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December

December 7 from 7:30-9:00 pm
Private Dancing for Your Partner: Santa Baby - Special Christmas Workshop
Put some sizzle in your relationship with this super fun and flirty dance routine to a Christmas favorite! Bring a Santa hat, wear comfortable clothing and get ready to give a Christmas gift he won’t forget! Ladies only. Burlesque dance style.
Center Stage Theatre, 1665 Quincy Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
$45 per person includes an autographed CD
https://raksanna.com; 630-689-3611
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


December 8 7:30 - 10 PM
Drum Circle
Open to all those interested in learning to drum Middle Eastern beats: baladi, saidi, masmoudi, chiftitelli and so much more. No drumming experience is necessary for this casual evening. So don't be shy or timid, everyone is welcome. Tabla, doumbek, flat drum and zils are recommended. If you do not have any of these but are rhythmn curious, feel free to attend. We will have extra drums to share.
7:30 - 8 - Beginners can learn/review basics, how to’s of rhythms and tabla playing. Advanced can warm up during this time.
8 – 9:30 – rhythms, and playing beyond the ‘bare bones’
Trinity Episcopal Church, 218 E Benton St, Aurora, IL 60505
$5
easternfirebellydance@gmail.com


Dancers Wanted!
December 9 6 to 9PM
Ho-Ho-Holiday Party
Don't spend your holiday alone! Stop down for some holiday cheer and some jingling bells!
Tamarind Studio, 900 South 5th Street, Suite 203, Milwaukee, WI 53204
$5
tamarindtribalbellydance.com; 414-979-1013


December 9 11AM
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Celebration
The holiday season is just around the corner and Donya Dance Ensemble is excited to be a part of one of Chicago's oldest historical festivities once again! Come see us perform a 45 minute show filled with wonder and cheer featuring a line-up of our unique choreography featuring dances of the Middle East, Spanish-Fusion, and live percussion.
Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637
For discount tix ($10 or $6 children/seniors) call 773-684-1414. Use the code CDC 1209-A.


December 9 11 AM - 1 PM
Creating Intentional Performance
Intentional performance blends ritual and spectacle for the pleasure of the viewer and the artist both. Coming from a deep place of clear intention, the artist opens to receive magic and inspiration from the cosmos to enrich the performative and to transform the mundane into the sacred.
2042 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608-2613
$25; $30 at the door
gaealady@gmail.com


December 10
Sunday Workshops
1 to 2:30PM Divine Bump and Grind - In this quick paced and energetic class, we connect to the source of our pelvic power while perfecting bumps, grinds, pops, shimmies, and undulations. Merging many forms of dance together: burlesque, bellydance, indian, hip hop, and jazz: to ultimately let loose and dance the divine feminine within each of us. Open to all levels and experiences, and genders. Come with an open mind. Wear clothes that make you feel great and that you can move and get sweaty in. No Spectators! $30 at the door
2:45 to 4PM HoopDance - Explore and develop your own HoopDANCE flow in this class integrating hoop techniques with personal movement patterns through exercises, stretching, drilling, and exploration. Refine and remember that which you already know, and/or master new techniques and movements. Tap in to yourself and create your own new way of dancing with the hoop!$25 at the door
7 to 8:30PM Bellydance Basics - Just what it says. A great intro or refresher for everyone. Donations accepted.
2042 W 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608-2613
discounts for mulitiple workshops.
gaealady@gmail.com


December 10 1 to 3pm
Safire Asks Wanna Dance?
Please bring a veil and a cane, if you have one. We will have some available. This will be a small class, only 8 students so that we can focus on each dancer. It is a 1st come, 1st serve class enrollment
Studio L'Amour, 4001 N Ravenswood, Chicago IL
$20
To register, email Safirechicago@gmail.com


December 16 1:30-3:30pm
TWERKshop Technique with Nicole
Nicole Alarid comes from a long background of Hip-hop and House music. She has recently changed gears and slow downed her tough moves to the sexier side of things! No dance experience needed. You will learn how to dance fiercely and learn TWERK techniques
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$30; $40 at door
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


FREE!
December 20 at 8 PM - 10 PM
Belly Dance Wednesdays at the Martini Room: Holiday Classic
It's our last big blowout of the year and the dancers are ready to share with you their holiday spirit! Enjoy martini specials and belly dance performances all evening to put some extra jingle in your step!
Martini Room, 161 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL 60120
No cover charge!
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


