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.

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