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

Sat Nov4th 20177-10pm Belly Laughs SPOOF Performance Hafla $20 
 
Sat Dec16th 20171:30-3:30pm TWERKshop Technique w/Nicole$30 
 
Sat Jan6th 20187-10pm Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla $20 
Sat Jan20th 20181:30-4pm Seduce Your Hunny Veil Routine w/Sonya$35 
 
Sun Apr8th 20183-6pm Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk  
 
Sun April15th 20187-10pm Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla $20 
 
Sun Oct7th 20183-6pm Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk  





Belly Laughs SPOOF Performance Hafla
Nov 4th 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 2018 Dates: Jan 6th 2018 * April 15th * July 14th * Sept 16th * Jan 5th 2019
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TWERKshop Technique with Nicole
Dec 16th from 1:30-3:30pm
$30 ($40 at the door)
Pre-Register by 10pm on Wednesday, 12/13
Limited to 25 students

Nicole Alarid comes from a long background of Hip-hop and House music. Growing up she battled in the streets and clubs to house music, and later went to the West Coast and joined the Rebels crew out of Los Angeles and continued to go on stage, freestyle battling to earn her respect amongst the dance crews. Later, she moved back to the Midwest and started teaching dance fitness classes, hip-hop and twerk in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. She gained recognition in her area, and was sought out to choreograph videos and group routines as well as dance in local Chicago performances. But recently, she totally changed gears and slow downed her tough moves to the sexier side of things! Now her style and classes involve the sexy moves and twerking you see in a Beyonce video. But she says donít worry, because no dance experience needed. You will learn how to dance fiercely and learn TWERK techniques and SLAY like Beyonce! (The Chicago Tribune Redeye even thinks this class is one of the most unique classes in the Chicagoland!)



Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla
Jan 6th 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 2018 Dates: April 15th * July 14th * Sept 16th * Jan 5th 2019
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Seduce Your Hunny Veil Routine with Sonya
Jan 20th from 1:30-4pm
$35 ($45 at the door)
Pre-Register by 10pm on Wednesday, 1/17/18
Limited to 20 students

"...The Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the Wind longs to play with your hair..." - Kahlil Gibran
Finally! A workshop where the goal is to be playful and emote in a seductively stylish way! Take all that belly dance training & give the St. Valentine's gift that cannot be returned, nor would it want to be! Sonya will present a short and relatively simple routine with a 3 yard silk veil that is meant for *your Hunny's eyes only* packing the show with not the most difficult moves, but moves with attitude and coyness, being sweet yet sharp, bold but with humor. This workshop is for all levels, impressing that the delivery has just as much impact as the message itself!
Participants should have an understanding of fundamental belly dance movements to get the most out of this workshop. All steps will be broken down for technique; however the goal is to learn the veiled routine. You will not be removing clothing. Bring your Veil; Notes and MP3 is included in workshop price, and a variety of veils will be available for purchase. You may wear typical belly dance class attire; however feel free to dress up with the addition of a long/full skirt. (Please note that wearing velvet or coins tends to make the veil stick to you, so perhaps avoid it for this class.)
About the Instructress: Sonya is the owner of Arabesque and has been belly dancing since 1996, certified by Reda in Egyptian-style in 2006. Her goal has been to elevate the perception of the art of belly dance. In that goal, she seeks to remind us that dancing is passionate, seductive, fun, and light-hearted. With this workshop she hopes to show that her intentions are innocent, in offering a special dance for the purposes of seduction, tempered with humor. Sonya has a very strong history of choreography and hopes to help open the minds of those who think this dance, brimming with integrity, has no charm for your loved ones. Offered EVERY January since 2002! Skipped 2016 & 17 due to becoming a new mama
Please feel free to Email Sonya for questions or concerns on this workshop's content.



Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk
Apr 8th 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 Kids Please. Please feel free to call or email Sonya if you have any questions. Next 'Swappagus' event is October 7th 2018!



Cairo By Night Performance & Hafla
April 15th 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 2018 Dates: July 14th * Sept 16th * Jan 5th 2019
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Costume Swap & 2nd Hand Souk
Oct 7th 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 Kids Please. Please feel free to call or email Sonya if you have any questions. Next 'Swappagus' event is April 7th of 2019!




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