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September

September 8 to 10
Chicago Shimmyfest 2017
Embrace the elegance of Pure Raks, the art of classical oriental belly dance. Study with world renowned expert Jasmin Jahal, awarded "Best Modern Egyptian Dancer" by IAMED, in intensive workshops, focusing on the fine art of solo belly dance performance. The challenging workshops are packed with advanced technique and exciting choreography, designed to entice all levels, beginner, intermediate through professional dancers.
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630; 773-282-7035
Workshops $40 to $80; Show: $20. See website for deals
pureraks.com; (773)777-4037


BENEFIT
September 9 at 6 to 9 PM
Helping Hips
Moxie's annual fundraiser for Heartland Animal Shelter. Enjoy talented dance performances, drinks, food, and laughter. All proceeds go to Heartland Animal Shelter
Durty Nellie's, 180 N Smith St, Palatine, IL 60067
Tickets are $15 at www.moxie-rocks.com before Sept 7th, $20 at the door. You can get them now!
moxie-rocks.com; moxie @ moxie-rocks.com


September 10 from 7 to 10PM
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


September 14 at 7:30pm
September 15 at 10:30pm
September 17 at 3pm
La Groove Fatale presents "Fakeloric" at the Elgin Fringe Festival
As belly dance took hold in the California counter-culture movement of the 60's and 70's there was a hearkening back to the dances of the people of the Arab world mixed with the hippie vibe, creating a decidedly American street fair version of the dance. La Groove Fatale invokes this era of belly dance using the music of Turku, whose drummer, Daveed Korup, will be joining the performances.
Eastern Groove Studio, 221 E Chicago St., Elgin, IL
Admission is FREE with your EFF button
elginfringefestival.com;


September 16 at 2:30 to 4:30PM
TWERKshop for Beginners with Nicole
Nicole has totally changed gears and slowed down 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 beore 9/13; $40 after
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


September 16 9:30 to 11:30AM
Versatile Veil Workshop
Take your veil beyond just a prop. You will learn Zahra's unique perspective on veil work, different holds, and stylization, including Turkish, Golden Era Egyptian, and America Cabaret. Please bring a veil, preferably a rectangular silk veil. This workshop is appropriate for beginners through Professionals.
Tamarind Studio, 900 S 5th St, Ste 203, Milwaukee, WI 53209
$30
zahrasagira.net; zahrasagira@hotmail.com


September 23-24
Ruby Jazayre Presents Dance Seminar and Concert
Saturday Morning
Turkish Romani Oryantal - Two hour workshop contrasting contrasting Egyptian/Arabic Style Orientale and Turkish Romani Oryantal Belly Dance. She will be teaching exciting combos using Turkish Karsilama 9/8 rhythm.
Saturday Afternoon
Sassy and Spooky Veil - Bring your sass into Middle Eastern Dance with this Sassy and Spooky Veil Choreography to Beats Antique “Caterpillar”!Saturday Evening at 8pm
Sassy and Spooky Veil - Bring your sass into Middle Eastern Dance with this Sassy and Spooky Veil Choreography to Beats Antique “Caterpillar”! Sunday
Reflections of the Maghreb - A journey of movements of the Maghreb focusing on Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria and culminating in contemporary North African fusion.
Saturday: Battell Center, 904 N. Main St., Mishawaka, IN 46545
Sunday: Dancenter, 427 N. Hickory Rd, South Bend, IN 46615
Before September 8 - Seminar: $90; Concert: $10; Sunday Class: $45
After - Seminar: $100; Concert: $15; Sunday Class: $55
squareup.com/market/ruby-jazayre; (574)-234-3355


Benefit!
September 30
Zephyr Bellydance Student Showcase
The show features not only our students, but other dancers from Wisconsin and Illinois. We are super excited to be bringing to you live musicians! Nazario Chickpeazio will be entertaining you before the show begins and during intermission, and some of our performers will even be dancing with them! This is an incredible opportunity that doesn't come around very often, and we consider ourselves lucky to be able to provide it this year. As always, we are donating 100% of all raffle sales to Gypsy Cats, NFP.;
West Milwaukee Intermediate school, 5104 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI
$10 in advance; $15 at door
zephyrbellydance.net; 262-565-3866


October

October 1 at 3:30 PM - 6 PM
Second 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 5 from 7:30 - 9PM
Improv Hafla!
Join us for the return of Improv Hafla! $ Here's the thing - dancers won't know what they're performing to until it's their turn to dance! Yep - total luck of the draw/luck of the shuffle! The musical genres will be varied, so you really could be dancing to almost anything! This awesome experience is open to ALL bellydancers and spectators, of all genders, with the only requirement being that you come with the intention of supporting ALL the performers.
Hip Circle Studio,709 Washington St., Evanston, IL 60202
10 to spectate supportively, $5 if you dance. Light refreshments provided
https://www.wellnessliving.com/event/hipcirclestudio ; 847-328-5767; info@hipcirclestudio.com


