Wednesday, December 28, 2016

January Preview

Happy New Year from Yalla Y'all! Let's kick off 2017 by supporting some really great events coming our way in January.

Sunday, January 8

Jules Downum Contemporary Belly Dance Choreography Refresher

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

$35

Jules Downum will review the choreography she taught at the Tribal Bellydance Center in June 2016. This elegant contemporary belly dance piece (with an optional floor work section) will have you moving across the stage and using fundamental belly dance isolations in new ways. Visit the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta web site for more details and to buy passes.

Atlanta Tribal Cafe (Evening Edition)

Jendayi
Photo by The Dancer's Eye
5:00 p.m.
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

This month's Tribal Cafe will happen in the evening! Enjoy performances from guest artist Jules
Downum, along with local fusion favorites Adira and Jendayi.

Tribal Cafe is a monthly event hosted by Babylon Cafe. The authentic, made-from-scratch Iraqi food is tasty, the atmosphere is casual, and it's a great opportunity for local and regional tribal-style performers to engage with the audience (and get paid)!

Visit the  Facebook event for more info, and join the Tribal Cafe Community page to keep up with all the news about this monthly event, brought to you by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta.


January 13-17

Suhaila Salimpour Annual Intensive

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318

Faaridah and Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance once again bring Suhaila Salimpour to Atlanta for workshops and performances. The schedule includes:
Friday1/13, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Khaleeji master class with Sabriye Tekbilek
Saturday 1/14, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Choreography workshops with Suhaila
Sunday 1/15 - Tuesday 1/17, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Suhaila format Level 1 workshops

Visit the Facebook event for more details, or click here to buy tickets.


Saturday, January 14

Enta Omri Theatrical Belly Dance Show

8:00 p.m.
Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
$25 (VIP $35)

Don't miss the East Coast debut of this new theatrical production, developed by Suhaila Salimpour to showcase classical Arabic music, interpreted by the Salimpour Dance Company. Click here to buy tickets.

Sunday, January 15

Simply Salimpour Student Showcase

7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318 $10

Salimpour School students and other Salimpour format devotees will display their skills at the AFBD studio. Click here to get your tickets.


Sunday, January 28

Vintage Awalim with Gomleks

Gomlek Costuming Workshop

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30341
$35

Learn to sew a quintessential Awalim Dance Company costuming piece, the gomlek. Based on a traditional Turkish undergarment, gomleks resemble lightweight Ghawazee coats, and are a great lightweight layer for a little extra coverage, movement, and folkloric flair. Click here to buy 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 yallayall@comcast.net.



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December Preview

Happy winter holidays from Yalla Y'all! Many of us are very concerned about what's going to happen in the coming year. Our community is made up of strong, intelligent, educated, creative people, and I hope to see us coming together to make our voices heard in the face of potential changes that may deeply affect the women of America. Meanwhile, no matter your political or religious opinions, we wish you a joyful holiday season. Get out there this December and enjoy the fellowship of this amazing community... we're going to need each other more than ever in the coming year.

December 1-3

Carmine T. Guide
Photo by The Dancer's Eye

Global Dance Holiday Workshops (Sold Out) and Dinner Show with Carmine Guida

Global Dance Studio and Theatre
2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
Show tickets $20 for adults, $10 for kids under 12

One of the raqs community's favorite multi-instrumentalists, Carmine Guide of New York City, joins
Global Dance and Atlanta S.E.E.Ds for a weekend of drumming workshops (sold out) and a show featuring holiday celebrations from all over the world.

Visit the Facebook event for more details, or visit the Global Dance web site to buy show tickets.



Sunday, December 4

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (doors at 11:00)
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

This month's Tribal Cafe will features performances from former Atlanta favorite and "Awalumnus" Teejei Brigham, now living in Knoxville; Richmond, Virginia's Madame Onça O'Leary; and the Lotus S.E.E.Ds of Awalim Dance Company.

Tribal Cafe is a monthly event hosted by Babylon Cafe. The authentic, made-from-scratch Iraqi food is tasty, the atmosphere is casual, and it's a great opportunity for local and regional tribal-style performers to engage with the audience (and get paid)!

Visit the  Facebook event for more info, and join the Tribal Cafe Community page to keep up with all the news about this monthly event, brought to you by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta.



Sabeeya Sun
Photo by Studio Jaki

"'Carol of the Bells' Grown-Ass Woman Style" Choreography Workshop with Sabeeya

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$35

Join local standout performer and choreographer Sabeeya Sun for an intermediate-level choreography with lots of layering, quick body movements & transition, shimmies, and hair twirls, set to Trans Siberian Orchestra's version of "Carol of the Bells." 

Visit the Facebook event for more information, or click here to buy passes.



