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Last update March 30, 2009

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NEWS


MARCH 30
FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY - EXPERIENCE THE EXOTIC LIFE
A Thousand and One Nights will be held on May 1 and feature belly dance by Kanina, Aurel and the Beledi Dance Company and live music by the Harry Bedrossian Ensemble along with delicious mezzah (appetizers fit for a king!). Tickets are going fast so book your reservation soon. [A Thousand and One Nights - a night to remember]

MARCH 21
WORKSHOP WITH BLANCA ON APRIL 25
Come celebrate National Dance Week! On April 25, the Dancing Spirit Studio will present a belly dance workshop and show with Mexican born (!) and New York phenom, Blanca. [Dancing Spirit Belly Dance Workshop with Blanca]

MARCH 12
LOLA OPENS STUDIO IN PAWTUCKET
Massachusetts based performer and artisitic director, Lola has opened a new dance studio in Pawtucket. Classes include middle eastern & polynesian dance, ballet, zumba, pilates and self defense. [World Dance & Music Center]


DECEMBER 2
BELLY DANCE CLASSES ON CABLE TV
Fit TV, Verizon's Channel 143, runs Shimmy, a half hour show which each week teaches and demonstrates different belly dance moves. [Fit TV's Shimmy Schedule]



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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
EAST PROVIDENCE
Bayside Ballet/Kanina

FOSTER
One Yoga Center/Speck

NEWPORT
Learning Connection/Carbone

PAWTUCKET
World Dance & Music

PROVIDENCE
Learning Conn/Sharif
Burgess House/Buhler

SOUTH KINGSTOWN
All That Matters/Zaharah
Jean Deluca Studio/Kanina

TIVERTON
Dancing Spirit/Donahue

WARWICK
Dance Oasis
Aspiring Dreamz/Kanina

ATTLEBORO MA
Lola & International Entertainment

TAUNTON/BERKLEY MA
Ancient Art Studio



EAST PROVIDENCE
Belly Dancing with Kanina
Bayside School of Dance
368 Waterman Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: 401-837-9892
Email:
Website: http://www.Kaninadance.com

Date: Mondays ongoing
6:30-7:30pm Introduction to Belly Dance
7:30-8:30pm Level II: Beyond the Basics
Instructor: Kanina

Introductory belly dance classes are appropriate for students and newcomers who have had up to 24 lessons. You will learn basic steps, shimmies and zill-playing, exciting combinations and of course, the magical veil movements that are the hallmark of this remarkable dance. You will develop an appreciation of Middle Eastern music and its varying rhythms and learn correct posture, alignment and poise while dancing.

Kanina has studied, taught and performed Middle Eastern Dance for more than 30 years and is greatly influenced by the Armenian, Arabic and Turkish traditions.

Private & semi-private lessons are available by appointment

posted 26Sep07.updated 23Feb08

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FOSTER
Introductory American Belly Dance
One Center for Yoga and Wellness
142A Danielson Pike
Foster RI 02825 3
Phone 401-578-8468
Email:
Website: http://www.oneyogacenter.com
Website: www.markbinder.com/kristiespeck

Belly Dance 2008 Schedule 2008
Sundays
5:00pm-6:30pm American Belly Dance
all levels are invited to attend

Rates
$15 for one class or $40 for all three
Instructor: Kristie Speck

American Belly Dance is a unique form that has its roots in classical Middle Eastern dance. In the journey west, it has blended many movements from our culture and is still developing as a truly modern dance. This class presents basic elements to create short combinations. Undulations, shimmies, isolations, and traveling steps are introduced, along with how to seamlessly transition between them. While the format of each class is beginner level, different material will be covered as part of an introductory series with the hope of creating an ongoing class in the fall. All ages, body types and levels of experience are welcome. Come to learn in a supporting, fun, and non-competitive environment.

What to wear
Please bring something to tie around your hips. I will bring coin scarves for rent and sale, but it doesn't need to be that fancy -- just something to help you be more aware of your hips. Wear something that makes you feel glamorous or pretty, as long as you can move in it. I like long flowing skirts over yoga pants. Done barefoot.