October 7 from 8 to 10PM
Raks Terror IV
This will be a Halloween themed show unlike anything you have seen before! Raks Terror is about pushing boundaries and telling stories through belly dance. This will be a showcase of Chicago (and elsewhere!) belly dance talent and artistry. The show features all styles of belly dance. All pieces are horror, ritual, dark, or campy themed, just in time for Halloween! Kamrah is now accepting applications for performances for Raks Terror IV. This is a 21+ event
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$20 Order tickets here
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Confessions of a Belly Dancer: The Fourth Pyramid
The latest in the Confessions of the Belly Dance series, The Fourth Pyramid will be May 5, 2017. The date has changed! Stay tuned for more details!
Center Stage Theatre, 1665 Quincy Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
$50
https://raksanna.com; 630-689-3611


October 7 at 7PM
Gypsymoondance's All Hallows Eve Haunting Performance Extravaganza
Everyone is invited! Costumes of course can be anything Halloween. But with a theme based around fairies, pixies, sprites, any sort of Creatures Raffle baskets, cash prize Halloween costume contest, cash bar, tricks and treats.
KC West Allis, 1800 S 92nd St, West Allis, WI 53214
$5
If you would like to perform or vend (Vendor fee $20), contact Jeannette Daft at gipsyjage@aol.com by 9/15


October 7 from 6:30 to 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


October 14 Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm.
The Glint - Seven Deadly Sins
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 14
Caravan Chicago Dance Workshops + Live Music
Chari and Tera Tali dances 11:30-1:30pm - During the Chari dance, colorfully dressed, bejeweled women hold earthenware or brass Chari pots on their heads. Often, the Chari are set on oil lampon their head without touching it, while performing graceful movements of limbs and deep swirls of knees. The Tera Tali Dance. The seated devotional dance done with Manjera's (swinging cymbals that are also clapped).
Kalbelia and Gmoomar 2pm-4pm - Dance is fun, lively, folkloric, improvisational and non-technical. It is characterized by rhythmic stomps, hip movements and kicks, ever-changing hand movements, spinning, and dancing with partners. It is a dance for fun and celebration. Ghoomar (Rounding) is a group dance done in a circle often performed at wedding celebrations. Learn the actual translation along with the dance by Imamddin.
Both have live music by Ustad Arba Music Group!
Pineapple Dance Studio, 7518 Madison St, Fl 2nd, Forest Park, IL
Workshops are $35 before 9/30; both are $60.
dancestudio.fitness; 708.299.2608


October 14 at 5PM
Rajasthani Caravan Concert Chicago
Katrina Ji, Dancer and Tour Organizer performs Rajasthani Folk Dances along with UNESCO artists, Ustad Arba Music Group and Junaid Younus (Famous COKE STUDIO and Playback Singer from Pakistan) will play Rajasthani Folk, Sufi and Hindu Music, a unique fusion of India and Pakistan.
Ashton Place Banquet Facility, 341 75th St, Willowbrook, IL 60527
Adult $35; Kids $20; Vip $50. Food included
chicagoara.org; 630-886-3106


October 18
Belly Dance Wednesdays at the Martini Room
Come out for a fun night of belly dance that doesn't take itself *too* seriously. These shows feature our various instructors, class groups, student soloists, and other guest dancers. What a great way to chase off the mid-week blues!
Eastern Groove Studio, 221 E Chicago St., Elgin, IL
No cover charge. Tips happily accepted
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


November

November 4 from 7 to 10PM
Cairo By Night Hafla
We do a 'spoof' of all spoofs in a belly dance in an exciting and unusual show! We do not host this style of show often, don't miss out as you never know when it is the last! Topping the night we pull the raffle winners (your ticket is included) before closing the evening with open dance time for those interested. Lotsa Photo opps after.... Bring your hip scarf!
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$20; $15 when you bring a dish to share!
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


November 11 @ 11AM to 2PM
ChicagoRaks
Immerse yourself in exciting choreography and technique that takes your dance to a new level. Raksanna presents a signature choreography to a song from her brand-new CD, Mirage, in this fun and sassy workshop.
Center Stage Theatre, 1665 Quincy Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
$70 per person includes an autographed CD
https://raksanna.com; 630-689-3611


December

FREE!
December 3 from 1 to 5pm
Ho Ho Ho Habibi Holiday Hafla
Dancer signup will be on Facebook in October. Please don't bother Magda until then.
River Park Moose, 8601 Fullerton Ave, River Grove, IL 60171
$TBD
More information will be coming


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


December 7 from7:30-9:00 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


December 20
Belly Dance Wednesdays at the Martini Room
Come out for a fun night of belly dance that doesn't take itself *too* seriously. These shows feature our various instructors, class groups, student soloists, and other guest dancers. What a great way to chase off the mid-week blues!
Eastern Groove Studio, 221 E Chicago St., Elgin, IL
No cover charge. Tips happily accepted
easterngroove.com; (773) 454-6498


January

FREE!
January 28 at 2pm

Details and event page to come soon.
River Park Moose, 8601 Fullerton Ave, River Grove, IL 60171
$TBD
More information will be coming


March

FREE!
March 11 somewhere between 1 PM and 6 PM, normally

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


May 2018

May 4-6
Dance Dream AA Team
SAVE THE DATE!! We're doing it again!!! Same great Instructors - AMAYA and AZIZ - will be coming back with more of their incredible knowledge to share with everyone. Details to follow - start saving your pennies!!
Holiday Inn Chicago-Elk Grove Village, 1000 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL; (847) 437-6010
TBA


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