Sahara Dance

Workshops

We offer special workshops and master classes in addition to our regular instructional and performance classes. Workshops are selected to help students and experienced dancers alike broaden their dance training.

Upcoming Workshops

Belly Dance Cardio!

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Belly dance Cardio (90 minutes!)

Up and at ‘em! Get your blood moving and heart rate up with drills, conditioning exercises, and easy-to-follow choreographies in a dance cardio format similar to Zumba. We’ll utilizing movement inspiration from Egyptian and Lebanese bellydance, and folkloric dances. Let’s sweat, shimmy, and have fun! No bellydance experience required, just your playful spirit!


Leilah Moon is a professional belly dancer in the DC Metro area. Leilah’s nuanced style, luscious abdominal movements, and engaging smile are what audiences find most mesmerizing about her as a performer. Leilah Moon started her dance career at the age of 17 with Susquehanna University Bellydance Circle, studying further under various teachers in the Baltimore and DC area, including private instruction under Shahrzad Raqs. Leilah taught classes for several years at Rendezvous studio in Rockville, and is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program here at Sahara Dance. You can catch her performing regularly at venues throughout the DMV.

Date(s): Saturday, November 25

Time(s): 2:00-3:30 pm

Teacher(s): Leilah Moon

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $30

Introduction to Veil

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Learn introductory veil dancing technique, including placement, turns and wafting. Drawing from modern Egyptian-style entrances, dance elegant traveling combinations and perfect seamless veil transitions. Learn to recognize Middle Eastern rhythms common to entrances. A brief overview of the history of veil dance will be discussed.

Open to all levels with some belly dance experience recommended. Ideal for students wanting to learn or brush up on essential veil technique. Dancers will need a 3 yard veil (silk recommended); veils will be available for purchase at the studio.

Date(s): Saturday, Dec 2

Time(s): 2:00-4:00 pm

Teacher(s): Megan

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Datura Style Technique

Flissy

Datura Style belly dance, founded by Rachel Brice, includes stylistic influences from ATSĀ® and classic American Cabaret belly dance as well approach to conditioning from pilates and viniyoga. Datura Style refers both to a dance vocabulary and approach to technique that can be used for choreography and improvisation. In this workshop, you will learn posture and terminology for Datura Style arm, foot, and leg positions, as well as a technique study. Datura Style studies are “technique choreographies”, that, when practiced regularly, improve a dancers ability to execute movements with precision and ease. This workshop also includes some yoga-based conditioning to warm up and to compensate for dance.

All levels are welcome. Class is structured to be accessible to beginning dancers, offering modifications to challenge intermediate students.

Date(s): Saturday, Dec 9

Time(s): 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Teacher(s): Flissy

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Secrets of Stage Makeup

Shahrzad You have your sweet dance moves, choreography, costume, but what about the makeup?! Proper makeup puts the finishing touch on all of your hard work and enables you to shine on stage as the fabulous dancer you are.

Jessica will be sharing her personal makeup techniques for applying stage ready makeup all by yourself. Learn foundation do’s and don’ts, basic contouring and highlighting techniques, brow sculpting, eyeshadow 101, and finishing touches (including false lashes!)


Please bring your own make up and fake eyelashes.

Date(s): Sunday, Dec 10

Time(s): 12:00-2:00 pm

Teacher(s): Jessica Roman

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Sahara Spa presents: Holiday Self Care for Dancers

Lisa Johnson

Holiday Relaxation for Dancers: Massage Ball Stretch and Alignment

Come relax and stretch tense muscles during the holiday season! The objectives of this workshop are to demonstrate and teach the use of massage balls for achieving deep tissue massage, acupressure release and overall body flexibility. The focus will be on the neck, shoulders, spine and buttocks.

The outcome will be a rejuvenated body with improved range of motion for daily tasks, the restoration of athletic flexibility and a decreased propensity for injuries.

You will learn self-administered techniques for sustaining a healthy, flexible, and pain free body, so you can fully enjoy the holidays! Ideal to stretch and relax tense muscles for Winter Caravan performers.

