Spring is just around the corner, and that means new beginnings, longer days, and more dancing!
I recently started Teacher Assisting at the Suhaila Salimpour School of Dance. Come to Level 1 on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm or Dance Movement on Saturday mornings at 10:45am to dance with me!
In March, I will be performing with Bal Anat at Rakkasah West as a sassy Ghawazee. We have dancers traveling in from around the United States and Taiwan for our 40-minute set! You REALLY don’t want to miss this one. Richmond Auditorium, Richmond, California; Saturday, March 16 at 6:00pm on the Main Stage. I’ll also be performing a solo set at Rakkasah with live music by Al-Azifoon on Sunday on the Cabaret Stage at 2:48pm.
April brings me to the East Coast for a series of workshops and performances. I’ll be at at Waking Persephone: Dancing Through the Dark and Unusual, teaching a workshop on vintage oriental stylization and creative traveling steps. The event features live music; a variety of workshops ranging from technique, stylization, props, fusion, and the esoteric; and vending by talented, independent artisans. April 11-14 at Roots Cultural Center in Providence, Rhode Island. I’ll also be teaching workshops in New York City; Princeton, NJ; and Lawrenceville, NJ on April 16, 17, and 18, respectively. For more information about these evening workshops, check out my workshop schedule.
In May, I’ll be heading to Charlottesville, Virginia, to join Zoe Jakes and crew as a guest performer with Beats Antique. For tickets and more information, head to the Jefferson Theater’s website. Thursday, May 2 at 9:00pm at the Jefferson Theater. Then, that weekend, I’ll be teaching a weekend intensive in Richmond, Virginia. Workshop topics include my (very) brief introduction to the history and culture of the Middle East for dancers, as well as workshops on technique, vintage oriental stylization, creative approaches to choreography, and more! May 3-5, Richmond, Virginia. Contact Khalima or check out her website.
Also in May, I’ll be teaching and performing at Tribal Fest 13! Jump start your week of dancing with a down-home technique workshop full of creative drills for strong muscle memory and fluid movement. Strong technique is the foundation for expressive performance! Tribal Fest 13, Sebastopol Community Center; May 14, 2:30pm-4:30pm. I will also be performing solo, date and time to be announced. Also that weekend, I’ll be joining Zoe Jakes’ Bhoomi Girls for a performance at the Tribal Fest Afterparty on Saturday night, and I’ll be performing with the Nathaniel Johnstone Band on Sunday night! Information about all of these events is on the Tribal Fest 13 website.
In June, I’ll be appearing at Tribal Solstice, for a weekend of stellar workshops and performances. Other featured instructors include Anasma, Kami Liddle, Sherri Wheatley, Jill Parker, Donna Mejia, April Rose, Kajira Djoumahna, and more! June 27-30, Hampton Inn Fort Lauderdale City Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The summer also brings me to Omaha, Nebraska, for a weekend of workshops and performance for the second Sizzlin’ Summer Shimmy, presented by On The Fringe! Saturday, July 13; Sokol Auditorium, Omaha.
July also brings me to Marseille, France, for Tribal Umrah. I’m honored to be joining such a wonderful line-up of instructors for a full week of instruction, picnics, sightseeing, haflas, and performance. July 22-28, Marseille, France. I’m also hoping to set up a workshop in Paris, France; date and time to be determined.
Over a year ago while I was attending the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Summer Intensive Language Program for Arabic, I had this idea… Raqs Nerdy shirts, in ARABIC! It’s, like, meta-nerdy! So, I’m finally making them a reality. Black babydoll and tanks with red and metallic gold, as well as full-color stickers! I’ll have these in stock in the next few weeks just in time for my spring workshops.
Tank and Babydoll Front
Tank and Babydoll Back
…and that’s all for now! I hope to see you soon on one of my many adventures!