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

Ditch the Dum-Tek 2.0

Gabrielle

Take a break from traditional belly dance music and channel your inner ‘Dark Horse’ in this Tribaret-style workshop!

We’ll learn a slinky, sultry choreography to a hit song, with emphasis on expression and feeling. Get ready for pops and locks, combos, isolations, and even some hair-flipping!

At least one year of belly dance is recommended, with modifications for those with more intermediate/advanced technique.

Date(s): Saturday, November 1

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

Teacher(s): Gabrielle

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Kazaxe Dance Party!

kazaxe Kazaxe is a PARTY WORKOUT! Using international music you can feel rush through you, Kazaxe blends dancehall, reggae, hip hop, soca, samba, axe, Brazilian funk, southern line dances, and even some tinikling. Created in DC, Kazaxe will get you MOVING!

This boutique Kazaxe experience will have you sweating and smiling in a “house party” setting. Get a taste with this video.

Supportive, non-marking dance shoes or sneakers are recommended (no black-soled, street or hard-soled shoes please).

Date: Sunday, November 2

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Teacher: Dee

Cost: $20

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

The Shimmy Workout II

Dellaneira

The Shimmy Workout II is a fun, high energy, cardio class for students of all levels to learn/revisit shimmy techniques from lowest to highest difficulty.

A total of eight shimmy techniques will be broken down step by step. After each technique has been learned, they will be combined into a workout routine, which will increase in tempo after each repetition has been completed.

After returning from a five minute break, students will learn a dance combination to provide a perspective on how techniques can be used within a choreography

The Shimmy Workout II offers the same fun and cardio exercise as the original Shimmy Workout. Breaking down new and challenging techniques, this workshop is fun for students of all levels.


Dellaneira is a multiethnic award winning belly dancer based in Pennsylvania. Her training in Middle Eastern Dance began in the Egyptian Cabaret style of belly dance. She currently focuses on performing Fusion style belly dance, to bring her unique touch to her performances.

She is recognized for her highly dynamic movements and theatricality. Dellaneira is fearlessly creative and constantly exploring new ways to further enhance her skills and the entertainment level of her performances. She thoroughly enjoys using her skills as a dancer to combine sensuality and aggressiveness, while preserving the noble essence of belly dance.

Date(s): Saturday, November 8

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

Teacher(s): Dellaneira

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Master Class with Donna Mejia

Donna Mejia, Photo by Emmanuel Adero

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.

In October of 2011 she was selected by the Fulbright Association to present the 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen Endowed lecture for International Scholarship in Dance, notably for her paper “Digital Diasporas and Transnational Dance Communities: The Effects of the Internet on Identity Formation and Collective Cultural Memory.”

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.

Friday, 7:00-9:00 pm

I DARE YOU DONNA… MOVE ME!
Perpetual Motion and the Thrill of Music Immersion

I suppose you could describe this workshop as a workout… it certainly will be. Perhaps you could also identify it as a double-dare… although our goal is not bravado, nor competition.

What this will be is two hours of perpetual “tribal” or transnational fusion dance to the best music in the universe! Alternating between chapters of vigorous athleticism and smooth lyricality, we will not stop our indulgence of dance until the music ends. No lectures or verbose lessons will be offered, but laughter will be abundant. Our playlist journeys through the popular and underground music scenes of India, the Arab world, the African continent, the U.K. and South America.

Please come hydrated in comfortable clothing, and be ready to let yourself flow for a marathon celebration of our remarkable community.

 

Saturday, 1:30-5:30 pm

Swelling to the Surface: Breath and Body

I have a deep love for fantastical theatricality and great dance production. Alternately, I have a profound respect for the inherent intelligence of the body when it is freed from the bounds of showmanship. This workshop steps away from the focus on performance and skill acquisition to engage the domain of bodily truth.

We will begin with breath-work, and proceed gently towards a movement session rooted in tribal fusion vocabulary, but unconcerned with counts, phrasing, sequencing and structure.

I will offer theoretical highlights from my 25 years of study in sacred and transcendental dance traditions (North Africa, Central and West Africa, Caribbean Islands, Brazil, Louisiana).

We will also discuss current understandings of why our brains and neurological systems respond to movement in such specific ways. Deliberate breath work will serve as the barometer for integration and the touchstone of expanding the senses.

I offer my pledge of a thoughtful, conscientious and carefully guided passage… an invitation to let dance move through you and bring you to a broader sense of self.

This will not be a workshop about any specific beliefs or dogma. Rather, it will serve as an intentional laboratory for one aspect of dance celebrated by over half of the world’s cultures… dance as a technology for expanded consciousness.

Comfortable clothing will be very important for your best experience. All experience levels, body types and gender expressions will be embraced and welcomed. Class will begin with a deep and thorough warm up.

 

Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm

Loaded Soul - Twisted Funk (AKA “I Eat Beats for Breakfast”)

Some would define power as the ability to produce large and dramatic movements of virtuosic prowess. I define power as the ability to channel tremendous force but not be removed from one’s center; the strength to metaphorically “swallow the hurricane.” This requires steadiness in one’s core, nuance, a grounded way of moving through space, and, above all, courage to face forces stronger than oneself.

In this class, we are going to take the thickest, hardest and crunchiest beats I could locate and translate them into our dancing bodies. Some big moves are on the menu, but I aim to also build intricacy and rhythmic clarity in our movement through remixed hip work. With music and hardcore beats as a guide, your drill practice is about to get juicy.

Please note that this workshop will feature music with adult lyrics and themes. (This is the “R” rated version of Donna Mejia). Come ready to play hard.


