Saturday, June 24, 2017

July Preview

Get out and enjoy some of the events happening this July in the metro Atlanta raqs community!

Saturday, July 1

Drumming Workshop and Hafla with Carmine Guida

Workshop 4:00 PM ($50 in advance)
Hafla 7:00 PM ($10 at the door)
Global Dance Studio and Theatre
2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell, GA 30076

If you've been to the live music parties at TribalCon, you may have experienced the mad drumming and party-starting skills of Carmine Guida. He'll be in town for a drumming class as well as an informal jam and dance hafla at Global Dance. Bring something to eat and drink if you like and dance the night away with Carmine! Click here to buy advance passes for the 4:00 class.


Saturday, July 8

Hasna & Karma in the AOTBD 2016 finale! 

"Attack of the Belly Dancers"

7:00 PM (doors at 6:30)
The Art Place-Mt. View
3330 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066

$20 (VIP $30)

Now in its second year, "Attack of the Belly Dancers" is an original production that celebrates the diversity of belly dance. Produced by local dancer Sabia Nayeli, this event will feature local and regional Egyptian, Turkish, Fusion, Tribal, and Theatrical style performers.

Click here to get your tickets. Visit the Facebook event for the lineup and more details!


Saturday, July 15

"Once Upon a Time in Westeros: A Bard's Tale"

8:00 PM (doors 7:30)
Global Dance Studio and Theatre
2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell, GA 30076

If you haven't noticed, "geeky" bellydance is almost a genre of its own these days. Metro Atlanta's Northside Tribe and Canton, North Carolina's Browncoat Bellydance are troupes leading the way in creating performances based on their favorite movies, TV shows, and comic books. The latest example is coming to Global Dance in July, as Signal Entertainment and Spectacle & Mirth have teamed up to bring you a theatrical dance and performance arts tribute to "Game of Thrones." RSVP to the Facebook event for more details.  Click here to buy advance passes.


Sunday, July 26

Majda at TribalCon 2017

Summer Mini-Shops with Majda: "Smothered and Covered"

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sukha Artist Development Studios
3041 North Decatur Rd., Scottdale, GA 30079
$50 

Majda's series of summer workshops concludes with a class dedicated to juicy movement! Majda will teach combinations that in classical Arabic and fusion styles that all have one thing in common: so smothered and smooth you'd swear you were dipped in honey!

RSVP to the Facebook event for more details. Click here to buy tickets.


Sunday, July 23

Tribal Cafe

6:00 p.m.
Taverna Plaka, 2196 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
$8 in advance; $10 at the door (bring tips for the performers!)

Enjoy dinner and performances by local and regional Tribal style dancers and troupes! Join the Atlanta Tribal Cafe Community Facebook group for all the latest news about this monthly event.




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.



Monday, May 29, 2017

June Preview

Lots of great events happening this June in the metro Atlanta raqs community!

Sunday, June 4

Nazeem Allayl Review Workshop to Prepare for Level 1 Certification Test

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio
2664 Cover Circle NE
, Brookhaven, GA 30319
$49 in advance/$59 at the door

Review the skills and choreographies required for Nazeem Allayl Level 1 certification in this workshop with Schadia. Click here for more information and to buy passes.

June 10-11

Workshops with Jillina, Heather Aued, Sharon Kihara, and Issam Houshan 

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
Jillina
1015 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Saturday workshops $50; Sunday $65

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance brings us an opportunity to study with the artists behind Bellydance Evolution’s “FANTASM: Odyssey of Dreams.” Workshops include:
  • Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00  Jillina — “Fun with Formations”
  • Saturday 12:30 - 2:30  Heather Aued — “Back to Basics: Fundamental Belly Dance Technique and Combinations”
  • Saturday 3:00 - 5:00  Sharon Kihara — “Truth Telling: An Exploration of the Natural Communicative Nature of Gesture”
  • Sunday 10:00 - 12:00 Jillina & Issam — “Combination Exploration"
Check out the Facebook event for more details, or click here to buy passes to the workshops and/or Sunday night's performance.

