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

Tribal Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice in Bali

Bali Retreat with Rachel Brice:
The HeART of Belly Dance
Desa Seni, Bali
August 23-30, 2014

Rachel Brice

Immerse yourself in an intensive yoga and dance retreat designed to rejuvenate your love for belly dance and re-connect with your heart.

Don’t miss this unique tropical all-inclusive belly dance retreat, complete with:

  • All-inclusive week-long retreat (room, meals, workshops, yoga)
  • 20+ hours of daily technique, combination, choreography and yoga classes
  • Balinese Opening Cleansing Ceremony
  • Q & A with Rachel Brice
  • Wi-fi throughout the resort
  • Optional excursions including surfing, white water rafting, cultural Balinese dance performances, sight-seeing tours

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.

* Additional information and registration details *
Hula Hoop Dance 4-Week Intensive

Hula Hoop Dance

Not just for kids anymore! Hula Hoop Dance is the renovated return of Hula Hooping.

In this 4-week workshop intensive you will learn how to hoop on and off the body, walk, turn, spin, twirl, change levels & do other cool tricks.

Hula Hooping integrates right and left brain functioning, builds core strength, develops coordination and balance, increases energy and vitality while burning lots of calories. But what most people find surprising is how meditative it is!

All levels welcome, progressions offered to intermediate hoopers. Hoops provided and for sale.

Sign up early — space is limited!


Date(s): Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, & 25

Time(s): 8:00-9:00 pm

Teacher(s): Debora Jackson

Location: Sahara Dance Downtown

Cost: $80

Introduction to Zills (Finger Cymbals)

Ramona

Learn introductory finger cymbal technique, patterns and movement combinations. Designed to prepare students for Low Intermediate III: Rhythms with Zills, we highly recommended this workshop to students interested in zilling. This workshop is a great way to begin developing technical proficiency with finger cymbals.

This workshop is recommended for students who have completed Beginner II Technique. No previous finger cymbal experience is required.

Please bring your own finger cymbals (Saroyan recommended).

Date(s): Saturday, September 6

Time(s): 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Teacher(s): Ramona

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Introduction to Belly Dance

Introduction to Belly Dance

Voted the Best Dance Class in DC!

Discover the timeless beauty and joy of belly dance! Belly dance, or “raqs sharqi,” is a Middle Eastern dance form based on one of the oldest social dances in world history, originating in North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

As a social dance, belly dance is part of creative, joyful expression at festivals, weddings and celebrations. Belly dancing is a beautiful dance form and a great way to exercise. With movements stemming from the torso, hips and legs, it helps develop a strong core and contributes to an elegant and upright carriage. Belly dance is a timeless art form is practiced by people of all ages from all walks of life. At Sahara Dance, we dance to share in the transformative power of an ancient art form embracing femininity.

In this introductory workshop, students will learn basic technique including lifted stance and posture, shimmies, isolations, undulations and traveling steps. Class will also include a brief introduction to the history, context and philosophy of belly dance.

Celebrate femininity through an ancient, life-embracing art and find out why Sahara Dance was voted Best Dance Class in DC for the 5th year in a row!

All levels are welcome. No prior experience necessary. This workshop is designed for students new to belly dance or new to Sahara Dance. Current students are welcome to bring a friend new to belly dance and join as well!

Date: Saturday, September 6
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
Teacher: Rachel
Location: Sahara Dance Central
Cost: $20*
*Free for Sahara Dance Carnival ticket holders!
See details and sign up here.

Hula Hoop Dance

Hula Hoop

Not just for kids anymore! Hula Hoop Dance is the renovated return of hula hooping.

Learn how to hoop on and off the body, walk, turn, spin, twirl, change levels & do other cool tricks.

Hula Hooping integrates right and left brain functioning, builds core strength, develops coordination and balance, increases energy and vitality while burning lots of calories. But what most people find surprising is how meditative it is!

All levels are welcome, progressions offered to intermediate hoopers. Hoops provided and for sale.

Want more hula hoop? Join the 4-Week Hula Hoop Dance Intensive!


Debora is a certified Yoga Teacher with over 7 years of experience and Hula Hoop Instructor. She first saw “modern hoop dance” 4 years ago, fell in love with the hoop and has been spinning and teaching ever since. Debora’s commitment is to inspire her students to feel good in their bodies, realize their full potential and take their unique gifts into the world.

Date(s): Saturday, September 6

Time(s): 2:30-4:00 pm

Teacher(s): Debora Jackson

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $30

Beginner I Brush-Up!

Beginner I Brush-Up Workshop

Fall back into dance with a condensed overview of the movement vocabulary taught in Sahara Dance Beginner I course.

