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

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 

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 CafĂ©) 
  • 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