Wednesday, December 7

Raq the 40 Watt (Athens)

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show at 7:30
The 40 Watt Club, 285 W. Washington Street, Athens, Georgia 30601
$5 in advance, $8 at the door

Join some of the most talented performers from across north Georgia for a belly dance show at the historic 40 Watt Club.  The Athens community will come together as Samira and Mahsati welcome students from the Healing Arts Centre and UGA's Ramsey Center, as well as other local/regional performers and special guests.  Visit the Facebook event for more information. See a dancer for tickets or contact dancer.samira@yahoo.com.


December 10-11

Jill Parker Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Intensive

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318


AFBD brings one of the creators of what we know as Tribal Fusion to Atlanta for eight hours of workshops focused on technique and stage presence. With nearly three decades of experience, Jill has
trained or influenced many of today's most respected and popular performers. Her style is innovative, but also grounded in the traditions and cultural context of raqs sharki. Jill will also perform in the AFBD Winter Showcase Sunday evening.

Jill Parker
Photo by Taboo Media
Workshops include...
Saturday
12:00 - 3:00 -- "Devil in the Details"
3:30 -5:30 "Shimmy Therapy"
Sunday
10:00 - 1:00 Drum Solo choreography

Visit the AFBD web site to buy tickets. Check out the Facebook event for the latest news.


Sunday, December 11

AFBD Winter Showcase Featuring Jill Parker

5:00 p.m. (doors at 4:30)
7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
$15 (VIP $20)

Enjoy performances by AFBD students and troupes, local and regional favorite, and the legendary Jill Parker! RSVP to the Facebook event for more details.  Click here to buy 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.



Sunday, October 30, 2016

November Preview

Aren't we all thankful for the amazing raqs community we have created in metro Atlanta? Show your gratitude by getting out to enjoy these workshops and shows coming up in November!

November 4-6

Kati Hernandez

"Ekele Kua" Afro-Cuban Dance Intensive with Kati Hernandez

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Road, Atlanta, GA 

Full weekend pass $135; private lessons available

Heidi Hernandez brings Afro-Cuban style to Atlanta with an event featuring Kati Hernandez of Los
Angeles. A great opportunity for Latin dancers, fusion artists, and belly dancers interested in this powerful dance form to deepen their dance skills and cultural understanding.

Classes include:
Ladies' Afro-Cuban Styling: Friday 7:45 - 9:45 p.m.
Guaguancó: Saturday 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Arará: Saturday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Timba con Rumba: Saturday 6:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Orishas: Sunday 3:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Visit the Facebook event for more details, or visit the Heidi Baila web site to buy tickets.

Saturday, November 5

Nazeem Allayl Fall Studio Show

7:30 p.m. (doors 7:00)
Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA
$25-35

Nazeem Allayl Studios present their semi-annual studio show, featuring performances by students from all three studio locations, as well as studio troupes and instructors. Click here for tickets.


Sunday, November 6

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (doors at 11:00)
Sabia Nayeli
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

This month's Tribal Cafe will features performances from local favorite Sabia Nayeli, fusion troupe Addivas of easter Tennessee/western North Carolina, and the Awalim Dance Company.

Tribal Cafe is a monthly event hosted by Babylon Cafe. The authentic, made-from-scratch Iraqi food is tasty, the atmosphere is casual, and it's a great opportunity for local and regional tribal-style performers to engage with the audience (and get paid)!

Visit the  Facebook event for more info, and join the Tribal Cafe Community page to keep up with all the news about this monthly event, brought to you by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta.





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.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

October Preview

Autumn is finally on its way to metro Atlanta, even if the weather is still hot. Get out and support our amazing raqs community with these events coming up in October!


Sunday, October 2

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

Heidi Hernandez
Photo: Kismet Photography
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (doors at 11:00)
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

This month's Tribal Cafe will features performances from Heidi Hernandez, Jamie Lewis, and the Awalim Dance Company.

Tribal Cafe is a monthly event hosted by Babylon Cafe. The authentic, made from scratch Iraqi food is tasty, the atmosphere is casual, and it's a great opportunity for local and regional tribal-style performers to engage with the audience (and get paid)!

Visit the  Facebook event for more info, and join the Tribal Cafe Community page to keep up with all the news about this monthly event, brought to you by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta.


October 3 & 10

Jamila Salimpour Style Choreography with Majda

7:00 - 9:30 p.m., October 3 and October 10
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30341
$60

Join Majda Anwar for a two-week workshop series featuring an original choreography inspired by the Jamila Salimpour Format. Majda has created a choreography to "Gamil Gamal," composed and sung by the legendary musician Farid al Atrache; it's believed to be an ode to Samia Gamal, and the choreography uses Jamila format movements with a definite Golden Era flavor.

October 7-9

Workshops with Maria Hamer at Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta

Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
Maria Hamer at TribalCon X
Photo: Kismet Photography
2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30341
$200 for four workshops, or see individual workshop pricing 

Pittsburgh's Maria Hamer is one of the hidden treasures of Tribal belly dance. She's a founding member of troupes Ghawazee and Zafira. She graced the TribalCon stage a few years ago with her sisters in an amazing North African fusion piece. Now Maria brings her extensive knowledge, passion, and fun personality to Atlanta with a series of workshops for dancers at all levels, along with personal coaching sessions.

