School's Back in Session,

I am a bit behind on the newsletter this month, but the end of summer kept me busier than I had planned for. Thiis is one of the reasons I always list the events of the first week of the next month in the newsletter. Remember you can always check out all the events I know about on the website Calendar

We have a new Half-Century Habibi. The beautiful Dawn has joined the ranks of the most beautiful dancers in the world. Click here to welcome Dawn. If you are over 50 and still dancing, email a photo of yourself in costume to and you too will be placed among the beautiful dancers.

There are a few events this month that are out of the ordinary:
*September 16 you can channel Beyonce at the TWERKshop for Beginners with Nicole in Chicago *September 16 take your veil to the next level at the Versatile Veil Workshop in Milwaukee, WI
*October 5 challenge yourself to take on the unknown at the Improv Hafla! In Evanston.

I would also like to mention that there are four big events all on Saturday October 7. So it will take some serious planning to decide which one to go to. Here's the list:
*Raks Terror IV at Arabesque Dance Studios in Chicago, IL
*Confessions of a Belly Dancer: The Fourth Pyramid at Center Stage Theatre in Naperville, IL
*Gypsymoondance's All Hallows Eve Haunting Performance Extravaganza at the Knights of Columbus in West Allis, WI
*Sphinx Hafla at Mango Restaurant in Niles, IL
Hopefully, next year these great events will be spread out a bit so we can take in more than just one of them

This Weekend
*September 8-10 Chicago Shimmyfest 2017 in Chicago, IL

*September 9 Helping Hips a fundraiser to Heartland Animal Shelter in Palatine, IL
*September 30 Zephyr Bellydance Student Showcase a benefit for Gypsy Cats, NFP.; in West Allis, WI

*September 14-17 La Groove Fatale presents "Fakeloric" at the Elgin Fringe Festival in Elgin, IL
*October 1 Second Hand Souk in Chicago, IL

If there are problems with the content -- I got the wrong day for your event, the wrong location, the wrong price -- email me at I need to have corrections in writing. I'm old, cranky and quite capable of forgetting anything that is not in writing.

As Always: Please let me know about bellydance-related event your planning in the Chicago, Milwaukee, Elgin area. All of posts are free and will be included in the monthly newsletter. This newsletter goes out to about 150 area belly dancers – great publicity for five minutes of emailing!


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September 8 to 10
Chicago Shimmyfest 2017
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630; 773-282-7035
Workshops $40 to $80; Show: $20. See website for deals; (773)777-4037

September 23-24
Ruby Jazayre Presents Dance Seminar and Concert
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; (574)-234-3355


September 9 at 6 to 9 PM
Helping Hips
Durty Nellie's, 180 N Smith St, Palatine, IL 60067
Tickets are $15 at before Sept 7th, $20 at the door.; moxie @

September 10 from 7 to 10PM
Cairo By Night Hafla
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$20; $15 when you bring a dish to share!; 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
Eastern Groove Studio, 221 E Chicago St., Elgin, IL
Admission is FREE with your EFF button;

September 30
Zephyr Bellydance Student Showcase
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; 262-565-3866

October 5 from 7:30 - 9PM
Improv Hafla!
Hip Circle Studio,709 Washington St., Evanston, IL 60202
10 to spectate supportively, $5 if you dance. Light refreshments provided ; 847-328-5767;

October 7 from 8 to 10PM
Raks Terror IV
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Order tickets here; 773/742-5250

October 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Confessions of a Belly Dancer: The Fourth Pyramid
Center Stage Theatre, 1665 Quincy Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
$50; 630-689-3611

October 7 at 7PM
Gypsymoondance's All Hallows Eve Haunting Performance Extravaganza
KC West Allis, 1800 S 92nd St, West Allis, WI 53214
If you would like to perform or vend (Vendor fee $20), contact Jeannette Daft at by 9/15

October 7 from 6:30 to 9:45 PM
Sphinx Hafla at Mango Restaurant
Mangos, 8743 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL
$20 includes buffet Reservations strongly recommended 847-967-0030.


September 16 at 2:30 to 4:30PM
TWERKshop for Beginners with Nicole
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
$30 beore 9/13; $40 after; 773/742-5250

September 16 9:30 to 11:30AM
Versatile Veil Workshop
Tamarind Studio, 900 S 5th St, Ste 203, Milwaukee, WI 53209


October 1 at 3:30 PM - 6 PM
Second Hand Souk
Arabesque Dance Studios, 3120 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
FREE; 773/742-5250