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Hafla or Performance Workshop Workshops with Show Other


May

May 3 at 7:30PM
Raks Inferno
"When sexy meets dangerous, it's badass." Join Raks Inferno for unique showsThis month we have a special treat: We'll be premiering the latest music video from singer-songwriter and dance company founder Dawn Xiana Moon, starring the cast of Raks Inferno! Firespinning joins with traditional Chinese music as you've never heard it before. Raks Inferno is a project of Raks Geek.
Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
$22-$39
uptownunderground.tix.com/


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 5 7PM
Confessions of a Belly Dancer
The primary goal of Confessions of a Belly Dancer© is to give a voice to belly dancers around the world and their first-hand experience of the changing, transformational power of the dance. It seeks to elevate the art form and the artists who create beauty through their movements and interpretation of the music. Belly dance, in a deeply organic way, enables us to honestly and tangibly realize our personal power.
Center Stage Theater, 1665 Quincy Ave #131, Naperville, IL 60542
General Admission $30
confessionsofabellydancer.com; 630.689.3611


Benefit for Chris Martinez!
May 12 Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm.
The Glint - Core Demo
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
$15 at the door.
maethebellydancer.com; 773-355-1669


May 19 from 11:30am-1:45pm
Om Kaltoum: The Voice of Egypt and the Middle East
Join us for a deep look, film viewing, conversation, and questions about the life and impact of Oum Kalthoum. We'll explore her backstory, the impact of her career and songs composed for her, on the Arab world. Her music remains a remarkable legacy for dancers, and still endures as a foundation for dancers to give the audience a visual showing of the music through movements. The first half of this class will be a lecture, followed by a short break. The second half will be dance. Instructor: Jawhara (Felicia Elias)
Vaudezilla , Inc, 3614 Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618; annie@redhotannie.com |
$38
vaudezilla.wufoo.com; 773.558.0081


May 20 at 6:30
Hafla for The Love of the Dance
We have an awesome line-up, with a great combination of current dancers, first time soloist and many returning dancers. Cash bar.
The Outtaspace, 6840 32nd St., Berwyn, IL 60402
$10
Sahara at denisejm60@sbcglobal.net; Hanan at danceas2ndlanguage@gmail.com


June

June 2 and 3
Kamrah - Belly Dance Workshop Weekend in Peoria
Saturday
Creepy Combos Noon to 2:15PM - This workshop which fuses a variety of unusual movements (such as twitches, creepy isolations and undulations, and screaming fast, explosive hits) with belly dance. It will include a lesson in expression in dance, exercises for modifying a “normal” combo to be weird and then two or three combos. Intermediate. $35 presale, $40 at the door
Sunday
Middle Eastern Rhythms 101 9:30AM TO 11:45AM - Learn the most basic and most common the Middle Eastern drum rhythms used in belly dance for drum solos, zill technique, and overall cultural knowledge. Let’s make some noise! All levels and all styles. Zills (or a drum) are required. $35 presale, $40 at the door Crazy Layers 12:30PM TO 3:45PM - This workshop will work your brain as much as your body. Get ready to learn layering with ¾ shimmies, hard/soft layers, layers at different speeds and how to make your layers work in a performance with this drill-intensive class. Intermediate/Advanced. $45 presale, $50 at the door
Body Fitness Inc., 3020 N University St, Peoria, IL 61604
See pricing above
Kamrah - Belly Dance Workshop Weekend in Peoria Email mosaicpeoria@gmail.com to register


June 2 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


June 7 at 7:30PM
Raks Inferno
"When sexy meets dangerous, it's badass." Join Raks Inferno for unique shows on the first Thursday of every month featuring firespinners and bellydancers who have performed around the world, dazzling and inspiring audiences from Germany to Morocco, Costa Rica to the Czech Republic! Raks Inferno is a project of Raks Geek.
Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
$22-$39
uptownunderground.tix.com/


June 16-17
A Day of Workshops with Leila Gamal
Saturday
10:30 – 12:30 Creative Drum Solos - We'll consider types of drum solos, and explore approaches to creating and performing drum solo “choreographies” to make the most of your strengths, personality, and audience impact. We'll work with structural elements common in drum solos, as well as specific dance technique, variations, and combinations. $35
1:30 – 3:30 A Dancer’s Essence: Musicality - We will break down key musical structures, rhythmic forms, scales, qualities and components of Middle Eastern music. We will focus on how dancers use those elements, exploring them through technique and combination work. We will also address how continuing to build our understanding of the music opens avenues to creative interpretive choices and enhanced audience experiences. Click here for flyer
$35
Sunday
7PM An Evening of Belly Dance $10; Children (under 12) - $7
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


June 20 to 22
Shimmy Con
If you like to take a fun road trips, travel down to Bloomington, IN for Shimmy Con's 2nd annual Belly Dance Conference.
Lectures: 14 Rhythms Every Dancer Should Know
Turkish Oriental Dance
Workshops:
American Style Cabaret
The Art of Taksim
Theatricalized Skirt Dancing
Devil in the Details
Jill's Drills and Combos That Kill
Signature Slippery Serpentine Choreo Workshop
Spiral to the Core Stacking Bones in Your Favor
The Shimmy Inspector's Shimmy Overhaul
Baladi Awad and Tet Baladi
Delta / Fellahin or Western Desert / Hagallah Sa'idi for Oriental Dancers
Classic B and W Era / Transition Era Fifi and Suhair
Entrances and Traveling Steps
Guest musicians for the main stage performance will be Salaam.
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Workshops, Lectures, and Hafla: Monroe Convention Center, 302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN
Main Stage Performance: Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN
Full Conference Package is $305; See website for registration and individual pricing.
shimmycon.com; 812/955-0777; admin@shimmycon.com


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

August 10-12
10th Anniversary Tribal Union
Friday
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.
Saturday
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.
Sunday
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.
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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 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
$600
tamarindtribalbellydance.com; 414-979-1013


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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