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

Killer Khaleegi

Shahrzad Khaleegi is a style of dance and music originating from the Saudi Arabian peninsula characterized by pulsating footwork with layers of upper body, hips, and head work to express the intricate polyrhythmic music.

You will be bobbing your head all day with this infectiously joyful music and dance!

Date(s): Saturday, May 30

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

Teacher(s): Shahrzad

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $45

Hairography!

ShahrzadMovements of the head and hair have long had their presence in both folkloric and oriental dance. They add a sexy and striking element to the dance and are essential skills for dancers looking to develop and perfect their dance stylization and technique.

Shahrzad will teach a number of hair and head movements and show you how to seamlessly incorporate head and hair into dance drills and combinations.

Date(s): Saturday, May 30

Time(s): 3:45-5:45 pm

Teacher(s): Shahrzad

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $45

Sahara Dance Caravan Company: a traveling troupe!

Sahara Dance Caravan company Company Director: Rachel
Assistant Director: Jennifer
Company Manager: Gretchen

Love belly dance? Love travel? Join the new Sahara Dance Caravan Company!

Open to Sahara Dance company members who want to perform more and take dance-study trips with their troupe mates. Sahara Dance Caravan members will learn opening and closing group choreography adaptable to multiple levels. We’ll block Sahara Dance company choreography from the previous semester for the road! The touring set and repertoire will be based on the available performance slots and enrolled company member composition. We will try to adapt existing company costumes for tour.

Membership includes Sahara Dance Caravan repertoire classes and additional rehearsals to learn and/or adapt existing pieces for the tour. Dancers will receive individual and group feedback on artistry and technique from company directors, as well as logistical travel support from the company manager. Members are responsible for their own travel arrangements and registrations to participate in sister-studio events (where applicable and company discounts may be available).

Be part of this exciting launch and help shape the Sahara Dance Caravan culture and aesthetic. Let’s have lots of fun recycling company choreography and costuming while taking mini belly dance vacations with our troupe mates!

Prerequisites:
1) Completion of Sahara Dance Spring15 Company, Performance Class Beginner II or above (or private lessons to learn repertoire); and
2) Simultaneous enrollment in Summer15 Company or Performance Class

Sahara Dance Caravan 2015 Debut Tour

Summer:
Sunday, May 31, 5:00-7:00 pm
Inaugural Sahara Dance Caravan Company Meeting and Repertoire Class

Danbury Repertoire Classes with Rachel
Sunday, May 31, 5:00-7:00 pm (Inaugural meeting and Repertoire Class)
Saturday, June 6, 3:30-5:30 pm
Sunday, June 14, 12:00-2:00 pm
Performance: June 20 - Danbury, CT
50th anniversary World of Colors concert

Richmond Repertoire Classes with Jennifer
Sunday, May 31, 5:00-7:00 pm (Inaugural meeting and Repertoire Class)
Sunday, June 14, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Sunday, June 28, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Performance:
July 11 - Road trip to Richmond
Khalima’s Illumination Studio show at Dogtown Theater

Danbury Repertoire

Date: June 20 performance

Cost: $115

Location: Danbury, CT

Richmond Repertoire

Date: July 11 performance

Cost: $115

Location: Richmond, VA

Summer Caravan package: Danbury and Richmond: $175


Fall:
Class dates/times TBD
Performance:
Sept 30 - October 4 - Miami, FL
15th anniversary edition of the Rakstar International Belly Dance Festival!

Future tour dates and stops TBD ;).

Developing Choreography Intensive: Creating a Solo

Developing Choreography
photo credit: Toscana Photography

Learn the essentials for creating a belly dance solo or small group choreography for stage.

Delve deeply into your creativity through structured improvisation to discover and hone your own style of movement. Rachel will provide feedback to guide each participant’s choreographic process through revision to a polished, finished piece.

We’ll explore song selection, musical interpretation, transitions, diagramming music, costuming and other keys to creating a dance that dynamically reflects and highlights the music. Join us for a fun and playful summer project to express your inner artist!

Participants will perform their pieces in the Sahara Dance Carnival on August 8 at The Source Theatre. Traditional, theatrical, and experimental belly dance pieces are welcome! Students provide their own costuming with teacher guidance.

A special graduate Developing Choreography Intensive is available for those who have previously completed Developing Choreography. Please contact us for the Graduate Intensive registration link.