    This workshop will include:
  • Circular warm up movements to promote flexibility based on therapeutic movement techniques
  • Stretching and strengthening of all regions of the body from the neck to the feet
  • Using massage balls of various sizes and firmness, in combination with movements to promote spinal flexibility and deep tissue release

Balls for the workshop will be provided and are available for purchase after the class. Please wear a tight fitted long sleeved top and bring a yoga mat.

Title: Holiday Relaxation for Dancers: Massage Ball Stretch and Alignment

Date: Sunday Dec. 17

Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Self Care and Nutrition for Dancers: Intro to Ayurveda

Learn fresh health supportive practices to stay vibrant, balanced, and relaxed during the busy holiday season so you can shimmy into the New Year feeling better than ever!

Ayurveda is a system of managing health that is tried and true, based on simple principles that honor innate physical make-up and personality traits. The ancient Indian “Science of Longevity” is a practical method of self-care which includes dietary and behavioral changes customized to you, your lifestyle, environment and time of year. You will learn ways to sleep, eat, move, breathe and even think in ways that best suit your needs. Class will be primarily lecture, with a quiz to determine your dosha (Ayurvedic type). Wear comfortable clothing and bring a notebook!

Title: Self Care and Nutrition for Dancers: Intro to Ayurveda

Date: Sunday Dec. 17

Time: 2:15-4:15pm

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Both Sahara Spa workshops: $60


Lisa is a certified Yoga Instructor registered at the E-RYT 500 level through the International Yoga Alliance with three decades of teaching experience. As a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she is passionate about health, enabling students to understand and experience their innate ability to bring themselves into balance on every level. Lisa credits her yogic understanding to extensive study with John Friend of Anusara Yoga, Alan Finger of ISHTA yoga, and tantric philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks among others. She holds certifications in Thai Yoga Massage and La-Ho Chi Energy Healing Bodywork as well.

World Touring Guest Artist: Shahrzad

Shahrzad

Fresh Cairo Combos with Shahrzad

Check out new movements and music straight from Egypt! In this workshop you will push your skills with challenging technique drills. Explore new ideas for your choreography and improvisation by sampling a number of unique combinations set to everything from classic Egyptian tunes to the newest hit shaabi songs. Come see the latest stuff Shahrzad has been cooking up in Cairo!

Friday: Fresh Cairo Combos with Shahrzad

Date: Friday Dec 22

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

Cost: $95

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Cancellation policy: Workshop registrations are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend, you may sell or transfer your registration to another person. Please send us notice of your registration transfer.

*Out-of-town workshop participants may be interested in these nearby hotels: Days Inn or Marriott Courtyard


Egyptian Belly Dance and Yoga Retreat with Mohamed Shahin

Egyptian Belly Dance and Yoga Retreat with Mohamed Shahin
Blue Spirit, Costa Rica
February 3-10, 2018

Mohamed Shahin

Sunshine, salty waves and daily dance classes with Mohamed Shahin ~ join us in Costa Rica for yoga & belly dance bliss!

* All-inclusive week-long retreat (room, meals, dance classes, yoga)
* Daily advanced Egyptian classes with Mohamed Shahin (3 hours each day)!
* Foundations/ Beginner technique classes with Rachel Kay Brookmire
* Daily yoga for alignment
* Wi-fi throughout the resort
* An epic swimmable beach with breathtaking sunsets * Incredible salt water infinity pool
* Bonfire on the beach!
* The adorable, small surf-town of Nosara within walking distance (or short taxi ride)
* Baby monkeys!
* Salsa dance lesson
* Reggae night (in town)
* Mindfulness for dancers
* Journal practice for creativity
* Closing hafla/ dance party
* Available excursions including horseback riding on the beach, zip-lining, jungle adventures, surfing, Howler Monkey sanctuary
* Summertime in February!>

See details and register here!
Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Costa Rica 2018

Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Blue Spirit, Costa Rica
February 10-17, 2018

Rachel Brice

Put the world on pause to immerse yourself in an intensive yoga and dance retreat designed to rejuvenate your love for belly dance.

This retreat is suitable for all levels, with individual attention to modify movements for beginners and/or challenge advanced dancers. A basic foundation in belly dance and/or yoga is strongly suggested.

See details and register here!
World Touring Guest Artist: Mohamed Shahin

Mohamed Shahin

Saturday: Modern Egyptian Oriental

Brand new material! Choreography not taught in NYC or Miami. New, just for you!
Workshop includes a 30-minute break.


