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

Sahara Spa Presents: Summer Solstice Staycation

Cane

“You have no need to travel anywhere - journey within yourself. Enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light.” -Rumi

Welcome the Summer Solstice by taking a journey within the splendor of your own light. Gift yourself with a staycation and experience the power of pause and reflection. A time to sit, stay, and relax into your true nature. In this workshop, you will be led to connect with your breath, body, and heart with curiosity, openness, and acceptance through deep relaxation techniques, guided meditation, self-inquiry, discussion, and sharing.

No prior experience necessary. Chairs, cushions, blankets, and other props will be provided. We suggest that whenever possible you wear or bring comfortable, loose fitting clothing.

Linda Naini is a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and Mindfulness Based Life Coach through the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is an affiliate teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (imcw.org), has participated in the 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training at Flow Yoga Center, is Level I iRest certified, a certified .b mindfulness teacher and the founder of Rooted In Bliss, where she offers private coaching, mindfulness, Reiki, and yoga sessions. Linda’s workshops create a safe space for you to pause and “be” in world that is constantly asking you to “do”.

Date(s): Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

Teacher(s): Linda

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $30

** on-site registration available **
Drum Solo Choreography for Beginners

Laura Drum solos are one of the most dynamic and fun parts of a belly dancer’s routine, allowing the dancer to showcase her skill, control, and energy.

Laura will be teaching isolation and shimmy technique, combinations, and short choreography to some new and exciting drum solos!

This workshop is suitable for all levels, Beginner to Advanced!

Date(s): Saturday, July 1

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

Teacher(s): Laura

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

All-Level Shimmies!

ShimmiesAn afternoon of coin-jingling, fringe-flying fun!

Add a hip shake to your step by learning a great new move for the dance floor, or just review this distinctive belly dance technique. Guaranteed to be a great workout.

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

Date(s): Saturday, July 8

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

Teacher(s): Randa

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Datura Style Belly Dance!

Flissy

Datura Style belly dance, founded by Rachel Brice, includes stylistic influences from ATS® 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, July 15

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

Teacher(s): Flissy

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Class with Sahra Saeeda

Sahra Saeeda

Friday, 6:30-9:30 pm: Baladi Awad & Tet Baladi

“Baladi” is one of those words that mean so many things; it literally means “my country” but to Egyptian-style dancers it can refer to a specific progression of musical sections. In Cairo “Baladi” is particularly used for dancing and associated with Awalim (the professional dancers) from the famous “Mohamed Ali Street” in Old Cairo. Sahra will first present the cultural history of the Awalem, Mohamed Ali street and of the possible roots of “Baladi” progression. Then we will learn the classic structure of the musical/rhythmic sections in the two basic types Baladi; “Awadi Baladi” and “Tet Baladi” - and learn steps and movement for each section.

Baladi Awad & Tet Baladi
Date: July 21
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Cost: $85
Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


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

Parking: Street parking is available in the neighborhoods around the studio:
Fort Drive, Alton Place or Yuma Street (behind St. Ann’s Academy)
Please check parking signs for hour or zone restrictions

Journey Through Egypt Intensive / Certification
with Sahra Saeeda

Journey through Egypt, with Sahra Saeeda

Sahara Dance is pleased to host Sahra Saeeda’s Journey through Egypt Workshop Intensive / Certification Series!

Journey through Egypt (JtE) is a structured series of intensive workshops, providing an in-depth look at the various dance zones of Egypt. Each “Intensive” views Egypt’s Folkloric dance from a different perspective.

JtE-1 and JtE-2 are held in studios, classrooms and reception halls worldwide.

JtE-1 (Intensive/Certification 22-hr Workshop)

Draws upon films, lecture, study materials, map, and dance instruction. JtE-1 introduces the students to the wide variety of dance styles in Egypt with an overview of movement, costume, historical diffusion, and geographical location.

JtE-2 (Intensive/Certification 22-hr Workshop)

Provides an advanced overview, including the basis for future research, student specialization, dance ethnology concepts. Students investigate the dance differences between “home-style,” local professional dance, regional government troupes, Cairo-based Reda and Kowmeyya national troupes, and folkloric representation in night club shows.

Learn about the Dance of Egypt from a deeper perspective.
If you are not just a tourist, if you are hungry to understand,
if you don’t want to simply learn another choreography,
this may be the start of your journey.

