchtime setting. Babylon Cafe is opening early for the event, and they are prepared to welcome a full house.  Click here to pre-order tickets. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest information.

January 16-21

Suhaila Salimpour Intensive (Jamila Format & Suhaila Level 2 Certification)

Atlanta Fusion Bellydance, 1015-B Collier Road, Atlanta, GA 30318

Hone your skills in a series of workshops with world-renowned instructor and performer Suhaila! Atlanta Fusion Bellydance welcomes her back to Atlanta for six days of workshops, including classes in the Jamila Salimpour format as well as Level 2 Suhaila format certification. There will also be a recital at AFBD Sunday evening.
Suhaila Salimpour
Photo: Pixie Vision

Visit the Facebook event for more information. Click here to pre-register for workshops or buy recital tickets.

Class schedule and prerequisites:

Saturday, January 16
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Jamila Salimpour Format Technique (3 hours) and Jamila Choreography (3 hours)
Open to all dancers -- no certification required

Sunday, January 17
"Simply Salimpour" Recital

Sunday, January 17 - Thursday, January 21
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
Suhaila Format Level 2 Weeklong (30 hours)
Must be Suhaila Level 1 format certified

Optional Suhaila Level 2 certification testing is available for additional fee of $250.

Sunday, January 24

Karmelita Performs at Nicola's
Photo: Kismet Photography

Floorwork 101 with Karmelita

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Bellydance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$25 in advance; $35 at the door

Learn how to perform graceful, tasteful, captivating floorwork with one of metro Atlanta's most talented American Cabaret-style performers. Check out the Facebook event for more details; click here for advance tickets.

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 yallayall@comcast.net.