Issam is also offering private lessons on Saturday for drummers. Email info@atlantafusionbellydance.com for more information or to schedule a session.


Sunday, June 11

Nazeem Allayl Level 1 Certification Test

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio
2664 Cover Circle NE
, Brookhaven, GA 30319
$49 in advance/$59 at the door

Testing for Nazeem Allayl Level 1 certification. Click here for more information and to buy passes.



Sharon Kihara

Belly Dance Evolution Presents “FANTASM: Odyssey of Dreams”

6:00 p.m.
Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech
349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, Georgia
Tickets $25, $30, $40

Don't miss this latest production from Bellydance Evolution, featuring Jillina, Heather Aued, and Sharon Kihara along with an international case of over 20 performers. Some of our local and regional favorites auditioned to participate and will be perfoming with the touring company, including metro Atlanta's Aziza Nawal, Heidi Hernandez, Magnolia, Faaridah, Babette Soleil, and Charlie Easton.

"FANTASM" brings to life the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor as told by Scheherazade in European versions of "One Thousand and One Nights" and features an original score by audiomachine’s head composer Paul Dinletir. If you saw the "Alice in Wonderland" production in 2014, you know that these shows feature amazing costumes, staging, music, and special effects... along with fabulous choreographies in many raqs styles!

RSVP to the Facebook event for more information. Click here to buy your tickets!



Sunday, June 18

Aya of Istanbul

"Ya Yeil Ya Leil -- Turkish Invasion"

6:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 
$10 at the door (includes wine and dessert)

Georgia Salimpour Collective presents another in a series of opportunities to dive deep into the cultural and artistic history of belly dance. This event will feature a lecture and performances focused on Turkish styles of belly dance (personal note: we just don't get enough of that around here!).

Local artist Aya of Istanbul, a native of Turkey (personal note: my original dance mama, yip!) will share her wealth of knowledge in Turkish dance, music, and culture. You'll also see that information brought to live in performances by Karma Karmelita, Yara Sultan of Savannah's Magic Carpet Dance Studio, and of course Aya herself.

Visit the Facebook event for the latest details and a link to purchase tickets. Hope to see you there!


Sunday, June 25

Majda

Summer Mini-Shops with Majda: "Musical Madness" (new location!)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sukha Artist Development Studios
3041 North Decatur Rd., Scottdale, GA 30079
$50 

Once again, Majda brings her considerable skills and knowledge to our community. You may or may not know that in addition to being a super-talented dancer, Majda is also a musician and an expert in classical, folkloric, and popular Arabic music. Learn about the elements of music such as meter, tempo, timbre, and dynamics and how you can apply them to your choreography and improvisation.

This is also a great opportunity to check out the new home of the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, Sukha Artist Development Studios! RSVP to the Facebook event for more details. Click here to buy tickets.


Project Safe Fundraiser Show (Athens)

2:00 p.m. 
Cafe Istanbul 4
430 East Clayton Street, Athens, Georgia 30601
$5 donation at the door

The Athens Shimmy Mob group continues its good work on behalf of Project Safe with an event at Cafe Istanbul 4 featuring local and regional performers. The very talented Elizebeth Tong will also be doing henna. Visit the Facebook event for more details!


Tribal Cafe (new location!)

6:00 p.m.
Taverna Plaka, 2196 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
$8 in advance; $10 at the door (bring tips for the performers!)

Tribal Cafe moves to its new home in the back room at Taverna Plaka. Enjoy dinner and performances by local and regional Tribal style dancers and troupes! Join the Atlanta Tribal Cafe Community Facebook group for all the latest news about this monthly event.




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, April 30, 2017

May Preview

Along with those darling buds, May brings a few fun events to the Atlanta raqs community! Learn, be entertained, and express your passion for belly dance by supporting these workshops and performances.