Kristie also teaches at The Motion Center in Providence

posted 18Jun07

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PAWTUCKET

WORLD DANCE & MUSIC CENTER
Belly Dance, Hula, Ori, Zumba, Ballet, Pilates

925 Central Avenue
2nd Floor
Pawtucket, RI
Phone: 401.723.3900 & 617.733.4141
Website: http://www.loladance.com
Email:
Ages: Teen & Adult

SPRING SCHEDULE 2009
Monday
5:45-6:45pm Ballet Basics
7:00-8:00pm Intermediate Bellydance

Tuesday
5:45-6:45pm Belly-Baile
7:00-8:00pm R.A.D. self-defense for women*
8:15-9:15pm Zumba

Wednesday
4:30-5:30pm Polynesian (Hula and Ori)
5:45-6:45pm Pilates
7:00-8:00pm Beginners Bellydance

8 class card $100
4 class card $60
*Buy an 8 class card and get your R.A.D. session for $20! R.A.D. session alone is $40

posted 12Mar09

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PROVIDENCE
Middle Eastern Dancing with Nourhan Sharif
The Learning Connection
201 Wayland Avenue
Providence RI 02906
Phone 401-274-9330 0r 800-432-5520
Email: info@learnconnect.com
Website: http://www.learnconnect.com

Date: tba
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Price: Non-members $45, Members $35, Materials Fee $30
Instructor: Nourhan Sharif
Have you wanted to learn the sensual movements of an art form that has evolved over 3,000 years? Have you wanted to dance, stay fit and learn about Middle Eastern culture at the same time? Do you want to adore your body and feel like a goddess? Then this class is a must for you! Middle Eastern Dance is a natural way of movement based in Folkloric technique and encourages you to accept and enjoy your body! Nourhan will guide you through a morning of music and movement that will transform your life!

posted 11Jun07.updated 23Feb08

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PROVIDENCE
Middle Eastern Dancing with Jessica
Burgess House Studio
Providence RI 02906
Phone: 401-263-7855
Email:

Date: Mondays
Two classes
7-8pm & 8-9pm
Price: $12 for trial class/ $78 for 8 week session
Instructor: Jessica Buhler

Jessica will teach you to express the joy and beauty of this ancient dance. Classes focus on technique, getting a good workout, and cultural appreciation. Each 8 week session ends with a performance for family and friends of choreography learned in class.

posted 14Feb05.updated 19Jun07

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN
Belly Dancing
All That Matters
315 Main Street
Wakefield RI
Information and registration: 401-782-2126 or
Web site: http://www.allthatmatters.com

Wednesday Belly Dance
Sessions:
March 4 to April 29, 2009
May 6 to 24, 2009
July 1 to August 26, 2009
Wednesdays
Time: 1130am - 1245pm
Cost: $14.00 a class or $90 for series of 9
Instructor: Deborah (Zaharah) Korkmaz

This ancient dance, with its celebratory and festive tone, can empower and enliven our modern lives. It is a great way to get in touch with your body, open chakras and delight in the movement and music. Learn the secrets of basic belly dance movements - hip circles, figure eights, hip lifts and drops, spinal undulations and graceful arm gestures. Explore how to dance with a veil, swirl and whirl. Discover the various moods of the dance - playful and light, inward and meditative, or strong and dramatic - all to the captivating and exciting music of the Middle East and North Africa. Full of laughter and joy, mystery and allure, belly dance is for women of all shapes, sizes and ages. It brings out grace, beauty and power in everyone. Wear comfortable clothing, and if you have a veil and hip belt bring them. Most importantly, bring your whole dancing self! Beginners welcome.

updated 20Mar09

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN
All That Matters
315 Main Street
Wakefield RI
Information and registration: 401-782-2126 or email
Web site: http://www.allthatmatters.com

Introductory Belly Dance
Sessions:
March 5 to April 30, 2009
May 7 to June 25, 2009
July 2 to August 27, 2009
Thursdays
Time: 530pm-645pm
Instructor: Deborah (Zaharah) Korkmaz
Cost: $14.00 a class or $90 for series of 9

Have you ever wanted to belly dance? This ancient dance form is a great way to get in touch with your body, open chakras, and delight in the movement and music. Learn the basic shimmies, hip movements, and steps of the oldest dance in the world. Celebrate your identity as a woman and allow your physical and emotional energies to experience the dynamic harmony that wings to your soul.

