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

January Brush Up Workshop Series

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 3

Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Teacher: Allyson

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20


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

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

Prerequisite: Previous completion of Sahara Dance Beginner II Technique class, or 12 - 18 months study in belly dance.

Date: Saturday, January 3

Time: 12:15-1:15 pm

Teacher: Allyson

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $20


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 3

Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Teacher: TBD

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $25


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 3

Time: 2:45-3:45 pm

Teacher: TBD

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $25

Introduction to Muscle Technique

Alyssum Join the first class of the semester-long Muscle Technique class, offered as a special 1-hour workshop sneak peek into how your body works!

Learn how to access the snake in your belly, how to isolate like a pro, improve your flexibility for general well-being, and gain a deeper understanding about how your body works. This class is appropriate for all levels. Beginners will lay a strong foundation for excellent technique; advanced dancers will be challenged to perfect your skills.

Wear comfortable clothing, and please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Alyssum shares her extensive background in anatomy and physiology, her understanding of dance, and experience as a contortionist to help you improve flexibility, gain strength, and safely build muscle memory for belly dance.

Check out Alyssum’s TEDx Talk:

Date: Sunday, January 4

Time: 10:00-11:00 am

Teacher: Alyssum

Cost: $20

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Theatrical Belly Dance Intensive: Creating a Storyline for Under a Desert Moon 13

Malina Eager to delve into the world of theatrical belly dance? Want to develop your choreographic skill set and help build a show?

Bring to life the Under a Desert Moon theme through collaborative choreography and creative play! Through belly dance solos and small group choreography we’ll share stories on stage to weave a theme throughout the annual gala.

Delve deeply into the creative process through structured improvisation, supportive homework and storyboards.

Rachel will provide frameworks, guidance and feedback to the choreographic process to culminate in a polished, finished show. Guest artists, including Alyssum, Jennifer, Shahrzad and others, will co-teach to deepen our theoretical understanding of theatrical dance.

Join for a playful experiment in co-creating Under a Desert Moon 13!

Both traditional and experimental belly dance backgrounds are welcome.

Students will provide their own costuming with teacher guidance (we will draw upon company and personal costuming, when possible).

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

Date(s): Saturday, January 10 - 1:30-3:30 pm
Sunday, January 25 - 4:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, February 8 - 4:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, February 22 - 4:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, March 15 - 4:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, March 29 - 4:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, April 12 - 4:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, April 19 - 4:00-6:00 pm
(16 hours total)

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $310

Introduction to Belly Dance

Introduction to Belly Dance

Voted the Best Dance Class in DC!

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Sunday, January 11
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Teacher: Rachel
Location: Sahara Dance Central
Cost: $20*
*Free for Sahara Dance Winter Caravan ticket holders!
See details and RSVP here.

Sahara Dance Open House and UDM Preview

Open House

Please join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and friends!

Enjoy UDM performance preview mini-workshops by Sahara Dance faculty.

Shop the Celebrate 2015 souk sale (everything 15% off!), while dancing down memory lane with videos of past Under a Desert Moon performances playing in the background).

If you are already a sister in dance or just curious about classes, please come by and connect with kindred spirits.

Don’t miss this special community appreciation day!

Friends and family are welcome, and it’s FREE!

Date: Sunday, January 11
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Tenleytown-AU Metro (red line)

Please RSVP!

Developing Unusual Footwork

Rin Ajna

Learn unusual foot patterns designed to provide a fun challenge!

This workshop will focus on developing awareness of the entire body while moving, and maintaining technique and stage presence while performing traveling steps.

Bring home a new set of steps for your dance practice and spark new ideas for your own unique movement! Prepare for a good fun challenge!

This workshop is open to all levels. Basic belly dance training is strongly recommended.

Photo by Neï Mad


Rin Ajna’s unique fusion belly dance style is inspired by over eighteen years of diverse dance training in jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, and several fusion styles of dance. Rin credits much of her technical growth and evolution in style to instructors Rachel Kay Brookmire, Ebony Qualls, and Rachel Brice, with whom she has studied intensively. Since 2012, Rin has toured internationally with Bellydance Evolution, gathering and sharing inspiration from her travels and experiences through instruction, performance, and discussion.

Date(s): Saturday, January 17

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

Teacher(s): Rin Ajna

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Women’s Creativity Circle

Creativity Circle Bring your creative new year’s intentions to life! The circle is designed to cultivate dreams, creativity and supportive friendships.

All are welcome and the format will allow for each participant to choose their own adventure.

Deepen your creative expression through belly dance, costuming, writing and/or discover other outlets for your artistic spirit.

Through reflection, creative play, journal writing and structured sharing, we’ll explore The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

Each circle will include a short mindfulness practice and light movement/dance for centering (no dance experience necessary). Delve into a collective experience to nurture your inner artist.


Schedule:

Sundays, 6:00-7:30 pm
January 25
February 8
February 22
March 15
March 29
April 12

Registration is for the 6-class workshop intensive.

Try out the first day (January 25) on a one-day workshop pass ($30).

