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
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 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


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

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