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: 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


Zills and Veil Brush-Up

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Practice your favorite props with this zills and veil brush-up workshop! We’ll review zill patterns and veil wafting techniques, then unleash our props pizzazz with fun combos.

Brush-up workshop is included in enrollment for the Props Performance class. Please bring a veil and zills to the workshop. Veils will be available for purchase at the studio.

Date(s): Saturday, Jan 6

Time(s): 12:00-1:00 pm

Teacher(s): Megan

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20

January Brush Up Workshop series

Introduction to Belly Dance

Revitalize your belly dance practice! These fun and informative workshops are a great way to “jump start” your training in the new year.

Workshops include student consultation, advice and placement suggestions for the upcoming class semester. Each workshop provides a condensed overview of the movement vocabulary taught at the course level and has been designed as a refresher for students who have taken Sahara Dance technique classes or as an introduction to Sahara Dance style technique to prospective students.

Experienced students are welcome to revisit and sharpen foundation movements. Light and fun combinations will be taught at the end of of each workshop, drawing from the movement vocabulary within each level.

These workshops are ideal for students seeking placement recommendations for advancing their studies.


Beginner I Brush-Up
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 3 - 12 months study in belly dance

Date: Saturday, January 6

Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Teacher: Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20


Beginner II Brush-Up
A condensed overview of the movement vocabulary taught in Sahara Dance Beginner II course.

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.

Date: Saturday, January 6

Time: 1:00-2:00 pm

Teacher: Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20, on-site registration available


Low Intermediate Brush-Up
A condensed overview of the movement vocabulary taught in Sahara Dance Low Intermediate courses.

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 2 years 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 2 or more years study in belly dance.

Date: Saturday, January 6

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Teacher: Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20


Intermediate Brush-Up
A condensed overview of the movement vocabulary taught in Sahara Dance Intermediate courses.

Designed as a refresher for students who have taken Sahara Dance Intermediate technique class, this class also introduces Sahara Dance style technique to prospective students who have studied extensively with other teachers. This workshop is ideal for students seeking placement recommendations for advancing their studies.

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

Date: Saturday, January 6

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Teacher: Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20


Intro to Belly Dance

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Discover the timeless beauty and joy of this organic dance. Students will learn basic technique including lifted stance and posture, shimmies, isolations, undulations and traveling steps. Class will include a brief introduction to the history, context and philosophy of belly dance. Come celebrate femininity through an ancient, life-embracing art!

No prior experience necessary.

FREE with your 2017 Winter Caravan show program! Must present program at the time of workshop for free admission.
RSVP here to reserve your spot!

Date(s): Saturday, January 6

Time(s): 10:00-11:00 am

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20

Intro to Feldenkrais

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Unleash the organizing power of your subconscious. Using small movements in a meditative state, Awareness Through Movement® is a deceptively simple yet powerful way to transform your movement repertoire. This practice makes use of developmental movement patterns, breath awareness and deeply ingrained reflexes to allow you access to nuances of movement not otherwise available. Like a meditation practice, each person will gain something different from each lesson. Outcomes of improved movement include reduced pain, increased coordination and skills to apply to any movement or dance practice. Awareness Through Movement ® is part of the Feldenkrais Method of Movement Education ®.

SPECIAL OFFER! The first five people to forward their receipt for the 4 session series to info@sparoommassage.com will receive a free gift certificate for a free weekday 30 min. massage or 50 min. bodywork session!

Mary is offering Feldenkrais as an 8-week class; come try this one-time workshop before you enroll!

Date(s): Sunday, Jan 7

Time(s): 10:00-11:00 am

Teacher(s): Mary

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20

Reda, Reda, Reda! Series

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Spend the semester with Jennifer delving into the signature movements, technique, and stylization of Mahmoud Reda in this 4-part workshop series (8 hours intense study).

An Egyptian pioneer of dance theater and co-founder of the Reda Troupe, Mahmoud Reda and his principal 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 tremendous artistic, social, and cultural impact on Egypt, and his work has inspired and shaped the art form of Raqs Sharqi as we know it today!

This workshop series will focus on technique, drills, rhythm combinations, and various approaches to combinations that build a choreographic tapestry that can be set to various musical arrangements. Study in this genre is a must for any dancer who is dedicated to the art of Raqs Sharqi and wishes to refine their choreographic movement, footwork, and transitions.

Jennifer brings to the classroom her fun and passionate sensibilities along with her cultural and technical knowledge gained through personal and formal study in the U.S. and abroad in Reda technique.