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $150

Master Class with Mardi Love

Mardi Love

Friday

Slow Layers and Sentences

All that is slow, sinuous, undulating….Mardi’s favorite. We’ll take a couple hours working slow technique and employing said technique in sultry sentences of movement.

Saturday

Strange Familiarity

This is a combinations class that takes music from various genres (Jazz. Blues. Calypso.) and tailors belly dance movement to work with them.

When the Indigo was touring with Le Serpent Rouge, we were three belly dancers living amongst Balkan musicians, loving hot jazz, working with a jug band, and looking to produce a variety show. This fortunate predicament led to the exploration of how to set the movements we knew as belly dancers onto other types of music while working under the law, (Bricey brought this to the table, and it was burned into every aspect of my dance self that day) “Just because You can, doesn’t mean You should.”

Not just pretty poetry, my friends. We address look, style, musicality in hopes of being able to do more with what we do.

Sunday

Choreography Class With Mardi Love

Just like it sounds, Mardi presents an original choregraphy for your dancing pleasure.

Friday: Slow Layers & Sentences

Date: January 30

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

Cost: $90 through December 31 / $110 after December 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Saturday: Strange Familiarity

Date: January 31

Time: 1:30-5:30 pm

Cost: $110 through December 31 / $130 after December 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Sunday: Choreography Class

Date: February 1

Time: 1:00-5:00 pm

Cost: $110 through December 31 / $130 after December 31

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Package Pricing: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $295 through December 31 / $345 after December 31

*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

Direct from Cairo Weekend Intensive

Shahrzad

Saturday, February 7

Signature Egyptian Technique and Combos

Egyptian dance is characterized by its grounded and earthy movements paired with a relaxed and emotive stage presence. Shahrzad will teach the newest and most popular techniques from Egypt and combine the movements into several combinations set to a variety of songs so you can play with different rhythms, moods, and speeds.

Egyptian Choreography

Be the first to learn an all new original Egyptian choreography by Shahrzad set to the latest music from Cairo!

Sunday, February 8

Dancing to Beledi Progression

Beledi progression has a constant presence in Egyptian dance shows. The progression moves from slow snakey taqsim to fast and exciting Beledi to create a perfect framework for the dancer to showcase many types of movements and moods. In this workshop we will cover improvisation and learn a short choreography.

Egyptian Technique

Date: February 7

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Egyptian Choreography

Date: February 7

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Beledi Progression

Date: February 8

Time: 12:30-2:30 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Valentine Girls’ Night Out

Valentine All the single ladies!
All the married ladies!
All levels welcome!

Join us for a night of Valentine-inspired combos and treats.

We’ll shimmy to music fit for a girls’ night out (both traditional belly dance music and the not-so-traditional).

Bring your besties and share the love!

Date(s): Friday, February 13

Time(s): 6:30-8:30 pm

Teacher(s): Brianne

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Tribal Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice in Costa Rica

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

Rachel Brice

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

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

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

This retreat is suitable for all levels, with individual attention to modify movements for beginners and/or challenge advanced dancers. A basic foundation in belly dance and/or yoga is strongly suggested.

* See details and register *
Valentine Hula Hoop

Hula Hoop Fall in love with yourself, with life and all that is.

Using the Hoop as a tool for joyful transformation, we will explore on- and off-the-body hooping, level changes, walking, turning, twirling and other cool tricks.

This workshop is for all levels. Share the love and bring a friend! Ages 12 and older.

Hoops provided and for sale.

Date(s): Saturday, February 14

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

Teacher(s): Debora Jackson

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Shaabi

Lisa Zahiya Shaabi is an Egyptian musical and dance genre. It is a form of popular working-class music which evolved from baladi in the second half of the 20th century.

Shaabi literally means ‘music of the people’ and is a form of urban music and dance expressing the difficulties and frustrations of modern Egyptian life.

In this workshop participants will explore the movement style, history and evolution of shaabi.

Lisa will teach movement, technique and combinations which will culminate in a fun and sassy choreography.

Date(s): Saturday, February 21

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

Teacher(s): Lisa Zahiya

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Classes with Yasmina Ramzy

Yasmina Ramzy

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

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


Friday, March 6
6:30-7:30 pm: Lecture: Belly Dance and Feminism, Sexuality,
Self Esteem and Spirituality

Discover the essence of belly dance and give meaning and purpose to the movement in this lecture that focuses on spirituality, feminism, sexuality, and self-esteem.

8:00-9:30 pm: Workshop X

The development of this unique workshop was sponsored by Ontario Arts Council, designed to unleash the inner ancient life force of belly dance and the creative joy it embodies. It is an experience that one gets the most benefit from if one has no preconceptions.

Taking place behind locked doors, the participants are sworn to secrecy after the workshop. All do so willingly as they do not want to ruin the experience for anyone else.

Any level can participate as it has nothing to do with technique. All levels.

