The Northwest Middle Eastern Arts Update
April 27th, 2010 - Next Update May 11th
Very soon the teacher section will be cut back to just a listing that will give your basic information such as styles taught, basic resume, location, and contact info. I will no longer continually update classes and schedules. Please send me the above info to be included! Thanks! – David
This list serves Oregon, Washington and the NW United States. It is open to any who wish to post an event related to Middle Eastern performance arts or one of it’s modern offspring. If interested in posting an event, please see guidelines at bottom.
Zaina’s Zany Two Day Intensive – Round 3
May 1st and 2nd
Zaina’s House of Dance
12 hours of intense training
Art of Taksim, Z-Drills and Combos, Stage Makeup 101, Powerful Entrance/Exit, Dancer Ergononmics, 70′s American Cabaret – Chifti and Karsilama by guest teacher Maia)
The first session of the MOA School of Turkish Music will be offered in Portland. June 11-15, 2010
The first session of the MOA School of Turkish Music will be offered in Portland, June 11-15, 2010. (MOA, the Mevlevi Order of America.) Timucin Cevikoglu, master Turkish musician, will offer instruction in Voice, Ney, Percussion, and an Ensemble class, which will include Makam (Melodic Theory) and Usul (Rhythmic Theory). We’ll start five days of instruction in close-in SE
Portland on Friday, June 11, running about 11am-6pm. Additionally, there will be a concert by Timucin and U.S. musicians on Saturday night the 12th, and a closing gathering for music, food, and community on Tuesday night June 15.
Costs: Tuition for the full course: $200
Individual Classes (60-90 minutes): $30 each
Five days of a single Class (such as Voice, Ney or Ensemble): $100
Please contact us for details on Percussion, presently envisioned as two or three lessons in Turkish Bendir (Frame Drum) and/ or Kudum, depending on registration.
Please Contact Seth Bloombaum to register!
Register and complete payment by May 31 to assure a place. Late registration
on a space-available basis. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mosaic: A Day of Music and Dance Featuring Brothers of the Baladi
Saturday, September 25th, 2010—begins at 1pm
Community Music Center
3350 Southeast Francis Street, Portland
Workshops: $15 – Concert: $12 – Workshop/Concert: $20
Brothers of the Baladi are pleased to announce a day of music and dance workshops and an
evening concert focusing on the appreciation of Middle Eastern music. This event, Mosaic,
will begin with an afternoon of workshops by Michael Beach, Ishmael and Amel Tafsout.
There will be a panel discussion and a Middle Eastern style souk (market). An evening
concert will feature the Middle Eastern/World Music of the Brothers of the Baladi.
Saqra’s 2nd Annual FALL Showcase Festival & Competition
Nov 12-14, 2010
at the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro, OR
Jun 15 – Competition entries accepted
Aug 1 – Festival Dancer Registrations accepted
Aug 25 – Preliminary Competition Entry Deadline
See www.bellydanceshowcase.com for the latest info.
WEEKLY AND MONTHLY EVENTS IN PORTLAND
Weekly Community Middle Eastern
Music & Dance Party
Featuring The Finest Local & National Dancers
$ 5 at Door
Every Wednesday 8:00 PM
The Blue Monk
SE 34TH & Belmont PDX, OR
For more information call 503/760-7851 or http://www.baladi.com
Monthly Community show at Great Hall Restaurant
Zaina’s Monthly Second Friday Hafla
Mint Tea, 2014 Main Street, Vancouver WA
6:30 – 8:30pm
Guest Dancers from the Pacific Northwest and Beyond
April 9th, Zaina’s Second Friday Hafla
April 30th, Zaina’s Zany Two Day Intensive Welcome Hafla
Ala Nar with the Corvallis Belly Dance Performance Guild
Karim Nagi in Eugene, OR.
April 30-May 1, 2010
Sponsored by MEDGE, UO Arab Student Union and the UO Cultural Forum.