Prerequisites:
1) Previous completion of Low Intermediate Technique class (or equivalent); and
2) Simultaneous enrollment in any Sahara Dance Low Intermediate I Technique class or above

Schedule:
Sunday, May 31, 12:00-3:00 pm
Sunday, June 14, 4:30-7:30 pm
Sunday, June 28, 4:30-7:30 pm
Sunday, July 19, 4:30-7:30 pm
Friday, August 7, 6:30-9:30 pm
(15 hours total)

Date(s): See schedule above

Time(s): Varies (see schedule above)

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $290

Intro to Turkish Rom

Eugenia

The nomadic Romany or Roma people (sometimes referred to by the slur “gypsy”) dance a vibrant style filled with gestures, pelvic movements, and complicated footwork.

While punctuated by lots of hops, hand gestures, and belly work, Turkish Rom is a relaxed social dance without the isolations seen in most belly dance.

This style is danced mostly to unusual rhythms in 9/8 time signature, known as Karsilama and Agir Roman.

The Roma are one of the most oppressed ethnic groups in Europe, and their dance often tells their story.

Learn the movements, gestures, and context of this exciting dance form to music that is sure to move you!

Open to all levels.

Date(s): Saturday, June 6

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

Teacher(s): Eugenia

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Dance Your Heart: Finding Your Own Artistic Style

Omoladun

“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.”
- Martha Graham

Like snowflakes and people, no two dancers are alike
- and that is a beautiful thing.

This workshop will highlight some signature moves of world-famous dancers and offer tools to discover you own.

Be prepared to reflect, experiment, and sweat! Discover and refine your own stylization and embrace what makes you unique.

Open to all levels; at least 4 months of belly dance recommended.

Date(s): Saturday, June 13

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

Teacher(s): Omoladun

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Class with Sahra Saeeda

Sahra Saeeda

Friday, 6:30-8:30 pm: Belly Dance History

Explore how Egyptian folkloric dances shaped and influence the essence of oriental dance.

Belly Dance History
Date: June 26
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: $55 through May 31, $65 after May 31
Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW



Saturday, 1:30-3:30 pm: Classic B&W Era

The “Golden Age” Classic Black and White Cinema Era was a special fusion of Egyptian star dancers with an international aesthetic of “glamour” all reinforced by the promise of plenty of work and fame in a Hollywood Film Industry centered in Cairo. The charismatic stars of the era demonstrated refined movements layered on the soft strength of Egyptian dance.

Some previous belly dance experience recommended.
Please bring high-heeled dance shoes if you have them (even if they are not dance shoes), just to try out some of the movement. This is for only a few minutes of class, but is a crucial element for your understanding of the genre.


Saturday, 3:45-5:45 pm: Essential Reda Combinations

Mahmoud Reda is the pioneer of theater-stage Egyptian folkloric dance. His artistic vision is still the movement base for the Reda Troupe of Egypt, as well as many Egyptian dance teachers touring the world. Once these combinations get into your repertoire of movement, it is difficult to choreograph without them. We start simple and get into some challenging Reda-signature combinations.

Some previous belly dance experience recommended.

Classic B&W Era

Date: June 27

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Cost: $55 through May 31, $65 after May 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Reda Combinations

Date: June 27

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Cost: $55 through May 31, $65 after May 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW



Sunday, 12:00-2:00 pm: Transition Era (Fifi & Suhair)

After the Classic Black and White Cinema Era, Egypt had a new generation of film stars that had started in the end of the Hollywood films. But now that Egypt had taken over their films, story plots changed and dancing no longer followed the musical theater model. Egyptian audiences wanted dancers who danced more like Egyptians. This fascinating Transition Age was highlighted temporarily by a shared vocabulary of steps and movements as Egyptian dancers tried to find themselves in this new world. As the Transition Era matured we see how the star dancers of the time bloomed into the “Modern Egyptian” Era.

Some previous belly dance experience recommended.
Please bring flat dance shoes and veils.


Sunday, 2:15-4:15 pm: Modern Egyptian

In the Modern Egyptian Era, often the stages would be large and dancers could fill them with new traveling steps, exciting audiences and extending the opportunity to convey a character.

As well as the shared Modern Egyptian style, each dancer each had his/her own signature traveling steps, of which we will learn many, increasing your vocabulary of movement. Fun, informational, energetic!

Some previous belly dance experience recommended.