Designed as a refresher for students who have taken Sahara Dance Beginner I technique class, this class also introduces Sahara Dance style technique to prospective students who have studied with other teachers. More advanced students are welcome to join the class as well, to revisit and sharpen their skills in foundation movements.

Prerequisite: Previous completion of Sahara Dance Beginner I Technique class, or equivalent study in belly dance

Date(s): Sunday, September 7

Time(s): 1:00-2:00 pm

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $25

Beginner II Brush-Up!

Sahara Dance Classes

Begin your fall with a condensed overview of the movement vocabulary taught in Sahara Dance Beginner II course. This workshop is a continuation of the Beginner I Brush-Up taught in the previous hour - students are encouraged to enroll in both courses.

Designed as a refresher for students who have taken Sahara Dance Beginner II technique class, this class also introduces Sahara Dance style technique to prospective students who have studied with other teachers. More advanced students are welcome to join the class as well, to revisit and sharpen their skills in foundation movements.

Prerequisite: Previous completion of Sahara Dance Beginner II Technique class, or equivalent study in belly dance.

Date(s): Sunday, September 7

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

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $25

Low Intermediate Brush-Up!

Sahara Dance Classes

A condensed overview of the movement vocabulary taught in Sahara Dance Low Intermediate courses. This workshop is a continuation of the Beginner I Brush Up and Beginner II Brush Up courses. Low Intermediate students are encouraged to enroll for all three workshops.

Designed as a refresher for students who have taken Sahara Dance Low Intermediate technique class, this class also introduces Sahara Dance style technique to prospective students who have completed 6 months to 1 year of study with other teachers. More advanced students are welcome to join the class as well, to revisit and sharpen their skills in foundation movements.

Prerequisite: Previous completion of Sahara Dance Low Intermediate Technique class, or equivalent study in belly dance.

Date(s): Sunday, September 7

Time(s): 3:00-4:00 pm

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $25

Kazaxe Dance Party!

kazaxe Kazaxe is a PARTY WORKOUT! Using international music you can feel rush through you, Kazaxe blends dancehall, reggae, hip hop, soca, samba, axe, Brazilian funk, southern line dances, and even some tinikling. Created in DC, Kazaxe will get you MOVING!

This boutique Kazaxe experience will have you sweating and smiling in a “house party” setting. Get a taste with this video.

Supportive, non-marking dance shoes or sneakers are recommended (no black-soled, street or hard-soled shoes please).

Date: Sunday, September 7

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Teacher: Dee Dee

Cost: $20 or enroll to reserve your space and save $40!

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Arms, Breath and Extension

Rachel

Infuse your dance with subtlety and grace.

Specific focus will be on elegant arm, upper body carriage and extension.

Practice techniques and drills for fluid arm patterns and beautiful poses. Progress toward layering arm movements seamlessly on steps and combinations to create a polished look.

Experience how attention to breath can open movement, creating fluidity and connection.

This workshop is open to all levels; some belly dance experience is recommended.

Date(s): Saturday, September 13

Time(s): 1:30-3:30 pm

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Bellydance Evolution

Bellydance Evolution



Bellydance Evolution is a world-class touring dance festival & performance, featuring top artists in the field of Middle Eastern dance & music. Each artist brings his or her own unique style to the event, making this an extraordinary collection of diverse styles of dance & music.

These master instructors share their art with students and professionals in a special workshop series, and the troupe of artists perform in “Alice in Wonderland,” an amazing theatrical show like no other.

A weekend of workshops and a gala featuring Jillina!

Workshop descriptions and registrations

Heart Beat of Belly Dance Intensive with Live Drummer

Shahrzad Be at one with the rhythm of the drum!

Saturday, September 27

Essential Rhythms for Dance with Drumming by Marshall

Breaking down several of the most common rhythms found in belly dance, Shahrzad pairs popular rhythms with dynamic combinations.

Internalize the music in mind and body while improving your understanding of basic Egyptian and Lebanese rhythms. This vital knowledge will help improv, choreography, and overall understanding of the music and dance.

This workshop is designed for Low Intermediate level dancers and above.

Shahrzad’s Signature Drum Solo with Drumming by Marshall

The most exciting and energetic portion of a dancer’s routine is the drum solo. Learn Shahrzad’s signature techniques, including belly flutters, strong shimmies, and hair accents. Put everything together in a brand new drum solo choreography for practice or performance.

This workshop is designed for Low Intermediate level dancers and above.

