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