Sunday, May 7

Moksha
Photo: Kismet Photography

Costuming Workshop: "Fluffles"

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta 2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

What's a Fluffle? It's a fluffy, ruffly, versatile costume accessory that can be a vest, a shrug, a Ghawazee-style hip ruffle, and more. Learn to make one with Ziah! If you're new to sewing, you'll also learn some useful basic skills. See the Facebook event for materials and more details, or click here to buy your workshop pass. Limited to six participants, so act quickly!

Atlanta Tribal Cafe

6:00 p.m.
Sukha Artist Development Studios
3041 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30079
$8 pre-sale (no dinner); $10 at the door
Dinner from Nicola's plus show $20/pre-pay ONLY


This month's evening Tribal Cafe will feature performances from Indian dance troupe Moksha, Birmingham-based fusion artist Lauryn Gallagher of Ultra Hip Revue, and Atlanta's own Lotus SEEDs. This monthly event will be moving to Taverna Plaka in June.

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.



Saturday, May 13

Shimmy Mob/World Bellydance Day

Throughout the day at locations around metro Atlanta/Athens/Augusta
Free

Now in its seventh year, Shimmy Mob brings together belly dancers all over the world to learn and perform a choreography (fun fact: this year's choreography was created by former Atlanta star Gina) in "flash mob" style in their local communities. Proceeds benefit local charities devoted to supporting victims of domestic abuse.

This year's Georgia Shimmy Mob teams and performances include:

  • Athens (led by Rajni of Qamar; performances at Athens Farmers' Market, Civic Center, and UGA Arch, beginning at 10:00 a.m.)
  • Atlanta ITP (led by Nazeem Allayl; schedule and locations TBD)  
  • Atlanta OTP (led by Global Dance; schedule and locations TBD)
  • Augusta (performing at Market on the River at 10:00 a.m.)
  • Decatur (led by Beth Crompton; schedule and locations TBD)


Saroya
Photo: Pixie Vision

Zills and Thrills Workshop with Saroya

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Decatur City Dance, 102 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
$40

Atlanta favorite Saroya returns from her new home in Panama for a workshop featuring combinations accompanied by finger cymbals. This event is brought to us by the Decatur Shimmy Mob group, and all proceeds will be donated to an organization committed to ending domestic violence. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details, or click here to buy passes.

Grand Unified Shimmy Mob Gala

Global Dance Studio and Theatre
2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
$15

Join the Decatur and Atlanta OTP Shimmy Mob teams for a show featuring Saroya. Proceeds to benefit women and children who have been impacted by domestic violence. Visit the Facebook event for more info, or get your tickets here.


Sunday, May 14

Open House & Mother/Daughter Celebration Workshop

Open House/Sale 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Workshop 2:00 p.m.Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points
1394 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Workshop $10 for adults; kids free

Nazeem Allayl's annual Mother's Day event features a big sale on belly dance costumes, accessories, props, and more -- plus a kid-friendly dance class. Get more info here.


Sunday, May 21

Choreography Workshop "All Abs Drum Solo"

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points
1394 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
$29.99 Early Bird/$39.99 at the door

Learn a drum solo choreography features lots of abdominal movements. This is one of the choreographies required for Nazeem Allayl Level 1 certification. Get more info here.

Choreography Workshop "Desert Dream Dance"

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

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance presents a show featuring local and regional talent, AFBD instructors and students, and fusion star Michelle Sorensen. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details!


Majda
Photo: The Dancer's Eye

Summer Mini-Shops with Majda: "Shimmy Stamina"

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta
2861 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341
$50 per workshop or $120 for series of three

This summer, Majda brings her considerable skills and knowledge to us in three workshops at the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta. In the first of these, "Shimmy Stamina," she'll teach drills that will help you develop and maintain a strong, even shimmy while adding layers and footwork.