Using dance ethnology concepts and a multi-media/experiential approach, Sahra C. Kent presents each region’s story of culture and dance, historical diffusion, costume and dress, posture and movement.

All intensives include a certificate upon completion. Certification is awarded to only those who complete all 22 hours of each course (44 hours total).

Saturday July 22 & Sunday July 23, 2017 - JtE I (22 hours)
Monday July 24 & Tuesday July 25, 2017 - JtE II (22 hours)

Journey through Egypt I

Dates: July 22& 23

Times: July 22: 12:00pm-10:00 pm
July 23: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Cost: $475

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Journey through Egypt II

Dates: July 24 & 25

Times: July 24: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
July 25: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Cost: $475

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Journey through Egypt I & II: $900

Cancellation policy: Journey through Egypt Certification 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

Parking: Street parking is available in the neighborhoods around the studio:
Fort Drive, Alton Place or Yuma Street (behind St. Ann’s Academy)
Please check parking signs for hour or zone restrictions

Persian Dance Master Class with Shahrzad Khorsandi

Khorsandi

While learning a beautiful combination, we will focus on Persian dance technique, exploring:

-the elegant bodyline which reflects the rich and refined aesthetics of Persian culture,

-smooth, organic transitions within movement patterns, and other integral elements of Persian dance

-the embodiment of dynamic nuances in Persian music

This class is ideal for dancers who wish to strengthen their musicality and dynamic expression within the parameters of Persian dance technique. All levels welcome.

Date(s): Friday, July 28

Time(s): 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Teacher(s): Shahrzad Khorsandi

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $40

Oriental Turns and Traveling Steps

Megan

Add dynamism to your dance with spins, turns and floor patterns. Learn combinations of traveling steps and turns most frequently used in belly dance. Specific attention will be given to spotting, turn technique and oriental belly dance stylization.

This workshop is recommended for students transitioning from Beginner II to Low Intermediate.

Date(s): Saturday, July 29

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

Teacher(s): Megan

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Yoga for Belly Dancers

Flissy

This workshop will feature a complete practice specifically for belly dancers. Yoga is of particular benefit for belly dancers for improving articulation of the spine for movements like undulations, and also for compensation for the wear and tear on low back and hips. In this workshop we’ll use Viniyoga approach to asana, which is a gentle practice that focuses on directing movement through the breath. Learn how simple breathing techniques and meditation practices can improve your focus for performance and improvisation.

Suitable for all levels!

Date(s): Saturday, August 5

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

Teacher(s): Flissy

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

90s Summer-fun Belly Dance Fusion!

Brianne
Join Brianne for an afternoon of belly dance combos set to music from the 90s.
Play with moves from technique classes in fun practice combos! Meet fellow dancers, try out belly dance to 90s music and have some fun!
All levels are welcome! Adjustments or challenging layers will be added to accomodate all dancers.

Date(s): Saturday, August 12

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

Teacher(s): Brianne

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Bodacious Drum Solo Choreography

Leilah=

Explore combinations of powerful shimmies, core isolations, and bodacious hip work in this original choreography to a Sayed Balaha drum solo. Leilah will break down the technique and movements step-by-step so you can bring home this signature choreography for fun or to add to your show routine. All levels welcome if you’re up for the challenge. ​


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, August 19

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

Teacher(s): Leilah Moon

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Save the Date: Master Classes with Donna Mejia

Donna Mejia

Donna Mejia is a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder (transnational fusion, and dances of the African/Arabian traditions). She is also affiliate faculty for Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies.

Donna has served as residence artist for 18 universities, headlined over 100 festivals since 2012, and received the Fulbright Association’s 2011 S.J.C. honor for international dance research. Her choreography has shown at the La MaMa Theatre, the Apollo Theatre, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She recently joined the creative team for the documentary film Bella Gaia.

She balances her time teaching, lecturing and performing domestically and abroad.

Save the date! Donna will be joining us for Master Classes September 16-17. More information to be released soon, stay tuned for details!


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

Save the Date: Master Class with Amy Sigil & Ashley Lopez!

Amy Sigil and UNMATA

Save the date! Ashley Lopez and Amy Sigil from UNMATA are back for Master Classes on October 13-15. Check back for more information, to be released soon! The Sahara Dance Fall Hafla will be on October 14, featuring Amy and Ashley!

*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!
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…