workshops

While you are welcome to register the day-of the workshop, pre-registration is recommended as any workshop with less than the minimum (by 9pm the Thursday prior) may be rescheduled. At Arabesque we pride ourselves on quality instruction and intimate class sizes, so a maximum student allowance may be enforced--1st Come, 1st Served. To reserve your spot in a workshop you may pre-pay at the studio with cash or credit card, or PayPal via our on-line store, or feel free to call with your credit card information. Please note tuition once paid is non-refundable. Walk-ins are welcome and if you'd still like to drop-in and register at the door/day-of PLEASE check this website before you leave home, to ensure the workshop is running and is not closed/full--this website is as painfully up-to-date as possible. (If it weren't, what good would it be?) Updates are also sent monthly through our Emailing List, so perhaps sign up today!
See schedule below for current offerings.



costume clinics

To be a dance performer it is very advantagous to know the basics of sewing & garment creation. By request, Sonya's annual costuming workshop has taken a hands-on form with Costume Clinics! Very social, for these 2-4 hours you will go thru the process of making a custom belly dance costume piece; from measuring to cutting, sewing to fitting & if time allows, decor/finishing. It is possible for everyone to leave with a completed project! If you so desire, bring pen & paper for notes (many projects include a hand-out) and also the appropriate fabric/thread/elastic/etc as we all help each other under the helpful eyes of a belly dance seamstress. If you can, please bring your sewing machine, it'll definately help your project go faster.
You will learn how to sew in these workshops, but only what is needed for the project at hand. Rudimentry sewing skills will help (ie: sewing on a button), but are not necessary--see project listing for difficulty level. Suggestions for future topics are encouraged! Pre-Registration is RECOMMENDED and cheerfully accepted by 9pm the Thursday prior & accompanied by a fabric shopping list. Drop-ins are welcome, however PLEASE check this website the day before to be sure the costume clinic is not cancelled or full--this website is painfully up-to-date! Reminders are also sent monthly through our Emailing List, so Sign up today!
See schedule below for current offerings.

1is for Easy
2is for Intermediate
3is for Challenging



costume swaps

Looking for good costuming but on a budget? Have too much costuming already & wish to unload some of it, or make room for more? Come to the FREE bi-annual Costume Swap at Arabesque, aka: The 2nd Hand Souk, always 3-6pm on the 1st Sunday of every April and October. You can not only meet & greet other local belly dancers and performing artists but also sell, swap or trade new or good condition used costuming for no fees or comission! This can include ANY items relating to Belly Dance, Tribal, Burlesque, and more, such as full costumes/bra & belt sets, silks, veils, textiles/fabrics/trims/fringe, books, videos/dvds, cds, props, instruments, decor items, fashion/costume jewelry, hair pieces & jewelry, crafts... anything of interest! Cash, check, and credit cards can be accepted. Reminders are also sent monthly through our Emailing List, so Sign up today!
See schedule below for current offerings.



Schedule

Wed Apr8th 20207:20pm Shimmies Galore w/Christiana$21 
Sun Apr13th 20202-3pm Stage Makeup Made Simple w/Sonya$15 
Sat Apr11th 20202:30-3:30pm Drop-in Event - Begin to Belly Dance! w/Bridget$8 
Sat Apr11th 20207-10pm INSPIRE Performance Party $20 
 
Sun May3rd 20203-6pm Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk  
 
Sat July18th 20207-10pm INSPIRE Performance Party $20 
 
Sun Oct4th 20203-6pm Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk  
 
Sat Nov21st 20207-10pm Belly Laughs Performance Party $20 
 
Sat Jan2nd 20217-10pm INSPIRE Performance Party $20 





Shimmies Galore with Christiana
Apr 8th from 7:20pm
$21 Drop-in
Limited to 20 students

Last Wed of Spring 1!!! This special 1-hour workshop will focus on different types of shimmies used in belly dance. With a focus on technique, different types of shimmies will be broken down into their fundamental components and incorporated into combinations for drilling. Also a good make-up class for any you missed this Winter! Offered 4/8, All levels welcome; dancers should have completed one session of Intro to Belly Dance.



Stage Makeup Made Simple with Sonya
Apr 13th from 2-3pm
$15 ($20 at the door)
Pre-Register by 10pm on Wednesday, 4/9
Limited to 15 students

You may have mastered your "every day" face, but painting your face for performance is a whole different animal! Amp up your stage makeup game and learn about highlighting, contouring, creating illusions to highlight your best features, eyelash application advice, and more - bring your makeup, makeup brushes, and makeup remover/wipes to practice your looks. If you don't have makeup, you can still observe the class.