The May workshop will be followed by "Musical Madness" on Sunday, June 25 and "Smothered and Covered" on Sunday, July 16. Check out the Facebook event for more details, or get your advance passes 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, March 26, 2017

April Preview

Spring has arrived in metro Atlanta, and with it comes one of our biggest events: TribalCon (now in April, not February, and in a new location near Emory). Get out and support these amazing events brought to you by the vibrant raqs communities of metro Atlanta and Athens!

April 6-9

TribalCon XIII

Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

April Rose
Photo: Rebecca Waldon
One of the Southeast's premiere events returns in a new home and a little later in the year! Brought to us by Ziah of Awalim and the Tribal Bellydance Center of Atlanta, this year's TribalCon once again features dance, music, and lectures, as well as gala shows and epic parties Friday and Saturday night with live music.

Instructors include:
  • Donna Mejia
  • April Rose
  • Wildcard Bellydance
  • Draconis
  • Karolina Lux
  • Doug Adamz (of Light Rain)
  • Kylie Hilali
  • Seido Salifoski
  • Denys Proteau
  • Al Cofrin
  • Madame Onça
  • Ziah
TribalCon kicks off Thursday night with a very timely keynote lecture from Donna Mejia, "Second Steps: Being an Ally, Moving Beyond Bystander Syndrome and Having Courageous Conversations." Classes and lectures are happening all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Friday and Saturday night shows feature a plethora of local, regional, and national talent, in addition to the instructors from the dance, music, and lecture tracks. Friday's show will be followed by a party with a funky prom theme (wear the best - or worst - prom dress you can find at the thrift store); Saturday's party will be all about SPARKLE (check this video for reference).

Join the Tribal Con-Nect Facebook group for lots of breaking news, including show lineups. Visit the TribalCon web site for class details and tickets.



Mahsati
Photo: Kismet Photography

Tuesday, April 25

Rak the 40 Watt Spring Show (Athens)

7:30 p.m. (doors 7:00)
40 Watt Club, 285 West Washington St., Athens, GA 30601
$5.00 in advance (buy tickets); $8.00 at the door

The twice-yearly showcases at the historic 40 Watt Club, produced by Mahsati and Samira, are always worth the drive from metro Atlanta (even on a school night)! You'll see performances by the leading lights of the Athens belly dance scene, as well as student performances that are always charming and special guests from other parts of north Georgia. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details.


April 29-30

Michele Sorensen Intensive

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$50-160 (buy tickets)

Fusion star Michele Sorensen comes to metro Atlanta for the first time in this event at Atlanta Fusion AFBD web site for more info, or check out the Facebook event.
Belly Dance. Michele will teach four fusion technique workshops and will be performing in the AFBD Spring Showcase Sunday night. Visit the


April 29

East to West 2017 - "Fall Into the Culture Beyond the Strait"(Atlanta SEEDs Fundraiser)

Global Dance Studio and Theatre
2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
Michele Sorensen
Photo: Laurie Orrock Photography
$20 adults; $10 kids 12 and under and seniors (buy tickets)

Join Global Dance for an evening of dance and music celebrating the Strait of Gibraltar region. This is a benefit for the ongoing Atlanta SEEDs program as Global Dance. This performance is the final outcome of the SEEDs and 3D mentoring programs, and the kids have been involved in every aspect of producing and performing in a show. Visit the Facebook event for more details.


Sunday, April 30

AFBD Spring Showcase Featuring Michelle Sorensen

7 Stages Theatre
1105 Euclid Avenue (Little Five Points), Atlanta, GA 30307

Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance presents a show featuring local and regional talent, AFBD instructors and students, and fusion star Michelle Sorensen. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details!





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, February 22, 2017

March Preview

March comes in like a lion with a visit from the legendary Karim Nagi, plus fabulous guest performers at Tribal Cafe and a great new opportunity to learn about classical Arabic music (while drinking wine and eating baklava). Get out and support your metro Atlanta raqs community!