Sunday, September 28

Modern Oriental

Dance to a modern Lebanese song as Shahrzad teaches a brand new advanced choreography. This fast-paced class is suitable for Intermediate to Professional level dancers.

Essential Rhythms for Dance

Date: September 27

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad w/ Marshall (drummer)

Cost: $55

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Shahrzad’s Signature Drum Solo

Date: September 27

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad w/ Marshall (drummer)

Cost: $55

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Modern Oriental

Date: September 28

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Flexibility from the Inside Out

Lisa Johnson

Reboot your digestive system, improve your mood and extend your spine in this active workshop based on the wellness principles of Ayurveda. This “science of longevity” is the 5,000 year old healthcare system related to yoga.

Join Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Yoga Consultant, Lisa Johnson, and Holistic Health Coach, Nicole Barrett, to learn both how and why simple daily changes can create a powerful effect.

Take home new strategies for more flexibility in body, mind and spirit using food and herbs plus specific breathing practices and stretches to stimulate good digestion. Dress for movement and bring a yoga mat and notebook.

Date(s): Saturday, October 11

Time(s): 1:30-3:30 pm

Teacher(s): Lisa Johnson and Nicole Barrett

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Class with Sahra Saeeda

Sahra Saeeda

Friday, 6:30-8:30 pm:
Journey through Egypt Review

Join Sahra for a lecture review of JtE material, along with new information and updated research from her recent travels to Egypt. We’ll have refresher handouts for all participants and questions are welcome!

This workshop is for students who have previously completed Journey through Egypt.




JtE Review
Date: October 17
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: $55 through Sept. 15 / $65 after Sept. 15
Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Saturday, 1:30-3:30 pm:
Light and Lively Dances, Sa’idi Style!

Learn lively, new Sa’idi combinations from Sahra’s June trip to Upper Egypt! Enjoy an afternoon full of happy new music and movements drawing upon her latest research.

This workshop is designed for students with at least 1 year of belly dance experience. Assaya (cane) optional.

Saturday, 3:45-5:45 pm:
Tarab and Transcendence through Belly Dance

Masters of Tarab have shared that while part of them was soaring on a high of expression, another part was observing themselves and their environment. In tarab moments, there is a heightening of awareness of the stage and the lights, the unseen conversation with the audience, the feeling of flow and line within the body. The sense of time suspends and lengthens.

Join Sahra for exercises and methods to contact and create this experience for yourself. After a short introduction to the concept of tarab, dance to discover your own personal flow, experiencing tarab and saltanah from the inside out. The workshop will end watching videos of Cairo’s dancers and how they embody tarab.

Some previous belly dance experience recommended.

Sunday, 12:30-4:30 pm:
Bringing Belly Dance to the Theater Stage

Join Sahra for an experiential workshop in Theatrical Belly Dance.

We’ll bring concepts and ideas to life through belly dance! Learn about story telling, plot clarification and character development. Discover tips for stage placement and lighting effects, as well has how to bring to life the strongest moments in your piece. Designed for dancers who wish to deepen and expand their performance range as soloists, troupe dancers and choreographers.

Some previous belly dance experience recommended.

Light & Lively: Saidi

Date: October 18

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Cost: $55 through Sept. 15 / $65 after Sept. 15

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Tarab & Transcendence

Date: October 18

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Cost: $55 through Sept. 15 / $65 after Sept. 15

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Theatrical Belly Dance

Date: October 19

Time: 12:30-4:40 pm

Cost: $110 through Sept. 15 / $130 after Sept. 15

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Saturday & Sunday: $200 through September 15 / $250 after September 15

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

Feel the Music Intensive

Shahrzad

Friday, October 24

Entrance with Veil

Enter with drama and captivate your audience! In this fast-paced class, Shahrzad teaches a brand new entrance choreography with veil work.

This workshop is designed for Low Intermediate level dancers and above.

Saturday, October 25

Fun and Flirty Shaabi

Shaabi is the ever-evolving dance and musical style popular in the streets and clubs of cairo. High energy, flirty, and fun, this is the belly dance you would most likely see at parties and celebrations.

With lots of big hip and chest movements and playful gestures that relate to the songs, shaabi will inspire you to smile and laugh—the most important expressions for a belly dancer!

Exploring Emotion in Dance

Explore deeper and darker emotions with modern and classical Arabic songs. The lyrics of these musically intricate songs deal with complicated emotions such as longing, loss, deep love, and sadness. This class explores movements, gestures, and expressions dancers can use to convey these emotions through dance.