Transition Era

Date: June 28

Time: 12:00-2:00 pm

Cost: $55 through May 31, $65 after May 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Modern Egyptian

Date: June 28

Time: 2:15-4:15 pm

Cost: $55 through May 31, $65 after May 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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Package Pricing: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $250 through May 31 / $300 after May 31

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

Bellywood Grooves

Malina

Embark on a journey further east as you learn a unique fusion of Indian Bollywood dance and belly dance. Bollywood is a blend of classical Indian dance, Indian folk dances such as Bhangra and contemporary western dances.

The workshop will take you through some workout techniques based on both Bollywood and belly dance moves and launch into a fun, short routine.

This class will also focus on range of expressions and emotions that can be expressed through joyful and dramatic Bollywood music.

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


Malina has been training in Middle Eastern dance for over 6 years including traditional Egyptian and Turkish cabaret styles, folkloric styles and tribal fusion. She has also studied Latin dance styles, hip hop, South Asian classical and folk dances.

While she enjoys traditional styles, she also experiments with fusion techniques and enjoys creating innovative choreography.

Date(s): Saturday, July 11

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

Teacher(s): Malina

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance

Nada Khodlova

In this beautiful ancient Gypsy “Gitano” barefoot flamenco dance form, the Spanish Gypsy Skirt dance, we will experience the fanning of the skirt, the closing, opening, flicking, throwing of the skirt as the cascading pulsation of our internal sacred sexual flame as only known and expressed by a living goddess.

The power and sensuality undulates throughout our bodies and emanates out through the skirt waves. This power is rooted in the earth and flows up to the sky. The container of the dance and skirt allow the full glory of goddess to be expressed, knowing, giving, yet nourishing and protecting.

As taught to Nada by Puela Lunaris, founder of Dances of the World Society, internationally acclaimed performing artist, workshop leader and speaker, Puela is on a mission to rescue dances in danger of extinction.

This feminine dance flamenco form will include exploring sensual arms, exotic hand gestures, undulating hips and a proud torso. You will learn braceos, floreos, palmas sordas and palmas claras. Be a part of the lineage of women to carry on this dance which is on the verge of extinction.

Come and learn a dance that has its roots with the gypsy grandmothers of Spain.


Nada Khodlova, MA BC-DMT LCAT, is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She has danced/performed with the Duncan Dance Collective, Rina Rinkewich/Return of the Sun, PURE, Lauren Raine in “The Masks of the Goddess”, and the Thais Mazur Dance Company. Nada has facilitated Ritual Dance for wonderful venues such as “Celebrating the Mythic Life” conference, Dance New England Camp and weekend, Deborah Roth’s New Moon Sister Circle and Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors (COSM), The Goddess Festival, and The PURE Bellydance Conference in NYC. Nada has trained with Laura Shannon in a 2-year Women’s Ritual Dance intensive program and received a certification.

Nada is of Czech-Croatian heritage and has experienced many gifts of homecoming through these dances. She hopes to honor the wisdom and potency of these dances and to pass this on to others.

Date(s): Saturday, July 18

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

Teacher(s): Nada Khodlova

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Women’s Ritual Dance

Women's Ritual Dance

You are invited to dance with the community in traditional Balkan, Greek, Rom, Armenian, Near Eastern and modern sacred circle dances.

Throughout all ages and cultures, traditional circle dances are used to honor the divine, heal, affirm connections to the earth and each other, build community and celebrate rites of passages and life transitions. Many of the dances originated in European cultures embodying a world view which honored the earth, the body and the divine feminine.

The danced patterns illuminate the web of these connections and with conscious practice align us with all from the cellular to the cosmic level. We all have the capacity to transcend ourselves and reconnect with the web, to attune to the cosmic vibration of the divine feminine, and to transmit our embodiment of this sacred energy as healing force into our lives and into our world. This is where personal and universal healing can occur.

We will seek guidance both from the dances and the ancestors who created the dances. The wisdom of the ancient ones are held within the dances. As we attentively dance and plug into this wisdom we reweave ourselves into the time-honored web of life.

The dances are joyful, meditative, mournful, full of beauty, longing, life, and celebration!