Sunday: Baladi

Learn and practice this earthy and sensual folk-style Egyptian dance.

Modern Egyptian Oriental

Date: Saturday March 3, 2017

Time: 2:00-5:30 pm

Cost: Early bird pricing: $115 before Dec. 1, $125 after Dec. 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Baladi

Date: Sunday March 4, 2017

Time: 12:00-3:30 pm

Cost: Early bird pricing: $115 before Dec. 1, $125 after Dec. 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


 

Package Pricing: Saturday & Sunday: $220 before Dec. 1, $235 after Dec. 1


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Cancellation policy: Master Class registrations are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend, you may sell or transfer your registration to another person. Please send us notice of your registration transfer.

*Out-of-town workshop participants may be interested in these nearby hotels: Days Inn or Marriott Courtyard

World Touring Guest Artist: Rachel Brice

Rachel Brice, Photo by Clint MarienPhoto by Clint Marien

Twitch

Friday 6:30-9:30pm

Contrasting fluid technique with quick isolations + musicality = WHOA.

In this workshop we’ll learn how to develop the contrasting qualities of fluid and percussive. We’ll experience two different types of practice: One to build both flexibility and control for slow movements, and one for speed for clean hip-work and locks.

This 3 hour workshop has two segments of 90 minutes each:

Part One: We’ll learn learn how to gain speed and clarity for locks, hip-work, and several shimmies through a carefully constructed practice sequence.

Part Two: We’ll learn phrases that integrate both slow and fast movements, and serves up a heavy dose of musical interpretation. You can use these combos for practice or performance.

Please be warmed up for this class. Bring water.

Title: Twitch

Date: Friday May 11

Time: 6:30-9:30pm

Cost: $95 through Jan 1/ $110 after Jan 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Tricky-Gooey-Shimmy: Guiding Principles of Datura Style

Saturday 2:00-6:00pm

Combine American Cabaret and Fusion styles of belly dance with a heady dose of rhythmic trickery, contrast, and dramatic quality changes. Chill. Lay these on a bed of rib cage circles, seemingly boneless arm work, and huge, relaxed hips for a double-layered-triple-threat. Serve hot.

You learn them, they’re yours. Use these combinations in your next choreography or integrate these Datura Style combos into your improvisational vocabulary.

Experience with belly dance recommended, these will be complex. Brush up on your spins and isolations for this one, bring a towel and water bottle.

Title: Tricky-Gooey-Shimmy: Guiding Principles of Datura Style

Date: Saturday May 12

Time: 2:00-6:00pm

Cost: $125 through Jan 1/ $140 after Jan 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Past, Present, Future: Arabic Rhythms in Electronic Music

Sunday 12:00-4:00pm

Western popular music is catching on to the power of Arabic Rhythms in a big way. In this class you’ll learn versatile combos that would work as well with a classic belly dance set or a festival stage to electronic music.

Please bring a yoga mat, water, and a way to record after class if you want to film yourself.

Title: Past, Present, Future: Arabic Rhythms in Electronic Music

Date: Sunday May 13

Time: 12:00-4:00pm

Cost: $125 through Jan 1/ $140 after Jan 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $330 through Jan 1 / $375 after Jan 1





Cancellation policy: Master Class registrations are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend, you may sell or transfer your registration to another person. Please send us notice of your registration transfer.

Waiting list: If you didn’t get a spot, please post your interest in the Master Class with Rachel Brice Facebook Event. If someone is no longer able to attend, they will post/sell the available spot(s) there.

*Out-of-town workshop participants may be interested in these nearby hotels: Days Inn or Marriott Courtyard

Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Thailand 2018

Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand
September 15-22, 2018

Rachel Brice

Experience the island beauty of Koh Samui, while studying with a founder of tribal fusion belly dance, the one and only Rachel Brice.

This retreat is suitable for all levels, with individual attention to modify movements for beginners and/or challenge advanced dancers. A basic foundation in belly dance and/or yoga is strongly suggested.

See details and register here!

Private Lessons

For private lessons, workshops or parties, contact us.

Sahara Dance also offers other Special Topic and Brush-up Series Workshops. Find out more about our other upcoming workshops…