The weekend's events include:
  • Fri 7-9PM: "Zills with Maria!"
    (Intermediate/Advanced) $45
  • Sat 10AM- Noon: "Madcap, Red Hot, Combustible Maria!"
    (All Levels) $45
  • Sat 1-4 PM "Let's Get Folked Up!"
    (All Levels) $65
  • Sun 11AM-2pm:  "Something Old, Something New"
    (Advanced/ Professional) $65
  • Sun 3-5 PM: Personal Coaching $25 
Visit the Facebook event for more information, or visit the web site to buy tickets.

Saturday October 8

Claire Voyant of the
Cabaret Noir Collective
Photo: Rebecca Adler Photography 

"Time Traveler's Ball" Variety Arts Showcase

Global Dance Eileen Keigan Theatre 
2300 Holcomb Bridge Road Suite 309, Roswell, Georgia 30076 
$15 in advance; $20 at the door

The Cabaret Noir Collective presents a show with a wide variety of performers -- from belly dance to acrobatics, comedy, live music, magic, and much more... all with a steampunk flavor.

RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest news. Get your advance tickets here.







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.



Sunday, August 28, 2016

September Preview

September's here... time for Essence of Belly Dance, along with some other fun events!

Sunday, September 11

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

This month's Tribal Cafe features Tarabiya Music & Dance, led by Jaki Hawthorne. Word is they'll be reprising the beautiful piece with which they opened the 2014 TribalCon show! Souther Trance Tribal will also be making their Tribal Cafe debut. The atmosphere at Babylon Cafe is casual and intimate, and the food is delicious, made from scratch with fresh ingredients. Check out the menu here.

Visit the  Facebook event for more info, and join the Tribal Cafe Community page to keep up with all the news about this monthly event, brought to you by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta.

Tarabiya Music & Dance

September 15-18

Essence of Belly Dance 6
Workshops, Gala, Fashion Show & Competition 

Twelve Atlantic Station Hotel, 361 17th St NW

Ranya Renee
Faaridah of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance and Team Essence bring us Essence of Belly Dance, a unique weekend featuring instructors and performances from many facets of the raqs world. This year's event includes no fewer than four shows, a competition, a fashion show, and of course a myriad of workshops. Instructors include:

  • Madame Raqia Hassan
  • Issam Houshan
  • Amy Sigil, founder of Unmata
  • Sorraiah Zayed
  • Ranya Renee
  • Sylvia Salamanca
  • Ebony Qualls
  • ...and last but certainly not least, Atlanta's own Aziza Nawal!

There will be lots of opportunities to see these and many other dancers perform, including:
  • Thursday night at 8:00: competition preliminary at Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
  • Friday night at 7:30: competition finals and all-star gala at the Twelve Atlantic Station hotel 
  • Saturday night at 7:30: all-star gala and fashion show at Twelve
  • Sunday night at 7:30: farewell celebration and hafla at Nicola's
Visit the Essence web site for lots more information about instructors, classes, competition, and shows. RSVP to the Facebook event for all the latest news.


Sonali Mishra
Photo: John Merrell/Mardala Media 

September 23-25

Odissi Dance Workshop & Performance with Sonali Mishra

Core Dance Studio, 133 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Lots of belly dancers are falling in love with traditional forms of Indian dance and incorporating classical Indian movements into their fusion performances. This September, Erin Roark brings us an afternoon and evening with Odissi dance master Sonali Mishra. To learn more and register, visit the web site.

Workshop 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Performance 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.



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.



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

August Preview

August will be a pretty quiet month in the metro Atlanta belly dance community. Set aside some time to support your favorite local studios, teachers, performers, and restaurant owners!

Saturday, August 6

Open House at Global Dance


2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
2300 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 309, Roswell, GA
Free

Check out the new class schedule, meet the instructors, and even do a little dancing at the new Global Dance studio in Roswell. Click here for more details.

Sunday, August 7

Mahsati of Athens
Photo by Kismet Photography

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

Tribal Cafe is a kind of a hidden gem, a midday event on the first Sunday of each month. This month's Tribal Cafe features Mahsati of Athens (instructor at the Healing Arts Centre), Charlie (instructor at AFBD and member of Rafi'ah), and Mina (Dalloua Dance, Night at the Oasis events, and much more). The atmosphere at Babylon Cafe is casual and intimate, and the food is delicious, made from scratch with fresh ingredients. Check out the menu here.

Visit the  Facebook event for more info, and join the Tribal Cafe Community page to keep up with all the news about this monthly event, brought to you by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta.


