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Hafla or Performance Workshop Workshops with Show Other


August 2 at 7:15 PM - 9 PM
Raks Inferno: Immigration Protest Edition
Join Raks Inferno for unique shows every month featuring firespinners, bellydancers, and object manipulators who have performed around the world, dazzling and inspiring audiences. Proceeds from our August show will be donated to The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, which is based here in Chicago. Won't you join us?
Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
$22 to $39

August 4 at 6:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Sphinx Hafla at Mango Restaurant
Enjoy dinner and a show at one of the longest running belly dance haflas hosted by Zayna and the owners of Mango (formerly Sphinx Cafe). If you have never been to a belly dance show, the Sphinx Hafla (hafla = dance party) will provide an excellent introduction to many different styles of belly dance performed by talented local professionals, instructors and students. Audience members are encouraged to get out on the floor during OPEN DANCE. Dancers Email Zayna (egyptdancer@hotmail.com) to request a performance spot in the next hafla.
Mangos, 8743 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL
$20 includes buffet Reservations strongly recommended 847-967-0030. mangoinniles.com

August 4 from 1 to 3:30PM
The Science of Rotation Workshop with Grace
We’ll build from the ground up through the axis of rotation all the way to the top of your head. We’ll address momentum, control and the all important spotting. Grace is a FatChanceBellyDance Sister Studio. Learn the simple tricks to good spinning and turning technique. Workshop includes a brief choreographies that will drill spins and turns as well as feedback on technique and challenges.
Eastern Groove Studio, 221 E Chicago St., Elgin, IL
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498

August 10-12
10th Anniversary Tribal Union
10AM to noon - Anatomy of the Belly Roll: We will slice and dice it thoroughly. You will learn how and which muscles are used in the undulation process and a election of exercises and body practices for mobilization of this area
1 to 3PM - "Earth" workshop: We'll take this true nature and dance it referring to our roots, our blood, our earthly nature and moves. This workshop is an immersion into authentic movement, female vocabulary of tribal bellydance, the grounded feeling.
3 - 5:30PM - The History Of Bellydance – From Times Immemorial To Now: Lecture on the History of Bellydance. We’ll talk about women in caves, Iberian exports, Roman poets, Palestinian mosaics, French pornographers, lying artists from harems, sexy bees, the world’s greatest discovery in a ditch, a puritan ad campaign, a woman named by Hitler to be his personal enemy and many more most unbelievable but true stories.
9AM - 4PM - 6 Hour Intensive “The way of woman”: This dance lab can be roughly divided into 3 complimenting parts: plastique, theatrical performance and tribal fusion style. This laboratory is more than a regular dance class - it's and exciting game! Women of any ages and technique levels are most welcome.
9 to 11AM - ATS ® with tambourines. Basics: Introduction to the tambourine, both like a musical instrument and a dance prop. You will learn to hold it properly and to make different sounds of it. And we'll practice dancing slow and fast ATS while holding and playing tambourine.
Noon to 3PM - ATS ® with tambourines. Performance and combinations: Continue your acquaintance with tambourine ATS perfectly displaying all it’s awesomeness.
3:30 - 5PM - Backstage Pass Out: How to make a show perfect for artists, audiences and venues. What are the backstage secrets that help you run a smooth operation? We’ll talk about putting together a team and discuss the ethics of every party concerned: the organizers, the artists, the audience, and of course the venue.
Workshops and Shows will be held at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Friday Pass $120;
Saturday Pass $140;
Sunday ATS® Pass $120
tamarindtribalbellydance.com; 414-979-1013

August 12 at 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Moroccan Chaabi Dance
A unique offering with visiting teaching artist Esraa Warda! This workshop will explore one of North Africa's popular traditional dances, Moroccan Chaabi. While Moroccan Chaabi has some superficial similarities with Middle Eastern belly dance, such as movements of the hips and waist, Chaabi is decidedly African. As is common with African-rooted dance traditions, Moroccan Chaabi is body positive, women-centered, improvisational, and communal and is known to get people hooked!
Old Town School, 4544 N Lincoln Ave, 4545 N Lincoln Ave, And 909 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
oldtownschool.org; (773) 728-6000

