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 Indian Fusion

Cane

Known for its sensual beauty and graceful, flowy movement, Odissi (a form of classical Indian dance from the state of Orissa) is often described as the representation of water in the body.

Drawing from the rich languages of traditional Indian dance styles including Odissi and as well as more contemporary Bollywood-inspired aesthetics, this class combines the traditional with the modern to explore fusion of Indian dance with Egyptian-style cabaret belly dance.

Beginning with light yoga and stretching, practice formation of the hands, arms, and back as well as basic footwork. Learn short choreographies exploring bollywood-belly dance fusion with an infusion of classical mudras.

Prerequisite: Previous dance experience recommended.

Date(s): Saturday, October 28

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

Teacher(s): Lana

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

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: Sunday Oct 29

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Cost: Early bird rate $85 (until October 1) $95 (after October 1)

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


Workshops with Twila

Twila

Be the Drum

This class is all about the pop, the lock, and the percussiveness of the body in relation to the drum and other percussive noises! In bellydance, there is nothing quite as impressive as the drum solo, and the isolated goodness that comes with illustrating those bangin’ sounds. Twila will walk you through what it means to be the drum, how to match moves with sounds, and how to safely maximize your isolation and shimmy super powers. Select combos will be drilled!

Saturday: Be the Drum

Date: Nov 4

Time: 2:00-3:30pm

Cost: $40

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Level Up! Stack’em-up Combos Done Right

Multileveled, and multi-layered, this class will take you on an express train back to the kitchen for a lesson in stacking up your layers high and tight. Starting with the toes, and ending at your crown, we will break down isolations and drill Twila’s favorite moves on top of one another, creating visually appealing deliciousness while remaining safe! Recommended for Advanced Beginner and up.

Saturday: Level Up! Stack’em-up Combos Done Right

Date: Nov 4

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Cost: $40

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Twila Jane (formerly Khalima!) is a multifaceted artist who has walked a long creative road, and become part of many stories. Forest-raised and city-swathed, her creative beginnings flourished with paintbrushes, secret imaginings, gardens, playing music, writing stories, and exploring adornment, later expanding to photography, experiments in body modification, and dance.

These days, Twila dances everywhere, and owns and directs Electric Nomad Dance (formerly Illumination Dance), now in its seventh year of operation in Richmond VA. Twila also dances, sings, and plays music with her accordionist sidekick Barry Bless in their collaboration “Professor and Madwoman” and the Happy Lucky Combo; she tours nationally teaching bellydance and performing, and creates wildly theatrical dances and shows in Richmond and elsewhere. Twila’s dance training began in Egyptian Raqs Sharqi, and has evolved and fused over the years into Electric Nomad Dance, her ever-transforming style of performance and dance. Twila’s recent dance obsessions and studies have been in Turkish Orientale and Romani styles, and Unmata ITS, which she has recently completed teacher training in and plans to start teaching very soon! Visit Electric Nomad and Twila Jane Dance.

Tea Time Lecture: Egyptian Dance in the Victorian Era

Cane The 19th century was a dynamic time for the development of what we now call belly dance, but it was also a period when several persistent myths about the dance originated. We’ll separate truth from fiction to learn about the women (and men) who were the ancestors of the dance, and how we follow in their footsteps. This workshop will be mainly lecture; we’ll have tea and settle in for good conversation and learning. Dress comfortably for sitting and bring a notebook.

Prerequisite: Previous dance experience recommended.

Date(s): Sunday, November 5, 2017

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

Teacher(s): Gretchen

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $10

Madonna and Janet Belly Dance Fusion!

Brianne
Join Brianne for an afternoon of belly dance combos set to music from the Madonna and Janet Jackson!
Play with moves from technique classes in fun practice combos! Meet fellow dancers, try out belly dance to pop music and have some fun!
All levels are welcome! Adjustments or challenging layers will be added to accomodate all dancers.

Date(s): Saturday, November 11

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

Teacher(s): Brianne

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Reda Combinations and Choreography

Jen

Building on the Reda Rhythms and Technique workshop, spend the afternoon learning classic combinations put together in a Reda-style choreography. An Egyptian pioneer of dance theater and co-founder of the Reda Troupe, Mahmoud Reda and his principle dancers, created a genre of dance that embraced many styles throughout the region. As a soloist, choreographer and director of hundreds of productions from the Golden Era of Belly Dance and Egyptian Cinema, Mahmoud Reda is universally acclaimed for his dance style and appeal. His technique and choreographies have had a tremendous artistic, social, and cultural impact on Egypt, and has helped to inspire and shape the art form of belly dance as we know it today!

This workshop will focus on technique, drills, and various approaches to combinations that build a choreographic tapestry.

Low Intermediate/Intermediate or above is recommended. Participation in the Reda Rhythms and Technique workshop is recommended, but is not required.

Date(s): Saturday, November 18

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

Teacher(s): Jennifer

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

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: $20

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 Belly Dance!

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

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: TBD

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

TBD

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

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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.


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.


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.

Friday: Twitch

Date: May 11

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

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

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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

Date: May 12

Time: 2:00-6:00 pm

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

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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

Date: May 13

Time: 12:00-4:00 pm

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

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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

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…