Sunday, August 21

Atlanta's Got Talent: Summer Edition

6:00 p.m. (doors at 4:30; please arrive by 5:30 for dinner)
Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant, 1602 Lavista Road NE
$15 includes dinner (lamb shank $20)

Join Jenny Nichols and Faaridah of AFBD for the Summer Edition of "Atlanta's Got Talent" at Nicola's. If you haven't experienced a community show like this at Nicola's, you owe it to yourself to check it out! The food is tasty, everyone sits at communal tables and shares big bottles of wine, of course the performances are always awesome, and Nicola makes is his mission to ensure that everyone's having a great time. See the Facebook event for more details, or click here to get your tickets!


Sunday, August 28

"Remember Betty" Night at Nicola's
A Benefit for Team Betty Atlanta

Nicola's Lebanese Restaurant, 1602 Lavista Road NE
$30 includes entree & drink

If you've been to Nicola's, you've probably met longtime employee Heather Connor. She and her daughter Emily have been helping Nic keep all the guests happy for many years.

On August 28, Heather will be organizing an event at Nicola's to benefit Team Betty Atlanta, the local chapter of the Remember Betty Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to help minimize the financial burden associated with breast cancer for patients and survivors by providing direct financial support to them. Enjoy a night of food, fun, raffles, auctions, and of course dancing! Your $30.00 admission (with proceeds going to Team Betty Atlanta) will get you an entree and one adult beverage of your choice. Visit the Facebook event to learn more.


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.



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July Preview

Come on out and celebrate our fabulous local raqs community in July!

Sunday, July 10

Level 2 Certification Review Workshop

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points, 1394 McLendon Ave NE

Review the techniques and choreography required for Nazeem Allayl Level 2 certification in this workshop. Visit the web site for more information and to buy passes.

July 16-17

Amar Gamal

Amar Gamal Weekend Intensive

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B
Early Bird rates:
Workshops $45 each; $160 for full weekend

Study with Bellydance Superstars cast member Amar Gamal, known for her graceful, Latin-
influenced Egyptian style. Workshops include:

Saturday 7/16/16 ($45 each in advance)
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Dance Essentials: Strong Lines & Powerful Technique
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The Art of Veil Work: Technique and Combos

Sunday 7/17/16 ($80 in advance)
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Classical Egyptian Choreography

Visit the Facebook event for all the latest news. Click here for more information and to buy tickets,

Monday, July 18

Majda Anwar

Introduction to the Jamila Salimpour
Format with Majda Anwar

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, 2861 Henderson Mill Road
$25 in advance; $30 at the door

n this two-hour workshop, Majda will introduce combinations from the Jamila Salimpour format vocabulary, a primary influence for both American cabaret and tribal style belly dance. Majda is Suhaila Level 2 and Jamila Level 1 certified, and is pursuing her Jamila Level 2 certification this summer.

Visit the  Facebook event for more details, or click here to purchase your ticket.


Saturday, July 23

"Attack of the Belly Dancers"

7:00 p.m.
The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
General admission $20; VIP Package $30 (includes show ticket, T-shirt, and a show keepsake) 

Check out a variety of local and regional talent in this show. With a theme of celebrating the diversity of belly dance, event producer Sabia has assembled performers representing a wide variety of styles, including:

  • Amirah Bey
  • Chudney
  • James Flannery
  • Hasna
  • Hiptrance
  • Karma Karmelita
  • The Mad Hatter Dance Company   
  • Maiea
  • Lady Morrighan 
  • Jenny Nichols 
  • The Saturnalia Project

RSVP to the Facebook event or visit the Facebook page for the latest news, or go straight to the web site to purchase tickets.


Sunday, July 24

Level 2 Certification Test Exam

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points, 1394 McLendon Ave NE

Maddie with Fire Fans
Photo by Studio Jaki
Testing for Level 2 certification, including technique, sword balancing, and two choreographies. Visit the web site for more information and to buy passes.


Sunday, July 31

KILLER Fire Fans for Dancers and Performers Workshop with Maddie

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
"Kickass Fire Fans for Dancers & Performers" ($45)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Advanced Fire Fan Training & Combos for Pros" ($25)


Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B

Atlanta favorite Maddie shares the secrets of this sensational prop. Check out the Facebook event for more details and recommendations for purchasing and working with fire fans, or visit the web page to buy 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.



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

June Preview

Get out and support your local raqs community in June!

Alyssum Pohl
Photo by Kismet Photography

Sunday, June 5

Atlanta Tribal Cafe: June Edition

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

This month's Tribal Cafe features special guests Emerald Hips of Chattanooga, Alyssum Pohl of Washington, DC, and the debut of the students from the Lotus SEEDs program. Enjoy delicious Iraqi food made from scratch with fresh ingredients while these ladies entertain you! Visit the Facebook event for more info, and join the Tribal Cafe Community page to keep up with all the news about this monthly event, brought to you by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta.

Level 1 Certification Review Workshop

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points
1394 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
$59 (several payment options and packages available)

Prepare for Level 1 certification with this workshop, where you can learn the certification choreographies and brush up on the technique required. Visit the web site to learn more and buy your pass.