Deborah (Zaharah) Korkmaz is known nationally and internationally for her unique inspiring choreography and dance. After studying with many of the world's top dancers in oriental as well as folkloric, she has developed an Ethno Fusion Belly Dance that is exciting and invigorating.

updated 23Feb087

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN
Belly Dancing with Kanina
Jean DeLuca Dance Studio
10 Charles Street
Wakefield, RI
Phone: 401-837-9892
Email:
Website: http://www.Kaninadance.com

Date: Thursdays ongoing
7:00 - 8:30pm Level II: Beyond the Basics
Instructor: Kanina

Introductory belly dance classes are appropriate for students and newcomers who have had up to 24 lessons. You will learn basic steps, shimmies and zill-playing, exciting combinations and of course, the magical veil movements that are the hallmark of this remarkable dance. You will develop an appreciation of Middle Eastern music and its varying rhythms and learn correct posture, alignment and poise while dancing.

Kanina has studied, taught and performed Middle Eastern Dance for more than 30 years and is greatly influenced by the Armenian, Arabic and Turkish traditions.

Private & semi-private lessons are available by appointment

posted 12Jun07.updated 20Mar09

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TIVERTON
The Dancing Spirit Studio
Home of The Art of American Style Belly Dance
1759 Main Road
Tiverton RI
Cell phone 401-338-9905
Email:
Website: http://www.thedancingspirit.com

Barbara Derecktor-Donahue, Teacher, performer, choreographer, writer is available for private lessons, one time group lessons, workshops and concerts. She performs for special occasion parties - birthday parties, bridal showers and group parties. Hip scarves and veils are available for purchase.

Belly Dance combines fitness with self expression
Belly Dance is educational, stimulating for your mind and body, encourages better body awareness and carriage and brings out your dancing goddess strength and pride

SENSUAL BELLYDANCE WORKSHOP
With Blanca


Date: Saturday April 25, 2009
Time: 12noon to 3pm
Price: $45.00 in advance, $55.00 at the door

Registration & information: 401-338-9905

Sensuality has always been one of the most highly prized qualities of Belly Dance. With Blanca discover the sensuality inside you and learn to translate it to an expressive body language of dance movement.

You will learn
  • Tips and techniques to make your dance/life more connected and expressive.

  • A series of poses and gestures that express the femininity that bellydance is all about.

  • Choreography which uses your new skills and steps.
In addition, you will receive choreography notes

Blanca looks like a princess from another world but she is one of the nicest, most down to earth Belly Dancer I know. She dances like a dream. She teaches class for all levels. She is part of the NYC cutting edge Belly Dance World (and one of its best!). Don't wait or miss this golden opportunity so close to home. Come learn from the BEST

Blanca incorporates dance technique, body awareness, and the healing / esoteric arts which enhance all movement training, increase body awareness & self-confidence. See her website at http://www.blancadance.com

March & April 2009

Interpretive Belly Dance Classes

Be a Modern Goddess, Celebrate being a woman, Learn creative, beautiful and sensual movements, Be more confident and expressive, Smile - this is so different and fun, For women of all ages, Come to Interpretive Belly dance with Barbara The Dancing Spirit.

March 22 to April 19, 2009
MONDAY
9:30 - 10:45am Zooming Belly Dance*
5:00 - 6:30pm Zooming Belly Dance*
6:30 - 8:00pm Zooming Belly Dance*

TUESDAY
4:30 - 6:00 Dancers Pilates wt Hip Belts
7:00 - 8:30pm Performance Class

WEDNESDAY
9:30 - 10:45am Zooming Belly Dance*
6:30 - 8:00pm Zooming Belly Dance*

THURSDAY
4:30 - 6:00 Dancers Pilates wt Hip Belts
6:00 - 7:30pm Zooming Belly Dance*

SATURDAY
10:00 - 11:30am Zooming Belly Dance for teens &: adults
1:00 - 2:30pm Oriental Ballet (for grace and strength)
2:30 - 4:00pm Rainbow Belly Dance for Girls

*MEMBERSHIP*
All classes marked with * are part of a membership package. Take as many as you want for $60.00!
Saturday Zooming Belly Dance - $60.00 for 6 weeks
TUITION
Oriental Ballet - $50.00 for 6 classes
Rainbow Belly Dance for Girls - $50.00 for 6 classes


updated 21Mar09

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WARWICK
Introductory Belly Dance with Kanina
Aspiring Dreamz Dance Studio
Warwick, RI
Phone: 401-837-9892
Email:
Website: http://www.Kaninadance.com

Tuesdays ongoing
6:30-7:30pm Introduction to Belly Dance
7:30-8:30pm Level II Beyond the Basics
Instructor: Kanina
Introductory group belly dance classes are appropriate for students and newcomers who have had up to 24 lessons. You will learn basic steps, shimmies and zill-playing, exciting combinations and of course, the magical veil movements that are the hallmark of this remarkable dance. You will develop an appreciation of Middle Eastern music and its varying rhythms and learn correct posture, alignment and poise while dancing.

