Fresh off of a crazy-busy summer here! I'm still riding a wave of happiness and gratitude from my last event! Major props and love to the ladies of Revele Bellydance for hosting a weekend of workshops and show with Deb Rubin and a Project Merkaba Intensive that I was so incredibly grateful to be a part of! In case you missed it, here is our performance: https://youtu.be/rmGi7ni2Is0
Fall is upon us and it shaping up to be a busy one! We have a new session of classes beginning at Arabesque Dance and Fitness on Tuesday, September 15!
And I've got a number of upcoming performances scheduled:
September 12 - Cairo by Night Hafla
September 26 - Helping Hips: Shimmy for the Shelter
October 9 - Raks Terror II!
October 17 - The Glint
November 1 - Cairo by Night Hafla
Check out my upcoming performance page for more details!
More announcements coming soon!
What a busy few months! Workshops and a performance at the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intenstive in September, followed by workshops and a performance at the Hossam and Serena Ramzy weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan (shout out to Boheme Tribal Belly Dance and Unveiled Belly Dance for hosting the Ramzy's), and Fall 2 session coming to an end with last weekend's 10-year anniversary party at Arabesque Dance & Fitness!
Next up - Great Lakes Belly Dance Convention!
This weekend I'll be "road trippin" back to the great state of Michigan with two fellow Arabesque instructors, Eliza and Sonya! We are so very excited to teach and represent Arabesque at this fun-filled event! Interested in joining us? There are still a few classes open! Check out the Great Lakes Belly Dance Convention's Facebook Page for the latest updates and registration! Remember what shakes in the Great Lakes, stays in the Great Lakes!!!
Also - dont' forget to sign up for your Fall 2 session at Arabesque Dance & Fitness! This session runs through December 22!
Excited to announce that I will be returning to Las Vegas this year! It will be my first time attending the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive in September, held at the beautiful Flamingo Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip! I will be joining my mentor and fellow instructor, Sonya of Arabesque Dance & Fitness, and supporting her as she makes her Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive teaching and performance debut! She'll be teaching a workshop called Signature Reda-Style Raks on Saturday, September 6th. The focus of the workshop will be on dancing in the Egyptian-style and the impact that Mahmoud Reda has had in the belly dance world - as well as what elements he's imparted into our Oriental dance. She will also be performing in one of the pro shows!
In addition to enjoying the festivities, I'll be performing at the Festival on Thursday, September 4th! My time slot is 6:50pm. Come check me out!
For more details, check out the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive Website!
April is jammed packed with some fantastic events at my second home, Arabesque Dance & Fitness!
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - Bi-Annual Costume Swap
Feel free to swing by to "window shop"! Buy, sell or swap your costumes, bobbles-n-bits at this free event! Or just come and hang out! Swap runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Next swap is Sunday, October 5th!
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Cairo by Night Performance Party
Come join us for Arabesque's next Cairo by Night Performance Party! Join us for an evening filled with dance, fun and refreshments, with performances by Arabesque instructors and students, and a special guest or two! I'll be dancing solo and my ITS student troupe, Bellyesque, will be making their debut! Come and cheer them on! Doors open at 7 p.m. with open circle dance starting at 8 p.m. Performances will between shortly afterwards. The evening ends with a raffle! Cost is $20 at the door, or $15 if you bring a dish to pass.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Drop-in Class Sampler
April 13th will feature Arabesque's next drop-in class sampler! Come and check out a class for just $8! I'll be teaching Intro to Belly Dance @ 3 p.m. This is a great way to trial a class without committing up front but I promise, you'll be hooked!
Monday, April 14, 2014 - Spring 2 Session Begins
Spring 2 session begins on Monday, April 14th and runs through Monday, June 2, 2014! Register online or in-person through week 1. One session of classes is just $98 (7 classes for the session)! For class schedules, click here.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Aerial Yoga
The next installment of Unnata Aerial Yoga is Sunday, April 27! This class is a perfect compliment to your belly dance practice! Challenging at first, but fun once you get the hang of it! Instructor Jenn Liang offers two workshops. The Energetic Workshop runs from 3 p.m.-4:14 p.m., and Restorative Workshop from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. To register for either workshop, click here.