Jules Downum
Photo by Kismet Photography

June 8-12

Jules Downum Artist in Residence at Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta 

Classes at 7:30 and 8:30 Wednesday; 7:00 and 8:00 Thursday
Workshops Friday 6:30-9:30; Saturday 10:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 6:00
2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341


Chattanooga's Jules Downum will take over the Wednesday and Thursday classes, as well as teaching workshops on Friday and Saturday. She'll also be performing in the show at Smith's on Sunday. Jules is co-owner and director of Zanzibar Studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has been a principal dancer and choreographic collaborator in Dandasha Dance Company and Urban Tribal Dance Company, and has collaborated with many of today's tribal fusion stars. Visit the Facebook event for all the latest news. Click here for tickets to workshops or to pre-pay for drop-in classes.

Saturday, June 11

Kairo Karaoke Dance Party (Women only)

Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points
1394 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Free

Enjoy a casual hafla and an opportunity to practice your choreographies at Nazeem Allayl's Candler Park studio. Visit the web site for more details.


Sunday, June 12

Awalim Annual Show at Smith's Olde Bar

Ziah of Awalim
Photo by Kismet Photography
7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30)
Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324
$15 in advance; $20 at the door

Awalim Tribal Bellydance Company presents their annual show, featuring music from Black Sheep Ensemble and performances by company members as well as Jules Downum, Majda Anwar, and Lotus SEEDs. You can expect exciting new choreographies, lots of raucous live music, and a fun dance party with the band. Visit the Facebook event for more details; click here to get your advance tickets and save a little money!

June 13-17

Lotus SEEDs Camp - Summer Session (ages 13-18)

Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341
$280

Girls age 13-17 can dance, learn, grow, and make new friends at SEEDs camp. Visit the web site for more information and to register. RSVP to the Facebook group for all the latest news.

June 16-20

Princess Farhana in Atlanta!

Workshops Friday 8-10 p.m., Saturday 2-4 and 4:30-6:30, Sunday 10:00 - noon 
Show Saturday at 7:00 p.m. 
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
Workshops $50 each; show tickets $10
Princess Farhana
Photo by Durst Cunningham

Mina and Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance team up to bring the legendary Princess Farhana to Atlanta for a series of workshops and a gala show. The weekend will include:

  • Friday evening, 8-10 p.m. wine and cheese gathering and "I'm With the Brand: Marketing & Promotion for Performers" 
  • Saturday 2:00-4:00 "Ab-solutely Fabulous: All Abdominal Technique"
  • Saturday 4:30-6:30 "Beauty and Power! Isolations, Musicality, and Lyrical Interpretation"
  • Sunday 2:00-4:00 "Orient Noir: Volatile Combinations"
  • Sunday at 7:00 (doors at 6:30) -- gala show featuring Princess Farhana 
Check out the Facebook event for the latest details. Click here to get your advance passes.

June 20-24

Lotus Little SEEDs Camp - Summer Session (ages 8-12)

Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341
$280

Designed for girls 8-12, this week-long camp features dance, history, and exercises and games to encourage independence and confidence. Visit the web site for more information and to register. Check out the Facebook group for the latest news.

Sunday, June 26

Level 1 Certification Test 

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points 
1394 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
$94 (several payment options and packages available)

Qualify for Level 1 Nazeem Allayl certification. Visit the web site to learn more and buy your pass.

Belly Dance Swap & Shop

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
Free; $19.99 to vend

Before the Purple Hafla, do some shopping! Check out the Facebook event for more details.

The Purple Hafla: A Belly Dance Tribute to Prince!

5:30 p.m. (doors at 5:00)
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
Tickets start at $5

Join lots of your favorite local and regional performers as they honor the music and memory of the Purple One. Check out the Facebook event for more information and ticket link.


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.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

May Preview

Get ready for the lusty month of May in the metro Atlanta raqs community! Get out there and support the performers, instructors, and event producers who are working hard to bring us these great events.

Sunday, May 1

Atlanta Tribal Cafe: May Edition

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

Tribal Cafe celebrates its sixth month with special guests Claire Dima of Asheville, NC and local Indian fusion troupe Moksha, as well as your hosts Awalim Dance Company. Enjoy delicious Iraqi food made from scratch with fresh ingredients while these ladies entertain you! Visit the Facebook event for more info, and join the Tribal Cafe Community page to keep up with all the news about this monthly event, brought to you by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta.

"All About Abs" Choreography Workshop

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Little Five Points Studio
$35 in advance/$40 at the door

Improve your abdominal isolation moves while learning a drum solo choreography at this workshop with Schadia. Visit the web page for more information and to buy advance passes.

Atlanta SEEDs East to West Annual Fundraiser

Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road Suite 179, Roswell, GA 30076
Adults $20/kids $10

Atlanta SEEDs Perform at TribalCon 2016
Photo by Kismet Photography
Global Dance presents its annual SEEDs fundraiser, supporting their programs for girls. See lots of local talent in three performances throughout the weekend. Click here to get your advance tickets.

