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

Dances of Morocco

Zayna

Get a taste of Morocco’s hundreds of dances with this class, focusing on reggada dance, sikhat, and guedra. Shimmy and stomp to the reggada’s powerful music, shake your hips and learn the tantalizing movements of the sikhat dance, and feel the spiritual guedra from your soul to your fingertips.

In this class, Zayna will take you on a journey through Morocco, from the warm dunes of the Sahara desert to the cool air of the Rif Mountains of the North.

Join Zayna, from Marrakech, Morocco, to learn the core movements of these folk dances, while engaging with their cultural and historical significance. Come prepared to shimmy and shake, flip your hair, and get on your knees for this high energy class!


Growing up in Morocco, Zayna began dancing when she was just five years old. From early exposure to the dances of Morocco through celebrations and performances, she quickly fell in love with the rhythms and rich historical and cultural significance of these dances. She began practicing Moroccan folk dancing in classes and informal dance circles, quickly becoming proficient.

After moving to the United States as a young adult and expanding her range from ballet to hip hop, Zayna found that her true passion was belly dance. She began exploring the world of belly dance fusion, playing with movements from modern dance, jazz, and burlesque to create choreography with a melting pot of cultural influences.

Today, Zayna specializes in Moroccan folk dancing and belly dance fusion. Since discovering her passion for teaching, Zayna has been leading freelance classes and workshops, including raqs sharqi, chaabi, belly dance fusion, and Moroccan folk dancing, along the East Coast for over five years.

Date(s): Saturday, January 21

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

Teacher(s): Zayna

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Class with 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: Saidi Technique and Combinations

All new material (not previously taught in NYC or Miami!)
The first half of the workshop will focus on Saidi; in the the second half, we’ll add in cane/assaya.

Workshop includes a 30-minute break.
Please bring a cane/stick.

Modern Egyptian Oriental

Date: January 28, 2017

Time: 2:00-5:30 pm

Cost: $115

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Saidi Technique & Combos

Date: January 29, 2017

Time: 12:00-3:30 pm

Cost: $115

Location:Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


 

Package Pricing: Saturday & Sunday: $220

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

Hold the Room Captive

Alyssum

Masterful performance is more than costuming, technique, and musicality. The ability to captivate an audience may seem like an ephemeral quality, but did you know that it can be practiced?

As a performer, you control the energy in the room, as well as the gaze of your audience. In this workshop, Alyssum will help you focus on lengthening your limbs, extending your performance beyond your physical being, maximizing the space between notes, directing the audience’s attention where you want it to land, and visualizing a bubble of energy that you control.

Come with your thinking cap on, and leave feeling taller and more confident. You may just find that “it” factor you have been looking for.

Appropriate for any level performer.

Date(s): Saturday, February 4

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

Teacher(s): Alyssum

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Costa Rica 2017

Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Blue Spirit, Costa Rica
February 11-18, 2017

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, dance classes, yoga and Pilates)
* Daily technique, combination, choreography and yoga classes with Rachel Brice
* Q & A with Rachel Brice
* 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)
* Heart of Egyptian Dance class with Rachel Kay Brookmire
* Creativity circle
* Closing hafla / dance party
* Available excursions including horseback riding on the beach, zip-lining, jungle adventures, surfing, Howler Monkey sanctuary
* Summertime 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 *
The Sacred in Sexy

dIvInA kArInA A Sensual Sexual Healing of Self Experience

Through a variety of exercises, meditations, sister bonding group shares, movement, belly dance and more, we will both explore and release guilt, shame, judgments and beliefs around sensuality, sexuality and sex in a loving safe environment.

Goddesses will embrace the sacred within them and lovingly allow their sensual sexy to come forth fully.

Unleash your raw organic sexy self … be free, be you, BE


Karina is a transformational coach who specializes as a meditation teacher, therapeutic belly dance instructor and empowerment workshop and retreat facilitator. She is also a spoken word performance artist. Karina’s creative healing gifts combined with her theatrical background are instrumental in her teaching. Her extensive experience is evidenced by the numerous classes, workshops and retreats she designs and implements for both adults and children.

Karina began her study of spirituality, life coaching and meditation under the tutelage of Dr. Iyanla Vanzant at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development in Silver Spring, MD where she received a Certificate of Completion in Spiritual Life Maintenance in June 2003. Karina is a UCLA trained Mindfulness Facilitator, having completed the TMF program at the Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA in November 2016. Karina also practices with Insight Meditation Community of Washington and other enlightened instructors.

Captivated by the effects of healing through movement and dance, Karina has explored and studied movement improvisation, modern, salsa, journey, contact, trance and belly dance.

Date(s): Saturday, February 11

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

Teacher(s): dIvInAkArInA (Karin KARINA Wilkinson)

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Hula Hoop Dance - Spin Your Way into Joyful Transformation!

Hula Hoop

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

In this class you will learn how to hula hoop on and off the body, walk, level changes. You’ll also learn how to use the hoop as a tool to stretch & strengthen the body and calm the mind.

This workshop complements the March 18 workshop in which we will add some foot work, level changes, angles and cool tricks!

Take one or both workshops. Bring friends and be prepared to smile a lot! All levels welcome, progressions offered to intermediate hoopers. Ages 12 and older. Hoops provided and for sale.



