Sunday, July 25, 2010

Workshops Galore

I would recommend any of these – if you are looking for lower cost options, Shimmy-a-thon, Mezmar Society, and Amani Jabril would be my suggestions

Even if you don’t do the workshop, you may want to attend the shows.  It’s fun and a great way to see how different people interpret and perform this dance.

Shimmy-a-thon (8/21-22) – The Shimmy-a-thon concept was created in 2005 by Wendy Darsey to raise money and promote awareness for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She sought a way to contribute her time and talents to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a condition her younger sister endures.  Fabulous dancers have generously donated their time to come and share their talents with the local dance community. Dancers are invited to take classes with these instructors and all proceeds from their workshop attendance go directly to the cause.  This event has amazing instructors and classes for dancers of all levels!!!

Morroco in Atlanta (9/18-9/19)- Belly Dance by Samora and World Belly Dance Alliance ( are delighted to bring to Atlanta after 20 years, the legendary MoroccoMorocco has an immeasurable amount of talent and experience and she is coming to share her knowledge and expertise with us in two days of fun, intense, and informative workshops!  Morocco will also mesmerize us with her fabulous performances in our Saturday night showcase.  Don't miss this opportunity to study with one of the world's living legends of Oriental Dance.   I highly recommend Morroco, she is one of the legends of American Bellydance and an expert on how things are done “over there”

Mahmoud Reda in Workshop Atlanta, Georgia – Hosted By Amani Jabril (8/7-8/8) Reda is a legend in Middle Eastern Dance and the show for this should be amazing.   Mahmoud Reda is a pioneer of dance theater in Egypt. Soloist, choreographer and director of hundreds of productions, Mahmoud Reda has toured in more than 60 countries, performing on the world's most prestigious stages. He has also been principal actor, dancer and choreographer in popular Egyptian films. Mahmoud Reda is universally acclaimed for his dance with the strength and appeal of a Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire.  As a soloist, choreographer and director, Mahmoud Reda made four world tours to 58 countries with his troupe. The Reda Troupe has performed for many world leaders and Heads of states.  Mahmoud Reda draws from techniques of jazz, ballet, Hindu dance and folkloric dance from the USSR. His work has shaped and influenced what is known today as Oriental Dance (Raks Sharki). Many former troupe members include master teachers Raqia Hassan, Momo Kadous, Mo Geddawi and Yousry Sharif.