Entrance with Veil

Date: October 24

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Fun and Flirty Shaabi

Date: October 25

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Exploring Emotion in Dance

Date: October 25

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Master Class with Donna Mejia

Donna Mejia, Photo by Emmanuel Adero

As a transnational fusion dance artist, Donna Mejia’s distinctive aesthetic explores the secular dances of North Africa and the Arab World with American hip hop and sub-genres of electronic dance. Donna also teaches the Brazilian Silvestre Dance Technique and is a primary representative after twenty years of practice.

In October of 2011 she was selected by the Fulbright Association to present the 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen Endowed lecture for International Scholarship in Dance, notably for her paper “Digital Diasporas and Transnational Dance Communities: The Effects of the Internet on Identity Formation and Collective Cultural Memory.”

Donna has been guest artist in residence for twelve colleges, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Smith College on full fellowship. She joined the University of Colorado at Boulder’s dance department in 2012 as the first Assistant Professor of tribal fusion dance globally. She balances her time teaching and touring internationally to teach, lecture, and perform for private sponsors, festivals and community organizations.

Friday, 7:00-9:00 pm

I DARE YOU DONNA… MOVE ME!
Perpetual Motion and the Thrill of Music Immersion

I suppose you could describe this workshop as a workout… it certainly will be. Perhaps you could also identify it as a double-dare… although our goal is not bravado, nor competition.

What this will be is two hours of perpetual “tribal” or transnational fusion dance to the best music in the universe! Alternating between chapters of vigorous athleticism and smooth lyricality, we will not stop our indulgence of dance until the music ends. No lectures or verbose lessons will be offered, but laughter will be abundant. Our playlist journeys through the popular and underground music scenes of India, the Arab world, the African continent, the U.K. and South America.

Please come hydrated in comfortable clothing, and be ready to let yourself flow for a marathon celebration of our remarkable community.

 

Saturday, 1:30-5:30 pm

Swelling to the Surface: Breath and Body

I have a deep love for fantastical theatricality and great dance production. Alternately, I have a profound respect for the inherent intelligence of the body when it is freed from the bounds of showmanship. This workshop steps away from the focus on performance and skill acquisition to engage the domain of bodily truth.

We will begin with breath-work, and proceed gently towards a movement session rooted in tribal fusion vocabulary, but unconcerned with counts, phrasing, sequencing and structure.

I will offer theoretical highlights from my 25 years of study in sacred and transcendental dance traditions (North Africa, Central and West Africa, Caribbean Islands, Brazil, Louisiana).

We will also discuss current understandings of why our brains and neurological systems respond to movement in such specific ways. Deliberate breath work will serve as the barometer for integration and the touchstone of expanding the senses.

I offer my pledge of a thoughtful, conscientious and carefully guided passage… an invitation to let dance move through you and bring you to a broader sense of self.

This will not be a workshop about any specific beliefs or dogma. Rather, it will serve as an intentional laboratory for one aspect of dance celebrated by over half of the world’s cultures… dance as a technology for expanded consciousness.

Comfortable clothing will be very important for your best experience. All experience levels, body types and gender expressions will be embraced and welcomed. Class will begin with a deep and thorough warm up.

 

Sunday, 12:30-4:30 pm

Loaded Soul - Twisted Funk (AKA “I Eat Beats for Breakfast”)

Some would define power as the ability to produce large and dramatic movements of virtuosic prowess. I define power as the ability to channel tremendous force but not be removed from one’s center; the strength to metaphorically “swallow the hurricane.” This requires steadiness in one’s core, nuance, a grounded way of moving through space, and, above all, courage to face forces stronger than oneself.

In this class, we are going to take the thickest, hardest and crunchiest beats I could locate and translate them into our dancing bodies. Some big moves are on the menu, but I aim to also build intricacy and rhythmic clarity in our movement through remixed hip work. With music and hardcore beats as a guide, your drill practice is about to get juicy.

Please note that this workshop will feature music with adult lyrics and themes. (This is the “R” rated version of Donna Mejia). Come ready to play hard.


Date: Friday, November 14 - Sunday, November 16 (3 days)
Cost: $325
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.

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

 

Combined 7-Day Tribal Intensive Package — $100 Discount

Donna Mejia (Nov. 14-16) & Zoe Jakes (Nov. 17-20)
$100 discount:
$875

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

Master Class with Zoe Jakes: 4-Day Intensive

Zoe Jakes

Intermediate Intensive with Zoe Jakes:
Framework for a Beautiful Spine

Think of this as a general overview of Zoe Jakes stylization, technique and foundations.

This intensive is comprised of comprehensive flowing technique, including musicality, solid technique, and skills for building your own training and drilling personal practice.