For more information on any of the events listed, visit www.arabesquechicago.com.
So excited to announce that I'll be teaching and performing at the 9th Annual Great Lakes Belly Dance Convention in Lansing, Michigan the weekend of November 7-9! I am so incredibly honored to be part of this fantastic event featuring instructors from around the Midwest and Canada! A weekend filled with dance and fun!
I'll be teaching 3 tribal workshops:
Saturday, November 8, 2014
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Drillin' Machine! - Tribal fusion drills for sharper locks, juicer shimmies & that ooey gooey look.
2:40 p.m.-3:40 p.m. - Tribalized! - Tribal fusion moves for the orientale dancer. Explore the similarities and differences between these two genres!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. - Up In Arms - Drills and patterns for layering arms tribal-style
Registration is open and fills up fast! Check out the flyer! Please contact me if you have any questions about the workshop offerings.
So incredibly honored to be part of this annual event to benefit the Prune Belly Syndrome Network! I'll be debuting a completely new piece. If you are in the Elgin-area please come out and support the event.. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Ticket price includes the show and a pizza/salad dinner buffet!
So excited to be performing with Sabahaat at this fun event starring Tamarind Tribal! My partner-in-crime (Julia) and I have been working hard to polish up our piece for this event! We'll be doing a blend of ITS and choreography to a Solace favorite! Can you guess which one? :) If you're in the Naperville-area or South/West Burbs of Chicago, I highly recommend checking out this event. Prior to the show, our hostess with the mostess, Maria, will be hosting two workshops with the amazing Tamarind Tribal!
Such a fun and busy day is in store for me next Sunday, February 23 at Arabesque Dance & Fitness!
From 12 p.m.-2 p.m., the studio hosts an open house drop-in event. Four class offerings are available. I'll be teaching Intro to Belly Dance (no experience needed) at 12 noon, and ITS at 1 p.m.! Cost is $8/class or $15/2 classes (or for you and a friend)! No pre-registration is necessary - just show up and be ready to dance! This is a great way to try something new with no commitment. However I warn you, after just one class, you'll be hooked! I know I was!
After the drop-in event, stay for Aerial Yoga! I am so excited to try this new monthly offering at Arabesque! I love-love-love me some yoga, and can not wait to try this out. Instructor Jenn Liang is offering an energetic class from 3 p.m.-4:15 p.m., and then a restorative class from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Space is limited, so don't wait to sign up! For more information go to: Arabesque's Workshop page.
After Aerial Yoga, stay for Arabesque's Cairo by Night Performance Party! I am so thrilled to be dancing with BellyRing, Arabesque's ITS troupe! We've polished up a new piece just for this event! If you've never been to a Cairo by Night event - you are missing out! These events are fun and are a great way to meet fellow students and instructors, as well as being witness to so many wonderful performances from different genres of belly dance. Not only do the Arabesque instructors and students perform, but the night features a guest artist or two. And there is always good food and drink to be had ($5 off entry fee if you bring a dish to pass!). Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing starts at 8 p.m.
Don't miss out on this fun-filled day and night of events!
So excited to be headed back to Tribal Massive! This will be my third time attending this awesome event. While I attend classes and workshops regularly, this week long intensive is a full immersion into the wonderful word of tribal belly dance. Dancers from all around the globe come to Las Vegas every year to take part in this boutique event. Small class sizes, internationally-known instructors and workshops covering everything from technique to stage presence to concepts and theory, make this event one that is not to be missed. It is both mentally and physically draining, and believe it or not by the end of the 8th day, I'll have logged 49 hours of class time.
This year, I'm finally biting the bullet and throwing my hat in the ring to perform. I'll be dancing at The Tribal Massive Belly Dance Showcase on March 3, 2014 at The Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas! I am so excited and honored to share the stage with so many amazing dancers that are part of this event, including fellow Arabesque instructor and one of my mentors, Eliza Perry!
Can't believe in a few short weeks, I will be dancing, drilling, zilling with... Zoe Jakes, Sharon Kihara, Jill Parker, Amy Sigil, Kami Liddle and Mira Betz, oh my!