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

Massage Ball Self-Care and Floorplay

Lisa Johnson

The objectives of this workshop are to demonstrate and teach the use of massage balls for achieving deep tissue massage, acupressure release and overall body flexibility.

The focus will be on the neck, shoulders, spine and buttocks.

The outcome will be a rejuvenated body with improved range of motion for daily tasks, the restoration of athletic flexibility and a decreased propensity for injuries.

You will learn self-administered techniques for sustaining a healthy, flexible and pain free body.





    This workshop will include:
  • Circular warm up movements to promote flexibility based on therapeutic movement techniques
  • Stretching and strengthening of all regions of the body from the neck to the feet
  • Using massage balls of various sizes and firmness, in combination with movements to promote spinal flexibility and deep tissue release

Balls for the workshop will be provided and are available for purchase after the class. Please wear a tight fitted long sleeved top and bring a yoga mat.

Date(s): Sunday, August 9

Time(s): 12:00-2:00 pm

Teacher(s): Lisa Johnson

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

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: $100

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: $65

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Saturday: Excerpts From the Revue

Date: August 15

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Cost: $65

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: $100

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Package Pricing: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $300

*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
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).

We’ll 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 Summer15 Company, Performance Class Beginner II or above (or private lessons to learn repertoire); and
2) Simultaneous enrollment in Fall15 Company or Performance Class


Sahara Dance Caravan Fall 2015 Tour Schedule

Wednesday, Aug 26 - 6:30-9:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept 1 - 6:30-9:00 pm
Sunday, Sept 13 - 9:30-11:30 am
Friday, Sept 18 - 6:00-7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 20 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Friday, Sept 25 - 6:30-9:00 pm (dress rehearsal)
(15 hours)*

**Registration deadline for new members: Tuesday, August 25**

* A special truncated membership (8 hours) is available for members of the Sahara Dance Caravan Company Summer 2015 troupe. Please contact us for the returning members registration link.

Performance:
Friday, October 2 - Miami, FL
15th annual Rakstar International Belly Dance Festival!

Date(s): See schedule above

Time(s): Varies (see schedule above)

Teacher(s): Rachel . Jennifer

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $290

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 has been voted Best Dance Class in DC for 7 years!

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: Friday, September 11
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Teacher: Rachel
Location: Sahara Dance Central
Cost: $20*
*Free for Sahara Dance Carnival ticket holders!
See details and RSVP here.

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: $65

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

The Learned Dancer

Date: September 12

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Cost: $65

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: $130

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Saturday & Sunday: $250

* Please join us Friday evening for the Sahara Dance Hafla, featuring a full performance set by Virginia! *


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.

Fresh from Cairo: Stylization and Combos

Shahrzad

Work on getting that unique Cairo flavor in this fun workshop with Shahrzad. Learn the latest techniques, combos, and trends in Egyptian dance, set to the newest and best music straight from Cairo!

Get ready for a fast-paced, challenging workshop wits lots of brand new technique.

This workshop is designed for Advanced level dancers.

Date(s): Friday, September 18

Time(s): 7:30-9:30 pm

Teacher(s): Shahrzad

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $45

A Day of Drum Solos with Shahrzad & Marshall

Shahrzad

The drum solo is one of the most exciting and dynamic parts of a dancer’s performance. It is a time to showcase technical skills, energy, and personality.

Shahrzad will be sharing her signature technique for exciting shimmies, accents and layers.

Marshall will break down the main rhythms and patterns used for drum solos and then play for a number of Shahrzad’s drills and combinations so that dancers can work on developing perfect musicality.

The first 2 hours will focus on technique, and in the last 2 hours, all of the technique and combos will be combined into a fun original drum solo composed by Marshall and choreographed by Shahrzad.

Drum Solo Technique

Date: September 19

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $45

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Drum Solo Choreography

Date: September 19

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $45

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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 and Jennifer 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 Hafla on October 24 (venue TBD). 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, Sept 20, 4:00-7:00 pm
Sunday, Sept 27, 4:00-7:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 11, 4:00-7:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 18, 4:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 24, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
(15 hours total)

Date(s): See schedule above

Time(s): Varies (see schedule above)

Teacher(s): Rachel

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $290

Introduction to Samba

Sonia

Samba is a musical form that developed out of a combination of rhythms and musical traditions whose origins can be traced back to the early days of Brazil. This high-energy workshop will begin with a short warm-up of progressive Afro-Brazilian flexibility movements and stretching exercises set to popular Brazilian music.