If you want to make a significant contribution to the Atlanta SEEDs, you can purchase raffle tickets for $100 (tax-deductible) and be entered in a drawing to win five nights at the St. Regis Punta Mita or the St. Regis Deer Valley, plus airfare.

"Makeup & Mimosas: Smokey Eye" with Karmelita

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015-B Collier Road Atlanta, GA 30318
$20

Local raqs star Karmelita has become known not just for her amazing skills as a performer, but also for her makeup technique.  Learn her secrets for creating a classic eye look while enjoying an adult beverage at  this workshop. Click here to get your advance tickets.

Tuesday, May 3

"Rak the 40 Watt" (Athens)

7:30 p.m.
Whitney & Samira of Athens
Photo by Studio Jaki Photography
40 Watt Club, 285 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601 
$5 in advance, $8 at the door

The Athens belly dance community gathers a few times a year at this legendary music venue. Enjoy performances by the troupes of the Healing Arts Center, Inti'sam, Harraka Thar, and Zuhairah, performers from of the Ramsey Center at UGA, Athens troupe Qamar, students from Barefoot dance, the Southeastern Salimpour Collective, and more. Visit the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday, May 8

Mother-Daughter Dance Workshop & Open House

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Little Five Points Studio
$10 adults/kids free

Get great deals on merchandise, adorn yourself with some henna, and enjoy a special workshop for moms and kids. Visit the web page for more information.

Saturday, May 14

Shimmy Mob

Various times and locations

Join dozens of local belly dancers as they celebrate World Dance Day and raise money for organizations helping women and children with belly dance flash mobs all over metro Atlanta!

Atlanta Shimmy Mob: Nazeem Allayl
OTP Shimmy Mob: Global Dance
Athens Shimmy Mob: Qamar

Colleena Shakti

May 20-22

AFBD 7th Anniversary Weekend & Colleena Shakti Intensive

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015-B Collier Road Atlanta, GA 30318

AFBD celebrates its seventh anniversary with a (sold out) Indian fusion dance intensive with Colleena Shakti, culminating in a show Sunday night at Seven Stages Theater.

Sunday, May 22

"Desert Dreams" Choreography Workshop

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Nazeeem Allayl Little Five Points Studio
$39 in advance/$45 at the door

Learn a variety of classic belly dance movements in this choreography workshop with Schadia. Visit the web page to learn more.


AFBD 7th Anniversary Show with Colleena Shakti

5:30 p.m. (doors at 5:00)
7 Stages Theater, 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Various Ticket Prices & Options

Don't miss performances by local and regional talent, as well as Indian dance master Colleena Shakti, at 7 Stages Theater in Little Five Points. RSVP to the Facebook event for more information. Click here for tickets.

Saturday, May 28

Global Dance Beanbag Bohemia & End of Year Party

8:00 p.m.
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road Suite 179, Roswell, GA 30076

Save the date for the latest in Global Dance's community haflas. RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest news.


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.



Sunday, March 27, 2016

April Preview

Get ready for a busy April in the metro Atlanta belly dance community!

Saturday, April 2

A Day of Indian Dance: Workshops & Show (Athens)

10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Barefoot Dance Studio, 2361 W Broad St, Athens, Georgia 30606 
One workshop: $35 pre-registered/$45 at the door
Both workshops: $60 pre-registered/$70 at the door

Indian dance is hot in 2016, with several local dancers back from an extended tour of Rajasthan, upcoming workshops with Colleena Shakti, and more. Athens gets in on the action with workshops and a hafla featuring contemporary and traditional Indian dance styles. The schedule includes:
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bollywood with Zaina of Atlanta 
  • 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Kathak with Maria of Atlanta
  • 5:30 p.m. Hafla featuring Zaina, Maria, Omega, Barefoot Students, and other local dancers! 
Visit the Facebook event to learn more. Click here to get advance tickets and learn about the instructors and what they'll be teaching.


Sunday, April 3

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
$8 in advance; $10 at the door (dancers will also appreciate your tips!)

This monthly event has gained a lot of momentum! Babylon Cafe is a lovely environment for enjoying a delicious lunch and some great local talent.

This month's event features sets from Lacy Perry and Northside Tribe, Awalim Dance Company, and (shameless plug) local duo Dames of Chance, most often seen performing with Black Sheep Ensemble but branching out in their first independent performance!

Click here to get advance tickets, and check out the Tribal Cafe community group on Facebook for the latest news.


Saturday, April 9 

"Fools Rush In" Oasis

8:00 p.m.
Avondale Towne Cinema, 106 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
$10; free for kids 12 and under

Avondale Towne Cinema has been renovated and reopened as a performance space with a full bar, and local artist Mina will present the first Oasis event of 2016 in this brand new venue! Come out and enjoy lots of local and regional talent in one of metro Atlanta's most charming neighborhoods. Check out the Facebook event for more details. Get your advance tickets here.

