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

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

Live Drum Solo

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Learn a short and sassy drum solo choreography with live drummers. The piece will be infused with call and response, a few quirky movements, and lots of belly and hip work.

Suitable for Beginner II/ Intermediate level; workshop participants may choose to perform the drum solo in the March 3rd hafla (performers get in free to the hafla).

Date(s): Saturday, February 17

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

Teacher(s): Omoladun & Randy

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $45

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.

Mohamed Shahin will be a Special Guest at our Spring Hafla on Saturday March 3. Come shimmy with us!

Modern Egyptian Oriental

Date: Saturday March 3, 2017

Time: 2:00-5:30 pm

Cost: $125

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Baladi

Date: Sunday March 4, 2017

Time: 12:00-3:30 pm

Cost: $125

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


 

Package Pricing: Saturday & Sunday: $235


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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: Chudney Raks

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Oriental Technique & Combinations Á la Chudney

Technique and combinations go hand and hand. How can you dance a combination if you can’t execute the individual moves? Chudney will break down fresh and challenging moves, drill them, and then strategically place them into dynamic combinations to pull it all together for a polished look. Get ready to rak out as we drill and combo up a sweat!


Chudney is a professional belly dance artist and instructor who has competed and danced around the world. Known for her grace, fluid Egyptian technique and beautiful interpretations, she continues to perform and teach in Hampton Roads, Virginia, as director of her own troupe Raks Royale, and as a member of the prestigious dance collective Saleema Habiba. Chudney has also been selected and can be seen touring with world-renown Virginia of Miami in her theater production “Reflections.” Chudney’s passion, amazing talent and relentless drive for knowledge and growth in this art form has made her a favorite around the world.

Date(s): Saturday, April 7

Time(s): 2:00-5:00 pm

Teacher(s): Chudney Raks

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $45

Show Day Preparation Workshops

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Costuming for Stage

Skirt too short? Bra too small? Beads falling off? Fasteners won’t stay closed? Come and learn some simple tips and tricks to fix common costume complaints and get the best fit so you feel fabulous on stage. No sewing experience is needed. We’ll have plenty of time for questions so feel free to bring along any costume pieces that you’d like to get advice on adjusting or repairing.

Title: Costuming for Stage

Teacher: Gretchen

Date: Saturday April 21

Time: 2:00-3:30pm

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Perfect Stage Makeup

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

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

Please bring your own make up and fake eyelashes.

Title: Perfect Stage Makeup

Teacher: Jessica

Date: Saturday April 21

Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Package Pricing, both workshops: $50

Title: Show Day Preparation Workshops (both workshops)

Date: Saturday April 21

Time: 2:00-5:00pm

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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





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…