Drop-in Event - Begin to Belly Dance! with Bridget
Apr 11th from 2:30-3:30pm
$8

The Intro to Belly Dance Drop-in Class TEASER! 1 hour "sampler" class requires no dance experience at all, just come have a great time, for a steal of a deal! Serpentine movements as well as shimmies galore, traveling steps & so much more.
No Pre-Registration Needed, Just Stop In! Our 7-week Spring 2 Session begins the week of 4/13-4/19 - If you register for the Spring 1 session on this day you can apply this fee towards your upcoming tuition! Valid 4/11 only



INSPIRE Performance Party
Apr 11th from 7-10pm
$20 (get $5 off when you bring a dish to share)

Open to the public, our regular In-House Performance Party or Hafla (Arabic for "dance party") is a perfect chance for anyone to enter our oasis and enjoy the art of belly dance complete with chairs, lighting, & wine. Informally held at the beautifully appointed Arabesque, doors open 7pm for a mingling "meet & greet", 8pm starts with everyone in a circle dance or two, then starts the show! Raffle included in the entry for free classes & more - enjoy free easy parking, casual atmosphere & BYOB.Tickets just $20 - you can save $5 when you bring a lil something to share! Starring our award-winning staff and students, and special guest artists different every time, Click Here for more event info.
Upcoming Dates: July 18th, Nov. 21st, Jan. 2nd 2021
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Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk
May 3rd from 3-6pm
Free Event

FREE Event! Open to anyone for selling, buying, looking or just hanging out. All we ask is you help us SPREAD THE GOOD WORD about this event! Offered every April & October since 2004 - usually the 1st SUNDAY of the month (unless it is Easter). No Unattended Children Please. Please feel free to call or email Sonya if you have any questions. Next 'Swappagus' event is October 4th 2020!



INSPIRE Performance Party
July 18th from 7-10pm
$20 (get $5 off when you bring a dish to share)

Open to the public, our regular In-House Performance Party or Hafla (Arabic for "dance party") is a perfect chance for anyone to enter our oasis and enjoy the art of belly dance complete with chairs, lighting, & wine. Informally held at the beautifully appointed Arabesque, doors open 7pm for a mingling "meet & greet", 8pm starts with everyone in a circle dance or two, then starts the show! Raffle included in the entry for free classes & more - enjoy free easy parking, casual atmosphere & BYOB.Tickets just $20 - you can save $5 when you bring a lil something to share! Starring our award-winning staff and students, and special guest artists different every time, Click Here for more event info.
Upcoming Dates: Nov. 21st & Jan. 2nd 2021
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Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk
Oct 4th from 3-6pm
Free Event

FREE Event! Open to anyone for selling, buying, looking, or just hanging out. All we ask is you help us SPREAD THE GOOD WORD about this event! Offered every April & October since 2004, usually the 1st Sunday of the month. No Unattended Children Please. Please feel free to call or email Sonya if you have any questions.



Belly Laughs Performance Party
Nov 21st from 7-10pm
$20 (get $5 off when you bring a dish to share)

Open to the public, this is a tongue-in-cheek version of our regular In-House Hafla (Arabic for "dance party") with a SPOOFY twist! It is a perfect chance for anyone to enter our oasis and enjoy the art of belly dance comedy complete with chairs, lighting, & wine. Informally held at the beautifully appointed Arabesque, doors open 7pm for a mingling "meet & greet", 8pm starts the show! Raffle included in the entry for free classes & more - enjoy free easy parking, casual atmosphere & BYOB.Tickets just $20 - you can save $5 when you bring a lil something to share! Starring our award-winning staff and students, and special guest artists different every time, Click Here for more event info.
Upcoming 2021 Dates: Jan. 2nd more TBA by 10/1/20
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INSPIRE Performance Party
Jan 2nd from 7-10pm
$20 (get $5 off when you bring a dish to share)

Open to the public, our regular In-House Hafla (Arabic for "dance party") is a perfect chance for anyone to enter our oasis and enjoy the art of belly dance complete with chairs, lighting, & wine. Informally held at the beautifully appointed Arabesque, doors open 7pm for a mingling "meet & greet", 8pm starts with everyone in a circle dance or two, then starts the show! Raffle included in the entry for free classes & more - enjoy free easy parking, casual atmosphere & BYOB.Tickets just $20 - you can save $5 when you bring a lil something to share! Starring our award-winning staff and students, and special guest artists different every time, Click Here for more event info.
Upcoming 2021 Dates: TBA by 10/1
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