Fri. Apr 30. GALA EVENING SHOW – 8:30 P.M., WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave., Eugene, OR. Tickets $10 at the door only. Sun. May 1 – Workshops with Karim:
10:00am-12:00pm – Musicality for Dancers
1:00-3:00pm – Arab Folk Dance Intensive
Staver Dance Sport, 41 E. 6th Ave., Eugene. Cost for MEDGE member is $30 for one workshop, $50 for both. Non-MEDGE members $35 for one, $60 for both – sign up before April 23. Prices increase (if space still available) after April 23. Join MEDGE for $15/year and save on future events.
Registration form and all details available at http://medge.org/ or call Sally at 541-933-2092.
for more information about Karim Nagy, international recording artist, instructor and performer.
Denise Gilbertson, Publicity – Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene (MEDGE)
www.medge.org – 541-913-9345
Belly Dancer USA 2010
June 5-6, 2010
9 Categories including, Apprentice, Hobbyist, Goddess, 7 Veil, Alternative Music, Alternative Music Professional, Duet, Troupe, Professional. Evening show featuring judges and live music with Americanistan. People’s Choice Awards and Great Prizes
SPECTACULAR EVENING SHOW
8:00 p.m. Show starts
(Doors open 7:30)
Performers will include:
Ruby, Mezdulene, Mystical Oasis Dance Co. & judges.
June 6th Schedule
Competition Audience Admission $15
10:00 a.m. Competition Begins
Alternative Music – Goddess – Troupe Awards – Professional Category – Guest Dancer Awards
$30 for both contests and show if purchased by May 31.
Full price at the door.
Nestled in the hills of Southern Oregon between the beautiful Umpqua River and I-5,
Seven Feathers is truly Oregon’s unique destination casino resort. This event will
be held in their new convention center!
DIRECTIONS: Traveling on I-5 South, take Exit 99, or traveling I-5 North take exit 98.
For reservations and information, call (888)677-7771 and ask to be booked in the
block of rooms being held for the Jareeda Bellydance Event.
Medford, Oregon is the nearest airport! Important Note: Seven Feathers is child friendly. The competition is held in the convention center, not the casino.
BELLY DANCE OFF!
Belly dancers take the live music challenge — YOU decide the winner!
An exhilarating, interactive evening of artistic talent, live music, delicious eats and a full bar, in an exquisite dinner theatre style venue! THE AUDIENCE casts the vote and decides the outcome!
Live world class music by MB Orchestra.
Next Show: Sunday, May 2nd — 6:30pm (Seating at 6)
Crimson Theatre (Enter through Little Red Bistro)
400 Dexter Avenue North (corner of Dexter & Harrison)
$10 Advance | $15 at Door
$5 Kids 12 and under
Request registration details
and more info at email@example.com.
RevelMe! Performing in Seattle:
Influenced by sounds and movement from the Balkans, the Middle East, andSpain, as well as American and Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Swing and Klezmer, theseartists craft a seamless show of syncopated rhythmic compositions andcontemporary performance vignettes. Musicians from Portland’s, The Underscore Orkestra <http://theunderscoreorkestra.com/>(Balkan, Klezmer,
Gypsy Jazz & Swing both traditional and original) -Jorge Kachmari, Russel Gores, and Doug Shafer (also of Negara), Accordion extraordinaire from Seattle Gus Clark, <http://theunderscoreorkestra.com/>and Contemporary Bellydancers Danielle Smith (Znama Dance Company<http://znamadance.wordpress.com/>) and Bevin Victoria (of the Gemini project) are joining to create their newest project and finishing up their premier west coast tour in Seattle!
May 7th in Port Townsend, 8pm at the Upstage Theater (923 Washington St.)
May 8th in Seattle, 7pm at the Ballard Big House with Toy Box Trio (2007 NW
May 9th in Seattle, 7pm at the Tractor Tavern with Orkestar Zirkonium (2113
Helenwheels is honored to present ~
The Tribal & Fusion Bellydance Showcase @ NW Folklife Festival in Seattle
May 29, 2010
The NW Folklife Festival is the biggest FREE community arts festival in the USA with over 250,000 people attending each year. Northwest Folklife encourages communities to share their cultural arts, believing that interaction with new audiences enriches the community as much as the audience. When people share aspects of their culture, opportunities are created to dissolve misunderstandings, break down stereotypes and increase respect for one another. http://www.nwfolklife.org
Now with twice the Cammis/Kamis!