Karim Nagi

March 3-5

Workshops & Hafla with Karim Nagi

Global Dance Studio and Theatre
2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Global dance brings Egyptian musician, dancer, and teacher Karim Nagi to metro Atlanta for a series of workshops and a hafla. Classes include:
  • Friday 7-9 p.m.: Cymbalism (Finger Cymbals with Movement)
  • Saturday 10-noon: Live Drum Solo for Dancers
  • Saturday 2-4 p.m.: Arab Folk Dance Intensive
  • Sunday 10-12: Musicality for Dancers
The hafla will be at 7:30 on Saturday at the Global Dance theater. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details. Click here to buy tickets.





Sunday, March 5

Alyssum Pohl
Photo: Studio Jaki Photography

Atlanta Tribal Cafe (Evening Edition)

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!) 

At this month's evening Tribal Cafe, you can enjoy performances from three riveting fusion artists: Alyssum Pohl, Teejei Brigham, and Sara Hassan.

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.






Beatrice Walker
Photo: Kismet Photography

Sunday, March 12

Ya Leil Ya Leil: A Night at the Cabaret

6:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$10 at the door

The Georgia Salimpour Collective brings us the first of several events focused on Arabic music and belly dance history. This event will focus on the kings and queens of Arabic music, including Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Um Kalthoum, Farid al-Atrache, and Abdel Halim Hafez.

The event will kick off with a brief lecture; after that, four of metro Atlanta's most talented performers -- Aziza Nawal, Samora, Diane Adams, and Beatrice Walker -- will bring this music to life. Wine and dessert will also be provided! Check out the Facebook event for more details.




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 29, 2017

February Preview

Dance and music have helped people get through difficult times for much of human history. Support our art form, learn about the cultures that inspire it, and dance your cares away at these awesome events happening in February!

Babette Soleil
Photo: Joe Hatchett

Saturday, February 4

Jazzy Belly Dance Fusion Workshop with Leyla & Babette Soleil

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$30 in advance/$40 at the door

Join Atlanta newcomers and mother-daughter teaching team Leyla and Babette Soleil for a fun, challenging workshop combining jazz and belly dance technique. RSVP to the Facebook event for more details. Click here to buy tickets.


Saturday, February 4

Ahmed Hussien Mejeance Choregraphy with Diana 

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$30 in advance/$40 at the door

Learn a fabulous Orientale entrance from Diane "Diana" Adams, fresh from a workshop with Egyptian master choreographer Ahmed Hussien. To register, send the $15 class fee via Paypal to companymezza10@gmail.com, specifying "Ahmed Hussien choreo class."


Sunday, February 12

Atlanta Tribal Cafe (Evening Edition)

5:00 p.m.
Babylon Cafe, 2257 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 
Lauryn
Photo: Kismet Photography
$8 in advance/$10 at the door (exact change appreciated, and bring tips for the dancers!) 

At this month's evening Tribal Cafe, you can enjoy performances from Chattanooga fusion artist Lauryn, along with local performers Northside Tribe and Heidi Herndandez.

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.




Gomlek Costuming Workshop (Rescheduled from January)

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. Only five slots available. Click here to buy passes.



Saturday, February 25

Flamenco-Arabe Seminar

Diane Adams
Photo: Studio Jaki
12:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance
1015 Collier Rd NW Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30318
$45 per session; full day pass and show ticket $100

Diane brings guest instructor and performer Najmah Nour for two workshops focused on fusing the
power and drama of Flamenco with belly dance. Sessions include:
  • 12:00 - 2:00 "Baile del Mundo" with Najmah Nour
  • 2:30 - 4:30 "Gypsy Flamenco" with Diana 
Check out the Facebook event for more details; click here to purchase passes.

Flamenco-Arabe Showcase

8:00 p.m.
Global Dance Studio and Theatre
2300 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
$15 (kids $5)

Enjoy performances by Najmah Nour and Diana, as well as local and regional talent. 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.