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, February 18

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

Teacher(s): Debora Jackson

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Otea (Tahitian Dance)

Tahitian

Aloha everyone! Satarra is here to teach you the art of Otea!

Otea is a fast hip-shaking dance usually performed by Tahitian dancers. Otea is only performed using drums as instruments and no singing.

Please come out and find your inner vahine, and explore Otea with Satarra! Mahalo and I hope to see you soon! This workshop is a perfect compliment to belly dance hip-work. Open to all levels.


Satarra Johnson got her start dancing in a hula school in Japan, and has been teaching hula, hot hula and Tahitian dance for many years. Satarra is here to share the joyful culture and beautiful dance with you!

Date(s): Saturday, February 25

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

Teacher(s): Satarra

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Soft, Slow & Stretchy

Soft Slow and Stretchy

Immerse yourself in the softer side of belly dance.

We will play with ideas for incorporating relaxation, fluidity and extension into simple combinations.

Drawing upon foundational movements, add dimension and intentionality to your repertoire.

Emphasis is on enjoying movement and infusing your dance with elegance and sensual expression. And, as part of the workshop, learn a gliding, playful combination for performance (optional) at the hafla that evening!

All levels welcome!

Date(s): Saturday, March 4

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

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Ori Tahiti Advanced Workshop with Satarra

Aloha! Satarra is back to teach Ori Tahiti for Advanced students who have done Tahitian classes before. In this workshop we will learn Otea, as well as other forms of Tahitian dance. Please join us for Ori Tahiti as Satarra shares her lifelong love of Tahitian dance with us! Mahalo!

Date(s): Saturday, March 11

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

Teacher(s): Satarra

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Hula Hoop Dance - Spin Your Way into Joyful Transformation!

Hula Hoop

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

In this class you will learn foot work, level changes, angles and cool tricks!

This workshop complements the February 18 introductory workshop. Take one or both workshops. Bring friends and be prepared to smile a lot! All levels welcome, progressions offered to intermediate hoopers. Hoops provided and for sale.



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, March 18

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

Teacher(s): Debora Jackson

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

The Sacred in Sexy Sunday Series

dIvInA kArInA A Sensual Sexual Healing of Self Experience

Through a variety of exercises, meditations, sister bonding group shares, movement, belly dance and more, we will both explore and release guilt, shame, judgments and beliefs around sensuality, sexuality and sex in a loving safe environment.

Goddesses will embrace the sacred within them and lovingly allow their sensual sexy to come forth fully.

Unleash your raw organic sexy self … be free, be you, BE


Karina is a transformational coach who specializes as a meditation teacher, therapeutic belly dance instructor and empowerment workshop and retreat facilitator. She is also a spoken word performance artist. Karina’s creative healing gifts combined with her theatrical background are instrumental in her teaching. Her extensive experience is evidenced by the numerous classes, workshops and retreats she designs and implements for both adults and children.

Karina began her study of spirituality, life coaching and meditation under the tutelage of Dr. Iyanla Vanzant at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development in Silver Spring, MD where she received a Certificate of Completion in Spiritual Life Maintenance in June 2003. Karina is a UCLA trained Mindfulness Facilitator, having completed the TMF program at the Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA in November 2016. Karina also practices with Insight Meditation Community of Washington and other enlightened instructors.

Captivated by the effects of healing through movement and dance, Karina has explored and studied movement improvisation, modern, salsa, journey, contact, trance and belly dance.

Date(s): Sunday March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26

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

Teacher(s): dIvInAkArInA (Karin KARINA Wilkinson)

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $40 per class, package pricing available

Supple Arms & Rib Isolations

Explore easy, supple movements of the arms and ribs in this awareness through movement® workshop led by Mary Szegda, certified dance therapist and instructor in The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education®. Through gentle movements, you will explore movement patterns that will help you to move gracefully. No experience necessary, dress comfortably!

Date(s): Saturday, April 8

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

Teacher(s): Mary

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Class with Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla!

Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla

Save the Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

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.

Taking requests! What topics would you like to study with Karim Nagi?
Let us know on the Master Class with Karim Nagi Facebook Event and stay tuned!

Introduction to Qigong & Energy Healing

Qigong

Qigong (chi kung) is an ancient Chinese discipline that integrates physical movement, breathing and focused intention. It is a natural health-maintenance system centered on moving energy and revitalizing the body’s energy system to trigger its innate healing powers.

Energy healing rests on the belief that disease has an emotional basis. Over time, emotional trauma and distress block the natural flow of the body’s energy systems, especially the chakras, leading to sub-optimal health and ultimately disease. Healing the energy bodies helps address these blockages and can trigger emotional release leading to personal and spiritual growth.

This workshop will provide an overview of the basis for qigong and Chinese energy medicine, as well as of approaches to the energy bodies based on the chakras and the human energy field (the aura). A full qi gong practice session, featuring gentle movement, breathing and a brief meditation, will be included. Participants will be offered a personal consultation to set up free individual healing sessions.


Sebastiano Brancoli is certified in The Healer Within, a qigong-based healing modality. He is participating in a healer training program based on the work of Barbara Brennan, author of “Hands of Light,” and has practiced other forms of energy healing, including Reiki. He has also received training on healing with crystals and with Tibetan bowls.

Date(s): Saturday, May 6

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

Teacher(s): Sebastiano Brancoli

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

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…