That’s right, Cammi Vance – a.k.a. DARSHAN from PDX/NYC – is the special guest this year www.darshandances.com along with the fabulous headliner Bellydance Superstar KAMI LIDDLE!! www.kamiliddle.com
Joining them are some of the best in the NW from Canada, Washington, and Oregon: The Bijou Project ~*~ Copper Clock ~*~ Elizabeth Dennis ~*~Ginger Blue ~*~ Gypsy Caravan ~*~ Skin Deep ~*~ Troupe Hipnotica
Tribal & Fusion Bellydance Showcase
International Dance Stage, Seattle Center
Saturday May 29, 2010 7-10pm
Helenwheels is honored to present ~
Bellydance Superstar KAMI LIDDLE in Seattle May 29-30, 2010!
Saturday * 11:00-2:00
The focus of this workshop is to get you moving and traveling across the floor. Various footwork, spins and traveling steps will be broken down, embellished and put into combinations that you can add to any dance routine. Some bellydance experience highly recommended.
Sunday * 11:00-2:00
TURN UP THE DRAMA
Stand out and capture your audience’s attention with these dramatic combos. Our focus will be on slow isolated movements while overlaying sharp contrasting isolations to create an unique and theatrical effect. Some bellydance experience highly recommended.
$75 each or $135 both until 5/8
$85 each or $160 both after 5/8
Washington Dance Club – 1017 Stewart Street – Seattle, WA 98101
REGISTRATION: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form and get on the list. Payment is expected promptly after or you’ll lose your spot. Liability release from a parent or guardian required for dancers under 18.
Saqra presents MAHMOUD REDA in workshops
August 13-15, 2010
Greater Seattle area. Private lessons with Mr Reda to be available at Saqra’s Last Oasis
Studio Watch http://www.saqra.net for the latest info, or visit our main page and join the mailing list.
WEEKLY AND MONTHLY EVENTS IN SEATTLE
First Fridays at Habesha
1809 Minor Ave. (Minor & Howell)
Downtown Seattle – (206) 624-0801
10pm – Free
Belly Dance Kaleidoscope shows return to Habesha! Three powerful dancers
descend in a nonstop splash of sensational entertainment. Habesha Ethiopian
Restaurant & Lounge is a gorgeous and classy downtown Seattle venue offering
savory, nutritious, and delicious cuisine. The exquisite artistic
atmosphere, infused with amber glow and vibrant traditional Ethiopian art
and sculptures, flows throughout two contiguous spaces connected by a 360
degree, cascading full bar.
Oregon Teachers and Classes
Spring flamenco and belly dance classes with Elena Villa.
Spring is almost here and it’s time to shake off the winter doldrums with music and dance. I have some exciting new classes planned and I look forward to sharing them with you. Read on.
New flamenco dance classes starting April 6th!
Las Sevillanas (a partner dance from Sevilla, Spain)
Cost: $100 for the term
Beginning Flamenco: Technique and tangos flamencos
Day: Tuesdays Cost: $100 for the term
***Take both classes and save $30!
Dates: Both classes run from April 6–June 8, 2010 (10 classes each)
Place: Upstart Crow Studios (upstairs back studio), 855 West 1st Ave., Eugene, OR
For information call or e-mail Elena: 541/359-7219, email@example.com
Or, go to www.elenavilladanza.com
New Belly Dance Classes: “Rhythms of the Dance”
With this series students will refine their understanding of Middle Eastern rhythms in order to build a stronger connection to the music. We will explore movements, accents, and combinations that translate these rhythms through the body so that we can “become the music” in our dance.
March 3, 10, 17: “Soulful Semai”
Learn to dance to semai thaqil, the beautiful 10-count rhythm commonly found in classical Arab-Andalusian music. Please bring your veils.