Nada Khodlova Nada Khodlova, MA BC-DMT LCAT, is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She has danced/performed with the Duncan Dance Collective, Rina Rinkewich/Return of the Sun, PURE, Lauren Raine in “The Masks of the Goddess”, and the Thais Mazur Dance Company. Nada has facilitated Ritual Dance for wonderful venues such as “Celebrating the Mythic Life” conference, Dance New England Camp and weekend, Deborah Roth’s New Moon Sister Circle and Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors (COSM), The Goddess Festival, and The PURE Bellydance Conference in NYC. Nada has trained with Laura Shannon in a 2-year Women’s Ritual Dance intensive program and received a certification.

Nada is of Czech-Croatian heritage and has experienced many gifts of homecoming through these dances. She hopes to honor the wisdom and potency of these dances and to pass this on to others.

Date(s): Saturday, July 18

Time(s): 3:45-5:45 pm

Teacher(s): Nada Khodlova

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Best Foot Forward: Clean and Confident Footwork, Transitions, Travel Steps, and Turns

Autumn Leah Ward

“Best Foot Forward” guides you through footwork as both a foundation and a finishing detail, illustrating how elements combine to transform weight changes into full lush belly dance movements.

Starting with technical placement exercises and the most basic timing units of “step” and “hold,” dancers will progress through ball-change, step-ball-change, and other sequence variations that create traveling and time marking patterns.

Adding greater sophistication, layered variations include the nuances of accents and counter-twists; traditional hipwork and upper body isolations; and movements for the feet and legs—pivots, hops, heel lifts, knee lifts, arabesques and other leg extensions — danced with grounded belly dance technique that keeps a strong connection to the floor.


Star belly dancer Autumn Leah Ward infuses impeccable technique with poetry and magic. A lifelong dancer, Autumn has been working professionally in belly dance since 1999.

Initially focusing on Oriental dance and theatrical Middle-Eastern folklore, Autumn shifted her focus to dance theater in 2006, developing a diverse body of groundbreaking unorthodox work alongside her repertoire of traditional dances. She is especially known for precision in lyrical dance, and detail-oriented work developed for video and the theater stage. Autumn has contributed performances to many DVDs, including IAMED’s “Sixth Awards of BellyDance” (2003), and Fantasy Bellydance (World Dance New York, 2009).

Autumn is a master instructor, with thousands of hours of classroom teaching experience. She teaches clean versatile foundation technique, adaptable to traditional, tribal, and fusion styles, and, emphasizing purpose and integrity, promotes belly dance as an artistic medium for individually-authentic self-expression. Autumn was a faculty member at Washington DC’s largest dance school, Joy of Motion Dance Center, from 1999-2002, has been teaching independently in New York City since relocating in 2002, and travels internationally as a workshop presenter. Autumn’s instructional-reference DVDs “Beautiful Technique from Step One” (2009) and “Travel Steps” (2011) are among the most comprehensive informational programs ever available to students and teachers of belly dance.

Date(s): Saturday, July 18

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

Teacher(s): Autumn Leah Ward

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

I Got Rhythms! (Live Music)

Omoladun

Drums are the heart beat of belly dance and the soul of Arabic music.

With this introduction to rhythms you will learn all about the most common drum patterns found in belly dance music, as well as movements, footwork, and combinations that compliment each one.

Dancing with a live drummer will help you learn earthy saidi, sensual chiftiteli, playful karlisma, and more.

This workshop will focus on understanding the regional feeling, context and corresponding movement quality that best fit each rhythm. Students will learn a short drum solo and a handout of rhythm descriptions will be provided to take home.

Start moving to the beat and hitting accents with attitude!

This workshop is great for students who are new to rhythms or need a refresher. Open to all levels; at least 4 months of belly dance recommended.

Date(s): Saturday, August 1

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

Teacher(s): Omoladun and Randy

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $45

Master Class with Mardi Love

Mardi Love

Friday

6:00-9:00 pm - Zils Class

Oh where have the days of blue fingertips and bleeding eardrums gone? Mardi presents a pocketful of movements and tailor-made zil accompaniment.

Friday: Zils Class

Date: August 14

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Cost: $85 through July 1 / $100 after July 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Saturday

1:30-3:30 pm - Isolation Patterns….in drills and on stage

This class keeps the body busy upstairs and downstairs, while arms, hands and footwork make it pretty enough to put on stage.

3:45-5:45 pm - Excerpts From the Revue - bits and pieces from the new Show

Combinations and questions answered.