December 26 from 6:30 to 9:30pm
Cinzia
Saidi is the subject, which is her jam! She is flying here to share her talent so take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. Cinzia has never been to Chicago so let's keep her away from the cold with our warmth. 3 hours
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$100
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250; Safirechicago@gmail.com


December 29
Raks Geek: (Not) The Last Jedi
Just in time for the release of newest Star Wars film, Chicago-based bellydance and fire performance company. A holiday production paying homage to Star Wars with a bellydancing Wookiee in a Santa hat and Jedi who literally light things on fire. Directed and Produced by Dawn Xiana Moon. Performed by Kamrah, Lee Na-Moo, Dawn Xiana Moon, Michi Trota, and Gaea Lady. One Night Only
Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
$19-39; Ages 21+
raksgeek.com; 734.657.5584


January

January 5-6
Kaeshi of NYC returns to Pineapple Workshops and Show
Friday
7 to 9pm Sensual Fans - A sensual double fan choreography to “Maintenant” by Rupa and the April Fishes. Learn different hand holds, dramatic accents, poses you can strike, travel steps, plus a myriad of bellydance movements that work well with traditional Chinese fan technique. Bring a pair of fans to the workshop. $40.00 for one workshop; $70 for both
Saturday
4pm Shapeshifter Workshop - Cross-train in different dance styles such as Contemporary, Popping, Waving, Tribal and Oriental belly dance to become a more versatile dancer. This class is best suited for people who have already been exposed to belly dance. Prepare to be challenged both physically, emotionally and with your imagination. Variations will be offered to accommodate dancers of multiple levels of experience. $40.00 for one workshop; $70 for both
Sunday
7pm 5:30 Show $10; $15 at the door. Workshop participants get a complimentary entrance.
Pineapple Dance Studio, 7518 Madison St, Fl 2nd, Forest Park, IL
pineappledance.org/; 708.299.2608


January 6 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


January 20 1:30 to 4PM
Seduce Your Hunny Forbidden Veil Workshop
Give the St. Valentine's gift that cannot be returned, nor would it want to be! Sonya will present a short and relatively simple routine with a 3 yard silk veil that is meant for *your Hunny's eyes only* packing the show with moves with attitude and coyness, being sweet yet sharp, bold but with humor. This workshop is for all levels, impressing that the delivery has just as much impact as the message itself! Fundamental belly dance experience recommended. You will not be removing clothing.
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$35; $45 at door
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


p class="info"> January 20 Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm.
The Glint
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


Benefit!
January 28 at 2pm
6th Annual Kiwanis Hafla
Details and event page to come soon.
River Park Moose, 8601 Fullerton Ave, River Grove, IL 60171
$TBD
More information will be coming


February

February 11 6:30 to 8:30PM
Hafla for the Love of Dance
Looking for ALL dancers who Love to dance. If you have never done a solo, been away from dance for a while or would like to try something different than your normal dance style. This is the perfect place to give it a try. Looking for a diverse group of dancers in all styles and experience. Awesome Vendors for your shopping pleasure. Cash bar.
The Outta Space, 6840 32nd St. Berwyn, IL 60402; 708/956-7388
$10; dancers free with a potluck dish
Contact: Sahara at denisejm60@sbcglobal.net for dance spot. Contact: Hanan with the dish you will be bringing at danceas2ndlanguage@gmail.com


February 24
Karim Nagi Workshops and Gala Show
Join us for a day of fabulous workshops with the incomparable Karim Nagi! A gala showcase will take place in the evening, and will feature dancers from Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.
Morning Workshop: Dancing For Drummers, Drumming for Dancers This class brings dancers and drummers together, to teach them how to perform and interact. The drummers will learn the famous Arabic rhythms, phrases, and drum solo themes. The dancers will learn how to respond to each rhythmic phrase. Both dancers and drummers will learn how to both lead and follow each other. Learn how to develop an entire Drum Solo $45
Afternoon Workshop: Arabic Folk Dance An intensive introduction to the traditional group dances from the Arab world. These dances are primarily unisex, and emphasize synchronicity and group cohesion. This workshop includes Dabka Line Dance, Basic Tahteeb/Assaya Cane Dance, and the group-healing ritual motions found in Zikr and Zar practices. Each dance is taught as an introduction to the style. These are the dances done by "The People" in social, celebratory, and spiritual group settings.Taught to dancers at any level, as both a cultural and artistic experience $45
Click here for registration form
West Allis Recreation Center, 2450 S. 68th St., West Allis WI
Workshops $45 each; both $80
zephyrbellydance.net; zephyrbellydancers@gmail.com