April: “The Magic of Masmoudi”
A cornerstone of Arabic music, this exciting 8-count rhythm packs a punch in drum solos and in modern and classical compositions.
May: “Zils & Rhythms”
Learn to be a musician with your finger cymbals. We will work with common rhythms, such as, maqsoum, beledi, masmoudi, and saidi, focusing on pattern drills with basic movement combinations.
DAY & TIME: Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm
PLACE: Celebration Belly Dance & Yoga, 1840 Willamette St., Eugene, OR
INFORMATION: 359-7219, or, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellydance Classes with Emily Alrick in Southern Oregon
Emily is a professional performer and instructor in Ashland OR as well as
the director of Circus Tribal Bellydance Co. She is level 3 certified in
Suhaila Salimpour’s format and classes are based in that technique with
varied stylizations taught. All classes include a comprehensive warm up,
conditioning, drills, combinations, and a cool down. Finger cymbals are
incorporated in sessions.
Tues. – Beginner – 7:15-8:45
Thurs. – Intermediate – 7:15-8:45
Agile Healing Arts
842 A Street, Ashland OR 97520
Drop ins: $10
5 classes: $45 (valid for 3 months)
10 classes: $80 (valid for 3 months)
Contact Emily for more info or registration:
Private lessons, workshops and gift certificates are available!
Please inquire or check www.circustribal.com or www.emilyalrick.com for more
Mezdulene’s on-going classes:
Monday 6 p.m. Mixed levels
Tuesday 7 p.m. Beginner/Intermediate Belly Dance
Wednesday 6p.m. Beginner Belly Dance
$25 monthly $40 for two monthly classes
Mezdulene teaches belly dance basics, as well as veil, sword, cane, skirt dances and more.
Call or stop by to register. 541-459-7745 or email email@example.com
Class times may change.
Elena Villa Classes and Workshops, Winter 2010
Belly Dance Rhythms of the Dance series:
Jan. 13-Feb. 24: ?Rumba
Arabi & Bolero – Wed., 5:30-6:45 pm
Mar. 3-17: Samai Thaqil?
Wednesday, 5:30-6:45 pm
At Celebration Belly Dance
& Yoga, 1840 Willamette, Eugene, OR
At Celebration Belly Dance & Yoga, 1840 Willamette St., Eugene, OR
Jan. 16, Saturday, 1-3 pm:
Mantón (Spanish shawl)
Feb. 21, Sunday, 1-3pm:
Concepts in Spanish Arabic Fusion
For the Newberg/Yamhill County area
I may be reached by email for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellydance Classes by Ayesha in Medford, Or
Ayesha has been teaching and performing for over 30 years. She is well versed in all styles of Bellydance and teaches all levels. Besides learning techniques and a variety of rhythms, you will also learn to play finger cymbals, use veils, perform with swords, canes and fans.
Beginning : Wednesdays 6 to 7:15 pm
Intermediate : Mondays 6 to 7:15 pm
Advanced : Tuesdays 6 to 7:15 pm
All classes $8.00 or $40 for a 6 week session
Ayesha’s Oasis Dance Studio
3052 Samike Dr.
Contact: Ayesha @ email@example.com
Bellydance Classes with Emily Alrick of Circus Tribal Bellydance Co.
In Southern Oregon
Contact Emily for more info or registration:
Private lessons and gift certificates are available!
Please inquire or check www.circustribal.com for more information about our various workshops.
Tribal Improvisation Bellydance Classes with Sabine and Tribalation at
Celebration Belly Dance and Yoga,
1840 Willamette St., suite 206, Eugene OR.
Schedule and class information at www.sabinedance.com
Private lessons and workshops available with Sabine, for sword dance,
tribal improv, tribal fusion, Egyptian style, veil, and Turkish style
Bellydance classes and workshops www.celebrationbellydanceandyoga.com
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Sports Nutritionist
Dance & Fitness Instructor
Debra Souki will be teaching Egyptian / Lebanese Style Bellydance
at Cassiopeia’s Bellydance School in Vancouver on Monday and / or Wednesday evenings beginning in Feb, $55 for a 5 week session, Beginning and Intermediate, please contact me to reserve a spot. Go to http://bellyrolls.net/Vanclasses.html to
register or call 360.773.9704.