Register: Friday, November 14-Sunday, November 16 (3 days)
Cost: $325
Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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

 

Combined 7-Day Tribal Intensive Package — $100 Discount

Donna Mejia (Nov. 14-16) & Zoe Jakes (Nov. 17-20)
$100 discount:
$875

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

Master Class with Zoe Jakes: 4-Day Intensive

Zoe Jakes

Intermediate Intensive with Zoe Jakes:
Framework for a Beautiful Spine

Think of this as a general overview of Zoe Jakes stylization, technique and foundations.

This intensive is comprised of comprehensive flowing technique, including musicality, solid technique, and skills for building your own training and drilling personal practice.

We will begin each day with Pilates and yoga inspired strength and flexibility training, mixed with solid technique drills based around Zoe’s belly dance flow drills.

Each afternoon, we will move into a deeper focus on Zoe’s foundational styles (her background), involving a basic knowledge of Jamila Salimpour and Unmata Hot Pot ITS (improvisational tribal style) format. We’ll cover spin technique for belly dancers, drills for stronger abdominal control and better belly rolls, and hip drills and upper body flexibility stretches.

And for a fun bonus, we’ll also learn an Indian and Balinese fusion-inspired combo and basic finger cymbal skills.


Dates: Monday, November 17 - Thursday, November 20 (4 days)
Times: 12:00-5:00 pm each day
Cost: $650
Location: Sahara Dance Central*
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

New! Single day registration now available ($190 each day):

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

 

Combined 7-Day Tribal Intensive Package — $100 Discount

Donna Mejia (Nov. 14-16) & Zoe Jakes (Nov. 17-20)
$100 discount:
$875

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

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, December 6

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, December 6

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

Teacher(s): Nada Khodlova

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Show Flow How-To

Khalima

Have you ever wondered about the formula Orientale dancers use to create dynamic, interesting performances?

In this workshop, we will explore construction of a Fusion or Theatrical Bellydance performance based on the principals of a classic Oriental performance, and find out how to create an energetically and visually dynamic show that will keep your audience entranced.

We will also delve into the idea of using musical changes to help tell a story, and guide your audience to understanding the intention of your piece.

This workshop involves both lecture and movement, and is appropriate for all levels.

photo credit: Pixie Vision Productions


Khalima’s foundation and training in Orientale belly dance informs her unique approach to dance and performance. A natural teacher, Khalima’s dance instruction is inspired by studying with masters such as Sahra Saeeda and Suhaila Salimpour, training in prenatal yoga, and years of working with and educating clients in the body modification world. With a penchant for thinking outside of the box and an insatiable drive to create and inspire, Khalima opened lllumination Dance Studio in Richmond, VA.

Date(s): Sunday, December 7

Time(s): 1:00-3:00 pm

Teacher(s): Khalima

Location: Sahara Dance Central

Cost: $35

Bootcamp Intensive

Shahrzad

Saturday, December 20

Technical Perfection

Perfect and polish your belly dance technique by bringing awareness to every part of your body, starting with the base muscles and working all the way up to advanced movements.

Killer Drills

Shahrzad reveals her personal drills for staying in tip-top dancing shape. With layering, level changes, turns and moving steps, you’ll move up down and all around. Get ready to drill till you drop!


Sunday, December 21

Saidi with Assaya (Cane)

Have cane, will shimmy! Shahrzad presents a brand new Saidi choreography with Assaya (cane).

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

Technical Perfection

Date: December 20

Time: 1:30-3:30 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Killer Drills

Date: December 20

Time: 3:45-5:45 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Saidi with Assaya (Cane)

Date: December 21

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Teacher: Shahrzad

Cost: $35

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Egyptian Belly Dance & Yoga Retreat
with Sahra Saeeda, Shahrzad & Rachel Kay Brookmire

Egyptian Belly Dance & Yoga Retreat
with Sahra Saeeda, Shahrzad & Rachel Kay Brookmire
A New Year’s Retreat
Maya Tulum, Mexico
January 3-10, 2015

Egyptian Retreat
Design/Illustration: Jessica Inouye

  • Week-long tropical belly dance and yoga getaway!
  • All-inclusive, including room, meals and classes
  • Daily technique, folkloric and choreography training
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Evening discussions and presentations
  • Closing party and performances!
  • Personalized performance feedback for each participant (optional)

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… ~Susan Polis Shutz

Put the world on pause to immerse yourself in an intensive dance and yoga practice. Enjoy the beauty of Mexico, while studying with leading artists in Egyptian-style belly dance and folkloric dance. Replenish the mind and body with daily mindfulness and movement practices. The week-long intensive will include daily dance and yoga instruction, delicious and wholesome food, beautiful accommodations and a stunning beach front setting for reflection rejuvenation.

Outside Magazine named Maya Tulum Resort one of the top “spirit-recharging escapes” for 2013!

Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life named Maya Tulum one of the Top 10 Yoga Retreats Worldwide.

USA Today named Maya Tulum one of the World’s Best Wellness Resorts, “among the most highly rated health and wellness leisure destinations on the planet.”

This retreat is suitable for all levels, with individual attention to modify movements for beginners and/or challenge advanced dancers. We offer a full schedule of training for professional dancers and teachers, however, all students may choose the intensity of their training. Dancers are welcome to partake in all of the daily programming, or just participate in portions of class and relax at the beach, enjoying the resort at your leisure! Each day you can design your own training and dance journey to best suit your personal inspiration and rejuvenation!

* Additional information and registration details *
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

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 *
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

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

Private Lessons

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