March

Benefit!
March 11 somewhere between 1 PM and 6 PM, normally
Madd Hatter's Hafla
More information as it becomes available (probably next year).
River Park Moose, 8601 Fullerton Ave, River Grove, IL 60171
$TBD
More information will be coming


p class="info"> March 17 Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm.
The Glint
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


March 30
Gypsy Caravan Collective Soul certification
Come and get your groove on and get certified in Gypsy Caravan Tribal bellydance! Take your dance to the next level in this 12 hour intensive. Help give your dance focus.
On Your Toes Dance Studio, 5050 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208; 262-513-5990
$TBD
URL; PHONE


April

April 15 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


FREE!
DANCERS WANTED

April 21 6 to 8pm
Hafla in the Hinterlands
This hafla is very informal and dancers at all levels – from professional to beginning student – are invited. As long as you love to dance, and are willing to dance from your heart and soul. If you want to dance, please email me at msejbl@yahoo.com
Family Piano Co, 114 S Genesee St, Waukegan, IL
FREE!
whatsshaking.info


FREE!
April 22 from 2 to 5PM
Navigator Taproom 1st Official Beer and Wine Tasting Hafla
Join in the festitivies of beer and wine tastng all while watching an awesome belly dance show....a.k.a....HAFLA. No entrance fee just come thristy and prepare to induldge youreslf in the world of beer. For non beer or wine drinkers there is a fabulous bar with all types of cocktails plus some exclusive to Navigator Taproom. Street Parking. Food available.
Navigator Taproom, 2211 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647; (773) 687-9135
FREE!
mayatribalbellydance@gmail.com


May 2018

May 4-6
Dance Dream AA Team
Saturday
9:30 to 11:30 am Aziz - Workshop I
1 to 3 pm Aziz - Workshop II

Aziz’s unique teaching style tailors each workshop to the level of the participants. He often asks the participants what skill or technique would they like to work on. Therefore, each workshop is different and may include many different skill sets. Each workshop may include elements of technique (basic moves to embellishments); traditional and foundational technique of Danse Orientale (layering and sequences/combos); shimmy technique; finger cymbal drills (bring your zills!); adding drama and power to your dance; and many other elements. New elements are introduced in each workshop so that whether you take only one or both of these workshops, no matter what your level of dance experience, Aziz makes sure you leave with plenty of valuable material to add to your dance vocabulary and dance experience. (All levels of dancers, and all styles of dance – including tribal – will benefit from these workshops.) $65/$75
3:15 to 5:15 pm - Amaya - Lyrical Veil Learn to seamlessly move between each veil “illusion” creating a smooth, passionate choreographed or improvisational performance. Use space and fabric as a dance partner. Allow your veil dance to make you larger than life on stage! Learn about vintage and classical veil drapes. Rectangular, circular, fan veils, Isis wings will be discussed. Bring a circular or rectangular veil to class. $50/65
Sunday
10 am to Noon - Aziz - Gypsy Spice!
Explore the influence and stylization of the Spanish gypsies in Orientale Danse. Add spice, drama and power to your performance. $65/$751 to 3 pm - Amaya - Tantalizing Tribal Taxim Make time stop with slow, juicy moves to sensous music. Explore the dynamic and mystical projection of a woman’s essence. Class will include layering in a myriad of isolation moves. Combos to include standing and floor taxim.$50/65
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Holiday Inn Chicago-Elk Grove Village, 1000 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL; (847) 437-6010
Click here for registration form; donnadiva65@gmail.com


p class="info"> May 19 Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm.
The Glint
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


June 2018

June 16
A Day of workshops with Leila Gamal
SAVE THE DATE!!! MORE DETAILS TO COME!
Nicolet High School, 6701 N Jean Nicolet Rd, Glendale, WI 53217
$TBD
zahrasagira.net; zahrasagira@hotmail.com


July

July 14 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


August 2018

November 1-4
Tribal Union 2018
Save the date
Milwaukee area exact locaton TBD
TBD
TBd
bluelotustribe.com


September

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

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


p class="info"> 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


November 2018

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
TBA
TBA
tamarindtribalbellydance.com; superbeth@tamarindtribalbellydance.com


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