Prerequisite: Previous completion of Sahara Dance Intermediate Technique class


Title: Reda, Reda, Reda! Workshop Series #1
Date: Saturday, Jan 13
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Price: $35


Title: Reda, Reda, Reda! Workshop Series #2
Date: Saturday, Feb 24
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Price: $35


Title: Reda, Reda, Reda! Workshop Series #3
Date: Saturday, March 17
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Price: $35


Title: Reda, Reda, Reda! Workshop Series #4
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Price: $35



Title: Reda, Reda, Reda! Workshop Series Package (4 workshops)
Date: Saturday Jan 13, Feb 24, Mar 17, Apr 14
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Price: $120



World Touring Guest Artist: Sabriye

Sabriye

Lebanese Cane

Lebanese Cane Choreography to Khaleni Shoufak by Nagwa Karam. Canes aren’t only for Saidi! Here is a fast paced choreography inspired by the Lebanese folkloric style, Debeke. Get ready for fast and fancy foot work and fast cane twirling combined with a earthy groove. Sabriye will also explain some of the background of genre both in folkloric settings and in club/performance settings. Experience with cane is recommended but not necessary.

Friday: Lebanese Cane

Date: Sunday January 14

Time: 1:00-3:00pm

Cost: $65

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Fabulous Drum Solos

A short and fun and flirty intermediate choreography, the perfect ending to your set! We will make use of both sharp skillful isolations as well as dynamic traveling movements, all with lots of hip work. The music is Hossam Ramsy’s Sabla Tolo I.

See Sabriye perform two fabulous drum solos below!


Friday: Fabulous Drum Solos

Date: Sunday January 14

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Cost: $65

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


 

Package Pricing, both workshops: $120


Sabriye Tekbilek is an international performer and instructor of Middle Eastern dance whose stage presence and technique have been shaped by a lifetime of international performance and study. She is the daughter of renowned Turkish musician, “Haci” Ahmet Tekbilek, and Lisa Djeylan, once an international belly dancer herself. Sabriye grew up in an environment of Middle Eastern Music and dance.

It was while studying with both Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour that Sabriye was encouraged to begin teaching, awakening a passion for instruction. She is currently one of few the authorized instructors of the Suhaila Salimpour Format and holds the highest level of certification available in both Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour formats.

In 2005 Sabriye based herself in the Middle East where she has spent seven years working with Lebanese agent Toros Siranossian through out the Gulf and North Africa. She also spent one year in Cairo working at the prestigious night club Haroun Al Rashid in the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel along side the legendary Dina.

Sabriye has performed across the U.S., in Sweden, Norway, England, Turkey, Spain, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India. She has performed at exclusive venues including the Nobel Prize Party, Warner Bros. Studios, the Miss India Competition; and she has shared the stage with popular Arabic stars such as Ragheb Alama, Wadi Al Safy, Sbohi Tawfik, Marwan Khoury, Wael Kfoury, Abdel Basset Hamouda, Saad, Mahmuod el Husseini, Houba. She regularly performs globally for dignitaries.

During her travels, Sabriye continues to explore the depths of Middle Eastern dance and music through studying and teaching workshops along the way.

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: Mohamed Ali

Shahrzad

Saidi Cane: Egyptian Folkloric Dance

Saidi folkloric dance is one of the most prominent dances in Upper Egypt, based on the traditional martial art of Tahtib. This lively and energetic dance incorporates skills of flexibility and emphasizes the ability to control the cane or stick while framing the dancer’s movements. Your instructor, Mohamed Ali, will show you proper cane dance technique and how to control the balance between the cane and the dance movement.

Prerequisite : This workshop is open to all levels but it is recommended to have Egyptian dance experience. Dancers will need to bring a stick/cane that reaches to your waist.

Friday: Saidi Cane: Egyptian Folkloric Dance

Date: Saturday January 20

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Cost: $35

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


World Touring Guest Artist: Paula

Paula

Egyptian Rhythms: Maksum, Baladi, Saidi and Fallahi

Learn an easy way to recognize these rhythms: Maksum, Baladi, Saidi and Fallahi!

Paula is not a musician and she doesn’t read music. She studied Egyptian rhythms through workshops with master musicians, books and professional videos. It was difficult for her to identify these rhythms at the beginning; come learn her tried and true “easy approach” to identify the rhythms that she developed herself!

Class will cover interpretation of dance styles and short practice of common combinations. Students will listen, write, clap and dance; please bring a notebook, a pencil, your dance clothes and a smile!

