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

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, in this feminine flamenco dance form 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

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

Sahara Dance Movie Night!

Movie Night
Belly Dance Legends





Learn about the dance pioneers that started the Belly Dance movement in the United States. This documentary contains an in-depth look at our dance history with dance clips showing many of our own legends in this field. Stars include: Adriana, Aida Al Adawi, Aisha Ali, Aziz, Dahlena, De Ann, Helena Vlahos, Ibrahim “Bobby” Farrah, Jamila Salimpour, John Compton, Morocco and Roman “Bert” Balladine with bonus scenes of Ahmed Jarjour and Amir of Boston.

Join your fellow Sahara Dance students and faculty for a special summer movie night.

Bring your own snack and soda/refreshment.

Movie Trailer:

Date(s): Friday, July 24

Time(s): 7:00-9:00 pm

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: FREE! (Please RSVP)

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 25

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

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: $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

* 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.

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).

SAVE THE DATE:
June 18 & 19, 2016 - JtE 1 (20 hours)
June 20 & 21, 2016 - JtE 1 (20 hours)

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…