Students will learn new dance movements, building coordination, flexibility, strength, posture, and grace, while emphasizing proper arm, foot, and hip movements. A short choreography will tie all the movements together. All levels are welcome. Come prepared to sweat and have fun!

Date(s): Saturday, October 3

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

Teacher(s): Sonia

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Candle Dance: Exploring Sacred Movement

Na'la Imagine, if you will, a quiet, shadowy space, where a slow drum beat is heard. Figures appear from the shadows, holding in their palms a delicate light to show the way. As the violin joins the song, these figures come together, acknowledging each other as they stand in their own power, the power of fire. Then, they start to move as one…

Fire is the element that represents our will power, our passion, and our personal energy. This workshop is going to be all about sparking, building, and stoking our internal fire. We will focus on our solar plexus (Manipura chakra), abdominal and core, using breath work and simple movements to connect with our body, our breath and our personal power. With the heat we build together, we will explore a different side of dance, one that leaves our thoughts behind to explore ancient and timeless movements. We will be using votive candles as our prop (teacher will provide) as we honor our higher self, and honor the higher power of our fellow dancers.

Come and learn a beautiful and accessible dance that is perfect for all ages, levels and body types!

Date(s): Saturday, October 17

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

Teacher(s): Na'la

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Khalima’s East Coast Fusion-Flow

Khalima

Put on your fancy pants and get ready to shake it! Containing a little bit of this, and maybe some of that, this class is a full dose of Khalima-style Orientale Fusion. Full of drills, flows, and combos, this is a freight train full of fun and fancy style and technique, RVA style.

Pull up your bootstraps, and straighten your wig, it’s gonna get hot in here! This is a great warm up for students also taking Zillgasm!

Open to all levels.

Date(s): Saturday, October 24

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

Teacher(s): Khalima

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Zillgasm!

Khalima photo credit: Gene Domingo

Are you ready to dance on the floor with bells on? Then Zillgasm is the place for you!

Learn how to incorporate zills into a sultry, strong, and fun floorwork routine suitable for all styles of belly dance. We will drill saucy zill combinations, and build floorwork skills with a focus on safe and strong technique.

Students should bring kneepads and a yoga mat if sensitive to bare floor. Zill experience recommended.

Date(s): Saturday, October 24

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

Teacher(s): Khalima

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Bellydance for the Boudoir

Khalima photo credit: Gene Domingo

Sexy, sassy, and sensual, dance of all forms can get you back in your body and feeling good. Belly dance has a special verve and the added benefit of physical conditioning that translates well into the bedroom, and can help boost your confidence in life in general!

This class covers several important ideas for building up your sexy factor: anatomy and finding muscle groups, sensual movement, and confidence building exercises.

Open to all levels of dancers, you won’t be shy by the end of this! Designed for students age 18 or older; teens accompanied by a parent.

Date(s): Sunday, October 25

Time(s): 12:30-2:30 pm

Teacher(s): Khalima

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Mystery in Movement

Rin Ajna

Ready for something different on Halloween? Learn a new and unusual choreography to an original and mysterious song, composed by Rin Ajna!

Participants will be guided through a few exercises in interpreting musical cues to form a greater understanding of how sound can translate into movement of the body.

Whether you’re looking for new dance moves to use this autumn, or just looking for a way to step into the moment, this workshop provides an excellent opportunity expand your personal dance practice and explore different concepts of movement. Bring an open mind, and expect a good fun challenge!

All levels are welcome. At least 6 months of consistent belly dance training strongly recommended.


Rin Ajna is rooted in nearly twenty years of diverse dance training. Her previous experience in jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop, has naturally come to blend with her belly dance training, creating an incredibly dynamic style, often described as captivating and otherworldly. Rin is a performer and contributing choreographer for Jillina’s world-renowned theatrical belly dance production, Bellydance Evolution, and has worked with the company internationally since 2012.