Friday, April 15


Global Dance New Studio Open House & Show

6:30 – 9:00 p.m. 
2300 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 309, Roswell, GA
Free

Global Dance has moved to a brand-new space in Roswell. Join Zaia and Liezel as they host an open house party and show to celebrate their new home. RSVP to the Facebook event to learn more.

Spring Oriental Series Workshop with Surimay

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318 
$40

Join rising star Surimay in her first U.S. workshop! This Venezuelan native will teach a choreography in her signature "Surimay Style" as the final workshop in AFBD's Spring Oriental Series. Click here to learn more and get your advance pass!

April 18-24

Maddie in a Costume by Eshta Amar
Photo by Wesley Channell

Belly Dance Fashion Week

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318 
All workshops $25 in advance

Local performer and event producer Maddie and Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance bring us a unique new event -- Belly Dance Fashion Week. Each night, local instructors will offer instruction and conversations about dance and costuming, all leading up to a weekend of workshops and performances featuring Cassandra Fox and Eshta Amar.

The schedule includes:
  • Monday 4/18, 7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Fashion on the Frontline (Babylon Café) 
  • Tuesday 4/19, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Latin Tribal Fusion with Heidi (AFBD) 
  • Wednesday 4/20, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Flamenco-Arabe Fusion with Diana (AFBD) 
  • Thursday 4/21, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Performance Skills with Aziza Nawal (AFBD) 
  • Friday 4/22, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Shimmies & Shiraz: A Sewing Soiree with Aya of Istanbul and Mehmet of Turkiye (AFBD)

Check out the Facebook event for more information. Click here for full descriptions of each mini-workshop and advance tickets!

April 22-24

Belly Dance Fashion Week's"Canada and Couture" Weekend
Cassandra Fox and Eshta Amar Workshops and Fashion Show Weekend hosted by Madeline & AFBD

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318 
Workshops $40 each in advance; full weekend pass $175 in advance

Maddie, AFBD, and Miss Belly Dance present a weekend with Canadian performer Cassandra Fox and costume designer/dancer Eshta Amar. Weekend events include:

Workshops with Cassandra Fox
  • Saturday 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Introduction to Caribbean Fusion 
  • Saturday 2:15 - 4:15 p.m. Caribbean Fusion Drum Solo Choreography (Intro to Caribbean fusion workshop required prior to taking this workshop) 
  • Sunday 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. "Shimmy while you Twerk" (learn Cassandra's signature booty moves!) 
Workshops with Eshta Amar
  • Saturday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. "Proportions & Embellishments for Every Body Type" Costuming Workshop 
  • Sunday 4/24/16 2:15 - 4:15 p.m. "Beautiful Pauses" Dance Workshop
Click here for full workshop details and advance tickets.

Sunday April 24

Belly Dance Fashion Week Showcase and Fashion Show

6:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318 
$15 ($16.37 total) in advance

Belly Dance Fashion Week closes with a gala show featuring local and regional talent, Cassandra Fox, and Eshta Amar -- plus the latest in raqs couture!  Click here to get your advance tickets.

April 29 - May 1

Atlanta S.E.E.Ds East to West Annual Fundraiser

Friday and Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinee 2:00 p.m.
2300 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 309, Roswell, GA
Adults $20; children 12 and under $10 

The very active S.E.E.D.s group headquartered at Global Dance presents three performances throughout the weekend to raise funds for continuing education and guidance for girls. Click here to purchase advance tickets. Visit the Facebook event for the latest news.

Atlanta S.E.E.D.s Perform at TribalCon






















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.



Sunday, February 28, 2016

March Preview

Sarah Hassan performs at Cafe Badia,
her own Tribal event in New York
March is coming in like a lion in the metro Atlanta belly dance community, with events happening all month. Get out and support our local performers and event producers!

Sunday, March 6

Atlanta Tribal Cafe: March Edition

12:00 p.m.
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324
$8 in advance; $10 at the door

This monthly event, designed to provide a restaurant performance opportunity for Tribal-style dancers, welcomes Jenny Nichols, Jendayi Bellydance, and Atlanta newcomer Sarah Hassan. Enjoy delicious Iraqi food made from scratch and be entertained by these talented performers in a casual, intimate atmosphere. Get your advance tickets here. RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest info. Or join the Facebook Tribal Cafe group to learn more about upcoming events and how you can perform!



Saturday, March 12

Saroya, Sarah, and the Seshambeh Dance Company Present an Evening of Music and Dance

Saroya
Photo by Kismet Photography
5:00 p.m. (show at 5:30)
Famous Pub (back room)
2947 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
$5 at the door

Enjoy performances by metro Atlanta bellydance stalwart Saroya, along with her troupe and special guests. Famous Pub offers plenty of free parking, food, and of course drinks. All ages are welcome. Visit the Facebook event for more information.


Sunday, March 13

Stage Makeup Workshop with Schadia

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Buckhead/Brookhaven Studio, 2664 Cove Circle, Atlanta GA 30319
$19 in advance; $25 at the door

Learn tips for making your face and hair look their best in various performance situations, including under stage lights. Click here to learn more about this workshop and to pre-register.