August 13 to 16
Tamarind Tribal Transformations® - Teaching Certification
A 4 day intensive with 4-6 hours of dancing per day. The Tamarind Tribal Transformations® is a dance training format. It's goal is to provide the tools to increase a dancers skills through systematic training . The training will focus on increasing skills in the Tamarind Tribal Transformations movement vocabulary and group concepts by means of connecting to oneself . Exercises will include examining the mind-body connection to dance conditioning, improvisational dance techniques, teamwork, creative and artistic exploration, and improving our teaching skills.
Tamarind Tribal Transformations - Bronze Certification
Tamarind Studio, 900 South 5th Street, Suite 203, Milwaukee, WI 53204
tamarindtribalbellydance.com; 414-979-1013

August 18 at 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Floorwork and Backbends Workshop with Kamrah
We start with a strengthening warm up to target the muscles needed for powerful, slinky floor work. Then, we’ll break down and drill the most common movements. The emphasis will be on safe, effective movement, so flexibility won’t be an issue. Then we’ll go over the stretching and strengthening needed for back-bending, and work on proper technique for safe and impressive backbends! Bring knee pads, socks, and stay hydrated (some dance experience is needed, but most levels are welcome!)
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250

August 18 at 2pm
International Dance Fest
Dances from around the world including Heart of Hawaii, bellydance with Fotia, and Middle Eastern fusion dancers
Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center, 2500 W. Lunt Ave. Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 764-0338

August 18 at 10:30 AM to noon
Om Kalthoum:The voice of Egypt and the Near Middle East with Jawhara
Come and learn about Om Kalthoum’s history, her life story, her roots, her career, and her lasting impact on Arabic music and Egyptian identity. Join us for a fascinating exploration - film viewing, presentation, conversation, questions and answers about this unmatched Diva of Egyptian song. We dance to many pieces of music written for her. In that spirit, we will also explore, moving/dancing to one of her most noted songs, “Ente Omri”, learning how to effectively interpret the music through our movement.
Vaudezilla, 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
vaudezilla.com; 773.558.0081


September 9
ChicagoRaks™ 2019 featuring Nabila of Austria in two open workshops
1:00-2:45 pm - Dance Essentials: Master the Fundamentals of Dance Technique Join Nabila for an intensive workshop focused on body alignment, proper spotting techniques, turn drills and how to apply these fundamentals to belly dance. Open to all dance levels 3:00-5:00 pm - Poetry in Motion: Oriental Veil Choreography Oriental dance is characterized by the emotional expression of the music and the soul. Join Nabila for a breathtakingly beautiful veil choreography that brings the poetry and meaning of the music to life. Open to all dance levels
Center Stage, 1665 Quincy Ave, Naperville, IL
1 workshop $55; Both $99
Payment via Paypal raksanna@raksanna.com

September 13 – September 15
Chicago Turkish Festival
15th annual Chicago Turkish Festival will feature demonstrations of art, dance, music and much more, where Chicagoans will get the opportunity to experience, learn and savor Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.
Daley Plaza Downtown Chicago, 50 W. Washington St, Chicago, IL
chicagoturkishfestival.com; (773) 530-1388, info@chicagoturkishfestival.com

September 16 Doors Open 7pm, Show starts 8pm
"Cairo By Night" Hafla
We do a follow the bouncing butt 'Circle Dance' followed by our official performers in a show! Topping the night we pull the raffle winners (your ticket is included) before closing the evening with more open dance time.
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$20; $15 when you bring a dish to share
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


October 6
Raks Terror
More to come later
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250