Friday: Middle Eastern Rhythms and Dance

Date: Saturday January 27

Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


About Paula : Multi-award winning Oriental Dance Artist. Instructor and Dancer certified by Zahra Zuhair, and choreographer of Oriental Dance and Fusion. She founded “Tabla Dance Studio, The New School of Bellydance”, “Tabla Dance Company by Paula”, and produced the yearly shows “Stand up & Bellydance!”, “Yo Bailo en Tabla”, “Dominicana Goes Tribal” and “Rising Stars Gala” in the Dominican Republic, her country of origin. Paula has performed and studied in different cities of the Dominican Republic, the United States, Puerto Rico and Guatemala. She was a guest judge at Miami Bellydance Convention Competition 2013, the Vanessa Angulo Bellydance Contest 2011, and others.
Paula won the titles “Bellydancer of the Universe 2011: Champion of Champions”, “Miami Bellydance Convention Competition 2012 Winner”, among others. She’s a former member of the dance companies “Sahlala Dancers” by Jillina and “Ghazella Dance Company” by Zahra Zuhair of Los Angeles; also, she has performed with Bellydance Evolution several times. Paula is featured in the book “The Belly Dance Reader 2” by the Gilded Serpent to represent the Dominican Republic, and in the DVDs “Ya Amar” and “Melodies of Cairo” by Dr. Samy Farag, “Bellydance Evolution: Inmortal Desires” by Jillina, “Drum Raks” by Karim Nagi, and others.

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


Pop Divas Belly Dance Fusion

Brianne

Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Adele - Join Brianne for an afternoon of fun!

In this workshop, you will use the moves you are learning in your technique class, set to the music of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Adele. All levels welcome! Adjustments or challenging layers will be added to accommodate all dancers.

Date(s): Saturday, February 3

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

Teacher(s): Brianne

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!
Zills Choreography

Ramona

Take out your finger cymbals and brush up your zills skills! In this workshop, you will learn a short zills choreography, melding rhythms and belly dance moves into an integrated, fluid and stage-ready piece.

Previous zills experience is recommended, but zills mastery not required! This class will be geared toward students level Low Intermediate and above.

Date(s): Saturday, February 10

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

Teacher(s): Laura

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

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 Jan. 1, $125 after Jan. 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 Jan. 1, $125 after Jan. 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


 

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

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

Intro to Tribal

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Tribal belly dance is a uniquely American art form that emerged out of the Middle Eastern dance community in California and evolved into several distinct styles. In this workshop you will learn a few of the foundational movements that are common to the various forms of tribal belly dance, compare and contrast how they’re different from their cabaret cousins, and have the chance to enjoy connecting with your fellow dancers through group improvisation by learning the techniques of leading and following.

All levels are welcome, this workshop is particularly designed for dancers with no previous tribal experience.

Date(s): Saturday, March 10

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

Teacher(s): Gretchen

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

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!
Save the Date! World Touring Guest Artist: Shahrzad

Shahrzad

Shahrzad will be returning to the studio Sept. 28-30, 2018. Topics to be announced soon!

World Touring Guest Artist: Sahra Saeeda

Sahra Saeeda

Tarab and Sultana Technique

Taqsim, Tarab and Sultana Technique
Date: Tuesday Nov. 6
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Cost: Early bird pricing: $85 before March 31, $95 after March 31
Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Baladi Awad and Tet Baladi Technique

“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 and Tet Baladi Technique
Date: Wednesday Nov. 7
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Cost: Early bird pricing: $85 before March 31, $95 after March 31
Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


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).

Friday Nov. 2, Saturday Nov. 3, Sunday Nov. 4, 2018 - JtE I (22 hours)
Friday Nov. 9, Saturday Nov. 10, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018 - JtE II (22 hours)

Journey through Egypt I

Dates: Nov. 2-4, 2018

Times: Friday Nov. 2: 6:00-10:00pm
Saturday Nov. 3: 12:00-10:00pm (1 hour dinner break)
Sunday Nov. 4: 9:00am-5:00pm (1 hour dinner break)

Cost: Early Bird pricing: $450 before March 31, $475 after March 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Journey through Egypt II

Dates: Nov. 9-11, 2018

Times: Friday Nov. 9: 6:00-10:00pm
Saturday Nov. 10: 12:00-10:00pm (1 hour dinner break)
Sunday Nov. 11: 9:00am-5:00pm (1 hour dinner break)

Cost: Early Bird pricing: $450 before March 31, $475 after March 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Early Bird Package Pricing: Journey through Egypt I & II: $925 before March 31, $950 after March 31


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

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…