BELLY DANCE CLASSES at ZNAMA STUDIOS
Znama Dance Company is belly dance fusion inspired by tango, flamenco, and cabaret with a flirty sensuous can can flair.
at ZNAMA STUDIOS 333 ne hancock in the Boxlift Building where grand and mlk meet.
door on hancock side of building faces mlk and reads 1909, in between hancock and san rafael.
there is a parking lot that you can use on san rafael and mlk. this is a locked building, please arrive within the 15 minutes before your class starts and someone will be waiting down there to let you in
Zaina Hart, Classical and Modern Egyptian Style
Clark Community College Accredited Program
Beginning and Intermediate
Zaina’s House of Dance – Orchards Studio
Mixed Level Class (Performance Class)
Z-Amba – Monday/Thursday/Saturday (Schedule Varies-Check Website)
Current Schedule at: http://www.zainahart.com/zaina/classes.html
MIDDLE EASTERN WORLD MUSIC DRUM CLASSES
with Michael Beach of Brothers of the Baladi & Arabesque
* Beginner & Intermediate Levels of Instruction on Doumbek/Arabic Tabla,
Def/Framedrums, Riq/Tambourine OR any drum you bring.
* Basic instruction of Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Persian & North African Music.
* Dancers – learn your Middle Eastern Rhythms so you can speak the language of your other half – the music. Know your rhythms!
* Learn how to play with others in a Group or Ensemble.
* Learn drum pieces/solos. Everyone gets to play together.
* Have a great time and do something you never thought you could do.
Special Group Classes – Private Lessons Anytime
Please inquire for scheduling & fees.
FOR INFO CALL 503/288-4684 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Magidah – Belly Dance Classes
Current schedule at:
503-957-5926 or email@example.com
Tribal Bellydance at The Nest (SE Portland) with Michele Gila
Weekly classes, 8 week sessions. Class sizes limited.
Bellydance Your Bliss with Bhrigha GypsiKelt!
Weekly group classes in Bellates® (Pilates for Bellydancers), Classical Pilates, GypsiKelt© & Tribical© Bellydance Fusion in multiple small settings in Clark County, WA & Portland, OR. Private & semi-private Classical Pilates apparatus & dance instruction also available near Yacolt, WA.
For more info:
Zill’s Drills with Ruby continue on Mondays at 6pm!!!
Get frustrated when dancing and zilling at the same time? Only have
4 patterns under your belt? In this class you will learn multiple zill
patterns and step combinations to get you moving!! We will begin with
finger cymbal pattern mastery and transition into layering isolation
and step combinations with your zills. This class is geared toward the
intermediate dancer however all are welcome!
Learn more about Ruby at http://www.divinebelly.com
and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
1235 SE Division, Portland, OR 97202
(12th and SE Division, look for the green building and Artemis Foods Cafe…)
www.EuphoriaStudios.net | Jane@EuphoriaStudios.net
Doumbek/Darbuka with Doug Shafer
Private lessons are also available for students at any level. Contact me for information about scheduling and fees. Classes are held at my home in the Hollywood neighborhood in Northeast Portland.
Please call or email any of the following for registration, location/directions
503 335 3974, email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Class in Sandy OR: Belly dance for all levels taugh by Charlotte McFarlane.
Mondays 6-730pm at the Sandy Community Center 38348 Pioneer Blvd Sandy OR 97055 503-668–5569 Call for exact dates. email@example.com or 503-348-8125
is Portland’s unique movement artspace, offering the largest variety of dance/body awareness classes in Portland. With 2 absolutely gorgeous studios with sprung maple floors, & our Euphoria Bazaar, we strive to create a strong, artistically rich community, full of a love of the arts. Here you will discover high quality instructors in every genre.
