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Hafla or Performance Workshop Workshops with Show Other


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


Rescheduled for January 27, 2018
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


FREE!
October 12 at 6:30 to 9:30PM
Rajasthani Caravan Chicago Music and Dance Workshops
Rajasthani Folk Instrument Presentation 6:30-8pm Learn about the folk instruments used by Rajasthani Caravan. Any drum will do but Dholak is preferred. Will include Khartal lesson and demonstration. Khartals are available to purchase for $40. Bring drums to learn Rajasthani rhythms too! Intro To Rajasthani Folk Dance 8-9:30pm The Tera Tali Dance is the seated devotional dance done with Manjera's (swinging cymbals that are also clapped). Kalbelia 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. Ghoomar (Rounding) is a group dance done in a circle often performed at wedding celebrations. All have live music by Ustad Arba Music Group!
Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
FREE!
oldtownschool.org; 773.728.6000


October 14 from 9:30 to 11:30AM
Golden Era Styling
Explore the style known as "the Golden Era" of Bellydance. Channel your inner Tahia, Samia, or Naima as we work through the soft, flowing movements and carefree attitude that were the hallmark of this style. This workshop is appropriate for beginners through Professionals. While the movements that will be used are specific to Egyptian style dance, principles taught can be applied to other styles of dance.
Tamarind Studio, 900 S 5th St, Ste 203, Milwaukee, WI 53209
$30
zahrasagira.net


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 15 at 1 to 3 PM
Belly Dancing In High Heels Technique With Dimitra
This workshop will show the dancer how to maintain control and balance, create enhanced visual lines, and achieve a glamorous and sexy Golden Era look by using heels in performance. Please bring a pair of ballroom shoes with a heel between 2 and 4 inches high that have not been worn outside.
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$30 before 10/11; $40 after
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


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


BENEFIT
October 21 at 7PM
Halloween Hafla - Big Band Jazz and Belly Dancing!
Don Sadofsky's Revolutionaly Swing Orchestra at 7:00 followed by performances by some wonderful belly Dancers. If you are interested in performing, please contact us! Come for the fun! Costume contest, prizes, great food, performances followed by open dance for everyone. All styles of Belly Dance are welcome, soloists and troupes. Email to be considered for a special spot.
Miraj, 8801 N Milwaukee, Niles, IL 60714
$9 in advance; $10 at the door Ticket
sammyskins.com; dancers@sammyskins.com


BENEFIT
October 28 at 2 to 6 PM
Thrill the World Milwaukee
Join together with thousands of people around the globe to celebrate Michael Jackson’s talent by dancing simultaneously to “Thriller”!
A timeline for Thrill Day is as follows...
2-5PM Makeup artists available for help with zombie makeup
3-5PM Chris Jansen will teach the choreography to Michael Jackson's Thriller
5PM We will dance Thriller along with the rest of the world
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Suggested donation $20
squareup.com Chris at CLJ82Dances@gmail.com


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


November 10-12
Great Lakes BC Instructors Showcase
Click here for the registration form with all the workshops and prices.
Shows Friday @ 10 PM and Saturday @ 9 PM Evening gala featuring our Instructors, their Troups and prospective instrustors for next year! Evening packages include: nibbles, Friday Pizza nite!,Sat desert buffet and of course, complimentary adult beverages.
Ramada Lansing Hotel and Conference Center, 7501 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917
sonyassouk.com/; 773-355-1669


November 18 from 7 to 10PM
Pineapple Dance Show with guest artists
Students, Teachers and Guest artists
Pineapple Dance Studio, 7518 Madison St, Fl 2nd, Forest Park, IL
$10 Pre-sale $15 at the door
pineappledance.org/; 708.299.2608


FREE!
November 19 at 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


December

December 1 – December 3
Spellbound Presents: Jill Parker Workshop Weekend
Friday 6:30-10PM
Performance Workshop Learn to perfect and stage a choreography. Participants will be provided with choreography tutorial videos in advance to learn prior to the workshop.
Saturday
Spiral to the Core - Stacking Bones In Your Favor (10AM-1PM) Practice using your breath within movements. Techniques, concepts, visualization and practical exercise explorations to help you work with gravity and be sure footed for the ultimate grounded controlled fluidity and floating grace. Devil in the Details (2-4PM) Improve your performance habits by infusing intention and feeling into the standard presentation style. Experiment with changing our habits and scrambling things up - to see what's on the other side.
XWinterlux gala Sunday
Shimmy Therapy ~ Ready Aim Fire! Drill varieties of loose shimmies until your body doesn't have any choice but to understand what we're after! Think Mechanics. Think loose and gooey.
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Workshops at: Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Winterlux gala at Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Il 60641 Register at elizabellydance.com Before 10/20: All workshops: $300; Friday: $100; Saturday: $150; Sunday: $100
Arabesquechicago.com; 773/742-5250


BENEFIT!
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 26 from 630 to 930pm
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 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

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


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


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


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
bluelotustribe.com


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