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Hafla or Performance Workshop Workshops with Show Other


February

February 2 from 7:30 to 10PM
Middle Eastern Rhythms 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. We are asking everyone to bring a $5 donation for the church to offset our use of their basement. Please note, this is not a dance jam or open dance.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 218 E Benton St, Aurora, IL
$5 donation requested
If you have any questions feel free to email Felicia, Felicia.elias@comcast.net or Grace, easternfirebellydance@gmail.com


February 3 from 6:30 to 9:45PM
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


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


FREE!
February 14 at 8:30
12 Tiempos Flamenco Company presents Puerto Rico Aflamencao
Their mission is to present, preserve and honor Flamenco traditions and Spanish culture through dance and music with a fresh and unique twist. Their new tour, "Puerto Rico Aflamencao," is dedicated to the pain and suffering of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María. The group will perform various well-known Puerto Rican songs set to flamenco rhythms.
4544 N Lincoln Ave, Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, Chicago IL; 773.728.6000
FREE!
oldtownschool.org


February 17 from 10:30AM to noon
Middle East Musicality
In this Workshop, students will become familiar with the various types of instruments and rhythms commonly used in belly dance music. This knowledge will allow belly dancers to listen to the music in a more informed way. Special attention will be given to movement relative to the instruments and rhythms being used.
Vaudezilla Studios, 3614 W. Belmont in Chicago, IL
$25
vaudezilla.com; 773-558-0081


February 18 from 1:30-3:30pm
Lebanese Belly Dance with Kamrah
Nicole Alarid comes from a long background of Hip-hop and House music. Recently, she totally changed gears and slow downed her tough moves to the sexier side of things! Now her style and classes involve the sexy moves and twerking you see in a Beyonce video. But she says don’t worry, because no dance experience needed. You will learn how to dance fiercely and learn TWERK techniques and Slay like Beyonce!
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$30
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250; kamrah@tattooedbellydancer.com


FREE!
February 18 starting at noon
Alhambra Palace Variety Show Auditions
Are you a professional performer and would like to gig at our variety show on the weekend? Come audition Send a video with your performance at vanessaoliveira.vd@gmail.com and she’ll send you the time availability. Circus performances, dance performers, and “peculiar” acts are all welcome!!! Unfortunately no groups or burlesque shows for now.
Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Free!
alhambrapalacerestaurant.com ; 312-666-9555


February 23
Chicago Flamenco Festival 2018
Experience breathtaking performances by an array of international stars at the 16th Annual Chicago Flamenco Festival. The 16th edition of the annual Chicago Flamenco Festival presents traditional and contemporary Flamenco music and dance over five weeks. The Festival’s line-up of more than nine flamenco groups spans the world of music and dance and features some of art’s brightest rising stars as well as established and critically acclaimed artists.
Instituto Cervantes Chicago, 31 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL
$35
brownpapertickets.com; (312) 335-1996


February 23 from 2:30-4:30pm
TWERKshop Technique with Nicole
A fun and Elegant Style! In this fun, fast, and challenging workshop, you will learn the differences (and similarities) between Lebanese, Egyptian, and Turkish belly dance. What makes Lebanese belly dance unique? Learn a little bit of belly dancing history, as well as the big names in Lebanese belly dance both past and present. After a fun movement warm-up that reviews some basic belly dance movements, students will then learn some of the signature moves of Lebanese belly dance - then, cement your learning with a fun, fast combo.
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$30; $40 at door
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250; kamrah@tattooedbellydancer.com


Registration Open
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


February 24 from 2:30-4:30pm
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!
February 28
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
FREE!
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


March

FREE!
March 4 from 11am to 3pm
Beads, Bedlah and Bagels!
Calling all beaders, belly dancers and bagel eaters! Come gnosh on bagels and cream cheese while diving into beads and findings galore, full dance costumes, costume pieces and awesome jewelry and dance accessories. Also vinyl, dvd and cd dance offerings and maybe some vintage dance publications. Everything must go! Including the bagels. All proceeds benefit Gypsy Cats Feline Rescue. There will be spontaneous dancing!
Grateful Threads Resale Emporium, 6900 Roosevelt Rd, Chicago IL
Free!
gypsycats@prodigy.net


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


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 18 from 1:30-3:30pm
Belly Dance and the Art of Critique with Kamrah
YOUR work will NOT be discussed. Instead, we will learn techniques on how to think about critique as an artist, and approach art in a non-judgemental but thoughtful way. We will discuss methods for giving and receiving critique, the artist/critic agreement, and how to address unhelpful negative critical feedback both individually and as a community. There will be opportunities for interested dancers to present a work for feedback using these techniques, but this is a 100% optional portion of the workshop. This is a lecture workshop, so please be ready for note-taking.
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$20; $30 at door
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250; kamrah@tattooedbellydancer.com


March 23
Raks Geek
Geek + Bellydance + Fire
Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
$19-39; Ages 21+
raksgeek.com; 734.657.5584


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; 262-513-5990
$TBD


March 31 at 7PM
GypsyMoonDance Showcase
Save the date! Bringing in Susan Sperl to teach the Argentine Tango along with performances by Gypsymoondance, Jeannette Daft, and others. Details to come.
KC West Allis, 1800 S 92nd St, West Allis, WI
TBA
(414) 640-1891


March 31 1 to 4PM
Dum Raka Tak: A drum solo workshop with Kamrah
Use your body to make the music, and learn the techniques on how to construct an amazing, jaw-dropping drum solo. In this workshop, students will learn the structure of a traditional drum solo. We will also learn a short but action-packed drum solo choreographed by Kamrah!
Eastern Groove Studio, 221 E Chicago St., Elgin, IL
$60
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


April

FREE!
April 8 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
Free!
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


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


FREE!
April 25
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
FREE!
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


May

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


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

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


June 16
Raks Geek
Geek + Bellydance + Fire
Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
$19-39; Ages 21+
raksgeek.com; 734.657.5584


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
June 28-July 1
Blue Lotus Tribe Presents the 14th Annual Tribal Revolution
This year Tribal Revolution is shifting our focus to a more intimate event with an emphasis on connecting with your favorite instructors on a deeper level. We are offering smaller class sizes and several focused multi-session intensives so that you can really dig in to the material offered by our instructors.
We haven't gotten rid of the a la carte workshops though so if you prefer a "sampler platter" of instructors you'll have plenty of opportunity to study with several great teachers all in one weekend.
The Westin Chicago-North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave. Wheeling, IL 60090; 847-777-6500
Costs, Times and Descriptions are on the website
tribalrevolution.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


FREE!
July 18
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
FREE!
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


August

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


FREE!
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
Free!
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


FREE!
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
FREE!
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


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


November

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


December

FREE!
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
FREE!
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


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