Steeped in artistic creative expression throughout her life, Rin Ajna has experimented with several different media of music. She has been enjoying the company of the piano for seventeen years, playing songs by ear and composing original tunes. Now taking her skills to the next level, Rin is working on several electronic music compositions.

She is happy to call Sahara Dance her long-time belly dance home!

Date(s): Saturday, October 31

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

Teacher(s): Rin Ajna

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Class with Zoe Jakes

Zoe Jakes

Friday, 6:30-9:30 pm: Dear Heart

They say that the first love is the hardest fall. Using emotion and movement, we will explore intensity through dance.

This workshop will explore dynamics, the strength of earth and how we play with gravity and our weight, the tension of water and how it makes us seemingly float in slow motion, air and the lightness it brings, and finally fire, the burning flash that punctuates everything.

Prepare to be introduced to a new way to see and interpret movement in the body. Using movement exercises and dance drills we will forge a new connection to our own personal movement vocabulary. Expect technique drills as well as freedom of movement exercises in this workshop.

Friday: Dear Heart (3 hours)

Date: November 20

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

Cost: $85 through October 1 / $105 after October 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Saturday, 1:30-4:30 pm: Eastern Fusion Choreography

Influences of Balinese and Odissi are present in this fusion choreography.

Belly dance and Eastern stylization fuse seamlessly in a dance that moves through honey and molasses.

The eyes and hands guide the dance, so much emphasis will be placed on beautiful and fluid hands, and graceful arms.


Saturday, 4:45-6:45 pm: Balkan Party: Combos & Drills

You will dance, sweat, and dance some more!!!!

Using the backbone that is Jamila format and Zoe’s first teacher Katarina Burda’s stylization, we will incorporate earthy hip movements with high energy drills and short combos.

The playlist is rocking and will keep the class going, along with cute combos that are super fun in the moment, but so perfect to take away for your own choreography! 5-6 short and fun Balkan inspired combos will be covered in this workshop.

Saturday: Eastern Fusion Choreography (3 hours)

Date: November 21

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $85 through October 1 / $105 after October 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Saturday: Balkan Party (2 hours)

Date: November 21

Time: 4:45-6:45 pm

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

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Sunday, 12:00-3:00 pm: Finders Keepers

The secrets of performance (it’s all in you! shhhhh don’t tell anyone) and the authentic audience connection will be focused on in this workshop.

Dancing with true intention comes from within, and can be a challenge to connect with, but with clear direction and a safe environment this workshop can dancers to open up to a having a more honest and inspired experience with stage performance.

If you are ready to be inspired…lets play! Performance dance games and a clear format for connecting with audience will be covered in this workshop. Bring a notepad!


Sunday, 3:25-5:15 pm: The Art of the Belly
Belly Rolls, Flutters & Stomach Pops

The methodology behind strong belly work will be very clearly presented in this workshop.

The dancer will be introduced to the strength, flexibility, and technique building drills to create well-rounded movement, presented in Zoe Jakes Belly Dance Flow Drills Style. We will work on several combos, approaching in unique ways this traditional belly dance movement we all love so much.

Sunday: Finders Keepers (3 hours)

Date: November 22

Time: 12:00-3:00 pm

Cost: $85 through October 1 / $105 after October 1

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Sunday: The Art of the Belly (2 hours)

Date: November 22

Time: 3:15-5:15

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

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: $340 through October 1 / $420 after October 1

Cancellation policy: Master Class registrations are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend, you may sell or transfer your registration to another person. Please send us notice of your registration transfer.

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

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
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.


SAVE THE DATE: March 4-6, 2016
Stay tuned. Details coming soon!


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 20-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 20-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 20 hours of each course (40 hours total).

June 18 & 19, 2016 - JtE I (20 hours)
June 20 & 21, 2016 - JtE II (20 hours)

Journey through Egypt I

Dates: June 18 & 19

Times: June 18: 1:00-10:00 pm (light dinner provided)
June 19: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (light lunch and dinner provided)

Cost: $475

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Journey through Egypt II

Dates: June 20 & 21

Times: June 20: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (light lunch provided)
June 21: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (light lunch provided)

Cost: $475

Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

 

Package Pricing: Journey through Egypt I & II: $900

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…