We will begin each day with Pilates and yoga inspired strength and flexibility training, mixed with solid technique drills based around Zoe’s belly dance flow drills.

Each afternoon, we will move into a deeper focus on Zoe’s foundational styles (her background), involving a basic knowledge of Jamila Salimpour and Unmata Hot Pot ITS (improvisational tribal style) format. We’ll cover spin technique for belly dancers, drills for stronger abdominal control and better belly rolls, and hip drills and upper body flexibility stretches.

And for a fun bonus, we’ll also learn an Indian and Balinese fusion-inspired combo and basic finger cymbal skills.


Dates: Monday, November 17 - Thursday, November 20 (4 days)
Times: 12:00-5:00 pm each day
Cost: $650
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.

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

 

Combined 7-Day Tribal Intensive Package — $100 Discount

Donna Mejia (Nov. 14-16) & Zoe Jakes (Nov. 17-20)
$100 discount:
$875

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

Egyptian Belly Dance & Yoga Retreat
with Sahra Saeeda, Shahrzad & Rachel Kay Brookmire

Egyptian Belly Dance & Yoga Retreat
with Sahra Saeeda, Shahrzad & Rachel Kay Brookmire
A New Year’s Retreat
Maya Tulum, Mexico
January 3-10, 2015

Egyptian Retreat
Design/Illustration: Jessica Inouye

  • Week-long tropical belly dance and yoga getaway!
  • All-inclusive, including room, meals and classes
  • Daily technique, folkloric and choreography training
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Evening discussions and presentations
  • Closing party and performances!
  • Personalized performance feedback for each participant (optional)

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… ~Susan Polis Shutz

Put the world on pause to immerse yourself in an intensive dance and yoga practice. Enjoy the beauty of Mexico, while studying with leading artists in Egyptian-style belly dance and folkloric dance. Replenish the mind and body with daily mindfulness and movement practices. The week-long intensive will include daily dance and yoga instruction, delicious and wholesome food, beautiful accommodations and a stunning beach front setting for reflection rejuvenation.

Outside Magazine named Maya Tulum Resort one of the top “spirit-recharging escapes” for 2013!

Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life named Maya Tulum one of the Top 10 Yoga Retreats Worldwide.

USA Today named Maya Tulum one of the World’s Best Wellness Resorts, “among the most highly rated health and wellness leisure destinations on the planet.”

This retreat is suitable for all levels, with individual attention to modify movements for beginners and/or challenge advanced dancers. We offer a full schedule of training for professional dancers and teachers, however, all students may choose the intensity of their training. Dancers are welcome to partake in all of the daily programming, or just participate in portions of class and relax at the beach, enjoying the resort at your leisure! Each day you can design your own training and dance journey to best suit your personal inspiration and rejuvenation!

* Additional information and registration details *
Tribal Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice in Costa Rica

10th Annual Tribal Belly Dance & Yoga Retreat
with Rachel Brice
Blue Spirit, Costa Rica
February 14-21, 2015

Rachel Brice

Costa Rica Retreat with Rachel Brice: The HeART of Belly Dance
Put the world on pause to immerse yourself in an intensive yoga and dance retreat designed to rejuvenate your love for belly dance.

Don’t miss this unique tropical all-inclusive belly dance retreat, complete with:

* All-inclusive week-long retreat (room, meals, workshops, yoga)
* Daily technique, combination, and choreography classes
* Morning and afternoon yoga classes
* Evening discussions with Rachel Brice
* Optional excursions including horseback riding on the beach, zip-lining, jungle adventures, surfing, Howler Monkey sanctuary
* LOTS of sunshine in February!

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 *
Master Class with Yasmina Ramzy

Yasmina Ramzy

Yasmina Ramzy is a visionary and a highly acclaimed choreographer committed to the presentation of belly dance as high art. Since 1981, she has performed over 10,000 times often for royalty and heads of state and throughout the Middle East. Yasmina has had the unique privilege of performing for several years in Syria with the famous master musicians of Allepo.

Yasmina received her key training from leading masters in Egypt and Syria including Aida Nour of the Reda Troupe and Mohammed Khalil, director of the National Folklore Troupe of Egypt. Her unique and highly creative choreographies have won numerous awards and commissioned by many dance ensembles internationally including the Bellydance Superstars. As a mentor to many, she is well known for revealing the authentic, organic structure of Middle Eastern dance and its relationship to Arabian music.


SAVE THE DATE: March 6-8

Stay tuned, details coming soon!

Master Class with Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla!

Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, and folk dancer. His workshops and performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance.

Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines.


SAVE THE DATE: April 11 & 12

Stay tuned, details coming soon!

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…