Atlanta's Got Talent: Spring Forward Edition

6:00 p.m.
Nicola's Restaurant, 1602 Lavista Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
$20 in advance; $25 at the door (cash only, please)
Ticket include Lebanese dinner; upgrade to Nicola's famous lamb shank for $5 more
Co-Hosts Faaridah & Jenny at Nicola's
Photo by Kismet Photography

Atlanta Fusion Bellydance and World Bellydance Alliance combine forces to bring a show featuring lots of local talent, plus Nicola himself! RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest details. Click here to get your tickets.


Sunday, March 20

Nazeem Allayl Studio Show

6:30 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl East Cobb Studio (Dance Tonight)
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE, Suite 3210, Marietta, GA 30067


Nazeem Allayl presents their semi-annual studio show, featuring diverse performances by instructors, troupes, and students. Visit the web site to learn more and get your tickets.

March 21-25

Lotus Little SEEDs Camp - Spring Break Session (ages 9-12)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, 2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341
$280 for the week-long session

This week-long event will give girls 9-12 a tour of the North African and Eastern countries, along with dance, movement, cultural education, discussion, and reflection... laying the foundation for healthy self-esteem and awareness of being a global citizen. Check out the schedule and register students at the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta web site.

Friday, March 25

Petite Jamilla
Photo by Denise J, Marino Photography

Oriental Spring Series w/Petite Jamilla

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, 1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318, United States
$40

Join former Bellydance Superstar Petite Jamilla for the second in AFBD's series of spring Oriental choreography workshops. She'll be teaching a "Funk-Loric" choreography, in the signature style of her late mother, Jamilla Rasa. Click here to get your 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 yallayall@comcast.net.



Sunday, January 24, 2016

February Preview

Most metro Atlanta belly dancers and raqs enthusiasts know that February is the month for TribalCon! This event will be moving to April in 2017, but for now, it's the centerpiece of a month that also includes two other shows and a workshop from a first-time visitor to the U.S.!

Majda Anwar

Sunday, February 7

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 first two installments of this monthly event have been near sell-outs! Come out this month to see performances by local favorite Majda Anwar, along with rising star Claire Voyant (accompanied by the Ghosts Project) and Awalim Dance Company.

Babylon Cafe serves fresh, tasty Iraqi food. RSVP to the Facebook event for the latest details. Click here to pre-order tickets. And if you're interested in performing in an upcoming Tribal Cafe, click here to submit your application!


February 18-21

TribalCon

Thursday night lecture 7:00 p.m. (anyone with a workshop or show ticket is welcome to attend)
Friday and Saturday classes 9:00 - 5:45; shows at 8:00 (buffet service at 7:00)
Sunday classes 9:00 - 5:45
Holiday Inn Atlanta-Perimeter/Dunwoody, 4386 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Show tickets $28 each or $48 for both; buffet dinner optional

Zoe Jakes & Carmine Guida at TribalCon 2013
Brace yourselves... TribalCon is coming! The Southeast's biggest tribal belly dance event, now in its
12th year, includes three full days of dance and music classes, a full lecture track, two shows featuring live music. and dance parties with the band Friday and Saturday nights. This year's dance and yoga instructors are Mira Betz, Zoe Jakes, Asharah, Moria Chappell, Deanna Freeman, and Jaia. Music teachers (and band members) include Al Cofrin, Carmine Guida, Denys Proteau, and Darbuka Dave. The lecture track includes Madame Onca, Ziah Ali, and Amanda Mahde, along with many of the dance and music teachers. Don't miss the opening lecture by noted belly dance scholar Asharah, "The Roots of American Belly Dance: A Moving History."

The Friday and Saturday night shows will both feature live music and a great selection of performers, Check out the lineups and pick the show you want to see... or just come to both! Both shows are followed by live music parties that have become legendary. Buffet dinners are available for both shows... buy a buffet and get some great Mediterranean food, along with early admission to the ballroom!

Get involved in the TribalCon conversation in the Tribal Con-Nect Facebook group. And remember [shameless plug]. TribalCon is brought to you by Ziah Ali and the Tribal Belly Dance Center of Atlanta!


Friday, February 26

Spring Oriental Series with Oscar Flores

Oscar Flores
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
$40

This spring, Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance presents a series of three Oriental workshops. The series kicks off with Argentina's  Oscar Flores, making his first visit to the U.S. Oscar will be teaching an Arabic Flamenco fusion choreography. Visit the AFBD web site to reserve your spot!


Saturday, February 27

Global Dance "Beanbag Bohemia - The Final Party!"

8:00 pm
Global Dance, 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, Georgia 30076 
Free

Join Global Dance as they celebrate the final event in their current studio space. Enjoy performances by Global Dance instructors and lots of local favorites. Visit the Facebook event for more information. 






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.