Lecture: Belly Dance and Feminism, Sexuality, Self Esteem and Spirituality

Date: March 6

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Cost: $20

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Workshop X

Date: March 6

Time: 8:00-9:30 pm

Cost: $40 through February 19 / $50 after February 19

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Saturday, March 7
1:30-3:30 pm: Heavy Hitting Hips Technique & Transitions

The synthesis and core of Yasmina’s approach is a new way of teaching technique at all levels. Producing more power with less effort, this workshop directly addresses how to achieve the Arab nuance in belly dance movement.

Heavy Hitting Hips addresses the common ground for all levels of technique that differentiates Middle Eastern movement from Western movement.

3:30-5:30 pm: Nuance, Style and Emotionality

Description coming soon!

Heavy Hitting Hips: Technique & Transitions

Date: March 7

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Cost: $55 through February 19 / $65 after February 19

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Nuance, Style and Emotionality

Date: March 7

Time: 3:30-5:30 pm

Cost: $55 through February 19 / $65 after February 19

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Sunday, March 8
10:00 am-12:00 pm: Folklore Realms

Yasmina teaches the well-known steps, history, musical genre and costuming for many styles of dance from different regions of the Middle East. Folkloric styles include saiidi, khaleegy, assaya, tahtiib, milaya, hagallah, Port Said, dabki, Mohamed Ali St., shaabi, falahi, zaar, tannoura (Whirling Dervish), and Nubian.

She puts a heavy emphasis on cultural context, nuance and character development. Many belly dance steps have their origin in the folklore styles!

1:00-3:00 pm: Choreography

Topic and description coming soon!

Folklore Realms

Date: March 8

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $55 through February 19 / $65 after February 19

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Choreography

Date: March 8

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Cost: $55 through February 19 / $65 after February 19

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $250 through February 19 / $300 after February 19

Cancellation policy: Master Class registrations are non-refundable. 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

Master Classes with Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla!

Karim Nagi of Turbo Tabla

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

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


Saturday, April 11
1:30-2:30 pm: Dabke (Arabic line dancing)

Literally meaning “stomp” in Arabic, dabke (also spelled dabka, dubki, dabkeh, plural dabkaat) is a group dance found in the eastern Arab countries.

Performed mostly as a unisex line dance, dabke is avidly done at the weddings and parties of Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian and Palestinian communities. A version can also be found in Iraq, known as chobie. The movements include rhythmic stomping, kicking, sidewards walking, hoping and jumping.

In social settings the dancers hold hands and form long moving lines or wide rotating circles. There are also many stage performances and musical theater shows that feature dabke dances. You may also find dabke used as a form of non-violent social protest during war and conflicts. Primarily, it is a proud and energetic group line dance enjoyed by all ages and both genders.


2:30-5:30 pm: Live Drum Solo for Dancers (movement)

Some dancers fear it! Some overuse it! While melodic songs are lyrical and eloquent, drum songs are percussive and articulate. Everyone adores a solo where rhythmic drums and an accurate body lock together.

Fact: drum solos in Egyptian, Arabic, and cabaret styles are systematic. With predictable themes, each is like a variation on a famous story, retold with new voices and different accents.

Karim is a drummer and a dancer, so he knows what both creatures need in order to work together. He will teach the iconic hagalla sequence, the shimmy-to-roll-relation, dum hips & tak shoulders, signaling, masmudi’s many dums, wahda kabira to fallahi, ayoub’s momentary zaar, and how to ‘finale’ together, benevolently! After this class transforms you, a deaf man will be able to hear the drums by watching your body.

This class uses exclusively LIVE drumming and teaches the dancer how to understand and communicate with the drummer, what to expect, and how to be ready for improvisation.


Sunday, April 12
12:00-4:00 pm: Music Literacy for Dancers

This complete 4-hour course will train dancers and musicians to understand and teach Arabic music topics without needing an instrument nor any previous training.

Learn how to identify and sing 7 major Arabic maqam scales, along with famous song examples. Clap and voice 10 major Arabic iqaat rhythms with famous step examples. Discover the major Arabic and English music terms and cultural and linguistic references that are relevant to melodies, rhythms, and dance.

Incorporating movements and traditional combination steps to help communicate each musical topic, you will also develop melodic and rhythmic understanding through basic sheet music skills. Finally, you will receive a document of all rhythms, scales, terms, and famous Arabic words to take home for your reference.

Dabke (Arabic line dancing)

Date: April 11

Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Cost: $20 through March 26 / $30 after March 26

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Live Drum Solo for Dancers

Date: April 11

Time: 2:30-5:30 pm

Cost: $75 through March 26 / $90 after March 26

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Music Literacy for Dancers

Date: April 12

Time: 12:00-4:00 pm

Cost: $110 through March 26 / $130 after March 26

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Saturday and Sunday: $190 through March 26 / $240 after March 26

Cancellation policy: Master Class registrations are non-refundable. 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, April 18

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

Teacher(s): Malina

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Class with Sahra Saeeda

Sahra Saeeda

Save the Date: June 19-21
Stay tuned! Details coming soon.

Tribal Belly Dance Retreat with Rachel Brice in Bali

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 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.

Private Lessons

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Sahara Dance also offers other Special Topic and Brush-up Series Workshops. Find out more about our other upcoming workshops…