October 6 at 5 PM - 9 PM
Zephyr Bellydance Student Showcase
Zephyr Bellydance is having their 4th annual Student Showcase. Join us for a great night full of dance, shopping, raffles and FUN! This will again be a fundraiser for Gypsy cats, NFP. We will give you a free raffle ticket for each item you bring to donate! Items we are collecting are: paper towels, Friskies Turkey Pate canned food, Mrs meyers clean day concentrating multi surface cleaner or dish soap, and Soft cat toys.
Germantown American Legion Post 1, N120W15932 Freistadt Rd, Germantown, WI 53022
$10 until 9/27. $15 after
To buy tickets please email kelsflame@aol.com

October 7 from 3 to 6pm
Costume Swap and 2nd Hand Souk
Not Just Costumes!! Not Just SWAPPING or Trading!! Cash, sometimes Credit Card and Checks are accepted, PLUS there will be tons of Hip Scarves, Veils, Zills, CDs and DVDs, Books, Jewelry, Accessories, Make-up, and much more!! Home decor, too. Sometimes Tarot reader, Henna, etc... NO Children, Please.
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250

October 13 Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm.
The Glint 10th Anniversary Show
Long form Tribal and Tribal Fusion bellydance, with 8-12 minute sets, creativity encouraged, and bellydance police need not apply. This is a BYOB and BYO-Pillow event. 21+ only please. Come early for good seats. There will be some seating, but bring a pillow or a blanket
The Orphanage, 643 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60626
$10 suggested donation at the door.
maethebellydancer.com; 773-355-1669

October 17
Belly Dance Wednesdays at the Martini Room
Join us in 2018 for five spectacular shows! More details available soon
Martini Room 161 E. Chicago St Elgin, IL; 847-741-0349
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498

Oct 19-20-21
Chicago Shimmyfest 2018
There are 5 fabulous workshops that challenge dancers of all levels. You can register for any or all workshops. Register for the entire event for an extra special rate which includes free goodies. Free street parking
Oasis Studio for Dance and Fitness 4705 W. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630
All Workshops $210; show tickets $20; individual workshop prices on site.
pureraks.com; 773.777.4037

October 26
Raks Geek
Geek + Bellydance + Fire
Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
$19-39; Ages 21+
raksgeek.com; 734.657.5584

October 31 from 6 to 9pm
Christina of Cairo Mejance Workshop
Mejance Workshop. Details to come
Dovetail Studios, 2853 W Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL
$90 before 8/31; $100 after
Click here for registration


November 1-4
Bal Anat 50 Year Tour Show
In addition to the Bal Anat 50 Year Tour Show, Suhaila Salimpour will also be offering the following workshops:
November 1-3:
Suhaila Salimpour Format Certification Workshop: Level 1 Intensive + Optional Testing
November 4 Jamila Salimpour Format Basics with Finger Cymbals and Jamila Salimpour Format Combinations with Finger Cymbals
click for tickets and information; superbeth@tamarindtribalbellydance.com

November 1-4
Kristina of Cairo Beledi Intensive
Click here for registration
Pineapple Dance Studio, 7518 Madison St, Fl 2nd, Forest Park, IL
$175 per day; $500 before 8-31 $550 after
pineappledance.org/; 708.299.2608


December 19
Belly Dance Wednesdays at the Martini Room
Join us in 2018 for five spectacular shows! More details available soon
Martini Room 161 E. Chicago St Elgin, IL; 847-741-0349
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498

January 2018

January 25 - 27, 2019
Spellbound Presents - Michelle Sorensen Workshop Weekend
Spellbound is thrilled to host fusion belly dancer, Michelle Sorensen, in Chicago for a weekend of exciting workshops. Michelle is a performer and instructor whose cutting-edge style and fierce technique has created international demand for her workshops and performances. And she will be all ours for 10 hours of intense learning and creativity. The weekend will also include a Saturday night gala show with some performance opportunities available. More information to come
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250