Kanina has studied, taught and performed Middle Eastern Dance for more than 30 years and is greatly influenced by the Armenian, Arabic and Turkish traditions.

Private & semi-private lessons are available by appointment

updated 20Mar09

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WARWICK
Belly Dance
Belly Dance Oasis
1670 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889
Phone 401-737-4713
Email:
Website: http://www.anatoliaimports.com

Belly Dance 2008 Schedule
Monday:
Beginner with Zaharah 6:30 8:00 pm

Tuesday:
All levels with Sabra Jamal 6:30 7:45 pm

Wednesday:
Drum class March 9, 16, 23, and 30 th 7:00 - 8:15 pm

Thursday:
All levels with Zaharah 6:30 8:00 pm

Friday:
Beginner with Samina 6:30 8:00 pm

Saturday:
Beginner with Neylan 11:30 12:45
All levels with Zaharah 1:00 3:30 pm

updated 21Mar08

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MASSACHUSETTS


ATTLEBORO
Lola and International Entertainment
YMCA Texins Activity Center
537 Pleasant Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: 508-226-7700
Email:
Website: http://www.loladance.com

Beginners Bellydance
Date: Mondays for 7 weeks
Next class starting soon
6:30-7:30pm
Price: $70.00 for session or $12.00 per class dropin rate
The beginners class is for those with little or no prior dance experience, and is suitable for ladies of all ages and sizes. The foundation of basic bellydance movements will be taught in a fun and supportive environment.

Intermediate Bellydance
Date: Mondays for 7 weeks
Next class starting soon
7:30-8:30pm
Price: $70.00 for session or $12.00 per class dropin rate
The intermediate class is geared towards students who have mastered the foundation movements covered in the beginners class, who have shown significant improvement, and who want to learn more than just the basics, such as dancing with props like veils, canes, and finger cymbals, as well as choreography.

Private & semi-private lessons and coaching are available

posted 26Sep07

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MASSACHUSETTS


TAUNTON/BERKLEY

Ancient Art Studio
590 Berkley Street
Berkley, MA 02779
(near Taunton)
Phone: 508-822-6449
Email:
Website: http://www.ancientartstudios.com

Director: Aurel D'Agostino

Beginner class, We Be Habibi
February 24 to April May 2, 2009
Tues 6PM-7:30PM no class 3/31 but optional Belly Dance Blast available
Sat 9AM-10:30AM
No experience needed. All ages, sizes, and shapes welcome. Come once a week with a friend and have some fun this spring!

Beyond Beginner, Azhar We Are
Tues 7:45PM-9:15PM (no class on March 31 but Belly Blast optional)
Wed 6PM-7:30PM
Fri 10AM-11:30AM
This class is for those who are comfortable with the basic building blocks of belly dance including hip drops, traveling steps and isolations. With these steps in common, we begin choreographies and intermediate level work. Finger cymbals are a part of every class in our weekly warm up. We will be introducing the Beledi and Karshlima rhythms this session.

Intermediate/Adv, Ghawazi Gals
Thursdays 6:00PM-7:30PM
Egyptian Ghawazi dancers layered movements. Ghawazi Gals' class warms up with layers of shimmies each class. Then, each session's topic relates to an aspect of a show. This session features Drum Solo and Chiftitelli including drilling of combos that will live in your muscle memory forever more! CDs are available to support class work and familiarize you with the classics as they sound played by live bands. Veil and solo Zil skills needed for this class.

Almeh, All the Way
Wednesdays 8:00pm-9:30pm 2/25-4/15
This class for advanced dancers is a taught in a format that gives specific feedback for dancers who want to perform to the best of their ability. Almeh dancers were very polished and to help dancers reach this goal, solo in-class exercises, improv and homework will be used. Plus, a set of CDs is available to accompany classwork that features live bands playing shows for belly dancers. Let's dance!