1235 SE Division 503.240.1997 www.EuphoriaStudios.net
May you find your passion
Tribal Bellydance with Colette
A former member of FatChanceBellyDance, Colette teaches Tribal Style
Bellydance in Hood River, OR. Classes focus on moves and their cues,
practicing group improvisation, and proper body mechanics and posture.
Learn combos to practice at home to increase your bellydance vocabulary.
Bring zils and yoga mat.
www.scarletthistlestudio.com for class times, specialty classes offered,
and upcoming performances and events.
Washington Teachers and Classes
WEEKLY CLASSES with Suzanna
Egyptian Belly Dance Technique
Each class (besides 2nd Sundays) is followed by a 30-40 minute Zill Jam, accelerating your ability to dance and play simultaneously and naturally, acting as a musician highlighting your dancing.
Egyptian Belly Dance Technique
Westlake Dance Center
10701 8th Ave NE – Seattle
(one block east of Northgate Mall, behind the Gene Juarez Beauty Academy)
All classes are multi-level and accept drop-ins.
Egyptian Styling from the Hart
Zaina Hart is an Award Winning Instructor/Performer recognized
around the globe for her “heart felt” performances and unique styling.
She is also owner of the International Publication, iShimmy.com, The Belly Dancer Magazine
and Double Crown Productions.
Beginner Belly Dance with Kashani,
Intermediate class, Thursday 6:45-7:45 at the Woman’s Club, 1002 Washington St SE, Olympia. $60/9-10 wks.
Performance Class (must also take intermediate) 7:45-8:45 $25/9-10 wks at the Woman’s Club. Both classes paid two weeks in advance = $75. To perform with Mas Uda you must take both. To register call Kashani-360-459-3694.Sessions Start in January, April, June & September.
Beginner – Mon. 5:30-7:00 at the Woman’s Club, 1002 Washington St SE. This class is limited to 15 students. $75 for 9 weeks. You may join the current session thru May 2
Belly Robics – Drills, individual attention, steps/step combos, no choreography. Class focus is on technique & precision – must have taken a beginner dance class. Wed evenings at Mas Uda Studio – $50 for 8-10 week session. Great workout/good review for intermediate students. Limited to 10 students. Drop in rate = $10 per hour.
Private lessons – available by arrangement with Kashani. Make your own class – get 3-4 students together and a time that works for Kashani and let’s talk!!
To register for any of the above or for more info, contact Kashani at 360-459-3694 or via www.mas-uda.com or Facebook – Kashani Berube or Mas Uda Dancers
Belly Dance Raqout with Suzanna!
Westlake Dance Center <http://westlakedance.com/>
An intensive hour of belly dance drills and hot combos, awakening powerful http://www.teachstreet.com/belly-dancing/belly-dance-coaching-by-suzanna/li-2441t9m6tc/reviews/page/1#utm_campaign=operational&utm_source=operational&utm_medium=email>
hidden core strength, and skillfully engaging subtle body mechanics to
develop accurate muscle memory, musicality, movement vocabulary, and
improvisational capacity, preparing you for more fluent movement of ANY
kind. A great start for beginners as well as a technical foundation builder
for all levels and disciplines. Check out Suzanna’s teaching
Westlake Dance Center is located one block east of Northgate Mall, behind
the Gene Juarez Beauty Academy, at 10701 8th Ave NE, in Seattle.
Saqra: Zaghareet Magazine’s 2008 Teacher of the Year. Ongoing classes.
A wealth of experience & education to share with you.
All continuing/advanced classes taught workshop style to challenge all levels.
Kent, WA — just off I-5 just South of Seattle. See www.saqra.net for full info.
Northwest Middle Eastern Arts Update Posting Guidelines
In order to best serve everyone, and get this extensive list out on a
regular basis, please note the following guidelines:
• The Update comes out the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Make sure your submissions are in by the preceding Monday.
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• We reserve the right to edit if the conditions above are not met.
Questions and comments welcome!
Thanks for helping to build our community. Enjoy!