Saturday: Isolation Patterns

Date: August 15

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Cost: $55 through July 1 / $65 after July 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Saturday: Excerpts From the Revue

Date: August 15

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Cost: $55 through July 1 / $65 after July 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Sunday

1:00-4:00 pm - New Choreography

Just like it sounds, we’re learning a new piece. Hooray!

Sunday: Choreography Class

Date: August 16

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Cost: $85 through July 1 / $100 after July 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Package Pricing: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $260 through July 1 / $300 after July 1

*Out-of-town workshop participants may be interested in these nearby hotels: Days Inn or Marriott Courtyard
*Studio is located by the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop (Red Line) (Check for delays)

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

Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Bali 2015

Bali Retreat with Rachel Brice:
The HeART of Belly Dance
Desa Seni, Bali
August 22-29, 2015

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)
  • 30+ hours of daily technique, combination, choreography and yoga classes
  • Balinese Opening Cleansing ceremony
  • Cultural night with traditional Indonesian dinner and Balinese dance performances
  • 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.

**SOLD OUT**
Click here to join the waiting list
Master Class with Virginia

Virginia of Miami

Saturday, 1:30-3:30 pm: X Factor

Want to stand out from the crowd? In this workshop Virginia will give you everything you need to make yourself an extraordinary presence on the stage! A Dancer with that “je ne sais quoi”, X Factor!

Virginia will share the fundamental elements needed to create an unforgettable performance. Ignite emotion and presence through movement and perform with passion, focus, and discipline. Captivate the audience with stunning performances and create your own “star power”!

Some previous belly dance experience recommended.


Saturday, 3:45-5:45 pm: The Learned Dancer

Learn to identify the different styles of music, the appropriate movements and corresponding stylization, and appropriate costuming and cultural significance. Virginia will go through the most popular styles of music, including Oriental (menzance), Balady, Balady Awady, Tarab, Takasim, Shabbi, ect., and the corresponding dances and costuming appropriate for each style, providing priceless insight as to what to do/wear (and what not to do!). Learn the diversity of this dance and open up your repertoire to include so much more! Be revered by everyone, especially the Arab and Belly Dance community, as a learned dancer who respects this beautiful, ancient dance form enough to truly learn and embrace it’s roots.

Some previous belly dance experience recommended.

X Factor

Date: September 12

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Cost: $55 through August 1, $65 after August 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

The Learned Dancer

Date: September 12

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Cost: $55 through August 1, $65 after August 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW



Sunday, 12:00-4:00 pm: Advanced Oriental Choreography

Learn a cutting-edge choreography with all the elements necessary for making a powerful entrance, creating dynamics within your dancing, building beautiful lines, and mastering stage presence!

In this 4-hour class, we have time to really hone in on articulating technique and making seamless transitions, while adding breath to promote emotional expression and nuance. Virginia will share a stunning choreography with inspired interpretations to a variety of rhythms and melodic interludes. Feel free to use all, or parts, of this choreography time and again to truly captivate your audience.

Advanced Oriental

Date: September 13

Time: 12:00-4:00 pm

Cost: $110 through August 1, $130 after August 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Saturday & Sunday: $200 through Aug. 1 / $250 after Aug. 1

Stay tuned for Sahara Dance Hafla, featuring Virginia (date/time TBD)!



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


Virginia has captivated a worldwide public with breathtaking performances, a dynamic presence, and a soulful interpretation of Oriental Dance.

Considered to be one of the most influential and sought-after performers, a gifted choreographer, and one of the most profound master instructors of this ancient art form, Virginia has been presented in the most prominent theaters and festivals across 5 continents and over 60 countries.

Incorporating innovative musicality and ingenious choreographic prowess, Virginia is known for constantly reinventing the dance.

She dares to elevate the dance to all new levels while staying true to its indigenous roots.

She has created 7 teaching DVDs, 2 theatrical productions on DVD, and 2 Oriental Dance Music CDs.

Master Class with Zoe Jakes

Zoe Jakes Save the Date: November 19-22
Stay tuned! Details coming soon.

Master Class with Donna Mejia

Donna Mejia, Photo by Emmanuel Adero

Save the Date: December 4-6, 2015

Stay tuned! Details coming soon.

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.

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.

Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Costa Rica 2016

Heart of Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice
Blue Spirit, Costa Rica
February 13-20, 2016

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
* Movie night with popcorn
* 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.

**SOLD OUT**
Click here to join the waiting list

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…