ADVANCED TROUPE CLASS!
Thursdays 7:30pm-9pm by Audition Only
This advanced level class focuses on group dancing using Oriental and Folkloric choreography exclusively. Performances will be scheduled seasonally. If you are interested in a class like this, a fun and free audition troupe class is held twice a year. Jump in and enjoy the fun of dancing as a unit!

Price: $120 for 8 classes
Pay by credit card,, call 508-822-6449 or pay online
Or, send checks to Ancient Art Studios, 590 Berkley St, Berkley, MA, 02779

ANCIENT ART WORKSHOPS

590 Berkley Street
Berkley, MA 02779
(near Taunton)
Phone: 508-822-6449
Email:
Website: http://www.ancientartstudios.com

The Piper Method

The Piper Method I Saturday May 16, 2009
Price: $55.00 in advance, $70.00 at the door
Time: 2 hours time tba

The Piper Method II Saturday May 16, 2009
Price: $55.00 in advance, $70.00 at the door
Time: 3 hours time tba

A Daughter of Rhea, sister of our region's beloved Melina and one of our nation's finest dance coaches is coming from Baltimore to share a lifetime of exquisite dance performance and a finely tuned course for belly dance study with you! We are very excited to host Piper for a second time at Ancient Art Studios.

The PiperMethod (TM) is a great way to get started, even if you have no prior dance training. The PiperMethod is also a perfect vehicle for more experienced dancers looking to reach the next level with precision hipwork, layering, and fluid full body articulation. The PiperMethod can take a dancer from novice to professional, however, all students are encouraged to study with as many teachers as possible in order to broaden their dance vocabulary. learn more at http://www.pipermethod.com/thepipermethod.html

If you want to take this workshop a step further and become certified in the PiperMethod: Certification Testing carries a separate fee ($100 per level) on Sunday at Melina's. This is for the people who are interested and who Piper thinks have a very good chance of passing the certification standard.

Vending by Aliah's Closet www.aliahscloset.com

Karim teaches Dancer and Drummer Communication
Tuesday July 14, 2009
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Price: $35.00

Karim, a native Egyptian Drummer and true friend of the belly dance student, delivers his articulate, passionate, witty and expert teaching nationally and internationally. In one of his only Massachusetts seminars this year, Ancient Art Studios is honored to welcome Karim back for a Tuesday night, single-evening workshop.

Karim will teach students how to interpret sound into movement by aligning body parts and motions with drum sounds and riffs. The six-part drum-solo will be explained, theme by theme. Students will then perform to any combination of these 6 major drum solo themes. Students will learn how to both lead and follow the drummer by maintaining the common language.

Don't miss this this opportunity to meet with and study from a truly passionate instructor. Read about Karim at http://turbotabla.com/

Also, Karim will be bringing some of his latest recordings. Buy some and get his autograph!

Vending by Aliah's Closet www.aliahscloset.com

Nourhan Sharif and Tony Chamoun, 2 day workshop
Saturday October 3, 2009
Time: 2 12 hours tba
Oriental choreography with Nourhan

Sunday Ocotber 4, 2009
Time: TBA

Price: $50.00 per workshop if paid by September 1, $75.00 at the door.
Or take both and save - $90.00 if paid by September 1, $150.00 at the door

With 4 decades of training and experience in Egyptian & Lebanese Cabaret and Folkloric Dance under her belt, Nourhan Sharif has become a leading artist of Middle Eastern dance and music!! Her skills are in demand around the world; she has taught and performed on nearly every continent! Nourhan also presents immensely popular seminars in New York and around the world! DO NOT MISS A RARE MASS WORKSHOP WITH NOURHAN SHARIF.www.nourhansharif.com

Lebanese Star Drummer, Tony Chamoun, hails from a family of musicians and singers from Zahle, Lebanon and has made numerous productions in th US. His latest release is "Drum Attack" which is a dedication of drum solos to the New England Dancers he has played for during his career!

Join this team as they share their experience and witness this amazing artist - Tony Chamoun!

Vending by Aliah's Closet www.aliahscloset.com AND Sharifwear!

More details coming soon!

SPECIAL WORKSHOP PACKAGE:
Sign up for two of the three workshops above and receive a credit for 15% off any single item at aliahscloset.com. You can use this discount when you come to the workshops where Aliahs will be vending.

posted 10Mar04.updated 31Mar09

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