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

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 30

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Teacher: Dee

Cost: $20, on-site registration available!

Location: Sahara Dance Central
4433 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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

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**
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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…